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 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.




Sumter County Record Journal Holiday Deadlines

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.

SC DHR Meeting

The next meeting of Sumter County Dept. of Human Resources Board will be held on Wed., Dec. 13 at 2 p.m. at 108 W. Main St., Livingston.

Brewersville United Methodist Church and York United Methodist Church Candlelight Communion Christmas Eve
Brewersville United Methodist Church, Coatopa, (Livingston) and York United Methodist Church will be having candlelight communion services on Christmas Eve: Candlelight Christmas Eve Service at 5 p.m. at York United Methodist Church and Candlelight Christmas Eve Service at 6:30 p.m. at Brewersville United Methodist Church. All are welcome to come and worship with us on this holy night.

Community Advent Services At Livingston Churches
The Livingston Interfaith Council invites everyone to weekly Advent Services at noon. The service on Dec. 13 will be at Livingston United Methodist Church, and Dec. 20 at First Presbyterian Livingston. Each service will last about 30 minutes. Attendees are encouraged to bring a canned good for the DHR Food Bank.

Financial Assistance Available to West Alabama Landowners Interested in Forestry Initiative
USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) State Conservationist Ben Malone announced a collaborative effort to reach forestry landowners will continue in West Alabama. NRCS Alabama will partner with the U.S. Endowment for Forestry and Communities, Federation of Southern Cooperatives (FSC), the Limited Resource Landowners Educational and Assistance Network (LRLEAN), and the Alabama Forestry Commission (AFC) to provide assistance to forest landowners in 11 counties.
Landowners in Bullock, Choctaw, Dallas, Greene, Hale, Macon, Marengo, Perry, Pickens, Sumter and Wilcox Counties are encouraged to apply for Conservation Activity Plans (CAPs) and practices through the forestry initiative by January 21, 2018.
The U.S. Endowment for Forestry and Communities (Endowment) was awarded an Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP) and Conservation Stewardship Program (CtSP) agreement under the Regional Conservation Partnership Program (RCPP) to demonstrate sustainable forestry technologies and create a support system and market access to historically underserved landowners in Alabama.
Several landowners have enrolled in the initiative and are working to preserve, restore and enhance forestland on their properties. Over the last four fiscal years, more than $1,000,000 was obligated to fund 173 contracts in the 11 county area.
Although applications are accepted all year, producers should submit applications by Jan. 21, 2018 to ensure they are considered for this year’s funding. NRCS field offices are listed in the telephone directory under U.S. Department of Agriculture or on-line at For more information, contact the FSC (205) 652-9676 or LRLEAN at To learn more about this initiative and to view landowner testimonials, visit

2018 Alabama Waterfowl Stamp Art Contest Opens Dec. 11
Alabama artists are invited to enter the 2018 Alabama Waterfowl Stamp art contest, which opened Dec. 11. The winning artwork will be featured as the design of the 2019-20 Alabama Waterfowl Stamp. The Alabama stamp is required for all licensed hunters when hunting migratory waterfowl in the state. Revenue from the sale of the stamp is used to purchase, establish or improve migratory waterfowl habitat.
The competition is open to resident Alabama artists only. Only original horizontal artworks depicting a species of North American migratory duck or goose will be eligible. The American Wigeon, Canada Goose, and American Green-winged Teal — depicted in the winning artwork of the three previous years’ contests — are not eligible as the subject for the 2019-20 waterfowl stamp. Entries must be postmarked no later than February 9, 2018.
The 2018 contest will take place in conjunction with the annual “Fins, Feathers and Flowers” event at Lakepoint Resort State Park in Eufaula, Ala., which runs February 16-18. Similar to Eagle Awareness weekends at Lake Guntersville, Fins, Feathers and Flowers offers a variety of activities for wildlife watchers. The weekend is a cooperative effort of the Alabama State Parks Division and the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service.
All eligible entries will be on display at Lakepoint State Park beginning Friday, February 16. Three judges from the fields of art, ornithology and wildlife conservation will select the winning waterfowl art the following day at 1 p.m. The media and public are invited to attend.
The judging criteria will emphasize uncluttered design suitable for printing as a stamp, anatomical accuracy of the illustrated species, and artistic rendering. Close attention must be given to tone and detail, since those aspects are prerequisites for printing artwork as a stamp. Wing and feather construction must be particularly well defined. Entries may be drawn or painted in any medium. Entries cannot exceed 9 by 12 inches (15 by 18 inches matted).
Contest entry forms are available online at Artists may also receive an entry form by contacting Seth Maddox with the Alabama Division of Wildlife and Freshwater Fisheries at, or by calling 256-437-2788.
The Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources promotes wise stewardship, management and enjoyment of Alabama’s natural resources through four divisions: Marine Resources, State Lands, State Parks, and Wildlife and Freshwater Fisheries. To learn more about ADCNR, visit

North Sumter Development Authorithy Meeting
The North Sumter Development Authorithy will meet on Dec. 18 at 6 p.m. at the Gainesville Town Hall. All reports are expected to be turned in.


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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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