“Local News’

Friday December 12th, 2014



The present make-up of the Sumter County Board of Education held their last meeting together last night. Superintendent Donnie Smith recognized each of the 5 outgoing Board members with a plaque. There was no Board action under curriculum, policy, property, technology or old business. The financial report, accounts payables and preliminary cash flow report were all approved. Under new business, the resolution for renewal of the ESPLOST was passed 8-1. Reimbursement for Board members attending NSBA in March 2015 was approved. A memorandum of understanding between the Board of Regents of the University System of Georgia by and on behalf of GSW and the Sumter County BOE was passed unanimously. After announcements, the Board went into executive session for personnel. Back in open session, the Board approved the personnel slate. There was 1 retirement; 2 released from contracts; 2 resignations; 2 transfers; 1 was terminated; 9 were hired; and 2 family medical leaves were granted. The meeting was then adjourned.

By approving the resolution for renewing the ESPLOST, it will be stipulated that monies raised will be used to build a new high school and fund other needed projects. The present ESPLOST will expire in 2017 and IF the voters approve this extension, it would go into effect in 2018.

Furlow Charter School’s Holiday Celebration is this Sunday December 14th from 2-5pm at the Lee Council House. They will be raising matching funds, up to $2500 from Modern Woodmen. Tickets in advance are $5 and are available at the Windsor Parlour or from any FCS Board member. Tickets at the door will be $8 on Sunday. Santa Claus will be on hand along with many activities during the afternoon.

The Wreaths Across America ceremony will be observed tomorrow at noon at the Andersonville National Historic Site. The Civil Air Patrol will hold a brief ceremony at noon honoring America’s armed forces in the National Cemetery. This ceremony is open to the public. If you do attend, please bring a wreath to be placed on a gravesite following the ceremony.

As a reminder, the National Prisoner of War Museum at the Andersonville National Historic Site will be closed on Christmas Day and New Year’s Day. The park entrance, prison site and picnic area will be closed. The National Cemetery however, will be open to the public from 8 to 5. Holiday access will be the through the Cemetery gate, located just north of the City of Andersonville on US 49.

With Christmas now less than 2-weeks away, try to shop at home and help our local economy. By shopping at home, you’ll save money, time and gas. Downtown merchants are now open on Sundays for your shopping convenience. While you’re out shopping, remember to lock and secure your vehicle at all times. Place your purchases in your trunk or in the floorboard of your vehicle. If shopping at night, park in a well-lit area and shop with someone when possible. Use common sense when shopping to avoid any drama during your holidays.

It’s also the season where crooks look to make some extra cash, like breaking into cars. Americus Police had 2 such cases yesterday. Autos were entered at 609 E. Lamar Street and at 909 Cypress Drive. At least 1 report showed the vehicle was left unlocked. Avoid a holiday theft by locking and securing your vehicles at all times! In other Thursday police action, a loitering and prowling case occurred at 701 Davenport Street at the Parkview Apartments.

Officers went to a domestic call to 108 Highland Drive.

Carol Jean Fulton was arrested at 1506 E. Forsyth Street for shoplifting.

An unruly juvenile complaint was made at 102 Mill Creek Road.

Hit-n-run accidents were reported at 1711 E. Lamar Street and on Tripp Street.

There were only a few miscellaneous calls answered by officers yesterday.


The Sumter County Sheriff’s Office worked a total of 29 incidents since 6am yesterday. 9 traffic stops were conducted. Kuntalbhai K. Patel was cited for speeding on US 27. On US 19 south, Jose M. Hernandez was cited for speeding. Jeffrey M. Shepherd was given a speeding ticket and cited for no proof of insurance. A traffic stop on US 49 north resulted in citations issued to Shane D. Eggers for failure to maintain insurance and driving with suspended registration. He was placed under arrest on a probation warrant from Lee County. Written and verbal warnings were issued to drivers in the other cases.

A theft is under investigation at the DEFACS complex where copper was taken from the AC/heating units. Deputies went to domestic disturbances at Lot B 104 Rainbow Terrace and 170 Gary Brewer Road. Suspicious person complaints were made on the Buchanan Road and 290 US 280 west. Deputies worked 2 accidents and both involved deer.