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H. L. Scarborough: 'A man of many interests'

Reflections recalls the life and times of Henry Lee Scarborough, one of Sumter's most involved citizens. H. L. Scarborough contributed greatly to the social, economic and cultural development of Sumter. His numerous accomplishments continue to have … more

Building bridges to the future

Reflections returns with the second installment of a two-part series about Sumter's various bridges. Many of these structures were built several years ago while others are recent additions. Photos used in preparing this article were taken from The … more

Sumter has a variety of bridges

Wikipedia defines a bridge as a structure built to span physical obstacles without closing the way underneath such as a body of water, valley, or road, for the purpose of providing passage over the obstacle, usually something that can be … more

St. Mark's United Methodist Church: 125 years of service

Reflections joins in celebrating the 125th anniversary of St. Mark's United Methodist Church. The Rev. Gobe Smith once described the building of a church as "hard work, faith and confidence in the worthiness of the cause." Members of St. Mark's … more

Japanese mini sub stopped in Sumter

Reflections remembers when the American Legion Post No. 15 sponsored a two-man Japanese suicide submarine as an exhibit on Main Street in April of 1944. The sub captured after the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor on Dec. 7, 1941, was used to urge the … more

Wilson helped create opportunities for children

Reflections remembers the contributions of Emma Wilson to the field of education. This daughter of slaves incorporated her desire for knowledge to create institutions of learning to benefit those around her. She spent the majority of her life … more

Savage-Glover School was a favorite spot for recreation

This is the second in a two-part series that focuses on summer activities that youth enjoyed in Sumter. This part features those attending Savage-Glover to participate in its "Splash Parties." Part one, published Sept. 2, highlighted the wading pool … more

Wading pool was popular at Sumter's Memorial Park

Reflections recalls the early summer activities enjoyed by the young people of Sumter in a two-part series. This part focuses on visitors to Memorial Park, and part two will highlight activities at Savage-Glover School. This facility was open during … more

Noted historians preserve Sumter's past

Reflections looks back at a few of Sumter's historians. This is part two in a two-part series, with the first part published in the Aug. 12 edition of The Sumter Item. Cassie Nicholes: Sumter County's genealogist Miss Nicholes, born in the … more

Noted historians preserve Sumter's past

Reflections focuses on five historians of Sumter County: Dr. Anne King Gregorie, Myrtis Osteen, Cassie Nicholes, Portia Myers and W. Ashby "Bubba" McElveen. Residents of the Sumter community owe these individuals a debt of gratitude for recording … more

Photographer Leonhirth captured Sumter landmarks

Reflections focuses on the talents of Karl Leonhirth, a self-taught photographic artist. Mr. Leonhirth, the son of German immigrants, was born in Sumter and attended city schools. Upon graduation he enrolled in Clevenger College, attaining a degree … more

Sumter lawyers hope to preserve relic for posterity

Reflections recalls one of the more interesting variances occurring in Sumter's past. The principal characters were Sumter barristers, Chris Chokas, C.G. Rowland and the oldest building in Sumter's historic district. The building, which was to be … more

A nostalgic look at Sumter, part 2

Reflections returns to the community of Sumter for part two in a two-part series and takes a nostalgic look at the city and how time has wrought many changes to its streets and buildings. Nostalgia is defined by Webster's as "a longing to go back to … more
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