"Local News"
Tuesday February 9th, 2016
The 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 6pm. 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.

The 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 Boone Park 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 6pm.

It was a quiet Monday for Americus Police. A case of identity fraud was reported.

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.

Officers did respond to 3 domestic-related calls and only 1 miscellaneous call yesterday. There were no reported accidents worked by APD.
We 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.

Sumter County 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 Sumter County.