GeorgiaDepartment of Labor has announced that the unemployment rate in the Southwest Georgia region in July was 7.7 percent, up four-tenths
of a percentage point from 7.3 percent in June. The rate in July 2014 was 9.3
percent. The rate rose as the number of new layoffs, as measured by initial
claims for unemployment insurance, increased. The number of initial claims
filed in the Southwest
Georgia area increased
by 134 or 11.2 percent in July. Over the year, claims were down by 53 or 3.8
percent from 1387 in July 2014. Meanwhile, Georgia’s seasonally-adjusted unemployment rate
for July was 6 percent, down from 6.1 percent in June. It was 7.2 percent in
The SumterCountyBOE will hold a called meeting on Monday August 31st at in the boardroom of the SCSAdministrationBuilding. The purpose of this called meeting will
be to discuss and/or approve an application for state funds to upgrade
facilities. The public is welcome to attend.
Another called meeting will be held
on Monday. The SumterCountyBOC will have a special called meeting in the Commissioners Room at the SumterCounty Courthouse. The purpose of this called meeting is to discuss a
personnel matter in executive session. The Board will also discuss any other
items that the Board deemed as appropriate.
Qualifying for seats up for re-election on
the Americus City Council begins this coming Monday
August 31st. Anyone wishing to qualify must do so with the City
Clerk on the 3rd floor of the Municipal Building on Lamar Street
downtown. Qualifying begins on Monday the 31st and will end on
Wednesday September 2nd. With the recent announcement that incumbent
Walton Grant will not be seeking another term in office, there will be a new
Council member come January.
football in the area tonight has 3 local teams in action. 2 are on the road and
1 will open up at home tonight. SouthlandAcademy will travel to Lyons
to play Robert Toombs while Americus-Sumter goes up Highway 49 to play MaconCounty in Montezuma. MarionCounty begins the regular season opening up at
home tonight against MillerCounty. All games will get started at tonight. SchleyCounty is technically in an open date this week and begins their regular
season in Ellaville on September 4th against Baconton Charter.
Americus Police had a busy Thursday and it all
started with the juvenile disorder early yesterday morning. Criminal trespass
and disorderly conduct charges were made as that investigation continues.
Criminal trespass complaints were
made at 302 N. Mayo (damaged vehicle) and at 130-B Cherokee Street.
Walter Jerome Carter IV was arrested
Ridge Street for disorderly conduct and an outstanding warrant.
A theft by conversion occurred at 305 Warren Avenue.
Counterfeit money was turned over to
police at 1101
Charlene A. Carr, Martellian Bernard
Harp and Denesha Solomon were all arrested for shoplifting at Wal-Mart.
A stalking and harassing phone call
case is under further investigation.
A curfew violation and unruly
juvenile complaint was made at 403-B Bessie May Circle.
After a traffic stop on E. Lamar,
Naisasha O. Walton was cited for expired registration and no insurance. Since
she had no insurance the car was towed.
Keelan Van Pope was arrested at 1101 Crawford Street at this morning and charged with obstruction and criminal trespass.
Following a traffic stop on Windsor Avenue at this morning Taylor Ivy May was charged with consumption of alcohol by
Another traffic stop at this morning led to the arrest of Anthony
James Hayes for consumption of alcohol by a minor and failure to maintain lane
Officers responded to 4
There were 4 accidents in the City
yesterday with 1 injury complaint.
SumterCounty Sheriff’s Deputies conducted 23 traffic stops yesterday. Eljuan D.
Mann was stooped for driving the wrong side of an undivided street on the Bumphead Road. Sammy L. Mann was cited for failure to
yield the right of way to an emergency vehicle on Tripp Street. After a stop on McGarrah Street Jacob t. Baker was cited for a seat belt
violation. Following a stop on US 19 south, Lusiana Figueroa was cited for
driving on a suspended license. Warnings were issued in the remaining traffic
Deputies investigated a burglary at 124 Richmond Road. Harassing phone calls were reported. A theft
occurred at 165
Housed today in the Sumter County
Jail: Trenedrick Carlos Bishop for robbery and battery; Walter J. Carter IV for
probation violation and southwestern probation; Eric Chauncey Hardy for
improper stopping on the roadway/ fleeing and attempting to elude an officer/
driving on a suspended license/ failure to obey a stop sign/ probation
violation/ failure to appear/ and felony failure to appear; Amber Tidwell
Jones-holding for Schley County; Keelan Van Pope for criminal trespass and
obstruction; and Shaquille Rashod Woods for battery and criminal trespass.