"Local News"



Wednesday September 17th, 2014



The Sumter County Board of Commissioners met last night. A budget amendment was approved for the defined benefit line items for the various departments. The policies and procedures for the purpose of administering the 2014 CDBG program were approved. A contract for a grant administrator to assist in carrying out the CDBG program was accepted. A resolution for the acceptance of certain streets and roads in landlot 114 from the PDA was approved. The bid package for right-of-way herbicide spraying was also approved. The Sumter County Sheriff’s Office was granted approval to seek a palm scanner from Synergistic Software. An agreement between Sumter County and Greg Hancock Funeral Chapel for pauper services was reached. There was much discussion on several items but no Board action was taken last night. After announcements and comments the meeting adjourned to closed session for personnel and legal matters.

An 11am convocation kicks off POW/MIA Recognition Day in Jackson Hall on the GSW campus today. Former POW Colonel Wayne Waddell is featured speaker. The “Some Gave All Wall” will be escorted to the GSW Student Success Center at 9am tomorrow morning. The “Some Gave All Wall” displays all service men and women that have fallen in the line of duty from September 11th, 2001 to present day. Friday is a full day of activities in Andersonville and at Georgia Southwestern beginning at 7:30am.

The Americus Sumter Payroll Development Authority, PharmaCentra, ConCentra Solutions and PetCareRX will have a job expansion announcement and ribbon cutting ceremony tomorrow at 6pm. The event will be at the Contact Center at 105 Industrial Drive in Americus. A facility visit will be made available from 5:30 to 7pm.

Applications are now available at the Chamber Office for the Sumter County Scarecrows. The deadline to submit entries is Friday September 26th. Contact Ivy at 924-2646 for more information.

The monthly meeting of the Mayor and City Council has been moved to the Lecture Hall of the new Nursing Building on the GSW campus at 5pm tomorrow afternoon. For more information about this meeting location change, call City Clerk Paula Martin at 924-4411 ext. 244.

From Monday’s Americus Police incident reports, criminal trespass complaints were made at 103 Carter Street, 300 Cherokee Street and Lot 13 Weeks Trailer Park. A forgery was reported at 103 W. Jefferson Street. Timothy Johnson was cited for inoculation of animals on Pinecrest Drive. A forced entry burglary and criminal damage to property in the 2nd degree occurred at 110 Woodland Avenue.

From Tuesday’s incident reports, a burglary was investigated at 1422-D S. Lee Street.

An auto was entered at 1204 S. MLK Boulevard.

A pedestrian, Chatley Latrice Yancie was struck by a vehicle on S. Lee Street near Rose Avenue yesterday afternoon and taken for treatment.

Nightshift had a lot of drug-related activity but no action or arrests were made.

There were 2 accidents in the City yesterday.

AFES had a fire call to N. Jackson Street yesterday afternoon to a possible person that was still inside a burning home. Firefighters entered the smoky residence and did a search of each room but no one was found. It turned out the person thought to be still inside was actually out walking several blocks away. The fire was contained to the kitchen area with fire, smoke and water damage throughout.


The Sumter County Sheriff’s Office investigated a burglary yesterday at 751 Mask Road. Damage to property complaints were made at 907 MLK Boulevard, 456-H Arch Helms Road and 166 East Rock Hill Drive. Deputies conducted 4 traffic stops. After a stop on US 280 east, Jennifer C. Sutton was given a citation for speeding. Deputies responded to 1 domestic disturbance. A suspicious person complaint was reported. Deputies worked 3 accidents-1 turned over to GSP and 1 involving a deer. There were other miscellaneous calls answered by Deputies yesterday.

Currently housed in the Sumter County Jail: Tordera Ashan Barner-holding for West Central; Tyrese Chance-holding for USMS; Quinton Lewis Patrick-DUI/possession of marijuana; and Jennifer Kelly Riley-holding for Ohio.