“Local News’

Friday July 18th, 2014



If you haven’t come to early vote by 5 this afternoon then you will go to your polling place this Tuesday July 22nd and vote in the run-off. Early voting ends today at 5 in the Elections Office at the Sumter County Courthouse. Election officials are pleased with the turnout since early voting started back on June 30th. Voters are deciding locally on 2 seats on the BOE-a 2-year at-large seat and the District 2 seat. All voters in all districts will choose the at-large seat between Michael Coley Sr. and Sylvia Roland for a 2-year position. District 2 voters are deciding between Everett Byrd and Meda Krenson as your BOE representative AND will also vote for the 2-year at-large candidate. Early voting comes to an end at 5 this afternoon.

Georgia’s Sales Tax Holiday begins 2-weeks from today. August 1st and 2nd are the 2 Sales Tax Holidays in which clothing, shoes, back to school supplies and computers are exempt from Georgia’s sales tax. This year, the Sales Tax Holiday comes after the Sumter County Schools Open House at which parents can get a list of needed supplies for your children. Open House for primary and elementary will be on Thursday July 31st from 5 to 7pm. Middle and high school Open House will be from 6 to 8pm that same night. The first day of school in the Sumter County School system is Monday August 4th.

Registration for Pre-K and kindergarten are currently underway at Sumter Primary and Sara Cobb Elementary. Pre-K through 2nd grade registration is being held at Sumter Primary. Call 924-1012 for more information. Pre-K and kindergarten registration is also underway at Sara Cobb Elementary. Call that school at 924-4888 for more information.

Once again Movie at the Market is being held at Lenny’s Market. Movie at the Market starts about 15-minutes after dark and admission is free. All you need to bring are chairs or a blanket for you and your family. $1each gets you bottomless popcorn and drink during the movie. This week, Fast & Furious 6 will be shown.

Lenny’s Market is now open every Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday from 7 to 1 on Hampton Street in downtown Americus. Fresh produce, farm fresh eggs and baked goods can be found along with flowers from time to time.

The Mayor and City Council meeting will be on Thursday July 24th at 5pm and will be held in the Rees Park Economic Development Center on Elm Avenue. The location has moved since work will be getting underway soon on renovating the Public Safety Building and Council Chambers.

From the Americus Police Thursday incident reports, a case of identity fraud is being investigated.

A forced entry burglary and criminal trespass occurred at 412-A Jones Drive. A burglary and criminal trespass was investigated at 124 New Industrial Boulevard.

Thefts took place at 79-B Barbara Battle Way and a bike was taken from 624 Felder Street.

Larry Williams was arrested on a theft charge at 307 E. Lamar Street.

Officers assisted Code Enforcement with a situation at 124 W. Peppermint Way.

A disorderly conduct incident occurred at 203-D Murphy Mill Road.

Criminal trespass complaints were made at 108-C Country Club Drive and 219 Fairway Circle.

Officers went to juvenile complaints at 1A 110 Knollwood Drive and 122 Town Creek Circle.

A sexual battery case is under further investigation.

Officers worked 3 accidents yesterday with 1 injury complaint.


The Sumter County Sheriff’s Office reports the arrest and incarceration of: Christopher Lee Baker for burglary; William Benard Baker for probation violation; Heather Renee Harper for theft by taking; Walter F. Lee for theft by taking; Peggy Renee Nimmons for theft by taking; and Larry Williams for theft by taking.

Deputies worked 31 total incidents yesterday. Thefts occurred at 629-B Highway 30 west and 123 Ron Circle Lot 6. A damage to property complaint was made at 805 Harrold Avenue. 3 traffic stops were conducted. 2 reports of suspicious activity were investigated by deputies. 3 domestic calls were answered. 1 accident involving a deer was reported.