on Monday for the May 20th nonpartisan primary. A late qualifier Monday
was Mark Waddell for County Commission District 2. As busy as it was Monday, no
one qualified yesterday although at least 2 election packets were picked up. Nonpartisan
qualifying ends at
this Friday March 7th. Qualifying is being held in the Elections
Office at the SumterCounty
Mike Cheokas announced yesterday that he had qualified to run for re-election
as state representative for District 138 which includes Sumter, Schley, Marion
and Chattahoochee counties. Rep. Cheokas said his number one job is to serve
all the citizens of District 138. He’s honored by the trust they have given
Early voting continues through Friday March 14th for the
special called school board election. The special election is on Tuesday March
18th. Voters in current school board districts 1, 2, 4 and 6 will be
going to the polls and vote for a school board representative that should have
been voted on in 2012. Those elected will serve until December 31st
of this year. There are 2 contested races in the March 18th special
called election. Incumbent Willa Fitzpatrick in BOE 4 faces opposition from
Penny Taft and incumbent Mike Mock on BOE 6 faces challenger Sarah M. Pride. Candidates
running unopposed are Doug Williams in BOE District 1 and incumbent Meda
Krenson in BOE District 2. Even if your representative is running unopposed or
has opposition, it is important to exercise your right by voting. If you do
come to early vote at the Courthouse, you will need a photo ID with you.
The City of Americus has received some statewide recognition. Twelve
communities around Georgia were recognized for statewide excellence in improving
their downtowns through the nationally-based Main Street program. The City of Americus took home an honor for various aspects of the Main Street program. The City was recognized under Promotions for
having the Most Events in a Downtown District. The Main Street program is a national, community-based development
initiative in which public and private entities collaborate to revitalize
The SumterCounty Board of Commissioners will have a special called
meeting this Friday March 7th at at the Board of Commissioners Board Room at the SumterCounty Courthouse. The purpose of the called meeting is to
discuss the 2014 SPLOST. The Board will also discuss any other items deemed
appropriate. All meetings of the Board of Commissioners are open for the public
A reminder to
parents but the weather make-up day for students in the Sumter County Schools
from January’s cold weather will be on Friday March 14th. Parents are
reminded that their students WILL be going to class on Friday March 14th
which WAS a scheduled holiday.
It’s catch up day it seems for the Americus Police incident reports. Several cases were completed
and made available for Local News today. A criminal trespass was reported Sunday
at 516 E. Forsyth and on Monday at 403-A Academy Street.
An aggravated assault case remains under further investigation that
occurred at 257
Brookdale Drive on Monday. From Tuesday’s incident reports, Christopher
B. Worth was arrested on Oglethorpe Avenue for a shoplifting incident at Winn-Dixie.
Following a traffic stop on W. Forsyth Street, Cleveland R. Watts was arrested for driving on a suspended
license, his 1st offense.
A criminal trespass complaint was made at 319 S. Jackson Street for a broken window from a domestic dispute.
A theft took place at 406 Crawley Street.
Responding to a domestic call to 453-B Forrest Street, Tiffany Stone was picked up for an outstanding warrant
from Albany and taken to the LEC for housing.
A hit-n-run accident was reported at the intersection of Forsyth and Sun Valley Drive.
other miscellaneous calls answered by officers in the past 24-hour period.
law enforcement, longtime CrispCounty Sheriff Donnie Haralson lost his long battle with cancer
and passed away yesterday. He was the longest serving sheriff in CrispCounty history, holding the office for over 26-years.
Saturday’s events: The Emergency Preparedness Expo from 9 to 2 at the SumterCounty Fairgrounds hosted by the Sumter LEPC.
A free workshop to receive information and assistance with applying
for health insurance will be held at the StaleyMiddle
cafeteria from 10-4.
Civil War Living History weekend Saturday and Sunday at Andersonville National Historic Site-Saturday 10-4 and Sunday 10-3.
Time changes this weekend. Before going to bed Saturday night set your
clocks ahead one hour.