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A young man from Mayesville led two separate, local teams to state championships in 1940 and 1941; Ellis Cook, a Mayesville High School baseball player for both the 1940 American Legion P-15's and the 1941 Mayesville High team. Cook became one of … more
Reflections returns to a time in Sumter's history when retail and wholesale stores were becoming established in the city's business community. One of the more successful of the early stores had an interesting beginning and was supposedly not well … more
This issue of Reflections focuses on the efforts of the citizens of Sumter to create educational opportunities for its citizens. The Sumterville Academy was made possible through a gift to the community by John B. Miller in 1837, "of a one-acre site … more
The public is invited to visit the Sumter Military Display today from 2 until 4:30 p.m. in observance of our country's Independence Day. The military display is housed in Suite 2 of the James E. Clyburn Intermodal Transportation Center on South … more
EDITOR'S NOTE: Part two of Reflections continues the look back at Main Street's past; this 1959 article from The Item is edited for clarity. Main Street in 1894, when The Item began initially, had sights and sounds long since gone that … more
Reflections reviews the history of Sumter's Main Street as it grew from 1895 to 1959. The information is presented through the eyes of Hubert D. Osteen, editor of The Sumter Item. The article he produced gives a concise history of our city's primary … more
American Legion Post 15 Adjutant Nick Nero and Fair Manager Mel Curtis have put to rest the rumors that there would be no Sumter County Fair this fall, or that it would be much smaller than before. In fact, they said, the fair will change, but it … more
D-Day was the most critical day of our generation. We are deeply indebted to the press, radio and newsreels, which since the beginning of the invasion have kept us fully informed as to the movements of the Allied Forces. This, the greatest … more
Refrigeration was rare in Sumter in the 1930s, but Sumter residents did have access to the cooling appliances, thanks to an enterprising businessman. Earle Kirby located a business on West Liberty Street that became well known in both service and … more
Reflections revisits the history of the World War II memorial marker that stands on the Sumter courthouse grounds. This monument was initially erected to ensure that those who died in World War II would not be forgotten. It has served as a gathering … more
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