Americus has been named a 2015 Tree CityUSA by the Arbor Day Foundation in honor of
its commitment to effective urban forest management. Started in 1976, the TreeCityUSA program, sponsored by the Arbor Day Foundation, in partnership with
the USForest Service
and the National Association of State Foresters is celebrating its 40th
anniversary this year. Americus achieved Tree
CityUSA recognition by meeting the program’s four
requirements: a tree board or department; a tree-care ordinance; an annual
community forestry budget of at least $2 per capita and an Arbor Day observance
City Manager Steve Kennedy has announced
that Nicole Thurston has been chosen to fill the position of Tourism Director.
Ms. Thurston comes to Americus with a solid history of achievements in tourism,
marketing and non-profit. She currently serves as the Executive Director of the
Friends of the Cannonball House, Inc and a Freelance Writer for the 11th
Hour and Macon Magazine. Her areas of expertise include public relations,
strategic planning and management. Ms. Thurston’s official first day will be
Tonight at the annual Relay for Life event will be
held at Robinson Wilson Stadium on the North Campus on the Bumphead Road. Many events are planned including the
Cancer Survivors Walk. There’s always great entertainment at any Relay for
Life. Relay for Life returns to the North Campus for the first time in a number
of years which was held here for many years. Make your plans to attend and
dress cool as it will be rather warm when all the activities get underway.
The SumterCountyBOE will hold a retreat on Monday May 2nd in the boardroom of
the SCSAdministrationBuilding. The retreat will begin at on Monday. The public is welcome to attend.
The May 3rd LEPC meeting
will be held at in the SumterCountyEmergencyOperationsCenter located at the former National Guard
Armory at 901
Adderton Street. This meeting is open for the public to attend.
testing continues by AFES. After a test in your neighborhood, if you have
cloudy or discolored water, you need to run your faucets for approximately
10-15 minutes to clear the water. If it doesn’t, call AFES at 924-3213 for assistance.
2 more autos were entered yesterday
and again were in the same vicinity of each other. The first auto was at B4 SouthlandHeights Apartments on US 27 east. The other auto was at 159-C Lakeview
Apartments. You must lock and secure your vehicles at all times these days and
with the weekend upon us, remove items from your vehicle as well. Never leave
anything in plain sight that could tempt that would-be thief. In other Thursday
police action, a suspicious person was reported at 163 Lakeview Circle.
Following a traffic stop on Elm Avenue, Ronald Logan was arrested for failure to
stop at a stop sign and driving without a license.
An aggravated assault on Cherokee Street is being investigated.
A criminal trespass complaint was
made at 834
A child molestation case is being
Hit-n-run accidents were reported at 1711 E. Lamar Street and at 401 Ashby Street at this morning.
did answer 5 domestic-related calls and 4 miscellaneous calls yesterday.
38 incidents were worked yesterday by
SumterCounty Sheriff’s Deputies including 12 traffic stops. At a stop on Lamar at Hampton, Anna G. Turley was cited for failure to
obey a traffic control device. After a stop early this morning on Lamar at Windsor Alley, Lavarus C. Rowell was charged with
DUI and driving the wrong way on a one-way street. Quite a few warnings were
also handed out. A theft took place at 178 Youngs Mill Road. Domestic disturbance calls were answered
at 107 Oak
Ridge Drive and 746 US 19 south. Civil complaints were made at 205 Johnson Street and on US 49 south. A suspicious vehicle
was reported at the storage units on US 280 east. Deputies worked 2 accidents
In the SumterCounty Jail today is George Edgar Durham for contempt of Court and failure to
appear. 2 bonded out of jail yesterday.