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Reflections visits the site of the once popular Hampton Apartments which were destroyed by fire on Jan. 21, 1928. This two-part episode discusses the destruction and rebuilding of one of Sumter's most recognizable landmarks. The fire attracted the … more
Reflections revisits one of Sumter's most well-known and popular 5, 10 and $1.00 stores. In August of 1958 Edward's store opened on Main Street and enjoyed immediate success. The Sumter store was one of the newest and largest Edward's stores to open … more
This issue of Reflections highlights the achievements of the 1920 Sumter High Basketball team. This team caught the attention of the student body and the community by narrowly losing to Columbia High in the state championship game. The team served … more
Today Reflections looks at the history of one of Sumter's oldest buildings, commonly known as the George Shore building. This facility is believed to the oldest building remaining in the downtown historic district. According to Cassie Nicholes in … more
Reflections examines women's athletics prior to their becoming interscholastic events. According to research conducted by the late Ruth Edens, girls' athletics at Edmunds High were limited to intramural status until the 1959-60 school term. Girls … more
This issue of Reflections looks back 25 years to the time Sumter and South Carolina were confronted with a massive natural disaster. Hurricane Hugo would make landfall near Charleston harbor just before midnight on Sept. 21, 1989. With winds clocked … more
Part 2 of Reflections' look back at some of Sumter's firsts continues. Sumter's first horse show since the revival of the County Fair took place on Oct. 31, 1933, at the Fairgrounds track and attracted a crowd of several hundred spectators and a … more
Reflections presents a two part series on historical "firsts" in the Sumter community. These firsts were determined following research conducted using The Sumter Item archives and various texts including: Anne King Gregorie's "History of Sumter … more
EDITOR'S NOTE: Today's Reflections continues the look back at the extensive growth of the Sumter community in 1939. This article exists in The Sumter Item archives and is reprinted with minimal editing. 'There were 345 births of both White and … more
Reflections returns to the year 1939 when the city of Sumter experienced rapid growth. Our research examines the economic, agricultural, educational and political expansion of the city. The information discussed will be presented in a two-part … more
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