“Local News’

Friday May 22nd, 2015



The monthly meeting of the Mayor and City Council was held last evening in the newly renovated Council Chambers of the Public Safety Building before a small crowd. 3 public hearings were held. A rezoning request for vacant land at the corner of Elm Avenue and John Street from I (industrial) to R-2 (residential) was held.  A rezoning request for property at 1602 MLK Boulevard from C-1 (Commercial) to R-1 (residential) was held. The 3rd public hearing was for input into the City sign ordinance. The 3 will be voted on next month. Council accepted the Quarterly Alcoholic Beverage License Compliance Audit. Council denied the alcoholic beverage license for JD’s Fish and Wings at 124 Bay Street due to City ordinances. An alcoholic beverage license for Lee Street Mart at 1516 S. Lee Street was approved. Council heard 1st readings of rezoning requests at the corner of Elm Avenue and John Street and at 1602 MLK Boulevard. Another 1st reading on the City sign ordinance was heard. Council rejected the bids for paving and will re-bid for paving on Jackson Street and Glessner Street. Willie Golphin was reappointed to the Urban Redevelopment Authority. With a few announcements, the meeting was adjourned.

Graduation at Southland Academy and Americus-Sumter kicks off the Memorial Day holiday weekend. Southland Academy holds graduation tonight at 7 in the Melvin Kinslow gym. Americus-Sumter graduation begins at 8 at Finklea-Robinson Field. Memorial Day activities will be held at Andersonville National Cemetery with the raising of the Avenue of Flags. Tomorrow, American flags will be placed on the approximately 20,000 gravesites. Sunday afternoon at 1:30, the US Army Maneuver Center of Excellence Band will perform followed by the keynote address at 2pm by Colonel Thomas M. Carden, Assistant Adjutant General of the Georgia Army National Guard.

Also on Sunday, Christ Episcopal Church in Cordele invites you to attend the 13th annual Blessing of the Boats at 9am. The location will be the dock at the Lake Blackshear Resort. Father Larry Williams will be the celebrant for this special service. Start your summer of recreation and leisure in a positive way by attending this meaningful service. Canoes, kayaks, jet skis, boats of any type are welcome. If it floats, it can be blessed and you as well. That’s this Sunday at 9am on the dock at the Lake Blackshear Resort.

Americus Police have a lookout for a suspect involved in an armed robbery and aggravated assault that occurred at midnight at 601 S. Lee Street. The victim was assaulted outside her home and the suspect is still being sought. In other police action, a forced entry burglary was investigated at 712 Adderton Street.

Criminal trespass complaints were made at 128-B Academy Street and at 403-A Bessie Mays Circle.

Altterick Coldwell was arrested and charged with criminal trespass on Eastview Circle.

An auto was entered at 1526 S. Lee Street.

Officers responded to a domestic situation at 103 William B. King Drive.

There were a few miscellaneous calls answered by officers in the past 24-hour period.

2 accidents were worked by officers yesterday with no reported injuries.

The 78-hour Memorial Day travel period starts at 6 this evening. All law enforcement will be highly visible as the 100 Deadly Days of Summer begins the vacation travel period. Law enforcement will be looking out for the impaired driver, speeders and those not properly buckled up. Look also for an increase of law enforcement on the waterways this weekend. Make sure you have the proper equipment on your vessel and are not boating and drinking. Don’t become a holiday statistic!


The Sumter County Sheriff’s Office worked a total of 52 incidents on Wednesday and Thursday. 12 traffic stops were conducted over the last 2 days. On US 280 west, Bradley D. Hutcheson was charged with failure to obey a traffic control device and failure to have a license on person. John B. Lane was charged with speeding on US 49 north. Warnings were issued in the other traffic cases.

Responding to a domestic disturbance at 105 Sandstone Drive, Natalie D. Farrior was arrested for aggravated assault and criminal trespass. Civil complaints were made at 602 US 280 west and 191 Highway 49 south. Chassidy R. Holmes was arrested on Rucker Street and charged with felony tampering with evidence and obstruction. A bad child was reported at 3014 Roney Street. Deputies worked 2 accidents with 1 deer-related.

Currently housed in the Sumter County Jail: Clinton Adams for 1st degree felony burglary; Natalie Dionna Farrior for aggravated assault; Chassidy Renee Holmes for obstruction and tampering with evidence; Raymond Montavious McCray for 1st degree felony burglary; Richard Warren Rockett for failure to appear; Christopher Michael Stewart for probation violation; Justin Allen Ward for felony escape; and Anthony Deon Westbrook for theft by receiving stolen property.