“Local News’

Friday March 5th, 2021


First Friday starts at 5 this evening throughout downtown Americus. First Friday will end at 8 but any activities still going on will be “First Friday After Dark”. The theme tonight is “Music on Main Street” with all forms of music found in the downtown area. You’re invited downtown as many merchants will be open until 8 during First Friday. Take a free ride around the downtown area on the Americus Trolley. When you come downtown for First Friday, remember social distancing and wear a face mask! For more information about tonight’s First Friday activities, go to the Downtown Americus Main Street Facebook page.



There hasn’t been a lot of complaining about the 4-way stop now up and running on Highway 30 at the intersection with Armory Drive and Magnolia Street. The rumble strips were put in place on Armory Drive and Magnolia Street nearly a month ago and now they are in place on Highway 30. The electronic signs have been warning drivers of the change for a couple of weeks. Starting March 15th, a concrete team will set new ADA-compliant ramps at this intersection. Crosswalks are also on all streets and Highway 30. Look for the work area to have a little more activity in a little over a week at this intersection.


After today, there will be just 1-week to early vote in the ESPLOST. This is a continuation of the ESPLOST to raise funds for the completion of the new high school. Early voting is held Monday through Friday from 8 to 5 at the Griffin Bell Golf & Conference Center on S. Lee Street. 62 cast their votes yesterday bringing the total now to 325 that have voted. That’s barely 25% of the registered voters in Sumter County that have voted so far. If you do not vote by next Friday March 12th, you will then go to your usual polling place on Tuesday March 16th and vote. You will need to bring a photo ID with you.


Southland Academy’s Lady Raiders have advanced to the GISA AAA State Championship at the GSW Storm Dome with a hard-fought 48-39 victory over John Milledge last evening. The Lady Raiders will play for the state title tomorrow at the GSW Storm Dome against longtime foe Westfield. Game time for the state game is 6:30 tomorrow evening in the GSW Storm Dome.



From Thursday’s Americus Police incidents, Johnn’Angelia Cox and JyQuavious Pitts were arrested and charged with terroristic threats and acts.


Damage to property was reported at apartment 218 140 Lonnie Lane.


2-counts of 4th degree felony forgery were turned over to police at 119 N. Lee Street.


A theft took place from 1609 E. Lamar Street.


Criminal trespass complaints were made at 1701 Maxwell Street; apartment 16 720 Harris Street; and at 1D Cripple Creek Apartments at 110 Knollwood Drive.


A traffic stop was made in the area of W. Forsyth and Cotton Avenue for racing.


JyQuavious Malik Pitts was arrested on S. Lee at Elm and charged with obstruction; criminal trespass; and an outstanding warrant.


Investigation into previous cases resulted in 2 arrests yesterday. Nicholas Blake Porter was arrested for 2-counts of aggravated assault.


Gabrielle Renea Samuels was arrested on 2-counts of 4th degree forgery.


Officers responded to 1 domestic-related and 1 miscellaneous call around town on Thursday.


There was 1 accident worked by APD that had no reported injuries.




Sumter County Sheriff’s Deputies made 6 traffic stops on Thursday. Following a stop on Mask Road, Katherine R. Hunter was charged with speeding. Burglaries were investigated at the Mulcoa warehouse in Andersonville and at 600 Styles Robinson Road. 3 activated alarms were checked out. 2 prisoner transports were made. A theft took place at Lot D 109 Old Dawson Road. A suspicious person was spotted at 1163 Sam Rodgers Road. 2 domestic-related calls were answered. Deputies went to the area of Graystone Drive and Oakcrest Drive where shots were reportedly fired. 1 motorist was given assistance. Deputies worked a deer-related accident.


In the Sumter County Jail today; Johnn’Angelia Lushun Denise Cox for terroristic threats and acts; JyQuavious Malik Pitts for obstruction/ criminal trespass/ and terroristic threats and acts; and Nicholas Blake Porter for aggravated assault and simple battery. 2 were released from jail after posting bond.