“Local News’

Friday August 26th, 2016



The Sumter County BOE will hold a called meeting on Monday August 29th at 5:30pm. The purpose of this meeting is to go into executive session to discuss personnel matters. The meeting will be held in the boardroom of the SCS administration Building. The public is welcome.

The BOE work session will be held on Tuesday September 6th due to the usual work session falling on Labor Day. The Tuesday work session will start at 6pm on September 6th. On the agenda that night is the proposal to let citizens vote on legislation giving tax relief to senior citizens in Sumter County with senior citizens being exempt from the school portion of their property tax bill. This was brought up earlier this month at the Commissioners work session and was told that this would have to go before the BOE if it was to move forward to be put on the ballot.

The Georgia Department of Labor has announced that the unemployment rate in the Southwest Georgia region in July was 6.3 percent, down one-tenth of a percentage point from 6.4 percent in June. The rate in July 2015 was 7.5 percent. The rate fell as there were 273 fewer unemployed residents. The labor force decreased by 1978 to 147,253. The labor force consists of employed people and those who are unemployed, but actively looking for jobs. Meanwhile, Georgia’s seasonally-adjusted unemployment rate for July was 5 percent, down from 5.1 percent in June. It was 5.7 percent in July 2015.

High school football action tonight has ALL area teams on the gridiron for the first time this season. The Americus-Sumter Panthers will have their season opener on the road to Cordele to play Crisp County in a renewal of the “Battle of the Flint” tonight at 7:30. Also playing on the road will be Schley County playing at Calhoun County tonight at 7:30; and Marion County makes the trip to Chattahoochee County tonight for a 7:30 kick-off. Southland Academy is the only area team playing at home tonight at 8 when Westwood comes to town. It will be another warm start but not as humid overall tonight for the games.

What a difference a day makes when you’re looking to see if a hurricane or tropical depression will be in your neighborhood next week! Yesterday, all forecasters were saying that about Tuesday or Wednesday next week we could see remnants of the hurricane or a strong tropical system because it was projected to come through Southwest Georgia from the Gulf. Today, the weather tracker looks totally different with the system briefly staying in the Gulf and crossing Florida and going up the east coast. We’ll continue to watch the track of the system and it may change again by the weekend.

Americus Police had 3 more autos entered yesterday and 1 was entered by force. Locations included 410 Pecan Drive and 1705 Lafayette Street but a window was shattered upon entering an auto at 11-C 1130 Felder Street. A number of items were taken including guns. Otherwise Thursday was another quiet day and night for officers.

Haley Elizabeth Kent was arrested following a sting at 120 N. Lee Street and was arrested for furnishing alcohol to minors.

A suspicious person complaint was made at 5:21 this morning at 259-D Lonnie Lane.

Officers did answer 3 domestic-related calls yesterday.

There were 2 accidents with no reported injuries.

19-year old Shantario Parnell Hardy is still on the move following his part in Monday’s shooting on Oglethorpe Avenue. Warrants have been issued for his arrest on charges of aggravated assault and possession of a firearm during the commission of a crime. Anyone knowing the whereabouts of Shantario Parnell Hardy should call CID (detectives) at 924-4550 or call 9-1-1. The other shooter, 21-year old Hakeem Deon Barthell was taken into custody and is housed in the Sumter County Jail.


Sumter County Sheriff’s Deputies conducted 12 traffic stops yesterday. A stop was conducted on US 19 south and Marcus E. Vaughn was cited for mud flap violation. After a stop on US 280 west, Antonio Montford was cited for defective tires. Following a stop on US 49 and Highway 195, Antonio B. Davis was cited for a mud flap violation. After a stop on Odom Road at McMath Mill, Lamuel S. Ware was cited with failure to maintain insurance. A stop was conducted on US 49 north and Corey D, Carter was charged with speeding. A gas drive off occurred at 4038 US 280 east. A suspicious vehicle complaint was made on Wood Valley Drive. A bad child complaint was filed at Lot C 266-B Tulip Drive. Deputies went to a domestic disturbance at 172 Mitchell Street. Damage to property was reported at 119 Santa Rosa Drive. A burglary was investigated at 120-A Forrest Park Road. Deputies worked 2 accidents yesterday.

In the Sumter County Jail today are: Stephanie George holding for USMS; Tranerious Will Green for driving with a suspended license/ giving a false name/ and probation violation; and Karen Michelle Walters for child support.