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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.

The Agenda-setting 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.

The monthly 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 Cemetery.

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 News.

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.

Harassing communications were reported for further investigation.

A rape case is being investigated.

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.