Sumter County Record Journal

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Commission passes ‘wear mask’ resolution
Commissioners are providing free mask and encourage social distancing
Commission to distribute free mask
To wear a mask or not?
Illegal dumping
Violators will pay up to $3,000 fine when caught
105th birthday wishes
Run-off Election is July 14
Absentee voting explained
COVID-19 Stats
SC Record Journal wins press awards

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City of Livingston Update 5-14-20 From the City Of Livingston: City of Livingston­ City Hall will be open 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. starting Monday May 15. City Library will be open. Call if you are looking for a specific book, drop off, pick up or curbside service. Jacyee park and other parks in Livingston will be open. No organized youth sports, no playground equipment. Activities: Walking, tennis, lunches. Basketball Courts open. You must adhere to social distancing guidelines Livingston curfew is still in effect. New hours: 11 p.m. to 5A a.m. starting May 15th. Call City Hall for questions or information at 205-652-9773.

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Record-Journal offers free newspaper during Covid 19

To help Sumter Countians stay informed of the Coronavirus or COVID -19 virus news the Sumter County Record Journal is offering a FREE on-line e-edition subscription to the newspaper for a few weeks to those who need a newspaper delivered to their homes during Gov. Ivey’s STAY at Home Order.
The Record Journal wants to keep you informed of the COVID 19 or Coronavirus updates as they changed constantly.
Sumter County now has 15 cases as of press time Wednesday, April 8.
In these unsettling times LOCAL information is key to good health to you and your family and doing your part in not SPREADING the COVID 19 virus. Keeping abreast of local news about the virus in Sumter County is key to this effort.
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To those who are out of work and just not sure of the future we’ll send it free for four weeks anyway, then you may pay at a later time if you can.

City of Livingston’s Mayor Tom Tartt, reads curfew proclamation
Video by SCRJ Publisher Tommy McGraw

Livingston, York declare emergency virus curfews
Curfews each day from 9 p.m. until 5 a.m.

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

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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
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.
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
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