UPDATE: Qualifying ended at today and we have contested school board
races. In BOE District 1, candidates are Elaina Lockhart, Alice Green and Allen
Smith; BOE District 2-Meda Krenson, Everett Byrd and Sarah Pride; BOE District 3-Jim
Reid Jr. and Willa Fitzpatrick; BOE District 4-Rick Barnes and Gary Houston;
BOE District 5-Edith Ann Green and Mark Griggs. 2-year at-large candidates are:
David Kitchens, Sylvia Roland, Patricia Taft and Michael Coley Sr. 4-year
at-large candidates are Dr. Mike Busman and Kelvin Pless. William Rambo
qualified as State Court Judge and Randy Howard qualified for County Commission
District 4. This election will be held on May 20th. No word yet if
anyone else qualified through the Republican Party or if Mark Waddell and Bill
McGowan are the only 2 candidates for County Commission District 2.
voting continues in the Elections Office for the special called March 18th
school board election. This is the called election for current BOE Districts 1,
2, 4 and 6 that should have been voted on in 2012. This special election will
get the Board of Education election cycle caught up and ready to implement the
new 5 district/ 2 at-large seats that was signed into law. This 5+2
configuration is what candidates have been qualifying for this week. Early
voting continues through Friday March 14th at the Courthouse for the
special called school board election. Those coming to early vote will need a
photo ID with you.
Take your pick of things to do this
weekend as there’s bound to be something going on you and the family will
enjoy! The Emergency Preparedness Expo hosted by the Sumter LEPC will be held from 9 to 2 tomorrow at
the SumterCounty Fairgrounds. This expo will educate, prepare and assist citizens in
the event of a natural or man-made disaster. This event is free and open to the
public. Children must be accompanied by an adult.
Individuals and small business owners
can receive information and assistance with applying for health insurance.
Navigators will be here tomorrow from 10 to 4 in the StaleyMiddle School cafeteria. This is a free workshop for applying for health insurance
through the marketplace exchanges created under the Affordable Care Act.
The annual Civil War Living History
weekend is Saturday and Sunday at the Andersonville
National Historic Site. The Living History weekend is from 10 to 4 tomorrow and
on Sunday. There is
no admission fee and this event is open to the public.
is the weekend that time changes. Before you go to bed tomorrow night set your
clocks ahead one hour. Daylight Saving Time begins at Sunday morning. While you’re setting your
clocks ahead, don’t forget it’s the perfect time to change the batteries in
your smoke detectors. Remember, “Change Your Clocks, Change Your Batteries.”
From Thursday’s Americus Police incident reports, burglaries
occurred around town. 2 residential burglaries were investigated at 123 Finn Street and at 727 Tom Gailey Plaza. A commercial
burglary was reported at 1402 Felder Street.
Jessie Lee Johnson Jr. was arrested
and charged with shoplifting from an incident at 1206 Crawford Street at Winn-Dixie.
A theft took place at SunsetMemorialGardens on the Upper River Road.
Responding to a domestic call to
120 Lonnie Lane, Keyunta Derrell Ferguson was arrested for obstruction.
A rape case is under further
Following a traffic stop on Brannen Avenue late last night, Christopher B. Stokes was
arrested for failure to stop at a stop sign and possession of marijuana-less
than an ounce.
Officers answered several
miscellaneous calls in the past 24-hour period.
was a 3-vehicle accident yesterday that had 1 injury complaint.
On March 15th, the Alpha
Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated, Rho Sigma Omega and Nu Zeta Chapters,
Americus, will be hosting a community educational diabetes awareness seminar
from 10am till 12noon at the Department of Family and Children Services
building at 1601 N. MLK Boulevard in Suite 100. Guest speakers
will be Dr. Malcolm Floyd and Dr. Jimmy Felton.