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Rallying the troops: Sumter School District teachers get together for back-to-school pep rally

"Whatever it takes." That's the theme for the new school year in Sumter School District, and it was expressed loud (really loud) and clear Wednesday at the district's annual opening meeting for teachers and staff at Sumter County Civic … more

Sumter sends Clemson freshmen off with an orange bang

The Swan Lake Heath Pavilion was flooded with orange and purple and tiger paws Thursday evening as the Sumter Clemson Club held a send-off party for incoming Tiger Town freshmen from Sumter, Lee and Clarendon counties. About 80 students were … more

A little bit of hand sanitizer goes a long way for Sumter teachers

A passerby may think upon hearing the cheers and seeing the smiles that it was Christmas in August at Lemira Elementary School on Friday. Just swap out a sack of presents under a tree with boxes of school supplies on a truck. Employees from … more

SHS announces orientation time change

FROM STAFF REPORTS Orientation for freshmen and students in grades 10-12, who are new to Sumter High School, will be held on Thursday, Aug. 16. Students whose last names begin with A-L will report from 5 to 6 p.m., and M-Z will report from 6 … more

2 Sumter School District teachers complete Energy Educators Institute

FROM STAFF REPORTS MONCKS CORNER - Two Sumter School District teachers, Desire Webb and Faith Gibbons, recently participated in Santee Cooper's annual Energy Educators Institute. According to a news release from Santee Cooper, state educators … more

Sumter School District will change its career fairs to 2 days

Sumter School District is changing the format of its middle- and high school career fairs this upcoming year. "It's basically a district-wide career fair," said Mark Gillard, the district's work-based learning coordinator, on Wednesday when … more

Sumter schools welcoming 173 new teachers this year

Newness, excitement, joy and some jitters filled the air Wednesday at Sumter School District's New Teacher Orientation at Crestwood High School. This year, the district has 173 new certified classroom teachers in Sumter County, according to … more

Sumter School Board Finance Committee to discuss year-end standing

Sumter School Board's advisory Finance Committee will hold its regular monthly meeting on Thursday at 7:45 a.m. at the district office, 1345 Wilson Hall Road. A district spokeswoman distributed the agenda for the meeting on Tuesday. Committee … more

McQuilla will not run for re-election to Sumter school board

Sumter School District Board of Trustees member Lucille McQuilla announced she will not be seeking re-election to the Area 3 seat on the board. Reading from a prepared statement on Friday, McQuilla said she enjoyed serving the children of Sumter … more

Campus Corner: Sunday, Aug. 5, 2018

UNIVERSITY OF ALABAMA TUSCALOOSA, Alabama - The following Sumter students were awarded degrees during spring 2018 commencement at the University of Alabama May 4-6: Allison Estep, Bachelor of Science, and Shania Sankey, Bachelor of Social … more

Concert set for Music Man's Lee County departure, Sumter arrival

Thomas "Terry" Slater, also known as the Music Man, has taught music in Lee County for 32 years. Now, he's moving to Sumter County, and his former students think it's only right to put on a show in his honor.New Zion AME Church in Bishopville will … more

Lakewood High marching band Class of 2018 awarded college scholarships

Some teenagers turn their tassels at graduation and never look back at high school. Not four recent Lakewood High School graduates. Five of the six seniors who were in marching band at Lakewood went back to their now alma mater on Old Manning … more

Lee County back-to-school bashes will be Aug. 4, Aug. 9

Lee County students can attend two back-to-school bashes in August.Lee County School District will hold its bash from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday, Aug. 4, at Lee Central Middle School Gymnasium, 41 … more

Lee school bashes will be Aug. 4, Aug. 9

Lee County students can attend two back-to-school bashes in August. Lee County School District will hold its bash from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday, Aug. 4, at Lee Central Middle School Gymnasium, 41 Charlene Lane, Bishopville. Lee County NAACP … more

Lowe’s gives Sumter's Lemira a new look

After Thursday, close to 30 volunteers associated with Lowe’s in Sumter would certainly agree with the old adage “helping others helps yourself.”For two days this week, 25 … more

Friends of Pearl Fryar's Topiary Garden award scholarships

FROM STAFF REPORTS Friends of Pearl Fryar's Topiary Garden have generously supported the Central Carolina Technical College Foundation Scholarship Program since 2008 according to a news release from CCTC. Scholarship awards are designated for … more

Sumter Rotary Club awards scholarships

Sumter Rotary Club presented students with scholarships recently. From left are Charlie Allen, Rotary president; Jarod Richardson; Noah Brown; Nycolaus King; Makeba Harvin; Mya McCray; LaCeasar Sharod; Austin Hopkins; and Johnny Hilton, Rotary … more

CCTC to host lunch and learn next week

FROM STAFF REPORTS Central Carolina Technical College will host a lunch-and-learn session next week for parents of Sumter County high school students and eighth-graders to inform them of the college's various opportunities for their … more

Students awarded scholarship in memory of slain officer

PHOTO PROVIDED Winners of the 2018 Charlie Kubala Memorial Scholarship, from left (holding checks), are Liam Miller of Thomas Sumter Academy, Abby Zilch of Wilson Hall and Sarah Richardson of Sumter High School. Standing with students are Sumter … more

Michalik not running for re-election to Sumter School District Board

With a relatively light agenda, the biggest news from Sumter School District's Board of Trustees' meeting Monday might actually have been afterward when Vice Chairwoman Karen Michalik said she would not be seeking re-election in … more
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