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Reflections revisits an event marking the removal of an old Sumter landmark, a 226-foot-tall smokestack, once located on South Main Street. The stack was struck by lightning and subsequently became a hazard to the buildings it once served. The … more
Sumter will celebrate its 82nd Iris Festival at Swan Lake Iris Gardens this Memorial Day weekend, with thousands expected to visit the gardens to enjoy good music, food, family friendly events and the blooming of the Japanese irises. Here we take a … more
Reflections revisits two pavilions once located at Second Mill (Sunset Lake) and Pocalla Springs. Webster's Dictionary defines a pavilion as a building or part of a building often partly opened and highly ornamented used for entertainment, exhibits … more
Reflections revisits Morris College and discusses the opportunities it offered to Black children in the Sumter community. "The Negro State Baptist Convention of South Carolina founded the college in 1908. For many years, it has contributed much to … more
Reflections remembers one of the most important aspects of assisting and providing recreational and other services to military personnel assigned to numerous duty posts at home and abroad. This research focuses primarily on Sumter's commitment to … more
Reflections remembers one of Sumter's most beautiful and upscale jewelry stores to open in the downtown area. This new post-World War II business was part of the numerous stores that helped increase Sumter's downtown growth. This new enterprise, … more
This issue of Reflections takes a look at photos taken across the Sumter area through the decades. more
Reflections recalls the movie "A Guy Named Joe" filmed in 1943 with various scenes being shot in Sumter, South Carolina. Hollywood press noted, "It would be England for most movie goers in the forthcoming MGM production, but for the people of … more
Reflections celebrates Women's History Month by remembering the women who flew airplanes during World War II. At the beginning of the war, the Army Air Corps was faced with a critical shortage of pilots, both combat and non-combat. To cover this … more
Today's Reflections addresses the development of Sumter's most significant floral garden. H. C. Bland, upon entering retirement, desired to develop his own fishing pond, which evolved into Bland Pond and eventually became an integral part of Swan … more
This issue of Reflections recalls the life and work of John Julius Dargan. According to an article written in The State newspaper by Adger Brown, Dargan served his state and community by undertaking several careers and community endeavors. Brown … more
This issue of Reflections focuses on the history of the bell, which was at one time found in every school room. This artifact has a history, as research has divulged its early existence in China and India; the Bible has mentioned it as early as the … more
This issue of Reflections revisits the city of Sumter circa 1889 when it was experiencing steady growth. This research addresses businesses, financial institutions, growth of its populace and changes in governance of its constituents. Data and … more
Reflections looks back on the career of a dirt track racer and his love for the sport and his being a positive role model for the young fan base. The man selected, who was highly admired by the author as a youth, was Charlton McLeod from Clarendon … more
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