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Wednesday November 25th, 2015



If you don’t stop by the Americus Welcome Center by the close of business today you will then have only Monday November 30th to get an Americus Christmas Parade application and return it by Monday as well. The annual Americus Christmas Parade is Thursday December 3rd at 7pm through the streets of downtown Americus. The offices at the City of Americus are closed in observance of Thanksgiving on Thursday and Friday this week so your window of opportunity is now even smaller if you want to be a parade participant this year.

Small Business Saturday will be observed this year and shoppers all over are being encouraged to shop your local neighbors this Saturday and help our community. Last year overall, shoppers spent $14.3 billion at locally-owned stores and restaurants in Georgia on Small Business Saturday, an increase of about 2.1 percent from the year before. Small Business Saturday is a great opportunity for local shopkeepers to really shine and win customers who’ll continue to support them throughout the year.

It’s the time of the year that the Americus Fire and Emergency Services will begin to spray live Christmas trees with fire retardant. This free service begins on November 26th, Thanksgiving Day and will continue through December 23rd. You can come by with your live tree at Fire Station#1 (the Public Safety Building at 119 S. Lee Street) any day for this service to protect you and your family. AFES does this every year at this time for your protection.

OK, you’ve got family and friends over for Thanksgiving and as the meal is settling, you wonder what can we all do now? Why not take the family and kids to Willet Way Wonderland tomorrow night? Willet Way Wonderland will be all lit up this year once again and it all starts tomorrow night. It will begin around dark-thirty and there’s a REAL good chance that you can see Santa tomorrow night and have pictures made with him and your family. Make a family tradition and come see the lights and Santa starting tomorrow night at Willet Way Wonderland!

The City Manager has narrowed the field of candidates for the position of Americus Police Chief down to two candidates. The candidates are Woodrow W. Blue Jr. and John Powell. Woodrow W. Blue Jr. currently serves as Chief of Police in Donalsonville as well as other sites in Georgia. John Powell, a former FBI Special Agent is currently a Law Enforcement, Public Safety and Security Consultant. Remember you can hear from and ask questions of these two candidates at a Public Forum on Monday November 30th from 6-7pm in Council Chambers of the Public Safety Building.

From Tuesday’s Americus Police incident reports, after an accident investigation was conducted on N. Lee Street, Asha Nicole Jones was charged with following too closely, driving without a license on person and obstruction.

A theft took place at 1206 Crawford Street.

After a hit-n-run investigation on E. Forsyth Street, Kathleen Elisabeth Hanks was arrested for DUI-Refusal and obstruction.

A reckless conduct incident occurred at 302 E. Furlow Street.

Officers went to 1605 E. Lamar Street last night and made several arrests. 17-year old Oscar Lee Smith was charged with reckless conduct and obstruction. 3 juveniles were each charged with reckless conduct, obstruction and unruly juvenile.

A criminal trespass complaint was made at 702-E Davenport Street.

Responding to a domestic situation at 12:01 this morning at 39-A Reddick Drive, Reginald T. Harris was arrested for simple battery (DVA), obstruction, giving a false ID to a law enforcement officer and for 2 outstanding warrants. Once at booking it was found he had 5 more outstanding warrants against him. He was taken to the LEC.

An animal complaint was filed at 1:37 this morning from 2013 Rose Avenue.

Officers had 3 total domestic calls, 1 miscellaneous call and worked 6 accidents in the City with no reported injuries.


Sumter County Sheriff’s Deputies worked a total of 24 incidents on Tuesday. 6 traffic stops were conducted. A stop on US 49 north led to a citation for failure to obey a stop sign for Alicia M. Bassett. Following a stop on W. Church Street, Cynthia L. Williford was cited for failure to obey signs or control devices. On Highway 30 west, Shanterria M. Prince was issued a speeding ticket. Warnings were also issued in the other traffic cases.

Suspicious person complaints were made on the Tallent Store Road, 594 District Line Road and at 345 Highway 195. A bad child complaint was made at 110 US 19 north. A domestic disturbance was answered at 134 Jasmine Drive.

Housed in the Sumter County Jail today are: Reginald Tavilous Harris for obstruction/ shoplifting/ simple battery (DVA)/ giving a false ID to law enforcement officers/ and 2-counts of probation violation; Michael Pless for civil contempt of child support; Oscar Lee Smith for obstruction and reckless conduct; Stephen Kyle Studdard for speeding/ possession of a firearm during the commission of a felony/ possession of a controlled substance/ expired or no registration/ no proof of insurance/ and southwestern probation; and Kristen W. Welch-back for Court.

In observance of the Thanksgiving holidays, the offices of the LEC and Courthouse will be closed on Thursday and Friday. The next Sheriff’s incident reports we get on Local News will come on Monday November 30th.