Local News

Thursday May 19th, 2016




The monthly meeting of the Mayor and City Council starts at 5 this afternoon in Council Chambers of the Public Safety Building. The community is encouraged to attend.

This Saturday May 21st will be the Community Spring Clean Up. Volunteers should report at 9:30 Saturday morning in the parking lot behind City Hall. The group with the most volunteers representing your organization will receive $100 in Downtown Dollars. Gloves, vests and trash bags will be provided by the City.

The regular monthly meeting of the Sumter County BOE starts an hour earlier than usual at 6 this evening due to the Baccalaureate Service at 8 tonight. Tonight’s Board meeting will be held in the boardroom of the SCS Administration Building and is open for the community to attend.

*UPDATE#1* Graduation at the South Campus will be outside at Finklea-Robinson Field tomorrow night, weather permitting. If not, graduation will be moved to the Georgia Southwestern Storm Dome and each graduate will be allotted 6 tickets for family. Baccalaureate will be outside tonight weather permitting but in case of inclimate weather, this will be moved inside to the South Campus gym. Both events start at 8pm.

Early voting will end at 5 Friday afternoon in the Elections Office at the Sumter County Courthouse. If you do not early vote by tomorrow, you will go to your usual polling place on Tuesday the 24th and cast your ballot. You must declare a party in the May 24th Primary although you can simply chose to just vote in the non-partisan races such as school board, Probate Judge and Superior Court Judge. Whether you early vote or go to the polls on Tuesday you will need to bring a photo ID with you.

Bike Week wraps up with the annual Ride Your Bike to Work Day tomorrow. Free morning snacks and coffee will be available at the Energizing Station on the front lawn of the Public Safety Building starting at 6:30am. Ride to lunch with the Mayor for Pizza in the Park at Rylander Park at noon. Ride your bike to lunch and join Mayor Barry Blount for free pizza. Watch out for the early morning bikers in your morning commute!

Our area COULD see thunderstorms today with potentially heavy downpours at times. There could be morning thunderstorms only to bubble back up in the area this afternoon. Tomorrow, there could be thunderstorms with possibly severe weather. Some estimates have us in the 1 to 2-inch rainfall range on Friday before finally ending by noon Saturday. Highs will be around 80 both days and lows in the mid-60s before a cooler, drier air mass arrives for Sunday. Drive with your headlights ON during the rainy conditions.

 From Wednesday’s Americus Police incident reports, a theft of lost/mislaid property occurred at 741 Wheatley Street.

A forced entry burglary was investigated at 228 Frieda Lane.

A shoplifting incident was reported at 202 W. Church Street at Diya Foods.

An auto was entered while parked at Wal-Mart.

Animal cases are under further investigation on Brannan Avenue and Park Row.

A forced entry burglary and criminal trespass occurred at 601-C Eastview Apartments.

Criminal trespass complaints were made at 1415 Parker Street and 913 Ashby Street.

Officers responded to 3 domestic calls and 1 miscellaneous call yesterday.

Only 1 accident was worked by APD with no reported injuries.


Sheriff’s Deputies had another fairly quiet 24-hour period on Wednesday with a total of 24 incidents. 3 traffic stops were included. Following a stop on US 49 at Reeves Road, Cordera D. Bridges was charged with speeding.  A criminal trespass complaint was made at Lot 17 971 Brady Road. Deputies responded to a bad child complaint at 152 Faircloth Road. 1 accident was worked by a Deputy yesterday.

Housed in the Sumter County Jail today are: Daroyl John Askew for DUI-drugs/ marijuana possession-less than an ounce/ and possession and use of drug-related objects; Terell Cannon for harassing communications and terroristic threats; John Emory Harvey for battery (DVA) and 3rd degree cruelty to children; Rae Ann Johnson for possession of cocaine; Earl Wayne Moore for probation violation; and Jonathan Wilkerson for armed robbery/ aggravated assault/ possession of a firearm during the commission of a crime/ possession of a firearm by a convicted felon/ contributing to the delinquency of a minor/ and kidnapping.