"Local News"



Wednesday February 10th, 2016



The 96th annual meeting of the Sumter County Chamber of Commerce will be on Thursday February 18th in the Pope Center on the SGTC campus. A cocktail reception hosted by One Sumter Economic Development Foundation starts at 6pm with the dinner beginning at 7pm. The cost is $35 for Chamber members and $50 for non-members. Make your reservations by tomorrow February 11th by calling 924-2646 or online at chamber@sumtercountychamber.com.

The National Prisoner of War Museum will be hosting special guest speaker Kellee Green Blake, retired Director of the National Archives in Philadelphia. She will present a one-time program tomorrow at 1pm at the National Prisoner of War Museum at the Andersonville National Historic Site. Entrance to the park and this program are free. For more information call 229-924-0343.

The state-ranked Americus-Sumter Lady Panthers continued to roll last night in the 1st round of region playoff action with a hard-fought 66-30 win over Cairo. Unfortunately, the Panthers came up losers down in Albany falling 61-52 to Westover to end their season. With the Lady Panthers win, they are assured a spot in the state AAAA playoffs next week. The region tournament continues Thursday here in town at the South campus.

In other school news, tomorrow ends Pre-K registration at the Sumter County Early Learning Center, formerly Sara Cobb Elementary. Spots are limited and given on a first-come, first-served basis. For more information call 924-4888.

Open House at Southland Academy is one week from today on February 17th from 4:30 to 6pm. Southland Academy registration starts on Monday February 29th and ends on Friday March 4th. Call 924-4406 for more information.

The monthly meeting of the Sumter County BOE is tomorrow night at 7pm in the boardroom of the SCS Administration Building. The community is invited to attend.

Early voting for the March 1st Presidential Preference Primary is now underway in the Elections Office at the Sumter County Courthouse. Voting is being held Monday through Friday during regular business hours. When you come to early vote at the Courthouse, make sure you bring a photo ID with you. If you do not take advantage of the early voting, you will go to your usual voting precinct on Tuesday March 1st where again you will need to have a photo ID with you.

Cold weather is a great crime deterrent as it was a quiet day and night for Americus Police. A criminal trespass complaint was made at 533-A Ashby Street.

Gabrieal Carter was arrested following a welfare check at 1008 Douglas Drive and charged with reckless conduct.

After a traffic stop was conducted on Mitchell Street, Tadriana Latise Brown was arrested for possession of marijuana-less than an ounce and cited for failure to maintain lane.

A theft took place at 405 E. Church Street.

Following a traffic stop last night on E. Forsyth Street, 2 arrests were made. The driver, David Sherod King was arrested for driving without a license. A passenger, Chavion Baisden was arrested for open container.

Only 2 miscellaneous calls were answered by officers yesterday. There were no reported accidents.


There were only 25 incidents worked by Sumter County Sheriff’s Deputies yesterday and that included 17 traffic stops. After a stop on District Line Road, Pathesia S. Joiner was charged with failure to obey a stop sign. Meionne J. Harvey was charged with speeding following a stop on the Lamar Road. A stop on US 19 resulted in a speeding charge for Robert S. Borel. Quite a few warnings were also issued. A simple battery was reported on the Bumphead Road. Deputies worked 1 accident yesterday.

In the Sumter County jail today is Gabrieal Carter for reckless conduct.