"Local News"

Tuesday September 23rd, 2014



It’s the first day of fall so naturally let’s talk Christmas Trees! The City of Americus will have the 2nd annual Parade of Trees again this year in Rylander Park. The Parade of Trees is to remember family loved ones and honor military men and women serving our nation who are unable to be home this Christmas. The City will supply the 6-ft. tree and lights and there are several options to decorate your tree. For information and questions call 928-6059 or by email to angie.singletary@cityofamericus.net. All proceeds go towards purchasing additional Christmas trees for the 2015 Parade of Trees and additional decorations.

Since we’re talking Christmas trees that means it’s not too far off in the near future to mention the Americus Christmas Parade. The parade this year will be on Thursday December 4th. Parade entry forms are now available. For more information on the annual Americus Christmas Parade call 928-6059.

The 27th annual Taste of Sumter is this Thursday night September 25th from 6 to 9pm on Jackson Street in downtown Americus. Admission is $5 which includes $3 in tokens. Entertainment will be provided by Brandon Wheeler. The annual event is a great night for the whole family.

Tonight SCS Superintendent Donnie Smith will meet the public face-to-face and answer any questions you have about the school system. This important community meeting will be held at 6 this evening at Sumter Elementary on the Bumphead Road. Those attending tonight will have the opportunity to tour updated facilities and interact with the Superintendent. All community members are encouraged to attend.

Also tonight, Sara Cobb Elementary will host a Math and Science Family Fun Night at the school. All parents and guardians are invited to attend between 6 and 7:15.

This Thursday night at 7pm in Thomasville, the weather-shortened game back on September 12th between Americus-Sumter and Thomas County Central will resume with the 3rd quarter kick-off. Admission to the game this Thursday is free.

For once that 60% chance of rain turned out to be that and more yesterday. The rains started around 1:30 and rained hard for about an hour before a steady light rain stayed around till after 5 yesterday afternoon. Here at our Highway 30 west studios we recorded 1.3 inches of rain. There were severe thunderstorm warnings issued with the passing of that weather system and there were reports of spotty power outages towards the Lake Blackshear area. The next chance of rain comes late Saturday and more likely on Sunday. It will feel more like fall today and especially overnight with breezy conditions adding to our cooler conditions.

Americus Police had an overall quiet Monday. A burglary was investigated at 933 N. Jackson Street.

15 people, ranging from 17 to 20 years of age, were arrested and charged with loitering at 1711 E. Lamar Street last night.

An obstruction case is under investigation from a stolen vehicle complaint last night. About the same time, an attempted traffic stop was being conducted on Bozeman Circle but the driver never stopped and tried to out maneuver the officer but lost control and crashed into 144-B Pecan Terrace. The driver then bailed and ran from the officer. The vehicle was still running and in gear so the officer placed the car in park, turned off the engine and turned the accident scene over to the Georgia State Patrol. It was the same time of the brief chase that the stolen vehicle complaint was made and the party filing the complaint then changed her story and told the Lieutenant that she was just covering for a friend who was being chased by police. These 2 cases are intertwined and remain under investigation.


The weather seemed to be a big deterrent to crime yesterday as only 23 total incidents were reported by the Sumter County Sheriff’s Office. One was a weather-related call to 110 2nd Street at Lake Blackshear where trees blocked the road during a thunderstorm in the afternoon. Trees also fell on several residences but there were no injuries. An unruly juvenile complaint was made at Sumter Elementary on the Bumphead Road. A criminal damage to property in the 1st degree occurred at 456-K Arch Helms Road. A damage to property complaint was made at 1162 Salters Mill Road. Deputies conducted 2 traffic stops. A structure fire on US 19 south at 280 west needed traffic control last night. There was 1 accident yesterday, 1 suspicious person and 1 suspicious vehicle complaint filed. 1 domestic-related call was answered.

Currently housed in the Sumter County Jail are: Michael Wayne Ellis for aggravated stalking; Willie James Hill for child support/failure to appear (felony); David Sherod King for southwestern probation/theft by taking/loitering; Carlton Monson-holding for Cordele; and Quinton Rashad Roberts for 1st degree forgery.