"Local News"


Wednesday April 23rd, 2014


Southeast Regional Director Stan Austin has announced that Brad Bennett has been selected as superintendent of Chickamauga and Chattahoochee National Military Park in Georgia and Tennessee effective June 1st. Bennett has served as Superintendent of Andersonville National Historic Site since July 2009. At Andersonville, Bennett improved the long-term preservation of historic resources by leading a work group of subject matter experts to update National Park Service (NPS) policy for national cemetery operations. He also represented NPS on the US Department of Veterans Affairs Advisory Committee on Cemeteries and Memorials. The park also developed new opportunities for the public to appreciate Andersonville’s stories of courage and sacrifice by collaborating with several organizations, including the Friends of Andersonville and the American Ex-Prisoners of War, to raise more than $250,000 to fund a traveling exhibit about the hardships and legacy of POWs. Brad, Emma-Gray, 17-year old Camille and 16-year old twins Elliott and Logan will move to their new home in early June.

During Monday night’s BOE Retreat, SCS Superintendent Donnie Smith released the Georgia State Department of Education College and Career Ready Performance Index (CCRPI) for all districts and schools in the state. The CCRPI for the Sumter County Schools increased 6.7 points from a 57 in 2012 to 63.7 in 2013. This improvement is due to the hard work and dedication of the teachers, paraprofessionals, administrators and all other support staff. Parents and students need to be thanked for all their efforts as well. Superintendent Smith went on to say that while we will never be satisfied until we reach a score of 100, this improvement in one year is to be commended.

This Friday night April 25th, the annual Relay for Life will be held at Alton Shell Stadium at Finklea-Robinson Field. The event starts at 6pm and the Survivor Walk will get started at 6:30. The Luminary Service in memory and in honor of loved ones will begin around 9pm. The community is encouraged to attend and join in for an evening of HOPE as we Celebrate and Remember. This “Celebration of Life” is sponsored by the American Cancer Society of Sumter County.

The monthly meeting of the Mayor and City Council will be held in Council Chambers of the Public Safety Building at 5pm tomorrow afternoon. April was the month that these City Council meetings would be held elsewhere due to renovation work at the Public Safety Building. However, that renovation work has not gotten underway so the regular monthly meeting will instead be held in Council Chambers of the Public Safety Building again this month. The community is invited to attend.

There are a LOT of events planned for this coming weekend. The area-wide Confederate Memorial Day Service will be held Saturday April 26th in Oak Grove Cemetery in Americus. The service begins at 5pm at the Confederate grave section and the public is invited to attend. The Memorial Day Service is sponsored by the Alexander H. Stephens Camp, Sons of Confederate Veterans. Guest speaker is William Alfred Bowers Jr. from Baxley, a well-known historian and genealogist. Monday April 28th is a state holiday in Georgia and state offices will be closed in observance of this holiday.

From the Tuesday Americus Police incident reports a theft and 20-counts of 4th degree forgery are being investigated.

Michael Timothy Monts Jr. was arrested at 111 Sun Valley Drive for obstruction.

Officers went to a call to 200 Brookdale Drive where 62-year old Josie Williams was found deceased.

Marcus A. Laster was arrested at 1456 E. Forsyth Street at Belk’s for his 2nd offense of shoplifting.

A dog bite report was made at 400 Reese Street last evening.

A theft occurred at 103-M Knollwood Drive.

Alonzo Slaughter was arrested at 202 US 280 west following an accident investigation last night and charged with an outstanding warrant.

There were several miscellaneous and domestic-related calls answered by officers yesterday.

A hit-n-run accident was reported at 107 Prince Street in the Food Lion parking lot.

Officers worked 2 accidents yesterday with no reported injuries.