Local News

Thursday November 20th, 2014



You can take your pick of things to do today--go to meetings, go sing or come see Santa! As far as meetings go, the monthly meeting of the Mayor and City Council is at 5 this afternoon in the GSW Nursing Building Lecture Hall. At 5:30 or immediately following the monthly meeting, a called meeting will be held for the purpose of further discussion of the 2015 Budget. The community is invited to attend.

Another called meeting, this time by the Board of Commissioners, will take place at 6 this evening in the Commissioners Room at the Sumter County Courthouse. The purpose of this called meeting is for discussion of business regulations. The Commissioners will also discuss any other items deemed appropriate tonight. All meetings of the Board of Commissioners are open for the public to attend.

If you like to sing, you’re invited to rehearsal of the Community Choir that will be singing at next Tuesday’s Community Thanksgiving Service. Rehearsal starts at 7 this evening at 1st Baptist Church on S. Lee Street. The Sumter Area Ministerial Association will sponsor Tuesday’s Community Thanksgiving Service at 7pm at the Rylander Theater. A freewill love offering will be taken to help support the Community Services Ministry. Also on Tuesday, the Harvest of Hope Food Pantry will have a truck parked in front of the Rylander accepting donations of non-perishable food items to assist our neighbors in need this holiday.

If you prefer to not meet or sing, then come see Santa Claus and his reindeer at the Christmas Open House in downtown Americus starting at 4 this afternoon and ending at 8. Santa, Mrs. Claus and his reindeer will arrive downtown at 5:30 and will be taking pictures in Rylander Park until 7:30 tonight. Merchants will be open late until 8 for your early Christmas shopping. Visit 10 downtown merchants and be eligible to win drawings for Downtown Dollars. The big tree in Rylander Park will be lit at 7 this evening. Enjoy trolley rides around town, musical entertainment and refreshments during the annual event. Walk through the Parade of Trees now on display in Rylander Park which honors our military men and women unable to be home for Christmas and our loved ones no longer with us. It’s a full night of fun and entertainment for the whole family tonight in downtown Americus for the annual Christmas Open House.

The GHSA Class A football playoffs begin Friday night and Marion County begins defense of their state title won last year. The Eagles will be at home hosting Greenville in the opening round of the Class A playoffs. Kick-off tomorrow night will be at 7:30. The GHSA separates the public and private schools playing Class A football into 2 separate playoffs at the end of the regular season. Marion County is one of 16 public schools opening the playoffs tomorrow night and as the number one ranked team will be play home until the state championship game at the Georgia Dome in 4 weeks.

From Wednesday’s Americus Police incident reports, a forgery complaint was made at 1604 E. Forsyth Street.

A burglary was investigated at 247 S. Hampton Street.

A criminal trespass complaint was filed with police at Lot 12 840 Railroad Street.

There was a shoplifting incident reported at 1408 E. Forsyth Street at Dollar General.

A theft took place at 1106 Parker Street.

An auto was entered at 203 Burke Street.

A stalking incident is under further investigation.

While on routine patrol at 2:08 this morning a runaway juvenile was located and returned home.

A hit-n-run accident was reported.

There were only a few miscellaneous calls and 4 domestic-related calls answered by officers yesterday.

2 accidents occurred yesterday that were minor in nature with no reported injuries.


The Sumter County Sheriff’s Deputies worked a total of 40 incidents yesterday with 11 traffic stops included. After a stop on US 49, Laquettia S. Williams was given a speeding ticket. After a stop on US 27 Shelby D. Arnett was given a speeding ticket. A traffic stop on Highway 30 resulted in Michael R. Finch being cited for a seat belt violation. Henry A. Alewine was given a speeding ticket after a stop was initiated on US 280 west. Warnings were issued in the other traffic stops. Possible counterfeit money was reported to Deputies. Responding to a disruption of public school complaint, 17-year old Santwan Woods was arrested and charged. A theft took place at 247 US 49 south-Lot R. deputies responded to 5 alarm activation calls yesterday. There was 1 deer-related accident.

Currently housed in the Sumter County Jail: Correlius Manqwel Barker for City probation; Melvin Lynn Crook for probation violation; Miranda Jamil Davis for City contempt; George Edgar Durham for City contempt; Joseph Ralph Schank for a bench warrant; Sekeya Denise Seay for City contempt; and Santwan Woods for disruption of public school.