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The heroic actions of four Shaw Field enlisted men resulted in their becoming the first troops assigned to this base to receive the coveted "Soldier's Medal." The recipients of the medal were Master Sgt. Winston N. Howell Jr. and Pvt. Archie B. … more
Sumter's first encounter with a group of heavily bearded men was in April 1934 when they stopped in Sumter for a short time while on their way home from playing baseball in Florida. These visitors "presented a curious and striking spectacle and … more
Two of the more interesting athletic programs came to Sumter to play our local semi-pro baseball team and the YMCA junior basketball team. The Olsen's All-American Red Head Basketball Team and the House of David Baseball teams were scheduled to … more
The life and military career of Willie Lee Ashley was one of outstanding achievements. Ashley would earn a place in our local history because of his educational pursuits and his achievements in aviation. He had a lifelong love affair with airplanes … more
This issue of Reflections remembers H.N. "Hutch" Hutchinson, one of Sumter's most respected coaches and his 1948 basketball team that won the State AA Basketball Championship. Hutchinson was born in Spartanburg on Nov. 12, 1919. His family moved … more
Today and next Sunday we revisit two of Sumter's memorable championships: Edmunds High School's State Basketball championship of 1948 and a National Tournament victory in table tennis garnered by Oliver Stubbs. These two achievements illustrate what … more
This issue of Reflections focuses on the history and development of Liberty Street, which became one of Sumter's major thoroughfares. Even before the plan for the town was laid out, the General Assembly made provisions for a courthouse and gaol … more
This issue of Reflections focuses on two historic events that had an impact on the Sumter community and its residents. These occurrences were recorded in the local newspapers, books and often through oral transmissions from one generation to … more
According to the Memorial Day website, Memorial Day was originally called Decoration Day and was designated to remember those who died while serving the United States of America. The site notes that there are more than two … more
This issue of Reflections recalls a correspondence sent by the late Heyward Crowson, longtime Sumter Daily Item photographer, while he was serving in the South Pacific during World War II. Crowson left The Item in 1944 to enlist in the Marine … more
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