Local News

Wednesday May 4th, 2016



The Sumter County Chamber of Commerce will host a Candidates Forum on Tuesday May 17th. The forum is designed to provide the citizens of Sumter County an opportunity to hear from the candidates of the contested races for the May 24th Primary Election. The forum will be held in the Auditorium of the Rosalyn Carter Health and Human Services Complex on the GSW Campus. The forum will start at 6pm and will be moderated by Len Hicks. Voters of Sumter County are invited to join the Chamber of Commerce on May 17th as we all learn the platforms of each candidate.

Meanwhile early voting is underway in the Elections Office at the Sumter County Courthouse. You must declare a party when voting in the May 24th Primary. You either cast a Democratic or Republican ballot. You will be able to cross party lines in November but you HAVE to choose a party in May. Early voting will continue until Friday May 20th. Saturday May 14th will also be a weekend day set aside to early vote. You will need to bring a photo ID with you when you do come and early vote.

On April 29th, Sumter County Administrator Bill Twomey was elected as Secretary-Treasurer of the Georgia Association of County Managers and Administrators (GACMA) by the members meeting in Savannah/Chatham County in conjunction with the Annual Conference of the Association County Commissioners of Georgia (ACCG). Twomey will serve a one-year term and may stand for election as Vice-President of GACMA. GACMA represents county managers and administrators and actively works to promote professional development and continuing education opportunities. During his tenure, Twomey will be responsible for the financial administration of GACMA and will help plan and conduct two meetings for county managers and administrators.

Today’s Rabies Clinic will be at Sassy A’s Restaurant, formerly Cutts, this afternoon from 5:30-6:30pm. There will be THREE different sites on Thursday. these locations on Thursday includes Smith’s Country Store on US 27 east from 6-7pm; in Andersonville at the Fire Station/City Offices from 6-7pm; and at Rick’s Metal Roofing on US 19 south in Smithville from 5:30-6:30pm. The cost is $10 per pet. Please confine cats to a carrier when bringing them to the clinics.

The annual Leroy Young Fishing Tournament will be held this Saturday May 7th at the Georgia Visitors Center on US 280 in Plains. Registration will start at 8am and the fishing begins at 9am. Fishing licenses are not required for the kids fishing. This is for ages 15 and under. Each fisherman must be accompanied by an adult. Those participating will need to bring your own bait, tackle, bucket or string. Fishing will end at 11am. There is NO CHARGE to participate in the annual Leroy Young Fishing Tournament this Saturday.

Tomorrow at noon, there will be a National Day of Prayer event in front of the Public Safety Building downtown. The Sumter Area Ministerial Association (SAMA) is hosting the event and invites to community to participate.

First Friday activities will be all over downtown Americus on Friday evening with plenty of entertainment, great food and you can shop for Mom with Mother’s Day this Sunday. Make plans to see what’s going on in downtown Americus during the May First Friday activities.

 Americus Police had another quiet day on Tuesday. For the first time in what seems like weeks, there were no entered auto cases to report today. Several arrests were made yesterday however. David Sherod King was arrested at 305 McCoy Street and charged with possession of marijuana-less than an ounce and for possession of cocaine. He was initially a subject in a financial transaction card fraud investigation.

Darren Jamaica Trice was arrested for shoplifting at 805 Adderton Street.

Officers responded to a fight at 128 Laurel Circle involving juveniles.

A hit-n-run accident was reported at 1101 Crawford Street.

There was 1 accident yesterday with no injuries.

Officers did answer 1 miscellaneous call yesterday. For the second straight day, nightshift had no incident reports.

It’s STAR WARS DAY so, May the Fourth be with you…


Tuesday was a rather quiet 24-hour period for Sumter County Sheriff’s Deputies with a total of 19 incidents reported. Deputies conducted 4 traffic stops. After a stop on Highway 30, Quinterrious J. Allen was charged with speeding. Following a stop on Georgia 3, Sean V. Bacon was charged with speeding. 2 warnings were also issued. Deputies did respond to reports of livestock in the roadway on Salters Mill Road and on Brady Road at Holman Road. Reports of the SGT Parkway being blocked were investigated. A domestic disturbance occurred at 206 E. Rockhill Drive. There was 1 deer-related accident worked by a Deputy early this morning.

Housed in the Sumter County Jail today are: Eleuterio Catalan Arcos for 1st and 3rd degree cruelty to children; Christopher Dewayne Belt-holding for USMS; Joe Fitzgerald Foster-holding for USMS; David Sherod King for possession of cocaine/ marijuana possession-less than an ounce/ and financial transaction card fraud; Jaelyn Outlaw entering an auto and criminal trespass; and Darren Jamaica Trice for shoplifting and probation violation. 1 was released to Lee County and 1 bonded out of jail yesterday.