"Local News"

Monday July 25th, 2016


There’s school-related news today. 1st, the BOE has its third and final public hearing over the proposed millage rate increase this Wednesday July 27th at 7pm. Immediately following the public hearing, the BOE holds a called meeting to adopt the millage rate and 5-year Tax Digest. So far through the first 2 public hearings, 1 person has attended to voice their opinion or to ask questions. This will be your last chance to do so.

The SCS Open House will be this Thursday the 28th. Grades Pre-K through 6th will have Open House from 5-7pm. Furlow Charter School’s Open House will also be from 5-7pm on Thursday at the new location the old Sara Cobb building. 7th through 12th grades Open House will be 6-8pm Thursday.

The first day of school in the SCS system is one week from today on Monday August 1st. To get new bus schedules and to meet your child’s teachers, plan to attend the Open House this Thursday.

Also this Thursday the 28th, “Business After Hours” will be hosted by the DGR Group at 205 S. Lee Street from 5:30-7:30pm. Come enjoy a casual networking opportunity on Thursday. The results of the One Sumter CrowdFiber Survey will be announced and the winner of a brand new iPad will be named. All Chamber members and prospective members are invited to attend. If you are interested is hosting a Business After Hours, contact the Chamber at 924-2646 today.

The Lea Henry Basketball Camp of Champs is July 26th-28th from 1-4pm at 63 Valley Drive, the old Sara Cobb gym. The Camp of Champs staff of former professional athletes, Olympians and current basketball coaches and players will share a special 2-day camp with you and your friends. Everyone receives a Camp of Champs shirt, playbook and all types of prizes. There is no charge—it’s all compliments of the L&G Character Education Foundation. This is also being made possible by the Boys & Girls Club of Americus/Sumter County.

After approving the funds for City parks upgrades at the June City Council meeting, today the demolition work begins. Some of the City parks will have areas closed or the whole park may be closed at times while the demolition and other work begins. This City project is expected to last approximately 60-days barring in weather delays or other unforeseen problems.

Another weekend and another rash of entered autos around town reported by Americus Police. This time 12 autos were entered, some forcibly and some that were left unlocked. Locations included 321 Hosanna Circle; 167-A Hosanna Circle; 1416-B N. Lee Street; 105-A Joy Court; 212 N. Lee Street; 208-B E. Furlow Street; 325 Crawley Street; 111 Bronco Drive; 2 vehicles at 310 Patton Drive; 2007 Hickory Drive; and at 4:06 this morning at 1611 E. Lamar Street.

This was also a busy weekend for forced entry burglaries. These were investigated at 1027 E. Furlow Street, 1004 Magnolia Street and at 134-A Cherokee Street at 5:09 this morning.

A criminal defamation and harassing phone calls complaint was made.

Thefts occurred at 1309 E. Lamar Street, 705 Beale Street, 1711 E. Lamar Street and at 704 N. Lee Street.

An unruly juvenile complaint was made at 205 Tom Hall Circle.

A robbery and assault was investigated at 1301 S. Lee Street.

Criminal trespass complaints were made at 120-C Country Club Drive, 1326 Douglas Circle and at 1308 2nd Montgomery.

William McCrary was arrested at 4:41 Sunday morning at 1010 Felder Street for possession of marijuana-less than an ounce.

Lakel Martice Barthell was arrested at 326 Academy Street for disorderly conduct and possession of marijuana-less than an ounce.

A disorderly conduct incident occurred at 1310 E. Lamar Street.

Brandi Johnson and Laquasha Robinson were arrested for disorderly conduct on Reddick Drive.

Hit-n-run accidents were reported over the weekend at 1700 E. Lamar Street; 201 Mayo Street; 131 W. Forsyth Street; and 2001 S. Lee Street.

Officers did stay busy answering 6 domestic-related and 6 miscellaneous calls this past weekend.

There were 7 weekend accidents with no reported injuries.