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Sumter alum wants parents, students to understand 'full rides are possible'

Want a solution to rising college costs? Sumter native Melinda Mihlbauer probably has an answer. A career high school guidance counselor during the day at Woodland High School in Dorchester County School District 4, Mihlbauer is sometimes … more

'Artist rendering': 21-year-old takes artistic love, turns it into engineering design career at City of Sumter

Ever wonder about what goes into supplying water for your home, what kind of flow is necessary for your sewer line or what factors are involved in paving sidewalks and roads around town? Kristen Nygaard, a Kershaw County native, has found a niche … more

Elementary, secondary schools now allowed in more Sumter city zonings

Elementary and secondary schools are now allowed as a conditional use permit in more zonings within city limits after the Sumter City Council passed an ordinance at its meeting Tuesday. Reading: … more

Learning about our firefighters

Students from First Presbyterian Preschool took a field trip on Wednesday to the new Sumter Fire Department in the Public Safety Complex on North Lafayette Drive. Students were able to tour the … more

Ebenezer Middle School students learn about local career paths, success

Forty-seven students from Ebenezer Middle School had the opportunity to participate in the Student Leadership Career Forum. For the sixth year of implementation, the Greater Sumter Chamber of Commerce Education Committee, in … more

Sumter School board interviews 4 search consulting firms

Sumter School District's Board of Trustees interviewed four superintendent search consulting firms in executive session on Tuesday night at a special called meeting at the district office. After the interviews, the board returned to open session … more

My Community and Me makes schedule changes

My Community and Me, a program that teaches fourth-graders about the Sumter community with the help of recruited volunteers, has made changes to its 2018 schedule because of Hurricane Florence. The updated Community Circles schedule is as … 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

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 school board meets on superintendent search

After meeting last night, Sumter School District's Board of Trustees will make it back-to-back nights with another meeting tonight. A district spokeswoman distributed an agenda Sunday. Most of the discussion will take place in executive … more

Kingsbury Elementary School invites grandparents for breakfast

Kingsbury Elementary School held its annual Grandparents Breakfasts on Thursday and Friday, Sept. 20-21. Children in preschool, kindergarten, second and fourth grades were delighted to have their second set of parents have … more

School board meets again Monday

After its regularly scheduled monthly board meeting was delayed until last Monday, Sept. 17, due to Hurricane Florence, Sumter School District's Board of Trustees will meet on consecutive weeks with its regular monthly work session set for … more

Sumter teacher racks up awards

Shasta Smith, Sumter School District's 2018-19 Teacher of the Year, was named the September Star Teacher of the Month. She was a guest on the Good Morning Sumter Show on WDXY AM 1240 and FM 105.9 with host Derek Burress. Smith is a seven-year … 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

Location of schools in Sumter could expand to other zonings

Sumter City Council discussed a proposed ordinance amendment that would expand the zonings in which schools are allowed at its meeting on Tuesday. Reading: First of two Agenda item: A request … more

National Awards Program seeking S.C.'s top youth volunteers of 2018

The Prudential Spirit of Community Awards is looking for South Carolina's top youth volunteers of the year now through Nov. 6. Students in grades 5-12 are invited to apply for 2019 Prudential Spirit of Community Awards if they have … more

Sumter School District official: New achievement plan helped increase test scores

Sumter School District officials attribute increased test scores last school year to a new student achievement plan put in place about a year ago and say they think more growth will follow this year because of new academic programs now in many of … more

National Children's Theater performs at Oakland Primary

PHOTOS PROVIDED The National Children's Theater, in conjunction with Duke Energy, brought the roof down at Oakland Primary School with its performance of "Round up at Resource Ranch," a program that teaches students about conserving energy and … more

Sumter School District announces 3 make-up days from Hurricane Florence

Sumter School District has announced three make-up dates for school days missed last week as a result of Hurricane Florence. Interim Superintendent Debbie Hamm said at Monday night’s school … more

Sumter School Board Finance Committee to meet Wednesday

Sumter School District’s Board of Trustees’ advisory Finance Committee is scheduled to hold its monthly meeting on Wednesday. A district spokeswoman distributed a meeting agenda late … more
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