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Teenage drama at Wilson Hall

Wilson Hall students Maddie Crawshaw, Caitlyn Schumacher, Wilson Frerichs and Ann Weathers Blankenship, members of the middle school theater troupe advised by Emily Robinson and Tara Schumacher, perform a scene from "Big Red" recently on the … more

Wilson Hall chess team wins state title

Wilson Hall's high school chess team, advised by Carmen McCaffrey, won the S.C. Independent School Association State Chess Tournament held at Sumter County Civic Center on Nov. 13. The following members of the team are seen with the championship … more

Bates Middle School teachers win Voya Unsung Heroes grant

Bates Middle School teachers Cindy Seckel, Jermaine White, James Crawley, Iasha Lee and Donald Amis were recently named winners of a $2,000 grant as part of the Voya Unsung Heroes awards competition. Through the Voya Unsung Heroes … more

TSA senior is named Wendy's Heisman winner

SUBMITTED Thomas Sumter Academy senior Sydney Daniel was named a state winner of the Wendy's High School Heisman Scholarship for South Carolina. According to the scholarship website, the program is a joint program between Wendy's and the Heisman … more

Thomas Sumter students exhibit STEM learning

Thomas Sumter Academy, the only SCISA STEM certified private school in the area, exhibits the strengths of a STEM Problem Based Learning opportunity. Seen are students in Sarah Maloney's geometry class who were asked to design a city using parallel … more

Wilson Hall experiences Colonial Day

PHOTO PROVIDED Wilson Hall fourth-grade student Lillyanna Reynolds samples some johnnycake she and her classmates helped bake over an open fire during the school's annual Colonial Day held at the Carolina Backcountry Homestead at the Sumter … more

Former Sumter School District employee indicted for embezzlement of $10K+ in school funds

A former Sumter School District employee accused last year in at least one anonymous letter of misusing funds has been charged by the state Grand Jury that is alleging public corruption. Charges … more

School report card release delayed by S.C.

Those chomping at the bit to get the new school report card ratings for all public schools in the state will have to wait a little longer. It's been four years since the state Department of Education provided actual ratings for schools when … more

Children's author reads at St. Anne & St. Jude

St. Anne & St. Jude Catholic School welcomed author Mallette Cook on Oct. 31. The entire Lower School gathered in the Big Hall to hear a story read aloud by the author. Cook wrote "Sweet Treats" and "The Big Oak." Books were available for students … more

Wilson Hall preschoolers study the life cycle of a pumpkin

Molly Montgomery, a student in Wilson Hall's three-year-old preschool class, waters the pumpkin vine she has grown from seed. The students are studying the life cycle of a pumpkin as part of their science instruction. more

Central Carolina holds 2nd Academic Challenge for area high schools

SUBMITTED Central Carolina Technical College held its second-annual Academic Challenge on Nov. 9. The Academic Challenge is a competition between high school teams in the college's four-county service area - Clarendon, Kershaw, Lee and Sumter. … more

Willow Drive third-graders practice teamwork with STEAM

PHOTOS BY MICAH GREEN / THE SUMTER ITEM Tiffany Marshall's third-grade class at Willow Drive Elementary School participated in a STEAM Hour Thursday afternoon. Each grade level completed standards-based challenges during the hour that demonstrate … more

Baker, Ragin take two at-large Sumter School Board seats over appointed incumbents

Former district Superintendent Frank Baker and educator Shawn Ragin will likely be Sumter School Board's at-large board members moving forward. Baker and Ragin were the top two vote-getters Tuesday in the general midterm election with Baker … more

3 incumbents retain Clarendon 1 school board seats

Tony Junious, Keith Bowman and Cindy Risher won the three open Clarendon School Board District 1 seats Tuesday night, according to unofficial results from the South Carolina Election Commission. The district includes Calvary, Panola, Summerton 1, … more

Thomas Sumter teacher Matthew Mac McLeod secures Sumter School Board District 3 seat

A former Sumter School District 2 board member for five years before district consolidation in 2011, Matthew “Mac” McLeod took the District 3 seat by a wide margin. With all precincts … more

Sumter's youngest school board candidate wins District 1 seat

Residents in Sumter School Board's District 1 knew they would have a new neighbor representing them on the Board of Trustees after Tuesday's election, and now they know it will likely be Brian … more

Former Lakewood, Furman principal takes Sumter School Board's District 2

In a race that came down to two former educators in Sumter School District 2, Sherril Ray defeated John Michalik and Charles M. Smith with 40.44 percent of the vote. “I’m very honored … more

Sumter races called; Baker, Ragin win at large school board seats, Davis upsets Galiano for City Council

With 94.83 percent of precincts reporting in Tuesday’s midterm general election in Sumter County, The Sumter Item is calling races for local seats. Republican incumbent Murrell Smith has won … more

ELECTION RESULTS: Midterm races affecting Sumter, Lee, Clarendon counties

U.S. House of Representatives, District 5 Michael Chandler (Constitution) Ralph W. Norman (R) Archie Parnell (D) U.S. House of Representatives, District 6 James E. Jim Clyburn … more

Crosswell Elementary School's new rec room puts focus on good behavior, grades

Students can now play pool, arcade and video games at an elementary school if they get good grades, and the room is a result of a community partnership aimed at increasing student engagement. Thompson Family of Companies worked with Crosswell … more
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