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Pancake Day marks 56th year of helping children in Sumter

FROM STAFF REPORTS The Kiwanis Club of Sumter will flip pancakes for its 56th year on Saturday, March 3, at Alice Drive Middle School, 40 Miller Road. Sumter Kiwanians will raise funds for Sumter children in two shifts, from 7 to 10:30 a.m. and … more

Sumter High IB students visit Clemson

PHOTO PROVIDED Sumter High School IB biology classes traveled to Clemson University for a STEM adventure recently. At the Clemson University Life Science Outreach Center, students transformed E. coli with the pGlo plasmid, which carries a … more

Chamber recognizes 12 Alice Drive Middle students for 'excellence in character traits'

Kindness. Hard worker. Leader. Middle school student. Respectful. Thoughtful. Eager. Engaged. Polite. Appreciative. Conscientious. Tries to do her best every day. These words describe the 12 Alice Drive Middle School students who were recently … more

Sumter, Clarendon superintendents: Safety is priority in threats of violence

After various claims of impending school violence in recent days in light of the recent tragedy in Florida, two area superintendents who have had threats claimed within their school districts pledged Tuesday their commitment to all community … more

Two Manning High School students call in threats of violence

Manning High School received calls on Friday threatening potential violence from two students, it was announced Tuesday morning, officials said. The calls were rumors, conversation that went too … more

Bringing research to life

PHOTOS PROVIDED Students in Katie Huggins' third-grade class at Millwood Elementary School completed a research project on Revolutionary War Soldiers. The groups wrote research papers and created life-size replicas of their soldiers. Students … more

Education News: Sunday, Feb. 18, 2018

Wilson Hall State Math Meet The high school math team, advised by Mary Anne Erter, placed ninth out of 35 teams in the S.C. Independent School Association State Math Meet held at Sumter County Civic Center on Jan. 31. In individual … more

Sumter school board's Finance Committee to meet Monday

The advisory Finance Committee of Sumter School District's Board of Trustees will hold its monthly meeting on Monday at the district office, 1345 Wilson Hall Road. As is normally the case at … more

Sumter reading interventionist 'fills the gap' in multiple ways

Sometimes with a job change, you can find a perfect fit. Sumter School District teacher Ureka Hilton has found that as a reading interventionist at Rafting Creek Elementary School in Rembert. A Sumter native and Morris College graduate, Hilton … more

Clarendon native, NASA scientist, BBQ master inspires Morris College students

Not many people are actual rocket scientists. Not many people are nationally renowned barbecue masters. Howard Conyers is both. A connection between the two may not be immediately clear, but Conyers, a Manning native who has been a NASA Stennis … more

Dr. Doug visits Lemira

Dr. Doug, an internationally renowned oceanographer and geo-scientist, joined Lemira Elementary School second-graders in the STEM Lab. Chyna Whitted is closest to Dr. Doug with Sha'Zyria Prince watching at left. The students learned about matter and … more

F.J. DeLaine students, Covenant Place residents in Sumter share what love means to them

Candy and flowers topped the list of things students at F.J. DeLaine Elementary School would like to give or receive this Valentine's Day while some of the students' vast imaginations resulted in more out-of-the-box responses. However, despite their … more

Sumter school board approves consultants for population, facilities studies

Two independent consultants were approved Monday to conduct studies that could impact the future of smaller, low-enrollment schools in the district. After returning from executive session at its … more

Group wants alumni in role as Morris president

The Rev. Ralph Canty said he considers it an honor that a local grassroots campaign has been organized for him to be considered as a candidate for the Morris College presidency. Canty, 72, made his comments last week to The Sumter Item after it … more

Education News: Feb. 11, 2018

Lee County School District BISHOPVILLE PRIMARY SCHOOL The Bishopville Primary School Thunderbird Dance Team performed at the district's school board meeting on Jan. 16. January 2018 was … more

Professional services contract goes before Sumter school board

After taking no action following a two-hour executive session at a special-called meeting Thursday, Sumter School District's Board of Trustees will meet again Monday for its regular monthly board meeting. A district staff member distributed the … more

Group petitions Morris College to consider Canty for its president

A local grassroots campaign last fall to get a Sumter leader to be considered as a candidate for the Morris College presidency is now taking its efforts to the next level. Sumter County resident Carlton Washington, leader of a petition campaign … more
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