Events & Submission Guidelines




First Baptist Church Annual Revival
The First Baptist Church family of Livingston, kindly invite you to come and share with us during our annual Revival Services, Aug. 6th – 8th nightly at 7 p.m. Guest ministers are as follows: Mon., Pastor Dewayne Crockett, Tues., Pastor P. S. Jenkins, and Wed., Pastor Chris Parker. We are looking forward to coming and worshipping with us. Rev. Charlie W. Moore, pastor.

Black Belt Homecoming and Revival
Annual homecoming and Revival services are going to be held at the Black Bluff Baptist Church, Whitfield. Homecoming services will be Sun., July 22, at 2 p.m. Rev. C. L. Franklin and The Pleasant Hill Missionary baptist Church daily of Lisman will be our special guest. Revival services will be held Mon., July 23 through Wed., July 25 at 7 p.m. nightly. Rev. Tyrone Thomas and The Morning Star Baptist Church family of Livingston will be the evangelist for our 3 night revival. Dr. O. L. Sealey is church pastor and Dea. JaMarkus Crowell and Bro. Albert Ward are program sponsors.

Epes Community Day
Join us on Sat., Aug. 4 from 10 a.m. until 9 p.m. at the Epes Community Center on Hwy 11. It’s fun for the whole family with a water slide, baseball tournament, silent auction, music, crafts, and food.

Spring Valley Baptist Harvest Sunday Worship Services
The Spring Valley Baptist Church, Gainesville, would like to invite you to their “Harvest Sunday Worship Services” on the 5th Sunday, July 29 at 10 a.m. A continental breakfast will be served from 8:30 – 9:45 a.m. We assure you that your visit will be spiritually enriching. Apostle Johnny McDonald, pastor.

Alabama Power Foundation Accepting Elevate Grant Applications
The application period for the Alabama Power Foundation’s 2018 Elevate grant program is now open. Nonprofits across the state are encouraged to apply. Elevate grants empower nonprofits by funding community-centered projects, educational workshops and networking opportunities. Since the program’s launch in 2014, 41 nonprofits across the state have received Elevate grants to strengthen their organizations. This year the foundation will award four grants of $17,500 each. In addition to grant dollars, recipients will participate in a workshop later this year to help them grow and find ways to expand their positive impact. Online applications will be accepted through Aug. 24 and grant recipients will be announced in September. The Alabama Power Foundation will host grantees at the Elevate grant workshop in November. Elevate is one of several grant programs funded by the Alabama Power Foundation. To access the online application and learn more about Elevate, as well as other Alabama Power Foundation and Alabama Power community programs, please visit Since its creation in 1989 with funds donated by shareholders, the Alabama Power Foundation has supported Alabama communities, educational institutions and nonprofits with nonratepayer dollars through more than 20,000 grant and scholarship awards.

SCSWCD Meeting
The Sumter County Soil and Water Conservation District will hold their monthly board meeting on Thurs., July 19, at 6 p.m., in Bibb Graves, Room 124, on the University of West Alabama campus. The public is invited to attend.

Shady Grove Baptist Church Revival
Shady Grove Baptist Church, Livingston, Revival services will be Wed. – Fri., Aug. 8-10 at 7 p.m. Rev. Calvin Johnson, pastor of Willow Spring Baptist Church and Pleasant Grove Baptist Church, Greensboro, will be the evangelist. Everyone is invited. Rev. John Powell, pastor and Sis. Eleanor R. Randolph, secretary.

Union Chapel C. M. E. Homecoming and Revival
Annual homecoming of Union Chapel C. M. E. Church, Ward, will be Sunday, July 22, at 2 p.m. Rev. James Sheffield, Pastor of Little Hope Baptist Church, Lisman, and Friendship Baptist Church, Gosa, Miss. will deliver the Homecoming message. Our three night revival services will be Wed., Aug. 1-Fri., Aug. 3, at 7 p.m. nightly. Rev. James Sheffield, Pastor of Little Hope Baptist Church, Lisman, and Friendship Baptist Church, Gosa, Miss. will be the evangelist for the three nights. Rev. James Campbell, is pastor and Sis. Lucretia Nelson, Sis. Mary Taylor, Sis. Evelyn Terrell, are program coordinators.

Community Arts Workshop for All Ages
Coleman Center for the Arts will collaborate with professional storyteller, award winning poet, and author from the Black Belt Salaam Green to host a one-day, all ages storytelling workshop Sat., July 28, 10 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. with a break for lunch from 12 -1 p.m. Community Sharing event at 4 p.m. at Pop Start in downtown York at 211 Broad Street. Lunch is not provided. This workshop is FREE! All materials will be provided. Snacks included! Learn how to craft and present engaging stories drawn for your own experiences. Find out how storytelling can move beyond tall tales to become a platform for community conversation, intergenerational learning, and healing. Explore slice-of-life stories told from the heart by homegrown folks–every age has a story to share! The workshop will provide a space to share experiences, write, learn, and discuss community values through supportive storytelling exercises. The Storytelling for the Ages workshop will conclude with a community sharing event where participants can share their stories with friends and family. Community Arts Workshops are designed for multiple generations–friends and family of any age are encouraged to register together and share this creative learning experience. Children 12 and under must be accompanied by a participating adult. Space is limited and registration is required. Registration forms are available online at or at the Hightower Memorial library. Salaam Green is the founder of Literary Healing Arts Foundation and Services, whose mission is to promote the healing power of words through literary art. She is also featured storyteller at this year’s Kathryn Tucker Wyndham Tale Tellin’ Festival in Selma. For more information: 205.392.2005 / /

Red Cross Issues Urgent Call For Blood Donors
An emergency blood shortage is prompting the American Red Cross to issue an urgent call for eligible donors of all blood types – especially type O – to give now and help save lives. The Red Cross escalated its call for blood and platelet donors after a difficult Independence Day week for donations. More than 550 fewer blood drives were organized by businesses and other community groups last week than during a typical week as individuals across the country celebrated the holiday and enjoyed summer activities. This could equate to as many as 15,000 fewer donations than needed, causing donations to now be distributed to hospitals faster than they come in. To schedule an appointment to donate, use the free Red Cross Blood Donor App, visit or call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767). The Red Cross has added about 6,500 additional appointment slots at donation centers and community blood drives across the country over the next few weeks to accommodate more donors. Donation appointments and completion of a RapidPass online health history questionnaire are encouraged to help reduce the time it takes to donate.

Pesticide Applicator Training Scheduled For Agricultural Producers
Agricultural producers needing a private pesticide applicator license are invited to a pesticide meeting on July 25 starting at 8:30 a.m., at the Sumter County Extension Office, located at 106 Hospital Drive in Livingston. Registration is required. Please register by July 24 with the Extension office at (205) 652-9501. The meeting will include pesticide training on a number of topics including label comprehension and safety. Following the training, a test will be administered to producers applying for a private pesticide applicator license. A score of 70 or better is needed to pass the test. After passing the test, a producer can apply for a license with the Alabama Department of Agriculture and Industries. The producer will need to submit a license application fee for the license and training. A private pesticide applicator license is for producers who produce an agricultural commodity on owned, rented, or leased property or on an employer’s agricultural property. The license allows producers to purchase and apply restricted-use pesticides. A private pesticide applicator license is valid for 3 years. The first four numbers of the license number indicate the month and year the license expires: a pesticide license number 061812345 expires in June 2018. If you have any questions concerning the meeting, please contact the Sumter County Extension Office. Please register by July 24 with the Extension Office if you plan to attend. Our office number is (205) 652-9501. The Alabama Cooperative Extension System (Alabama A&M University and Auburn University) is committed to affirmative action, equal opportunity and the diversity of its workforce. We provide educational programs that serve all people regardless of race, color, national origin, age, disability, sex, gender identity, marital status, family/parental status, religion, sexual orientation, political beliefs, reprisal, or because all or a part of an individual’s income is derived from any public assistance program. Everyone is welcome.

Oak Grove Baptist Annual Homecoming, Church Anniversary, Revival
Pastor Willie J. Ivory and the members of Oak Grove Baptist Church, Coatopa, are inviting you to come worship with us on July 22, at 2 p.m. in our annual Homecoming/ Church Anniversary. Special Guest: Minister F. O. Bell, pastor and the congregation of Bethel Pine Baptist Church, Coatopa. Oak Grove Baptist Church annual Revival will begin on Mon., July 23 -Fri., July 27 at 7 p.m. nightly. Guest Minister Mithell Carter, pastor of the Fourth Creek Baptist Church, York, will be the evangalist for the week. Please join us for these great services. Minister Willie Joe Ivory, pastor.

Gaston Valley Baptist Homecoming and Revival
Gaston Valley Baptist, Townsend Loop, Ward with to invite you tou our homecoming service Sun., Aug. 5 at 2 p.m. Rev. James Campbell, pastor of Union Chapel Church, Ward, along with his choir and congregation are special guests. Revival services start Mon., Aug. 6 – Fri., Aug. 10 at 7 p.m. The guest speaker for the week will be Rev. Willie Wilson, pastor of Morning Star Baptist Church, Cuba, Ala. and St. Mary Baptist Church, Meridian, Miss., along with his choir and congregation. Rev. Kenneth Bell, pastor and Sis. Edna Coleman Brown, clerk.

Kinterbish Usher Federation
Kinterbish Usher Federation will have our usher meeting July 28 at 5 p.m. at Mt. Olive Baptist Church, Cuba, where Rev. Jared Gibbs is pastor. Sunday Morning Worship Service July 29 at 11:30 a.m. at Pine Grove Baptist Church, Yantley where Rev. Willie D. Burton is pastor. Rev. Jared Gibbs pastor of Mt. Olive Baptist Church, Cuba is guest speaker along with his choir and congregation. Sis. Joann Sheffield, president, Rev. Jared Gibbs, vice-president and Sis. Sylvia E. Bell, secretary.

Market and a Movie
Join us in Livingston in fromt of Ruby Pickens Tartt Library on July 20, and July 27th for Market and Movie series, in partnership with Ruby Pickens Tartt Public Library. Mark your calendars for a fun family evening in downtown Livingston!

School Events

UA Museums Open For Free To Military Members, Their Families
Active duty military members and their families can enter UA museums free of charge as part of their Blue Star Museums program. The Blue Star Museums program is a partnership between the National Endowment for the Arts, Blue Star Families, the Department of Defense and more than 2,000 museums across America. The program runs through Labor Day (Sept. 3). Active duty military and their families will receive free admission to the Alabama Museum of Natural History, Moundville Archaeological Park, Bryant Museum and Gorgas House. Admission to the Warner Transportation Museum is regularly free, so Blue Star families can take guided tours for just $1 per person. For more information, contact David Miller, UA Strategic Communications, at 205/348-0825 or

Saturday In The Park
UA’s Moundville Archaeological Park will host Saturday in the Park from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. every Saturday through Aug. 4. Each weekend offers a new activity for attendees, including sessions on tools and weapons, flintknapping, and pottery firing, among others. Saturday in the Park activities are free with paid park admission. Saturday in the Park is open to the media. To better determine a precise date and location for interviews, contact Bryant Welbourne, UA Strategic Communications, at

Save the Date—Free Backpack and School Supply Give-away
Free Backpacks and school supplies will be given away on Sat., July 28 at Sumter Central High School. Angie’s Caring Hearts Foundation, Inc. and several local organizations will distribute backpacks with school supplies to all students in the Sumter County Public School System from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. All students are encouraged to come by Sumter Central High School to pick up their backpack before 1 p.m. This school supply give-away is made possible by a grant from The Mapp Family Foundation of Fairhope, Ala., donations from members of Angie’s Caring Hearts Foundation, and other local organizations. If any individual, church, group, or other organization is available to help stuff backpacks on Fri. July 27, please contact Ruby Jackson at (334) 216-9927. Any help would be greatly appreciated!

Need $$$ for your team or event? It’s as easy as selling papers!
Contact Tommy McGraw at or 205-652-6100 or stop by Thursday or Friday at the office at 210 S. Washington St. across from the courthouse to get started.

Leaders Save Lives Scholarship Program
The American Red Cross is looking for student leaders.
This is a unique program for high school and college students who want to help save lives with the American Red Cross. By hosting a blood drive while school is out of session, you’ll get the opportunity to win a scholarship, a meaningful leadership experience, a gift card award and the accomplishment of helping ensure a reliable blood supply. This leadership program is also a great way to rack up on volunteer hours. learn more at

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The Tuscaloosa County Preservation Society has announced the lineup for its 2018 Summer Lecture Series. All three lectures will take place at the Jemison Van de Graaf Mansion.

Dr. Olliff’s book, which contains essays addressing many aspects of life both during and after the Great War will be available at the lecture.

On August 9, Valerie Pope Burns, author and historian, will be the last speaker featured in this years Lecture Series. She will speak about her book “Visions of the Black Belt.” Ms. Burns presents her subject, the Black Belt, as a region of great beauty as well as contrasts. As the center of the prosperous cotton trade it was once an area of great wealth. Today, the land remains much as it was, beautiful but unchanged and untouched by the ecconomic growth that much of the South has experienced.

Lovely and haunting pictures by photographer Robin McDonald accompany Burn’s insighful comments on a place that distinctly resonates the past. “Visions of the Black Belt” will be available at the lecture.

All lectures will be held at the Jemison Van de Graaf Mansion, 1305 GreensboroAve. Receptions for each lecture will be at 5:15p.m. lectures at 5:45p.m. Cost is $5 per person. Members are free. For additional information contact the Tuscaloosa County Preservation Society at 758-2238 or visit

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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