Local News

Thursday September 22nd, 2016



There’s a little of something for everyone to do today. The good news is there will be a sale today at the Sumter Livestock barn after many thought the doors

would be closed. That sale starts at 1 this afternoon. For hauling, call the auction barn at 924-2931 or Bobby Goodin at 815-7127.


The monthly meeting of the Mayor and City Council will be held at 5 this afternoon in Council Chambers of the Public Safety Building. The meeting is open for the community to attend.


Everyone is invited to attend the 29th annual Taste of Sumter tonight from 6-9pm on North and South Jackson Street. There will be live music and great food. Admission is $5 for adults and $3 for students. Children 3 and under are admitted free. Samplings will cost from $2-$5. Wristbands will be given upon entry.


An informational forum will be open to the public tonight starting at 7pm at Bethesda Missionary Baptist Church as you can learn about the amendments and more on the November ballot.


If none of that holds your interest, there’s always a high school football game in Columbus tonight featuring one of our local teams. The Americus-Sumter Panthers will play the Northside-Columbus Patriots tonight at 7 at Kinnett Stadium in region play. As you can see there’s something for everyone to do today. Other high school football will be tomorrow when Southland plays at Tiftarea; Schley County is at Dooly County; and Manchester will be at Marion County. Those games tomorrow night kickoff at 7:30.


Funds are being raised for the Americus-Sumter SkillsUSA Engine Build Team to get to the National Competition in Las Vegas. A fundraising Boston Butt Sale will be held on Saturday October 1st with pickup that day from 10am until 1pm behind the South Campus. The cost is $25. Tickets can be purchased now by calling Jeanie Smith at 942-5167 or Donna Wyatt at 352-280-0151 or see any SkillsUSA member. Your support is greatly appreciated.


The annual Men’s Health Conference is this Saturday the 24th from 7:30 to 11 at the GSW Storm Dome. Get free screenings and important information on your health and it’s all free of charge. It seems to get bigger and bigger every year and another good turnout is anticipated on Saturday.


From Wednesday’s Americus Police incident reports, an investigation is underway into persons attempting to obtain prescription drugs by fraudulent means. At least 2 locations have made reports with police and this will be an ongoing investigation. In other police action, Thelma Mari Brantley was cited for a City noise violation at 202 Tom Hall Circle.


A theft of a mountain bike occurred from 301 Pecan Drive.


A burglary was investigated at 723 Beale Street.


A suspicious person complaint was made with police after 1 this morning on Horton Drive.


A hit-n-run accident occurred at 222 W. Lamar Street.


Officers answered 3 miscellaneous calls, a domestic-related call and only 1 accident yesterday in the City.




From the Sumter County Sheriff’s reports on Wednesday, Deputies conducted 5 traffic stops and issued warnings to drivers. A theft occurred from 352 McMath Mill Road. Damage to property was reported at 902 Adderton Street. Civil complaints were filed with Deputies at 177 Graystone Drive, 837 Leslie-Lamar Road and on US 19 south. A suspicious vehicle complaint was made on Patton Drive. There was a suspicious person complaint filed at 115 Lawhorn Drive. Deputies worked 3 accidents yesterday with 1 deer-related.


Housed in the Sumter County Jail today are: David Calvin Bell for DUI/ failure to obey a stop sign/ and failure to report an accident; Antonio Dwight Binn for failure to appear; Cedric Antwon Gatewood for southwestern probation; Tyrrus Qwamaine Johnson for probation violation; Anfranee Jamal Smothers for City probation; and Harry Paul Wright for aggravated stalking and terroristic threats and acts. 1 was released from jail yesterday and 1 was back to make bond.