Reflections
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Reflections by Sammy Way: The history of Sumter-area schools, part II

Reflections remembers the development of Sumter's education system and the construction of numerous schools attended by local students. The author used historic data retrieved from The Sumter Item archives. An article written by John Mitchell in the … more

Reflections by Sammy Way: The history of Sumter-area schools

Reflections remembers the development of Sumter's education system and the construction of numerous schools attended by local students. Due to the length of the history of the Sumter school systems, it will be presented in three parts. The author … more

Reflections by Sammy Way: Recreation centers opened for young people in the 1940s

This issue of Reflections revisits the opening of two centers dedicated to the youth of Sumter. These two wood-framed facilities provided the young people of Sumter with the opportunity to gather and socially interact in a supervised manner. Both … more

Our veterans: Sumter Military Display will reopen Sunday

Reflections pays tribute to the Sumter veterans who have served our country. The citizens of Sumter are invited to visit the display when it reopens this Sunday, June 14, at 2 p.m. The Military Display is located in the Clyburn Transportation … more

Reflections by Sammy Way: City's chamber was successful in bringing newer industries to Sumter in the 1950s

Reflections remembers an article written in The Sumter Daily Item on Oct. 15, 1959. The information and photos used to prepare this article were taken from The Sumter Item archives. The City of Sumter was undergoing a period of rapid growth and … more

Reflections by Sammy Way: Army's Blanchard was football's 'Mr. Inside'

Reflections remembers one of the greatest football players produced by the state of South Carolina. Felix Anthony "Doc" Blanchard Jr. became a living legend at the U.S. Military Academy during the 1940s. He was commonly referred to as "Mr. Inside" … more

Reflections by Sammy Way: Fallen heroes have provided freedoms we now enjoy

Reflections honors those who gave the full measure of sacrifice to ensure our access to the many freedoms accorded to all American citizens on Memorial Day. The author has selected an editorial written by Hubert D. Osteen Jr., chairman and … more

Reflections with Sammy Way: Post-war businesses shaped downtown

Reflections remembers several businesses that opened in downtown Sumter following the conclusion of World War II. These companies helped shape the Sumter business community, and one became a focal point of the downtown skyline until its removal. The … more

Reflections by Sammy Way: Post-war businesses locate in downtown Sumter

Reflections remembers several businesses that opened in downtown Sumter following the conclusion of World War II. These companies helped shape the Sumter business community, and one became a focal point of the downtown skyline until its removal. The … more

Reflections by Sammy Way: Visitors found lodging in grand Sumter hotels

This is the second article in a two-part series about how hotels in Sumter helped contribute to the city's growth in the 1800s and early 1900s. Part one was published in the April 18-19 weekend edition of The Sumter Item and can be read at … more

Reflections by Sammy Way: Sumter's hotels reflect community's rapid growth

Reflections remembers the construction of numerous hotels in downtown Sumter. These buildings were very important to growth of the Sumter community as it moved into the 19th century. With the arrival of trains in the 1850s and the ensuing influx of … more

Reflections by Sammy Way: Go karts became popular in Sumter in '50s

Reflections remembers a miniature auto racing machine that became extremely popular in Sumter. The "karts" or "go-carts" originated in California and were the creation of pioneering engineers Art Engels and Lou Borelli. This article was written … more
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