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Tuesday November 18th, 2014



Possible record low temperatures could be set around South Georgia tonight. Not since the 1970s will the temperatures be this low at this time of the year. Depending on which forecast you look at, the lows tonight will range from 17 to 21 degrees and if that happens, new record lows will indeed be set. It will be mostly sunny, breezy and cold today before the bottom falls out overnight. A HARD FREEZE WARNING is in effect for a large portion of the state tonight. If you have to be outside today you may encounter wind chills that make it feel like it’s in the 20s and low 30s. This will be a brief extreme cold snap as temperatures will be back near 70 by the weekend with another chance of rain on Sunday. Speaking of rain, forecasters had predicted maybe a half-inch for our area yesterday but with 2 real heavy downpours we recorded nearly 2 and a quarter inches of rain here at our Highway 30 west studios.

One week from tonight, the Community Thanksgiving Service sponsored by the Sumter Area Ministerial Association will be held at 7pm at the Rylander Theater. Admission is free but a freewill love offering will be received to continue the support of the Community Services Ministry. A community choir will be singing the night of the service. Anyone that is interested in singing in the community choir can come to rehearsal this Thursday night November 20th at 7pm at First Baptist Church on S. Lee Street. Everyone in the community is invited to share in the Thanksgiving season.

Also this Thursday, it’s the annual Christmas Open House in downtown Americus. Merchants will be open until 8 Thursday night for your early shopping convenience. Santa, Mrs. Claus and Santa’s live reindeer will arrive downtown at 5:30. Kids of all ages can get pictures with Santa in Rylander Park until 7:30pm. There will be musical entertainment, trolley rides, the lighting of the big tree in Rylander Park and visit the Parade of Trees honoring our military men and women and loved ones that will not be here for Christmas. Visit 10 downtown merchants and be eligible to win Downtown Dollars giveaways. Make your plans now to come see the sights this Thursday night in downtown Americus.

Applications for the annual Americus Christmas Parade can be picked up at the Visitors Center at the Municipal Building. Applications can be returned, with the appropriate fees, to the Visitors Center. The annual Americus Christmas Parade will be on Thursday December 4th starting at 7pm.

Residents in Districts 1 & 2 are encouraged to attend your Neighborhood Watch meeting at 6 this evening at the Rees Park Economic Development Center at 409 Elm Avenue. Laura Lee Bernstein, CAO and interim Police Chiefs Herman Lamar and Richard McCorkle will be discussing items of interest. This will be the last Neighborhood Watch meeting of 2014 and all district 1 & 2 residents are invited to attend.

The monthly meeting of the Mayor and City Council will be this Thursday at 5pm and will once again be held in the Lecture Hall of the GSW Nursing Building on campus. The community is invited to attend.

It was a quiet Monday for the Americus Police Department. A disorderly conduct and criminal trespass incident resulting from a domestic-related dispute occurred at 107-C Magnolia Village.

Officers responded to another domestic-related complaint at the Parkview Apartments and had to issue a barring notice.

A felony theft and criminal trespass case was reported at 109 Matthews Drive.

An auto was entered at 116-A Country Club Drive.

There were only a few miscellaneous calls answered by officers yesterday.

1 accident occurred in the City that was worked by an officer with no reported injuries from yesterday.


The Sumter County Sheriff’s Office had at least 2 weather-related calls yesterday when trees were blocking the road on Shiloh Road and Rockdale Subdivision Loop. There were also reports of water over the roadways in parts of the County. Deputies went to a burglary at 318 Railroad Street. A suspicious vehicle complaint was made on US 280 east. A domestic disturbance occurred at 1637-D US 280 east. Deputies did make 5 traffic stops. On Mask Road at Brady Road Angela P. Hernandez was cited for driving while unlicensed. Warnings were issued in the other traffic stops. Deputies had 2 accidents yesterday and both involved striking a deer.

Housed in the Sumter County Jail: Arthur Joe Elder, holding for Cobb County; Crystal Lee Flanders for possession of cocaine/driving on a suspended license; Johnny Lee Hunter for aggravated assault/probation violation; Christopher Lee McAlvain for possession of a schedule II controlled substance; Curtis Latrell Milledge for burglary; and Jatavious Jamil Sanford for 1st degree burglary.