"Local News"

Tuesday April 15th, 2014



Our weather will be the main topic of discussion today. A Wind Advisory is in effect until 10 tonight. Gusty winds to near 40-mph can be expected in some areas as this weather system moves through the area. Our high for today will probably be before noon and then slowly fall through the afternoon. We will be near record low temperatures in the area for tonight as the low should drop into the mid-30s. With the winds still rather brisk for tonight, don’t expect any frost from these cold temperatures but the winds will make it feel even colder by sunrise on Wednesday. Most of you have heard the old saying to expect at least one cold snap before Easter and this appears to be ours. The rain will be a morning event, the winds will pick up throughout today and we’ll have a cold blast of air tonight before this quick-moving system gets out of here. Log onto www.americusradio.com and click on the weather link and stay informed!


The Sumter County Democratic Committee is hosting a Candidates Forum this evening at 6pm in the Magnolia Village Community Center off Highway 30. The senatorial candidates, Insurance Commissioner and others have been invited to join in the forum tonight. The community is invited to attend and become an informed voter.


The Sumter County Board of Commissioners has moved their regular monthly meeting from tonight to tomorrow night April 16th at 6pm. The meeting will be held in the Commissioners Room at the Sumter County Courthouse. All meeting of the Board of Commissioners are open for the public to attend.


A community blood drive is set for this Friday April 18th from 8 to 6 in the Fellowship Hall of First Baptist Church on S. Lee Street. Call today at 924-2026 and make an appointment through the local Red Cross or go online to www.redcrossblood.org and enter sponsor code: PSMC. Those with an appointment will receive top priority but all walk-ins will be welcomed.


The Relay for Life Survivor Luncheon is this Saturday April 19th honoring all Cancer Survivors. Registration begins at 11am. Cancer survivors can bring one guest with you. The luncheon will be held at the Williams Road Church of Christ off US 280 east. To RSVP, contact Susie Henderson at 824-7204.


Relay for Life of Sumter County will be on Friday night April 26th at Alton Shell Stadium at Finklea-Robinson Field beginning at 6pm. This is a “Celebration of Life” sponsored by the American Cancer Society of Sumter County. The community is invited for a night of HOPE as we Celebrate and Remember! The Luminary Service in memory and in honor of loved ones will be gin around 9pm.


For a Monday, the Americus Police were unusually busy. Thefts occurred yesterday at 100 E. Lamar Street, 404 Tripp Street and at 721 Felder Street. A burglary and theft was reported at 1410 N. Mayo Street.


A criminal trespass complaint was made at 913 Ashby Street.


A criminal damage to property in the 2nd degree for a damaged vehicle took place at 203-J Murphy Mill Road.


2 juveniles were arrested and charged with criminal trespass at 823 Douglas Circle.


A case of identity fraud is under further investigation.


Officers responded to domestic calls to 113 Swett Avenue and 208 Barnum Drive.


Hit-n-run accidents were reported at 720 Pine Avenue and 329 W. Lamar Street.


There were several miscellaneous calls answered by officers yesterday.


While drivers are getting a break this week with no school busses running routes due to the Sumter County Schools’ Spring Break, there definitely is NO break at the pump! Gas prices went up again yesterday and now exceed the $3.60 a gallon mark around town. To put the jump at the pump in prospective, since the end of February, gas prices are now 60-cents HIGHER just a month and a half later. That breaks down to a 10-cent increase every week. Whatever analyst that predicted much lower gas prices this spring didn’t know what they were doing it seems!