Monday December 2nd, 2013


Sumter County Traverse Jurors who were summoned to report today are NOT to report at all during the week. All cases have either been settled or continued. Grand Jurors who were summoned for 9am this morning are still to report as scheduled.

Sumter County's tax deadline has been extended to today December 2nd. The taxes were due on December 1st but since that day fell on Sunday, the deadline was extended until the close of business today at the Tax Office at the Sumter County Courthouse.


The Chamber of Commerce Quarterly Membership Luncheon will be tomorrow December 3rd at 12 noon in the GSW faculty Dining Room. The featured speaker will be Dr. Marsha Davis from the UGa School of Public Health and her topic will be "Return on Investment for Public Health". Tickets are $10. To make reservations, contact Ivy at 924-2646 or by email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. . Along with the keynote presentation, those attending will learn more about the Chamber's upcoming event, The Chamber Challenge.


The Sumter County Board of Education will have a Retreat Session Tuesday December 3rd at 6pm in the boardroom of the SCS Administration Building. One topic to be discussed will be the recent decision of having 9 school board districts which is not what the Federal Judge Louis Sands had said to follow when he dismissed the case on October 28th. The community is encouraged to attend.

Today is the last day that the Parent and Community Stakeholder perception surveys will be up on the system's website. To access the surveys, go to www.sumterschools.org and the surveys are at the bottom under the heading "District".


Today from 8 to 5, the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) applications will be taken at 1524-A MLK Boulevard. LIHEAP is operated on a first-come, first-served basis and funding availability. Today is the only day that applications for Sumter County will be taken. Call 924-1434 or stop in today only.


Americus Police were kept busy over the holiday weekend investigating burglaries. Burglaries were reported at 702 Sunset Drive, 201-A East Church Street, 704 Harrold Avenue, apartment 215 140 Lonnie Lane, 711 Felder Street and at 113 Highland Drive.

Criminal trespass complaints were made at 937 Oglethorpe Avenue, 201-B East Church Street and at 204 Burton Circle.

Autos were entered at 1001 Ridge Street and 1711 E. Lamar Street.

Thefts took place at 1505 N. MLK Boulevard and apartment 146 130 Lonnie Lane.

A simple battery complaint was made at Lot 21 Weeks Trailer Park.

Jessica R. Reynolds and Kelvin T. Sims were arrested for assault battery after a domestic call to 1611 E. Lamar Street.

A case of identity fraud is being investigated.

James R. Coleman was arrested for shoplifting at 1711 E. Lamar Street.

Officers responded to an animal complaint at 907 Cypress Drive.

There was a hit-n'-run accident reported at 1711 E. Lamar Street in the Wal-Mart parking lot.

Officers worked 2 holiday weekend accidents with no reported injuries.


Today is the deadline to get in your applications for the DeSoto Christmas parade. The DeSoto Christmas parade is Saturday December 7th at 6:30. If you would like to participate, donate or volunteer, call Cynthia Wright at 815-9226. Free food and drinks will be made available following the completion of the DeSoto Christmas parade.

Speaking of Christmas parades, the annual Americus Christmas Parade will be at 7pm this Thursday night December 5th through downtown Americus. The weather has really changed now for the parade on Thursday night even from last week. Now, there is a chance of rain and highs will be in the upper 70s by Thursday, making this one of the warmest Americus Christmas parades ever held.