Local News

Thursday July 21st, 2016



The Sumter County BOE held 2 public hearings yesterday over the proposed millage rate increase and it was a slim turnout for both. The third and final public hearing will be at 7pm on Wednesday July 27th. Immediately following that third public hearing, there will be a called BOE meeting to adopt the millage rate and 5-year Tax Digest. You have 1 more opportunity to ask questions or voice concerns by attending next weeks’ public hearing.

The BOE held a called meeting for personnel. The Board released 1 from contract and accepted 1 resignation. 1 was hired last night and a family medical leave request was granted. The Board also spent some time discussing the superintendent search.

The Sumter County Schools will hold Open House one week from tonight. Pre-K through 6th grade Open House will be from 5-7pm while 7th through 12th grades will have Open House from 6-8pm. The first day of school for students in the SCS system is Monday August 1st.

The monthly meeting of the Mayor and City Council is at 5 this afternoon in Council Chambers of the Public Safety Building. The community is invited.

The City has announced that work will begin on City playgrounds starting this Monday. This project was voted on at last month’s City Council meeting. Demolition work on some of the parks begins on Monday and certain work areas will be closed and at times, the whole park will be closed for this upgrade. This City project should take approximately 60 days.

A community event, “Locking Arms for Law Enforcement” is this Saturday starting at 10am at the Public Safety Building downtown. This is an opportunity for the community to come out and show your support for our law enforcement by locking arms with your neighbors. It is hoped that there will be enough participants to circle the Public Safety Building and at the same time, unite our community. This is NOT a protest but a peaceful, prayerful gathering to show support for all law enforcement. Everyone is invited to participate this Saturday morning.

Americus Police are investigating a forced entry burglary and 2nd degree arson case on Hosanna Circle at the Boys & Girls Club. This is an ongoing investigation.

An unlocked auto was entered at 733 Wheatley Street.

A simple battery and 3rd degree cruelty to children case on Cherokee Street is being investigated.

Following a traffic stop on Tripp Street, Cassandra Denise Miller was arrested for DUI-less safe-alcohol and driving without a license.

A criminal trespass complaint was made at 97-A Bozeman Circle.

A suspicious person complaint was made at 172 US 19 north.

Officers went to 1331 2nd Montgomery to a reported aggravated assault in the parking lot.

A hit-n-run accident was reported on Forsyth Street at Tripp.

Officers answered 2 domestic-related and 2 miscellaneous calls in the past 24-hour period.

There was 1 accident worked by APD with no reported injuries.


Sumter County Sheriff’s Deputies conducted 9 traffic stops yesterday. At a stop yesterday morning on US 49 north, Amanda S. Traywick was arrested for DUI; failure to maintain lane; open container; and driving with a suspended license. Following a traffic stop on US 49 north, Amanda M. Huddleston was charged with speeding. After a stop on US 19 south, Tenesha S. Huckaby was charged with driving on a suspended or revoked license. At a stop on Highway 30 west, Karl S. Jarrett was arrested for DUI-drugs. A burglary was investigated at 601 Mask Road. A bad child complaint was made at 341 Calvary Church Road. Suspicious person complaints were made on the Brady Road at Mask Road and at 136 Pecan Terrace. Thefts occurred from 345 Bagley Street in Desoto and at 135 New Era Road at Greater Vision Baptist Church.

Housed in the Sumter County Jail today are: Michael Kevin Bellamy for possession of a Schedule 1 controlled substance and possession of a firearm during the commission of a crime; Jessica Ray Fountain-holding for investigation; Rebecca Lee Hancock-holding for Florida; Joseph Harris for child support; Karl Samuel Jarrett for possession of a Schedule 1 controlled substance/ possession of a firearm during the commission of a crime/ and DUI-drugs; Jasmonique Montrell Lumpkin for City probation; Christina Diane Pugh-holding for investigation; and Amanda Shea Traywick for DUI/ driving on a suspended license/ failure to maintain lane/ and open container. 2 bonded out of jail yesterday.