Local News

Wednesday May 12th, 2021


The biggest news is the current gas situation or lack of it. Panic buying has caused a lot of stations to either run out or only having 1 or 2 pumps up and running which in turn creates LONG lines. It is the panic buying that is creating the local gas situation and now Sumter County Emergency Management is pleading with drivers to NOT “top off your tank” or fill numerous gas cans. Drivers are being given tips to conserve your gas by getting all your errands done in one trip; reduce the weight in your vehicle which creates less engine stress and better fuel efficiency; and watch the sudden starts which also uses more gas. Governor Kemp signed an executive order that has temporarily suspended the gas tax in Georgia in light of the Colonial Pipeline cyber attack. This will be a savings at the pump up until the weekend. This executive order prohibits price gouging for those looking to exploit the current situation. The Governor’s orders are temporary and hopefully the pipeline will be back online by the weekend. Everyone has reminders about what you should do. IF you actually need gas, by all means fill up and follow your normal routine of driving to and from work. Be considerate and don’t panic buy gas!


Today is the deadline to purchase a flag in the upcoming Memorial Day Avenue of Flags. American Legion Post #558 is once again sponsoring this version of the Avenue of Flags. To make a flag purchase, call on Frank Mitchell at 229-938-4310; Charles Holt at 229-942-1739; or see any member of American Legion Post #558. The flags will be flying high on Highway 30 during the Memorial Day holiday weekend. Again today is the deadline to make your flag purchase at a cost of $75 per flag in order to be a participant in the Avenue of Flags.


A large crowd is anticipated this Saturday for the “Bring the Thunder to Lay the Wreaths” event at the Sumter County Fairgrounds. This event will originate at Atlanta Motor Speedway early Saturday morning as classic cars and motorcycles will be escorted into the Sumter County fairgrounds for a car and motorcycle show. A Huey helicopter will also make the trip from Hampton to Americus. At the fairgrounds in addition to the car show, there will be food vendors and entertainment for the kids. In conjunction with the “Thunder for Wreaths”, Saturday May 15th is Peace Officer Memorial Day and a ceremony will be held at the fairgrounds starting at 1 sponsored by the Americus Police, GSW University Police and the Sumter County Sheriff’s Office. Fallen officers in the line of duty will be honored during the ceremony. Admission is FREE but donations are being accepted to purchase wreaths at the December ceremony at Andersonville National Cemetery. This will be a family-oriented event on Saturday and everyone is urged to attend between 11 and 5.


Mayor Barry Blount signed a proclamation declaring May 9th through the 15th as National Police Week in Americus. The proclamation states that all citizens should join in commemorating police officers, past and present, this week for those who have lost their lives in the line of duty protecting the citizens of Americus and Sumter County.


 From Tuesday’s Americus Police incidents, 8 Contempt of Court warrants were issued yesterday.


Responding to a domestic situation at 697 Pine Avenue, Travis L. Evans was arrested for reckless conduct and terroristic threats and acts.


Damage to property occurred at 106 Palm Court.


An incident at 71-A Barbara Battle Way resulted in the arrest of a juvenile for battery and 17-year old JyKeveon L. Horton for assault and battery.


A theft took place at 126 US 280W yesterday. While investigating, Ashley Whitlock was arrested for an outstanding warrant.


There was a phone scam reported to officers for further investigation.


An ungovernable child complaint was made after midnight at 923 Ridge Street.


Officers answered 2 miscellaneous calls yesterday.


1 accident was worked by APD on Tuesday that had no reported injuries.


The agenda-setting meeting of the Mayor and City Council will be held tomorrow evening at 6 via ZOOM. To call in and listen, dial 1-646-876-9923 using 890 901 7047b as the meeting ID and 399335 as the password.


Tomorrow night at 7 the monthly meeting of the Sumter County BOE will be held in the boardroom at the SCS Administration Building. The meeting is open to the public but facemasks are required and social distancing will be in effect. The meeting will also be shown on the SCS Facebook page.




Sumter County Sheriff’s Deputies conducted 5 traffic stops on Tuesday and issued warnings in all 5 traffic cases. 1 activated alarm was checked out. 2 prisoner transports were made. A suspicious person was spotted at 234 Upper River Road. 2 animal complaints were looked into. A structure fire at 611 Flintside Drive was reported and Deputies stood by. 2 domestic-related calls were answered by Deputies.


Housed in the Sumter County Jail today; Travis Leon Evans for reckless conduct and terroristic threats and acts; Antonio DeLaurentis Mitchell for felony probation violation; and Ashley Nicole Whitlock—holding for Lee County SO.