The present make-up of the SumterCounty Board of Education held their last meeting together last night.
Superintendent Donnie Smith recognized each of the 5 outgoing Board members
with a plaque. There was no Board action under curriculum, policy, property,
technology or old business. The financial report, accounts payables and
preliminary cash flow report were all approved. Under new business, the
resolution for renewal of the ESPLOST was passed 8-1. Reimbursement for Board
members attending NSBA in March 2015 was approved. A memorandum of
understanding between the Board of Regents of the University System of Georgia
by and on behalf of GSW and the Sumter County BOE was passed unanimously. After
announcements, the Board went into executive session for personnel. Back in
open session, the Board approved the personnel slate. There was 1 retirement; 2
released from contracts; 2 resignations; 2 transfers; 1 was terminated; 9 were
hired; and 2 family medical leaves were granted. The meeting was then
By approving the resolution for
renewing the ESPLOST, it will be stipulated that monies raised will be used to
build a new high school and fund other needed projects. The present ESPLOST
will expire in 2017 and IF the voters approve this extension, it would go into
effect in 2018.
Celebration is this Sunday December 14th from at the Lee Council House. They will be
raising matching funds, up to $2500 from Modern Woodmen. Tickets in advance are
$5 and are available at the Windsor Parlour or from any FCS Board
member. Tickets at the door will be $8 on Sunday. Santa Claus will be on hand
along with many activities during the afternoon.
The Wreaths Across America ceremony will be observed tomorrow at at the Andersonville
National Historic Site. The Civil Air Patrol will hold a brief ceremony at honoring America’s armed forces in the NationalCemetery. This ceremony is open to the public. If you do attend, please bring a
wreath to be placed on a gravesite following the ceremony.
a reminder, the National Prisoner of WarMuseum at the Andersonville National Historic Site will be closed on
Christmas Day and New Year’s Day. The park entrance, prison site and picnic area
will be closed. The NationalCemetery however, will be open to the public from 8
to 5. Holiday access will be the through the Cemetery gate, located just north
of the City of Andersonville on US 49.
With Christmas now less than 2-weeks
away, try to shop at home and help our local economy. By shopping at home,
you’ll save money, time and gas. Downtown merchants are now open on Sundays for
your shopping convenience. While you’re out shopping, remember to lock and
secure your vehicle at all times. Place your purchases in your trunk or in the
floorboard of your vehicle. If shopping at night, park in a well-lit area and
shop with someone when possible. Use common sense when shopping to avoid any
drama during your holidays.
It’s also the season where crooks
look to make some extra cash, like breaking into cars. Americus Police had 2 such cases yesterday. Autos
were entered at 609 E. Lamar Street and at 909 Cypress Drive. At least 1 report showed the vehicle was
left unlocked. Avoid a holiday theft by locking and securing your vehicles at
all times! In other Thursday police action, a loitering and prowling case
occurred at 701
Davenport Street at the Parkview Apartments.
Officers went to a domestic call to 108 Highland Drive.
Carol Jean Fulton was arrested at 1506 E. Forsyth Street for shoplifting.
An unruly juvenile complaint was made
at 102 Mill
Hit-n-run accidents were reported at 1711 E. Lamar Street and on Tripp Street.
There were only a few miscellaneous
calls answered by officers yesterday.
The SumterCounty Sheriff’s Office worked a total of 29 incidents since yesterday. 9 traffic stops were conducted.
Kuntalbhai K. Patel was cited for speeding on US 27. On US 19 south, Jose M.
Hernandez was cited for speeding. Jeffrey M. Shepherd was given a speeding
ticket and cited for no proof of insurance. A traffic stop on US 49 north
resulted in citations issued to Shane D. Eggers for failure to maintain
insurance and driving with suspended registration. He was placed under arrest
on a probation warrant from LeeCounty. Written and verbal warnings were issued
to drivers in the other cases.
A theft is under investigation at the
DEFACS complex where copper was taken from the AC/heating units. Deputies went
to domestic disturbances at Lot B 104 Rainbow Terrace and 170 Gary Brewer Road. Suspicious person complaints were made on
and 290 US 280 west. Deputies worked 2 accidents and both involved deer.