“Local News’

Friday September 26th, 2014



The weekend is upon us and there’s a few events that can give you something to do and you won’t have far to travel. The Plains Peanut Festival will be all day tomorrow in Plains. Visitors from all over the southeast will be in town. Events start at 8am and will wrap up with a Festival Dance tomorrow night on Main Street with the Tams from 8:30 to 11:30.

Ellaville will have the 2nd annual public auction and bar-b-cue for the Ellaville/Schley County Historical Society tomorrow evening at the American Legion on Highway 153. The bar-b-cue dinner starts at 5 and the auction starts at 6. All proceeds will be used to benefit and preserve the history of Ellaville and Schley County.

Sunday afternoon the City of Americus will hold the latest Walk of Fame ceremonies. Alan Anderson, Rev. Elijah Smith, Jimmy Skipper, Dr. Bud Robinson III and Rev. Robert L. Freeman will be entered into the Walk of Fame at 2 Sunday afternoon at the Rylander Theater. The community is encouraged to attend.

Today is the deadline to submit your entries to this year’s Sumter Scarecrow competition. Last year, the first in the competition, had great success and the Chamber of Commerce is looking for bigger and better things this year. Applications are now available at the Chamber Office located at 409 Elm Avenue and the deadline to return your applications is by the close of business today. For more information or to pick up a last minute application, contact Ivy at 924-2646. Today is the deadline to submit your entries.

The Sumter County Board of Education will hold a retreat tomorrow September 27th. The retreat will begin at 9am tomorrow morning and will be held in the Bluegill Room at the Lake Blackshear Resort and Golf Club which is located at 2459-H US 280 West at Lake Blackshear. The public is welcome to attend.

The Americus-Sumter Panthers lost to Thomas County Central 33-12 to finish the postponed lightning game from September 12th last night in Thomasville. Tonight, it’s homecoming for Southland Academy and Schley County. At 7 tonight, the Raiders will host Brookwood and at 7:30, the Wildcats will host Marion County. The homecoming queen and her court will be announced at halftime tonight.

A quick reminder that Jackson Street is still blocked off this morning between Forsyth and Lamar Streets. The stage has to be removed from last night’s Taste of Sumter and the street cleaned up. Just a head’s up this morning!

From Thursday’s Americus Police incident reports, a simple assault and stalking case is under further investigation.

An auto was entered at 107 Knollwood Drive.

A felony theft by taking case is being investigated at 1501 Felder Street.

A forced entry burglary occurred at 708 Barlow Street. Another burglary case was reported at apartment #5 1314 Elm Avenue.

Criminal trespass complaints were made at 258-D Lonnie Lane (vehicle), at 12:25 this morning at 230 Frieda Lane and at 5:57 this morning at 128 E. Forsyth Street (newspaper box).

There were quite a few domestic-related calls, 2 suspicious person complaints and a handful of miscellaneous calls in the past 24-hour period.

Officers worked 2 accidents yesterday with no reported injuries.


Sumter County Sheriff Pete Smith said an early morning shooting investigation on Rainbow Terrace is ongoing and further details will be released as the investigation continues. Chief Deputy Eric Bryant said the victim was taken by EMS to the Emergency Room with a non-threatening injury. Deputies worked a total of 60 incidents yesterday including the shooting from 1:23 this morning. 26 traffic stops were conducted with several speeding tickets issued along with other traffic violations. Several warnings were also issued.

Deputies responded to a theft at the Americus-Sumter North campus. A domestic call to 160 Lane Subdivision Road led to the arrest of Edward L. Lockhart for aggravated assault/ 3rd degree cruelty to children/probation violation/possession of a firearm during the commission of a crime. Anthony Westbrook was arrested at the Americus-Sumter South Campus for theft and having a weapon at school. There was 1 reported accident worked by a deputy and that involved a deer.

Currently at the Sumter County Jail: Braxton Lee Collins-holding for USMS; Terrell Antonio Dowdell for failure to appear/child support; Wyshenica Monique Garry for driving while unlicensed/operating a vehicle without lights; Melissa Dawn Hall-holding for USMS; Edward Lee Lockhart for aggravated assault/3rd degree cruelty to children/possession of a firearm during the commission of a crime/probation violation; Amanda Joy Mason-holding for USMS; and Earnest Ware-holding for USMS. (USMS-United States Marshall Service)