Local News

Thursday October 8th, 2015



There is only 1 contested race in the November 3rd City Election and that is in District 6, the seat currently held by Walton Grant who will not be seeking re-election. Darryl Dowdell and Robert Ingle qualified and are the only 2 candidates that will be seeking the District 6 seat. Early voting for residents of District 6 begins on Monday the 12th and will end on Friday October 30th. Early voting will be held in the Elections Office at the Sumter County Courthouse Monday through Friday from 8 to 5. There will be no Saturday voting this time around. If you do come to early vote make sure you have a photo ID with you. Only residents in District 6 will be eligible to vote. On Election Day on Tuesday November 3rd, the ONLY polling place open to vote will be at Rees Park. Early voting for the District 6 election begins this coming Monday.

Here’s a quick reminder for drivers: The Sumter County Schools will have an early release day which means there will be busses running routes during your lunch hour. The school system will then have Fall Break Friday and Monday before returning to class on Tuesday the 13th. Be mindful of the busses running routes at noon today and stop for the lights of any bus loading and unloading students.

Tonight, the Sumter County BOE holds their regular monthly meeting at 7pm in the boardroom of the SCS Administration Building. The community is encouraged to attend.

High school football starts tonight for one of the area teams. Americus-Sumter will be in Albany to play Westover at 7 this evening at Hugh Mills Stadium. Note that it’s a 7pm kick-off, not the usual 7:30. Games on Thursday and Saturday at Hugh Mills always start at 7. The other area games will be at 7:30 tomorrow night. Southland is at home against Deerfield-Windsor; Marion County will host Brookstone; and Schley County is in Columbus to play at Pacelli.

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month. In recognition, Phoebe Sumter Medical Center will hold their 12th annual Breast Cancer Awareness Walk on Saturday October 24th beginning at Lenny’s Market on Hampton Street downtown. Registration begins at 8am with the walk beginning at 9. Dr. Patricia Fennessy will deliver the keynote address before the walk. This year’s T-shirts may be purchased at the front desk at PSMC for $10 for youth small-adult XL; $12 adult XXL-3XL; and $15 for 4XL. You do not need to purchase a shirt to participate in the walk.

The weekend weather outlook has been tweaked a little since yesterday. The rain chances have increased to 30-40% instead of the 20% or less at this time yesterday. There is now a chance of afternoon showers on Sunday that was not in the earlier forecast. This will not be a total washout for the weekend by no means. There could also be about a 10-degree difference between Saturday and Sunday. Saturday’s highs will be in the 80s with highs on Sunday in the 70s. Just be aware that there is now rain in your weekend forecast and adjust your activities.

Yesterday was the start of shift change at the Americus Police Department as dayshift moved to nightshift and vice-versa. They all were busy yesterday. Makita Dawun Bryant was arrested for theft at 912 E. Lamar Street.

Devonta Terrance Jackson was arrested for criminal trespass at 216 Horton Drive.

Officers responded to a fight at 903 Ridge Street.

A forced entry burglary was investigated at 326 Crawley Street.

Nightshift was busy answering a criminal attempt to commit robbery at 400 Tripp Street last night but the suspect fled without getting anything.

An unruly juvenile and criminal trespass incident occurred at 915 Elm Avenue.

This morning at 3:29, an armed robbery did occur at 1533 S. Lee Street. The suspect came in demanded money, grabbed money from the register and fled. The description of this suspect was different than the one on Tripp Street so now a lookout is posted for 2 armed robbery suspects in separate incidents.

Officers also were busy with 10 miscellaneous calls, 6 domestic-related calls and 3 accidents with no reported injuries yesterday.


Sumter County Sheriff’s Deputies worked 39 incidents on Wednesday with 19 traffic stops. Following a stop on US 19 Myrlyn M. Ellison was cited for driving a vehicle with suspended registration. Anthony K. Bryant was charged with speeding on Highway 30. Daniel Yoder and Pamela C. Stephens were cited for seat belt violations following stops on MLK Boulevard and Felder Street. Haley C. Royal was charged with speeding following a stop conducted on Highway 49 south. Warnings were issued in the other traffic cases.

A burglary was investigated on US 49 north at Southerfield Aviation. Responding to a fight at 150-D Fox Stephens Road, Kristie M. Cox was arrested for affray. A suspicious person complaint was made at 582 Tallent Store Road. Deputies went to domestic disturbances to 3390 Highway 195 where Delia D. Franks was arrested for simple assault and criminal trespass and to 798 Upper River Road. A bad child complaint was made at 173 Dan Reeves Road. Following up on a suspicious vehicle complaint on Wiggins Road at Croxton Crossing, Sean M. Ware was arrested for DUI and driving on a suspended license.

In the Sumter County Jail: Courtney Elva-Onina Barley for battery; Elizabeth Castleberry Bell for affray; Kristie Michelle Cox for affray; Delia Denise Franks for criminal trespass and simple assault; and Sean Michael Ware for DUI and driving on a suspended license.