"Local News"



Wednesday October 22nd, 2014



It was a lengthy meeting of the Sumter County Board of Commissioners aided by an hour-plus closed session at the beginning of the meeting. The bond resolution for SPLOST was passed with the rate at 1.3074 percent. The bonds should arrive by November 20th. It was at this juncture that the meeting went into closed session and after an hour and 10-minutes, the open session resumed. Tax Commissioner software was approved at a cost of $46,203 to be paid with SPLOST proceeds. Bill Harris was reappointed to the Crisp-Sumter Joint Development Authority and Yonnie Williams was reappointed to the Lake Blackshear Watershed Advisory. The SCPRD All-star selection process was approved. The Board approved an ordinance amendment of the Sumter County Code of Ordinances to add section 2-3 entitled “Annual Balanced Budget and Fiscal Responsibility” to chapter 2. The sign ordinance was passed by a 3-2 vote. The Board adopted a resolution to recoup monies already spent with an EPD grant for $22,740.65. After a few announcements and comments, the meeting was adjourned.

Tickets are available for $15 for the Family Violence Council’s fundraiser “Jazz on the Lawn” to be held from 4 to 7pm tomorrow at the CASA Office on the GSW campus. Tickets are available at After Hours and the Windsor Parlor as well as the CASA Office. Three Community Champions will be honored-a Community, Legal and Healthcare champion. There will be live entertainment by the T.O.M. Trio along with food, drink and socializing. Get your tickets today.

Parents of North Campus students are encouraged to attend a Title 1 Parent Input meeting at 5pm tomorrow in the school Media Center. Parent’s input into all Title 1 plans and activities for the school are needed for the 2014-2015 academic year.

A community blood drive will be held this Friday October 24th from 8 to 6 at the Fellowship Hall at First Baptist Church at 221 S. Lee Street. To schedule your appointment call the local Red Cross at 924-2026 or go to www.redcrossblood.org and enter sponsor code PSMC. Those with appointments will get top priority but all walk-ins are welcomed.

As of 5pm on Tuesday October 21st, there had been 892 voters to early vote at the Elections Office at the Sumter County Courthouse. Early voting will end at 5pm on Friday October 31st. This Saturday the 25th, you can early vote between the hours of 9 and 4. You will need to bring a photo ID with you. Take advantage of the early voting and cast your ballot before the 31st.

Americus Police made a traffic stop of sorts at 1:50 this morning and was able to clear up a burglary and theft. An officer spotted 2 suspects on Razor Scooters at 1:50 this morning and stopped the 2. After investigation, Anthony Deon Westbrook was arrested for burglary and theft of lost or mislaid property. Both Westbrook and Trenedrick Carlos Bishop were charged with loitering and prowling. In other Tuesday police action, Victor Lee Postell and James Howell Moore were arrested for shoplifting at 1408 E. Forsyth Street at Dollar General.

A forced entry burglary investigation at 617 E. Jefferson Street led to the arrest of Darryl Dixon and Raymond M. McCray Jr.

A theft and forgery case is under further investigation.

A criminal trespass complaint was made at 514 N. Lee Street.

A theft of 2 bikes occurred at 409 Pecan Drive.

There were only a few miscellaneous and domestic-related calls answered by officers yesterday.

1 accident was reported with no injuries.


Sumter County Sheriff’s Deputies went to domestic disturbance calls yesterday to 115 Saliba Road and 156 Jenkins Road. 3 welfare checks were made. Deputies initiated 7 traffic stops on Tuesday. Juliet M. Hollis was given a speeding citation after a traffic stop on Georgia 3. Warnings were issued to drivers in the other cases. A theft was reported at 143 W. Lester Street. Deputies worked 4 accidents yesterday with 2 involving deer. There were other miscellaneous calls answered in the previous 24-hour period. A total of 35 incidents were worked by deputies yesterday.

Currently housed in the Sumter County Jail: Eddie Dean Covin for driving on a suspended license; Darryl D. Dixon for 1st degree burglary; Cantrell Shaquille Manns for battery; Raymond Montavious McCray for 1st degree burglary; James Howell Moore for shoplifting; Victor Lee Postell for shoplifting; Terry Korell Spear for probation violation; Angela Shavette Waters for DUI/failure to maintain lane; and Anthony Deon Westbrook for burglary/theft of lost/mislaid property.