Sumter County Record Journal

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Director said she may refile for contract
Sumter County Opportunity’s contract pulled; ACF in control
Only “IT guys” at SCO Head Star

Director said she will sue for “vicious lies”
Lena Hardaway responds to Sumter Opportunity closure

Sumter arraignment charges include
Attempted Murder, Rape, Child and Sexual Abuse

Sumter County Grand jury returns 21 felony indictments

A ‘No’ can become a ‘Yes’ with a successful FEMA appeal

York to hold community vision meeting tonight, March 30

David Jones succumbs

In Statewide Anti-Litter Campaign
ALEA partners with PALS

Hale County hunter helps promote ALBBAA’s Big Gobbler Photo Contest

Santa Letters 2022 Art Gallery

Click on the page above to download full results from the 11-8-22 election in Sumter County, Alabama.

Monster Walk 2022

Photos by Herman Ward, Jr., Sumter County Record Journal Editor

Sumter Central Homecoming Parade 2022

Photos by Kasey DeCastra, Sumter County Record Journal and Moundville Times Community News Editor

Photos by Herman Ward, Jr., SCRJ, & Tina Naremore Jones, Vice President Division of Economic & Workforce Development at UWA

2022 Sucarnochee Folklife Festival

Epes 4th of July Parade Gallery

Photos by Epes Etchings Janice Kemp-Greenwood

2022 4th of July Water Blast in York

Photos by York Councilman & SCHS Basketball Coach Jazmin Mitchell

Sumter Day Gallery

Sumter Central High School 2022 Graduating Class Awards Day Audience. Video by SCRJ Reporter Herman Ward, Jr.

Congresswoman Terri Sewell Sumter County Town Hall

Rush Medical Group in Livingston celebrated 40 years of service Tuesday, April 19 at the University of West Alabama Bell Conference Center. Video by SCRJ Reporter, Herman Ward, Jr.

Cuba Chief Reid Vaughan in the know when tornado and straight line winds blow

Democrats name those running for office in Sumter after the press deadline

Listen to Sumter Emergency Weather outbreaks on your phone with free App.

York Christmas Parade

Bellamy Christmas Parade

UWA Homecoming Parade

Flood of Love Volunteers 501-(c)3 nonprofit group is once again collecting items to assist victims of a Hurricane, Ida.
Flood of Love Disaster Relief Team Director Rindy Vaughan is helping lead the group and offers the following information for those who wish to help in this humanitarian cause.
“Thank you Record-Journal for sharing one of our recent posts on your facebook page, we appreciate it so much! I am working on a relief supply drive locally that would involve the Dollar General store in Cuba and the York Lions Club.
“I would like to share some information regarding our collections including our PayPal QR code so that it could easily be scanned as well as our wish list links through Amazon.
“We have already reached out to some of our contacts in areas that have been affected by hurricane Ida. There are still rescues and assessments ongoing, so we are waiting for this process to be completed. We have volunteers ready to assist us in organizing items collected as well as volunteers to help us get these donations delivered.
“Anyone locally can drop items off at Siloam Volunteer Fire Department and the University Charter School in Livingston. Also, Gateway Community Church in Lauderdale, Miss. is accepting items for us.
“For those who would prefer to offer help through financial contributions, our PayPal account is the best way to send funds electronically. Wish lists for flood buckets and hygiene kits have been set up through Amazon. When purchasing items through this site, please ensure the shipping shows the items will arrive by September 8 [9/8/21] so that we will have time to organize and pack them for distribution.
“I have attached the lists of items we pack in flood buckets and hygiene kits. Also, see our QR Code for PayPal included with this newspaper story.
“Our mailing information is P.O. Box 474 • Cuba, AL 36907, and contact phone number is 205-499-6241 if anyone would like to reach out through those avenues. Here are the links for our wish lists:
Hygiene Kits
Please placed in gallon-size zip-top bags.
Soap (bar)
Facial Tissue
Lip Balm
Toothbrush (cover)
Hand Sanitizer
Washcloth / Mesh Loofa
Pair of Socks
If you would like to make some specifically for men, feel free to include:
If you would like to make some specifically for women, feel free to include:
Feminine products
Flood Bucket Project
5 Gallon Buckets
Paper Towels
Work Gloves – Leather or “Gripped”
Cleaning Solutions – (Spray Cleaners) Lysol, Clorox, Awesome
Cleaning Supplies – Towels, Sponges, Scrub Brushes
Liquid Dish Soap (ie. Dawn)
Trash Bags – Heavy Duty
Zip-top bags
Permanent Marker
Utility Knife

Dr. Tina Jones, Executive Director of the Division of Economic Development and Outreach, introduces the first act, Judd and Lisa Cameron of the band, Bound and Determined at the 2021 Sucarnochee Folklife Festival in Livingston July 17. Video by Kasey DeCastra, Sumter County Record Journal & Moundville Times Community News Editor
Judd and Lisa Cameron of the band, Bound and Determined playing at the 2021 Sucarnochee Folklife Festival in Livingston July 17. Video by Kasey DeCastra, Sumter County Record Journal & Moundville Times Community News Editor

S. C. Board of Education School Lunch Heroes

2021 Sucarnochee Folklife Festival

Flood of Love to help with Tornado Victims In situations like the State of Alabama faced in March, needs are immediate. Flood of Love went to Bibb County to deliver items that have been listed. If you would like to help Flood of Love the PayPal link is also included.

The Sumter County Bicentennial Audio Tour, a self-guided tour of historic sites throughout the county, was unveiled at a community reception on Wednesday, December 11 at 10 a.m. at the Black Belt Museum in downtown Livingston. Here we see York Mayor/UWA’s Gena Robbins and UWA’s Tina Jones speaking at the event.
The tour was developed through the Black Belt Heritage Area managed by the Center for the Study of the Black Belt at UWA, and with funding from Alabama Bicentennial Community Grants awarded to the Sumter County Commission, and the municipalities of Gainesville, Livingston, and York. Each site features a short history recorded by local citizens.
The audio tour project offers direct location site visitors and online visitors an opportunity to learn about the interesting history and sites of Sumter County while touring at an individual pace.
Signs with a QR code, phone number, and photograph will be located at each tour site location. In order to access the audio, visitors will use their cell phones to either scan the QR Code or dial the phone number located on the tour sign. Details and instructions to access the tour, for both location site visit or online, will be announced on We will upload instructions, as well, on our events page as soon as we have them.
For more information, contact Gena Robbins at [email protected] or call (205) 652-5545.
Video by Kasey DeCastra, SCRJ Community News Editor
UWA’s Tina Jones speaks on the virtues of the new Sumter County Bicentennial audio tour.
Gainesville councilwoman Katie Magoo Smith thanks the community for being a part of the historic event.
More events including Margarette Magoo and Gena will be at the Bicentennial Event in Montgomery this weekend.
A toast to Alabama Bicentennial and the new walking tour.

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