Friday July 19th, 2024





The monthly meeting of the Mayor and Americus City Council had a large contingent of City employees in attendance. This was due to the Comprehensive Classification and Compensation study that was to be revealed. This informational session was presented by Jeff Turner with AutoSolve who conducted the study. This was a 50-page report that was summarized to 18-pages. It was recommended that there be a 2.41% increase and bringing other employees up to their minimum pay scale. No action was taken last night and now the City Council will need to study these recommendations. After much discussion a speed bump request for Elm Avenue between S. Lee and 16th Green was denied but with Public Works investigating a solution for the crosswalk on Elm Avenue. Using Storm Water funds a service truck was purchased for the Storm Water Department at $36,798. This passed by a 5-1 vote with Councilman Dowdell voting against. Once again with much discussion the lowest bidders Lawn Maintenance for various City parks and other areas were announced and passed unanimously with the addition of investigating the bids and making sure the bidders had the proper equipment to do the jobs. Judy Grissett was appointed to the Lake Blackshear Regional Library Board and Luneda Brown was reappointed. Chuck Smith was named to the Downtown Development Authority. After announcements and comments the meeting was adjourned.



Yesterday, Americus-based GMM Pfaudler JDS held a grand opening for a new 60,000 sq. ft. building at 303 Brady Road. The new building will provide 20-plus jobs by the end of 2025 with five to be hired in Q4 of this year. In addition, the company has also made a sizeable property investment. The newly constructed building will be used for glass-lining of tanks up to 6000 gallons and more extensive accessories. The grand opening showed Sumter County’s strong community spirit with the number of people on hand to witness this newest venture. With the recent announcement about NanoPV Solar this week, the future is looking up in Sumter County.


Americus Police have two cases that are currently under further investigation. A financial transaction card theft and fraud occurred yesterday and is being investigated. The other case was for influencing a witness and making terroristic threats and acts in doing so. Both are ongoing investigations. In other Thursday police action, a criminal trespass was reported at 922 E. Lamar Street.


Damage to property complaints were filed on US 19S; 1611 E. Lamar Street which turned out to be a civil case; and on Elm Avenue at E. Glessner.


An animal complaint was made at 1111 S. MLK Boulevard.


A theft and criminal trespass occurred at 229 Railroad Street at the Americus City Shop.


A civil matter was tended to by officers.


A theft took place at 1011 Oak Avenue.


2nd degree criminal damage to property was reported at 310 Sheffield Street.


Last evening officers responded to 126 US 280W for a person shot only to have it determined that the incident occurred in Terrell County and will be investigated there.


Responding to a domestic situation at 534 Oak Avenue, a battery and 3rd degree cruelty to children had occurred. This was one of two domestic-related calls on Thursday answered by officers.


APD worked one traffic crash around town yesterday that had no reported injuries.


This afternoon from 4 to 6pm or while supplies last, the Americus Police and other organizations will hold the annual Back-to-School Bash at the Sumter County Fairgrounds on Highway 30W. Students MUST be present and again this is while supplies last.


We had an isolated early morning shower after missing out on any rainfall yesterday. More rain than sun is in the forecast for today which is at 70% for rain and storms. A 50% chance for evening thundershowers tonight otherwise it will be partly cloudy. There is a 70% chance for Saturday morning rains and then scattered storms are in the forecast for tomorrow afternoon. A 50% chance for evening thundershowers are in the forecast for tomorrow night. Sunday actually appears to be the wettest day of the weekend at this moment but again the forecast had be updated and changed on several occasions throughout the week so we just have to wait and see.




From Thursday’s Sumter County Sheriff’s reports, Deputies conducted two traffic stops. After a stop on US 280E, Mateo Garcia-Lopez was charged with improper passing in a no-passing zone and driving while unlicensed. Another stop was made on US 280E and Jamil R. Burt was charged with speeding. Five domestic-related calls were answered. One prisoner transport was made. An aggravated assault was investigated at 221 W. Rockhill Drive. A theft took place from 113 Price Street. Deputies assisted another agency on a call yesterday. One activated alarm was checked out.


In the Sumter County Jail today are: Jehdadiah Sojourner Graham for driving under the influence of multiple substances/ texting while driving/ failure to maintain lane/ marijuana possession—less than an ounce/ drinking underage/ open container/ and endangering a child by driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs; Ronald Kenneth Johnson for felony probation violation; and Cassandra Jean Wiggins for probation violation (Macon County case) and disorderly conduct. One was released from jail after posting bond.