“Local News’

Friday May 7th, 2021


Many woke up to cooler weather this morning and may have wondered “where did this come from?” Well, just wait until tomorrow morning when the lows are expected to drop into the upper 40s!! What you may not be aware of a cold front came in overnight and the winds today are the front pushing on through. While many woke up to around 50 the first thing this morning, and the high for today is expected to be in the mid-70s and with rather breezy conditions it will be feeling cooler than in quite a while. This will be a quick system and it will begin to warm up by tomorrow with highs in the lower 80s. The Mother’s Day forecast is mostly sunny skies and highs will be in the upper 80s on Sunday.



First Friday is here with a theme of “Multicultural May” this evening from 5 to 8pm. Participating businesses will represent a different country and will have special activities, sales and more. Come experience the City’s art, music, food, wares and crafts. All activities, exhibits and performances are free of charge during First Friday. With the recent announcement that the Americus Trolley will no longer be a part of First Friday, Americus Main Street will be providing free transportation around downtown with the Americus van. It all starts at 5 this afternoon with many shops and businesses staying open until 8. “First Friday AFTER Dark” continues the festivities and fun after 8pm!


If you remember how good the Avenue of Flags looked on Highway 30 last fall for Veterans Day, imagine how well Memorial Day weekend will look with the upcoming Avenue of Flags! Orders for flags are being taken now and the deadline to make your purchase is this coming Wednesday May 12th. The cost is $75 per flag. If you would like to make a purchase and be part of the next Avenue of Flags, call Frank Mitchell at 229-938-4310; Charles Holt at 229-942-1739; or see any member of American Legion Post#558 the sponsor once again of the Avenue of Flags.


Scenes from around town: more and more people are noticing the clearing on Mayo Street on property next to CVS Pharmacy and are calling asking what is going there? The answer is self-storage units that were given the OK by Mayor and City Council several months ago as that property was rezoned. It does appear that work on the intersection of the 4-way stop on Highway 30 with Armory Drive and Magnolia Street is now completed. While sidewalk work on MLK Boulevard on the west side of the street will soon be coming to an end, work on the east side is beginning back near the 19S-280W intersection. You will notice the barrels in the roadway near the work area so drivers will need to slow down and move over.


Thursday was rather quiet around town according to the Americus Police incident reports. Property recovered at 102 Prince Street was turned over to officers yesterday.


Damage to property occurred at 723 Millard Fuller Boulevard and at 5:17 this morning at 605 Barlow Street when a Sumter County Sheriff’s patrol car was found damaged.


Simple battery complaints were made at 111-A Horton Drive and at 1505 N. MLK Boulevard.


Following a traffic stop at 10:41 last night on Lonnie Lane, Tevin Cross was arrested for DUI; possession of marijuana—less than an ounce; too fast for conditions; and headlight requirements.


A criminal trespass complaint was made at 1503-A E. Lamar Street.


Officers responded to a complaint of shots fired at 12:15 this morning in the area of 605 Eastview Circle.


Cornelius Offord was arrested yesterday for criminal trespass but upon further investigation he was also charged with entering an auto and criminal trespass on Alan Drive last weekend.


Investigation into an April incident led to the arrest yesterday of Kaven Latran Smith for battery (FVA).


Officers responded to 4 domestic-related calls and 1 miscellaneous call on Thursday.




Sumter County Sheriff’s Deputies were kept busy making 5 prisoner transports yesterday. 3 activated alarms were checked out. 2 domestic-related calls were answered. Damage to property occurred at 1339 Highway 27E and near 618 US 19S. Deputies stood by for a fire at a warehouse yesterday afternoon at 122 Crisp Drive.


In the Sumter County Jail today; Dontavious Darrell Jackson for criminal trespass; Cornelius Jamale Offord for criminal trespass; and Kaven Latran Smith for battery (FVA).



Good News: Americus Police Chief Mark Scott is one proud Dad after his daughter Rosemary won an Edward R. Murrow Award while working with GPB in Atlanta. She was a producer of “Shots in the Back: Exhuming the 1970 Augusta Riot” which won the award for Excellence in Diversity, Equity and Inclusion. Radio-Television-Digital News honored outstanding achievements in electronic journalism with this Edward R. Murrow Award. Congratulations to the Scott Family!