"Local News"

Tuesday October 21st, 2014



It was a slim crowd that attended the monthly meeting yesterday of the Mayor and City Council. Those that attended heard a public hearing on a rezoning request. Council accepted a $25,000 Homeland Security Grant that will be used for HazMat Equipment for the AFES. A lengthy discussion of the Alcohol Ordinance was given. Council suspended the rules and adopted the amended ordinance. Council again suspended the rules and rezoned property at 612 North Lee Street from I (Industrial) to C-1 (Commercial). Much detailed discussion then followed by City Attorney Jimmy Skipper who went over the changes he was directed to make concerning speaking at Council meetings, decorum and consequences of not following the rules and regulations. Council member Nelson Brown then deferred making the motion of adopting the revisions and Council member Carla Cook made the motion. The motion passed 3-2. Citizens can speak at Council meetings but only on agenda items as a result of last night’s votes. A 1st reading of an ordinance amendment concerning permits to dig wells in the City was heard with final action taken next month. Jimmy Whaley was appointed to the Urban Redevelopment Authority filling the position of Barbara Grogan. During staff comments it was announced that recycling bins will be delivered this week to those who have signed up. Recycling starts the week of November 3rd. After hearing citizen comments the meeting was adjourned.

The Sumter County Board of Commissioners meet at 6 this evening in the Commissioners Room at the Sumter County Courthouse. The meeting is open for the public to attend.

Early voting continues at the Elections Office at the Courthouse through October 31st from 8 to 5 daily. Saturday voting will be available on the 25th from 9 to 4 this weekend. Please bring a photo ID with you when you do come and early vote.

The regular monthly meeting of the Alexander H. Stephens SCV Camp will be held at 7 this evening at the American Legion hall on MLK Boulevard. Rev. Mark Carter will give the program on “Flags of the Confederacy”. All members and friends of the SCV are urged to attend.

Americus-Sumter North Campus parents are encouraged to attend a Title 1 Parent Input Meeting this Thursday October 23rd at 5pm in the school Media Center. Input is needed into all Title 1 plans and activities for the school for the 2014-15 academic year.

The Southwestern Judicial Circuit Family Violence Council is hosting an awards reception and fundraiser “Jazz on the Lawn” this Thursday at the CASA Office on the GSW Campus from 4 to 7pm. There will be live entertainment from the T.O.M. Trio, food, drinks and socializing. The Family Violence Council will be honoring three community champions. Tickets are $15 and are available at After Hours and the Windsor Parlor.

Americus Police had 2 more autos entered yesterday. Cases were reported at 1105 Quincey Drive and at 12-D 1034 Elm Avenue.

A theft took place at 1040-A E. Forsyth Street when copper tubing was taken from the business.

Shimon Shantone Perry was picked up on an outstanding warrant at 119 S. Lee Street.

A drug arrest was made last night. Cordarieus Re’Shon McCoy was arrested at 3B 701 Davenport Street last night and charged with possession of cocaine.

Hit-n-run accidents occurred at 300 Cherokee Street and 204 Manhattan Street.

There was 1 accident in the City yesterday worked by officers with no reported injuries.


The Sumter County Sheriff’s Deputies worked a total of 27 incidents on Monday. 7 were for traffic stops and warnings were issued to drivers as a result. Anderica S. Haugabook was arrested for criminal damage to property in the 2nd degree and criminal trespass for an incident at 125 Luke Street in Desoto. A burglary was investigated at 132 Highway 228. Jarvis M. Willis was arrested for obstruction at 102 Sandstone Drive. A damage to property complaint was made at 302 Tabby Lane.

The following are currently housed in the Sumter County Jail: Dayton Rishard Calloway for southwestern probation; Telah Deborah Jackson for criminal damage to property 1st degree/reckless conduct; Terry Sirah Lawhorn for driving on a suspended license/obstruction; Cordarieus Reshon McCoy for possession of cocaine/battery; Shimon Shantone Perry for felony failure to appear; and William Lee Storey for DUI/driving on the wrong side of an undivided street/open container.