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Sumter businesses: Mainstays of early economy

"It is in exchanging the gifts of the earth that you shall find abundance and be satisfied." - Gibran Reflections remembers several of the businesses that aided in the development of the Sumter economy and community. The Sumter business community … more

Sumter Veterans Display welcomes visitors on holiday

This issue of Reflections honors our military veterans. 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

Reflections with Sammy Way: Sumter was site of medal ceremony

Reflections has researched a World War I soldier killed in action who received the Medal of Honor presented to his family at a private residence in Sumter. According to information obtained from The Watchman and Southron newspaper, James Davidson … more

Reflections by Sammy Way: O'Donnell House hosted St. Catherine's Kindergarten students

Reflections remembers St. Catherine's, one of Sumter's most successful kindergartens. The facility was located in The O'Donnell House, a magnificent mansion on East Liberty Street. According to Mrs. O'Donnell's will, the house was left to the … more

Reflections with Sammy Way - The Sumter Item: ‘The Voice of the Gamecock City’

Reflections remembers the founding of The Sumter Daily Item and the men responsible for its inception. The newspaper is celebrating 125 years of educating and informing the Sumter community. … more

Reflections with Sammy Way: Allen Ralph 'Buck' Flowers Jr. "could do it all"

Reflections remembers Ralph "Buck" Flowers, a small young player whose looks gave no indication of his athletic prowess. The son of the late Mr. and Mrs. Allan Flowers began his career as a member of the Sumter High School football team, finishing … more

Reflections with Sammy Way: Landmark on Main Street is razed to make way for store

This installment of Reflections remembers the removal of one of Sumter's most famous landmarks, the Elizabeth White house. This event took place in 1956 with the purpose of making room for a new business concern. This small two-story frame house was … more

Reflections with Sammy Way: Robert 'Bob' Jenkins was an outstanding teacher and coach

Reflections remembers one of Sumter's leading coaches and mentors who began his stellar career at Lincoln High School in 1952. Coach Robert Alvah "Bobby" Jenkins worked with and trained young people during his entire career in the Sumter public … more

Reflections with Sammy Way: Jenkins Center: A gathering place for Sumter's kids

Reflections will discuss the impact of Parks and Recreation Department and the influence this program has had on the City of Sumter via the creation of several centers for the city's children. The report points out how the citizens have benefited … more

Sumter editor describes trip to White House

Reflections will reprint the second part of an article from The Sumter Item archives written by Hubert D. Osteen, editor and publisher of The Sumter Daily Item, in 1963 which pertained to his visit to the White House at the request of President John … more

Reflections with Sammy Way: Mr. Osteen visits the White House

Reflections will reprint an article from The Sumter Item archives written by Hubert D. Osteen, editor and publisher of The Sumter Daily Item, in 1963 which pertained to his visit to the White House at the request of President John F. Kennedy. Mr. … more

Law Range is a little world all of its own

Reflections remembers an article written by W. G. Barner for The News and Courier in 1957 concerning the growth and development of Law Range. According to most local historians, this former carriage path has occupied an important place in our city's … more

Reflections by Sammy Way: Courthouse plays important role in Sumter's history

Reflections remembers when the courthouse became an integral part of Sumter County history and chronicles the building of its facilities in the Sumter community. The area of Sumter between Law Range and Canal Street was the site of many important … more
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