"Local News"



Wednesday May 20th, 2015



A slim crowd was on hand for the Board of Commissioners monthly meeting but those that were there heard a lot of discussion. Guidelines for road maintenance were discussed. An ordinance governing business license taxes for depository financial institutions was discussed and a public hearing will be needed since it is a tax. The Board approved a change order for $38,768 for 4 custom fire engines for Sumter Fire and Rescue. 2 resolutions adding Webster County to a Joint Development Authority with Schley, Sumter and Macon Counties were approved and an ordinance titled “Joint Development Authority” was repealed. Discussion of bids for the demolition of 4 structures was heard. The Board accepted the lowest proposals from McCurley’s for property on Hobbs Street, 917 E. Railroad Street and 107 Bumphead Road. Greco Demo was awarded the low proposal for 299 Southerfield Road. An ordinance governing the enumeration of nuisances and for other lawful purposes was passed. Marcus Chatmon was reappointed to the Zoning Board of Appeals. There was a lot of discussion concerning Workers Comp. After a few announcements, the meeting moved to closed session for legal matters and personnel. Once back in open session, the meeting was adjourned.

The mock disaster drill will be held tomorrow. If you see a lot of emergency vehicles or hear a lot of chatter on the scanner, it’s all part of the disaster drill. This drill will consist of 2-parts—an infectious disease outbreak and a weather-related event. The mock drill will involve the local hospital and over 10 local agencies. Just remember, whatever you hear on the scanner or see on the streets, it’s all part of this disaster drill.

The current school year is all but over. Baccalaureate Services for both Americus-Sumter and Southland Academy will be held tomorrow evening. Southland Academy will observe Baccalaureate at 7pm tomorrow night at Central Baptist Church. Baccalaureate will be at 8pm tomorrow night at Finklea-Robinson Field for Americus-Sumter. Graduation will be Friday night—7pm in the Melvin Kinslow gym for Southland Academy and 8pm for Americus-Sumter at Finklea-Robinson Field. Schley County will have their graduation Saturday morning on their football field.

The monthly meeting of the Mayor and City Council will be held at 5 tomorrow afternoon. The meeting will be held in the newly renovated Council Chambers of the Public Safety Building. This will be the first meeting in the new facility since the renovation work began almost a year ago. The community is invited to attend the meeting as well as see the new Council Chambers.

Americus Police had more autos entered yesterday. 7 were at one location. That was at 902 MLK Boulevard at Americus Auto Care where 7 different vehicles had been entered. One other location, 2001 S. Lee Street, also had an auto entered. While 7 of the 8 vehicles were in a fenced in area, just remember to lock and secure your vehicles at all times and never leave items in plain sight to tempt a would-be thief, especially a gun or laptop. In other police action from Tuesday, a criminal trespass complaint was made at 404 Tripp Street.

Officers responded to a domestic call to 39-B Reddick Drive.

A theft of lost/mislaid property occurred at apartment 75 120 Lonnie Lane.

A juvenile was arrested for unruly at 102 Mill Creek Road.

Brandon J. Davis was arrested and charged with disorderly conduct at 1701 Maxwell Street.

A hit-n-run accident was reported at 300 Cherokee Street.

Officers worked 3 accidents with no reported injuries.


Sumter County Sheriff’s Deputies were fairly active on Tuesday working 25 total incidents. 12 traffic stops were conducted. At a stop on Douglas Drive at Crawford Street, Janetta D. Small was cited for window tint violation.  On US 19 south at the Muckalee Bridge, John O. Evans was cited with a seat belt violation. A stop on Spring Street at Church Street resulted in a citation for Jonah A. Chadwick for a seat belt violation. Keyon D. Stone was cited for a seat belt violation following a stop on Rucker Street at US 19. Warnings were issued in the remaining traffic stops.

Deputies arrested Brianna M. Holt at 63 Valley Drive for financial transaction card theft. An improperly parked vehicle was reported on Youngs Mill Road. A bad child complaint was made following a domestic call to 1727 E. Lamar Street. Deputies went to a domestic disturbance at 151 Fox Stephens Road. A suspicious vehicle complaint was made on Shady Bottom at Charleston Street.

In the Sumter County Jail today is Brianna Mercedes Holt for financial transaction card theft.