"Local News"

Monday April 14th, 2014


Two weeks from today on April 28th, early voting begins for the May 20th primary election. Voters will be casting votes early for 3 seats on the Sumter County Board of Education-a district representative AND a 2-year at-large candidate and a 4-year at-large candidate. Thatís the 3 that each voter will be casting ballots for on the Board of Education. Those seeking seats are from District 1: Alice Green, Elaina Lockhart and Allen Smith; District 1: Meda Krenson, Everett Byrd and Sarah Pride; District 3: Jim Reid and Willa Fitzpatrick; District 4: Rick Barnes and Gary Houston; and District 5: Edith Ann Green and Mark Griggs. Candidates seeking the 2-year at-large seat are Michael Coley Sr., David Kitchens, Sylvia Roland and Penny Taft. Candidates seeking the 4-year at-large seat are Michael Busman and Kelvin Pless. Early voting begins on Monday April 28th at the Sumter County Courthouse in the Elections Office. So voters will cast a ballot for your District candidate and also cast a vote for a 2-year at-large AND a 4-year at-large candidate. Thatís 3 people that each voter will cast ballots for. There are other offices voters will be casting their ballots for as well in addition to the school board.

This Saturday April 19th is the annual Sumter County Relay for Life Cancer Survivor Luncheon. Registration will begin at 11am. Cancer survivors can bring one guest with you. The Luncheon will be held at the Williams Road Church of Christ. To RSVP, contact Susie Henderson at 824-7204.

The Relay for Life will begin at 6pm on Friday April 26th at Alton Shell Stadium at Finklea-Robinson Field on the Americus-Sumter South Campus. This is a ďCelebration of LifeĒ sponsored by the American Cancer Society of Sumter County. The luminary service in memory and in honor of loved ones will begin around 9pm. The community is encouraged to come out and join in for a night of HOPE as we Celebrate and Remember!

The monthly meeting of the Sumter County Board of Commissioners is Wednesday night at 6pm in the Commissioners Room at the Sumter County Courthouse.All meetings of the Board of Commissioners are open for the public to attend.

A reminder that if you are NOT registered to vote in the May 20th primary election you only have until Monday April 21st to become eligible.

A community blood drive will be held this Friday April 18th from 8 to 6 at the Fellowship Hall of First Baptist Church on S. Lee Street. To schedule an appointment visit www.redcrossblood.org and enter sponsor code: PSMC. You can also call the local Red Cross at 924-2026 and schedule an appointment. Those with appointments will get top priority but any walk-in will be welcomed. Please have a photo ID with you.

Just a reminder but tomorrow is April 15th and your income taxes are dueóthat is, IF you havenít already filed. If you are still finishing or perhaps just now starting, if you mail it, make sure itís postmarked before midnight. The easiest way of course is to file electronically.

Drivers will get a break this week in your daily commute as the Sumter County Schools are out on spring break and busses will not be on the roads all week. Students do return to class next Monday April 21st and will be in school for approximately a month before this school year is completed and the summer break begins.

Americus Police were kept busy this past weekend. An auto was entered at 1404 E. Forsyth Street.

A theft and criminal trespass occurred at 1325 E. Lamar Street.

2 arrests were made at 12:39 Saturday morning at 125 Bay Street. Dexter Leon Leverette was arrested for assault battery and possession of marijuana-less than an ounce. Quincy Bernard Daniels was arrested for disorderly conduct.

Kinte Edge was arrested at 67-B Masonic Street for a probation violation.

An aggravated assault took place at 67-B Masonic Street.

After a traffic stop on Peachtree Street, Jesse Daniel Grant was arrested for DUI, open container, an expired tag and a seat belt violation.

A theft took place from 107-B Bessie Mays Circle.

There was a criminal damage to property in the 2nd degree at 1222 2nd Montgomery.

Criminal trespass complaints were made at 1204 Douglas Circle, 1207 Oglethorpe Avenue, apartment 222 140 Lonnie Lane, 813 Douglas Circle, 924 Ridge Street and at 507 Plum Street.

A robbery is under investigation that occurred at 540 Tripp Street.

2 juveniles were arrested for shoplifting and for obstruction at Wal-Mart.

Burglaries were investigated over the weekend at 611 Walter Way, Lot 22 Weeks Trailer Park and at 1:18 this morning at 925 Ridge Street.

Seth Rogers Keene was arrested at 2:07 Sunday morning on Windsor Avenue for consumption by a minor and public urination.

Officers did respond to quite a few domestic and miscellaneous calls over the weekend.

A hit-n-run accident occurred at 102 Prince Street.

Officers worked 7 weekend accidents with no reported injuries. Following one accident investigation on the Brady Road, Pedro Avila-Belmontes was arrested for too fast for conditions, reckless driving and colliding with a fixed object.