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After completing 35 years of faithful service, Lt. Archie Carrigan was asked by The Sumter Item to talk about a few of his recollections of the police department for the local citizenry. "I have been asked to make a brief sketch of the history of … more
Editor's note: This is the second part of a Reflections series covering the accomplishments of two of Sumter's well-known doctors born in the 1800s. Part one, which ran Sunday, Dec. 31, 2017, focused on Dr. John J. Bossard. Information and photos … more
Reflections looks back at the life and times of two of Sumter's most respected and beloved medical doctors. This article features Dr. John J. Bossard and Dr. J. S. Hughson and is to be presented in two episodes. Next week's Reflections will feature … more
Reflections looks back at the celebration of Christmases past in the Sumter community as well as yuletide observance on Shaw Field during World War II. This article invites readers to look at the problems confronting the community as it prepared for … more
The Gamecock Speedway was scheduled to open in March of 1957 under the management of promoter Wade Shugart. The newly constructed stands positioned along the straightway were designed to seat 2,000 fans. The new facility was to also feature … more
The Sumter Item remembers the courageous military memberswho lost their lives at Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, 76 years ago. Duringthis attack that led to a declaration of war by the United States,2,403 men … more
This issue of Reflections remembers the early development of the Cantey-Plowden grocery store located in downtown Sumter during the 1920s and into the '40s. The Cantey-Plowden family store met the criteria expected of the typical "mom-and-pop" … more
This issue of Reflections remembers the first Thanksgiving celebration at Shaw Field in November 1942. In addition to being the first post celebration, it took place during World War II, our nation's most desperate global struggle. "Although the … more
Reflections remembers the beginning of a dynamic Sumter industry begun by Chester F. Korn, noted entrepreneur. At the turn of the 20th century, the Sumter community underwent an industrial transformation under the leadership of such visionaries as … more
As Veterans Day approaches, Reflections remembers the sacrifices of those who served in our country's military. This edition focuses on a young man whose life epitomized the youth of his era and their willingness to serve, protect and defend the … more
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