Sumter County


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Greater Salem A.M.E.  Homecoming-Revival
Join us for our 122nd Homecoming celebration on Sun., Aug. 20 with Sunday school at 10 a.m., morning worship at 11:30 a.m. Pastor Terrance Williams will be the guest speaker. Homecoming Service will begin at 3 p.m. Bishop Effell Williams will be the guest speaker.
Revival serices will be Aug. 21-23 beginning at 7 p.m. nightly. Pastor Arthur L. Gilliam, II will be the evangelist and host pastor.

Revival Services York Baptist Church
Join us for revival services York Baptist Church Aug. 20-23. Sun., 11 a.m. and 6 p.m., Mon.- Wed. 7 p.m. Preaching Dr. Doug Dortch. Music: Bro. J. C. “Buddy” McElroy. Everyone that has attended York Baptist Church, but has moved away is invited to come home and join us. Lunch will be provided for everyone after morning worship in the church’s fellowship hall. We hope everyone will come home for this special day!

100 Men in Black & 10th year Church Recognition Celebration Program
Rev. Dr. B. Nelson Little and the Galilee Baptist Church of Panola cordially invites you to our 100 Men in Black & 10th year church recognition celebration program on Sun., Aug. 20 at 2 p.m. Pastor James Wright and church family of the Mt. Hebron Baptist church of Aliceville will deliver message.

First Baptist Church Epes Revival
First Baptist Church, Epes extend an invitation to you to come and worship with us in our annual Revival Services, to be held on Wed., Aug. 16 through Fri., Åug. 18 beginning at 7 p.m. nightly.
Pastor James McDonald of Mt. Tabor Baptist Church, Coatopa will be the guest evangelist. Rev. Chris Holcome is pastor and Sis. Jo Ann Cross is church clerk.

York Baptist Church Revival Services
Revival services will be held Aug. 20 through 23 at York Baptist Church. On Sun., services will begin at 11 a.m. and 6 p.m. On Mon. through Wed. services will begin at 7 p.m.
Dr. Doug Dortch will be the guest preacher and Bro. J. C. “Buddy” McElroy will render the music.
Everyone that has attended York Baptist Church, but has moved away is invited to come home and join us. Lunch will be provided for everyone after the morning worship in the church’s fellowship hall.

Department Launches New Bicentennial Farm Program and is Accepting Century & Heritage Farm Applications
The Alabama Department of Agriculture and Industries is launching a new program to recognize family farms that have been in the same family for at least 200 years. On December 14, 2019, our state will officially observe its 200th birthday. With the state-wide bicentennial celebration in mind, the department felt special recognition should be given to family farms that have remained in the same family for 200 years. Agriculture is an integral part of Alabama’s heritage and the love of the land demonstrated by these families deserves recognition. The Bicentennial Farm Program will be administered similarly to the Alabama Century and Heritage Farm program. Applicants will complete an Ownership Registration Form that traces the family lineage of property ownership and a description of agricultural activities that took place. The application also requests that photos be included of any structures that remain on the property that are 40 years old or older. Structures are not required to qualify for this program. The deadline for the Bicentennial Farm Program is August 25, 2017. The Department is also accepting applications for the annual Century and Heritage Farm Program. A Century Farm is one that has been in the same family continuously for at least 100 years and currently has some agricultural activities on the farm. The farm must include at least 40 acres of land and be owned by the applicant or nominee. A Heritage Farm is one that has operated continuously as a family farm for at least 100 years. The farm must possess interesting and important historical and agricultural aspects, including one or more structures at least 40 years old. The farm must be at least 40 acres of land owned and operated by the applicant, who must reside in Alabama. To date, over 600 farms have been recognized across the state. All applicants must complete an Ownership Registration Form supplied by the Department of Agriculture and Industries. If you feel your farm meets the above qualifications and you would like an application, please contact Amy Belcher at 334/240-7126 or by email Applications are available on the department’s website under the “Forms” tab and a copy of both applications are attached to this release. The application deadline for the 2017 Century and Heritage Farm program is also Aug. 25.

Mobile Food Pantry
Community Service Programs of West Alabama (CSP), Inc. will host mobile food pantries throughout Sumter County.
The mobile food pantries are designed for food distribution to households in vaiious areas of the county and not just one centralized location. Below is a listing of the location and date for the Sumter area, mobile food pantry for Sumter County: Wed., Sept.. 6, Panola Community Center, Panola. In order to enroll in this program, please contact Angela Moore, County Coordinator's office number at (205) 652-1346 or visit our office at 106 Hospital Drive, Suite #103 Livingston, Al 35470.
Please remember, you will need to present proof of income for prior month for all adults in the household, social security cards for all household members, proof that you reside in the Panola area (household bill in your name with current address) and picture identification.
Quantities are limited to 190 households per food pantry. Only residents of the Panola area in which the pantry is held are able to apply.

Red Cross Blood Shortage Continues
housands of people have responded to the emergency call for blood and platelet donations issued by the American Red Cross in early July, but there continues to be a critical summer blood shortage. Eligible donors of all types are urgently needed.
After issuing the emergency call, the Red Cross has experienced a 30 percent increase in blood donation appointments through mid-July. About half of the appointments were scheduled by donors using the free Blood Donor App or at Despite this improvement, blood products are still being distributed to hospitals as fast as donations are coming in, so more donations are needed to meet patient needs and replenish the blood supply.
To schedule an appointment to donate, use the Blood Donor App, visit or call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767). Donation appointments and completion of a RapidPass online health history questionnaire are encouraged to help reduce the time it takes to donate.
Sumter County Soil and Water Conservation District Meeting
The Sumter County Soil and Water Conservation District will hold their monthly board meeting on Tues., Aug. 15 at 6 p.m., in Bibb Graves, Room 121, on the University of West Alabama campus. The public is invited to attend.

Ma-Chis Pow Wow
You are cordially invited to attend the Ma-Chis Pow Wow at Troy University will be partnering with Ma-Chis Lower Creek Indian Tribe of Alabama, Fri., Sept. 15, and Saturday, Sept. 16, 8:30 a.m. -5 p.m. at Troy University Main Campus Practice Field, 601 University Ave., Troy, Alabama 36801. The parking and admission are free. Everyone invited to participate regardless of race, nationality, color or creed. Demonstrators will demonstrate various Southeastern Indian skills, primitive tool making, primitive pottery, basket making, and beadwork. The educational exhibits and demonstrations will focus on the daily lives of the Creek Indians food, clothing, and tools. Every child will leave with a small gift. A brochure is attached to highlight the pow wow. For additional information, please contact: Vice Chief Nancy Carnley, Ma-Chis Lower Creek Indian Tribe of Alabama, 64 Private Road 1312, Elba, Alabama 36323, (334)897-3207, mail address: or
Alabama Historical Commission 2018 Capital Enhancements Grant Program
The Alabama Historical Commission (AHC) will administer a $300,000 state-funded Grant Program in fiscal year 2018 (October 1, 2017 – September 30, 2018), for capital improvements at historic sites throughout Alabama. Grants will be awarded to historical skills centers, cultural heritage parks, sites, commissions, boards, agencies, authorities, any historic school structure, or any publicly-owned battlefield or structure constructed prior to 1840 that is on the National Register of Historic Places. Also, entities must reflect an education-based mission, concentrate on educational programming, and reflect the geographical diversity of the state. Grant amounts will not exceed $50,000 for any one entity. Applicants must complete an official 2018 Capital Enhancement Grant application available on the AHC website, Grant Application Guidelines and Grant Legislation is also available on the AHC website. Applications must be hand-delivered or mailed to Tryon McLaney, Contracts and Grants, Alabama Historical Commission, by August 15, 2017. Faxed or emailed applications will not be accepted. AHC will announce the grant awards on October 2, 2017. See additional guidelines on the AHC website.

Deer Management Workshop Planned
Blackbelt area landowners should plan to attend an “Intense Deer Management Workshop” planned for Fri., Aug. 18 at the Blackbelt Regional Research and Extension Center in Marion Junction. Registration will begin at 9 a.m. and the program will start at 9:20 a.m. Program topics will include: Understanding the relationship between deer, deer populations and habitat, Invasive Plants: How they kill good habitat and what to do about them, Habitat Management: How to provide what they need year round, Foot Plot Management: What/When/Where to plant, Camera Surveys: How to do them and interpret data, Predation and Predator Management: Does it Work? A small registration fee is required in advance. Seating is limited and lunch and breaks are provided. To properly plan for lunch, please call and RSVP before the deadline of 4:30 p.m. on Wed., Aug. 16. This program qualifies for Continuing Education Credits, (5) PLM hours, SAF and CFE, 3 hours CAT (1), and one hour of CAT (2) credits.

Mt. Olive Homecoming and Fall Revival
Mt. Olive Missionary Baptist Church, Cuba, cordially invite you to worship with us during our annual Homecoming celebration Sun., Sept. 10 during our morning worship service at 11:15 a.m. Our former pastor, Rev. Dr. C. L. Walk will be guest speaker and Sis. Maxine Donald will be guest soloist. Fall revival services will be Mon., Sept. 11 - Thurs., Sept. 14 at 7 p.m. nightly. Rev. Ray Baylor, pastor of New Sanctuary Baptist Church, Meridian, Miss. will be evangelist. Please feel free to worship any night of your choice. Rev. Jered Gibbs, pastor; Dea. Anthony DuBose, chairman; Sis. Africa DuBose and Sis. Crystal Ruffin, church clerks.