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, 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.

Livingston Interfaith Council Community Thanksgiving Service

The Livingston Interfaith Council is sponsoring a Community Thanksgiving Service on Tues., Nov. 21st, at 5:30 p.m. at St. James’ Episcopal Church, located at the corner of Spring and Monroe Streets, across from the Ruby Pickens Tartt Library. All are invited to attend and bring canned goods for the Department of Human Resources Food Bank.

Mt. Tabor M. B. Church Harvest Day Program

The Mt. Tabor M. B. Church, Coatopa will be observing its’ annual Harvest Day Program on Nov. 19 at 2:30 p.m. The Rev. Lonnie Weaver, pastor of the New Canaan Baptist Church, Aliceville, and the Sanctuary of Hope Church, Tuscaloosa, will be our special guest. He will be accompanied by his church families. The Rev. James McDonald is pastor of Mt. Tabor M. B. Church.

Friends of the Ruby Pickens Tartt Public Library Annual Turkey Raffle

Every year in November the Friends of the Ruby Pickens Tartt Public Library Organization conducts a turkey raffle to raise money for the library. Haven’t you ever wished you could have someone else cook your Thanksgiving dinner? Well, that’s what the turkey raffle is all about!
Members sell tickets to give away a turkey feast that will feed 6 to 8 people. The meal includes a 10-12 pound turkey, roasted to perfection with good ole southern dressing and gravy, a vegetable, rolls, and dessert. Donna and Jim Allen Dial, owners of the well-known Diamond Jim and Mrs. Donna’s Restaurant. in Livingston, are preparing the meal so it’s guaranteed to be delicious because everything that comes out of Donna’s kitchen is just that!
Tickets are $1.00 each and they can be purchased from Friends of the Library members and also from the Ruby Pickens Tartt Library. The drawing for the turkey feast will be held on Thurs., Nov. 16 at 5 p.m. The lucky winner will be notified immediately so plans can be made to pick up the dinner at the library in plenty of time before Thanksgiving Day.
The Friends are hoping that this year will be the most successful turkey raffle ever and that a lot of money will be raised to help support the Ruby Pickens Tartt Library. Our community is so blessed to have such a wonderful library with an outstanding library staff working hard to meet the needs of its patrons every day.
Please drop by the library or look up a Friends member and buy your tickets. Just maybe you will be the lucky one to win a delicious turkey feast prepared by one of Sumter County’s best cooks!

Galilee Baptist Annual Fall Harvest Revival

Rev. Dr. B. Nelson Little and the Galilee Baptist Church Ffamily will host our Aannual Fall Harvest Revival beginning Tues., Nov. 7-Thurs., Nov. 9 at 7 p.m. nightly. Rev. DeAmphis Williams of Jonesboro, Ga. will be the guest evangelist each night. Come, bring a friend or family, and get revived, restored, blessed.

Celebrating Our Faith and Heritage

Everyone is invited to Celebrating Our Faith and Heritage, on Sun., Nov. 19 at 4-6 p.m. at Church on the Circle, 2017 Boll Weevil Circle, Enterprise. The Church is located between Enterprise High School and Alabama Career Center. You enter from the Enterprise Career Center Drive. Celebrating Christian faith and the Creek Heritage, there will be tribal people demonstrating various arts and crafts such as primitive tool making, pottery, basket making and other demonstrations. Artifacts will be on display. Children can participate in activities such as face painting, bead making, and other activities. Dinner will be served by the Church. Dr. Granger or another pastor will present a sermon. Please let us know how many will attend. Attention Tribal Citizens this will be one of the times if you are planning on applying for a scholarship you can volunteer. If you have any questions or comments, please feel free to contact me at the following: Vice Chief Nancy Carnley, Ma-Chis Lower Creek Indian Tribe of Alabama, 64 Private Road 1312, Elba, Alabama 36323; (334)897-3207;

To Beat Hunger, We’re All On the Same Team

By: Alabama Governor Kay Ivey

In about three weeks, one of the best rivalries and college sporting events in the nation will take place right here in Alabama: The Iron Bowl.

For decades, fans of the University of Alabama and Auburn University have come together to celebrate this great tradition and to cheer on their team. In a good-natured way, this historic event often pits neighbor against neighbor, co-worker against co-worker, and sometimes even spouse against spouse. On November 25th, when kick-off rolls around, every Alabamian will be called upon to pick a side – Tide or Tigers.

For whatever reason, each of us has our team.

Maybe we pick a team because we went to school there, or maybe we pick a side because we remember our parents taking us for walks around the campus. Maybe we pick the Tide because of our fond memories of a larger-than-life coach in his iconic, houndstooth hat roaming the sidelines. Or, perhaps we yell “War Eagle” because of our connection to gridiron greats like Pat Sullivan, Bo Jackson and Cam Newton.

Each of us have a reason behind which team we will be pulling for in the Iron Bowl, but there is one cause we all can unite around – fighting hunger in Alabama.

According to VOICES for Alabama’s Children, 24 percent of children in our state faced food insecurity in 2015, meaning they were not always sure where their next meal would come from. Alabama is consistently one of the highest giving states in the nation when it comes to supporting the work of charities and non-profits. As we move toward the Thanksgiving season and the Iron Bowl, we have an opportunity to once again show our generosity by coming together to meet the hunger need head-on.

For years, through the Beat Auburn Beat Hunger or the Beat Bama Beat Hunger food drives, the University of Alabama and Auburn University have put aside their rivalries to stand united in raising awareness and donations for those who might be in need of food in our state. This fantastic program underscores that all of us, regardless of our Saturday afternoon allegiances, have more in common than what divides us.

In 2016, these two great college campuses donated 396,044 pounds of food to food banks across Alabama. Can you imagine how much more could be given this year if every Alabamian joined this effort and gave just a few can goods to support their school of choice?

College rivalries in Alabama are second to none, but our willingness to help our fellow citizens in need is just as important to who we are as a state. This year’s Beat Bama/Beat Auburn food drive runs through November 15th, and I hope you will join me in donating to your school of choice, or to your local food bank. You can learn more by visiting or

In just a few short weeks, the battle lines will be drawn and the eyes of the world will converge on Auburn for the annual Iron Bowl. As Alabama and Auburn battle it out on the football field, fans will cheer on their team of choice and hope for victory; but, until then, let’s cast aside our labels and join together as part of one team. When we unite to beat hunger in Alabama, no one loses, and we all win. To beat hunger, we must all be on the same team.

Hunger in Alabama is beatable, because #TogetherWeCan.


Holiday Food Safety

FDA gives simple steps to help ensure that harmful bacteria won’t be a guest at your festivities.

How to Cook a Whole Chicken or Turkey

USDA Food Safety 15 Sec -The only way to know food has been cooked to a safe internal temperature is to use a food thermometer.

Three Ways to Avoid a Trip to the ER This Thanksgiving
Emergency Physicians Offer Tips for a Safe Holiday

Thanksgiving should be a time for family, friends and plenty of delicious food, not for preventable trips to the emergency room. These suggestions from the nation’s emergency physicians could help you avoid an unexpected trip to the emergency room this holiday season.

“This Thanksgiving, a few simple steps to avoid preventable injury or illness can go a long way toward making sure you safely enjoy the holiday,” said Paul Kivela, MD, FACEP, president of the American College of Emergency Physicians (ACEP). “It is important to take the time to enjoy this special time of year. But, if the need arises, emergency physicians treat patients 24-hours a day, even on holidays, and we will be there for you.”

Follow food safety guidelines. For many people, the most important part of Thanksgiving is a big meal surrounded by friends and loved ones. Mishandling raw meat or other ingredients could transmit harmful bacteria or lead to some very unpleasant stomach pains.

Wash your hands thoroughly when handling uncooked meat and keep it separate from other foods. Be sure to sanitize any surface that touches raw food. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends that oven temperatures should be no lower than 325 degrees.

If you have allergies and you did not cook the meal yourself, remember to ask about the ingredients and how food was prepared. And, don’t forget to refrigerate all leftovers within 2 hours. Pace yourself when a big meal is involved, whether you are preparing, eating or cleaning up afterward. If your gathering includes alcoholic beverages, drink in moderation. And of course, do not drink and drive.

Take your time to avoid common injuries. It can be hard not to get caught up in the holiday hustle. Careful planning for meal preparation can help you make sure there is plenty of time to get the job done. Be careful, knife injuries from slicing food are some of the most common Thanksgiving mishaps. Many accidents occur when carving or cutting too quickly.

Accidents or fires can be caused by trying to do too many things at once, exposure to hot liquid or oil splashes. Lifting heavy pots or plates? Bend at the knees and avoid back injuries. Deep frying a turkey can be especially dangerous, especially for novice cooks. Never attempt to deep fry a frozen turkey, it should be completely thawed out first. And, frying a turkey should be done a safe distance away from any flammable structure.

Exercise safely, don’t overdo it. Participating in a traditional Thanksgiving sporting event? If a “Turkey Bowl” or other athletic activity is part of your celebration remember to stretch first and avoid overexertion. Avoid weather-related issues such as hypothermia or frostbite by dressing appropriately for the weather outside. The ER will likely see a spate of holiday-related sprains, muscle tears or other injuries. Especially for those who may not exercise regularly, one way to decrease the likelihood of injury is to play touch football rather than tackle.

Thanksgiving can also be a challenge for those coping with mental health issues. Whether it comes from the pressure to entertain, financial strain, family tension or other issues, stress runs high this time of year. It is important to recognize and treat the symptoms of anxiety, depression or other mental health disorders with professional help as needed. Better self-care can ward off things that may send you to the ER like panic attacks, complications from alcohol abuse or other emergencies.

“Distractions, multi-tasking and poor decisions make Thanksgiving one of the busier days in many emergency departments. If an emergency does occur, don’t delay a trip to the ER, putting off care might seem convenient at the time but poses serious health risks,” said Dr. Kivela.

ACEP is the national medical specialty society representing emergency medicine. ACEP is committed to advancing emergency care through continuing education, research and public education. Headquartered in Dallas, Texas, ACEP has 53 chapters representing each state, as well as Puerto Rico and the District of Columbia. A Government Services Chapter represents emergency physicians employed by military branches and other government agencies.

Volunteers Announce Collection Sites For Global Christmas Project
This, several locations in the multi-county will serve as drop-off sites for the Samaritan’s Purse project, Operation Christmas Child—joining nearly 5,000 U.S. locations collecting gift-filled shoeboxes for children in need around the world. During the project’s National Collection Week, Nov. 13 – 20, Livingston residents will transform empty shoeboxes into gifts of hope filled with school supplies, hygiene items and fun toys. Operation Christmas Child will deliver these shoebox gifts to children affected by war, disease, disaster, poverty and famine. This year, the team hopes to contribute more than 16,860 shoebox gifts toward the 2017 global goal of reaching 12 million children. Drop off locations:

Livingston-Livingston First Baptist Church, 103 Lafayette St., Livingston – Mon.., Nov. 13: 9 a.m.- 4 p.m., Tue., Nov. 14: 9 a.m.- 4 p.m., Wed., Nov. 15: 9 a.m.- 4 p.m., Thu., Nov. 16: 9 a.m.- 4 p.m., Fri., Nov. 17: 9 a.m.- 4 p.m., Sat., Nov. 18: 9 a.m.- 4 p.m., Sun., Nov. 19: 9 a.m.- 4 p.m., Mon., Nov. 20: 9- 11 a.m.; Butler-Choctaw County Baptist Association, 110 Pickens Ave., Butler – Mon., Nov. 13: 8:30 AM – 4 p.m., Tue., Nov. 14: 8:30 a.m. – 4 p.m., Wed., Nov. 15: 8:30 a.m. – 4 p.m., Thu., Nov. 16: 8:30 a.m. – 4 p.m., Fri., Nov. 17: 8:30 a.m. – 4 p.m., Sat., Nov. 18: 8:30 AM – 12 p.m., Sun., Nov. 19: 2 p.m., – 4 p.m., Mon.., Nov. 20: 8:30-10:30 a.m.; Linden-Bethel Baptist Association, 308 E Coats Ave., Linden-Mon.., Nov. 13: 9 a.m.- 4 p.m., Tue., Nov. 14: 9 a.m.- 4 p.m., Wed., Nov. 15: 9 a.m.- 4 p.m., Thu., Nov. 16: 9 a.m.- 4 p.m., Fri., Nov. 17: 9 a.m.- 4 p.m., Sat., Nov. 18: 9 a.m.- 12 p.m., Sun., Nov. 19: 2 p.m., – 4 p.m., Mon., Nov. 20: 9 a.m.- 12 p.m.; Grove Hill-Clarke Baptist Association, 16183 Hwy. 43, Grove Hill-Mon., Nov. 13: 8:30 a.m. – 12 p.m., Tue., Nov. 14: 8:30 a.m. – 12 p.m., Wed., Nov. 15: 8:30 a.m. – 12 p.m., Thu., Nov. 16: 8:30 a.m. – 12 p.m., Fri., Nov. 17: 10 a.m.- 12 p.m., Sat., Nov. 18: 10 a.m.- 12 p.m., Sun., Nov. 19: 1 p.m., – 3 p.m., Mon.., Nov. 20: 8 a.m.- 10 a.m.

For more information on how to participate in Operation Christmas Child or to view gift suggestions, call 770-777-9342 or visit Participants can donate $9 per shoebox gift online through “Follow Your Box” and receive a tracking label to discover its destination. Those who prefer the convenience of online shopping can browse to select gifts matched to a child’s specific age and gender, then finish packing the virtual shoebox by adding a photo and personal note of encouragement.

Operation Christmas Child is a project of Samaritan’s Purse, an international Christian relief and evangelism organization headed by Franklin Graham. The mission of Operation Christmas Child is to demon..strate God’s love in a tangible way to children in need around the world and, together with the local church worldwide, to share the Good News of Jesus Christ. Since 1993, Operation Christmas Child has collected and delivered more than 146 million gift-filled shoeboxes to children in more than 160 countries and territories.