"Local News"



Wednesday July 29th, 2015



The Sumter County Board of Commissioners held a called meeting last night to approve the resolution setting the 2015 Millage Rate. The unincorporated areas of Sumter County will be assessed at 13.225 mills. The Incorporated Cities of Andersonville, Desoto, Leslie and Plains will be 13.225 mills. The City of Americus will be 13.036 mills for 2015. This is no change in the rate from the previous year.

The Sumter County Planning and Zoning Commission will hold a public meeting on Thursday August 6th at 6pm in the Sumter County Courthouse boardroom. The purpose of this meeting is to review the Southwestern Estates Planned Unit Development that will be located on 11.997 acres and is in the vicinity of Felder Street. This property is zoned R-3. This meeting is open for the public to attend on August 6th.

If the Furlow Charter School Open House is any indication, then tomorrow night’s Open Houses in the other SCS will be extremely busy. A huge crowd was on hand for the first-ever Open House at FCS. Open House tomorrow night will be from 5 to 7pm for Pre-K through 6th grades and then from 6 to 8pm for 7th through 12th grades. Important information will be made available during the Open House tomorrow night and with school realignment this year, parents and guardians can get answers to some of your questions about the changes. The first day of class will be Monday August 3rd for SCS students. Monday also means that busses will again be running routes so allow yourself some additional time in your daily commute. Make sure you stop for the flashing lights of a school bus loading and unloading students. Be mindful of the flow of traffic in and around the schools as well.

Just in time for back-to-school shopping, it’s time for the Sales Tax Holidays in Georgia! This year, Friday July 31st and Saturday August 1st are the 2 sales Tax Holidays. Clothing (including footwear) with a sales price of $100 or less per item will be tax-free. Computers, computer components and prewritten software purchased for noncommercial home or personal use with a sales price of $1000 or less per item are tax exempt. School supplies purchased for noncommercial use with a sales price of $20 or less per item will be tax-free during the 2-day shopping holiday. Schools have supply lists posted so be sure to check and then shop and save this weekend.

Americus Police are on the lookout for a stolen 2015 Jeep Grand Cherokee at 12:36 this morning. The black Jeep has Georgia plates PKE 7724 and was taken from 1325 Lafayette Street.

Several traffic stops were made. After a traffic stop was conducted on N. Lee Street, Christopher Lee Baker was arrested and charged with DUI-refusal; possession of marijuana-less than an ounce; failure to maintain lane; and driving without a license. A traffic stop was conducted on Swett Avenue at Felder and a warning was issued for headlight requirements.

A street robbery on Rucker Street is under further investigation.

An auto was entered on Murphy Mill Road.

Criminal trespass complaints were made at 912 Cypress Drive and 722 Beale Street.

Harassing phone calls were reported to police.

1 domestic call was answered. 1 accident yesterday in the City had no reported injuries.


Sumter County Sheriff’s Deputies worked 24 total incidents on Tuesday. Only 5 traffic stops were conducted. Following a stop on US 27, Daniel Walker was cited for failure to have license on person. A traffic stop made on the Southerfield Road led to Kevin B. Kiphart cited for a safety belt violation. Warnings were issued in the other traffic cases.

Deputies responded to a theft reported at 129 Katherine Lane. A suspicious person complaint was made at Amerigreen. Deputies answered a domestic call to 122 Cartwright Road. A burglary attempt was reported at 288 Desoto Seed Farm Road. A bad child complaint was filed at 110 US 19 north. Deputies worked 2 accidents with deer involved in only 1.

Housed today in the Sumter County Jail are Tishema Billups for DUI and Kenneth Lane Teasley for DUI/ driving on a suspended license/ and tag light requirements.