"Local News"



Wednesday September 30th, 2015



On a drizzly day, the ground was broken for a TSPLOST project that the voters actually voted on way back when the TSPLOST was first passed. The four-laning of the SGT Parkway was one of the projects that were listed on the regional projects that were part of the TSPLOST projects and yesterday the project became a reality. The first phase will be the relocation of the utility poles much like what had to be done with the widening of US 19 years ago. Once that has been completed then the widening will begin.

This weekend will be an ENERGY STAR and WaterSense Sales Tax Holiday in the state of Georgia. Unlike the previous back to school sales tax holiday this summer, this will be a 3-day savings period for consumers from this Friday through Sunday. During the sales tax holiday this weekend, items will be exempt from sales tax if they have the ENERGY STAR or WaterSense label and have a purchase price of $1500 or less per item. Just a few items include clothes washers, doors, fluorescent light bulbs, bathroom sink faucets, high-efficiency toilets and showerheads.

Pre-registration is required for the Fall Ladies Handgun Safety Course sponsored by the Sumter County Sheriff’s Office. The classroom portion will be Thursday October 15th at 6pm at the Sumter County Ag Center. If you do not have a permit, bring a photo ID for a background check. The shooting range portion of the course will be on Saturday October 17th at 12:30pm at the McMath Mill range. This is a free course offered by the Sheriff’s Office but due to limited class size, pre-registration is a MUST! Call 924-4094 ext. 221 or 232 to sign up. If you have already signed up, please call and reconfirm.

High school football this Friday night in the area has 2 local teams on the road and 2 local teams having homecoming. Playing on the road this week will be Southland Academy in Valdosta to play Valwood and Marion County in Columbus to play Pacelli. Schley County will host Central-Talbotton for homecoming and Bainbridge will be the homecoming opponent for Americus-Sumter. All games will kick-off Friday night at 7:30.

Districts 1 & 2 will have a Neighborhood Watch meeting this Monday October 5th at 6pm in Council Chambers of the Public safety Building. Lt. Sims and Sgt. Brown will be speaking on Block Captains and suspicious activity reports and conducting Neighborhood Watch meetings on your block through your Block Captains. Please make your plans to attend on Monday to find out how you can make your streets safe one block at a time.

Americus Police were kept busy yesterday answering domestic and miscellaneous calls. There were 9 miscellaneous calls and 5 domestic-related calls during the 24-period. Officers also answered 4 criminal trespass complaints. Criminal trespass complaints were made at 123 Linnie Street; 1212 S. Lee Street; 114 Strife Street; and 1604 E. Forsyth Street.

A forced entry burglary was investigated at 312 Hosanna Circle. A burglary also was investigated at 911 Ashby Street.

2 case of harassing phone calls were reported to police.

A suspicious vehicle complaint was made on W. Dodson Street at 2am this morning.

A hit-n-run accident occurred on Millard Fuller Boulevard.

Officers worked 4 Tuesday accidents in the City with 1 injury complaint.


Tuesday was another fairly quiet day for the Sumter County Sheriff’s Deputies. Only 19 incidents were worked by Deputies. Domestic disturbances were reported at 120 Washington Street in Plains and to 1225 US 19 north. Civil complaints were made at the Courthouse. Harassing phone calls were reported. Burglaries were investigated at 103 Holman Road and 173 Grover Drive. 1st degree forgery is under investigation on Holman Road. A case of fraud occurred on Highway 308. Deputies went to a theft at 100 W. Jefferson Street. Following a traffic stop US 280 east at the Lamar Road, Gladys Timmon was charged with passing in a no-passing zone.

Cherronda Lafaye Tookes is in the Sumter County Jail back for Court.