Local News

Thursday May 21st, 2015



This is drill day. Don’t forget that a mock disaster drill will occur mainly this morning. Be aware that whatever you see on the streets or hear on the scanner will be drill-related. A fake infectious disease outbreak and a weather-related event will both take place during the drill.

Memorial Day activities will abound at Andersonville National Cemetery. In preparation for Sunday’s ceremony, tomorrow volunteers from the Robins Riders will raise the Avenue of Flags along the roadways within the cemetery. In the morning of Saturday, scouting groups and other volunteers from across the state of Georgia will remember and honor the sacrifices of the men and women of the US Armed Forces by decorating the nearly 20,000 gravesites in Andersonville with American flags. Volunteers will also take down the flags Tuesday morning at the end of the holiday.  Memorial Day activities will begin at 1:30 Sunday afternoon in the National Cemetery with instrumental music performed by the US Army Maneuver Center of Excellence Band. Colonel Thomas M. Carden, Assistant Adjutant General of the Georgia Army National Guard will be the featured speaker at 2pm. The ceremony will feature wreath presentations by several military, civic and patriotic organizations, including the Friends of Andersonville. This service is traditionally held on Sunday to allow veterans and families to participate in as many Memorial Day activities as they desire.

For the first time in nearly a year, the monthly meeting of the Mayor and City Council returns to the Public Safety Building. Renovation work is finally completed and the Council Chambers have been completely renovated, updated and modernized for the first time since the building was originally constructed. The monthly meeting will begin at 5 this afternoon and the community is invited to attend.

Baccalaureate services will be held tonight. At 7 this evening, Southland Academy’s Baccalaureate will be held at Central Baptist Church. Tonight at 8, Americus-Sumter’s Baccalaureate service will be held at Finklea-Robinson Field. Graduation for both schools will be tomorrow night. Southland Academy’s graduation starts at 7 in the Melvin Kinslow gym. Americus-Sumter’s graduation starts at 8 at Finklea-Robinson Field. Schley County will have their graduation Saturday morning at the football field on campus.

Americus Police were kept busy on Wednesday. Colliding with an unattended vehicle was reported at 805 Harrold Avenue.

Criminal trespass complaints were made at 313-A South Jackson Street and at 902 MLK Boulevard where 2 vehicles were damaged.

A theft, theft by deception and 4th degree forgery are all under further investigation for an incident at 529 Tripp Street.

A forced entry burglary was investigated at 142 S. Lee Street.

A shoplifting incident occurred at 1201 MLK Boulevard.

A theft took place from 616 Oglethorpe Avenue.

Domestic-related calls were made at 117 Ashby Street, 1007 MLK Boulevard and to 401 Peachtree Street.

Americus Police and all law enforcement are gearing up for the Memorial Day travel period which will kick off At 6 Friday evening. Law enforcement will be on the lookout for speeders, impaired drivers and those not properly buckled up.


The usual incident reports from the Sumter County Sheriff’s Office are being delayed due to an inner office computer problem. No reports are able to be generated or printed at this time. If the problem is resolved, look for updates later this afternoon. If not, today’s incidents will be included on tomorrow’s update.