“Local News’

Friday October 2nd, 2015



Let’s talk weather. It does appear now that Hurricane Joaquin will not have any direct effect on our area of the state but our nice weekend weather has changed and not for the good. Cloudy and breezy conditions today and tomorrow will make it feel much cooler than the temperature actually is. Combining the winds with the rainy and drizzly conditions will make it feel like a raw, damp weekend. Some areas of the state will see heavy downpours but that is for the northeast areas of the state, not us in the southwest portion. Highs today will not vary but a degree or two in the mid-60s and lows tonight will drop to the mid-50s. For the high school football games tonight, especially for the 2 homecoming games, there could be hit-n-miss showers that will diminish during the evening. Area games tonight: Southland at Valwood; Marion County at Pacelli; Central-Talbotton will be Schley County’s homecoming opponent; and Americus-Sumter will host Bainbridge for homecoming. Remember to follow the weather anytime on americusradio.com and see radar and get any weather alerts.

If it does turn out to be a wet weekend, that may be your cue to go shopping during the ENERGY STAR and WaterSense Sales Tax Holiday today through Sunday. Items priced at $1500 or less per item and having the ENERGY STAR and WaterSense labels will be tax free. Items with the ENERGY STAR labels includes air conditioners; ceiling fans; clothes washers; dishwashers; doors; fluorescent light bulbs; refrigerators; and windows will be tax free. Items with the WaterSense label such as bathroom sink faucets; faucet accessories; high-efficiency toilets; showerheads; and weather-or-sensor-based irrigation controllers will be tax free.

Space in the next Ladies Handgun Safety Course is slowly filling up. If you haven’t made your reservation for the class, call today at 924-4094 ext. 221 or 232. The classroom portion will be at the Sumter County Ag Center at 6pm on Thursday October 15th with the shooting range portion on Saturday October 17th at 12:30pm at the McMath Mill range. This is a free course offered by the Sumter County Sheriff’s Office but space is limited and pre-registration is required.

The Sumter County BOE will have committee meetings this Monday October 5th starting at 4pm. Following the committee meetings, the Board will have a work session starting at 6pm Monday evening. The regular monthly meeting of the BOE is Thursday October 8th at 7pm. All meetings will be in the boardroom of the SCS Administration Building. The public is always welcome to attend any or all of these meetings.

The next Neighborhood Watch meeting for District’s 1 & 2 is at 6pm this Monday October 5th in Council Chambers of the Public Safety Building. Block Captains and suspicious activity reports will be discussed. Please make your plans to attend.

Thursday was another quiet day and night for the Americus Police Department. There were more miscellaneous calls and domestic calls answered than incidents. A theft occurred at 240 S. Dudley Street. A 2015 Chrysler 200 with tag CDJ 4680 was reported stolen at 817 Winchester Street. Officers responded to 4 domestic-related calls and 2 miscellaneous calls in the past 24-hours. 2 accidents were worked by officers yesterday with no reported injuries.


Sumter County Sheriff’s Deputies worked 43 incidents on Thursday with 23 traffic stops included. 3 speeding citations were issued and 1 for failure to obey a stop sign. Numerous warnings were also handed out to drivers. A theft occurred at 181 Ginger Drive. A burglary attempt was made at 345 Arch Helms Road. Benjamin L. Hollis was arrested for an outstanding warrant for deposit account fraud. Randy B. Ford was arrested for an outstanding warrant and probation violation.

In the Sumter County Jail today: Randy Bernard Ford for child support and probation violation; Corrensky Cornelius Iverson for criminal trespass; Tarrence Terrell Johnson-back for Court; Jonathan Jerome Smith for probation violation; and Alexander Torres-Reyes-USMS.