"Local News"


Wednesday April 16th, 2014


Leadership Sumter applications for the upcoming 2014-2015 class are due to the Chamber of Commerce by this Friday April 18th. Leadership Sumter is an immersion program in which participants are provided in-depth learning experiences about the community in which they live and/or work. Each of the modules are critical to the overall economic health, well-being and strength of the community. This class is beneficial to those just moving into the community as well as those who have lived here all their lives. Anyone wishing to participate is encouraged to apply through the Sumter County Chamber of Commerce. Contact Angela at 924-2646 or by email: awestra@americus-sumterchamber.com.

We all woke up to near-freezing temperatures this morning and hopefully, the last time we do this during the spring. Itís always been said to expect a cold snap before Easter and since Easter is a little late in the month this year, many had hoped that would not happen. Well, it did and will be rather chilly again tonight with the lows in the lower 40s. It will be a little below average the next day or so with highs in the 60s today and near 70 on Thursday before a chance of rain returns on Friday. The Easter weekend is now expected to be warm and mostly sunny both Saturday and Sunday.

The winds that started yesterday caused a few problems from time to time as some limbs were knocked down onto lines and caused some spotty power outages but there were no long outages reported. The gusty winds will be greatly diminished today although it will be breezy, making it feel a little cool if youíll be out and about.

You still have time to make an appointment to give blood at this Fridayís community blood drive. The blood drive will be held in the Fellowship Hall of First Baptist Church on S. Lee Street this Friday from 8 to 6. Donors can go online at www.redcrossblood.org and enter sponsor code: PSMC or call the local Red Cross office at 924-2026 and make your appointment. Those with appointments will get top priority but all walk-ins will be most welcome. All blood types are needed. Make your appointment today. You will need a photo ID with you.

The scene yesterday was reminiscent of a sight years ago. All drivers are aware that local gas prices continue to climb but yesterday, after the price increase yet again, a line formed at one location that actually dropped the price per gallon by 5-cents. Vehicles were seen waiting and circling the location while waiting to purchase the lower gas prices. It was years ago that the gas prices spiked and drivers literally drained the pumps by getting the gas before the different locations could raise prices that particular day. It was not that bad yesterday but it was interesting to see vehicle after vehicle wait for the lower price at the pump. It just goes to show that drivers notice and word spreads quickly when the prices DO go down.

It was another busy day yesterday for the Americus Police. Several arrests were made. Paul Michael McDonald and Ladrekia Niesha McDonald were arrested at apartment 225 140 Lonnie Lane for disorderly conduct.

Cornelius Vernon Clark was arrested for shoplifting at Wal-Mart.

Dorothy Jean Floyd was arrested at 107 Prince Street at Food Lion for shoplifting.

Responding to a domestic call to 920 Cypress Drive, Antonio Leon Golphin and a juvenile were arrested for disorderly conduct.

A domestic call to 118 Belinda Circle led to the arrest of Cecilia T. Flowers for disorderly conduct.

3 arrests were made at 12:44 this morning at 120 N. Lee Street. Devonte Biggins and Nickolas Lee Jennings were arrested for disorderly conduct and Christopher McDougald was arrested for non-compliance.

At 1:26 this morning, also at 120 N. Lee Street, JaMarcus A. Stone was arrested for criminal trespass for breaking out a window. In other police action on Tuesday, criminal trespass complaints were made at 110 Knollwood Drive and 110 Garden Lane.

An auto was entered at 15-G 1130 Felder Street.

A burglary was investigated at 6B 701 Davenport Street. A felony criminal attempt of burglary was made at 214 Barnum Drive.

A hit-n-run accident was reported at 730 US 19 north.