“Local News’

Friday November 9th, 2018



The annual Veterans Day parade and ceremony will be held this morning in downtown Americus. The ceremony will begin around 10 on the grounds of the Sumter County Courthouse with the parade to follow at 11. The community is encouraged to attend this morning’s ceremony and the parade sponsored by American Legion Post 558.

The offices of the City of Americus and Sumter County will be closed in observance of Veterans Day this Monday November 12th. These offices will also be closed for Thanksgiving on Thursday and Friday November 22nd and 23rd. take note of the closings if you have any business with the City or County.

The Mayor and City Council agenda setting meeting was held for more than 2-hours last evening with a lot of discussion from employee insurance to rental agreements for Rees Park. One interesting proposal that came before the Mayor and Council was from the Greg Quail Group. This is the group that renovated the Americus home on College Street for HGTV in hopes of having a series developed from the venture. While working on that house, they became familiar and intrigued about the old Furlow School. They are proposing of renovating the old Furlow School and eventually having it become a craft beer facility that could offer numerous jobs once up and running. The Mayor and Council want to know more and the 2 groups will have more discussions. The monthly meeting of the Mayor and City Council will be held on Thursday November 15th at 6pm in Council Chambers of the Public Safety Building.

FEMA has set up a joint Disaster Recovery Center that opens today at 901 Adderton Street in the old National Guard Armory. The new DRC is open today through Wednesday November 14th from 9 to 7. This Sunday November 11th, the DRC will be open from 1 to 7. All DRCs will be closed this Monday November 12th in observance of Veterans Day. Residents affected by Hurricane Michael last month can meet face-to-face with FEMA partners at the new Disaster Recovery Center.

It’s a big weekend of events in Andersonville. The park’s annual Night Museum will be held tomorrow. There will be a special guided tour of Andersonville National Cemetery at 2pm tomorrow. The park will close at 5 but then re-open for a special night of additional programs from 6 to 9pm. Experience the park at night by the soft glow of candlelit lanterns and campfires. Admission is free for the Andersonville National Historic Site’s Night Museum.

The 43rd annual Capt. Henry Wirz Memorial Service will be held Sunday in the town of Andersonville at 3pm., sponsored by the Alexander H. Stephens Camp, Sons of Confederate Veterans. The guest speaker will be attorney and Retired Army Major Glen LaForce from South Carolina. The musical group Southern Sounds will play music beginning at 2:30. The public is invited to attend. In case of inclement weather, the Service will be held in the Andersonville Village Hall.

High school football playoffs begin tonight for Southland Academy. The Raiders will host Westfield tonight with a 7:30 kickoff. This is the only local team seeing action this week. Marion County and Schley County have advanced to the Class A playoffs but had a bye this week. Both will be hosting second round playoff games next Friday November 16th.

The wet conditions on Thursday left Americus Police with a rather slow day and night. A criminal trespass complaint was made at 112 W. Church Street.

Autos were entered around town yesterday at 114-B Cotton Avenue and at 148 McGarrah Street. Lock and secure your vehicle at all times!!

A burglary was investigated at 705 Felder Street.

Salanda D. Brown was arrested and charged with shoplifting at Wal-Mart.

Officers did respond to 3 domestic-related calls and 2 miscellaneous calls on Thursday.

2 accidents worked by APD yesterday had no reported injuries.


Thursday was a rather quiet 24-hour period for the Sumter County Sheriff’s Office. Deputies did conduct 5 traffic stops. At a stop on Lamar at Rees Street, Marc A. Waters was charged with reckless driving. Deputies did go to 1 domestic-related call. A suspicious person complaint was made at 129 Swisher Road. Deputies did stay busy with 6 accidents with 4 of the 6 deer-related.

In the Sumter County Jail today is De’Avion Lockhart for felony failure to appear. 1 bonded out of jail yesterday.