Wednesday November 27th, 2013



Let's talk weather first off on Local News. The rains are all but gone but there is a Wind Advisory in effect for today as another weather system is ushering in colder air. Winds will gust as high as 35-mph at times today and will be sustained winds of 15-25mph making it feel even colder than what it is, although the highs are only expected in the mid-40s. The winds will be around tonight as the lows are anticipated to drop into the mid-20s making it a frigid night. Sunny skies will be around on Thanksgiving Day but highs will only be around 50. If you plan on traveling today, especiaally northward, make sure you check on road conditions. There is ice and some snow in the northern Georgia areas if that is your direction of travel. The long Thanksgiving Day holiday weekend travel period begins at 6pm this evening and will end at midnight on Sunday December 1st. The weather will play a part in your holiday travels so beware and be safe.


Tomorrow is Thanksgiving Day. Family and friends will gather to celebrate with each other but there are those who don't have the luxury of a family setting. If that may be you, then you are warmly invited to be guests of Open Hands Ministry's Thanksgiving Dinner at 12 noon at the American Legion Post 2 on MLK Boulevard (US 19) in Americus. Volunteers are needed if you would like to give back to your community by helping out tomorrow. For deliveries to shut-ins, call 924-7072 or 322-5896.


A long-standing Thanksgiving tradition is Willet Way Wonderland. Despite missing one of the key components this year, the show will go on! The lights will be turned on and Santa will available to greet kids of all ages starting tomorrow night at the Willet Way Wonderland. If you have visitors still around tomorrow night, make sure you visit Willet Way Wonderland and make a stop in Rylander Park to see the Parade of Trees and check out the lights in downtown Americus.


The deadline to get in your Americus Christmas Parade application is Friday November 29th. Entry forms must be returned with the appropriate fees. No late entries will be accepted. The annual Americus Christmas Parade is Thursday night December 5th starting at 7pm and will follow the usual parade route through downtown Americus.

Sumter County Tax Commissioner Wilkie Smith reminds all taxpayers that County taxes are due December 1st. Since December 1st is a Sunday, County taxes may be paid on Monday December 2nd without a penalty. The deadline to pay your County taxes is now Monday December 2nd. For questions, call the Sumter County Tax Commissioner's Office at 928-4530.


Once again the weather is one of the biggest crime deterrents there is as yesterday was extremely quiet for the Americus Police Department. A juvenile was arrested on Town Creek Circle and charged with obstruction and criminal damage to property in the 2nd degree.

A theft of lost or mislaid property was reported at 1456 E. Forsyth Street.

A criminal trespass complaint was made at 1040-A E. Forsyth Street.

Yashieka M. Milledge was arrested and charged with shoplifting at Belk's in the Perlis Plaza.

No accidents were reported in the City yesterday. There were a few miscellaneous and domestic-related calls answered by officers.

The Americus Fire and Emergency Services will begin spraying live Christmas trees with a fire retardant tomorrow and will continue to do so through December 23rd. Take advantage of this free service any day by stopping at Fire Station#1 on S. Lee Street. Keep you and your family safe by having your live Christmas tree sprayed with a fire retardant absolutely free this holiday.


The DeSoto Christmas Parade will be on Saturday December 7th at 6:30. If you would like to participate, donate or volunteer for the parade, contact Cynthia Wright at 815-9226. Make sure you have your entry form turned in by this Monday December 2nd. Free food and drinks will be available following the completion of the parade. The theme this year is "Let Freedom Ring with Bells of Christmas".