Sumter Central Gear-Up Family Wellness Workshop
Sumter Central High School Gear-Up Program will host its 2nd Semester Family Wellness Workshop on Tues., March 20 at 5:30 p.m., 9th and 10th grade students at Sumter Central High School and their parents are asked to attend. There will be door prizes and dinner following the program. Come out, hear the sensational Sumter Central High School choir perform and participate in topics geared towards family wellness. The Gear-Up team at Sumter Central has worked extremely hard this year to help students not only understand the importance of being college and career ready, bu to also help them form a plan to reach their goals. We encourage everyone to come and support this great opportunity for our students and community. We look forward to seeing everyone!

Mt. Olive Annual Choir Day & Spring Revival
We, the pastor and members of Mt. Olive Missionary Baptist, 519 3rd Ave., Cuba, invite you to our annual Choir Day Sun., April 8 at 2 p.m. (each choir, group, soloist, or praise team will be asked to render an A or B selection and to please register at the door) and Spring Revival Mon., April 9 – Wed., April 11 at 7 p.m. nightly. Rev. Charles L. Franklin, pastor of Pleasant Hill Baptist, Lisman, will be guest evangelist for the three nights. Come out and enjoy an inspiring message. Rev. Jered Gibbs, pastor, Dea. Anthony Dubose, chairman, Sis. Buleah Clayton, choir president, Sis. Africa Dubose, church clerk, Sis, Crystal Ruffin, church clerk.

St. Paul A. M. E. Zion Women’s Conference
St. Paul A. M. E. Zion Church Cooksville, Miss. 11th annual women’s conference will be Sat., March 24 at the Galilee Baptist Church Panola at 9 a.m. until noon. Rev. Sylvester Turner, pastor. Continental breakfast begins at 8:30 a.m. Come and be blessed.

Town Hall Meeting
Please join Senator Bobby D. Singleton, Senate District 24 and Representative Artis (A. J.) McCampbell House District 71 for a Town Hall Meeting on Mon., April 2 at 5:30 p.m. at the Sumter County Courthouse, second floor.

CCA Anual Juried Art Show
The Coleman Center for the Arts and the Sumter County Fine Arts Council will be hosting their annual Juried Art Show at the Coleman Center’s Altman Riddick Gallery from March 22-May 11. The opening reception will take place Thurs., March 22 from 6 to 8 p.m. This juried show will feature the artwork of Sumter County artists, and cash prizes will be awarded in various categories. This year’s guest juror will be Elizabet Elliott, Curator of Programs at the Mobile Museum of Art. Entry forms are available from the Coleman Center for the Arts, Hightower Library in York, and online at Important Dates: Delivery entries to Coleman Center’s Altman Riddick Gallery: March 13, 10 a.m.–12 p.m., 1–6 p.m.; March 14, 10 a.m.–12 p.m., 1–4 p.m.; March 15, 10 a.m.–12 p.m., 1–4 p.m.; March 16,10 a.m.–1 p.m. or call 205.392.2005 for a special appointment. Opening Reception: March 22, 6–8 p.m. Last day of exhibition: May 11. Pick up entries from Coleman Center May 14, 10 a.m.–12 p.m., 1–4 p.m.; May 15, 10 a.m.–12 p.m., 1–6 p.m.; May 16, 10 a.m.–12 p.m., 1–4 p.m. For more info: / / 205-392-2005.

USDA Designates Seven Counties in Ala. as Primary Natural Disaster Areas with Assistance to Producers in Miss.
The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has designated Bibb, Jefferson, Pickens, St. Clair, Shelby, Tuscaloosa and Walker counties in Alabama as primary natural disaster areas due to losses and damages caused by a recent drought.
Farmers and ranchers in the contiguous counties in Alabama also qualify for natural disaster assistance. Those counties are: Blount, Etowah, Marion, Calhoun, Fayette, Perry, Chilton, Greene, Sumter, Coosa, Hale, Talladega, Cullman, Lamar, Winston.
Farmers and ranchers in the contiguous counties in Lowndes and Noxubee in Mississippi also qualify for natural disaster assistance.
Qualified farm operators in the designated areas eligible for the Farm Service Agency’s (FSA’s) emergency (EM) loans, provided eligibility requirements are met. Farmers in eligible counties have eight months from the date of the declaration of March 15, 2018, to apply for loans to help cover part of their actual losses. FSA will consider each loan application on its own merits, taking into account the extent of losses, security available and repayment ability. FSA has a variety of programs, in addition to the EM loan program, to help eligible farmers recover from the impacts of this disaster.
Other FSA programs that can provide assistance, but do not require a disaster declaration, include: Operating and Farm Ownership Loans; the Emergency Conservation Program; Livestock Forage Disaster Program; Livestock Indemnity Program; Emergency Assistance for Livestock, Honeybees and Farm-Raised Fish Program; and the Tree Assistance Program. Interested farmers may contact their local USDA service centers for further information on eligibility requirements and application procedures for these and other programs. Additional information is also available online at

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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 or bring them to the SCRJ office at 210 S. Washington St. in Livingston.

Letters to the Editor: email Letters to the Editor to 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. The first announcement is free unless there is a invitation inside the annoucement or if you have to have color. Any form of invitation in the announcement or otherwise will be charged as a display advertisement. If you must have color there is a $65.00 fee. We try to get our engagement and wedding announcements in color if we have space otherwise. Click on weddingannouncement then email the write up and photo to (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 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 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