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Wednesday October 15th, 2014



For once, the rain arrived just as predicted. As of late whenever there were rain chances above 50% it seemed to fizzle out. Yesterday’s near 100% chance of rain delivered about 2.25 inches here at our Highway 30 studios. Early morning winds did knock down limbs and a tree or two which caused spotty power outages. Power was quickly restored during the early morning downpours. As the rains began to diminish during the afternoon, a persistent drizzle stayed on for an hour or so before the sun broke through after 5 yesterday. It was refreshingly cool this morning and will be rather breezy throughout today with highs only in the 70s.

All veterans are encouraged to attend an Open House, meet and greet and Veterans Appreciation Day this Saturday October 18th at the John D. Mathis Post#2 on MLK Boulevard starting at 10am. At 10:30, the 3rd District Commander will have a briefing on the history and recognition of Post#2, the first American Legion Post in Georgia. A service officer will be present this Saturday to help with any support and claims information you need. At noon, veterans will be served a hamburger and hot dog lunch. The day will end by 1pm. All veterans are encouraged to attend.

On the first day of early voting, 75 people took advantage and cast ballots at the Elections Office at the Sumter County Courthouse. Early voting will continue Monday through Friday and will end on October 31st. There is one Saturday, October 25th, that early voting will be held. You will need to have a photo ID with you whenever you come to the Courthouse and early vote.

Due to a conflict with the Nursing Building on the GSW campus on Thursday October 23rd, the meeting of the Mayor and City Council will be moved to this Monday October 20th at 5pm in the Nursing Building. Please take note of this meeting change. The City Council meeting is open for the public to attend.

The monthly meeting of the Sumter County Board of Commissioners is Tuesday October 21st at 6pm in the Commissioners Room at the Sumter County Courthouse. All meetings of the Board of Commissioners are open for the public to attend.

The weather will be nice for this Friday’s high school football games. Southland Academy will be at home to host Westwood. Marion County will host Hawkinsville. Schley County will travel to Vienna to play Dooly County. All games will kick-off this Friday night at 7:30. Americus-Sumter will have an off week and will return to action on Friday the 24th.

Americus Police reports show 4 more autos have been entered around town. Autos were entered at 228 Taylor Street, 724 Beale Street, 103 Laurel Circle and at 233 Burton Circle and all 4 were left unlocked.

A peeping tom was reported in the Beale Street area.

Criminal trespass complaints were made at 1108 Turner Street, 233 Burton Circle and at 1711 E. Lamar Street.

Jayla La’Trena Munns was arrested for disorderly conduct at 107 Knollwood Drive after responding to a domestic call.

Answering a domestic call to 221-B Horton Drive, Derrick Markice Mann was arrested for disorderly conduct and non-compliance.

A juvenile was arrested for unruly at US 27 east.

A financial transaction card fraud case is under further investigation.

Hit-n-run accidents occurred at 1700 E. Lamar Street, 1105 MLK Boulevard and 730 MLK Boulevard.

There were miscellaneous calls, domestic-related calls and a suspicious person complaint answered by officers in the past 24-hours.

2 accidents yesterday in the City with no reported injuries.


The Sumter County Sheriff’s Office had a total of 31 incidents reported from Tuesday with 4 of those for roadways blocked due to limbs and trees that fell during the high winds and storms. There were 6 traffic stops conducted with warnings issued to drivers. Deputies went to domestic disturbance calls at 170 Gary Brewer Road and 113 Foster Street. There were 2 accidents worked by Deputies yesterday. Deputies went to 3 alarm activations due to power outages.

Currently housed in the Sumter County Jail: Matthew Junior Banks for child support; Denorris Contrell Jenkins for burglary; Derrick Markice Mann for non-compliance/disorderly conduct; Timothy Allen Peterson for civil contempt; and Princeton Byron Smith for simple battery.