This Week’s Headlines
Hospital on hold until Ethics ruling
“Audit” rejected by G’ville council
Ending balance of 2016 did not match starting balance of 2017
Race is on, again
5 Independents qualify to seek Sheriff, BOE, Commission, Coroner
Judge Hardaway didn’t delay Ex Sheriff’s trail
UWA, Livingston unite for Healthy People grant
4th annual Sucarnochee Folklife Festival
Video by Kasey DeCastra, Sumter County Record Journal & Moundville Times Community News Editor
Alabama Ethics Commission Live Stream April 4, 2018
Carrie Fulgham Ethics Trial
4-3-18, 2:45 p.m.: Law enforcement officers are investigating a suspicious package found on the outside of the Chevron at the Livingston exit, Exit 17, on Interstate 20/59 in Sumter County, Ala. today, April 3. The call came in around 12:30 p.m. concerning the suspicious package, which appears to be a backpack. Livingston PD, Sumter County Sheriff’s Department, Univ. of West Alabama P.D., the 17th Judicial Task Force, and the Tuscaloosa County Sheriff’s Office are on the scene. As of 2:30 p.m., a special team of the TCSO is about to x-ray the package.
UWA’s SGA sparks Livingston Alive Project
ADEM Meeting 1-11-18
Full ADEM Meeting from Jan. 11, 2018.
Chamber partners with IMC students to produce videos
Dr. Tina Jones’ Advanced Media Writing class in the Integrated Marketing Program produced two Sumter County promotional videos as a class project for the Sumter County Chamber of Commerce. The purpose of the videos is to promote and market Sumter County for tourism, outdoor recreation, economic development, and the University. “Come dig into our roots and discover yourself!” Produced by: BreAnna Johnson, Brianna Farley, and Paige Miller at Studio96productions
Chamber partners with IMC students to produce videos
Dr. Tina Jones’ Advanced Media Writing class in the Integrated Marketing Program produced two Sumter County promotional videos as a class project for the Sumter County Chamber of Commerce. The purpose of the videos is to promote and market Sumter County for tourism, outdoor recreation, economic development, and the University. “Come dig into our roots and discover yourself!” Produced by: Sarah Neill, Riley Thompson, and Andrea Burroughs at Studio96productions
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Your local newspaper: The real deal
By Jim Zachary
While no one should ever say “I know it’s real because I saw it on the internet,” everyone should be able to say, “I know it’s real. I read it in the newspaper.” Real newspapers reporting real news have never been more important or more valuable to readers and communities. This week, newspapers across the nation recognize National Newspaper Week and the theme — Real Newspapers…Real News — points to the importance of accurate reporting, watchdog journalism, strong editorials, comprehensive public notices and a free, open public forum that can be easily accessed by readers in more ways than ever before. In print, on digital sites, via laptop, desktop and mobile devices, through SMS or social media, newspapers across the nation continue to be the leading source of reliable information in all the communities they serve. In a world of fake news spread on social media and attacks on the media from people in power, it is important for the public to know the difference between legitimate reporting by credible sources and all the noise posing as “the media.” Here are some of the reasons your local newspaper is the most trustworthy source for news and information: — Newspaper newsrooms are staffed with real people — people you know — reporters, photographers, editors — gathering the news, conducting interviews, covering meetings, attending events, writing, editing, fact-checking and making sure every day you can trust what you read. — Newspapers rely on recognizable sources. Quotes in the articles you read are attributed to real people and can be easily verified. — Newspapers work hard to stay away from single source reporting, giving readers context and balance. — Newspaper websites have legitimate URLs ending in .com or .org extensions, listing contact information, the names of staff members and the media organization’s leadership team on the website. — Newspapers correct mistakes. Everyone makes mistakes at times, but there is a big difference between an error and intentionally and knowingly publishing a false report because of some political or social agenda. Spurious websites, blogs and social media do not correct errors. They thrive on them. In the United States newspapers have a long and important legacy of holding the powerful accountable, defending the First Amendment and advocating for government transparency. Democracy is protected when the newspaper provides checks and balances as the Fourth Estate of government from city hall to the courthouse to the statehouse to the White House. Newspapers are committed to the neighborhoods, cities, counties, states and coverage areas they serve. Straightforward news reporting and thought-provoking commentary give a voice to the voiceless and empower the powerless. Newspapers hold government accountable because at our very core we believe that government belongs to the governed and not to the governing. Don’t be embarrassed because you shared some sensational, agenda-driven report on social media only to find out it is totally fake. Get your news where real news has always been found: Your local newspaper, the real deal. Jim Zachary, CNHI Regional Editor for Georgia and Florida newspapers, is the president and chairman of the Red & Black Publishing Co., serving the University of Georgia, director of the Transparency Project of Georgia, open government trainer and member of the board of directors of the Georgia First Amendment Foundation and a member of the Grady College of Journalism and Mass Communications Board of Trust.