Local News

Thursday August 27th, 2015



The Sumter County Zoning Board of Appeals will have a public meeting at 6 this evening at the Sumter County Courthouse. The purpose of this meeting is to consider a request from Allison T. Goodall to place a second manufactured home on 6.43 acres of land at 321 Myrtle Springs Road belonging to Catherine A. Ricard. The public is invited to attend.

Qualifying begins this Monday August 31st for seats up for re-election on the Americus City Council. Those wishing to qualify must do so with the City Clerk on the 3rd floor of the Municipal Building in downtown Americus. Qualifying begins on Monday the 31st and ends on Wednesday September 2nd. Councilman Walton Grant has already announced he will not be seeking his seat on City Council after having served his district and the City for the past 21 years.

We will have 1 more day of less humid conditions before our weather begins to change, all due to a tropical system named Erica. More clouds will begin to roll in late Friday and with it, the rain chances will begin to increase as well. It’s looking like the weekend COULD possibly be a washout if the system does indeed become Hurricane Erica. The latest models have southeastern Georgia as a possible landfall target and depending where it goes from there, we could see heavy rains from the feeder bands whenever it comes ashore. Stay informed with the latest on the weather on Local News and on the weather link at americusradio.com.

It doesn’t appear that any of tomorrow night’s high school football games will be wet since the rains aren’t supposed to arrive until after midnight. Both Americus-Sumter and Southland Academy will be on the road tomorrow night. The Raiders travel to Lyons to play Robert Toombs. The Panthers make the short trip up to Montezuma to play Macon County. Marion County gets their season kicked off tomorrow night hosting Miller County. All games kick-off at 7:30 tomorrow night. Schley County gets their season started against Baconton Charter next Friday night September 4th in Ellaville. 

Americus Police are investigating an early morning incident in which a number of juveniles were involved. No details other than suspects were all over the building while officers were taking statements and getting other information. Criminal trespass and disorderly conduct were thought to be the main charges. More details will be available later. In other police action from Wednesday, an arrest was made. Ke’Vante Ja’Kel James was arrested for identity fraud, financial transaction card forgery and financial transaction card fraud.

A counterfeit bill ($100) was turned over to police at 1201 MLK Boulevard.

A theft took place from 111 Matthews Drive.

A shoplifting incident at Wal-Mart is under further investigation.

There was a discharging a firearms in the City limits complaint made in the Rose Avenue area.

Officers did respond to 4 domestic-related calls yesterday along with a few miscellaneous calls.

There were no reported accidents in the City worked by APD yesterday.


Sumter County Sheriff’s Deputies worked 62 total incidents on Wednesday with 39 traffic stops included. After a stop on Highway 49 north Tamie E. Brown was charged with speeding. On MLK Boulevard, Eduardo E. Cortes was cited for expired or no registration. Following a stop on US 27, Sekeithia S. Sims was charged with speeding. Ti’shema O. Billups was charged with speeding on US 27 east. Maurice K. Lundy was charged with speeding on Highway 49. After a stop was conducted on Georgia 3, Alexandra L. Reed was cited for driving a vehicle with suspended registration. Rondale T. Worthington was charged with speeding on US 280 east. Numerous warnings were issued to drivers.

Suspicious person complaints were made at Lot N 151 Fox Stephens Road and at 131 Hines Road. An unruly juvenile was reported on a school bus. Threats were made at 775 Youngs Mill Road. There was 1 deer-related accident reported.

In the Sumter County Jail: Anthony Joseph Driver-holding for Richmond County; Kevante Jakel James for identity theft fraud/ financial transaction card fraud/ and financial transaction card forgery; and Markevius Jonqual Ming for felony failure to appear.