Local News

Thursday March 26th, 2015



Tonight, the next meeting of the Childhood Obesity Prevention Program will be held at the Rec Department at 408 Rucker Street. Tonight’s meeting will be held from 6 to 7:30 and both parent AND child must be present for the monthly meetings to receive education, monitoring and $20 voucher for free fruits and vegetables from Rudy’s Happy Patch. If you need more information about this program for ages 2 through 18, call Jamie Crozier with Southwest Georgia Health Care at 229-273-8881.

Tomorrow the Sumter County Board of Commissioners will hold a blood drive from 9:30am until 2:30pm. Tomorrow’s blood drive is being held at the Rec Department at 408 Rucker Street. All blood types are needed. Please bring a photo ID with you. To schedule an appointment, go online to www.redcrossblood.org or call 1-800-733-2767. Those with an appointment will get top priority but any walk-in will be welcomed tomorrow at the Rec Department for the blood drive.

Our pre-Easter cold snap is knocking on our door! Rain and possible thunderstorms will begin late this afternoon and carry on into the overnight. Don’t think today’s highs in the upper 70s will stay around! After an overnight low in the upper 50s, Friday’s weather outlook is for a lingering morning shower giving way to sunny, breezy and MUCH cooler by the afternoon with highs only in the low-to-mid 60s. Clear skies tomorrow night will see the temperatures drop to the mid-and-upper 30s. Saturday’s high will be in the 50s and lows Saturday night again in the 30s. Bring in your tender vegetation tomorrow night and again Saturday night. Be forewarned that our weather is about to change!

Call today and pre-register for the Ladies Hand Gun Safety Course set for Saturday April 25th starting at 8:30am in the Sumter Ag Center auditorium. Pre-registration is necessary due to the limited class size. Contact Lt. Andy King or Melinda Davis at 924-4094 ext. 221 or 232 and sign up. Those participating need to bring your own weapon, 30 rounds of ammunition and your firearm carry permit. If you do not have a permit, bring your personal ID for background check purposes. It is also recommended that all participants bring a hat to wear at the range.

Americus Police nightshift made an AMBER ALERT arrest last night. The alert was for a missing child from South Carolina.  2 adults, 22-year old Melenia Maria Ratliff and 25-year old Cameron Cross Boyd, both from South Carolina, were arrested last night at the Days Inn at 1605 E. Lamar Street and have been charged with outstanding warrants and interference with custody. Both were taken to the Sumter County Jail and South Carolina authorities were notified. In other Wednesday police action, a suspicious person/vehicle was reported at 104 Mill Creek Road.

An identity theft case was reported.

Jacques Javinski Edwards was arrested at 1023 Elm Avenue for disorderly conduct.

A 1st degree forgery case is under further investigation.

A theft occurred at 108 Laurel Circle.

There was 1 accident with no reported injuries.


Things were fairly quiet for Sheriff’s Deputies yesterday with only 24 total incidents. 4 traffic stops were conducted. On the Upper River Road, Kiana M. Siegel was issued a speeding ticket. On Georgia 27, Starlin N. Morgan was given a speeding ticket. Warnings were issued in the other traffic cases. Deputies assisted 2 motorists yesterday. Threats were made at 179 Ginger Drive. 1 deer-related accident was worked by Deputies.

Housed in the Sumter County Jail today: Cameron Cross Boyd for interference with custody; Danny Hartage for failure to appear; Derrick R. Monroe for child support; Melenia Maria Ratliff for interference with custody; Jontavius Walls for 1st degree felony burglary; and Tyler Douglas Williams for southwestern probation.