The first day of
qualifying for the May 20th nonpartisan primary was a busy one at
the Elections Office. Chairman Randy Howard qualified for his District 4 CountyCommission seat. William Rambo qualified for State Court Judge. There were a
number of candidates that qualified for the new school board districts. At-large
candidates were David Kitchens, Michael Busman and Sylvia Roland. Jim Reid
qualified for BOE District 3. Meda Krenson qualified for BOE District 2. These
are the 5 districts plus 2 at-large seats that are up for election in May. Nonpartisan
qualifying continues through Friday at the Elections Office at the SumterCounty Courthouse.
If you are not sure
of which new school district you live in, go to www.americusradio.com and click on the
map of SumterCounty that gives you a better understanding of these new school board
districts that mirror those of the Board of Commissioners.
Meanwhile, early voting continues this week for the special called
school board election. This special election gets the election process back on
schedule and lets voters in BOE Districts 1, 2, 4 and 6 go to the polls and
vote. Those elected in the March 18th special election will take
office as soon as the next day and will serve until December 31st of
this year. Although there are only 2 contested races for this special election,
everyone needs to vote in ALL
districts and support your district candidates. The contested races on March 18th
are in current school districts like those of 2012 when this election should
have taken place. Incumbent Willa Fitzpatrick faces challenger Penny Taft in
District 4. District 6 incumbent Mike Mock faces opposition from Sarah M.
Pride. Early voting continues through March 14th at the SumterCounty Courthouse in the Elections Office. Those early voting will need to
have a photo ID with you.
The community is
invited to attend the LEPC meeting this morning at in the ReesParkEconomicDevelopmentCenter on Elm Avenue.
Preparedness Expo, hosted by the Local Emergency Planning Committee (LEPC), is
this Saturday from 9 to 2 at the SumterCounty Fairgrounds. This expo will educate, prepare and assist citizens in
the event of a natural or man-made disaster including hazardous materials
education. This event is free and open for the public to attend. Children must
be accompanied by an adult.
There are other
events taking place this Saturday. Individuals and small business owners can
receive information and assistance with applying for health insurance. Navigators
will be here Saturday at the StaleyMiddle School cafeteria from 10 to 4. This is a free
workshop for information and assistance with applying for health insurance
through the marketplace exchanges created under the Affordable Care Act.
Andersonville National Historic Site will host its
annual Civil War Living History weekend this Saturday and Sunday March 8th
and 9th. This living history program offers visitors the opportunity
to gain a better understanding of what life was like at CampSumter, the infamous Civil War military prison near Andersonville. Civil War period living historians will portray
Union prisoners, Confederate guards and civilians. The times are 10 to 4 on Saturday
and 10 to 3 on Sunday.There is no
admission fee and this event is open to the public.
One big event actually takes place Saturday night and that’s the time
change. This is the weekend that daylight saving time begins. Saturday night
before going to bed set your clock forward one hour. Time officially changes at
Sunday morning. While you’re changing your
clocks, change the batteries in your smoke alarms.
It may have been the
quietest 24-hour period on record for the Americus Police Department. Officers worked
2 accidents that had no reported injuries. The rest were miscellaneous calls
such as 2 suicide attempts of which neither were successful; a damaged
semi-truck; and a lookout for a “missing overdue motorist” that turned out to
be OK as well. That was your police incident reports from Monday.