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Helping the world grow: BioBantam Club at Bates Middle recognized by National Wildlife Federation for butterfly garden

A group of middle school students is building a new world in a small garden for tiny creatures who have a big role to play. Students in BioBantams, a first-year science club at Bates Middle School in Sumter, spent the year planning and designing … more

Late Morris College president subject of new biography

Dr. Luns C. Richardson's contributions to and achievements at Morris College during his 43-year service as college president could likely fill several volumes. In his latest book, James L. "Jim" Felder sets those achievements in the context of … more

TSA celebrates Class of '19

SUBMITTED Thomas Sumter Academy celebrated its 2019 graduating class on May 18. The hard work by the 22 graduates paid off as they were offered more than $8 million in scholarships and grants. Additionally, the class of 2019 working with … more

Development group, partners honor local 'emerging leaders'

"To have the best leaders for tomorrow, one must train them today" was the theme for a pilot program this year for 16 recognized Sumter School District high school juniors. On Tuesday, TheLink Economic Development Alliance and the University of … more

St. Anne & St. Jude Catholic School students visit Temple Sinai Jewish History Center

St. Anne & St. Jude Catholic School students recently visited Temple Sinai Jewish History Center and Sanctuary. This field trip was the culmination of the students' year-long study of the Old Testament. Temple Sinai Jewish History Center, 10 … more

Lee Central High students honored in cord ceremony

SUBMITTED BISHOPVILLE - Eight Lee Central High School students were among more than 1,500 high school seniors recognized by S.C. Superintendent of Education Molly Spearman recently for making a future commitment to the U.S. military or to a … more

Wilson Hall's Baron Bulletin wins again

PHOTO PROVIDED Wilson Hall's student newspaper, The Baron Bulletin, won the Best in State award in the S.C. Independent School Association State Publication Competition. This is the 26th time the newspaper, for which senior Holly Poag (pictured) … more

2 Sumterites elected to Morris board of trustees

SUBMITTED The Baptist Educational and Missionary Convention of South Carolina, during its 142nd-annual session, elected two Sumterites as the newest members of the Morris College Board of Trustees. Kenney Wyndell Rose and James V. "Ted" Wilson … more

Educating. Empowering. Enriching.: Sumter School District to host 2nd teacher conference in June

Summertime is coming fast for Sumter School District teachers, but the district wants to send them off in style by hosting its second-annual E3 professional development conference. District Executive Director of Instruction Jade McLeod spoke … more

Logan-Owens, Fate named to board of CCTC Foundation

Two Sumter leaders headline the selection of seven new members to the resource development arm of Central Carolina Technical College. Michelle Logan-Owens and Lefford Fate were recently named to … more

Central Carolina Technical College celebrates more than 600 graduates

Central Carolina Technical College held two commencement ceremonies May 10 at the Sumter County Civic Center to accommodate more than 600 graduates. The 10 a.m. ceremony was for students graduating from Business and Public Service … more

USC Sumter, USC Aiken form new education degree partnership

The University of South Carolina Sumter recently announced a new partnership with USC Aiken School of Education to offer two degree programs beginning in the fall. USC Sumter students can now earn a Bachelor of Arts degree in either … more

Westside Christian Academy praise choir sings for Brookdale Sumter residents

The Westside Christian Academy School Praise Choir visited Brookdale Sumter Senior Living on Monday to sing for residents. more

Central Carolina pins a total of 61 nurses, massage therapists, pharmacy technicians

SUBMITTED Central Carolina Technical College's Health Sciences Division pinned 13 massage therapists, 38 nurses and 10 pharmacy technicians during two pinning ceremonies held May 9 at Sumter Opera House. The Massage Therapy program prepares … more

3 Sumter students win essay contest

FROM STAFF REPORTS The American Legion Auxiliary Unit 15 announced the winners of its Annual Essay Contest at its Sumter meeting on May 6. The title of the contest was "How can we address and prevent veteran homelessness in our community?" The … more

SLED investigating Lee School District finances

Lee County School District is being investigated by the State Law Enforcement Division on accusations of the possible misuse of funds. SLED spokesman Thom Berry confirmed with The Sumter Item on Monday an ongoing investigation in the … more

Sumter school board to discuss state department financial recommendations

Sumter School District's Board of Trustees will review specific state Department of Education recommendations on the district's new budget recovery plan for next year at its board meeting Monday night. A district spokeswoman made the agenda … more

Sumter, Manning students named Ride of Your Life Scholarship recipients for 2019

FROM STAFF REPORTS Sumter High School student John Williams and Manning High School student William Shaw were recently named Ride of Your Life Scholarship recipients for 2019 by the South Carolina State Fair. According to a news release, the … more

Central Carolina Technical student places at 37th-Annual Welding Skills Competition

FROM STAFF REPORTS Sam DuBose, Jesus Diaz and Brandon Yeager, all Central Carolina Technical College welding students, competed April 18 and 19 in the South Carolina Technical System's 37th-Annual Welding Skills Competition at Horry Georgetown … more

Tassels turned: USC Sumter graduates 99 students

Patriot Hall hosted USC Sumter's graduation ceremony Wednesday, a moment that saw 99 students turn their tassels to the left to mark their commencement with either associate or bachelor's degrees. USC … more
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