Thursday November 28th, 2013



HAPPY THANKSGIVING TO ONE AND ALL! As you travel over the river and through the woods to wherever you may be going, remember to buckle up and obey the speed limit. Arrive alive and don't become a holiday statistic! Law enforcement will be highly visible the rest of this holiday weekend reminding you the same. The Thanksgiving holiday travel weekend ends at midnight on Sunday.


You are warmly invited to be the guests of Open Hands Ministry's Thanksgiving Dinner today starting at noon at the American Legion Post 2 on MLK Boulevard (US 19 north) in Americus. For deliveries to shut-ins, call 924-7072 or 322-5896. Volunteers are needed for today so if you would like to give back to your community, please stop by the American Legion and help your neighbors.


Willet Way Wonderland, a holiday tradition for years, opens up tonight. This is the first year that one of the key members, W. R. "Buddy" Wilbanks will not be around to participate but the show will go on.  There will be a Candlelight Remembrance for Buddy that will start around 6 this evening and the community is invited to attend. Santa will also be making an appearance tonight at the Willet Way Wonderland.

As you stop by Willet Way, don't forget that this year in Rylander Park downtown, the Parade of Trees is available to walk through and take pictures. The Parade of Trees is new this year, honoring our men and women in the armed forces and loved ones that have gone on and will not be home this holiday. Be sure and check out the lights as well in downtown Americus.


From Nancy C. Smith, Clerk of State Court: Sumter County Traverse Jurors who have been summoned for this Monday December 2nd, are NOT to report for jury duty at all next week. All scheduled cases have either been settled or continued. Grand Jurors are STILL REQUIRED to report on Monday December 2nd at 9am. Jurors may call the office of Nancy C. Smith, Clerk, on Monday at 928-4537 with questions or for further information.

Sumter County Tax Commissioner Wilkie Smith reminds all taxpayers that County taxes are due December 1st. Because December 1st falls on Sunday, County taxes may be paid on Monday December 2nd without penalty. The deadline for paying County taxes this year has been extended to Monday December 2nd.


There's still high school football playoffs going on and tomorrow night, Marion County will be back in action. The Class A playoffs continue as the Eagles will host the Dooly County Bobcats at 7:30. It was a close game the first time the 2 teams met in region play and the playoff game is expected to be just as competitive. Kick-off is again tomorrow night at 7:30 at Eagle Field.


Once again, the weather created another fairly quiet day and night for the Americus Police Department. An auto was entered and theft occurred at 810 Hawkins Street.

Thefts were reported at 317 Taylor Street and on E. Forsyth Street.

A shoplifting incident occurred at Dollar General at 805 Adderton Street.

Night shift did respond to several domestic calls last night and early this morning. Officers went to 901 Ridge Street last night and at 1:37 this morning to 809 Ridge Street and then at 3:57 this morning to 1203-A E. Jefferson Street.

Americus Police remind you that if you will be out shopping early tomorrow for Black Friday specials, make sure you lock and secure your vehicle at all times. This is the season that thieves and would-be thieves start looking for an easy score. You can put a stop to these types of crimes by simply locking and securing your vehicle. Don't leave items in plain sight. Place your items in the trunk or securely in the floorboard of your vehicle.

The Americus Fire and Emergency Services will begin spraying your live Christmas trees today and will continue to offer this free service through December 23rd. Stop by Fire Station#1 on S. Lee Street at the Public Safety Building any day for this free service.