Friday November 29th, 2013


This is Black Friday and a day known for shopping, traffic and long lines at the stores. If last night is any indication, then the local economy will do good this holiday shopping season. Wal-Mart had Thanksgiving night specials and there had to be crowd control just to get in the parking lot. There were cars parked everywhere on the Wal-Mart parking lot--sidewalks, the curbside, the street OUTSIDE the parking lot and across the street. Belk's also opened up last night and there were people in line waiting for the doors to open. Today is expected to be just as hectic just about anywhere you go.

While you may be shopping today, remember that tomorrow is known as Small Business Saturday, a day that shoppers can make a huge difference in our local community. Shop local and shop small. Small and independent business owners are among the most generous supporters of civic groups, local charities, youth sports, schools and virtually every other form of community activity. Shopping on Small Business Saturday and every day is a great way to help friends and neighbors and create jobs and opportunities locally.


Sumter County Taxes are due on December 1st, which is a Sunday. Tax Commissioner Wilkie Smith reports that since the deadline is a Sunday, you may pay your taxes on Monday December 2nd without penalty. The deadline for paying county taxes this year is now Monday December 2nd.

Sumter County Traverse Jurors who have been summoned for Monday December 2nd, are NOT to report for jury duty at all during the week. All scheduled cases have either been settled or continued. Grand Jurors are still required to report this Monday December 2nd at 9am.


The Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) appointments for applications for the general public will begin this Monday December 2nd. The LIHEAP is operated on a first-come, first-served basis and funding availability. Sumter County applications will be taken this Monday only from 8 to 5. You can stop by 1524-A MLK Boulevard or call 924-1434. To qualify for LIHEAP, applicants must have a yearly household income less than or equal to 60% of the State of Georgia median guidelines.


High school football playoffs continue tonight for the Marion County Eagles. Round 2 of the GHSA Class A playoffs have the Eagles hosting Dooly County, a rematch from region play earlier this year. Kick-off tonight is at 7:30 at Eagle Field.


Americus Police gave thanks for a quiet Thanksgiving. A gas drive off occurred at 1533 S. Lee Street at Flash Foods.

A juvenile was arrested at 214 Wanda Way last night and charged with simple battery under the Domestic Violence Act and unruly juvenile.

Hit-n-run accidents were reported on Lamar Street at US 27 east and at 1711 E. Lamar Street.

There were a few miscellaneous calls and suspicious vehicle calls answered by officers yesterday.

Officers worked 4 Thanksgiving accidents with no reported injuries except for a deer who didn't make it.

Now that Thanksgiving is past, many will begin thinking about putting up the Christmas Tree. If you plan on putting up a live Christmas Tree, then stop by the Americus Fire and Emergency Services Fire Station#1 on S. Lee Street and have your live tree sprayed with a fire retardant. You may drop by any day of the week for this free service. Live trees will be sprayed through December 23rd if you would like to atke advantage of this free service to keep you and your family safe this holiday season.


Willet Way Wonderland was open last night and a large crowd came out to see the lights and of course, Santa Claus and Mrs. Claus. Willet Way Wonderland will be open around dark and of course, weather permitting until Christmas Eve.