"Local News"

Tuesday September 2nd, 2014


Despite the threats of a wet weekend that did not stop drivers from traveling Georgiaís highways over the Labor Day weekend. Officially, the 78-hour holiday weekend ended at midnight last night. Just like last year, there were 10 traffic fatalities across Georgia according to the Georgia State Patrol. Since 6pm Friday and ending at midnight last night there were 10 traffic fatalities this Labor Day travel period. 6 of the 10 were worked by GSP and the other 4 were through other agencies. None of the recorded traffic fatalities were in Troop Gís area which covers all of southwest Georgia. The next long holiday travel period will be the Thanksgiving weekend in late November.

City of Americus and County trash pick-up will be pushed back one day this week due to the Labor Day holiday on Monday.

An informational session on volunteering with the Sumter County Fire and Rescue will be held tomorrow evening September 3rd at 6pm at Fire Station#1 located at 210 Rucker Street. Volunteers are needed to become members of the growing team of professional emergency responders in Sumter County. For more information call 924-6603.

The offices of the City of Americus and those at the Sumter County Courthouse will resume regular business hours today and for the rest of the week. These offices were closed yesterday in observance of the Labor Day holiday.

We are now in drought conditions due to the lack of significant rainfall. While there have been spotty showers at best, we need rain to break the dry conditions. Yards are turning brown since watering restrictions remain in place that donít allow for constant water flow to those parched lawns. Some parts of Sumter County did get some rain over the weekend but nothing fell inside the City limits. A disturbance in the Gulf of Mexico is being monitored by the National Weather Service and that may be the drought breaker we so desperately need. Until then, highs will be in the mid-90s for most of the week with the heat index approaching triple digits once again.

Itís a short week for high school football teams. A holiday yesterday caused a different practice schedule for most teams and it was needed for the Americus-Sumter Panthers. The Panthers will play this Thursday night in Columbus at 7pm against Shaw High School at Kinnett Stadium. Schley County begins play on Friday night in Camilla against Baconton Charter. The Wildcats open date was last week and Friday night begins 10 straight weeks of games. Both Southland Academy and Marion County have their open dates this week.

Americus Police were fairly active on the Labor Day holiday. There were 4 domestic-related calls; to 431 Mayo Street, 720 Pine Street, 138 E. Peppermint Way and to Railroad Street where Leroy Mason was arrested for aggravated assault under the Domestic Violence Act.

Autos were entered yesterday at 201 Burke Street and 130 Town Creek Circle.

A criminal trespass complaint was made at 105-A Bessie Mays Circle.

2 shoplifting arrests were made at Wal-Mart. Tracie Pitts was arrested for shoplifting and Salonda Barner Mercer was arrested for felony theft by shoplifting.

There were only a few miscellaneous calls answered by officers in the past 24-hour period.

Officers worked 2 Labor Day accidents in the City with no reported injuries.