Reflections
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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

Reflections with Sammy Way: Sumterville Post Office began in 1801

This issue of Reflections reviews the history of the postal service in the Sumter community. The paper examines several articles including the writings of Anne King Gregorie concerning the origin of the post office in Sumter. The research also … more

Reflections with Sammy Way: Happy Birthday, Thomas Sumter

This week, Reflections looks at the athletic exploits of our city and county namesake in honor of his birthday. Thomas Sumter was born Aug. 14, 1734, and has long been recognized for his fighting ability, business acumen and willingness to serve his … more

Reflections by Sammy Way: Women's field hockey, the sport of choice

This issue of Reflections focuses on the popular girls' intramural sport of field hockey. This activity was engaged in by a majority of the young women enrolled in the early public schools. Research will focus on the sport and those responsible … more

Reflections by Sammy Way: Recollections of Sumter's Main Street

Reflections revisits Main Street in its formative years and features several of the early businesses that had a profound effect on Sumter's economic success. We have drawn from a number of sources which include the writings of Cassie Nichols, Anne … more
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