PREVIEW

HAPPY BIRTHDAY

Braylon Brown celebrated his 1st birthday on Jan. 30. He is the son of Kiandrea Minter and grandson of Calvin Minter, II.

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Jay Umpleby

UMPLEBY

Jay Umpleby, Teacher of the Year at Sumter Middle School.

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OBITUARIES

Mr. Calvin P. Jones
Nov. 26, 1983 – Jan. 11, 2017
“Gone Too Soon”

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BACHELORETTE

Rachel Lindsay named ABC’s first black ‘Bachelorette’.

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CARMELO

With Kevin Love on the injured list for Cleveland Cavaliers, would Carmelo Anthony be a perfect fit?

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FEBRUARY 2017

Vol. XX No. 1

History Fact:

James Forten, Sr., abolitionist, entrepreneur, and inventor of a sail-handling device, died in Philadelphia, PA on Feb. 24, 1842 was the first Black to receive a patent.

The Americus Sumter Observer 20 Years Strong

ASO File Photo

John Marshall, MD, Publisher, Rev. Mathis and Minister Linda Wright, Writers, Ms. Sybil Patterson, Office Manager and seated Christophe Davis, Paginator (layout).

Staff Reports

It is unimaginable that our community’s newspaper, the Americus Sumter Observer (ASO) has turned 20, and since its 1997 inception, has survived so many challenges and attacks during those 20 years. Even more surprising is our dedicated small staff that writes articles, performs interviews, and distributes the Observer to nearby counties and selected out-of-state locations.

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Americus Remembers the Life of Jason Fleming Burroughs

Jason Burroughs with his father Dr. Fleming Burroughs at his graduation from Georgia Southwestern State University.

Jason Fleming Burroughs, son of Dr. Fleming Burroughs and Dr. Rosie Reddick Burroughs, was born in Chattanooga, Tennessee on December 29, 1980. In his earlier years, Jason was an avid swimmer with the Blue Tides Swimming Team. Jason attended Ebon Academy in 1996, in which he went to the Summer Olympics with tickets from Dr. Mark Latimore. He was also a member of the Boy Scouts. Under the leadership of Dr. Latimore, Jason built his first bridge.

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Rockdale’s Probate Judge Clarence Cuthpert, Jr. takes oath of office

Judge Clarence Cuthpert with his mother Mary Pinckney of Savannah, Georgia.

By Valerie J. Morgan

Families and friends filled the pews of the Rockdale County Auditorium on Dec. 29 to witness the installation ceremonies for Rockdale’s 11 newly elected officials, six of whom were incumbents. The program’s emcee, George Lopez, a Rockdale native and former journalist with CBS in Augusta, quipped that it was fitting for the audience to “have church.” After all, he said, the ceremonies were taking place in what used to be a church. He encouraged the audience to celebrate and have some fun, reminding them it was the holiday season.

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Look What Happened in Worth County Georgia Lock-up

Netravion Thornton

By Valerie J. Morgan

Families and friends filled the pews of the Rockdale County Auditorium on Dec. 29 to witness the installation ceremonies for Rockdale’s 11 newly elected officials, six of whom were incumbents. The program’s emcee, George Lopez, a Rockdale native and former journalist with CBS in Augusta, quipped that it was fitting for the audience to “have church.” After all, he said, the ceremonies were taking place in what used to be a church. He encouraged the audience to celebrate and have some fun, reminding them it was the holiday season.

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Christian Community Calendar

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

    Sunday, January 22nd at 11 am: Annual Guest Day
    The public is invited to attend Annual Guest Day at 11 am with Sunday School beginning at 9:30 am on January 22nd. The public is invited to attend.

  • 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 adoates731@yahoo.com.