Tuesday May 11th, 2021



If you don’t follow the weather on a regular basis, you may not be aware that we’re about to have an unusual “cool down” for this time of the year. The rainy conditions the next day or two are part of an approaching weather front that has below average temperatures associated with it. While we will all be in the 80s today, that will drop into the 70s on Wednesday and then the low-to-mid 60s on Thursday. Factor in some windy conditions and tomorrow and Thursday will be rather cool for this time of the year. This will be a quick moving system but by the weekend we should be sunny and warmer with highs back in the low 80s. The overnight lows will also bottom out in the lower 50s on Wednesday and Thursday night. So be aware of the rain, breezy conditions and then cooler air in the days to come.

The Sumter County BOE work session was held last night. The Board received a construction update on the new high school site and everything is on track to open on time for the fall session. SCF&R Chief Jerry Harmon made a request to utilize the new school in the fall as his department will be hosting a State Fire Academy training session in September with classroom work and then outside training. He will bring more details at a later meeting on what may be required. The agenda was then set for Thursday’s monthly meeting. One item coming up for a vote Thursday will be the tentative budget of $36.1 million which is balanced and will NOT require a tax increase from the BOE. Thursday’s meeting will be held at 7pm in the boardroom of the SCS Administration Building. The meeting is open to the public but will also be seen on the SCS Facebook page.

This Saturday is a big day at the Sumter County fairgrounds. “Bring the Thunder to Lay the Wreaths” will be held at the fairgrounds from 11 to 5 with a car and bike show; food vendors; and entertainment for the kids. Admission is FREE but donations will be taken for purchasing wreaths for Andersonville National Cemetery in December. This will actually start at Atlanta Motor Speedway with classic cars and motorcycles being escorted into the fairgrounds along with a Huey helicopter.  In conjunction with the Thunder for Wreaths, Saturday May 15th is also Peace Officer Memorial Day and a ceremony will be held at 1pm at the fairgrounds. The lives of the officers lost in the line of duty will be honored during this ceremony. The Americus Police Department, Sumter County Sheriff’s Office and GSW University Police are hosting this memorial observance. A large crowd is anticipated in attending for this most worthy occasion.

 It was a rather quiet Monday around town according to the Americus Police incident reports. Officers were busy answering 4 domestic-related calls.

Thefts took place from 1402 N. MLK Boulevard and 1130 Felder Street.

Felix Romero was arrested and charged with shoplifting at Wal-Mart.

Damage to property was reported at 936 N. Jackson Street and at 614 Oak Avenue.

An ungovernable child complaint was made at 223-A Horton Drive.

Officers responded to a civil matter last night at apartment 210 140 Lonnie Lane.

There was 1 miscellaneous call answered by officers yesterday.

3 accidents were worked by APD on Monday that had no reported injuries.

The deadline is tomorrow to purchase a flag for the Memorial Day Avenue of Flags that will be sponsored again by American Legion Post #558. The cost of a flag is $75 per flag. To make a purchase, contact Frank Mitchell at 229-938-4310; Charles Holt at 229-942-1739; or see any member of American Legion Post #558 before tomorrow’s deadline.


Sumter County Sheriff’s Deputies continued to be busy conducting 15 traffic stops yesterday. Lessie Soloman was charged with speeding after a stop on Highway 49N. Another stop on 49N resulted in Albert Mills being cited for expired registration. Following a stop on Thomas Drive at Sullivan Drive, Bentley R. Cook was charged with a seat belt violation. Kurtis K. Banks was charged with speeding at a stop on Highway 49N. Deputies went to Highway 49N at Country Lane Road where the roadway was blocked. Kansas L. Tyson was charged with a violation of handicap parking at 900 Southwestern Circle. Shanetta Cobb was also issued a warning for the same violation. 2 activated alarms were answered and checked out. Deputies responded to 2 domestic-related calls. A suspicious vehicle was spotted at 679 Flintside Drive. 1 prisoner transport was made yesterday. A motor vehicle theft took place at 114 Moon Street. There was 1 accident yesterday that was turned over to Troopers for investigation.

In the Sumter County Jail today are: Cedric James Hudson—holding for Stewart County; and Cartasha Monique Jenkins for simple battery (FVA). 1 was released from jail after posting bond.

The Sumter County Board of Commissioners will hold their work session via ZOOM this evening at 6pm due to COVID-19.