Local News

Thursday February 4th, 2016



Farmers and producers, tonight is the night of the Plant Disease/ Nematode/ and Soil Fertility meeting at the Sumter County Ag Center auditorium. If you’re planning to attend you need to call NOW at 924-4476 so a sponsored meal tonight can be prepared for you. You can earn 1-hour credit towards private and commercial Category 21 pesticide license with your attendance tonight. UGA Specialist Bob Kemerait will present tonight’s program. Call today if you haven’t already done so.

Yesterday was National Signing Day for high school athletes and there were several local athletes that signed their National Letter of Intent. Over at the Americus-Sumter South Campus, Mekall Yancie signed his papers to play football at Arkansas Tech. His teammate, Tyler Clark, signed papers to play at the University of Georgia. Southland Academy’s Taylor Weldon signed his National Letter of Intent with Columbia University in New York City, an Ivy League school. There will be a couple of more signings at Americus-Sumter, probably next week as well as some others in the area.

Southland Academy will be hosting the GISA State Wrestling Tournament this weekend February 5th and 6th in the Storm Dome on the GSW campus. Matches will begin at 11 on Friday morning and resume at 9 on Saturday morning. Admission is $7 for adults and $4 for students.

The SCS systemwide Spelling B will take place in the boardroom of the SCS Administration Building tomorrow morning at 10am. This is a yearly event that WISK has been broadcasting for over 20-years and will be doing so again in the morning.

It hasn’t happened too often but there will be a clash of 2 state-ranked Top 10 basketball teams in town Friday night when the number one ranked Lady Panthers (21-1) will host 7th-ranked Bainbridge Lady Bearcats (19-4). Tip-off is 6pm. That game will be followed by an important region game for the Panthers starting at 7:30.

Residents in Districts 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 and 6 are encouraged to attend the next Neighborhood Watch meeting at 6pm Tuesday the 9th at 6pm in Council Chambers of the Public Safety building. Judges Rucker Smith, Michael Greene and Lisa Rambo will be the guest speakers. Please make your plans to attend.

Americus Police had quite a few criminal trespass complaints yesterday. Criminal trespass complaints for damaged vehicles were made at 1710 E. Lamar Street, 745 and 746 Wheatley Street. Other criminal trespass complaints were made at 209-B Murphy Mill Road and at 5:50 this morning at 118 Taylor Street.

A traffic stop on S. MLK Boulevard led to Jason Peeples arrested for a state warrant violation.

Johnny Lee Hunter was arrested at 540 Tripp Street for an outstanding warrant.

Toveors Jerome Johnson was arrested after a traffic stop on 280 east at Thomas Drive. He was charged with insurance for motorcycles required; wearing no helmet; no headlights and taillights while operating a motorcycle; operating restrictions for off-road vehicles; and driving on a suspended license.

Suspicious vehicles were reported at 12:59 this morning at 503 N. Jackson Street and at 2:35 this morning at Weeks Trailer Park.

A traffic stop conducted on Ashby Street at 1:07 this morning resulted in the arrest of Alicia Pope for driving on a suspended license.

Officers answered 3 domestic-related calls yesterday.

There were 4 accidents worked by officers with 1 injury and 1 injury complaint yesterday.


Sumter County Sheriff’s Deputies worked 29 Wednesday incidents which included 19 traffic stops. Following a stop on the Lamar Road, Sarah E. Mills was charged with speeding. At a stop on Millard Fuller Boulevard, Deon P. Jackson was arrested on an outstanding warrant. After a stop on US 27, Keon Q. Rembert was charged with speeding. Martika C. Holmes was cited for a safety belt violation following a stop on District Line Road. A traffic stop was initiated on Old Andersonville Road and Deon O. Fulks was charged with speeding and failure to maintain lane. Warnings were also issued. A domestic disturbance was reported at 324 County Line Sneed Road. A suspicious vehicle complaint was made at 152 Sylvan Drive. Harassing phone calls were also reported. There was 1 accident worked by a deputy yesterday.

In the Sumter County Jail today are: Shannon Elaine Cranford for false statements or writing and obstruction; Johnny Lee Hunter for probation violation; Deon Princeton Jackson for probation violation; and Jason Lenard Peeples for probation violation. 3 also bonded out of jail yesterday.