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.


Boy Scouts of America Recruitment information
The Black Warrior Council, BSA Announces 2017 School Night For Scouting dates, times and locations: Livingston Jr. High School, Livingston, Principle – Tramene Maye School Night – Thurs., Sept. 7 at 6 p.m.; York West End Jr. High School, York, Principle – Joseph Boswell School Night – Thurs., Aug. 31 at 5:30 p.m.

CCA Open Studio
Open Studio is a hands-on art class. It provides space and time for curiosity, creative play, inquiry-based learning, problem-solving, critical thinking, and trying new things. Activities will be suggested but students are free to work on any creative project suited to the materials provided. Instructors will be present to guide, encourage, and assist, as well as ensure classroom safety. Students must submit a registration form signed by their parent or guardian to participate. Ages: K-8th grade. cost: free, every Tuesday 3:30-5:30 p.m. from Sept. 5 - Oct. 10 Coleman Center for the Arts’ Classroom, 630 Avenue A, York, (in the same building as the library.) For a downloadable registration form:

UWA Science Saturday Kitchen Chemistry
Learn how to use household items to make fun reactions, such as lava lamp, write in secret ink, and create crystal snowflakes Sept. 2 at 9:30 -11:00 a.m. at UWA, Bibb Graves Building, Livingston. Contact Rosie Campbell for more information and to reserve a spot at 205-652-3414,

B.A.S.S., Alabama Power To Award Scholarships To Technical College Students
B.A.S.S. and Alabama Power are partnering to award two $5,000 scholarships this year for students currently attending, or planning to attend, a technical school in the state of Alabama. The applicant must be a member of a B.A.S.S. High School Club or the B.A.S.S. Nation, a worldwide network of affiliated B.A.S.S. clubs whose members are active in conservation initiatives and youth programs.
The award can be used to cover tuition, textbooks or living expenses. Applications can be found on An official academic transcript, a letter of introduction and two letters of recommendation are required to apply. The deadline to apply is Friday, Sept. 15.
Recipients will be notified by Sept. 29 and will be featured on For more information, contact B.A.S.S. College and High School Manager Hank Weldon at
National Endowment For The Arts Continues To Fund Auburn’s Alabama Prison Arts + Education Project
Another grant from the National Endowment for the Arts will allow the Alabama Prison Arts + Education Project, or APAEP, at Auburn University to continue helping hundreds of students grow through the visual arts.
The project recently received its ninth grant from NEA for $25,000. The NEA received 1,728 applications for its Art Works grant and awarded 1,029 of them ranging from $10,000 to $100,000.
NEA funding has also allowed APAEP to publish anthologies of student work and build a traveling exhibition of student work called Art on the Inside.
The latest exhibit, presented by APAEP and East Alabama Arts, will open Thursday at the Southside Center for the Arts, 1103 Glenn St., in Opelika with a reception from 6:30-8 p.m. The exhibition will run through Oct. 14.
Art on the Inside has shown in such places as the Alabama State Council on the Arts in Montgomery, Gulf ArtSpace in Fairhope, Jule Collins Smith Museum of Fine Art in Auburn, Space One Eleven in Birmingham, Salt Space in New York City, the State University of New York and St. Louis University in Missouri.
APAEP art classes have been funded by the NEA, the Alabama State Council on the Arts and the Joan Mitchell Foundation.
Besides the arts and humanities, APAEP curriculum has expanded over the years to include not-for-credit higher education courses in science, history and engineering. Classes are offered in 10 of Alabama’s 15 prisons.
The largest grant award to date was received in 2016 from the Laughing Gull Foundation’s Higher Education in Prison program to specifically support STEM, or Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics, education. The foundation’s program seeks to provide those incarcerated in the South greater access to credit-bearing college courses.
Also in 2016, the APAEP and Auburn were selected to participate in the U.S. Department of Education's Second Chance Pell Grant program. Auburn and 66 other colleges and universities across the country are now able to offer postsecondary educational programs to incarcerated individuals who are eligible for federal financial aid.
According to a report from the RAND Corporation in 2013, the more a person educates themselves while incarcerated, the more likely they are to stay out of prison once released.
The Alabama Prison Arts + Education Project is part of the University College at Auburn University. For more information, visit

To Help Utilities, Researchers Seek Ancient Floods Near Tennessee River
With funding from energy utilities, a team of researchers at UA is collaborating with peers across the Southeast to understand the frequency and possible size of floods along the Tennessee River that pre-date reliable weather and streamflow records. For more information, contact Adam Jones, communications, at 205-348-4328 or

UA Professor To Lead Study Of Nation’s Forests
Using satellite imagery and computer modeling, a research team led by UA hopes to understand the future implications of the management of the nation’s forests. For more information, contact Adam Jones, communications, at 205-348-4328 or

Incorporating More Math Into High School Computer Science
UA will begin providing additional training opportunities for secondary math education majors for preparation to teach computer science. A $300,000 National Science Foundation grant will fund the creation of a course in the spring that will focus on computer science education topics, including equity in computer science education and the newly developed Alabama K-12 CS standards. The grant provides up to 30 $1,500 stipends over the next two years to students who take the new course. The idea is to strengthen the quality of computer science courses in Alabama high schools by incorporating more math principles into course design and instruction. For more information, contact David Miller, communications, at 205-348-0825 or

Job Skills, Financial Training Available
Registration is open for the fall session of Culverhouse LIFT, or Learning Initiative and Financial Training. A service sponsored by UA’s Culverhouse College of Commerce, LIFT provides one-on-one job skills and financial literacy training for Tuscaloosa-area adults and teens at no cost. Program participants come from different backgrounds and include urban and rural residents, veterans and high school students. Registration and session information is available at this link: For more information, contact Richard LeComte, communications,, 205-348-3782.

Supreme Court Justice To Visit UA Law School
Sonia Sotomayor, associate justice of the Supreme Court of the United States, will participate in a conversation with Dr. Mark E. Brandon, dean of the UA School of Law, and Judge William Harold Albritton III for the Fall 2017 Albritton Lecture Sept. 12 at UA. The event is scheduled for the law school’s McMillian Lecture Hall, room 287/288 at 2 p.m. Media wishing to cover the event are asked to notify, in advance, Monique Fields, manager of communications, at 205-348-5195,; Shane Dorrill, 205-348-8319,, and to observe the following restrictions: Photography will be allowed ONLY during the first two minutes of the event; arrive early – no one will be admitted after the event begins; limited reserved seating for media will be available on a first come, first-served basis for those who arrive before 1:40 p.m.; no equipment bags will be allowed in the lecture hall. For more information, contact Monique Fields at 205-348-5195.
Nominations Open For Auburn University Alumni Entrepreneurship Awards
Auburn University is accepting nominations for its alumni entrepreneurship awards that will be presented as part of the 2018 Auburn University Entrepreneurship Summit hosted by the Raymond J. Harbert College of Business. The summit, which will be held April 5-6, features the following recognition opportunities for Auburn graduates from all academic disciplines: Auburn University Entrepreneur Hall of Fame: Open to Auburn University alumni who graduated more than 10 years ago, the Hall of Fame recognizes individuals who have demonstrated significant professional accomplishments in their business careers and persevered in the face of adversity. Entrepreneur of the Year Award: Open to alumni who graduated more than 10 years ago, this award recognizes significant professional accomplishments by a business leader during the previous calendar year. Young Entrepreneur of the Year Award: Open to alumni who graduated less than 10 years ago, this award recognizes individuals for their entrepreneurial spirit and achievements in starting or leading a business. Top Tigers Awards: Presented in partnership with Business Alabama magazine and Warren Averett CPAs & Advisors, Top Tigers honors the fastest-growing companies founded, owned or led by Auburn University alumni in positions such as CEO, president, vice president, CFO, etc. Companies are ranked on the basis of revenue growth. Nominations are due Nov. 1 and may be submitted at