Sumter County


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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!”

Word of Life Church Annual Anniversary & Homecoming
Word of Life Church, 389 Pine St., Bellamy, invites you to our annual Anniversary and Homecoming worship service Sun., Aug. 13 at 2 p.m. Bishop Willie Davis, pastor of Truevine Fellowship Full Gospel Church, York, will be proclaiming the Word of God. Theme: “Celebrating the Past...Anticipating the Future,” Philippians 1:6. Russell “Shortman” Hardy-Pastor. Massie C. Hardy Co-Pastor. For more information contact Elder Mary H. Campbell at 205-392-4007 or Minister Tara Wiley at 601-203-9117 or any member of the Word of Life church family.



South Sumter Happenings
Usher Federation will be at Grants Chapel C. M. E. Church on Sunday

By Lenora Delaine-Brown
Hello, Hello, Hello! Hope all is well with each of you today. It’s just good to be here and I’m just like Minnie Pearl, I’m glad to be here. Look y’all, stay inside unless you just got to get out. This heat ain’t no joke. Get up early and do what you need to do outside and get yourself back inside and try to keep cool.
Hope all is well with Rev. Jimmy Johnson today.
I enjoyed my visit with Mrs. Essie Denson last Saturday.
So good to talk to Alma Johnson of Birmingham on Tuesday. Well, let me say to listen to her. Y’all guess what? She can beat me talking. Hope all is well “Miss Alma.”
I hope Deborah Rancher is doing good today.
Glad to hear that Mrs. Dorine Watkins is home and doing better.
Graveside services were recently held at the York Cemetery for Mrs. Ethel Williams. So good to see Sonny Williams and Carol Marshall.
We extend our condolences to the family of Mrs. Lizzie Guy. Let us keep all bereaved families in our prayers.
Homecoming and Revival services were recently held at Smith Chapel Baptist Church. Rev. Richard Wilson is church pastor.
Wesley Chapel C. M. E. Church Homecoming was held on the Sun., July 16. The three night revival was held on Mon., July 17-Wed., July 19. Rev. Dewayne Charleston was guest evangelist. Rev. Clarence Lucious is church pastor.
The Men’s Day Program was real good at Grants Chapel C. M. E. Church last Sunday. Participants on program was: Jaylen Cole, Edward Delaine, David Fitch, Charles Watkins, Earnest Delaine, Johnny McBorden, Elder Delaine, Will Jones and Eddie Brown. George Hale gave a short talk on the theme (The Steps of A Good Man Are Ordered By The Lord) and he did a magnificent job Stanley Jemison served as Master of Order. Rev. Izea Blanks, Jr. is church pastor.
I enjoyed revival services at Mt. Pisgah Baptist Church Monday night. Rev. Willie Jamison, Jr. iof Memphis, TN was evangelist for the three-night revival. Rev. Darius Thames is church pastor.
Chezra Delaine of Colorada Springs visited her grandmother, Odet Delaine last Saturday.
Patricia Foster of Chicago, Ill. spent some time at home with her sister, Lue. Hope she had an enjoyable time and a safe trip back home.
Recently talked to my cousin Faye in New York and she’s doing good.
Happy Birthday wishes to: Inez Radcligge July 20, Autumn Brown July 21, Jasmin Jemison July 21, Stanley Baskin July 21, Keith Gordy July 23, Tylene Norcross July 24, Demetris Giles July 26, K Quinten Turner, Sr. July 26, Tiamia Dubose July 28, Tommie McAboy July 29 and Brandy Goree July 30.
Also in memory of Lurener Speight on July 27 and Ethel Lee on July 29. Gone, but not forgotten.
The Usher Federation will be at Grants Chapel C. M. E. Church on Sunday. Everybody is invited. Rev. Wayne Davis, pastor of Zion Hill Baptist Church, will be guest speaker. Rev. Izea Blanks, Jr. is church pastor. Joann Sheffield is Federation president, Rev. Jared Gibbs is Vise-President and Shelia Bell is secretary.
Homecoming will be at Zion Hill on the 1st Sunday in August. Rev. Wayne Davis is church pastor.
Final plans are being made for the Kinterbish High School Reunion. You need to contact Arnetta Lucky, Maxine Donald or Mary Goodwin-Robinson if you need some information.
Until next time, be blessed. Think of somebody today other than yourself. Remember, It’s better to give than to receive.”