An early morning fire destroyed the Family Dollar Store in Eutaw Thursday, September. 21. According to witnesses at the scene the fire started around 6:30 a.m. The witness said no one was injured. There appeared to be a Eutaw Volunteer firemen being attended to by Green County EMS personnel while at the scene of the fire. The building and its contents were a complete loss.

A $1,000 Reward is offered for information leading to the capture and conviction of two armed robbers that robbed the York Mini Mart. York Police Chief Ray McVay released a video of the robbery Monday, Sept. 21, and asks that anyone with information call the York Police Department at 205-392-5261 or 911.

We’re looking for your Central West Alabama ghost stories

*Disclaimer above is not a real ghost. But she is cute as a button.* We’re looking for your Central West Alabama ghost stories. Know of a ghost story in Sumter, Hale, Tuscaloosa, Marengo, or Pickens County, or had a spooky experience yourself? Email us at or and we’ll put it on and for Halloween. Please let us know the town you are from, the town or area your story occurred and if you would like to use your name or be anonymous. PLEASE DO NOT SEND ANYTHING TO FACEBOOK! Students, admin and visitors on UA quad before the Aug. 21st partial solar eclipse in Tuscaloosa.

Gibson the Songbird at the 2017 Jimmie Rodgers Festival

York Mayor Gena Robbins discusses the impact of proposed America First budget

Mayor Gena Robbins of York recently sat down with us to discuss the federal America First budget proposal, and how the proposed cuts would impact Alabama communities. The proposed budget eliminates seven programs managed by ADECA.

The Sucarnochee Folklife Festival

The Sucarnochee Folklife Festival (SFF) celebrated thirteen years of the unique life ways of Alabama’s Black Belt on Saturday, April 15 at McConnell Field-Lyon Hall Quad on The University of West Alabama (UWA) campus. Video by SCRJ Community News Editor Kasey DeCastra

Task force, troopers, K-9s and local law conduct ‘safety check’

By Thomas W. Ausborn Reporter A l7th Judicial Circuit Drug Task Force K-9 unit conducted a “safety check” at Sumter County High School with help from Alabama State Troopers and officers from Livingston Police Department and Sumter County Sheriff’s Department at approximately 9:30 a.m. Tuesday, March 7. Law enforcement conducted the search at the behest of the SCHS Safety Committee which is compromised of SCBOE Superintendent Tyrone Yarbrough, Principal Stoney Pritchett, and other administrators, instructors, and staff. Students and school employees were kept unaware of the impending safety sweep. Authorities arrived at the school at around 9:30 a.m. to conduct the sweep. All entrances and exits to the school and its grounds were sealed throughout the investigation. K-9 agents alerted on several student backpacks and purses, which were promptly confiscated and searched by members of the SCHS Safety Committee. However, the safety check was cut short due to officers being called to assist U.S. Marshalls in the search for a murder suspect believed to be in Bellamy area.

2nd Annual Monster Walk 10-31-16

The Ruby Pickens Tartt Public Library and The Sumter County Chamber of Commerce had their 2nd Annual Monster Walk on Oct. 31. Kids enjoyed trick or treating with the Library, had a costume contest, story time with United Way of West Alabama, face painting, Livingston Fire Truck Tour, Museum and a movie at UWA Cinema.

Sumter County Commission Meeting 9-12-16

Lie Tree Murder jury deliberation 9-15-16

By Tommy McGraw Publisher The Sumter County Circuit Court jury Murder trial of the State vs Demetris Ruffin is currently in jury deliberation. The jury is charged with deciding who lied under the “Lie Tree” in Kinterbish. Ruffin is accused of Murder in the death of LeThomas Williams in the Nov. 5, 2014 incident at the “Lie Tree,” a gathering spot for locals to “hang out,” in the Kinterbish community. The jury heard witnesses for two days and was charged by Judge Eddie Hardaway at approximately 2 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 15. Approximately ten witnesses testified with conflicting testimony in the trial. The jury is also considering manslaughter and self defense during their deliberations. Ruffin testified in his own behalf and admitted to stabbing Ruffin, but said he “did not mean to kill” Williams. See and up date later and the full story in the next edition of the Sumter County Record Journal, Thursday, Sept. 22.

Two for one robbery arrests 9-9-16

An armed robbery suspect was taken into custody at a Livingston Hotel Friday, Sept. 10, along with man wanted for at least two other charges. Lauderdale Deputies were assisted by the Livingston Police Department, UWA Police, and the Sumter County Sheriff’s Department.

Ex-Sheriff Tyrone Clark arrested on Felony Charges

Sheriff Brian Harris sworn in and statement to residents of Sumter County Aug. 19, 2016


Livingston Jr. Food Mart Robbery, July 19, 2016

    Livingston Police are looking to identify these two robbers. Call 205-652-9525 if you have any information.

Lake Louise ‘Gator

Lake Louise’s 2012 Gator interview referenced from the 6-9-16 edition front story, “Crime tape marks spot where 12’ ‘gator seen’

2016 Relay For Life

Sheriff Clark Impeachment Press Conference with District Att. Greg Griggers

FBI, ALEA raid at Sumter County Sheriff’s office & Johnny Hatter Detention Center March 8, 2016

Sumter Academy vs. Lyman Ward 2014

Sumter Central vs Greensboro 2014

Choctaw Sheriff and ASPCA raid puppy farm 3-4-15 *Note this video is soundless. Submitted by the ASPCA

Aubry Ellis recognized for service 1-26-2015

Of Crud and Crumbs Christmas Special

The Ugliest Christmas Tree