“Local News’

Friday December 19th, 2014



The monthly meeting of the Mayor and City Council was held before a sparse crowd yesterday afternoon. Council approved the 2015 alcoholic beverage license renewals. A community development update was given. The rules were suspended and a fee ordinance amendment setting fees for 2015 was passed. The 2015 final budget was adopted. The rules were suspended and an amendment to the Personnel Ordinance related to education incentives was approved. Again the rules were suspended and an amendment to the Personnel Ordinance related to the pay plan was adopted. The Americus Times Recorder was appointed the legal gazette for 2015. A resolution was passed requesting legislation to change the form of City government for Americus adding the phrase “a 4-year college degree”. There was much discussion and confusion when it came time to name the Utilities Director. After all the discussion and rescinding previous motions, Sammy Deason was appointed as Utilities Director with a 6-month probationary period. Several year-end appointments were made last night. Alex Saratsiotis was re-appointed to the Payroll Development Authority. Juanita Wilson, Nema Etheridge, Debra Sykes and Jackie Bryce were re-appointed to the Americus/Sumter Tourism Council. Claire Simmerson was re-appointed to the Andersonville Trail. Paul Zak and Lee Kinnamon were re-appointed to the Excursion Train Authority. Nelson Brown was re-appointed to the River Valley Regional Commission. Dr. Shirley Reese was appointed to the Sumter County Board of Health. After announcements and comments the meeting was adjourned.

At yesterday’s City Council meeting, more information was given about the Public Safety Building. The estimated completion date is projected to be in May. There is still extensive work to be done inside. The work on the Fire Department side is all but complete and they should be able to return to normal in January. Work on the Police Department side will take a while. A temporary plan will be put in place once that work gets underway on the police side of the Public Safety Building.

Today’s the day of the big holiday community blood drive. Those with appointments will get top priority but all walk-ins today will be welcomed. Please have a photo ID with you whenever you do come to donate blood today. All presenting donors will be receiving a free T-shirt. Homemade goodies will be available all day today on the canteen table. The blood drive will last until 6 this evening in the Fellowship Hall of 1st Baptist Church at 221 S. Lee Street.

From Thursday’s Americus Police incident reports, a financial identity fraud case is under further investigation.

Jillian C. Robinson was arrested for shoplifting at 1456 E. Forsyth Street at Belk’s.

A theft by deception case is being investigated. Thefts took place at 1917 Rose Avenue and 109-A Waitsman Drive.

A criminal trespass complaint was made at 810 Davenport Street.

A burglary and theft was investigated at apartment 143 130 Lonnie Lane.

A counterfeit bill was turned over from 1201 N. MLK Boulevard.

Antwan Derell Green was arrested for an outstanding warrant at 112 Bozeman Circle last night.

A suspicious vehicle at 299 Railroad Street was reported at 12:12 this morning.

Sylvia Anthony Ford was arrested at 12:57 this morning at 1101 Crawford Street and charged with criminal trespass.

3 domestic calls were answered by officers in the past 24-hour period.

A hit-n-run accident occurred at 1103 MLK Boulevard.

The 100-foot tall man-made Christmas tree will be lit up over Ellaville starting tonight. The tree is made up of 55,000 lights. The tree will be lit up from 6 to 9pm through Christmas. This event is free and features a hayride around the tree. Under the tree are live scenes from the life of Jesus. Many hours and hands have gone into the construction of this tree of love representing the real reason for the season.


Sumter County Sheriff’s Deputies conducted 6 traffic stops on Thursday. On US 19 south, Margaret I. Simpson was given a speeding ticket. John L. Lightner was given a speeding ticket on Highway 30 west near Buchanan Road. Warnings were issued in the other traffic cases. A domestic disturbance was reported at 343 Kings Drive. A bad child complaint was made at 227 Greystone Drive. A suspicious person complaint was made on US 280 east. Deputies worked 3 deer-related accidents yesterday. Other miscellaneous calls were answered by Deputies in the past 24-hour period. There were a total of 27 incidents on Thursday.

Currently housed in the Sumter County Jail: David Ray Battle for possession of marijuana with intent to distribute; Flinza Serrell Davis for probation violation; Sylvia Anthony Ford for criminal trespass; Antwan Derell Green for simple battery; Jillian Cierra Robinson for probation violation/southwestern probation; and Micah Darann Williams for possession of marijuana-less than an ounce.