“Local News’

Friday July 23rd, 2021


The monthly City Council meeting was held via ZOOM last evening. After hearing from individuals addressing Mayor and Council, a public hearing was held for a Revolving Loan Fund application for $22,500 for Amaisis Family Medicine Practice. Moving to the agenda items, the Revolving Loan request for Amaisis Family Medicine Practice at 905 N. Jackson Street was approved. An amendment to the cemetery ordinance was passed. An ordinance amendment for the parks and recreation ordinance was then passed. A 1st reading of the noise ordinance concerning fireworks was heard with final action taken next month. New cabling and camera system for the new Customer Service Center at 217 W. Forsyth Street was agreed to be purchased for $45,888.27. Council suspended the rules and amended the personnel ordinance to include a Senior Management assistant. Street lights for the Housing Authority in the Cooper Circle and Albert Avenue areas were then approved. A speed bump request for Finn Street was then passed. After City Manager updates and comments the meeting was adjourned.



The Sumter County Board of Commissioners will begin in-person meetings beginning with the work session on August 10th. All regularly scheduled meetings of the Board of Commissioners will be held in the Commissioners Room at the Sumter County Courthouse. All meetings of the Board of Commissioners are open to the public. The first in-person meeting again will be held on Tuesday August 10th and then the regular monthly meeting will follow on Tuesday August 17th. Both of the meetings will start at 6pm.


Tomorrow is the Back-to-School Community Health Fair & Food Distribution from 9 to noon at 900 Adderton Street at Union Tabernacle Baptist Church. Kids will be able to get free weight; BMI; blood pressure and blood sugar screenings. While supplies last, free school supplies will be handed out. Food distribution from the Healthy Sumter Community Garden will be available while supplies last. Anyone 12 and older will be able to get their COVID-19 vaccination shots tomorrow during this community event.


Americus Police were busy on Thursday. Officers checked out suspicious incidents at 78 Barbara Battle Way; another on Barbara Battle Way; 216 Wanda Way; and at 801-E Hawkins Street.


An ungovernable child complaint was made at 134 Cherokee Street.


Autos were entered yesterday at 106 Sharon Drive and 322 S. Lee Street.


Damage to property was reported at 39-C Reddick Drive.


Officers responded to a situation at 3:22 this morning at 736 Wheatley Street and arrested Brian Scott Turner for simple battery (FVA).


Kevin Banks was arrested for Contempt of Court.


Investigation into a previous case led to the arrest yesterday of Kenneth Morrell Christmas for theft by taking.


A hit-n-run accident occurred at Wal-Mart. After a hit-n-run accident investigation at 612 Dismuke Street, Patrick J. Bullard was arrested for driving without a valid license.


Officers answered 1 miscellaneous call and the 1 domestic-related call in the past 24-hour period.


There were 4 accidents worked by APD on Thursday that did have 2 injuries.




Sumter County Sheriff’s Deputies only conducted 5 traffic stops on Thursday. At a stop on US 280E, Raymond R. Solomon was charged with speeding. Warnings were issued to drivers in the other traffic cases. Deputies assisted an injured person at 220 District Line Road yesterday. Livestock in the roadway was checked out at 602 Commerce Street. 1 motorist was given assistance. A loud music complaint was filed with a Deputy at 900 Southwestern Circle. Deputies did work 3 accidents yesterday with 2 being deer-related.


Housed in the Sumter County Jail today is Lenita LaShanne Jackson for items prohibited by inmates and for distribution of a controlled substance. 2 were released from jail after posting bond.



The Sumter County BOE will have a called meeting on Monday July 26th at 7pm in the boardroom of the SCS Administration Building. The purpose of this called meeting is to discuss the opening of the new high school and then go into executive session for personnel matters. The meeting is open for the public to attend.


There will be a BOE Retreat scheduled for Thursday July 29th starting at 5pm in the boardroom of the SCS Administration Building. this is also open for the public to attend.