Local News

Wednesday July 19th, 2017


A lot of action was taken at last night’s Board of Commissioners monthly meeting. Approval was given for a letter to GDOT to construct a hangar at the airport. After discussion, a budget amendment and capital request for the Sumter County Sheriff’s Office was passed. Personnel policy amendments for funeral leave and educational incentives were both approved. The Sumter County Livestock Authority was discussed including cost estimates for needed repairs and upgrades to the Livestock Barn. No action was taken last night. A contract for the purchase of financial and administrative data processing system between the BOC and Edmunds and Associates was approved. A local vendor preference policy was approved and then an affidavit of eligibility for local vendor preference was then passed. A State Court contract to go into effect August 1st was passed. Due to lightning damage, approval was given for sole justification to the Vendor—ACE Technologies for access control and intrusion system. 3 public hearings were approved for the tax increase notice. Tuesday August 1st, public hearings at the Courthouse will be held at 10am and 6pm and the third public hearing will be August 8th at 5:30. Approval was given for a press release to announce the proposed tax increase. After announcements and updates, the meeting adjourned to closed session for a personnel matter.



A “Start Your Own Business Seminar” will be held on the SGTC campus at 5pm tomorrow. The Sumter County Chamber of Commerce is partnering with Americus Main Street and South Georgia Technical College for the seminar from 5-7:30pm in the Weyerhaeuser Room in the Pope Center. Registration is free but space is limited. To register, call Carolyn at the Chamber office 924-2646 or you can register online at www.sumtercountychamber.com. Help in making your entrepreneurial dream become a reality is just a call away.



The monthly meeting of the Mayor and City Council is a 5pm tomorrow afternoon in Council Chambers of the Public Safety Building in downtown Americus. The meeting is open for the community to attend. 3 people will be speaking before Mayor and Council concerning the new alcohol license holder ordinance. 2 public hearings will also be on Thursday’s agenda.



School for Sumter County School system students is now less than 2-weeks away. Teacher pre-planning starts Monday July 24th and the schools open houses will 1 week from today on July 27th. Open house for Pre-K through 6th grades will be from 5 to 7pm while 7th through 12th grades open house will be held from 6-8pm. The first day of the 2017-2018 school year is Monday July 31st for SCS students.



The heat is about to be on here in Southwest Georgia! Highs in the 90s will hang around through the weekend with Friday’s high being the hottest so far this summer in our area. Some forecasters are saying some will see the mid-to-upper 90s in spots on Friday. Mid-90s will remain into the weekend with a chance of rain returning on Sunday. The heat index will be around 100 and the 105-110 degrees for Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Highs will drop into the low 90s at the start of next week. Our rainy spring and early summer has kept the heat at bay but looks like these next 5-days will be some of the hottest weather so far!



Americus Police had 2 autos entered yesterday—1 by force and 1 left unlocked. The unlocked vehicle was entered at 206 Maple Street and the vehicle entered by force was around 3:45 this morning at 102 Lonnie Lane.


A theft of lost/mislaid property was reported at 304 Hosanna Circle.


A shoplifting incident occurred at 1536 E. Forsyth Street.


Officers stayed busy with 5 miscellaneous calls and 2 domestic-related calls on Tuesday.


There were 4 accidents around town yesterday with no reported injuries.


Investigation into last weekend’s fatal shooting is continuing by APD and the GBI. There was nothing new on the case released this morning.





From the Tuesday Sumter County Sheriff’s Office incidents, Deputies conducted 11 traffic stops. Damage to property was reported at 1601 N. MLK Boulevard. A domestic disturbance was answered at 102 Odum Road Extension. A burglary was investigated at 1003 Highway 49N. A suspicious vehicle complaint was made on US 19S. Deputies issued a parking violation on N. Jackson between Bay Street and J R Campbell to Derrick Henry for an illegally parked vehicle. There was 1 accident worked by a Deputy yesterday.


In the Sumter County Jail today are: James Randall Cowart for probation violation; Derik Dennard James for false statements or writings to law enforcement; Lester Benail Mann for battery/ obstruction/ and failure to appear; and Willis Lee Young—holding for USMS. 1 was back in jail for Court.