Southeast Regional Director Stan
Austin has announced that Brad Bennett has been selected as superintendent of
Chickamauga and Chattahoochee National Military Park in Georgia and Tennessee
effective June 1st. Bennett has served as Superintendent of
Andersonville National Historic Site since July 2009. At Andersonville,
Bennett improved the long-term preservation of historic resources by leading a
work group of subject matter experts to update National Park Service (NPS)
policy for national cemetery operations. He also represented NPS on the US
Department of Veterans Affairs Advisory Committee on Cemeteries and Memorials.
The park also developed new opportunities for the public to appreciate Andersonville’s
stories of courage and sacrifice by collaborating with several organizations,
including the Friends of Andersonville
and the American Ex-Prisoners of War, to raise more than $250,000 to fund a
traveling exhibit about the hardships and legacy of POWs. Brad, Emma-Gray,
17-year old Camille and 16-year old twins Elliott and Logan will move to their
new home in early June.
During Monday night’s
BOE Retreat, SCS Superintendent Donnie Smith released the
Georgia State Department of Education College and Career Ready Performance
Index (CCRPI) for all districts and schools in the state. The CCRPI for the
Sumter County Schools increased 6.7 points from a 57 in 2012 to 63.7 in 2013. This
improvement is due to the hard work and dedication of the teachers,
paraprofessionals, administrators and all other support staff. Parents and
students need to be thanked for all their efforts as well. Superintendent Smith
went on to say that while we will never be satisfied until we reach a score of
100, this improvement in one year is to be commended.
This Friday night
April 25th, the annual Relay for Life will be held at Alton Shell Stadium
at Finklea-Robinson Field. The event starts at and the
Survivor Walk will get started at . The Luminary
Service in memory and in honor of loved ones will begin around 9pm. The community
is encouraged to attend and join in for an evening of HOPE as we Celebrate and
Remember. This “Celebration of Life” is sponsored by the American Cancer
Society of SumterCounty.
The monthly meeting of the Mayor and City
Council will be held in Council Chambers of the PublicSafetyBuilding at tomorrow afternoon. April was the month
that these City Council meetings would be held elsewhere due to renovation work
at the PublicSafetyBuilding. However, that
renovation work has not gotten underway so the regular monthly meeting will
instead be held in Council Chambers of the PublicSafetyBuilding again this
month. The community is invited to attend.
There are a LOT of events
planned for this coming weekend. The area-wide Confederate Memorial Day Service
will be held Saturday April 26th in OakGroveCemetery in Americus. The service
begins at at the
Confederate grave section and the public is invited to attend. The Memorial Day
Service is sponsored by the Alexander H. Stephens Camp, Sons of Confederate
Veterans. Guest speaker is William Alfred Bowers Jr. from Baxley, a well-known
historian and genealogist. Monday April 28th is a state holiday in Georgia and state
offices will be closed in observance of this holiday.
From the Tuesday Americus Police
incident reports a theft and 20-counts of 4th degree forgery are
Michael Timothy Monts Jr. was arrested at 111 Sun
Valley Drive for obstruction.
Officers went to a call to 200 Brookdale
Drive where 62-year old Josie Williams was found
Marcus A. Laster was arrested at 1456 E.
Forsyth Street at Belk’s for his 2nd offense
A dog bite report was made at 400 Reese
Street last evening.
A theft occurred at 103-M Knollwood
Alonzo Slaughter was arrested at 202 US 280 west
following an accident investigation last night and charged with an outstanding
There were several miscellaneous and
domestic-related calls answered by officers yesterday.
A hit-n-run accident was reported at 107 Prince
Street in the Food Lion parking lot.
Officers worked 2 accidents yesterday with
no reported injuries.