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It was reported in the Nov. 6, 1965, issue of The Sumter Daily Item that "construction was proceeding rapidly on the giant regional shopping center being built on a 54-acre tract on the western end … more
Reflections looks back 50 years to one of Sumter's most active periods of commercial growth. During the mid-sixties Broad Street became the location for a number of business ventures including Sumter's second and most expansive shopping plaza to … more
Sumter's Military Display honors our military veterans every day, and Nov. 11 marks a time when all Americans pay tribute to our veterans, both living and dead. We take this opportunity to let each one know how deeply we appreciate their service and … more
Sumter's First Church of God is celebrating its 100th anniversary of service in the community. After changing locations a number of times, the congregation has constructed an attractive sanctuary on U.S. 521 North in a rapidly expanding section of … more
Today Reflections revisits some of Sumter's clothing stores, primarily the D.J. Chandler Clothing Store, which opened in 1894 and was incorporated on Jan. 1, 1904, as "The D.J. Chandler Clothing Co." "David J. Chandler was president and James H. … more
This issue of Reflections takes an expanded look at the Northwestern Railroad that has had a profound impact on the economic growth of Sumter and several surrounding townships. This enterprise was a result of the creative genius of Col. Thomas … more
This week's edition of Reflections continues a discussion of Sumter's streets. This article focuses on Hampton Avenue and some of the numerous businesses and families that have thrived along its boundaries. Most sources define avenue as "a straight … more
Reflections looks back at the celebration of Army Day in Sumter. This special event focused on paying tribute to and remembering America's servicemen. While the Army Day observance was celebrated on a large scale in Sumter in 1946 and continued … more
The Sumter Iris Festival had a relationship with one of America's favorite game shows of the 1950's and '60's. Several of the winning contestants who became Queen for a Day visited the festival during their reigns. The popular show originated on the … more
Last week, Reflections took a look at some of Sumter's street corners, where many merchants, churches and even schools chose to locate, knowing that the increased traffic would give them more visibility. While street corners also qualify as … more
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