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Lee County School District Parent Advisory Council to focus on finance

Lee County School District Parent Advisory Council will meet at 5:30 p.m. Monday, Dec. 9, at the District Office, 310 Roland St., Bishopville. Financial literacy is the focus of the event titled "Bishopville-opoly: 'Tis the … more

Sumter school board will keep public on committees

After a public participation period featuring school bus drivers and food-service workers expressing concerns about pay, Sumter School District's Board of Trustees debated its committee system after a two-hour executive session Monday night. At … more

Sumter school board maintains public on committees in 6-3 vote

In what was described as a “tense” meeting by Chairman the Rev. Ralph Canty filled with district bus drivers and food-service workers expressing their concerns about pay during public … more

Committees, public participation highlight Sumter School board meeting

Committees, finances and public participation appear to be the headline items for Sumter School District's Board of Trustees regular monthly meeting scheduled for Monday night. A district staff member placed the agenda online Friday for the … more

McLeod Health partners with nursing program at CCTC

submitted MANNING - As a partner in nursing education for the region, McLeod Health has made a contribution to an area nursing school. Support of valuable educational offerings is reflected in the $25,000 gift to Central Carolina Technical … more

St. Anne & St. Jude students celebrate Red Ribbon Week

St. Anne & St. Jude students and teachers celebrated Red Ribbon Week. As a school, everyone was eager to show their support for the drug and violence prevention awareness campaign. Students participated in several activities during the week, … more

Social media post threatens Crestwood High School

A second social media post on Wednesday mentioned a threat of violence to another public school in Sumter. The Sumter County Sheriff’s Office is investigating a post targeting Crestwood High … more

2 juveniles questioned for social media threats to Hillcrest Middle School

Two juveniles are being questioned in connection to social media posts threating violence at Hillcrest Middle School Wednesday morning. The threats to the school on Peach Orchard Road, … more

Wacky science thrills Sumter Opera House crowd

PHOTOS BY MICAH GREEN / THE SUMTER ITEM Kids and adults alike enjoyed their time at the Sumter Opera House on Thursday as they found out what you get when you take "a dash of science, a blob of humor and throw in a hillbilly." Dr. Cletus Beaker … more

Sumter native honored at S.C. Association for the Education of Young Children conference

Sumter native Naomi K. McQuiller was recently honored with The Felicia Smalls Ragland Award and the Sally McClellan Member Scholarship at the recent South Carolina Association for the Education of Young Children 2019 Annual … more

St. Anne & St. Jude Catholic School celebrates All Saints' Day

St. Anne & St. Jude Catholic School celebrated All Saints' Day on Nov. 1 with a special mass that included the entire school. Students in kindergarten through 12th grade, as well as all their teachers and administrators, dressed up as a favorite … more

Sumter bus drivers skip Tuesday morning routes over pay concerns

Bus routes in Sumter were delayed Tuesday morning after 20 out of 90 drivers did not report to work over what they’re saying are concerns about their pay. Of the 20 drivers, 18 were from the … more

USC board makes tuition free for active-duty military; USC Sumter has been offsetting rise in costs for 6 years

The University of South Carolina Board of Trustees recently took a step to help active-duty military members go to college in its system essentially tuition-free, something USC Sumter has been doing for several years. Eric Reisenauer, USC … more

Autopsy shows Laurence Manning Academy teacher, husband died by gunshots

Preliminary autopsy results show a Laurence Manning Academy teacher and her husband were both killed by gunshots. Clarendon County Coroner Bucky Mock released the initial results Monday morning in … more

Sumter High School student, 16, charged after false claim of gun, shooting on campus

A 16-year-old Sumter High School student has been charged with filing a false report after claiming another student was armed and threatened a shooting at the school, authorities say. Officers … more

Threat brings police to Sumter High School, deemed not credible

Law enforcement is currently at Sumter High School investigating an alleged threat that was reported to the school and has since been deemed not credible. A message was sent to parents at 11:25 … more

Sumter School District policy committee to discuss subgroup system Tuesday

Sumter School District's Policy Committee will meet Tuesday at the district office. Committee Chairman the Rev. Daryl McGhaney announced the meeting Monday during the board's monthly work session. Among other topics, the committee is expected … more

Halloween starts early for First Presbyterian Preschool

Children at First Presbyterian Preschool took to the streets on Thursday morning to gather treats from local businesses. Super heroes, princesses, military special ops and more were escorted by teachers, parents and grandparents. PHOTOS PROVIDED more

Sumter Rep. Weeks urges ‘spirit of unity’ among school board members

For more than half of his 7½-minute speech, a longtime legislator used a “Brothers Grimm” fairy tale to discourage division among Sumter’s school district and community … more

Laurence Manning Academy teacher, husband die in 'tragic accident'

A Laurence Manning Academy teacher and her husband have died due to a “tragic accident,” according to the school. The K3-12 Christian-faith school posted on Facebook and its website … more
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