“Local News’

Friday April 18th, 2014


Your Good Friday is going to be a good and wet Friday unfortunately. A near 100% chance of rain today and finally ending by late Saturday morning will have us in the 3-5 inches of rainfall totals by the time this system moves on out. Because of the rainfall, a FLOOD WATCH is in effect from this morning through tomorrow morning. Wet soil conditions and above normal streamflow in this region will enhance the risk of flooding, a Flood Watch means there is a potential for flooding based on current forecasts. In addition to a Flood Watch, a WIND ADVISORY also is in effect. Winds gusting to 35mph at times today could cause limbs and trees to fall because of saturated conditions. At one time the rain was to be completely gone by tonight, giving us a sunny Saturday but if you’re familiar with the weather, you’ve heard the term wrap-around system. That’s what will happen as this system moves out-a wrap-around effect will bring back scattered showers until around noon tomorrow before some clearing begins in the afternoon. Easter Sunday is expected to be sunny and nice with near normal temperatures. There will be periods of heavy rainfall today and tonight. Remember to drive with your headlights on. If you have Easter travel plans and will be leaving today, check on the road conditions where you may be heading and make this a safe holiday weekend.

With all the rain today, it will be a good day to stay inside and give blood. The community blood drive is today from 8 to 6 in the Fellowship Hall of First Baptist Church on S. Lee Street. Those that made appointments will get top priority but any walk-in today will be welcomed. All blood types are needed. Please bring a photo ID with you when you come to donate blood at today’s community blood drive.

The Sumter County Board of Education will have a Retreat this Monday April 21st from 6 to 9pm. Immediately following the Retreat session, a called meeting will be held at 9pm to discuss the FY 2014-2015 School Calendar and personnel matters. The meetings will be held in the boardroom of the SCS Administration Building. The public is encouraged to attend.

Students will return to class on Monday after being out all this week for spring break in the Sumter County School system. That also means buses will resume their routes on Monday so drivers will need to be aware.

Monday April 21st is the last day to register to become an eligible voter in the May 20th primary election. Early voting for the May primary begins on April 28th and will last until Friday May 16th.

Americus Police had a rather busy Thursday. There were an unusual number of domestic calls answered by officers. One domestic call to 303 Hosanna Circle led to the arrest of Lawrence Randolph Daniels for an outstanding warrant. Another domestic call to 702-A Davenport Street resulted in the arrest of Michelle Cross for obstruction and criminal trespass.

A theft took place at 307 E. Lamar Street.

Officers went to an unruly juvenile complaint at 1322 Douglas Circle.

A forgery was reported at 1005-A Southerfield Road. A counterfeit bill was turned over at 1101 Crawford Street at Flash Foods at 2:15 this morning.

Harassing phone calls were reported to police.

A battery complaint was made at 4C 730 MLK Boulevard early this morning.

A criminal trespass complaint was made at 3:58 this morning at 502 Tripp Street when a window was broken.

Hit-n-run accidents were reported in the Wal-Mart parking lot and at 1501 Felder Street.

In addition to the domestic calls, there were just a few miscellaneous calls answered by officers.

Americus Police and all law enforcement URGE you to drive with your headlights on in these rainy conditions. It IS a state law and remember, just because you can see doesn’t mean others can see YOU!

Tomorrow is the Cancer Survivors Luncheon at the Williams Road Church of Christ. Registration begins at 11. Next Friday April 25th will be the Relay for Life at Alton Shell Stadium at Finklea-Robinson Field.