“Local News’

Friday July 21st, 2017



There was much talk and discussion at last evening’s monthly City Council meeting. The first 54-minutes were swearing in, presentations and citizens addressing the Mayor and Council. Then 2 public hearings were held for an annexation request and an entertainment overlay district. It was roughly 1-hour and 15-minutes before the first agenda item was voted on. Council approved a catering license for Kat R. Mournighan. Council then suspended the rules and annexed property at 139 Parkers Mill Road into the City with a zoning of R-1. Council again suspended the rules and after much discussion, passed the entertainment overlay district ordinance. Arista Information Systems was awarded the bid for utility bill printing for the City. Staff was given the go-ahead for a request for proposals for an interactive voice response system. The bid of $496,375.02 was awarded for street and storm drainage for East Avenue improvements. A contract for purchase and demolition of property at 327 S. Jackson Street was approved. Much discussion then followed before the Downtown Streetscape Project was approved. Fred McLaughlin and Robert Harvey were reappointed to the Hospital Authority. Ricky Arnold and Dwight Chavis were reappointed to the Housing Authority. After announcements and comments the lengthy meeting was adjourned just before 7pm.

From Cortisa Barthell, Clerk of Superior & State Court: Sumter County Traverse jurors who have been summoned for Monday July 24th at 1:30pm are NOT to report for jury duty at all. All scheduled cases have either been resolved or continued. If you have questions or concerns, feel free to call the Clerk’s Office at 229-928-4537.

School bells will be ringing soon for students in the Sumter County Schools system. Teachers will begin pre-planning on Monday July 24th and then system-wide open houses will be held on Thursday July 27th. Pre-K through 6th grades will have open house from 5 to 7pm. Also, Furlow Charter School’s open house will be 5-7pm on Thursday. Grades 7-12 will have their open house from 6 to 8pm. The first day of school for students in the Sumter County School system is on Monday July 31st.

Drivers have noticed gas prices slowly starting to climb locally. Some were still in the upper $1.80s early yesterday but others have jumped at the pump as much as 8-cents over the last few days. Several factors have caused the increase. Refineries are running on all cylinders which have cut into excess crude stocks. That alone helped push oil prices higher last week which has fueled the pump increase. Plus, it’s now the summer and vacation season is here and that means more of a demand for gas. Analysts are saying Georgia drivers will still see relatively low prices for the remainder of the summer.

It’s been said on more than one occasion that the weather has a bearing on the crime rate or on any particular day. As hot as it was yesterday, Americus Police had an extremely quiet day and night. A theft by deception is currently being investigated at 1700 E. Lamar Street. 2 autos were entered around town and both were in the cooler nighttime hours. An auto was entered at 209-C Murphy Mill Road. Then around 3 this morning, 2 autos were entered at 207 Patton Drive. Items were taken at each location. There were as many accidents yesterday as there were actual incidents. 3 accidents around town were worked by APD with no reported injuries. There was 1 miscellaneous call also answered by officers on a quiet Thursday.

Americus Police will have a Back-to-School cookout at Eastview Apartments starting at 1 this afternoon. Officers will be cooking and providing burgers as well as providing school supplies to kids after 1 this afternoon at the Eastview Apartments.

Speaking of the heat, another hot day is on tap. Some forecasters have a high of 97-degrees predicted for today. Unofficially, we had 99-degrees as our high yesterday afternoon around 4pm. More moisture from the Gulf is anticipated to arrive for the weekend which gives us a better chance of more widespread rain that could drop the temperatures and heat index back to more seasonal values. The heat index today could exceed 105 this afternoon before dropping below 100 for the weekend. It will be hot so take precautions if you must be outside for any extended time today.


Sumter County Sheriff’s Deputies were busy with 12 traffic stops yesterday and early this morning. At a stop on US 280 and Felder, Ramirez C. Fuller was cited for defective tires and a turn signal violation. Following a traffic stop on Georgia Highway 195, Olin S. Ray was charged with speeding. After a stop at the intersection of Highway 45S and Highway 308, John C. Adams was cited for a seat belt violation. A traffic stop was conducted this morning at Muckalee Creek Park and Steven T. Avery was cited for a safety belt violation. Harassing phone calls were reported for investigation. A civil complaint was made at 566 Holmon Road. A suspicious vehicle was spotted on N. Freeman Avenue. A suspicious person complaint was made at 250 Old Andersonville Road. Deputies worked 3 accidents yesterday, turning 1 over to Trooper Willingham of the Georgia State Patrol.

In the Sumter County Jail today are: Allandoe Cortez Coe, Sammie Charles Roberts and Timothy Dale Turner—all holding for USMS. 1 bonded out of jail yesterday.