"Local News"

Tuesday October 28th, 2014



The community is invited to attend a candidate forum at 7 tomorrow night in the Nursing Amphitheater at the Rosalynn Carter Complex on the GSW campus. The candidate forum will feature candidates in Georgia House 138, incumbent Mike Cheokas and challenger Kevin Brown. This forum will give the candidates the opportunity to inform voters about where they stand on a range of issues facing the state today. This event is open for the public to attend and is being sponsored by the College Republicans, the Young Democrats, and the GSW Student Government.

Early voting is winding down. Early voting will end at the close of business this Friday October 31st. You can early vote at the Elections Office at the Sumter County Courthouse from 8 to 5 now through Friday. You will need to have a photo ID with you. If you do not take advantage of early voting and have not obtained an absentee ballot, you will need to go to the polls one week from today on November 4th and cast your ballot in the General Election. Even at the polls next Tuesday you will need to have a photo ID with you.

The Sumter County BOE held a working retreat last night with the newly elected Board members taking part in the session. Some of the items that were discussed last night were strategic planning, such as the mission, vision and commitments for the district. Each member was asked to come up with some strategic goals to be formulated into new or remodeled goals for the system. It was announced during this discussion that AdvancED will return in February to begin district accreditation. A power point presentation was next that described what the system will need to decide which direction it should take. It was briefly mentioned about having to undergo 2 more ESPLOST passed by the voters in order to build a new high school. With only a few announcements, the working retreat was then adjourned. The November 10th work session will be held at 6pm with the regular monthly meeting on Thursday November 13th at 7pm.

The Kiwanis Pet Parade is this Thursday October 30th. Registration will begin at 3:30 in the Police parking lot on Jackson Street. The parade will then start at 4. Immediately following the Pet Parade, Downtown Trick-or-Treating will be held for toddlers to age ten. Children MUST be accompanied by an adult; MUST be in costume; and MUST wear a special wristband in order to get candy from participating merchants. You can get the special wristband in the Police parking lot beginning at 3:30.

Also on Thursday, 1st United Methodist Church on S. Lee Street will have Trunk-n-Treat in the Church parking lot. The 1st UMC Trunk-n-Treat will be from 5 to 6:30.

A lot of people are calling and are asking about when to Trick-or-Treat? Since Halloween is Friday the 31st, that’s when you go Trick-or-Treating. It’s just a few special events on Thursday but you go Trick-or-Treating on Friday the 31st.

Americus Police had a busy Monday. Thefts occurred at 159-A Lakeview Circle and at 3:01 this morning at 101-A Waitsman Drive. A theft by conversion case is under further investigation.

A forced entry burglary was investigated at 320 Tripp Street. A burglary, theft and criminal trespass was reported at 414 S. Hampton Street.

Antonio M. Whitehead was arrested for criminal trespass at 313 Hampton Street.

A child molestation case is being investigated.

A criminal trespass complaint was made at 701 Varsity Drive.

Autos were entered at 233 W. Lester Street and at 2:07 this morning at 1419 N. Lee Street.

A bad child complaint was filed at 720 Felder Street.

A hit-n-run accident was reported at 107-A Country Club Drive.

Officers worked 1 accident yesterday with no reported injuries.


Sumter County Sheriff’s Deputies worked a total of 28 incidents on Monday. There were 11 traffic stops conducted with numerous warnings and citations issued. James D. Warren was cited for expired or no registration or title after a stop on the Southerfield Road. After a stop on US 280, Trenton R. Hohorst was cited for restrictions on use of blue lights on a vehicle.

Deputies answered domestic disturbance calls to 330 Vance Street and 214-A Church Street. A criminal trespass complaint was made at 118 Pecan Terrace. Reports of suspicious vehicles were made in the area of Memorial Mile and McArthur Drive. A criminal damage to property in the 2nd degree occurred at 303-C E. Hill Street. There were other miscellaneous calls answered yesterday.

Currently housed in the Sumter County Jail: Antonio Dwight Binn-holding for Webster County; Michael Lee Faison-bench warrant; Quantavious Markeese Hill-probation violation/child support; and Braley Trayveon Hollis-probation violation.