Sumter County Record Journal

Serving Sumter County and West Alabama for over a century

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Fire Chief arrested on sexual assault charge; suspended

March in support of mental health

Gov. proclaims “State of Emergency” ahead of Sally

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Troopers see less Labor Day Weekend traffic, boating deaths

London acquires grant to fight opioid use in Sumter

UWA signs incentive pack with Jones College

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Our disaster relief team is doing a supply drive for those affected by hurricane Laura. Our team will be transporting our load with an 18-wheeler and we want to fill it up! We have 5 collection sites, including 2 in Sumter County, AL- Livingston Fire/Rescue and Siloam Volunteer Fire Department. There are 3 sites in Lauderdale County, MS – Gateway Church (Lauderdale, MS), First Baptist Meridian, and M&M Pet Salon. The items must be brought to a collection site by 9/9 so they can be delivered to our staging area. I will attach a list of supplies that have been given to us from our contact with the Louisiana State Fire Association. Also, we have a PayPal link where people can make a donation: 

We have  set up an Amazon wish list as well,  but it is beyond important for people the check the shipping date. If it will not arrive to the location by 9/9, we will not be able to deliver the items. Our staging area does not have long term warehouse storage and we must move our supplies immediately. Anyone who chooses to donate this way must be sure items will arrive by September 9th. The link to our Amazon list is:

We would appreciate it if you would be willing to share this information online to help us get the word out. I will include my contact information below or anyone can reach to us through our Facebook page: @floodoflovedrt

Thank you, Rindy Vaughan
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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.

We’re looking for your Central West Alabama ghost stories. Know of a ghost story in Sumter, Hale, Tuscaloosa, Marengo, or Pickens County, or had a spooky experience yourself? Email us at or and we’ll put it on and for Halloween. Please let us know the town you are from, the town or area your story occurred and if you would like to use your name or be anonymous. PLEASE DO NOT SEND ANYTHING TO FACEBOOK!
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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