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.

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

Women of Colors Program
First Lady Barbara Little and The Galilee Baptist Church of Panola cordially invite to attend our Annual Woman of Colors Programs on Sun., June 4 at 2 p.m. First Lady Shelia Newton will be the Mistress of Ceremony and Minister Melissa Woods, Principal of North Sumter Jr. High School, Panola will be the guest messenger. Church pastor is B. Nelson Little. Come and be blessed.

From the Cross to Pentecost Revival Services
Pastor B. Nelson Little & The Galilee Baptist Church Family of Panola will host "From the Cross to Pentecost" Revival Services beginning Tues., June 6 through Thurs., June 8 at 7 p.m. nightly. Pastor Antwon Plott of the Bethlehem Primitive Baptist Church, Hillsboro will deliver the message nightly.

Annual Memorial Day Program
The members of the Dugg Hill Primitive Baptist Church will have our Annual Memorial Day Program Sun., May 28 at 2:30 p.m. The message will be delivered by Rev. David Ingram, Associate Pastor of New Unity Baptist Church, Cincinnati, Ohio, Rev. Mark A. Tony, serves as Pastor. All are invited to attend. Rev. John H. Wright, pastor, and Rev. Michael Howard, assistant pastor.

Mt. Herman Baptist Church Pastor Anniversary
You are cordially invited to come and help Mt. Herman Baptist Church celebrate the 10th year anniversary of theeir pastor, Rev. James E. Granger on June 4 at 2 p.m. Rev. Obediah Clemons of the Greater Outreach Baptist Church, Meridian, Miss will deliver the anniversary message.

Union Chapel Church Community Health Career Fair
Union Chapel Churcch Evangelism Missionary presents the Community Health and Career Family and Family Fun Day on June 24 at 10 a.m. through 1 p.m. at Union Chapel CME Church, 5277 Sumter 9, Cuba.
There will be informational, educational, presentations, talk on career fields such as health, cosmetology, counciling, and education; blood pressure check, interactive games and fun prizes, food and etc.
Anyone who would like to set up a booth or concession for yard sales, concessions stands or etc., contact Juanita Chatman at 205-499-4461 or Mayola Robinson.

Brown Chapel Family and Friends Day Program
Please come share with us in our Family and Friends Day Program on Sun., June 4 at 2 p.m. Pastor Douglas Newtonn of the Mt. Pleasant Baptist Church, Panola along with his choir and church family will be our special guests. Rev. Darrell Jones, acting pastor.

New Traveling Exhibition Tells a Story of Liberty and the American Experience
On Thurs., May 25 the traveling exhibit “Changing America: The Emancipation Proclamation, 1863, and the March on Washington, 1963” will open at the MARENGO COUNTY HISTORY & ARCHVES MUSEUM (in the Rosenbush Building).
The exhibit examines the relationship between two movements that resulted in the Emancipation Proclamation in 1863, and the March on Washington in 1963. Both grew out of decades of bold actions, resistance, organization, and vision. One hundred years separate them, yet they are linked in a larger story of liberty and the American experience – one that has had a profound influence on the generations that followed.
In addition to the exhibit, the Marengo County History & Archives Museum, the Demopolis Public Library, and the Alabama Historical Commission will host historic preservationist Joseph McGill, founder of the Slave Dwelling Project, for an overnight stay in Magnolia Grove’s extant slave cabin on Wed., May 24. Magnolia Grove, located in Greensboro, is an historic property owned by the Alabama Historical Commission and is operated by the Historic Magnolia Grove Foundation.
In recognition of McGill’s overnight stay, the Museum, Library, and the Alabama Historical Commission will host a reception and activities on May 24, at the Marengo County History & Archives Museum, located in the Rosenbush Building, at 6 p.m. prior to his traveling to Magnolia Grove. Visitors of all ages are invited to participate in a discussion with Joseph McGill and his presentation of the Slave Dwelling Project. Admission is free.
McGill has spent the night at numerous slave dwellings throughout the South in an effort to generate awareness about these rare properties and their value in the narrative of American history. The Slave Dwelling Project is committed to assisting property owners, government agencies and organizations to preserve remaining slave dwellings.
The Museum and Library will sponsor free programs and public events in connection with the exhibition. Please call 334-341-34339 or 334-289-1595 for more information. “Changing America” will be on display at the Museum until June 30. Viewing hours are 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. on Tues., Thurs. and Sat.

SCHS Class of 1972 Reunion
The Class of 1972 is celebrating its 45th reunion. We would like to invite our friends, family, and associates to join us as we travel to New Orleans on June 17. We will depart at 6 a.m. from the old Sumter County High School in York and depart New Orleans at 7 p.m. There is a fee cost to ride the bus plus an additional fee if you would like to join us for the Lunch Jazz Steamboat Cruise. To reserve your seat, contact Ruby Larkin-Jackson at 334-216-0838 or Wilma Bell at 205-392-4121. Hurry! Seats are limited and the deadline is May 30.

Ma-Chis Lower Creek Indian Tribe Meeting
There will be a general meeting for the Ma-Chis Lower Creek Indian Tribe of Alabama Sat., June 10 at 1 p.m. Central Standard Time at 64 Private Road 1312 , Elba,(GPS use 2950 County Road 377, Elba, Alabama 36323.) Discussion Low Income Home Energy Program (LIHEAP) Summer Cooling and 2018 Plans, Community Service Block Grant (CSBG) Plans for 2018, Scholarships, WIA Pow Wow, New Program for Rental Housing and guest speakers. Please bring a covered dish if you are staying for Little Green Corn Ceremony. Then, at 4 p.m. there will be the annual Little Green Corn Ceremony. If you have any questions, please contact Chief James Wright or Vice Chief Nancy Carnley Ma-Chis Lower Creek Indian Tribe of Alabama, 64 Private Road 1312, Elba AL 36323, 334-897-3207,,

Spring Valley Baptist Church Annual Vacation Bible School
The Spring Valley Baptist Church of Gainesville will host their annual vacation bible school on June 7-9 starting at 5 p.m. We would like to invite all area churches to please participate. There will be a class for every age. Our theme this year is: “Super God, Super Me, Super Possibility,” 1 john 4:4. Each student will understand that the super power given to them by Jesus Christ is greater than any power imagined or in existence! Apostle Johnny McDonald, pastor. There will be a class for ages 4 and up.

Tutwiler Library
The Julia Tutwiler Library is proud to announce that wildlife photographer, Travis L. Truelove, native of Sumter County, will be exhibiting his wildlife photographs in the Webb Hall Art Gallery on the campus of the University of West Alabama. Mr. Truelove now lives in Charlotte, North Carolina, will be in Livingston for the opening reception of his exhibit in Webb Hall Parlor on Thurs., May 25, 2-4 p.m. He is looking forward to seeing old friends and making new ones as he shares his passion for wildlife photography. The public is cordially invited to attend the reception and enjoy the beauty of his photographs, some of which were taken in Sumter County.


Festival of Summer Artists
A Festival of Summer Artists will be presented at the Family Life Center of Cuba Baptist Church on Sat., June 10 from 1:30 p.m. until 4 p.m. to benefit Operation Christmas Child. Refreshments will be served. Please come join us. For more information, call 205-499-3338.