Travis Walker will celebrate his birthday on June 19.

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ASHS student Prerana Kumar has been selected to attend the Governor’s Honors Program.

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Mr. Edward Leon Dice
April 1, 1960 – May 16, 2107
“Gone Too Soon”

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Chadwick Boseman as the Black Panther in the long awaited movie.

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Kevin Durant and the Golden State Warriors wins the 2017 NBA Championship against the Cleveland Cavaliers.

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June 2017

Vol. XX No. 5

History Fact:

Two young black girls, Minnie (14) and Mary Alice Relf (12), sue Montegomery, Alabama, health clinic for sterilizing them without their knowledge or consent on June 27, 1973.

Sumter County School Superintendent Choates Has Forced Out Several Educators

Sharron Marcus

William Bell

Jason Reese

Morgan Brown

Alnita Dowdell

Connie Whitehead

Staff Reports

The Americus Sumter Observer newspaper sadly reports the removal of several educators who will be very difficult to replace. We reported on the problems that Superintendent Choates experienced when he served as superintendent in Baker County. Many students, parents, teachers, and his staff revolted. There was a protest about his leadership of the system. When he was hired in Sumter County the Observer warned of possible problems that would arise with his leadership. “We are very disturbed to see so many veteran principals, assistant principals, and teachers who were not renewed their contracts or were demoted by Choates,” says Dr Marshall. In the March 2017 edition, the

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It’s Time for Mayor Barry Blount to Go

Barry Blount
Americus Mayor

Staff Reports

The Americus Sumter Observer, through sources, has received information that Sumter Bank and Trust has ousted Mayor Barry Blount from the bank as its president. We at the Observer have been unable to get to the reason for Blount’s removal but allegedly it was either productivity or some misappropriations. Mayor Blount is leading our city with a known lawsuit filed by Sumter NAACP president Reverend Mathis Wright, former NAACP vice president, Craig Walker, and activist Nathan Pool. We reported in the Observer how outraged the citizens and the NAACP were about the decision to stop citizens from speaking to the City Council. Citizens are subjected to a new rule that required two Councilpersons to approve the person to speak. Blount, as mayor, failed to intercede to stop such a discriminatory and racist act by Black Councilwoman Shirley Green Reese and three White Councilpersons. Nelson Brown and Juanita Wilson voted against the band on speaking.

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Phoebe: Worst Hospital in the Nation

Joel Wernick, Phoebe CEO

Staff Reports

ALBANY – One of the nation’s worst hospitals could be closer than you think. Phoebe Putney Memorial Hospital has been slapped as the 6th worst hospital in the United States, according to the Leapfrog Group, a nonprofit quality-improvement organization. The hospital received an “F” letter grade on its Hospital Safety Score and being named to the “Worst 25 Hospitals in the U.S” list by the Leapfrog Group in late November 2012. The Leapfrog Group ranked 2,652 hospitals and gave them scores based on an “A,B,C, D, or F” scale for hospital safety on its free site It was the first time for such a ranking for hospitals across the nation. According to a Leapfrog legal disclaimer, the Group Hospital Safety Score program grades hospitals on their overall performance in keeping patients safe from preventable harm and medical errors. The grades are derived from expert
analysis of publicly available data using 26 evidence-based, national measures of hospital safety.


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