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Back to School: Sumter District -- High Hills, Hillcrest, Kingsbury, Lakewood, Lemira, Manchester, Millwood, Oakland Primary, Pocalla Springs, Rafting Creek, R.E. Davis, Shaw Heights, Sumter High, Wilder, Willow Drive, Sumter Career, Sumter Adult Ed

High Hills Elementary SchoolPrincipal: Dr. Mary Kay NortonPhone: (803) 499-3327/Fax: (803) 499-9553School day: 7:30 a.m.-2:15 p.m.http://hhes.sumterschools.netThe new school year begins Tuesday, Aug. … more

Alice Drive Baptist Church in Sumter holds 20th anniversary Prayer Walk on Monday

A local church's annual community prayer event will return next week before the start of the school year. After canceling last year's event because of the coronavirus pandemic, Sumter's Alice Drive Baptist Church will pray once again for students … more

PARK drive-through event at Sumter County Civic Center will include giveaway of basic school supplies

After being canceled last year because of the coronavirus pandemic, the Sumter County Prevention Team is back to host its seventh Parents Accessing Resources for Kids event Saturday, Aug. 7, at the Sumter County Civic Center. Things will be … more

Back-to-School drive held for students in South Sumter Park next week; donations needed

Summer is almost over, and so are Sumter Family Fun Days in South Sumter. As children have enjoyed learning softball, tennis, track and field and art with their family these past few months, the city is now ending this summer of fun with a … more

University of South Carolina mandates masks again as COVID cases rise

COLUMBIA (AP) — The University of South Carolina is requiring students to wear masks indoors this fall as the spread of COVID-19 has sped up across the state. The mask requirement went into … more

Lee district schools will hold registrations next week

Lee County School District will hold its first day of school on Tuesday, Aug. 17. The following schools will hold registration before or on the day The Sumter Item's Back-to-School Guide will publish on Aug. 5: - Dennis Elementary School, Aug. … more

Lakewood High School, Sumter County Adult Education to hold Meet and Greets on Aug. 5

The following schools in Sumter School District will hold Community Meet and Greet events before or on the day The Sumter Item's Back-to-School Guide publishes on Thursday, Aug. 5. Lakewood High School will hold its Community Meet and Greet on … more

Becoming Tigers: Program is held for incoming Clemson freshmen from Sumter

After a year of virtual learning and missed milestones, Sumter's newest Tigers are bound for the Upstate. The Sumter Area Clemson Club hosted a send-off program for the Clemson Class of 2025 on Thursday at the Central Carolina Technical College … more

Sumter School District weighing pay bonuses as fund projections rise

After accounting for reduced payroll expenses in the fiscal year that ended June 30, Sumter School District's projected net income is up, and administration is considering the possibility of "a one-time retention stipend" for employees. District … more

Information sessions scheduled for parents interested in Sumter School District's virtual learning option

Sumter School District has arranged for two virtual informational sessions on Thursday for parents interested in its limited virtual learning option for their children for the upcoming school year. The virtual program for grades 6-12 is only … more

Bassmaster Elite returns to Santee Cooper in 2022

CLARENDON COUNTY - The top professional bass fishing circuit in the world, Bassmaster Elite, will return to the Santee Cooper lakes in 2022. "We are excited to be able to bring the Bassmaster Elites back in 2022," said Tiffany B. Myers, director … more

Summerton residents, alumni continue fight to change school name

Community activists continued to fight to return an elementary school's name to its original as they aired their grievances at Tuesday's Clarendon School District 4 meeting. Summerton residents launched the "Change for Clarendon" initiative early … more

Clarendon School District 2 names baseball field after former Manning High coach, teacher Coker

Manning High School's baseball field is getting a new name in honor of one of the school's former teachers and mentors. Clarendon School District 2's Board of Trustees unanimously approved the new name, Coach Rick Coker Memorial Field, after … more

Clemson Send-Off Celebration is July 29

The Sumter Area Clemson Club is hosting its annual Clemson Send-Off Celebration for first-time Tiger students next week and requests area alumni and friends who plan to attend to call and register their attendance. The sendoff will be Thursday, … more

Kidz Klub of Partners for Change of the Carolinas celebrates STREAM

Nonprofit organization Partners for Change of the Carolinas, which is focused on enhancing the educational journeys of local students, created the Kidz Klub summer enrichment program, which had its end-of-camp ceremony earlier this … more

Campus corner for July 21, 2021: Students from Sumter, Clarendon and Lee counties

EMORY & HENRY COLLEGE EMORY, Virginia - Zeke Workman of Dalzell has been named to the Emory & Henry College Spring 2021 Dean's list. To be named to the Dean's list, students must be a full-time student and receive a 3.6 GPA for the … more

S.C. Governor's School offering new online STEM program

The South Carolina Governor's School for Science and Math has introduced an online, tuition-free diploma program called STEM Foundations, and Sumter students are being invited to apply. "This is the first year for the STEM Foundations program, so … more

Campus corner for July 3, 2021: Students from Sumter, Lee and Clarendon counties

COASTAL CAROLINA UNIVERSITY CONWAY - Coastal Carolina University recognized nearly 1,200 students during its in-person Spring 2021 commencement ceremonies held May 7 and 8 in Brooks Stadium. Among the graduates were: - Sumter - Malikah … more

Lee County School District names interim Bernard McDaniel as new superintendent

Lee County School District Board of Trustees announced that interim Superintendent Bernard McDaniel Sr. has been named as the school district's new superintendent on Thursday. McDaniel was the interim superintendent of the school district after … more

Sumter School District seeks feedback on Adult Education Center renaming; Ray served as program director for 7 years

Sumter School District is seeking input on a recommendation to rename the Sumter Adult Education Center, 905 N. Main St., in honor of former director Virginia Kiser Ray. At the March 22 board meeting, district staff made a presentation to the … more
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