“Local News’

Friday November 27th, 2015


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 Sumter County.

Another 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 Sumter County 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 Americus Welcome Center on Monday and do that. The annual Americus Christmas Parade is Thursday December 3rd at 7pm downtown.

Also on Monday, a public forum will be held in Council Chambers of the Public Safety Building 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 Police.

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 Public Safety Building now through December 23rd and take advantage of this free service that keeps you and your family safe from fire this season.

The second round of the Class A playoffs will be played tonight at the Eagle’s Nest just north of Buena Vista when Marion County will host the Commerce Tigers. Kick-off is at 7:30. 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 2:35 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 call yesterday.

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 midnight on Sunday and Americus Police, Sumter Sheriff’s Deputies and Troopers from Post 10 of the Georgia State Patrol remind you to obey the posted speed limits, buckle up and don’t drive impaired. Don’t become a holiday statistic!