"Local News"

Tuesday November 25th, 2014



Tonight is the night for the Community Thanksgiving Service sponsored by the Sumter Area Ministerial Association. Tonight’s free event starts at 7 at the Rylander Theater. A freewill love offering will be taken up for support of the Community Services Ministry. A Community Choir will be singing during the service. Harvest of Hope Food Pantry will have a truck parked out front collecting non-perishable food items to help those in our community. Everyone in the community is invited to join together tonight.

The deadline to get your Americus Christmas Parade application back in with the appropriate fees is Tuesday December 2nd. Last minute applications can be picked up at the Welcome Center at the Municipal Building this week until Wednesday and on Monday and Tuesday next week, as long as the application is returned by next Tuesday. The annual Americus Christmas Parade will be Thursday December 4th at 7pm throughout downtown Americus.

The Mayor and City Council have rescheduled the budget work session from yesterday to this Monday December 1st at 4:30 on the 3rd floor of the Municipal Building. The meeting is open for the public to attend.

While Black Friday shopping takes center stage this time of the year, don’t forget about Small Business Saturday! Holiday shoppers can make a big difference in their communities by shopping at small businesses on Saturday after Thanksgiving. If you’re looking for something unique and want to show support for your friends and neighbors, then you need to support Small Business Saturday. Last year statewide, shoppers spent $5.7 billion at locally-owned shops and restaurants on Small Business Saturday, a 3.6% increase over 2012’s event. Remember to shop at home and help our local economy.

Weather-wise, Thanksgiving Day is looking good but it will be a rather raw day today before we get there. Our high today was 59 which occurred right at 6 this morning. Expect the temperatures to hold steady this morning and then fall through the afternoon. The bulk of the heavy rain will be more towards the east but we can expect light rain and drizzle with winds and you have yourself the makings of a damp, cool day. The rain chances will diminish by early Wednesday morning and sunshine will return by tomorrow afternoon. The highs on Thanksgiving Day will be in the 50s and lows in the 30s.

It was a rather routine Monday for the Americus Police Department. A burglary was investigated at 111 Matthews Drive at Caravelle Boats.

A theft took place at 229 Taylor Street.

An armed robbery that occurred in the N. Jackson Street area is under further investigation.

A shoplifting incident was reported at 1408 E. Forsyth Street at Dollar General in the Perlis Plaza.

An auto was entered at 200 S. Lee Street.

A counterfeit bill was turned over to officers at 1201 MLK Boulevard.

2-counts of criminal trespass were reported at 3:58 this morning. Signs at 715 and 915 N. Lee Street had been spray painted and damaged.

There was 1 domestic-related call answered by officers yesterday.

Officers worked no accidents in the City yesterday.

Here’s a few tips if you’ll be out shopping early on Black Friday: Lock and secure your vehicle at all times; park in well-lit areas; never carry too many purchases at one time and have your hands tied; place your purchases in the trunk or in your floorboard; be mindful of who may be watching when you pay, especially if paying with cash; if at all possible, shop with someone—there is safety in numbers. One big tip is just use common sense and make your holiday shopping fun instead of drama.


Sumter County Sheriff’s Deputies worked a total of 25 incidents on Monday. Counterfeit money was reported. A civil complaint was made. Deputies went to a suspicious vehicle complaint on Tom Summers Road at Sam Bradley Road. A stabbing incident at 136 Foster Street is under further investigation. Deputies went to a bad child complaint at 1529 Hooks Mill Road. Deputies conducted 2 traffic stops yesterday and made 1 arrest. At 1:59 this morning a traffic stop was conducted on Lamar Street near Prince resulting in the arrest of Roderick D. Johnson for possession of marijuana. 1 accident involving a deer was worked by Deputies yesterday.

Housed in the Sumter County Jail: Roderick Dantrell Johnson for possession of marijuana; Brian Keith Kitchens for probation violation; and Reuben John McCary for 1st degree forgery.