Community & Church Events

Deadlines are Mondays at Noon for everything except wedding/engagement announcements. Wedding engagement announcements deadline are Fridays by noon. Upcoming Holiday Deadlines: We will be closed for Memorial Day, Mon. May 27. Everything is due Fri., May 24.

Church and Community Events

Oak Grove Baptist Church Homecoming/ Anniversary Celebration
You are cordially invited to attend Oak Grove Baptist Church annual Homecoming/ Church Anniversary Celebration, Sun., July 28, at 2 p.m. in Coatopa. Special Guest: Pastor Tommy C. Brown and Mt. Pleasant Baptist Church Congregation. Revival service will start at 7 p.m., Mon., July 29- Fri., Aug. 2. Minister Henry L. Williams, Jr., pastor of the St. John Baptist Church, Pickensville, will be the evanaglist for the week. Minister Willie J. Ivory, Sr., pastor.

Pine Grove M. B. Church Church Anniversary and Revival
We, the Pastor, First Lady, and members of the Pine Grove Missionary Baptist Church extend to you and your church family a cordial invitation to come fellowship and worship with us as we celebrate our 141st Church Anniversary and 49th Homecoming Services on Sun., Aug. 4 at 2 p.m. The Rev. Samuel Harris, pastor of the Johnson Baptist Church, Livingston along with his choir and congregation will be our special guest. Revival services will begin on Mon., Aug. 5 through Fri., Aug. 9 beginning at 7 p.m. nightly. The Rev. Marcus Lawrence, pastor of Mt. Arrat Missionary Baptist Church, Scooba and the First Wahalak Missionary Baptist Church, Wahalak, Miss. will be our guest evangelist for the week. Rev. Kentray Sims, pastor and Sis. Demetris Hicks, church clerk.

Voices of New Mt. Calvary Baptist Choir Day
The Voices of New Mt. Calvary Baptist Church invites you to help us celebrate our Choir Day July 21, 3rd Sunday, at 2 p.m. at New Mt. Calvary Baptist Church, Geiger. Sis. Georgia Coby-Campbell is president and Pastor is Gerry (Chris) Parker.

St. John M.B. Revival and Homecoming
We, the Pastor and members of the St. John Missionary Baptist Church, 1225 Short S. 15, Ward, cordially invite you to worship with us on Sun., July 21, for our annual Homecoming during regular service at 11 a.m. Also, join us in our revival service July 22-24 at 7 p.m. Rev. Anothony Kimbrough, pastor of New Hope #1 Missionary Baptist Church, will be guest evangelist along with his church family. Please feel free to worship with us on Monday or any night of your choice.

A Call To Arms Prophetic Prayer Conference
Prayer Harvest Ministries, calling all intercessors and watchment for “A Call To Arms Prophetic Prayer Conference” July 19 at 6:30 p.n. ad July 20 at 8:30 a.m. at Living Word Church, 1408 Hwy. 28 E., Livingston. Pastor is Byron Franklin. Spears are: Apostle Wanda Fletcher, Min. Rodney Burrow, Min. LaShon Cain, Min. Leola Washington, Min. Leona Morrow. Word warriors are: Min. Leola Washington, Djenne’ Williams-Freeman, Connie Lacey, Chante Williams. For more information and to register:, 205-218-2985.

Blacks Bluff Missionary Baptist Homecoming & Revival
Blacks Bluff Missionary Baptist, 7010 Sumter 42, York annual Homecoming will be Sun., July 28 at 2 p.m. Rev. James McDonald, along with his choir and congregation of Mt. Tabor M. B. Church, are special guests. Revival services will be July 29-31 at 7 p.m. Evangelists will be Mon. – Rev. Tyrone Thomas of Morning Star Baptist, Tues. Rev Christopher Holcombe of Savannah Grove Baptist, Meridian, Miss, and First Baptist, Epes, along with his choir and congregation. Dec. JaMarkus Crowell chairperson, Bro. Albert Ward chairperson, Dec. Lowery Gayle co-chairperson.

Drawing Workshop: Michael Ross
Join Laurel-based artist Michael Ross for a one-day drawing demonstration and workshop. Participants will learn drawing techniques, ways of looking, composition, and process. This workshop is free. Supplies and other required materials will be available. No prior experience is necessary. The Drawing Workshop is part of the Coleman Center’s Community Arts Workshops series. These all-ages workshops focus on creative learning experiences and encourage friends and family to register together and work collaboratively. Children 12 and under must be accompanied by a participating adult. The Drawing Workshop: Michael Ross is in our downtown space, Pop Start at 211B Broad Street (Highway 17), York across from the Super Dollar. For more information contact (205) 392-2005 or email Michael Ross is a native of Laurel, earned a B.F.A. degree in painting from The University of Mississippi, and an M.A. degree in drawing at Northern Illinois University. Ross lived and worked in San Francisco from 1988 until his return to Mississippi in 2017. This workshop is offered in partnership with the Educational Foundation of America and ArtPlace America.

Mt. Olive Homecoming Service
The pastor and members of the Mt. Olive Missionary Baptist Church would like to cordially invite you to our annual Homecoming Service, Sun., Sept. 8 at 11 a. m. Paster Emeritus Rev. Dr . C. L. Walk will be the evangelist. Revival service will be Sept. 9-12 at 7 p.m. nightly. Pastor John Pams of St. Luke Missionary Baptist Church, Corinth, Miss. will be the evangelist.
New Bethel Missionary Baptist Church Homecoming Program
We, the Pastor and Members of the New Bethel Missionary Baptist Church, Gainesville are cordially inviting you to come and share with us as we celebrate our annual Homecoming program on Sun., July 14 at 2 p.m. Rev. Obidiah Climmings, pastor of the Greater Outreach Missionary Baptist Church, Meridian, Miss. will be the guest minister along with his choir and church family. Please come and share with us during this grand occasion. Rev. Dr. Frank D. Rogers, pastor.

Grief Share at Livingston First Baptist Church
A grief share group is meeting at Livingston First Baptist Church on Tuesdays, 5:30-7:30 p.m. in the library. Leaders are Johnny and Ramona Larkin. This course consists of 13 sessions; guests can join the group at any point in those 13 weeks. Church office number is 652-2261 if one has questions.

Trivia Nights
The Ruby Pickens Tartt Public Library will be hosting Trivia Wednesday nights, through July 31st at Tres Hermanos at 6:30 p.m.

Join Artist Zarouhie Abdalian For A Four-Day #paid Learning Internship.
Participants will be guided through a process of designing temporary site-specific artworks throughout downtown York. Abdalian will share an introduction to art history, public space, and vocabulary including site-specific, performance, installations. Workshop participants will explore approaches to making artworks that respond to our surroundings and the histories that determine them. The Making Art in Public workshop is free. Notebooks, paper, pencil, and other required materials will be available. No prior experience is necessary. Participants must be 16 to 25 years old. Participants must be able to attend all four days of the workshop. Participants that complete the Making Art in Public workshop will receive an honorarium and potentially present their work on Sat., July 20. Space is limited; sign up by calling (205) 392-2005 or emailing subject line “Making Art in Public, participant.” RSVP by July 12. Slots are filled on a first come, first serve basis. Making Art in Public is in our downtown space, Pop Start at 211B Broad Street (Highway 17), York. Zarouhie Abdalian lives and works in New Orleans. La. Abdalian received a BA from Tulane University and an MFA from California College of the Arts. Her work has been included in international and national exhibitions. This workshop is offered in partnership with the Educational Foundation of America and ArtPlace America.

Union Chapel Pastor & First Lady Anniversary & Homecoming & Revival
We, the members of Union Chapel, cordially invite you and your church family to share with us as we celebrate our pastor, Rev. James and First Lady Betty Campbell Fourth Year Anniversary on Sun., July 14, at 2:30 p.m. Rev. Joyce McCoy, pastor of St. John C. M. E. Church, Butler, will deliver the message. Dinner will be served. Rev. James Campbell, Pastor; sponsored by anniversary committee. Annual Homecoming of Union Chapel C. M. E. Church, Ward, will be Sund., July 28, at 2 p.m. Rev. Michael Ruffin, pastor of St. Matthew Baptist Church, Ward, will deliver the Homecoming message. He will be accompanied by his church family and choir. Dinner will be served. Our three night Revival Services will be July 31-Aug. 2, at 7:30 p.m. nightly. Rev. Wendell Charleston, pastor of Fairview Missionary Baptist Church, Butler, will be the evangelist for the three nights. Rev. James Campbell, pastor; Sis. Lucretia Nelson, chairlady.

Abundant Life Annual Women’s Ministry Praise & Worship Fellowship Program
Abundant Life Church, York, is cordially inviting you to its annual Women’s Ministry Praise & Worship Fellowship Program, Sun., July 21 at 10 a.m. The theme is “A Virtuous Woman.” Everyone is invited to come and share in this great Fellowship of Praise. We are especially inviting members of your Women’s Ministry. Sis. Cheryl Washington and Sis. Angela Brown, directors; Min. Connith Robinson, pastor.

Mobile Food Pantry
Community Service Programs of West Alabama (CSP), Inc. will host mobile food pantries throughout Sumter County. The mobile food pantries are designed for food distribution to households in various areas of the county and not just one centralized location. Below is a listing of the location and date for the mobile food pantry that will serve ALL Sumter County residents: Wed., July 31, Boyd Community Park, 200 Boyd Drive, Livingston. To enroll in this program, please contact Candace Harvey, Sumter County Coordinator, at (205) 652-1346 or visit your local CSP office at 106 Hospital Drive, Suite 103, Livingston. Please remember, you will need to present proof of income for prior month for all adults in the household, social security cards for all household members, proof that you reside in Sumter County (household bill in your name with current address) and picture identification. Quantities are limited to 150 households per food pantry. Only residents of Sumter County are able to apply.

School Events

Sumter County Record Journal will be doing their back to school special next week on July 18.
Dear School Administrators, We need your open houses dates and principals are welcome to submit a welcome back students paragraph with or without photo. Deadline is this Monday, July 15 by noon. Please feel free to send sports schedules, back to school lists, and any announcements. We currently have some sports schedule’s up on the website at Thank you again for all that you do and have a wonderful school year!

Sumter County School Announcements
Sumter Central Varsity Football 2019

August 23 @ Woodlawn
30 Linden

Sumter County Schools 2019-20 Calendar
July 31 New Teacher Orientation
Aug. 1-5 Teacher Inservice Days
Sept 2 Labor Day
Sept. 5 1st progress report
Sept. 30 10th Grade Pre-ACT Testing Window Opens
Oct. 1 12th Grade ACT WorkKeys Test Given
Oct. 7 No school – parent visitation in service
Oct. 9 1st nine weeks report cards
Oct. 15 12th Grade work keys
Oct. 18 10th Grade Pre-ACT Testing Window Closes
Nov. 8 Fall Break (School Closed)
Nov. 11 Fall Break (School Closed) Vets Day
Nov. 12 2nd Nine Weeks Progress Report
Nov. 25 – Dec. 1 Thanksgivings Holiday (School Closed)
Dec. 20 – First Semester Ends
Dec. 21 – Jan. 5 Christmas Holiday and New Years
Jan. 6 Inservice (No Students)
Jan. 7 School Re-Opens for Students, 2nd Nine Weeds Report Cards
Jan. 20 Dr. Martin luther King Jr. Holiday (School Closed)
Jan. 21 ACCESS 2.0 and Alternate ACCESS for ELLs Window Opens
Feb. 3rd Nine Weeks Progress Reports
Feb. 17 Presidents’ Day/Weather Day/Inservice (No Students), 3rd Nine Weeks Progress Reports
March 2 ACAP Alternative Assessment Window Opens (2nd – 8th Grade)
March 10 11th Grade ACT With Writing Test Given and Accommodation/Support. 3rd Nine Weeks Report Cards
March 20 ACCESS 2.0 and Alternate ACCESS for ELLs Window Closes
March 21 -29 Spring Break
March 30 ACAP Summative Assessment Window Opens (2nd – 8th Grade)
April 10 Good Friday (School Closed), ACAP Alabama Alternative Ends (2nd – 8th)
April 15 ACT WorkKeys Retest Option Given—And Accommodations/Support
April 20 4th Nine Weeks Progress Reports
April 21 11th Grade ACT With Writing Make-up Given (Option 2)
May 1 ACAP Summative Assessment Window Closes (2nd – 8th Grade)
May 15 Seniors Graduate
May 20 Second Semester Ends last day for students
May 21 Report cards mailed
May 22 Inservice Teacher day no students

University Charter School Announcements

D. C. Educational Tour
To current 4th and 5th grade students (upcoming 5th and 6th grade students.) We have extended the application deadline for the D. C. Educational Tour to October 1, 2019. This means you have until Oct. 1 to sign up for this awesome trip which includes a D. C. Tour and the Amish country. We already have a wreath laying scheduled at the Tomb of the Unknown at Arlington Cemetery and will be booking more special attractions as we get closer to time. Please give your child a chance at this wonderful opportunity! Trip Dates are March 2-6, 2020. Fundraisers have started and we have several more planned. Any questions please contact Ms. Chris Clark Beard 205-499-6056.

Aug. 5: Parent Orientation from 5:30-7:30 for students with last name A-I.
Aug. 6: Mandatory PreK Family Orientation from 5:00-5:30 for ALL PreK families and Parent Orientation from 5:30-7:30 for students with last name J-Z
Aug. 9: Open House from 3-6. This is a “come and go” event. Please feel free to stop by UCS any time between 3:00-6:00 to pick up your schedule, meet your teacher(s), and take a tour of UCS.
July 20: Free Physicals will be held in Bibb-Graves Hall on the campus of UWA Sat., July 20, from 8 – 11 a.m. in room BG102. Forms must be filled out prior to arrival and signed by Parents and Athletes. After the physical is completed the athletes can turn their forms in to Sam Mosley, Athletic Director, or any other UCS Coach that is present on the day of the physicals. Please be sure that the AHSAA Consent and Concussion forms have the 2019-2020 stamp on them. The forms can be found on the website by clicking on the link below or you can stop by the UCS office on Tues./Wed. (8 a.m.-3 p.m.) to get a copy of the forms from Sam Mosley.

UA TO BEGIN OPIOID TREATMENT RESEARCH IN FOUR COUNTIES – The Health Resources and Services Administration has awarded UA a $200,000 grant to assess opioid related morbidity and mortality and develop comprehensive care models in Franklin, Marion, Winston and Walker counties, where treatment, prevention and community support options are lacking severely, according to researchers. The one-year grant will see UA researchers across multiple disciplines work with field professionals, establish telehealth infrastructure and identify gaps in education and treatment. Researchers hope to later secure a $1 million follow-up grant so they and county representatives can implement recommendations. Researchers are available for interviews Thursday and Friday. For more information, contact David Miller, UA Strategic Communications, at 205/348-0825 or

STUDENT INTRODUCTION TO ENGINEERING CAMP — UA’s College of Engineering is hosting the Student Introduction to Engineering, or SITE, camps through July 26. The weeklong camps will introduce rising high school juniors and seniors to the worlds of science, technology, engineering and mathematics. Students will engage in team exercises, tour an industrial plant and participate in a design competition. SITE Camps are open to the media. To better determine a precise date and location for interviews, contact Bryant Welbourne, UA Strategic Communications, at

CAPSTONE VILLAGE HOSTS LOCAL VERSION OF CHOPPED – On July 19, two culinary professionals and two home cooks will throw down on the iron skillet in a Chopped-like competition at Capstone Village luxury retirement homes. The professionals – Paul Kerr and RJ Lepianka – and the home cooks, Troy Cannaday, executive director of Capstone Village, and Rene Katsinas, staff member, will be given the main ingredient beforehand, and, as the competition unfolds, three mystery ingredients will be introduced that will be incorporated into the meals. The dishes will be judged by residents on ingredient usage, presentation and taste. The competition will take place in the Capstone Village main lobby at 2 p.m. For more information, contact Jamon Smith, UA Strategic Communications, at 205/348-4956 or

RACE ROACHES, SPIT CRICKETS, EAT INSECTS AT BAMA BUG FEST – Humans and bugs — arthropods — have long had a love-hate relationship. Many children are fascinated with bugs, but the interest frequently fades and is often replaced with indifference, annoyance or even disgust. UA’s natural history museum, in partnership with the Tuscaloosa Public Library, is hoping to reignite people’s childlike wonder with bugs at the first “Bama Bug Fest,” a free event at the Warner Transportation Museum July 27 from 4-8 p.m. Watch for a news release with more information or contact Jamon Smith, UA Strategic Communications, at 205/348-4956 or