“Local News’

Friday January 12th, 2018



Because of the rising number of flu cases, Phoebe Sumter Medical Center has implemented temporary visitation guidelines to protect patients and visitors. Visitation guidelines currently includes patient visitation should be limited to care and support of the patient; children under the age of 18 should NOT visit the hospital; do not visit if you have any signs or symptoms of influenza; if you have fever, cough, body aches or a sore throat, PLEASE postpone your visit until you have been symptom-free for 24-hours; and anyone coming into the hospital with flu and cold symptoms will be required to wear a mask. As Phoebe Sumter works to provide a safe environment for our patients and staff, we apologize for any inconvenience these visitation guidelines may cause.

The regular monthly meeting of the Sumter County BOE started with the election of a new Board chair. Dr. Mike Busman was unanimously elected. Rick Barnes was elected vice-chair. Gatewood-Skipper-and Rambo were elected Board attorneys for anything on the local level while the firm of Harbin-Hartley-and Hawkins was elected as school law attorneys. Under committee reports, the financial report, accounts payables and preliminary cash flow reports were all approved. Trebron was the low-bid and was chosen for a 3-year contract for anti-virus software. The BOE meetings calendar for 2018 was approved. The meeting moved to closed session for personnel and real estate matters and returned to open session after 33-minutes. The Board accepted 3 resignations; hired 3 and granted 3 family medical leave requests. A motion was made to list the Cherokee School property with Ronnie Greer at Century 21 pending a successful negotiation. With nothing further, the meeting was adjourned.

Today is the last day until Tuesday that the City of Americus, the Sumter County Courthouse and Law Enforcement Center offices will be open. These offices will be closed Monday for the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday. There will be a Unity Rally tomorrow afternoon from 12:30-3 at Lenny’s Market downtown. At 3:15 tomorrow afternoon, a Memorial Commemorative Ceremony will be held at the Sumter County Courthouse. A parade will then follow starting and ending at the Courthouse. On Monday the 15th at 10am at Friendship Missionary Baptist Church, the annual Martin Luther King Jr. Commemorative Program will be held with guest speaker Kent Hill. GSW’s MLK Convocation will be held on Wednesday January 17th at 11am at the Student Success Center.

From the Thursday Americus Police incidents, 2 more autos were entered yesterday. One was at 409 Judy Lane and the other was at 1006 Southerfield Road. The weekend is upon us so remember to lock, remove items and secure your vehicles not only the weekend but all the time. In other Thursday police action, lost/mislaid property was reported at 203 College Street and in the area on US 10 and Highway 30.

Thefts occurred at 416 Tripp Street and 215 Brookdale Drive.

A burglary was investigated at 211-B Murphy Mill Road.

A battery complaint was filed with officers at 1803-B Armory Drive.

A hit-n-run accident was reported at 207 Pinecrest Drive.

Officers worked 3 accidents yesterday around town that did have 2 injuries.

There were 3 miscellaneous calls and 2 domestic-related calls answered by officers yesterday.

A Weed Control meeting for ALL crops will be held in the Sumter County Ag Center Auditorium on Tuesday January 16th at 6pm. UGA Specialists Eric Prostko and Stanley Culpepper will present the program. Earn 1-hour credit towards your private and/or commercial Category 21 pesticide license with your attendance. A sponsored meal is planned so if you plan to attend, call 924-4476 today so a meal can be prepared for you. The Sumter County Ag Center is located at 127 William Bowen Pointe off US 19S.


Investigation is underway by the Sumter County Sheriff’s Office into the neglect of a disabled adult or elderly that was reported by the ER at Phoebe Sumter. Deputies conducted 3 traffic stops yesterday. 2 domestic disturbance calls were answered—1 yesterday and 1 at 3:30 this morning at 118 Magnolia Road. An arson investigation will also be part of the domestic investigation on Magnolia Road. Charges are pending. Livestock in the roadway on Lamar Road was reported. Deputies did work 1 deer-related accident yesterday.

In the Sumter County Jail today: David Sherod King for battery/ probation violation/ and Southwestern probation; Vickie Lashonne Lembrick for aggravated assault; Robert Lockhart for criminal trespass and felony shoplifting; Aaron Pierce Chadwick Mitchell for Southwestern probation; Quinton Rashad Roberts for aggravated assault and obstruction; and Charcia Anquette Sims for failure to appear and probation violation. 1 was released from jail by bonding out.