Sumter County Record Journal

Serving Sumter County and West Alabama for over a century

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Coronavirus COVID-19 Global Cases by the Center for Systems Science and Engineering

No virus cases in Sumter; state, nation numbers rise
Commission, BOE, UCS, City, Hospital leaders discuss COVID-19 contingencies

Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc., Nu Nu Omega Chapter awards scholarships to students after attending “Just Mercy”

Closures, layoffs continue as pandemic worsens

Senate oks $2 trillion bill to help families, House is next

Laid off due to virus? Department of Labor changes rules to comply with unemployed workers

Secretary encourages absentee voting July 14

The light of humanity shines through pandemic preparations

AG says arrests will be made on gouging law

Click on the picture above to download a pdf file of the election results
The Sumter County Bicentennial Audio Tour, a self-guided tour of historic sites throughout the county, was unveiled at a community reception on Wednesday, December 11 at 10 a.m. at the Black Belt Museum in downtown Livingston. Here we see York Mayor/UWA’s Gena Robbins and UWA’s Tina Jones speaking at the event.
The tour was developed through the Black Belt Heritage Area managed by the Center for the Study of the Black Belt at UWA, and with funding from Alabama Bicentennial Community Grants awarded to the Sumter County Commission, and the municipalities of Gainesville, Livingston, and York. Each site features a short history recorded by local citizens.
The audio tour project offers direct location site visitors and online visitors an opportunity to learn about the interesting history and sites of Sumter County while touring at an individual pace.
Signs with a QR code, phone number, and photograph will be located at each tour site location. In order to access the audio, visitors will use their cell phones to either scan the QR Code or dial the phone number located on the tour sign. Details and instructions to access the tour, for both location site visit or online, will be announced on We will upload instructions, as well, on our events page as soon as we have them.
For more information, contact Gena Robbins at or call (205) 652-5545.
Video by Kasey DeCastra, SCRJ Community News Editor

2019 Santa Letters Art Gallery

Click on the letter to see a larger picture of the art. Merry Christmas!

UWA’s Tina Jones speaks on the virtues of the new Sumter County Bicentennial audio tour.
Gainesville councilwoman Katie Magoo Smith thanks the community for being a part of the historic event.
More events including Margarette Magoo and Gena will be at the Bicentennial Event in Montgomery this weekend.
A toast to Alabama Bicentennial and the new walking tour.
Click here to see the Christmas Specials at Livingston’s Market Place
Commissioner Campbell and Sumter County DHR thank Rick Frederick of Enviva for donating to buy turkeys and hams for families in need for Thanksgiving. Mrs. Whitfield stated it is a wonderful blessing and motivation when Enviva extended a helping hand to help families in Sumter County. Forty seven families received a turkey or ham. Video by SCRJ Community News Editor, Kasey DeCastra
Livingston Beautification Board is out making it look a lot like Christmas Mon., Nov. 25. They wished everyone a very “Merry Christmas!” Video by SCRJ Community News Editor, Kasey DeCasta

Upcoming Holiday Deadlines:
Christmas & New Year’s deadline is Friday, Dec. 20 for the last two editions of the year, 12-25 & 1-1.

Hightower Memorial Library shares “Alabama-A Universe of Stories”

UCS students were out in Livingston thanking local businesses May 21st. Brittany Williams, a UWA Black Belt Teacher Corps and Rural Schools Collaborative teacher at University Charter School, teachers and students created “A Community Growing Together” with grant money to thank local supporters with plants so that the community can “grow” together. Video by Community News Editor Kasey DeCastra
Click on the photo above to see all the photos and videos of this year’s Agriculture Safety Day
Click to download and read full court order

Measles Confirmed in Livingston

Click here to watch videos and see photos from 2019 Sucarnochee Festival
Click here to watch videos and see photos from York Homecoming
Click on the report above to download PDF

Deadlines are Mondays at noon except for Holidays and Wedding/Engagement announcements. Wedding/Engagement announcements are due Fridays before by noon.