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Reflections by Item archivist and historian Sammy Way: James H. Aycock, planter and entrepreneur

Reflections recalls a country store once strategically located in Wedgefield, remembered by many as the center of commercial activity in the area. The building was constructed by an entrepreneur, James H. Aycock from North Carolina, who realized its … more

Reflections by Sammy Way: Sumter has been visited by several presidents

Wikipedia Encyclopedia defines Presidents Day as "Washington's birthday, being a federal holiday celebrated on the third Monday of February in honor of George Washington, the first president of the United States, who was born on Feb. 22, 1732. The … more

Reflections by Sammy Way: Church of the Good Shepherd has memorable history

Reflections remembers the establishment of the Church of the Good Shepherd within the Sumter community. This former historic building, once used as a chapel for slaves, was located on Cherryvale (also known as Cherry Vale) Plantation. The building … more

Reflections by Sammy Way: DeLorme's Pharmacy served Sumter for 74 years

Reflections recalls DeLorme's Pharmacy, one of Sumter's longest-standing drug stores. This landmark provided the residents of our community with a variety of medical needs while rendering prompt, professional service. The building also housed a … more

Reflections by Sammy Way: The impact of U.S. 15 on Sumter's development: Part IV

Reflections remembers several churches, businesses and historical sites currently or formerly existing on U.S. 15. The author researched The Sumter Item archives along with the writings of Dr. Anne King Gregorie and Cassie Nicholes to obtain data … more

Reflections by Sammy Way: Miller Road: Education Row

Reflections takes a detour from an exploration of U.S. 15 to visit another of Sumter's important thoroughfares, Miller Road. This highway fronts several of our past and present educational institutions, and a brief sketch will be presented on each … more

Reflections by Sammy Way: The impact of U.S. 15 on Sumter's development: Part III

Episode III of this series on the early history of U.S. 15 as a Sumter thoroughfare begins at Poinsett Street and concludes at the intersection of Loring and Warren streets. Included in the research is Parker Auto Supply building, Crosswell Home … more

Reflections by Sammy Way: The impact of U.S. 15 on Sumter's development: Part II

This second part of Reflections continues its look back at the development of U.S. 15 and North Main Street along with numerous commercial, community services, academic and residential sites located on this important city thoroughfare. A degree of … more

Reflections by Sammy Way: The impact of U.S. 15 on Sumter's development

Before the completion of the nation's interstate system which was authorized by the Federal Aid Highway Act in 1956, tourists traveling south often used U.S. 15. This highway traversed Main Street and wound through the center of the city; it was not … more

Reflections celebrates Santa Claus through the years in Sumter

Here Comes Santa Claus, here comes Santa Claus, right down Santa Claus Lane. Vixen and Blitzen and all his reindeer pulling on the reins. Bells are ringing, children sing, all is merry and bright. So, hang your stockings and say your prayers, 'cause … more

Reflections by Sammy Way: Hubert D. Osteen Jr., friend and mentor

"A friend is one that knows you as you are, understands where you have been, accepts what you have become and gently allows you to grow." - William Shakespeare Following my retirement from the local public schools, I met Mr. Osteen while … more

Reflections by Sammy Way: Industrial expansion benefits Sumter community

Reflections remembers one of the many industries that expanded in the Sumter community following the conclusion of World War II. The Industrial Equipment Co. planned to construct a new building at the intersection of Boulevard and Liberty streets, … more

Reflections by Sammy Way: Austin Francis developed exceptional athletic programs at Sumter YMCA

Reflections remembers one of the many outstanding athletes produced by Austin Francis, who served as general secretary of the Sumter YMCA. His "athletic programs included basketball, volleyball, gymnastics, swimming, handball, ping pong and numerous … more
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