Local News

Thursday June 30th, 2016



The Sumter County BOE has a called meeting at 6 this evening in the boardroom of the SCS Administration Building. The purpose of tonightís meeting is to adopt the final budget for FY 2016-2017, approve the revised organizational chart and to approve personnel items. This meeting is open for the community to attend.

The Furlow Charter School Board will have a called meeting at 6 this evening in the Media Center at the school on Cherokee Street to adopt the FY 2016-17 budget. This meeting is open for the public to attend.

FCS has announced that the move from Cherokee Street to the old Sara Cobb location off Rose Avenue begins on Saturday July 2nd. All volunteer help would be appreciated.

If you have pressing business with the City of Americus or at the Sumter County Courthouse, make sure you get it taken care of by tomorrow. The offices of the City of Americus and the Sumter County Courthouse will be closed in observance of the Independence Day holiday on Monday July 4th. These offices will resume regular business hours on Tuesday July 5th.

A reminder that the City of Americus has updated water restrictions for its citizens. There is NO watering at all between 10am and 4pm and thatís seven days a week. Thereís no longer the odd-even or north-south watering system in place.

Itís the last day of June and tomorrow is July 1st and that means itís time for First Friday in downtown Americus. First Friday, for those who havenít seen for themselves, is a downtown-wide open house that features musical entertainment, art exhibits, discounts and free samples. All activities, performances and exhibits tomorrow night are FREE of charge. Even rides around the downtown area on the Americus Trolley are free tomorrow night. First Friday is held from 5-8pm and if some events run later, then youíre welcome to stay for First Friday After Dark!

The 78-hour travel period for the 4th of July holiday weekend begins at 6pm tomorrow evening and will end at midnight on Monday July 4th. Law enforcement will be out and about on the stateís highways and waterways in hopes of keeping you and your family and friends from becoming a holiday statistic. ďDrive Sober or Get Pulled OverĒ has started statewide and law enforcement will be on the look out for the impaired driver and get them off the highway. Obey all traffic signs, buckle up and donít drink and drive this coming holiday weekend.

Americus Police were kept busy on Wednesday. Kerby Darnelle Monts was arrested for felony theft by deception following an incident at 1206 Crawford Street.

A case of identity fraud is being investigated.

An unruly juvenile complaint was made at 1306 Ridge Street.

Jetona Stuckett was arrested for disorderly conduct and non-compliance at 119-B Hanson Drive.

A theft occurred from 325 Ashby Street.

Following a stop on Tripp Street, a lawful juvenile driver was charged with speeding.

A burglary was investigated at 1017 Oglethorpe Avenue.

Terroristic threats were reported for investigation.

Eduardo Gerardo Wood and Roxanne Wood Buckley were arrested and charged with disorderly conduct in the parking lot of 329 W. Lamar Street.

Officers answered 3 domestic and 1 miscellaneous calls yesterday.

There were no reported accidents worked by APD yesterday.


Sumter County Sheriffís Deputies conducted 7 traffic stops yesterday. At a stop on US 280 east, William J. Smith was charged with speeding. Following a stop on US 280 west, Michael J. Smith was charged with speeding. A stop was conducted on US 49 south and Terry S. Lawhorn was charged with speeding and driving on a suspended license. After a stop on US 280 east, Kayla M. Bowens was cited for failure to have a license on person. A stop on US 49 north led to a citation for Gregory Green for defective equipment. Deputies responded to livestock on the Bumphead Road. A burglary was investigated on US 19 south at Zion Hope Church. Damage to property was reported on US 280 east. Thefts took place from S. Lee Street and 113 Gus Street. Deputies answered a domestic call to Lot 14 321 Lacross Road. Civil complaints were made 123 Southland Subdivision Road and at 321 Church Street. Responding to shots fired at 2667 US 49 south, James C. Miller was arrested for discharging firearms on or near public highways or streets. A suspicious person was reported on Highway 308. Deputies worked 1 deer-related accident.

Housed in the Sumter County Jail today are: Reginald James Bush for aggravated assault and armed robbery; James Cody Miller for discharge of firearms on or near public highway or street; Kerby Darnelle Monts for felony theft by deception; Jetona Lachrista Stuckett for disorderly conduct and non-compliance; Terrance Tywan Walker for felony failure to appear; and Jeffery T. Waters for terroristic threats, aggravated assault/ and stalking. 1 bonded out of jail yesterday.