work session of the Sumter County BOE was held last night. Vice-chair Rick
Barnes presided. The Board got an update on E-Rate and after hearing the
report, will be voting on approving E-Rate and paying the system’s part
which will basically be paying for itself. February 23rd will
be the date that the 3 architect finalists will be interviewed. Each firm
will get 1-hour to present themselves starting at .
Then at a called meeting on February 25th the Board will rank
the firms 1, 2 and 3 and begin negotiating with the top firm. The firm
will be designing the new high school after deciding upon the best one.
The Board agenda was then set for the monthly meeting this Thursday at
7pm. That meeting will be open for the public to attend.
There is other school news. Sumter County Early Learning Center, formerly
known as Sara Cobb Elementary, is holding Pre-K registration now through
Thursday February 11th. Spots are limited and given on a first-come,
first-served basis. Call 924-4888 if you have any questions or visit the
school website, scelc.sumterschools.org.
Region 1AAAA basketball playoffs start today. The Lady Panthers are
the number-one seed and will play at home tonight around 8:30. Meanwhile,
the Panthers will open region playoff action in Albany at the Monroe gym,
the number one boys seed.
Southland Academy will host their Open House on Wednesday February
17th from 4:30 to 6pm. Registration for Southland will begin
on Monday February 29th and end on Friday March 4th.
Sumter County Parks and Recreation Department recently implemented security
screenings for large events at the Columns at Boone Park Community Center.
Sheriff’s Deputies will continue to attend large events for crowd control
and members of the public attending these events will now be screened by
a walk-thru metal detector near the entrance of the Columns. Deputies will
also be stationed with electronic wands as needed to enforce the Parks
and Recreation Department’s policy of NO weapons or contraband on the premises.
Back packs or large bags will be screened as well. New security lighting
is being installed outside the Columns and the current parking lot lighting
is being evaluated. In addition, Americus
Police has increased its presence in and around the BoonePark
area including the parking lot.
Residents of Districts 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 and 6 will have a Neighborhood
Watch meeting at 6pm this evening in Council Chambers of the Public Safety
Building. Judges Rucker Smith, Michael Green and Lisa Rambo will be the
guest speakers. Please make you plans to attend the meeting tonight at
It was a quiet Monday for Americus Police. A case of identity fraud
A forced entry burglary was investigated at 103 Bush Circle.
Following a traffic stop last night on Parker Street, Jeffery Keion
Johnson was arrested for possession of marijuana-less than an ounce.
did respond to 3 domestic-related calls and only 1 miscellaneous call yesterday.
There were no reported accidents worked by APD.
have a WIND ADVISORY in effect
for today. Highs today will only reach the low 40s but factor in the strong
winds and it will feel like to 20s. Lows tonight will drop top the mid-to-upper
20s and it will continue to be breezy again making it feel colder than
it actually is. Same thing for Wednesday but expect slightly warmer temperatures
into the mid-to-upper 40s. Friday will actually be warmer but another arctic
blast arrives for the weekend with Sunday’s high, that’s Valentines Day,
only in the 40s.
Sheriff’s Deputies worked 24 incidents yesterday which included 7 traffic
stops. A traffic stop conducted on Highway 30 west resulted in a speeding
charge against Alejandro C. Barrios. Warnings were also issued. A juvenile
was charged with disorderly conduct and disruption of public school at 915
N. Lee Street. A domestic disturbance occurred
at Lot 22 145 Ron Circle. Thefts took place
from 577 US 19 south and 805 Harrold Avenue.
A case of identity theft was reported. A reckless driving complaint was
made in the US
19 north-bypass area. There was 1 accident worked by a Deputy yesterday.
Housed in the Sumter County Jail today are: Deangelo Daniels for
probation violation and failure to appear; Zentilya Monea Martin for speeding
and driving on a suspended license; and Cherie Lajune Mims-holding for