Mt. Zion A. M. E. Zion Annual Missionary Program
Mt. Zion A. M. E. Zion Church, Livingston, annual Missionary Program will be Sun., June 10 at 2 p.m. Mrs. Mary Williams will be our guest speaker. Please come and share this program with us. Glenda Lightfoot secretary, Dora P. Hughes missionary society president, and Rev. Linda Bender pastor.

Mt. Zion M. B. Usher Day
We here at Mt. Zion Missionary Baptist Church cordially invite your pastor, your ushers and church members to our annual Usher Day Program on Sun., May 27 at 2 pm. Come on out to worship with us, as we receive the Holy Spirit by the word and songs. All Ushers are asked to wear white and black (white tops /black bottoms). Feel free to continue fellowshipping with us with nourishing food for our bodies immediately following the program. Any questions concerning this program should be directed to Michelle Smith, Head Usher at the contact information listed above or my cell (708)363-0117.

Reception and Lecture by Dr. Edwin C. Bridges, the Director Emeritus of the Alabama State Archives
Please join us on May 24 from 5:30 – 7 p.m. at the Marengo County History & Archives Museum, 101 N. Walnut, Demopolis, Alabama for a reception and lecture by Dr. Edwin C. Bridges, the Director Emeritus of the Alabama State Archives. Dr. Bridges served as the Director of the Alabama Department of Archives and History for thirty years and is the author of a new book, “Alabama: The Making of an American State.” Currently, Dr. Bridges is the Interim Director of the Montgomery Museum of Fine Arts. After the lecture, Dr. Bridges’ book will be on sale and he will sign copies. This event is free and open to the public. The exhibit focuses on the state’s history, culture and geography over the past 200 years, and showcases the major moments and decisions that shaped Alabama into the state it is today. Making Alabama looks back at the state’s origins in the 1700s and tracks its evolution to the present day. It tells that story through an exhibit that incorporates interactive displays for information, as well as teaching resources. This program is sponsored by the Alabama Bicentennial and the Alabama Humanities Foundation.

The PAIS (Partners Against Invasive Species) Project, a collaboration between the University of West Alabama and the Sumter County Soil and Water Conservation District, is underway and they are currently in the preliminary phases of trapping hogs and spraying cogon grass. They have started working with one type of hog trap, the Boar Buster. Since we are still in the information gathering stage, landowners are encouraged to complete a survey to assist with this project. To find out more about the survey, you may contact Dr. John McCall at 652-3412 or Mandee Carrier at 652-5105. Also, there will be a demonstration of two other hog traps next Thursday, May 24, at 3:30 p.m. in front of Lyon Hall. Landowners interested in the hog trapping program are encouraged to attend.

School Events

Sumter County Up Coming Events

NSJHS Announcements:
May 23, 2018 Kindergarten Graduation at 1:00 P.M.
May 23, 2018 8th Grade Graduation Ceremony at 6:00 P.M.
York West End Junior High School
May 22, 2018 – York Head Start Graduation @ 10:00 A.M.
May 22, 2018-Eight Grade Graduation @ 5:00 P.M.
Central Office Summer Work Hours
Starting June 18 – July 20, 2018 Monday – Thursday 7:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. (1 hour Lunch)
Friday – Half day – 8:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

Sumter County District Court and Children of the Village Network, Inc. Host 2018 Fairy Tale Mock Trial
Little Red Riding Hood v. B.B. Wolf Sat., June 16, 9 a.m. – 12 p.m., University of Alabama School of Law, Bedsole Moot Court Room (140), 101 Paul W. Bryant East, Tuscaloosa, AL 35401. In the case of Little Red Riding Hood v. B.B. Wolf, who’s to blame? We’ll let you decide! Learn about the judicial system and participate in a mock trial. Come dressed as your favorite fairy tale character; either Little Red Riding Hood or B.B. Wolf. There will be a contest for the best costume and each scout may earn a badge. For more information contact: Destini Anderson Email address: or Bill Gosselin Email address:

Ruby Pickens Tartt Summer Program
Registration for the Ruby Pickens Tartt Public Library’s Summer Reading Program has begun. Don’t be slothful; LIBRARIES ROCK! See the Events schedule on our website at on the Events page.

Coleman Center for the Arts Summer Camp 2018: Camp CONNECT
Calling all Sumter County youth grades 1-8: you are invited to Camp CONNECT! Coleman Center for the Arts’ one-week summer camp will run May 29 to June 2, Tuesday through Saturday from 8:45 a.m. to 4 p.m., with a closing celebration on June 2 from 4-6 p.m. This year’s summer camp theme will be CONNECT – communication, collaboration, creativity, and fun inspire us! Participants will gain experience in visual art, music, performance, creative writing, gardening, and culinary arts. Lunch will be provided. An all-star group of artist educators will lead sessions at Camp CONNECT including Terry Hayes, Monica Tyran, Catherine Shelton, Kanita Sturdivant, John Paul Taylor, Creighton Tynes, and Tim Maddox. Space is limited to 30 campers, so don’t wait to sign up! Fill out and turn in a registration form to the Coleman Center office by May 24, 2018. CCA’s summer camp is free of charge. Students must be able to attend all 5 days of camp. Slots are filled on a first come, first serve basis. Registration forms are available at the Coleman Center office (on Avenue A in York), the Hightower Library in York, York West End Jr. High, Livingston Jr. High, Kinterbish Jr. High, North Sumter Jr. High, and online:
For more information please contact the Coleman Center for the Arts: 205.392.2005 or

America’s Homecoming Queen Selection
July 16 and 17 the 38th America’s Homecoming Queen Selection will be held in Pigeon Forge, Tennessee. We will also be hosting a homecoming for Alumni from the past 37 years. High School Homecoming Queens from 1981 – 2017 are invited to be a part of this celebration. If any 2017-2018 High School Homecoming Queens have not received their application from their high school please email or call America’s Homecoming: or phone 901-755-9144.

Those involved in auto crashes while not wearing seat belts are 40 times more likely to die than those who buckle up, according to an analysis of state crash records from the past five years by the UA Center for Advanced Public Safety. The analysis has more statistics for seat belt use during auto crashes – making for a timely story in connection with the ongoing national Click It or Ticket campaign. For more information, contact Adam Jones, UA communications, at 205-348-4328 or

Metastatic breast cancer cells lodging in the brain may rest in a sleep mode before awakened to wreak havoc, but the reasons why the cells stay dormant and later become active is not fully understood. With funding from a National Science Foundation CAREER Award, a pioneering bioengineering project led by UA’s Dr. Shreyas S. Rao will engineer environments that mimic conditions in the brain to gain insight into this process. For more information, contact Adam Jones, UA communications, at 205-348-4328 or

Eight distinguished authors will be inducted into the 2018 Alabama Writers Hall of Fame at UA’s Bryant Conference Center May 24. This year’s inductees are Winston Groom, Gay Talese, Charles Gaines, Shirley Ann Grau, William Bradford Huie, Wayne Greenhaw, James Haskins and Joseph Glover Baldwin. A reception will be held in their honor at 6 p.m. followed by dinner at 7 p.m. The induction ceremony will immediately follow dinner. A media opportunity with available inductees is scheduled from 5-6 p.m. in the Bryant Conference Center’s Rast Room A. For more information, contact Jamon Smith, UA communications, 205-348-4956 or

The annual American Legion’s Alabama Boys State, which brings together students from high schools across Alabama, returns to UA starting Sunday, May 27. Activities include mock elections, panels, guest speakers and community service. For a schedule, contact Richard LeComte, communications, or 205-348-3782.

UA continues to be a leading campus for involvement in the Fulbright program. Fifteen UA grads have received funds to teach and study abroad, and three UA faculty members will head oversees – two to Namibia and one to Greece. In addition, a UA student has received a NOAA Hollings Scholarship and another undergraduate received a Boren Scholarship for language study. For more information, contact Richard LeComte in communications, at 205-348-3782 or

UA will offer a wide variety of activities for all ages throughout the summer. From outdoor explorations to computer camps, UA’s summer programs cover the spectrum of common and atypical interests. Activities and camps will be hosted by UA’s Museum of Natural History, the School of Music and the athletics department, among others. For more information, contact Bryant Welbourne, UA Strategic Communications, at 205-348-8325 or

Last week, multiple people were killed in a shooting that took place at Santa Fe High School near Houston. Brenda Truelove, program manager for corporate engagement in UA’s College of Continuing Studies, says she believes many school shootings can be prevented if clues are heeded and early intervention provided. That’s why UA’s College of Continuing Studies has partnered with Firestorm to offer a comprehensive, threat prevention, e-learning program to all Alabama K-12 schools free of charge for the first year. The program, BERTHA – Behavioral Risk Threat Assessment – is an online tool for Alabama schools that functions as part of a school’s overall school violence prevention program. Truelove is available for interviews beginning Tuesday. For assistance, conta
Alabama Summer Learning Challenge
For Alabama’s students, the months away from school can result in a large loss of knowledge in reading, math, science, and other core subject matter. “For the sixth year, The Alabama State Department of Education is committed to minimizing the summer slide by providing resources that encourage continuous learning opportunities,” says Dr. Barbara Cooper, Deputy Superintendent.
The Alabama Summer Learning Challenge offered by the Alabama State Department of Education (ALSDE), Lexile, and LTS Education Systems, raises awareness of the summer loss epidemic, shares research on the importance of personalized activities, and provides access to a variety of free resources to target summer learning.
The Lexile-based “Find a Book, Alabama” tool offers students over 260,000 books from which to choose.
This book-search tool enables individuals to build custom reading lists based on their Lexile range and/or personal interests and checks the availability of books at the local library.
The search tool includes a growing collection of English literary and informational books –
Children, parents, and educators can also pledge to read using the “Find a Book, Alabama” tool starting May 1. We encourage all students to pledge to read.
The Alabama Summer Learning Challenge also includes a FREE email-based math skills program for children who have completed 1st through 8th grades.
Parents and other summer care-givers can begin registering for the program today. Starting Mon., June 18, parents will begin receiving daily emails with fun activities and resources to help their children retain math skills acquired during the previous school year. After the program ends on Friday, July 27, parents can print an award certificate to celebrate their child’s summer accomplishment!

Summer Math Challenge

This summer, Stride by LTS Education Systems is FREE to all students in the state from May 1 to July 30. Prevent “Summer Slide” with a cool blend of online math, reading, language arts, and science skills practice, spectacular video games for every student interest, and peer competitions to pass the lazy summer days. Students may access the Stride learning platform online anytime on tablets, PCs, or Macs.
Register and login at
LTS will provide a dedicated Parent Support Line for the Summer Learning Challenge. Parents can call in to 1-844-274-7474 for help with Stride (
ALSDE encourages students to take advantage of reading opportunities and technology at Alabama’s public libraries. Locations and information can be found at
See the other Available Resources for Alabama Summer Learning Challenge 2018 here:

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Demopolis and Marengo County History & Archives Museum named host for Bicentennial Traveling Exhibition.
The story of Alabama, over two hundred years in the making, has been captured in “Making Alabama, A Traveling Exhibit” a new exhibition that will debut at the Marengo County History & Archives Museum.
Alabama Humanities Foundation has selected Marengo County as one of 67 communities in the state to be a host community for the Traveling Exhibit in celebration of Alabama becoming a state 200 years ago, December 4, 2019.
The museum, located at 101 N. Walnut in the Rosenbush Building, is set to host Making Alabama: A Bicentennial Traveling Exhibit beginning Friday, May 4 and running through May 26, 2018. The exhibit will kick off with a reception and lecture at 6pm. Guest speaker is Mike Bunn, an Alabama Humanities Foundation Road Scholar. Mike is currently Director of Operations at Historic Blakeley State Park in Spanish Fort, Alabama, a 2,000 acre site within the scenic Mobile-Tensaw Delta preserving the sites of the territorial-era town of Blakeley, the Civil War Battle of Fort Blakeley, and colonial era and Native American occupations.
Previously, he directed the Historic Chattahoochee Commission, and worked with the Columbus (Georgia) Museum and the Mississippi Department of Archives and History. Mike obtained his undergraduate degree from Faulkner University, and earned master’s degrees in history and higher education administration from the University of Alabama. He also completed a graduate certificate in public history at the University of West Georgia. Mike serves in leadership roles with several cultural heritage organizations including as a board member of the Alabama Historical Association and as a member of the Baldwin County Bicentennial Steering Committee.
The exhibit focuses on the state’s history, culture and geography over the past 200 years, and showcases the major moments and decisions that shaped Alabama into the state it is today. Making Alabama looks back at the state’s origins in the 1700s and tracks its evolution to the present day. It tells that story through an exhibit that incorporates interactive displays for information, as well as teaching resources.
The museum is honored to be among the first counties in the state to be chosen to present the bicentennial exhibit. Along with the bicentennial exhibit, the museum is also showcasing some history of Marengo County with artifacts from those who created and developed Marengo County and other keynote speakers. Making Alabama Exhibition can be seen on Tuesdays, Thursdays & Saturdays, 10am – 2pm.

Alabama Humanities Foundation Executive Director Armand DeKeyser said sending Making Alabama out on the road was an effort to maximize the accessibility to the entire community.
“Just like the Smithsonian, where not everyone will have the opportunity to view a Smithsonian exhibit in Washington, not everyone can make it to Montgomery to see Alabama Department of Archives and History’s unparalleled ‘Voices’ exhibit,” DeKeyser said in a statement. “What we are putting together gives them that opportunity.”
Making Alabama is scheduled to visit all 67 counties in the state by the time the tour ends in November 2019. The exhibit is presented by the Alabama Humanities Foundation in partnership with the Alabama Bicentennial Commission, Alabama Department of Archives and History, and the Marengo County History & Archives Museum.

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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. You can pay for the color photo online at or send a check or money order to SCRJ, PO Box B, Livingston, AL 35470. 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