Sumter County


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Black Belt Legacy Camp 2017
The Black Belt Legacy Camp is a collaborative project between Auburn University Office of the Vice President for University Outreach and the Black Belt Community Foundation (BBCF). This summer camp will be a unique and exceptional way for students to engage in activities on the campus of Auburn University. Five students from each of the 12 county Black Belt Region from both public and private schools will participate in a variety of activities that will focus on: leadership, team building, career exploration, community engagement, and financial accountability. This summer camp will be held on the campus of Auburn University June 11-16. There are no costs to the students for participation in this camp. Students will be housed in one of the dormitories on campus and meals will be provided. All meals will be at the Auburn University student center. Transportation will be provided to and from the camp location from BBCF office located in Selma. Requirements: Must be a student in 10th or 11th grade (this school year); Must attend a school in one of the 12 counties of the Black Belt Region; Submit a one page creative writing essay on the topic “What is your legacy?”; Deadline to enter submission is April 21.For more information visit or contact: Erica Crenshaw, Assistant Camp Director,, 334.874.1126.

UWA To Host Summer Leadership Camp Through UWA CARES
The University of West Alabama’s Center for Achievement, Retention, and Enrichment Services (UWA CARES) will host two 2017 Summer Leadership Camps for rising, senior high school students May 30-June 3 and July 26-30.
Students selected to participate in these residential camps must meet the following criteria: be African American males attending high school in Choctaw, Clarke, Greene, Hale, Marengo, Perry, Pickens, Sumter, or Wilcox counties and be selected by their high school counselor.
The purpose of the leadership camps is to facilitate the development of leadership skills, critical thinking skills, and team-building skills and increase motivation and self-esteem in African American, male students.
The camp agenda will include the following: presentations by UWA faculty and administration on developing and fostering leadership skills; UWA 101, a class designed to introduce students to the college classroom setting and how to succeed in higher education; Leadership 101, a class designed to examine what it means to be a leader in today’s world; business luncheon with UWA alumni; team building activities such as scavenger hunts and basketball tournaments; and other activities designed to increase leadership skills, critical thinking skills, and team-building skills.
Participants must be selected by their high school counselor or principal before completing an application, and the application will only be accepted if accompanied by a counselor/principal reference and signature. All completed applications must be returned by Fri., April 28.
Approximately 20 students will be selected to participate in each one-week camp. All costs for the participant are covered, including room and board; facility usage, including the UWA Fitness Center; field trip travel; and speakers.
For additional information or an application packet, please contact Hayley Johnson at (205) 652-5542 or Lasandra Patrick at (205) 652-3472. UWA CARES is fully funded by a grant awarded from the U.S. Department of Education.

Parenting Summit
Join us Thurs., April 27 5:30 - 7 p.m. for “Encouraging One Another with Love and Good Works” at a Jr. High School. Pre-K registration will be available on site. Student’s in grades 5-8 are asked to bring a mobile device.

The Coleman Center for the Arts Summer Camp 2017: Camp SHIFT
Calling all Sumter County youth ages 8-18: you are invited to Camp SHIFT! Experiment in visual, performing, and language arts at the Coleman Center for the Arts’ one-week summer camp. Camp will run May 30 to June 3, Tues. through Sat. from 9:45 a.m. to 4 p.m., with a closing celebration on June 3 from 6 to 8 p.m.
This year’s summer camp theme will be SHIFT! –change, movement, creativity, collaboration, and fun are our inspirations. Participants will gain experience in visual art, music, performance, creative writing, and critical thinking. Camp offers one track for campers age 8-12 and one for campers 13-18, each tailored to the needs and interests of participants. Varied, tasty, and balanced lunches will be provided every day.
An all-star group of artists and educators will lead sessions at the Coleman Center for the Arts’ Summer Camp including Terry Hayes, Garland Farwell, Catherine Shelton, Kanita Sturdivant, John Paul Taylor, and Tameka Norris!
Space is limited to 24 campers, so don’t wait too long to sign up. Reserve your space in camp by filling out a registration form and turning it into the Coleman Center office by May 25. CCA’s summer camp is free of charge. Students must be able to attend all 5 days of camp. Slots will be filled on a first come, first serve bases. Registration forms are available at the Coleman Center office (on Avenue A in York), the Hightower Library, Sumter Central High School, Sumter Academy, York West End Jr. High, Livingston Jr. High, Kinterbish Jr. High, and North Sumter Jr. High.
For more information please contact the Coleman Center for the Arts at 205.392.2005 or, or visit

8th Annual Homecoming Celebration
The 48th Annual Homecoming Celebration will be held at Old Belmont Church on Sun., May 7.  Church service will be held at 11:00 a. m. Please bring a picnic lunch to be spread at 12 noon. All paper goods, beverages and ice will be provided. If you cannot attend, but wish to make a donation, please send it to Annette Howard, 9870 Sumter 23, Livingston, AL 35470.

Kinterbish Ushers Federation Meeting
We will meet for our regular meeting on Sat., April 29 at 5 p.m. at Mt. Olive Baptist Church, Cuba where Rev. Jared Gibbs is pastor. We will meet on Sun., April 30 at 11 a.m. at Zion Hill Baptist Church, Cuba where Rev. C. Wayne Davis is pastor. The guest speaker will be Rev. Jared Gibbs, pastor of Mt. Olive Baptist Church, Cuba along with his choir and congregation. All ushers are asked to attend. Sis. JoAnn Sheffield, president, Rev. Jared Gibbs, vice president and Sis. Sylvia E. Bell, secretary.

SCHS Class of 1972 Reunion
The Sumter County High School Class of 1972 will hold its 45th. Class Reunion Fri. and Sat., June 16 and 17. The colors for this Reunion are red and white. If you are planning to attend, please contact one of the following as soon as possible: Mildred Miller Greer, 601-954-6471; Ruby Larkin-Jackson, 334-216-0838; or Wilma Bell Coats, 205-392-4121.

“Sing America—SING”
Prentice Concert Chorale will present a celebration of American music and verse in its concert "Sing America—SING." This free admission concert, led by Prentice Concert Chorale’s music director and conductor Dr. Leslie S. Poss will be Thurs., April 27, 7 p.m. at Grace Presbyterian Church, 113 Hargrove Road, Tuscaloosa. For more information about the concert or Prentice Concert Chorale call 205-765-4127 or visit




US 11 Antique Alley & Yard Sale
The 2017 sale is May 18th - 21 following National Tourism Week.
Always the four-day weekend (Thursday-Sunday) after Mother's Day in May, May 18-21 a 502-mile festive roadside sale will be held on U.S. Highway 11 from Meridian, Miss. through Birmingham, Alabama, and towns in Dade County, Georgia, then Chattanooga, Tennessee, to Knoxville, Tennessee, and on to Bristol, Vir.
The event, to be known as "U.S. 11 Antique Alley," will be celebrated in each county up and down the US 11 corridor. Each town along the route will plan its own events, as festivals, antique sales, flea markets and yard sales, carnivals, etc., and many other activities to be held in conjunction with the "Happenin."
This is an opportunity for folks to do what they like to do best, and that's to get off the interstate highways and take the old roads. Especially on a spring weekend, through the scenic Tennessee Valley and the Heart of Dixie. They can shop for treasures, eat great food, join the festivities, or just enjoy the scenery or the friendly folks.
U.S. Highway 11 is, itself, an "antique" and serves as a route from the southernmost tip of Louisiana to New York state. The 502 mile "Happenin" is the brain child of Tourism and Chamber of Commerce directors in the corridor who have formed the Antique Alley Association, and who felt confident that the event could conceivable bring some 10,000 visitors, but in fact brought more than 30,000 through their counties during the Three-day period. Because of the additional 252 miles in 2002, the days have been expanded to FOUR. Antique dealers, flea market vendors, and yard sale enthusiasts are expected to line the route from Meridian, Mississippi through Birmingham, Alabama, Dade County, Georgia and Chattanooga, Tennessee, Knoxville, Tennessee with Bristol, Virginia being the end of the event.

Friday on the Square: Jazz Concert with Cashmere Williams and Band
Join friends, family and co-workers to experience Friday on the Square featuring a jazz concert by Cashmere Williams and his band on Fri., April 28 at 6 p.m.
Cashmere Williams has become one of the most prominent musicians in the Southeast. He has recorded three albums on Lenoah Records Label established in 1998. He started playing the guitar in church at the young age of seven years old where he honed his skills and learned how to interact with different musicians. In 1995, he was accepted into Berkley College of Music on a partial scholarship where he majored in composition and arranging while studying with world-class musicians. In 2003, he was asked to back Ruben Studdard and began touring nationally appearing on shows like: The David Letterman Show, The Ellen DeGeneres show, the Jay Leno Show, The View, and many more. After three years on the road, Cashmere slowed down so he could focus on spending time with his newly born daughter Harmonie Williams which spawned his latest release “New Birth” Presently, cashmere’s working on publishing his first book due for release in 2016.
“Police Chief Tommie Reese encouraged the arts council to contact Cashmere Williams for a jazz concert on Public Square,” says Two Rivers Arts Council President Carolyn Cowling. “Last year’s concert was a huge success and the weather was perfect. I think our community is in for an entertaining night of music!”
The event is sponsored by the Two Rivers Arts Council. The event is free and the public is encouraged to bring coolers, chairs, and blankets for this night of jazz in Public Square in historic, downtown Demopolis. In the event of rain, the concert will be moved to the Marengo County History and Archives Museum located behind The Mustard Seed in the Rosenbush Building.
We encourage everyone in Marengo County to support the arts by becoming a member of the Two Rivers Arts Council. An Individual membership is $25 and a patron membership that includes two membership cards is $60. For more information contact Judy Etheridge at 334.295.4254 or visit us on Facebook.

Remember Memorial at Cokes Chapel Cemetery on Sat., May 13.
PLEASE NOTE THIS CHANGE: Devotional will be held at 11 and barbecue plates ($8 each) will be served immediately following the devotional. We hope to see you there!

Valid identification will be required to obtain Alabama restricted vital records effective May 1, 2017.
Restricted vital records are birth records of persons born less than 125 years ago and death records of persons who died less than 25 years ago. Restricted vital records may only be issued to immediate family members and other authorized applicants.
The following documents may be used when requesting a restricted vital record. These primary IDs include a photo and must be current or expired no more than 60 days.
• Alabama Driver License
• Out-of-State Driver’s License
• State-Issued Non-Driver ID
• U.S. or Foreign Passport
• U.S. Certificate of Naturalization
• Certificate of Citizenship
• U.S. Military ID
• Alien Resident Card (Temporary or Permanent)
• U.S. Employment Authorization Card
• Citizenship ID
• Tribal ID
• Pilot’s License
• Boating License
• Concealed Weapons License
• Ex-Felon ID
• Inmate ID issued by the U.S. Department of Justice with following documentation:
• Supporting documents from institution if inmate is still in custody
• Letter of release from institution if inmate has been released
• School ID
• Alabama Voter ID Card
If one of the primary IDs is not available, at least two secondary IDs are needed. They are as follows:
• Expired Government-Issued ID
• Utility Bill (No more than 6 months old)
• Work ID
• Vehicle Registration or Vehicle Title
• Property Tax Bill
• Military Discharge (DD Form 214)
• Voter Registration Card
• Health Insurance Card
• Recent DMV Receipt for Fines Paid
• Fishing or Hunting License
• Copy of Police Report or other official documents which support theft, in cases where individual’s ID has been stolen
• Autism Spectrum Card
• Immunization (Shot) Record
In special cases in which the applicant is unable to provide any of these documents, the applicant may contact the Center for Health Statistics, Alabama Department of Public Health, at (334) 206-5418.
The Center for Health Statistics files, stores and issues certified copies of vital records for events that occur in Alabama, such as births, deaths, marriages and divorces. An automated vital records system called ViSION, or Vital Statistics Image Oriented Network, allows vital records to be issued through all Alabama county health departments.
Customers can obtain most vital records through their county health department in 30 minutes or less or through the mail in about seven to 10 days. Records may also be ordered online through, an authorized service provider, for an additional fee. Processing time for VitalChek requests is one to two business days.
For more information, visit

Uncle John’S Pride, Llc. Recalls Ready-To-Eat Sausage Products Due To Possible Foreign Matter Contamination
Uncle John’s Pride, LLC., a Tampa, Fla. establishment, is recalling approximately 139,909 pounds of ready-to-eat smoked meat and poultry sausage products that may be contaminated with extraneous materials, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) announced today. The ready-to-eat smoked meat and poultry sausage items were produced on various dates from March 8, 2017 through April 8, 2017. The following products are subject to recall: 10-lb. bulk boxes containing 26-28 pieces of “GARCIA BRAND SMOKED SAUSAGE, 9˝” with case code 0-54912-20040-9.; 10-lb. bulk boxes containing 36-40 pieces of “GARCIA BRAND SMOKED SAUSAGE, 7˝” with case code 0-54912-17020-7; 10-lb. bulk boxes containing 26-30 pieces of “GARCIA BRAND BEEF SMOKED SAUSAGE, 9˝” with case code 0-54912-17050-4; 1.75-lb. boxed packages of “GARCIA BRAND SMOKED SAUSAGE” with case code 0-54912-20010-2.; 1.75-lb. boxed packages of “GARCIA BRAND SMOKED HOT SAUSAGE” with case code 0-54912-20050-8; 1.75-lb. boxed packages of “GARCIA BRAND CHICKEN SMOKED SAUSAGE” with case code 0-54912-15020-9; 1.75-lb. boxed packages of “GARCIA BRAND BEEF SMOKED HOT SAUSAGE” with case code 0-54912-20030-0; 1.75-lb. boxed packages of “GARCIA BRAND BEEF SAUSAGE” with case code 0-54912-20020-1; 3-lb. boxed packages of “GARCIA BRAND BEEF SMOKED SAUSAGE” with case code 0-54912-21010-1; 5-lb. boxed packages of “GARCIA BRAND BEEF SMOKED SAUSAGE” with case code 0-54912-18020-6.; 10-lb. bulk boxes of “EMA’S BEEF & CHICKEN BREAKFAST SAUSAGE Bulk, Manufactured By: Uncle John’s Pride, LLC” with case code 0-41085-01536-7; The products subject to recall bear establishment number “EST. 9179 or P-9179” inside the USDA mark of inspection. These items were shipped to foodservice and retail locations in Alabama, Florida, and Georgia; The problem was discovered when a metal magnet was found in the beef trim source product of the processed sausage products.
There have been no confirmed reports of adverse reactions due to consumption of these products. Anyone concerned about an injury or illness should contact a healthcare provider. Consumers who have purchased these products are urged not to consume them. These products should be thrown away or returned to the place of purchase. FSIS routinely conducts recall effectiveness checks to verify recalling firms notify theircustomers of the recall and that steps are taken to make certain that the product is no longer available to consumers. When available, the retail distribution list(s) will be posted on the FSIS website at Consumers and media with questions about the recall can contact Rick Bernaldo, Chief Operating Officer, at (813) 685-7745. Consumers with food safety questions can "Ask Karen," the FSIS virtual representative available 24 hours a day at or via smartphone at The toll-free USDA Meat and Poultry Hotline 1-888-MPHotline (1-888-674-6854) is available in English and Spanish and can be reached from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. (Eastern Time) Monday through Friday. Recorded food safety messages are available 24 hours a day. The online Electronic Consumer Complaint Monitoring System can be accessed 24 hours a day at: