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Free education can trace its origin to 1792 when provision was made in the states for the establishment for free schools; however, most states could not bear the cost of such a mandate. Those with the financial resources would send their children to … more
This issue of Reflections focuses on the world's energy crisis that occurred primarily in the major industrial countries during the 1970s. The cost and availability of gasoline had a devastating effect on most Americans during this time. Documents … more
This issue of Reflections reports on a major boating disaster which occurred on the Wateree River. The article was initially published in the Columbia Register and later ran in the Watchman and Southron. The story also appeared in The New York Times … more
Today Reflections, in conjunction with Black History month, celebrates a number of achievements of Sumter's black population. These ensuing articles present events and accomplishments that highlight the contributions made to the Sumter community by … more
Football has become an essential part of the lives of millions of Americans as high school stadiums are filled on Friday nights, and dedicated college alumni venture to support their alma maters on Saturday nights. Sunday afternoons are scheduled … more
Today's Reflections focuses on football programs sponsored by Sumter's county schools. These schools became a part of the Sumter School District following consolidation. The intent is to highlight the teams that participated in football during the … more
In celebration of today's Super Bowl, Reflections takes the opportunity to look back at some of Sumter's greatest football teams. The Sumter community has a rich history of athletic achievement, especially in the sports of football and baseball. … more
One example of location being a viable consideration of business location can be seen with the construction of the Sumter Savings Bank located on the corner of Main and Liberty streets. The Item reported that this bank "gave $25,000 for a lot … more
This issue of Reflections focuses of the history of Sumter's oldest business created by Freeman Hoyt. The primary article used in preparing this paper was researched by Thomas M. Stubbs. The majority of resources were found in The Sumter Item … more
This issue of Reflections focuses on one of the more devastating and fast-moving fires to wreak havoc on early Sumter. The article also illustrates many of the problems that our early fire department faced because of the utilization of flammable … more
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