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Developing downtown Sumter: Sumter Item’s former publisher Hubert Osteen Jr. receives Gamecock City Society Award, proclamation from mayor for time on downtown board

A man whose name has been in The Sumter Item's masthead for decades had a whole day named after him in Sumter on Tuesday, a day when he also was awarded the city's highest honor. Hubert D. Osteen Jr., who began working at the newspaper when he … more

Sumter School District Board of Trustees' 1st actions result in split votes

In its first meeting involving action since the November election that welcomed five new people, the Sumter School District Board of Trustees seemed to draw more questions than answers Monday night. In separate motions, the board eliminated its … more

6 vying for at-large Sumter School Board seats discuss superintendent, safety, teacher pay at forum

The two at-large seats on Sumter School District Board of Trustees have drawn interest ever since the county's legislative delegation added the positions in the spring of 2017 after the district's financial crisis from fiscal 2016. In July 2017, … more

Next superintendent should start by July in Sumter School District

The search for Sumter School District's next superintendent will include community engagement, forums, focus groups, surveys and more with the plan to have the new leader in place by July 1, 2019. B.W.P. and Associates, the school board's search … more

Sumter School District earns millions in grants for mental health services, academic performance

Sumter School District will receive two new multi-million-dollar grants during multiple-year time-frames to address students' mental health issues and academic achievement. District officials informed the Board of Trustees of the grants on Monday … more
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