"Local News"

Tuesday March 24th, 2015



The Sumter County Board of Education has scheduled a called meeting for 6 this evening in the boardroom at the SCS Administration Building. The purpose of the meeting is to go into executive session to discuss land acquisition.

One week ago, voters went to the polls and voted to continue the current ESPLOST. There were 104 votes that remained to be counted but it was not enough votes to sway the outcome. Those votes have now been counted and the final figures favor the YES votes by a few more votes and percentage points. The final totals are now 1504 YES votes or 66%. The NO votes now total 777 for 34%. The YES votes carried every precinct except one now that the final totals have been released. 14.9% of the County’s 15,407 registered voters cast ballots by early voting or at the polls last week.

This Thursday from 6 to 7:30pm, the next meeting of the Childhood Obesity Program will be held at the Rec Department at 408 Rucker Street. Both parent and child MUST be present for monthly meetings to receive education, monitoring and $20 voucher for free fruits and vegetables from Rudy’s Happy Patch. This program is for ages 2 through 18. For more information contact Jamie Crozier with Southwest Georgia Health Care at 229-273-8881.

Pre-registration is required for the upcoming Ladies Hand Gun Safety Course to be held on Saturday April 25th at 8:30am at the Sumter County Ag Center on US 19 south of Americus. Pre-registration is required due to limited class size. You will need to bring your own weapon, 30 rounds of ammunition and your firearm carry permit. If you do not have a permit, you will need to bring your personal ID for background check purposes. It is also recommended to bring a hat to wear at the range. To pre-register, call Lt. Andy King or Melinda Davis at 924-4094 ext. 221 or 232. This is a free course offered by the Sumter County Sheriff’s Office.

Americus Police had a rather routine Monday. An auto was entered at 1809 Rose Avenue.

A criminal trespass complaint was made at 211 S. Jackson Street.

A battery was reported at 615 Lewis Lowe Court.

Reckless and dangerous use of dangerous weapons is being investigated at the Eastview Apartments.

A suspicious person and vehicle was reported at 3:36 this morning in the Perlis Plaza.

Officers responded to 2 domestic-related calls yesterday.

Hit-n-run accidents occurred at 118 Hosanna Circle and 1206 Crawford Street.

There was 1 reported accident in the City yesterday with no injuries.


After a rather busy weekend, Monday was fairly quiet for the Sumter County Sheriff’s Deputies. 6 traffic stops were conducted. Roosevelt Lee was cited for expired registration on the Southerfield Road. Tony A. Fuller was issued a citation for knowingly driving a motor vehicle with suspended registration on the Southerfield Road. Warnings were issued in the other traffic cases.

Deputies went to a domestic disturbance at 287 Lasco Harvey Road. A suspicious person complaint was made at 523 US 19 south. Deputies worked 1 accident yesterday.

Housed in the Sumter County Jail: Paul Bullard for DUI/ giving a false name to law enforcement/ and tail light requirements; Cassandra Candice Carter for felony theft by shoplifting; and Joe Robert Sipe for shoplifting.