Reflections
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Reflections by Sammy Way: Hurricane Hugo: 'South Carolina's Storm of the Century'

Thirty-two years ago, Sumter and South Carolina were confronted with a massive natural disaster. "Hurricane Hugo would make landfall near Charleston harbor just before midnight on Sept. 21, 1989. With winds clocked at 138 mph, this … more

Reflections by Sammy Way: Sumter remembers tragic day, Sept. 11, 2001

Reflections remembers what Wikipedia Encyclopedia has called "the deadliest terrorist act in world history." This appalling attack occurred on Sept. 11, 2001, resulting in the deaths of 2,977 people - including 19 hijackers who committed … more

Reflections by Sammy Way: Sumter's Civic Center gets green light

Reflections remembers the City of Sumter in the early 1960s and the quest to construct its public buildings in one area. The desire not to disperse them throughout the city was an innovative concept proposed by Sumter's government officials. The … more

Reflections by Sammy Way: Sumter inventors starting in the 1800s

This issue of Reflections reviews several of Sumter's first inventors. The research revisits an article written for The Sumter Daily Item in October 1969, which is reprinted with a degree of editing because of its length. Information used in … more

Reflections by Sammy Way: The Opera House was originally known as Market Hall

Reflections looks back at many transitions undergone by what is known today as the Sumter Opera House. Before Jan. 1, 1856, the name "Sumterville" was attached to a budding village in honor of Gen. Thomas Sumter of Revolutionary War fame; after this … more

Reflections by Sammy Way: 1973-74 fuel shortage created extensive gas lines

Reflections presents Part II of the trio of adversities that wreaked havoc in the Sumter community during the past half-century: the '73-'74 oil crisis. The piece is primarily a pictorial expose of selected photos taken from The Sumter Item archives … more

Reflections by Sammy Way: Blizzard of '73 shocks residents of Sumter

Reflections remembers a trilogy of adversities that wreaked havoc in the Sumter community during the past half-century: the snowstorm of '73, the '73-'74 oil crisis and Hurricane Hugo. The snowstorm was the storm of the century that struck Sumter on … more

Reflections by Sammy Way: The establishment of Lincoln High School, part II

Part II continues a brief report of the organization and building of Sumter's initial Black high school. Information for this segment was obtained from The Sumter Item archives, Ruth Edens' The History of the Development of Secondary Education in … more

Reflections by Sammy Way: The establishment of Lincoln High School

Reflections revisits the organization and building of Sumter's initial Black high school. Information for this two-part article of the building of Lincoln High School was obtained from The Sumter Item archives; Mrs. Ruth Edens' The History of the … more

Reflections by Sammy Way: Images of Sumter past, Part II

The second part of this two-part report is a continuation of the effort to recognize those individuals who worked to improve their own lives while also enhancing the community in which they lived. It would be impossible to recognize the multitude of … more

Reflections by Sammy Way: Images from Sumter past

Reflections recalls that "From the first issue throughout its ensuing years, The Item has devoted its best efforts to promote the development and growth of Sumter in every way that would contribute toward making this community a progressive and … more

Reflections by Sumter Item archivist and historian Sammy Way: Construction and expansion of Sumter's courthouses, part II

Reflections continues its revisit to the growth and expansion of the courthouses of Sumter County. Information used in this research was obtained from The Sumter Item archives and from the writings of Cassie Nicholes, Thomas Stubbs and Dr. Anne King … more

Reflections by Sammy Way: The construction and expansion of Sumter's courthouses

Reflections presents a two-part report that focuses on the building of Sumter's courthouses in the small village then known as Sumterville. Part one focuses on the building of the first and second houses of justice near what was referred to as the … more
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