“Local News’

Friday September 19th, 2014



The monthly meeting of the Mayor and City Council was held in the Lecture Hall of the Nursing Building yesterday while work continues on the Public Safety Building. After approving the consent agenda the committee reports were heard. A community development update was given. The second reading of the 2014 millage rate was heard and passed, keeping the same 10.32 mills. A bank account for 2014 CDBG funds was authorized. Another bank account for 2014 CDBG matching funds was also authorized. To meet EPD compliance, Rowe Drilling Company was awarded the bid to cap off well 2 & 5 for $45,480. Council suspended the rules an adopted a weapons in the workplace policy. Council suspended the rules and approved a personnel ordinance amendment. A motion was made to table the amendment concerning speaking at public meetings. After a second there was much discussion before the motion was defeated. City attorney Jimmy Skipper then went over the revised ordinance and summarized. This was a first reading last evening. Council passed the derelict and blighted property ordinance as amended. Bill Krenson was appointed to the Americus Housing Authority. Matt Morgan, Bill Harris Jr., Divya Patel and Charles Crisp were all re-appointed to the Downtown Development Authority. 3 Council members addressed the crowd and told them their reasons for their votes on the public speaking issue before them and to please continue to come to the meetings. 3 citizens addressed the Council and then meeting was then adjourned.

It’s a full day of activities for the POW/MIA Recognition events. From the Andersonville National Cemetery this morning to the GSW Storm Dome this afternoon and evening, there are ceremonies for the public to attend. The weekend activities will conclude tomorrow on the GSW campus with a National POW/MIA Recognition ceremony in the GSW Storm Dome at 11:30. The public is invited and encouraged to attend these events associated with “The Ride Home” 2014.

High school football in the area tonight has 2 area teams on the road and 2 area teams at home. Playing on the road are Southland Academy at Terrell Academy in Dawson and Schley County at Taylor County in Butler. Playing at home tonight are Marion County hosting Columbus High and Americus-Sumter hosting Albany High for homecoming. All games tonight kick-off at 7:30. The weather-shortened game last Friday between Americus-Sumter and Thomas County Central will be finished this Thursday September 25th at 7pm. The game will resume with the 3rd quarter kick-off. Word out of Thomasville says that admission will be free for the game this coming Thursday.

From Thursday’s Americus Police incident reports there were several arrests made. Ulysses Green was arrested at 1402 MLK Boulevard and charged with shoplifting, obstruction and had several outstanding warrants. He was taken to the LEC.

Terroristic threats were made at 1M 110 Knollwood Drive.

A hit-n-run accident investigation at Lot 16 840 Railroad Street led to an arrest. Tommy Lee Jackson III was arrested for DUI and colliding with an unattended vehicle.

A loitering complaint was made in the vicinity of 120 N. Lee Street last night.

Following a traffic stop at 2:14 this morning on W. Church Street, 5 arrests were made. Christen Alexis Jackson, Courtney Nicole Minix, Kathryn Elizabeth Myers, William Charles Allen Gleeson and Mitchell Adams Easom were all arrested for underage consumption. The driver, Sara Katherine Wilson was cited for headlight requirements.

There were only a few miscellaneous calls answered by officers yesterday.

A brief update on the progress of the Public Safety Building renovations was given lat the City Council meeting yesterday. The new foundation has been poured in the rear of the building. The Fire Department side is currently being renovated along with the public rest rooms. You will now notice that No Parking signs have been erected in the main parking lot so do pay attention!


 Sumter County Sheriff’s Deputies worked a total of 30 incidents on Thursday and 14 of those were for traffic stops. Trista O. Shelton was issued a traffic citation for speeding on the Bumphead Road near Learning Lane. Kezia D. Conyers was cited for window tint violation. Steven J. Brandon was cited for seat belt violation for 18 YOA or older. Karl F. Edmonds was issued a citation for speeding and child restraints. Katina L. Sloan was issued a speeding citation on the Bumphead Road near Learning Lane. Tyler A. Bozeman was issued a speeding citation. Chuck T. Cherry was issued a speeding citation. Victor M. Spavovsky was given a speeding citation. Brandon M. Ward was given a speeding citation.

Deputies responded to a fight on the SGTC Parkway. Deputies answered 2 domestic-related calls yesterday. A theft of lost or mislaid property was reported. A suspicious person complaint was made near US 49 at the SGTC parkway.

Currently housed in the Sumter County Jail: Caleb Day for obstruction; Tyler Tavarus Felton for battery; Ulysses Green for 3-counts of shoplifting/obstruction; Michael Wendell Harvey for sentence; and Robert Earl Williams for battery (DVA).

A prominent Macon County Farmer and a Marshallville city councilwoman were killed in a head-on collision Thursday afternoon Thursday afternoon on US 49 in Macon County. Farmer William Lee Brown, 74 of Montezuma, who owned Brown’s Market, was headed north past Winchester Road when he crossed the center line in a curve according to a news release from the GSP-Perry Post. Brown’s 2013 Toyota Tundra struck a 200 Lincoln Town Car driven by 65-year old Delores Felder of Marshallville, currently serving on the city council. The GSP-Post in Perry is investigating the accident that killed both of the drivers.