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Reflections by Sammy Way: Part III - Shaw football hits its stride

Because of the volume of material about the Shaw football team in the 1950s, there will now be four parts to this series about the team. The third segment of Shaw's football expose spans the years of 1955 to 1956. The team had developed into a … more

Thunder Jets continued to improve

Reflections begins the second segment of our three-part series concerning Shaw football with this segment focusing on the 1951 through 1954 seasons. The 1951 season saw the Shaw Thunder Jets continue to improve with each contest led by their … more

Reflections by Sammy Way: Shaw football garnered national attention

At this time of the year, our attention is often focused on football, with dozens of bowl games and the crowning of champions on the high school, college and professional levels. However, Reflections has researched one of the most memorable … more

The Rainbow Restaurant in Sumter

Reflections looks back to the time when numerous restaurants could be found on Main Street. One of the most remembered was the Palmetto Caf which opened in 1920 and was located on the corner of South Main and Dugan Streets. This eating establishment … more

Santa Claus makes annual trip to Sumter

Reflections remembers the Christmas tradition of welcoming Santa Claus to our community, which according to an article prepared for The Item by Emily Fishburne began in 1926. The article noted that Helena Bultman was living in Clinton, S.C., where … more

Remembering Col. James D. Blanding, respected Sumter lawyer, part 2

Editor's note: This is part two of a two-part series that provides a brief sketch of the life of Col. James D. Blanding. According to a publication titled "Men of the Times," Blanding was one of Sumter's most respected law professionals, and he … more

Blanding served the Sumter community

The ensuing issue of Reflections provides a brief sketch of the life of Col. James D. Blanding. According to a publication titled "Men of the Times," Blanding was one of Sumter's most respected law professionals, and he died more than a century ago; … more

Tilting once popular in Sumter

Reflections remembers the revival of Tilting (also known as Lancing), a sport which tested riding skills and eye-hand coordination. This ancient display of medieval skills which had its origin in jousting tournaments found its way into prominence in … more

Historian Myers remembers Sumter Thanksgiving past

Reflections pays tribute to one of Sumter's most recognized and remembered historians, Portia Myers. Our community was blessed to have Mrs. Myers, whose writings have informed and educated our populace for years. With the arrival of Thanksgiving, … more

Reflections: Celebrating 150 years of worship at Sumter's First Baptist Missionary Church

Reflections celebrates 150 years of worship with First Baptist Missionary Church on the corner of Washington and Dingle streets. According to Cassie Nicholes in Historical Sketches of Sumter County, this house of worship is often referred to as "a … more

Celebrate Veterans Day at military display

Reflections pays tribute to the Sumter veterans who have served our country. Many of their images are housed at the Veterans Display, a facility in the Clyburn Intermodal Transportation Center at 129 S. Harvin St., Suite No. 2. The residents of … more

Columbia to Sumter in 3 hours

Reflections looks back at a remarkable achievement of one of Sumter's well-known residents, Aubrey Hatfield. The following article was featured in The Sumter Daily Item in April of 1943 and is being reprinted with a degree of editing. The photos … more

Sumter's early schools stood together

Reflections takes a look back at the history of a single city block, bounded by Liberty Street, Hampton Avenue, Church Street and Washington Street, which was the site of three early schools, the city's first public library and Temple Sinai. 1) … more
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