The monthly meeting of the Mayor and
City Council was held yesterday. A 2016 JAG grant application was approved for
the Americus Police Department totaling $19,121 to purchase equipment and supplies.
Council accepted and approved the bid from Reeves Construction for the paving
Lee Street, Rose
Funding will come from SPLOST and TSPLOST. 5 different City parks will be
upgraded in the amount of $351.015 with funding from the 2014 SPLOST fund.
Council accepting and approved the bid from Zane Grace Construction for storm
water repair services in the Elm Avenue/Lee Street improvement area for
$203,493 with funding out of the Storm water funds and 2010 Revenue Bond.
Council approved paying Rowe Drilling for repairs and improvements to Well
Pump#10 in the amount of $96,797. Pam Angry and Freda Gardner were re-appointed
to the Hospital Authority. Daron Butler was re-appointed to the Housing Authority.
Dwight Chavis was appointed to the Housing Authority. Tom McFarland was
appointed to the Library Board. Terrance Clemons was re-appointed to the
Library Board. Carla Cook was appointed to the Land Bank Authority. Channon
Thurmond was are-appointed to the Land Bank Authority. After a few comments,
the meeting was adjourned.
GeorgiaSouthwesternStateUniversity Athletic Director Mike Leeder has hired Ben Hicks to be the school’s
next head men’s basketball coach. Hicks comes to Georgia Southwestern from ColumbusStateUniversity where he was an assistant coach the past
four seasons under Robert Moore. Hicks becomes just the fourth head men’s
basketball coach at GSW since 1990. He takes over for Leeder who completed 10
seasons at the helm and will now serve only as Athletic Director.
Today is the
day for the “Firecracker” community blood drive in the Fellowship Hall at FirstBaptistChurch at 221 S. Lee Street until 6 this evening. Those with
appointments get top priority but any and all walk-ins will be welcomed. It has
been announced that blood supplies are at a critically low level and a call for
ALL blood types has been issued. Please take
time out of your busy Friday schedule and donate blood. There will be drawings
for Downtown Dollars and every donor gets a free T-shirt. Be that summer hero
and give blood today!
Americus Police had an active Thursday and early
Friday. An auto was entered at 404 S. Dudley Street.
Thefts occurred at 304 Crawley Street, 200 Manhattan Street and 202-B US 280 west.
A suspicious person/vehicle was
reported at 697
A theft of lost/mislaid property
occurred at 915
Shelandrea Shanice Singleton was
arrested at 119
S. Lee Street for failure to appear.
Criminal trespass complaints were
made at 107
Prince Street and at 400 Tripp Street.
A gas drive off took place from 1533 S. Lee Street.
Riyod Oshay Reddick was arrested at 701 Davenport Street and charged with possession of marijuana
with intent to distribute and possession of a controlled substance.
Joseph Smith was arrested for
disorderly conduct at 1207 S. MLK Boulevard.
An aggravated assault, entering an
auto and felony theft are under investigation that originated at 804 Adderton Street.
A forced entry burglary was
investigated at this
morning at 1330
N. Jackson Street.
Officers responded to 3
domestic-related situations in the previous 24-hour shift.
accident was worked by APD
yesterday with no reported injuries.
Just a weather reminder that the heat and
humidity will be high the next 2 days making the heat index possibly exceeding
105, especially tomorrow. If you must be outside for any extended periods of
time, take frequent breaks, wear light-colored clothing and stay hydrated but
NOT with alcohol. Take care of yourself and the elderly.
Sumter County Sheriff’s Deputies
continued to make traffic stops yesterday, recording 27. Jennifer J. Wilbanks
was charged with speeding on US 49 south. Sam R. Sims was cited for driving
with an expired tag on US 49 south at US 280. On Lamar Street, Decarius D. Collier was charged with
driving on a suspended license. At a stop on ReesePark, Jason Dutton was arrested for DUI and expired registration. After a
stop on Lamar at Tripp, Kenetria M. Laster was cited for failure to maintain
insurance and expired registration. Following a stop on Church at Jackson, Jakivus M. Tyner was charged with failure
to obey a traffic control device. Deputies answered suspicious person complaints
on the Lamar
District Line and at 1627-B Highway 30 west. A burglary was investigated at 101 W. Federal Street in Leslie. A theft was reported at 119 S. Lee Street. A domestic disturbance occurred at Lot 40 106 Lexington Circle. Harassing phone calls were
In the Sumter County Jail today are:
Harris Baker for DUI and license requirements; Jason Dutton for DUI and expired
tag or no registration or title; Antavious Montrell Leverettfor theft by receiving stolen property;
Courtney Antwan Mann for simple battery/ false imprisonment/ southwestern
probation/ and probation violation; Riyod Oshay Reddick for possession of
marijuana with intent to distribute/ illegal possession of a controlled
substance/ felony theft by taking/ possession of a firearm by a felon/ bench
warrant/ and probation violation; Joseph Kevonte Smith for disorderly conduct;
and Henry James Stephens for DUI and failure to maintain lane. 3 bonded out of
jail yesterday and 1 was released to another jail.