Get ready to shop, if you didn’t
brave the crowds last night at a few area stores. Black Friday has become one
of if not THE busiest shopping day of the year. It’s right up there with the
shopping done on the day AFTER Christmas now. If you do shop be sure you shop
locally when possible. When you shop at home you’re helping our local economy
and keeping jobs in Americus and SumterCounty.
big event that takes Thanksgiving weekend is what is now known as Small
Business Saturday. Small Business Saturday gives holiday shoppers a chance to
help our community as well. Black Friday is when people like to get up early
and fight over parking spaces at chain stores but if you’re looking for
something unique and want to support your friends and neighbors, then you need
to support Small Business Saturday. Last year, shoppers spent $14.3 billion at
locally-owned stores and restaurants across Georgia on Small Business Saturday, an increase of
about 2.1 percent from the year before. Small Business Saturday is a great
opportunity for shopkeepers to shine and win customers who’ll continue to
support them for years to come. So remember, come shop locally and let’s make
OUR Small Business Saturday a success!
The offices of the City of Americus and those at the SumterCounty Courthouse and LEC are closed today in observance of the Thanksgiving
holiday. Regular business hours will resume on Monday. Local News will not have
any Sheriff’s incident reports until Monday’s editions due to the LEC offices
being closed today. Deputies and APD
officers are working as usual, it just the offices that are closed.
If you want to be an Americus Christmas parade participant and haven’t
picked up your application yet, you can do so on the Monday deadline but it has
to be returned that same day. Drop by the AmericusWelcomeCenter on Monday and do that. The annual Americus Christmas Parade is Thursday December 3rd
Also on Monday, a public forum will
be held in Council Chambers of the PublicSafetyBuilding to hear from the final two candidates for
the next Chief of Police for the City of Americus. The two are Woodrow W. Blue Jr. and John
Powell. Steve Kennedy, City Manager who is conducting the interview process,
said both meet the criteria set forth for the position. In this open format on Monday,
citizens can hear from and ask questions of the 2 finalists for Chief of
Don’t forget about the free service being
offered once again this season by the AFES of spraying your live Christmas tree
with a fire retardant. Simply drop by Fire Station#1 at 119 S. Lee Street at the PublicSafetyBuilding now through December 23rd and
take advantage of this free service that keeps you and your family safe from
fire this season.
round of the Class A playoffs will be played tonight at the Eagle’s Nest just
north of Buena Vista when MarionCounty will host the Commerce Tigers. Kick-off is at . The Eagle’s will be without all-sate
player Lorenzo Smothers who suffered broken ribs last week and is out tonight
and for the rest of the season should the Eagles win and advance.
Americus Police had an active Thanksgiving Day. A criminal
trespass complaint was made at 314 S. Hampton Street.
A suicide case was worked at 131-B Cherokee Street.
A robbery by sudden snatching and
aggravated assault is being investigated last evening in the parking lot at 1533 S. Lee Street.
A theft occurred from 916 N. Jackson Street.
Tyree Alexander Hawkins was arrested
for shoplifting last night at 1456 E. Forsyth Street at Belk’s.
Following a traffic stop at this morning conducted by Trooper Davis on Magnolia Street, the driver, Narada Kentrell Dodson was
arrested for reckless driving/ speeding/ misdemeanor possession of marijuana/ DUI
and for an outstanding warrant.
A hit-n-run accident occurred at 1206 Crawford Street.
Officers only had 1 domestic-related
There were 3 accidents in the City
yesterday with an injury complaint but no ambulance was required.
The 102-hour Thanksgiving travel
period ends at on Sunday
and Americus Police, Sumter Sheriff’s Deputies and Troopers from Post
10 of the GeorgiaState Patrol remind you to obey the posted speed limits, buckle up and don’t
drive impaired. Don’t become a holiday statistic!