Sumter County


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Deadlines are Monday at Noon.

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.


Save the Date---Free Backpack and School Supply Give-away
Free Backpack and school supply give-away set for July 29 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. Angie’s Caring Hearts Foundation of York applied for and received grants from the Alpha Kappa Alpha Educational Advancement Foundation of Chicago, Illinois and The Mapp Family Foundation of Fairhope, Alabama.
Along with these two grants and donations from the Heart Group of The Eastern Shores in Fairhope, Alabama and several local organizations, backpacks and school supplies will be purchased for approximately 1,600 students (the estimated enrollment in the Sumter County Public school system). All Sumter County Public School students are encouraged to come by to pick up their backpack.

6th Annul Congress Job Fair
On, Thur., Aug. 3 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the University of West Alabama, Hughes Gym, 100 U.S. Hwy. 11, Livingston, Congresswoman Terri A. Sewell (D-AL) will welcome jobseekers from across West Alabama to her 6th Annual Congressional Job Fair. The event will also bring together employers from a variety of career sectors and locations throughout the 7th Congressional District.

Astronomer Offers Safety Tips For Viewing Solar Eclipse
Although the state of Alabama will not be under a total solar eclipse Aug. 21, there is still the opportunity to view a partial solar eclipse. UA astronomers urge people to view the phases of the eclipse safely by not looking directly at the sun. Watch for an upcoming news release with more details. For more information, contact Adam Jones, UA communications, at 205-348-4328 or


Alabama Power Foundation Accepting Elevate Grant Applications
The application period for the Alabama Power Foundation’s 2017-2018 Elevate grants is now open. Nonprofits across the state are encouraged to apply before the Sept. 8 deadline.
Elevate grants empower nonprofits by funding community-centered projects, capacity-building workshops and networking opportunities.
Since the program’s launch in 2014, 34 nonprofits across the state have received Elevate grants to strengthen their organizations.
The Elevate packages include a $10,000 grant in 2017 and a $5,000 challenge grant in 2018 for each winner. Grant winners will participate in workshops through 2018 to help them grow and find ways to expand their positive impact.
Elevate is one of several grant programs funded by the Alabama Power Foundation. To access the online application and to 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.

Sumter County Children's Book Swap at Ruby Pickens Tartt Library
Join us Sat., July 29 at 10 a.m.-12 p.m., at Ruby Pickens Tartt Library at 201 Monroe St., Livingston, for the Sumter County Children's Book Swap. Bring gently used kids' books and swap them for new to you children's books! Presented by United Way of West Alabama and Success by 6. Contact the library at (205) 652-2349 and ask for Kelley if you have any questions.

Gallilee Missionary Baptist to Host New Era Progressive Missionary Baptist State of Alabama
New Era Progressive Missionary Baptist State of Alabama, will convene at Gallilee Missionary Baptist Church, Panola, for its 120th year session: beginning July 24-27. Mon. night at 6:30 the sermon will be by former President, Dr. Timothy J. Woods, (it will also be Communion Night); Tues. night, Dr. Winfred Thomas; Wednesday Night, Pastor Douglas Newton (Northbound Bethlehem, Night),Thurs. night, President Rev. Dr. Robert Alexander with all evening sessions will start at 7 p.m., Tues.-Thurs. morning session begins at 9 a.m. with the Body and Soul session, 2-4 p.m. (Bible Lesson) Dr. Q. E. Hammond, 4:45-6:45 (Congress Classes). Host District: Northbound Bethlehem: Moderator: Dr. N. Jones, Host Church, Gallilee Baptist Church, Panola, Rev. Dr. B. Nelson Little: Theme: Staying the Course; Neh. 4:1-5. New Era Progressive M. B. S. Convention of Alabama: Dr. Robert Alexander Jr.,President. “No church too small or distance too far to go to help the Believers stay the Course!”