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52-year-old with cerebral palsy gets bachelor's degree from USC Sumter after 21 years

She stood Wednesday as a testimony of perseverance, tassel to her left, 21 years in the making. It was not easy to get to the moment on May 8 at Patriot Hall when the name "Robin Sherman" was called during USC Sumter's graduation ceremony. Not … more

Ebenezer pro-team class creates music video about bullying

They didn't avoid eye contact or dread talking to an adult, though a handful of the middle schoolers were taller than me, and instead sat patiently, excitedly, moving to the front of the class to be interviewed. The Ebenezer Middle School … more

Dreaming big: 17-year-old with autism is graduating from USC Sumter today with focus on genetics

Don't you ever tell this 17-year-old she won't achieve her goals because she has autism or because she has Turner's Syndrome or because she's (really) short because she will prove you wrong in about three minutes. Aiyana Hayes, quickly described … more

College, completed: Morris College holds 108th-annual graduation

Morris College held its 108th commencement ceremony on Saturday at the Sumter County Civic Center, where graduates and their friends and family heard from Lt. Gen. Bruce T. Crawford. The Columbia native became the Army's chief information officer … more

Wilson Hall wins big at SCISA Reading Fair

Wilson Hall students won 13 of the 22 awards presented during the inaugural S.C. Independent School Association State Reading Fair held at the Sumter County Civic Center. Each student participating chose an age-appropriate book, wrote a summary of … more

Sumter students recognized for SCISA science fair accomplishments

ORANGEBURG - Area students were recognized for their accomplishments during the awards ceremony at the 2019 South Carolina Independent School Association State Science Fair held April 9 at the Sumter County Civic Center. Jack Dennis, … more

Sumter teachers rally in Columbia for education legislation

Handmade signs in a sea of red surged to the Statehouse on Wednesday as thousands of teachers and public education advocates rallied for legislation. S.C. for Ed, an online teacher group, organized the rally in Columbia that the South Carolina … more

TSA Student Wins Optimist Youth of the Year Award

Thomas Sumter Academy eighth-grader Landyn Stevens was recently named the winner of the Optimist Youth of the Year Award. Stevens' recognition is for outstanding academic achievement, continual community involvement and dynamic leadership in sports. … more

Clyburn speaks at USC Sumter's OSP Awards Night

House Majority Whip James E. Clyburn, a Sumter native, served as guest speaker at the sixth-annual awards night of the Opportunity Scholars Program at the University of South Carolina Sumter on Tuesday. More than 70 OSP students were recognized for … more

Sumter school board to discuss denied appeal Monday

Sumter School District's Board of Trustees will have its first board meeting on Monday since the state Board of Education denied its "fiscal emergency" appeal, and possible next steps related to that failed appeal are a headline topic of … more

Sumterite wins Eastman Award for Excellence

PHOTO PROVIDED Carter Dwight of Sumter was recently named this year's recipient of the Eastman Award for Excellence. The award recognizes the most outstanding senior in the Department of Mechanical Engineering at Clemson University. Dwight, who … more

Thompson resigns from Finance Committee, pursuing public charter school for Sumter

In what he described as a “struggle with the majority leadership on the Sumter School Board” against a technical high school, local private business leader Greg Thompson has resigned from the … more

St. Anne & St. Jude Gala - complete with music, cash bar and auctions - set for May 3

FROM STAFF REPORTS The 10th Annual St. Anne & St. Jude Gala will be held on Friday, May 3, from 6:30 to 10 p.m. at The O'Donnell House, 120 E. Liberty St. This fundraising event will include heavy hors d'oeuvres, music, a cash bar and silent … more

Clarendon School District 2 schools releasing early as Sumter, Clarendon, Lee under tornado watch

All Clarendon School District 2 schools will dismiss at 1:15 p.m. Friday as Sumter, Clarendon and Lee counties are under a tornado watch. The watch extends Friday until 6 p.m. as severe … more

Lee district's Parent Advisory Council hosts 1st job fair

BISHOPVILLE - Lee County School District's Parent Advisory Council will host its inaugural job fair on Saturday, May 11, from 9 a.m. to noon at Lee Central Middle School, 41 Charlenes Lane. Lugoff Ford of Elgin, Lee County School … more

Central Carolina Technical College donates 3-D printer to elementary school's STEM lab

Central Carolina Technical College recently donated a new 3-D printer to Alice Drive Elementary School's STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) lab as part of Partners in Education between the two schools. The Partners in … more

Staggers officially named president of Morris College in Sumter

PHOTO PROVIDED State Rep. David Weeks, D-Sumter, congratulates Dr. Leroy Staggers on April 12 on the stage of the Neal-Jones Auditorium of Morris College. Faculty, staff, students, alumni and friends of Morris College celebrated the new … more

Sumter residents wrote to support education Superintendent Spearman

In the weeks since Sumter School District's Board of Trustees voted to reopen Mayewood Middle School and the state intervened, numerous local residents have made their feelings known to the state Department of Education. A review by The Sumter … more

Thomas Sumter Academy wins SCISA Science Fair

Thomas Sumter Academy continues to lead the way in Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math (STEAM) by winning the South Carolina Independent School Association Science Fair. TSA students competed against 133 students from 37 … more
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