“Local News’

Friday October 21st, 2016



The monthly meeting of the Mayor and City Council was a little different yesterday. The actual voting and discussion of agenda items lasted probably 15-minutes. It was the people that addressed the Council concerning the Walk of Fame that lasted over an hour. 4 members of the 5-member Walk of Fame committee addressed the Council concerning the recent developments stemming from the selection of the newest members to be included on the Walk of Fame downtown. In brief, 22 nominations were made with the committee agreeing on 4 names unanimously. The 5th selection came down to a tie between 2 people and the committee sent those unanimous names and the 2 ties to the Mayor and Council who in turn sent the 2 names tied back to committee to break the tie. The 5-member Walk of Fame committee, with only 4 in attendance, could not break the tie and this went back and forth for several meetings it seemed. Finally, it turned out that the Walk of Fame committee had not advertised their meeting as required under the Open Meetings laws so anything that the committee had done would be null and void. This was the agreement finally decided upon after all the talking was finished that the committee would start all over and make sure the meetings were advertised. Moving to the agenda items, a Transportation Enhancement Memorandum of Understanding for the US 19 corridor was approved. Alcoholic beverage and catering licenses for JJ’s Wings and Things was approved for the sale of liquor on premise was passed. An alcoholic beverage license for Bittersweet Bookstore for the sale of beer and wine on premise was passed. The Finance Director was authorized to sell off surplus property. Council agreed for the Chamber of Commerce to use Rylander Park for Sumter on Ice. The meeting then moved to executive session to discuss pending litigation.

Chief Ranger Brent McCarty is reminding all citizens of the burn ban that’s now in effect. No burn permits are being issued due to the extreme dry conditions. With the expected highs winds today and the breezy weekend conditions, this would be catastrophic if a wildfire got out of hand because of someone burning leaves or flipping a cigarette out of a vehicle. You cannot burn anything inside the City Limits due to a City Ordinance and now there is no outdoor burning either.

The Sumter County BOE will hold a called meeting on Monday October 24th starting at 6pm in the boardroom of the SCS Administration Building. The purpose of the meeting is to conduct an interview with Parrish Construction Management Team and then go into executive session for the purpose of discussing land acquisition. The public is welcome to attend.

High school football tonight has 2 area teams hosting homecoming opponents. The Panthers host Hardaway and the Wildcats host Crawford County. The games will kick-off at 7:30. At halftime, the homecoming court will be announced. Marion County is off this week and Southland finished the regular season last week.

Today is the community blood drive in the Fellowship Hall at First Baptist Church on S. Lee Street until 6 this evening. Those that made appointments will get top priority but any walk-in will be welcomed.

Tomorrow is the day to pick-up your BBQ Chicken Plate at Fire Station#1 at 119 S. Lee Street, a fundraising event for the AFES. All proceeds will benefit Fire Safety Education and Honor Guard. See any Americus firefighter or call 924-3213 for any last minute ticket. The cost is $7 a plate.

Americus Police had 7 unlocked vehicles entered around town yesterday. These locations were 103 Lakewood Street where 3 unlocked autos were entered; 795-B Hawkins Street; 801-C Hawkins Street; 795-A Hawkins Street; and at 329 W. Lamar Street.

A felony theft occurred at 1536 MLK Boulevard.

A juvenile problem was reported at 1109 1st Montgomery.

A suspicious person complaint was made on Douglas Circle.

At 2:19 this morning on Mary Blount Drive, a traffic stop led to the arrest of Charles E. Harris Jr. for driving on a suspended license, driving with suspended registration and no proof of insurance.

A criminal trespass complaint was filed with police at 1848-K S. Lee Street.

Officers worked 1 accident yesterday with no reported injuries.


Sumter County Sheriff’s Deputies went to a damage to property incident at 199 Jenkins Road. A suspicious vehicle complaint was made in the Reeves Landing area. Responding to a domestic situation at 119 Easy Street, Eugene Lawson was arrested for aggravated assault and battery (DVA). Deputies were dispatched to the area of US 19 north at Patton Drive where the roadway was blocked. A stalking incident was reported for investigation. Deputies conducted 4 traffic stops yesterday. Following a traffic stop on US 49 north at Toad Road, Maraquivious D. Hosley was charged with speeding.

Arrested and housed in the Sumter County Jail today are: Connelton Zimbulus Davis for child support; and Eugene Lawson for felony aggravated assault and battery (DVA). 1 was back in Jail for Court.