Guidelines for Submitting your Church/Community Announcements These are free as long as there are no personal messages and the event is not being charged for (love offerings do not count, however charging or vendor spaces does).  Please keep the announcement to one paragraph with who is presenting the event, what the event is, date, time, where it will be held and contact information.
Deadlines are Monday at Noon for everything except Weddings/Engagement announcements. Wedding Engagement announcements are due Fridays by noon. These must be proofed before they will run.
Email them to scrjmedia@yahoo.com or drop them off at 210 S. Washington St. in Livingston across from the old courthouse square with a contact phone number. We can not take anything over the phone due to company policy.

 

Announcements

Don’t forget to send in your breast cancer month announcements and events to scrjmedia@yahoo.com.

 

Sumter County Record Journal Holiday Deadlines
Deadline for the Thanksgiving edition will be Fri., Nov. 17. SCRJ will be closed for Thanksgiving, Nov. 22-26.
Deadline for Santa Letters is Fri., Dec. 8 for kids up to 2nd grade for the Santa Letters Christmas Special Edition. To submit please mail them to scrjmedia@yahoo.com, drop them off at SCRJ Office at 210 Washington St., across from the Sumter County Courthouse, or fax them to 205-652-6100.
Deadline for the Dec. 28 and Jan. 4 editions is Fri., Dec. 22. SCRJ will be closed for the holidays Dec. 23-26 and Dec. 30-Jan. 1.

Veterans Lunch in Boyd
Get Ready! Get Ready! Get Ready! It’s time for the grand luncheon for ALL veterans and their families. The event will be Sat., Nov. 11 at the Boyd Community Park. Kick-off at 11 a.m. for more information, call Dorothy at 652-7885 or Laura at 499-3624.

Old Mt. Olove P. B. Choir Day
We at Old Mt. Olove P. B. will be celebrating our annual Choir Day Nov. 5 at 2 p.m. We are asking all choirs, groups, and soloists to come out and lift the name of Jesus with us. We are asking each group to render a A and B selection of their choice. Please register at the door upon arrival. Pastor DeWayne Charleston and choir president Tiajuana Parker.

Kinterbish Ushers Federation Meeting
We will meet for our regular meeting on Sat., Oct. 28 at 5 p.m. at Mt. Olive Baptist Church, Cuba where Rev. Jared Gibbs is pastor. We will meet on Sun., Oct. 29 at 11 a.m. at Mt. Herman Baptist Church, York where Rev. James Granger is pastor. Guest speaker will be Rev. Inez Blanks, pastor of Grant Chapel Church, Cuba, along with his choir and congregation. All ushers are asked to attend looking to see everybody both days.

Breast Cancer Awareness Walk
The Livingston Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. would like to invite individuals to Sumter County for a meaningful community service event. Join us on Sat., Oct. 21 at 11:00 am for our annual Making Strides against Breast Cancer Awareness Walk. The event will take place at the Livingston Courthouse Square (The Bored Well Structure) and will commemorate National Breast Cancer Awareness Month by increasing community awareness. We will encourage those impacted by the disease, provide invaluable information, walk in unity with survivors, and celebrate the lives of those who have succumb to the disease. The chapter looks forward to a great turnout and would like to show appreiciation everyone in advance for joining us in the fight to make strides against cancer. Donations can be made on that day with proceeds going to The American Cancer Society Making Strides Against Breast Cancer Campaign. Come see the additional treats available to participants. Submitted by Lillie Willis.

Sumter County Soil and Water Conservation District Meeting
The Sumter County Soil and Water Conservation District will hold their monthly board meeting on Tues., Oct. 24 at 6 p.m., in Bibb Graves, Room 124, on the University of West Alabama campus. The public is invited to attend.

Sumter County Food Access and Program Awareness Survey
Researchers from the University of Kentucky are working with local community groups to improve resources for Sumter county families with children to access food. We are looking for volunteers to complete a survey about personal experiences with food and food programs offered in your community. The survey is anonymous which means no names or identifying information will be collected. The online survey will take 10 to 15 minutes to complete. Please help us reduce hunger in your community by taking the survey at: rcpnc.org/survey. For more information, please contact Christopher R. Bollinger by phone (859-948- 2405) or email crboll@uky.edu.

Once a Marine always a Marine
The Black Belt Marines will celebrate the 242nd year of the founding of the United States Marine Corps. Marines from WWII to the present will gather at Faunsdale Bar and Grill for the celebration. The oldest Marine and the youngest Marine will be recognized as per tradition. The birthday party is held every year in honor of the founding of the USMC. All Marines/ Navy and their families/friends are invited to attend this memorable event. Come help celebrate this event on Nov. 10 at 6:00pm. Contact Roy Lee at relee4110@bellsouth.net or 334-624-4110.

2nd Annual Tuscaloosa Runs For Vets Nov. 4
Campus Veterans Associations for Shelton State Community College and the University of Alabama Office of Military Affairs are partnering with the West Alabama Chamber of Commerce Veterans Affairs Committee to host the second annual Tuscaloosa Runs for Veterans on Sat., Nov. 4 at 8 a.m. The run will begin and conclude at Government Plaza in downtown Tuscaloosa. All proceeds from the event will support veterans associations at Shelton State Community College, Stillman College, and the University of Alabama. Additional funds will assist local charities. Tuscaloosa Runs for Veterans is the kick-off event for all Tuscaloosa-area veteran events scheduled in the month of November. To register online or to learn more, visit https://ttownrunsforvets2.eventbrite.com. For more information about future events and campus veterans associations, contact Eric Prewitt at eric.prewitt@sheltonstate.edu or Alex Bynum at akbynum@sa.ua.edu.

Christ Church Choirs Will Present Choral Evensong Nov. 1
Christ Episcopal Church in Tuscaloosa, will present an All Saints’ Day Choral Evensong on Wed., Nov. 1 at 6 p.m. The evensong will remember and honor those who have died, especially those who died during the past year. Their names will be read during the service. Christ Episcopal Church, at 605 Lurleen B. Wallace Blvd. N., Tuscaloosa, is on the corner of Lurleen B. Wallace Boulevard N. and 6th St. behind the Bama Theatre. The service is free and open to the public. For further information, call 758-4252, ext. 120 or 886-9855.

Backyard Poultry Processing Workshop
There will be a Backyard Poultry Processing workshop Fri., Dec. 8. Please register by Tuesday, December 5, 2017. Space is limited to 30 participants and will be filled on a first come first serve basis. Please email your name and contact information to Dianna Bourassa at dvb0006@auburn.edu to register. Our program will begin in the farm classroom with information on backyard chicken processing, what procedures we are going to use and why. We will discuss how to turn a live chicken into a whole carcass ready for the freezer or the dinner table. This is your chance to put your classroom learning to work. We will start with live chickens and you will have the opportunity to participate in every stage of the process including slaughter, scalding, defeathering, evisceration, and chilling.

Farmers Market Workshop
Get ready for the 2018 growing season Nov. 2 in Hale County and learn to market your farm with tips from Alabama Extension, the Farmers Market Authority, and USDA SNAP. Topics include :market displays, business marketing, social media, food safety, farmers markets. All participants signed up through a local Extension office will receive a promotional item to take to market. File to accept SNAP vouchers for 2018 by bringing your Social Security card and another form of identification, at Extension Office 334-624-8710, srb0043@aces.edu.

Galilee Baptist Homecoming Celebration Service
Rev. Dr. B. Nelson Little and the Galilee Baptist Church Family of Panola will host Homecoming Celebration Service on Sun., Oct., 22 beginning at 10 a.m. with regular worship service. Dinner will be served. Come and be blessed.

Road Scholar To Speak In Demopolis On “The Great War In The Heart Of Dixie”
Marty Olliff, a member of the Alabama Humanities Foundation’s Road Scholars Speakers Bureau, will present “The Great War in the Heart of Dixie: Alabama in World War I” on Nov. 16, at 6 p.m., a Bicentennial event, at the Marengo County History and Archives Museum in Demopolis, Alabama. This event is sponsored by the Marengo County History & Archives Museum and the Demopolis Public Library.

Oak Grove Baptist Third Pastoral Appreciation
Members of Oak Grove Baptist, Coatopa, cordially invite all of you to come celebrate, our Pastor, Minister Willie J. Ivory, Sr. and First Lady, Minister Rosie Ivory Third Pastoral Appreciation on Sun., Oct. 22 at 2 p.m. Minster L. L. Bell, Jr., associate pastor of Bethel Pine Baptist Church, Coatopa, will be our guest minister for this occasion.

Monster March
On behalf of the Ruby Pickens Tartt Public Library and the Sumter County Chamber of Commerce, we would like to invite you to participate in our second annual Monster March event. The Monster March is scheduled for Tues., Oct. 31, 2017 from 3:30 -5:30 p.m. Participants are asked to set up a table in front of their business, the fountain area between the offices of Black Belt Reality and the Sumter County Record Journal, or along the sidewalk of the block of Washington Street and Spring Street to pass out treats to the children as they walk by. In addition to passing out treats we are asking businesses to participate in the door-decorating contest. Participants are also encouraged to dress in costumes but are not required. If you have any questions, please contact Dorothy Smith at (205) 652-2349.

Mobile Food Pantry
Community Service Programs of West Alabama (CSP), Inc. will host mobile food pantries throughtout 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 Morning Star area, mobile food pantry for Sumter County: Wed., Nov. 1, Jaycee Park, Livingston. In order to enroll in this program, please contact Angela Moore, County Coordinator’s office number at 205-652-1346 or visit our 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 the Morning Star area (household bill in your name with current address) and picture identification. Quantities are limited to 190 household per food pantry. Only residents of the Morning Star area in which the pantry is held are able to apply.

Sunlight Baptist Gospel Concert featuring the Sumter Central High School Choir
Sunlight Baptist Church of Epes off County Road 24 is hosting a gospel concert featuring the Sumter Central High School Choir on Sun., Oct. 22 at 2:30 p.m. Come help us praise and worship our Lord and Savior Jesus the Christ and encourage our youth at this music filled event.

Celebrate 500 Years of the Reformation with First Presbyterian (Bagpiper Included!)
On Sun., Oct., 22 at 11 a.m. the First Presbyterian Church will celebrate 500 Years of the Reformation. On October 31, 1517 Martin Luther started the movement that continues to shape Christianity. First Presbyterian will celebrate this history with worship and a special guest bagpiper. Afterward, all are invited to join us for a fellowship meal. Please call 205-652-2550 for more information. All in the community are welcome.

York Community / Hill Hospital Blood Drive
The York Community / Hill Hospital Blood Drive will be Fri., Oct. 27 at Hill Hospital at 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. To make an appointment visit www.bloodhero.com (sponsor code: York) or call Pinna Hines at 205-392-5263. Please bring a photo ID and donor card. Free cholesterol testing with every donation!

Love Benefit Program
Love Benefit Program for Steven Preston will be held on Sat., Nov. 4 at 5 p.m. at the Rockbabylon Missionary Baptist Church, Dixons Mills. All choirs and groups are asked to render an A & B selection; soloists are asked for an A selection. Everyone is invited to attend. Sponsored by Marengo High School Class of 1992. If you are unable to attend, donations may be made to the GoFundMe Account titled “Love for Steve.”

Sumter County Record Journal Holiday Deadlines
Deadline for the Thanksgiving edition will be Fri., Nov. 17. SCRJ will be closed for Thanksgiving, Nov. 22-26.
Deadline for Santa Letters is Fri., Dec. 8 for kids up to 2nd grade for the Santa Letters Christmas Special Edition. To submit please mail them to scrjmedia@yahoo.com, drop them off at SCRJ Office at 210 Washington St., across from the Sumter County Courthouse, or fax them to 205-652-6100.
Deadline for the Dec. 28 and Jan. 4 editions is Fri., Dec. 22. SCRJ will be closed for the holidays Dec. 23-26 and Dec. 30-Jan. 1.

SCHS Celebrates Spring’s AP Students
Sumter Central High School in York on Fri., Oct. 20 at 10 a.m., we are proudly celebrating our AP students who earned college credit in courses this spring.

Business Owners and Organizations NSJH Annual Homecoming Parade
The principal, faculty, staff and students of North Sumter Jr. High School extend to you an invitation to participate in our annual Homecoming Parade Oct. 21. The lineup will begin promptly at 11 a.m. and the Parade begins at noon. Please confirm your participation in the North Sumter Homecoming Parade by Oct. 20. For further information please contact the school at (205) 455-2422.

Science Saturdays Halloween Mad Scientist
Science Saturdays Halloween Mad Scientist, a fun activity for 2-12 grade, will be Sat., Oct. 21 at 9:30-11:30 a.m. at UWA, Bibb Graves Building, Livingston, Aroom 102. The attendees will learn how to generate some scary Halloween activities using safe household items. Students will learn about the science behind some of these Halloween tricks.

Christmas Choral Concert – A Celebration of Light
UWA Christmas Choral Concert – A Celebration of Light will be Tues., Nov.28 at 7:30 – 9 p.m. at Bibb Graves Auditorium.

Business Confidence Remains Higher Than 10-Year Average
Business confidence among Alabama’s industry leaders remains high heading into the final quarter of 2017, according to a recent UA report. The Alabama Business Confidence Index, a quarterly survey of statewide business sentiment by the Center for Business and Economic Research in UA’s Culverhouse College of Commerce, showed a slight dip in statewide business confidence, from 61.6 to 58.7, but the overall index score remains higher than the 10-year average. Manufacturing and technical services lead industry confidence heading into the fourth quarter. For more information, contact David Miller, Strategic Communications, at 205-348-0825, david.c.miller@ua.edu.

UA To Launch Support For Human Trafficking Victims Through DOJ Grant
Many people and agencies work to combat human trafficking in Alabama, but resources and infrastructure vary by region. And, as perpetrators of human trafficking evolve, so must police, prosecutors and social workers. UA’s School of Social Work will soon begin a statewide program to align resources, improve training and strengthen treatment and services for child victims through a three-year Department of Justice grant titled, “Improving Outcomes for Child and Youth Victims of Human Trafficking: A Jurisdiction-wide Approach.” For more information, contact David Miller, Strategic Communications, at 205-348-0825 or david.c.miller@ua.edu.

Partnership With Cities To Boost Tech Innovation
UA has created “Technology Villages,” a unique spin on economic development that focuses solely on technology startups, in Cullman and Fairhope. UA will provide real-time distance learning, patent research and other business-related development services to each city, where business and government leaders have provided funding and space for each hub. For more information, contact David Miller, Strategic Communications, 205-348-0825 or david.c.miller@ua.edu.

Beat Auburn, Beat Hunger
The annual food drive to benefit the West Alabama Food Bank is underway. For more details, contact Richard LeComte, communications, richard.lecomte@ua.edu or 205-348-3782 or go to the Facebook page here.

Researcher To Discuss Social Class, Institutional Barriers
A social science researcher from the University of Pennsylvania will discuss how middle-class youth, African American and white, have more cultural knowledge, a greater sense of entitlement, and more resources to manage challenges they face during the annual Julie C. Laible lecture Thurs., Oct. 19 at UA. The lecture will begin at 5 p.m. in 118 Graves Hall. A brown-bag lunch will be held at noon in 211 Carmichael Hall. For more information, contact David Miller, Strategic Communications, at 205-348-0825 or david.c.miller@ua.edu.

The Community Foundation of West Alabama Offers Educational Grants
The Community Foundation of West Alabama supports education by offering grants of up to $500 to area classroom teachers. Interested teachers can visit the website at www.thecfwa.org and click on grant application on the home page. Be sure to download the education grant file. The grants must be postmarked by Nov. 1. The mission of the local Community Foundation is to promote charitable giving for present and future generations. The mission is fulfilled by helping donors achieve their charitable and financial goals through services that facilitate charitable giving, by providing responsible and professional financial management and by distributing earnings from investments according to donor intent and community needs.

New Program At Auburn To Prepare Students With Intellectual Disabilities For Success
“War Eagle!” is a greeting shared across the Auburn campus and throughout the Auburn Family. The iconic eagle represents the Auburn spirit and the strength that lives within all Auburn fans. Auburn University’s new, comprehensive transition and postsecondary program for students with intellectual disabilities known as EAGLES, or Education to Accomplish Growth in Life Experiences for Success, embraces this notion. EAGLES is a program for students with intellectual disabilities in the Auburn Transition Leadership Institute, or ATLI, in the College of Education’s Department of Special Education, Rehabilitation, and Counseling. The first class of approximately six students is scheduled to begin fall 2018, with application information being announced in spring 2018. Auburn University alumna and trustee Newton, alumna Denise Slupe, Whitford, Department Head of Special Education, Rehabilitation, and Counseling Jamie Carney, and Professors Karen Rabren, Cari Dunn and Courtney Dotson led the initial planning of the program.

Greene County Community Choir Annual Fall Revival
Greene County Community Choir Annual Fall Revival Oct. 23-27 at 7 p.m. nightly. Guest evangelist pastor Alphonso Bowen at Morning Star Baptist Church, 21787 Co. Rd. 20, Boligee. Rev. Kelvin Cockrell, pastor.

 

 

ATTENTION York churches, schools, businesses and civic/ community organizations. It’s time to plan York’s Alabama Bicentennial celebration and the city of York needs your participation. Please read and complete the form to the left to help plan this important 200th Birthday party for our Alabama. Let’s make this a fantastic time for our York family and friends. Help spread the word to our City of York groups. Click on the photo on the left to download the .pdf form.

 

 

 

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ROAD SCHOLAR TO SPEAK IN DEMOPOLIS ON 
“THE GREAT WAR IN THE HEART OF DIXIE”

Marty Olliff, a member of the Alabama Humanities Foundation’s Road Scholars Speakers Bureau, will present “The Great War in the Heart of Dixie: Alabama in World War I” on November 16, at 6:00 p.m., a Bicentennial event, at the Marengo County History and Archives Museum in Demopolis, Alabama. This event is sponsored by the Marengo County History & Archives Museum and the Demopolis Public Library.
About the presentation
”The Great War in the Heart of Dixie” describes how the Alabama home front responded to mobilization in World War I and how that response changed the state and its people’s institutions. It recounts Alabama’s military contributions to the war effort, then examines the economic and social impact of the federal government’s spending on four military camps, Wilson Dam and the Nitrate Plants at Muscle Shoals, and the shipbuilding industry of Mobile. Next it treats how citizens responded to the war through mobilization agencies and through their own institutions.
The presentation pays particular attention to the African-American response to the war, the public face of which was hyper-patriotic that masked deep fears within the white community concerning black patriotism and within the black community concerning white oppression. The presentation covers the war’s impact on furthering Progressive government in the state. Indeed, the experience of mobilization led to the election of Governor Thomas Kilby and the implementation of belated reforms to improve the lives of the people and the economy of the state through governmental actions. Lastly, it examines how commemoration of the war resulted in the erection in 1940 of the current headquarters of the Alabama Department of Archives and History.

To read about more Road Scholar Speakers Bureau presentations, visit http://www.alabamahumanities.org/programs/road/.
About the scholar
Olliff received his Ph.D. in U.S. history from Auburn University in 1998. He served as assistant university archivist at Auburn from 1996 until 2002 when he became the founding director of the Archives of Wiregrass History and Culture and a member of the history department at Troy University, Dothan Campus. Although he has published numerous articles concerning American chefs, his principal research interests are in Progressive Era Alabama. He is the editor of The Great War in the Heart of Dixie: Alabama in World War I, published by the University of Alabama Press in 2008. His most recent work concerns the Good Roads Movement in Alabama during the first two decades of the 20th century.

About the Alabama Humanities Foundation
The purpose of the Alabama Humanities Foundation is to create and foster opportunities to explore human values and meanings through the humanities. AHF is a nonprofit organization funded by the National Endowment for the Humanities, as well as by corporate and individual donors. AHF conducts its own statewide programs, such as the Road Scholars Speakers Bureau, SUPER Teacher Institutes and PRIME TIME Family Reading Time, and awards grants, on a competitive basis, to nonprofit organizations for humanities projects. For more information on AHF and its programs, please visit alabamahumanities.org or call (205) 558-3980.

Donations Taken for Totes of Hope Program

State Farm Agent Cody Mordecai hopes to make a difference in the lives of local veterans this fall. The office is partnering with the American Red Cross and taking donations through the Totes of Hope program. The program shows gratitude for the service of our veterans by collecting donations that will be provided to needy veterans. The personal care items will be assembled into a backpack or tote and include things such as socks, soap, toothpaste, sanitizer and any other hygiene care items.  If you’d like to take part and drop off donations, visit/contact the office of State Farm agent Cody Mordecai at 205-652-6735. Donations should be received in office by Nov. 1.

Adult volunteers (18 years or older) needed for a hearing study conducted by the  Department of Communicative Disorders at the University of Alabama. Testing will take place on: Fri., Nov. 3, between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. at the Sumter County Public Health Department Testing will take approximately 45 minutes to complete. A $10 gift card will be provided. For more information or to schedule an appointment contact  Dr. Marcia Hay-McCutcheon at cochlea@as.ua.edu or 205-348-4572.

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Guidelines for Submitting

The Sumter County Record Journal (SCRJ) publishes awards, weddings, engagements, anniversaries, 100th birthdays, family reunions with five generations, obituaries and birth announcements for people living in or past members of Sumter County for Free. SCRJ is not responsible for photos left at the SCRJ office. Please, e-mail us photos and stories to scrjmedia@yahoo.com or bring them to the SCRJ office at 210 S. Washington St. in Livingston.

Letters to the Editor: email Letters to the Editor to scrjmedia@yahoo.com. Be sure to include your name, hometown and contact information (we will not publish contact information unless you ask us to). We will not publish anonymous letters to the editor. All letters to the editor have reviewed before being ran and are at our discretion to run or not.

Engagements/Weddings: should be submitted four to six weeks in advance of the date so that you can proof it before it runs and because of space constraints. DEADLINE FOR THESE IS FRIDAY BEFORE 4 P.M. Photos may NOT be printed out on regular copy paper, but only on photo paper or e-mailed. When e-mailing a photo please send the original high resolution .jpg file and do not attempt to edit the  photo in any way. We can not accept photos pulled/downloaded/ copied from the internet, such as from Facebook. Any form of invitation in the announcement will be charged as a advertisement. weddingannouncement and email the write up and photo to scrjmedia@yahoo.com. (Make sure to click file on your web browser and save the .pdf to your computer.) WE WILL NOT RUN THE ANNOUNCEMENT UNTIL IT IS PROOFED.

Anniversaries: 50th, 60th, 70th, 80th year anniversary’s with a photo and write up are free. There is a charge for personal messages included with these. Other anniversary years are not free and will be charged as a advertisement. Church/Community Announcements: are free as long as there are no personal messages and the event is not being charged for (love offerings do not count). If it’s a charity we need your 501c. number and to see the copy. Please keep the announcement to one paragraph with who is presenting the event, what the event is, date, time, where it will be held and contact information. Events only.

90 & 100th + Birthdays: Unless the birthday is announced in a social column, we charge for it to be in the paper as a advertisement. The exception: If the celebrant is 100 years old or older. You may send a photo to scrjmedia@yahoo.com with a short write up or drop one off at the SCRJ office in Livingston. When e-mailing a photo, please send the original high resolution .jpg file and do not attempt to edit the photo in any way.  We can not accept photos pulled/downloaded/copied from the internet, such as from facebook. No personal messages may be included in the write up. (Thank you’s, from the family, with Love, religious mentions and quotations, ect…)

Births: You may send a photo to scrjmedia@yahoo .com with a short write up or drop one off at the SCRJ  office in Livingston. Please include the height (length), weight, time of birth and family members including  mom, dad, grand parents and great grandparents if you prefer. Many of our forms on our website at the top of the page. They are in .pdf format. When e-mailing a photo please send the original high resolution .jpg file and do not attempt to edit the photo in any way. We can not accept photos pulled/downloaded/copied from the internet, such as from Facebook. No personal messages may be included in the write up.

Five Generation Family Reunions: Submit one photo of the entire family along with a list of the family  members in the photo from left to right, front row to back row of each family member. Please remember if you include a write up DO NOT place any personal messages or mentions of  businesses in your story.

Obits: ARE FREE and MUST come from the Mortuary, probate judge or company taking care of  arrangements. Additional information will have to be charged. No Exceptions! Please email them to scrjmedia@yahoo.com or fax them to 205-652-4466. Cards of Thanks, personal family messages and photos must be paid for before they can run. Photos are $15.00 for each run with the obituary.

Graduations: These are normally submitted by the school or military institution, but if you choose to submit it yourself, please include your name, photo (optional), school, degree, hometown in Sumter County, close family (parents, grandparents including deceased, siblings) and what you plan to do with your degree (optional).

Personal messages, thank you’s and quotations will be charged for as a advertisement. Please email your story and photo to scrjmedia@yahoo.com.