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Sumter middle school student charged after Lakewood High shooting threat on Facebook

A 14-year-old middle school student has been taken into custody after the threat of a shooting at Lakewood High School in response to alleged bullying was made on social media Sunday. Sumter … more

Sumter school board candidates get one last shot

Before next week's election, at-large candidates vying for two seats on the nine-member Sumter School Board participated in another meet-the-candidates forum Tuesday. Five of the eight candidates took to the stage at Central Carolina Technical … 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

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

Wilson Hall students dissect crayfish as part of STEAM curriculum

Seventh-grade Wilson Hall students Landon Gilley, Mackenzie Helms and Blake VanPatten dissect a cephalothorax, commonly known as a crayfish, in a lab science class taught by Sheri Singleton. For the … more

Theater returns to Thomas Sumter Academy

PHOTOS PROVIDED Thomas Sumter Academy's new theater / fine arts teacher, Anna Burrell, has breathed new life into the arts and theater program. For the first time in several years, TSA put on a play, not only one play but two one-act plays - … more

Crestwood High School junior 1 of 2 in state chosen for United States Senate Youth Program

Many high school juniors are still thinking about college applications, but one Crestwood High School third-year is already almost halfway through his associate degree and now has his sights set on a prestigious scholarship program that will land … more

Applications being accepted for REACH program

PHOTOS PROVIDED Sumter School District's REACH program for artistically gifted and talented students offers students in grades 3-11 opportunities to develop and enhance their talents in the areas of visual arts, theater and choral music through … more

Sumter students, families enjoy Wilson Hall Fall Festival

Wilson Hall's annual Fall Festival was held on Spencer Field on Tuesday. Sponsored by the PTO, the event featured 15 game booths, inflatable bouncy house and rock climb/slide, costume and pumpkin … more

Thomas Sumter Academy students serve community with holiday help, cheer

At Thomas Sumter Academy, there is more to learning than bricks, mortar and books. During this season, members of Thomas Sumter Academy's Middle School took time out of their busy schedule to visit several places in Sumter as a part of serving their … more

Sumter chamber recognizes 12 students

The Greater Sumter Chamber of Commerce celebrated 12 outstanding students at Ebenezer Middle School on Nov. 15 with the presentation of the Golden Apple Awards. Each student was recognized for having integrity and strong moral character, states a … 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

Lemira Golden Steppers step up for the community

PHOTO PROVIDED At the beginning of the school year, Lemira Elementary School Prinicipal, Dr. Vanessa Smith-Canty, challenged the Lemira Golden Steppers to engage in community service projects. The Golden Steppers have participated in two … more

Hillcrest council visits Oakland Primary

Members of the Hillcrest Middle School Student Council visited Oakland Primary School earlier this week with letters from Santa. They read the letters to the pre-kindergarten students and helped them with festive crafts. PHOTO PROVIDED more

Campus Corner: Jan. 1, 2019

Orangeburg-Calhoun Technical College The following area students have been named honor students for the fall 2018 academic term at Orangeburg-Calhoun Technical College: President's List (full-time) - Eutawville - Alexis Singletary - … more

9 students named winners in Sumter mayor's Christmas card contest

Nine students from each grade in Sumter School District's elementary and middle schools were selected as winners in the 5th-annual City of Sumter Mayor's Christmas Card Contest. The top two winners - Murrin Reed, sixth-grader at Alice Drive … more

State releases school report cards amid criticism, skepticism

Well, they are finally out, at least. Amid varying levels of criticism and skepticism, which can be common with a new state-wide school rating system, the state Department of Education released Thursday school report cards including scores for … 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

18 of 21 school board candidates attend Meet the Candidates Night at Crestwood

Eighteen of the 21 candidates running for six available seats on the Sumter School Board took to the stage Tuesday night to answer platform questions about topics including teacher pay and the … more
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