Sumter County Record Journal

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Thanksgiving Edition deadline
is Fri., Nov. 20 by 8 a.m.
SCRJ will be closed for the Thanksgiving Holidays
and has to go to press early, so don’t be late! Christmas and New Year’s editions deadline are Fri., Dec. 18 by 8 a.m. We will be closed for the Christmas and New Years holidays and will re-open Mon., Jan. 3. We have to go to press early since the printing company will be closed for the holidays.

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Be vigilant Docs warn about rising COVID-19 cases as holidays begin and
Vaccine nears distribution date

Enviva, LLC donates Thanksgiving dinners

Bigbee Valley DAR supports Project Patriot

York merchant donates turkeys

Gov. announces $200 Million small business grant program “Revive Plus”

2020 Upcoming Holiday deadlines: Friday, Nov. 20 for Thanksgiving Edition. Friday, Dec. 4 for Santa Letters. Friday, Dec. 18 for the Christmas and New Years Editions. SCRJ will be closed for the Thanksgiving Holidays. SCRJ Will be closed Dec. 23-Jan. 3 for the Christmas & New Years Holidays.

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It’s time for Santa Letters again.
Santa Letters must be in by Friday, Dec. 4. These will be run in the Christmas Special edition. Please don’t edit them! We want them just as they are. Misspellings just make them cuter and show the developmental age they are. It takes one person 48 – 60 hours to type them all and only up to 2nd grade please. We don’t have enough room for more. Special needs
kids are excluded from the 2nd grade rule, of course, and may submit one. Also, please feel free to use your own Santa letter forms if you like. We plan to put any colored/artistic ones we get on the website right before Christmas.
You can scan, screenshot, or take a photo and email to and we’re are located at 210 S. Washington St., Livingston, with our news stand out front. Feel free to drop letters off at the office, but call ahead 205-652-6100. The front office is closed due to Covid-19 and we want to be sure to be there to take your letters. We’ll call and give the schools a reminder deadline week. Please let us know if you need to pick them up from the school.
Thank you!
Sumter County Record Journal

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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.

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