Local News

Thursday February 26th, 2015



A called meeting of the Mayor and City Council will be held at 4:30 this afternoon. The purpose of the called meeting is to discuss a proposal from Chief of Police Brian Carney concerning the Police Department. The called meeting this afternoon will be on the 3rd floor meeting room at the Municipal Building and the community is welcome to attend.

Tonight the Sumter County Obesity Program for those aged 2-18 will officially begin at the Columns at Boone Park or the Rec Department. Tonight’s first meeting will be from 6 to 7:30. When you attend the monthly meetings and enroll in the Obesity Prevention Program, each participating child will receive a $20 voucher for free fruits and vegetables. Return each month, weigh in and have your height checked and get another $20 voucher for fruits and vegetables from Rudy’s Happy Patch. If substantial growth in this prevention program can be shown in Sumter County, another grant will be made available for the program to be held next year.

A Memorial Ride for Sambo Singletary will be held this Saturday February 28th. All bikers, from groups or individuals, should meet at the intersection of US 19 south and US 280 west. Riders need to assemble from 9 to 9:30 followed by a safety meeting and prayer from 9:30 to 10. Kick stands up at 10 and the ride begins. The Memorial Ride is being sponsored by Sambo’s family and again, all riders are welcomed. Rain should not be a problem at all on Saturday as the weather looks like it will cooperate.

Weather concerns around the state yesterday caused the GISA to move all scheduled playoff basketball games from Wednesday to today. That means the Southland Raiders will travel to St. Simons to play Frederica Academy at 5:30 this afternoon. Meanwhile, the Americus-Sumter Panthers made the rainy trip to Hinesville last night and unfortunately saw their season end with a 58-52 loss to Liberty County. The Panthers ended their season at 26-6 one day after the Lady Panthers lost and ended their season at 29-2.

Once again weather was a great crime deterrent for the Americus Police Department yesterday. There were very few calls answered by officers. While overall crime was slow that didn’t mean people would play well together. Officers answered domestic-related calls to 1E 730 MLK Boulevard, 202 Elliott Street and 149 Cherokee Street.

A suspicious vehicle complaint was made at 350 Rucker Street.

A theft of lost/mislaid property occurred at 13F 1130 Felder Street.

There were 2 accidents yesterday with no reported injuries.

Only a few miscellaneous calls were made yesterday.

While north Georgia was dealing with snow and ice, the rest of the state was floating yesterday. The rains came as predicted and ended with mist even after 5 this morning. Rainfall totals here at our Highway 30 studios was just under 3-inches. Add all the rain totals since last weekend and we’re over 5-inches of rain in les than a week. No more rain is mentioned in the immediate weather forecast until Sunday and then it’s only a 30% chance at best.


Sumter County Sheriff’s Deputies had another quiet day on Wednesday. A total of 19 incidents were reported. Only 2 of the incidents were for traffic stops. After a stop on US 280 west, Joseph C. Blaine was issued citations for reckless driving and failure to maintain lane. A bad child complaint was made at 63 Valley Drive. Deputies made a welfare check, assisted motorists and responded to alarm activations yesterday. There were 3 accidents reported with deer involved in 1.

Housed in the Sumter County Jail today: Braxton Cooper for City probation; Derrick Ricardo Monroe for felony failure to appear; and Brittany Magean O’Neal for failure to appear.