The SumterCounty Board of Education held a Retreat session last night.
Phase 2 of the proposed capital improvement projects were heard to be paid for
with SPLOST money. The stakeholder perception surveys were discussed as were
SACS Required Actions number 1 and 5. Required Action number 2, redistricting,
had quite a bit of discussion. A letter was discussed from the Board of
Elections that wants a reply by December 21st for the 2 Board
attorneys to meet and work out an election plan. A response from the school
board attorney was read. In it were concerns about having to qualify, those
that had qualified before the election was stopped by the lawsuit, who
qualifies in which district and other concerns. He did say that a “Declaratory Judgment”
could be sought by a judge outside the Southwestern Judicial Circuit and let
the court decide the constitutionality of the 5 plus 2 plan. The attorney will
be in attendance at this Monday’s work session. A question was posed about the
9 districts that the majority of the Board voted on in November. It appears
that is not an option as it was explained by the Superintendent. He had been in
contact with a local delegate that would have to bring up the 9 districts
before the state legislature. It was said that it would have to be a unanimous
consent with the local delegation and that would not happen. Superintendent Smith
urged the Board to get this worked out and have questions ready for the work
session. The work session will be at this Monday December 9th. The public is
welcome to attend.
The annual Americus Christmas Parade is set for tomorrow night through
downtown Americus. The parade starts at Unfortunately, the latest weather forecast has a 30%
chance of early evening showers but they will be scattered. It has been a long,
long time that it has rained on a Christmas Parade. It has been cold quite a
few times but it hasn’t been as warm as it will be tomorrow night either. The temperature
is expected to be in the upper 60s at the start of the parade again with a
chance of a scattered shower. So keep that in mind when you head downtown
tomorrow night for the annual Americus Christmas Parade. It may turn out to be one of the
biggest parades yet.
MarionCounty has advanced to the GHSA Class A semi-finals this Friday
night against region foe Hawkinsville. Hawkinsville is the only team to defeat MarionCounty this year and that was a 14-10 victory in
Hawkinsville. This time, the action will be played at Eagle Field. At stake is
a trip to the Georgia Dome on Saturday December 14th at to play for the state championship. But for that to
happen, the Eagles will have to beat the Red Devils. Another good crowd is
expected from both teams. Kick-off Friday night is at .
Americus Police made several arrests on Tuesday. Flinza S.
Davis Jr. was arrested at 705 Harrold Avenue and charged with theft by receiving stolen property
and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon.
Thomas J. Blasingame was arrested at apartment 27 303 E. Glessner Street and charged with criminal
Responding to a domestic call last
night at 609-F Eastview Apartments, Tyrone Thompson Jr. was arrested for simple
battery, criminal trespass, possession of marijuana and an outstanding warrant.
In other police action a financial
transaction card theft and fraud is being investigated.
A battery complaint was made at 137 McCoy Street.
Last night a counterfeit bill was
turned over to police at 102 Lonnie Lane at Ruby Tuesday.
There were quite a few miscellaneous
calls and domestic-related calls answered by officers yesterday.
There were 2 accidents that were
finished from Monday and 1 from yesterday that had no reported injuries.
the time of the year that counterfeit bills are beginning to turn up once
again. Americus Police remind businesses to be mindful of their
customers and look for the various watermarks and identifications that can tell
you if you have been given a phony bill. Make a mental note of the person
passing the bill and have a description to pass along to law enforcement. Also,
as you shop, make sure you lock and secure your vehicle at all times. Don’t
leave items in plain sight. Use the trunk or place items in the floorboard. Don’t
tempt a would-be thief and ruin your shopping experience.
Have your live Christmas tree sprayed
with a fire retardant absolutely free by stopping by Fire Station#1 at the PublicSafetyBuilding on S. Lee Street. The Americus Fire and Emergency Services will be spraying your
live Christmas trees until December 23rd.