Shamar McCluster will celebrate his birthday on April 18.

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Harvetta Cason writes to honor principals of Sumter County.

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Mr. Jeremy J. Sims
Oct. 26, 1989 – March 25, 2017
“Gone Too Soon”

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Producers decide not to renew the contract of Atty Phaedra Parks on the Bravo series.

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Russell Westbrook is a definite for MVP with over 40 triple-doubles in a season.

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Vol. XX No. 1

History Fact:

In Scottsboro, Ala., nine black teens are accused of raping two white women and almost lynched; the “Scottsboro Boys” gain national attention. Their trial result in death sentences. March 26, 1931.

The 40th Sumter County Annual Freedom Fund Banquet on June 3, 2017

Staff Reports

NAACP President Mathis Wright proudly announces our Americus Sumter County Freedom Fund Banquet at South Georgia Tech College on June 3, 2017. Our keynote speaker is Congressman Hakeem Jeffries who represents a district in New York. He has been a strong advocate in the U.S. House of Representatives for the rights of the poor and the middle class in this country.

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Freddie Powell Sims Addresses Americus Sumter School Board

Staff Reports

“Shame on Democrat State Senator Freddie Powell Sims to come to Sumter County to address the Sumter County Board of Education work session,” says Dr John Marshall, publisher of the Americus Sumter Observer Newspaper. After all, Sims is simply a mouthpiece for the states’ Republican Party-especially for Governor Nathan Deal-to destroy public school boards and schools in Georgia. Dr. Marshall reports on the “rambling talk to the board by Sims: She repeatedly reminded the audience of her advocacy for the children, and she was a principal in the Sumter County Middle School 15 years ago. She even surprised us when she said public schools are the backbone of education because we know she supports charter schools.”

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Rescuing Americus’ Black Past

By Bill Howard

So many things of enduring consequence have happened in Americus that defines Black life. Though I have lived away from home for nearly a half century, my journey has been shaped and defined by experiences and investments that people made in me as a child growing up. Teachers, clergy, civic leaders, and of course family and friends, saw so much promise in my generation, and were selfless as they advised and nurtured us in our formative years.

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Christian Community Calendar

  • MOUNT SALEM BAPTIST CHURCH (Rev. W. R. Campbell), Americus

    Monday, April 17th-Thursday, April 20th at 7 pm nightly: Annual Revival Sunday, May 28th at 11 am: Annual Youth Day

    The Annual Revival Meeting services Guest Minister of the week is Rev. Booker T. Batten of Albany. The speaker for Annual Youth Day will be announced at a later date. The public is invited to attend all events.

  • NEW BEGINNINGS OUTREACH MINISTRY (Apostle John Lundy), Americus

    Saturdays: Building on God’s Foundation
    Apostle John Keith Lundy is currently building on God’s foundation by remodeling God’s house located on 2nd Montgomery Street. Members and friends meet on Saturdays to work on the project. If you are interested in supporting the effort, contact Apostle Lundy or Prophetess Phyllis Lundy at 229-942-4120 for more information.

We welcome the opportunity to highlight upcoming Christian community events. Please submit your local ministry events for February, March, and April to