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Sumter school board candidates get one last shot

Before next week's election, at-large candidates vying for two seats on the nine-member Sumter School Board participated in another meet-the-candidates forum Tuesday. Five of the eight candidates took to the stage at Central Carolina Technical … more

Willow Drive third-graders practice teamwork with STEAM

PHOTOS BY MICAH GREEN / THE SUMTER ITEM Tiffany Marshall's third-grade class at Willow Drive Elementary School participated in a STEAM Hour Thursday afternoon. Each grade level completed standards-based challenges during the hour that demonstrate … more

School board postpones meeting until Sept. 17

Due to the impending inclement weather, Sumter School District's Board of Trustees postponed its board meeting that was scheduled for Monday night. According to a district spokeswoman, the board meeting has been rescheduled for Monday, Sept. … more

Wilson Hall middle, high school students float in homecoming parade

Members of Wilson Hall's sophomore class cheer from their float, which had a safari theme, during their 45th-annual homecoming parade on Oct. 5. Sponsored by the student council, the parade traveled the 4-mile route through nearby neighborhoods. … more

Sumter students celebrate Pinwheels for Peace

Everyone at Alice Drive Elementary School had a groovy time celebrating Pinwheels for Peace on Friday. All students in the school made a pinwheel to represent peace, and each class decorated the front lawn of the school with their pinwheels. In … more

Tour de Tech: Former Central Carolina Technical College President Hardee cycles across state to raise scholarship money

One of Sumter's former leaders made a return trip to the city Monday in an unconventional manner. Former Central Carolina Technical College President Tim Hardee, now the South Carolina Technical College System president, bicycled Monday from … more

LIST UPDATED THURSDAY: Closings and cancellations for Hurricane Florence in Sumter, Lee and Clarendon counties

Following is a list of current and upcoming closures and cancelations related to Hurricane Florence in Sumter, Lee and Clarendon counties and affecting South Carolina. Keep checking back here for … more

10 SHS choral students chosen for honor choirs

PHOTO PROVIDED Ten students from Sumter High School's choral program were selected to participate in SC ACDA High School Honor Choirs held at College of Charleston. Hundreds of students throughout South Carolina auditioned last school year to see … more

Wilson Hall senior named Commended Scholar

Wilson Hall senior Ingrid Singleton has been named a Commended Scholar in the 2019 National Merit Scholarship Program. About 34,000 Commended Students throughout the nation are being recognized for their exceptional academic promise. These … more

Sumter, Clarendon schools to reopen Monday after Florence closures

All Sumter School District schools and offices will reopen on Monday, September 17, now that Gov. Henry McMaster has lifted the order for school closures due to Hurricane Florence, according to … more

Campus corner: Aug. 23, 2018

Troy University TROY, Alabama - Troy University recognizes the following Sumter students who completed the requirements for graduation during the summer semester/Term 5 of the 2017-18 academic year: Shelley Kile, Master of Public Administration; … more

Theater returns to Thomas Sumter Academy

PHOTOS PROVIDED Thomas Sumter Academy's new theater / fine arts teacher, Anna Burrell, has breathed new life into the arts and theater program. For the first time in several years, TSA put on a play, not only one play but two one-act plays - … more

Applications being accepted for REACH program

PHOTOS PROVIDED Sumter School District's REACH program for artistically gifted and talented students offers students in grades 3-11 opportunities to develop and enhance their talents in the areas of visual arts, theater and choral music through … more

Sumter students, families enjoy Wilson Hall Fall Festival

Wilson Hall's annual Fall Festival was held on Spencer Field on Tuesday. Sponsored by the PTO, the event featured 15 game booths, inflatable bouncy house and rock climb/slide, costume and pumpkin … more

Crosswell Elementary School's new rec room puts focus on good behavior, grades

Students can now play pool, arcade and video games at an elementary school if they get good grades, and the room is a result of a community partnership aimed at increasing student engagement. Thompson Family of Companies worked with Crosswell … more

10 Sumter schools pursuing STEM certification

Following the success of Alice Drive Middle School in the Science, Technology, Engineering and Math, nine other schools in Sumter School District are now pursuing a highly regarded national certification in STEM for the first time. Lori Smith, … more

Sumter CCTC students receive Path to Provide scholarships

SUBMITTED The Path to Provide scholarship is a partnership with the South Carolina Technical College System and affiliated colleges and the South Carolina Hospital Association and member hospitals. The scholarship program allows students pursuing … more

ELECTION RESULTS: Midterm races affecting Sumter, Lee, Clarendon counties

U.S. House of Representatives, District 5 Michael Chandler (Constitution) Ralph W. Norman (R) Archie Parnell (D) U.S. House of Representatives, District 6 James E. Jim Clyburn … more

Girls on the Run helps students with self-esteem, health and setting goals

Girls in grades three through five have been participating in Girls on the Run at Willow Drive Elementary School. Shakenya Morris and her team of coaches are leading the girls in self-esteem-building activities, exercise and … more

18 of 21 school board candidates attend Meet the Candidates Night at Crestwood

Eighteen of the 21 candidates running for six available seats on the Sumter School Board took to the stage Tuesday night to answer platform questions about topics including teacher pay and the … more
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