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Wednesday August 20th, 2014



Last night’s Board of Commissioners meeting didn’t have the drama that last week’s work session did. It was all business and discussion last night. After approval of the consent agenda the Commissioners ratified the Georgia Judicial Retirement System engagement and report from Chambliss, Roland and Baxter LLC. The timeline was approved for the Sumter County Fire and Rescue apparatus replacement program.  Regulation of the on-site sewage management systems with the Health Department was approved. The audit report for FY 2013 was accepted.  A Sumter C.I. vehicle was declared surplus. Turfplaner of Georgia was named a sole source provider of the requested service. A Corrective Action Plan for FY 2013 was forwarded to the Department of Audits and Accounts. A trade or even swap of equipment with Yancy Equipment Company was approved. Approval was given to solicit bids for Right-of-Way mowing and herbicide spraying in the County.  A vote of the sign ordinance came up and after more discussion and a lack of a second for or against the ordinance caused the sign ordinance to be tabled until October. During comments, County Administrator Bill Twomey reported the County received an $800,000 CDBG grant, the largest in the State. The City of Americus also received a CDBG grant for $783,731 he said making this one of the largest grants by a City/County in the State this go-round. With no other comments, the meeting was adjourned.

The monthly meeting of the Mayor and City Council is at 5 Thursday afternoon in the Rees Park Economic Development Center at 409 Elm Avenue. The meeting is held here due to renovation work at the Public Safety Building. The community is invited to attend tomorrow afternoon’s meeting.

The Chamber’s August quarterly membership luncheon is at noon tomorrow at Georgia Southwestern State University in the Faculty Dining Room. Gretchen Corbin, Commissioner of the Georgia Department of Community Affairs will be the featured speaker. Tickets are $12 per person. Call Ivy at the Chamber Office at 924-2646 and make your reservation.

Make an appointment today to give blood at Friday’s community blood drive. Call the local Red Cross at 924-2026 and make an appointment or go online to www.redcrossblood.org and enter sponsor code: PSMC. Those with appointments will get top priority but all walk-ins will be welcomed. Friday’s blood drive will be held in the Fellowship Hall of First Baptist Church at 221 S. Lee Street from 8 until 6. Call today and make an appointment that best suits your Friday schedule and make sure to have a photo ID with you on Friday.

It’s looking more and more that Friday’s season opening high school football games will be played in extreme heat. Although kick-off Friday night for both games is a little later with an 8pm start, it will still be extremely hot on the field. Friday’s high is expected to be near 100-degrees. Friday night, Americus-Sumter travels to Smith Station Alabama for the season opener against Smith Station’s Panthers. That is an 8pm EST kick-off. Southland Academy travels to Perry for an 8pm kick-off with Westfield’s Hornets. Fans as well as players should be prepared for the heat on Friday.

Americus Police had an entering auto case about 5:45 this morning at 804 Adderton Street. That’s been going on for most of the summer. What hasn’t is the fact this particular auto was a Townsend Tree Truck and the Townsend Corporation is now offering a $1000 reward for the arrest and conviction of the responsible person or persons. If you have information concerning the Townsend Tree Truck that was entered by breaking a window, contact the Americus Police Department and if your information leads to an arrest, you could be the one to claim that reward. In other Tuesday police action, a burglary and theft was reported at 1006 Turner Street.

A forced entry burglary and criminal trespass occurred at 1403 Lafayette Street.

Laquesha S. Jackson was arrested at 303 Hosanna Circle and charged with cruelty to animals.

A theft took place from 505 W. Church Street.

Responding to a domestic situation on Mayo Street, Jermaine Derrell Solomon was arrested for interference with government property.

Following a traffic stop on S. Lee Street last night, Robert Andrew Middlebrooks was arrested for DUI-refusal and speeding.

There were a few miscellaneous calls answered by officers yesterday. No accidents were worked by officers in the past 24-hours.


From Wednesday’s Sumter County incident reports, deputies worked 7 traffic stops. On US 19 north, LaDonna D. Palmer was arrested on 2 traffic violations. A theft occurred at 3263 Lamar Road and at 805 Harrold Avenue at the South Campus. A burglary was investigated at 219 Graystone Drive. A bad child complaint was made with deputies. There were 2 animal complaints yesterday and deputies worked 2 accidents. One accident involved a deer and one was turned over to the Georgia State Patrol. Douglas Roseth was cited for illegal dumping at 1000 South Georgia Tech Parkway. There were a total of 30 incidents worked by deputies yesterday.

Currently housed in the Sumter County Jail are: Jared Black-obstruction/simple battery; Sarah Jo Derington-disorderly conduct; Darrius Torone Grier-1st degree burglary/felony automobile theft; Xavier Lee Jackson-obstruction; Joseph Kevin Plunkett-probation violation/parole violation; Chasmon Deon Smith-possession of a controlled substance with intent to distribute/obstruction/possession of marijuana with intent to distribute/possession of cocaine/ 3-counts of probation violation/felony theft by receiving stolen property; Jermaine Derrell Solomon-domestic disturbance/interference with government property.