Thursday May 13th, 2021
One week ago we had no clue that there would be a cyber attack on an
oil pipeline and throw our daily routines off less than a week later. Panic buying
of gas in the last day or so has created gas shortages at local stores and
across the state. Many local locations have no gas as of today BUT there’s hope
on the horizon—the Colonial Pipeline is expected to be back online and back to
full capacity as early as today and that means that those without gas supplies
may be back in business sooner than later. Drivers are still being asked to not
panic buy but if you do need gas for going back and forth to work or legitimate
reasons, and if you can find gas, by all means you can get gas. Just buying gas
BECAUSE is not a legitimate reason and neither is filling multiple gas cans. The
lines should be all gone once the pipeline is back to full capacity.
meeting of the Mayor and City Council is this evening at 6pm and once again be
a ZOOM meeting. Numerous items will be up for discussion. To call in and listen
tonight, dial 1-646-876-9923 and use 890 901 7047 as the meeting ID. The needed
password is 399335.
meeting of the Sumter County BOE is at 7 tonight in the boardroom of the SCS
Administration Building. The meeting is open to the community but facemasks are
required and social distancing will be in effect. Tonight’s meeting can also be
seen live on the SCS Facebook page.
The weather is looking great for Saturday’s
big event at the Sumter County Fairgrounds. From 11 to 5, the “Thunder for
Wreaths” will be held at the fairgrounds raising funds for Wreaths Across
America. There will be a classic car and motorcycle show; food vendors; and
entertainment for the kids. Admission is FREE but donations will be taken to
purchase wreaths at the December annual event at Andersonville National
Cemetery. The classic cars and motorcycles will be escorted into Americus from
the Atlanta Motor Speedway in Hampton, leaving there earlier Saturday morning. A
Huey helicopter will also be a part of this convoy. May 15th is also
Peace Officer Memorial Day and a ceremony will be held at 1 in conjunction with
the Thunder for Wreaths. Officers killed in the line of duty from the Americus
Police Department, GSW University Police and Sumter County Sheriff’s Office
will be honored and family members of the deceased officers will be in
attendance. Again, admission is FREE on Saturday but any and all donations will
be taken for the Wreaths Across America for the Andersonville National
One week from today on
May 29th the next Harvest of Hope Food Pantry Food Distribution will
be held. As usual, the food distribution will be held starting at 9am in the 1st
Baptist Church parking lot for Sumter County citizens only. You will enter the
church parking lot from S. Jackson Street. Please follow the directions of
those directing traffic for a smooth food distribution. All protocols will be
in place for those participating in next week’s food distribution.
High school graduation
is literally upon us as the 2020-2021 school year will come to an end. We’ll
have more details on Baccalaureate and graduation on later editions of Local
It’s been said before
that the weather is a great crime deterrent and yesterday was no exception. 9
total incidents for day and night shifts were reported. A runaway juvenile
complaint was made at 1101 Crawford Street.
Officers responded to
terroristic threats and acts at 1201 N. MLK Boulevard.
A burglary was
investigated at 102 Glory Court.
An auto was entered at
1218 Ridge Street.
were reported for further investigation.
A rape case is being
Damage to property was
reported at 901 Ashby Street.
A hit-n-run accident
occurred at the Tripp-Lamar Street intersection.
There were 3 accidents
worked by APD yesterday that had no reported injuries.