Local News

Thursday July 31st, 2014



Today is Open House day in the Sumter County School system. Open House for K-5 schools will be from 5 to 7pm and 6 through 12th grades Open House will be from 6 to 8pm. By attending Open House parents and guardians can get acquainted with the schools, meet and greet your child’s teachers and get a supply list for the upcoming school year. The first day of the new school year is on Monday August 4th.

Head Start Open House will be held at Cherokee School on Cherokee Street today as well. There will be 2 times that parents can visit today. The first Open House session will be from 10 to 12noon and session two will be from 3:30 to 5:30. Head Start classes will return on Monday August 4th.

Shoppers can save starting Friday and ending Saturday during Georgia’s Sales Tax Holiday. Many items will be tax-free during the 2-day shopping period. This is not only for back-to-school shoppers either. While the Sales Tax Holiday does help out with school supplies and back-to-school clothing prices, other shoppers can save as well. Perhaps you need a new computer or printer or some related item or it’s time to get new shoes. You too can shop and save at your favorite store for 2-days only. If you’re not sure if your desired item will be tax-free or not, there are 3 pages of exempt items at the Georgia Department of Revenue’s website and even a list of items that are not tax-free.

This Saturday August 2nd is the First Saturday program at the Andersonville National Historic Site. There is no admission fee and all programs are open to the public. Programs on Saturday will be held at 10am, 11am, 2pm and 3pm.  All programs are subject to change due to weather and other concerns.

There will be an LEPC meeting on Tuesday August 5th at 10am. The meeting will be held at the Sumter County Ag Center at 127 William Bowen Pointe. The community is invited to attend.

Effective Monday August 4th, the City of Americus will begin renovations on the Russell Thomas Jr. Public Safety Building at 119 S. Lee Street. Because of the work, all Americus Municipal Court sessions will be held at 409 Elm Avenue at the Rees Park Economic Development Center. For more information, please contact the Americus Police Department at 924-3677. Thanks in advance for your understanding in the relocation of the City Courts to Rees Park.

Americus Police report no autos were entered around town yesterday. That did not mean that officers were not on the look out for any suspicious activity during the day or overnight. From Wednesday’s Americus Police incident reports a simple battery and criminal trespass complaint was made that occurred in the parking lot at 1711 E. Lamar Street.

Gregory Bernard Dewberry was arrested on S. Lee Street and charged with aggravated battery. He was also arrested for an outstanding warrant.

A criminal trespass complaint for a damaged vehicle was made at 411 Cotton Avenue.

A forced entry burglary was investigated by night shift at 925 Ridge Street.

A juvenile was arrested on an unruly charge at 713 Sunset Drive.

A hit-n-run accident occurred at 124-A Ashby Street.

Officers did respond to several miscellaneous and domestic-related calls yesterday.

There were 2 accidents worked by APD yesterday with no reported injuries.


The Sumter County Sheriff’s Office reports the following are currently housed in the Sumter County Jail: Stacy Winford Barry-criminal trespass; Gregory Bernard Dewberry-aggravated battery; Clayton Hudson Holman-holding for Schley SO; Jessica Sue Hubbard-criminal trespass; Christopher Bernard Peeples-probation violation; Pamela Denise Williams-holding for Madison County SO.

Deputies assisted the Georgia State Patrol with a license check on W. Church Street at Millard Fuller Boulevard. Cited for child restraint violations were Jung W. Lee, Vernicia M. Lyles, Rita Mae Williams and Christopher A. Williams. Amalia Hernandez was arrested on W. Church Street for driving while unlicensed and removing or affixing the license plate to conceal the identity of the vehicle. Deputies worked a total of 14 traffic stops. On US 280 west, Travis M. Holley was arrested for speeding. Following a traffic stop on US 49, Carolyn M. Wertman was arrested for speeding. After a traffic stop conducted on US 49 at Old Andersonville Road Joseph Fedderick was arrested for speeding.

Deputies responded to an entered auto at 129 Stonewall Drive. 3 civil matters were reported and 1 domestic-related call was answered. Deputies worked a total of 36 incidents on Wednesday.