“Local News’

Friday May 29th, 2015



The Georgia Department of Labor has announced that the unemployment rate in the Southwest Georgia region for April was 6.8 percent, down three-tenths of a percentage point from 7.1 percent in March. This is the lowest the rate has been since August 2008 when it was 6.8 percent. The rate in April 2014 was 7.8 percent. The rate declined as the number of unemployed residents decreased to 9718, down by 525 from 10, 243 in March. Meanwhile, Georgia’s seasonally-adjusted unemployment rate for April was 6.3 percent, unchanged from March. It was 7.3 percent in April 2014.

The Sumter County Board of Education will hold a called meeting on Monday June 1st at 6pm. The purpose of the meeting is to discuss and approve the FY 2016 Tentative Budget. The meeting will be held in the boardroom of the SCS Administration Building. The public is welcome to attend. The BOE June work session will be held on Monday June 15th and the monthly regular meeting will be on Thursday June 18th at 7pm.

Now that the renovation work is completed at the Public Safety Building, things are slowly getting back to normal activities. Effective this Monday June 1st, the City of Americus has announced that Municipal Court will once again be held at the Americus Police Department in the Public Safety Building. For more information, call the Americus Police Department at 924-3677. Please note that Municipal Court returns to the Public Safety Building effective this Monday June 1st.

It is the last Friday in May and the last weekend of the month. No rain is in the forecast for today and tomorrow but does return for Sunday. The month of May will go down as one of the driest months in recent years. While it seemed to be raining everyday back in April, that was not the case here in May. There have been days this month where no rain whatsoever fell despite fairly high rain chances. Some areas have received close to 2-inches for the month but for the most part, it may average out to be closer to just 1-inch of rain. There are decent rain chances for the first week of June that could start that month off wet and give some needed relief to parched plants and yards as of late.

Americus Police had a rather busy Thursday. A 4th degree forgery case is under further investigation.

Carl J. Jackson was arrested for an outstanding warrant at 105 S. Dudley Street.

A civil dispute occurred at 214-B East Lester Street.

A theft took place from 320 Academy Street.

Another auto was entered. This location was at 1E 1130 Felder Street. This is now the weekend and APD is reminding citizens to lock and secure your vehicles at all times. Remove any items in plain sight that would tempt a would-be thief especially wallets, pocketbooks, laptops and guns.

A criminal trespass complaint was made at 1300 Douglas Circle.

Officers responded to a domestic situation at 118 Hanson Drive.

Responding to another domestic situation to 1403 1st Montgomery, Trinesia Charlise Harp was arrested for criminal trespass and simple battery.

A counterfeit ($100) bill was turned over to police at 1201 MLK Boulevard.

There were a lot of miscellaneous calls answered by officers in the previous 24-hour period.

1 accident was worked by officers yesterday with no reported injuries.


Sumter County Sheriff’s Deputies worked a total of 37 incidents on Thursday which included 19 traffic stops. Christie A. Darity was charged with speeding following a stop on Highway 49 north. Kyle Stouder was charged with speeding on Highway 49 north. After a stop on Highway 49 north, Fallon D. Barber was charged with driving on a suspended license and possession of a Schedule II controlled substance. Following a stop on Taylor Street, Yalencia C. Hall was cited for expired registration. Mary M. Turton was charged with speeding on Georgia 3. Trenton J. Albritton was charged with speeding on US 280 west. Frank N. Mwangi was charged with speeding on Georgia 3. At 12:02 this morning, Corbin L. Tilley was charged with failure to obey a traffic control device. A traffic stop at 2:15 this morning on Georgia 3 led to the arrest of Devin B. Nettles for DUI and failure to maintain lane. Warnings were issued in the remaining cases.

Deputies went to a domestic disturbance at 174 Pryor Cobb Road. A suspicious person complaint was made on the McLittle Bridge Road. Harassing phone calls were reported.

In the Sumter County Jail: Candace Viola Greene for failure to appear; Trinesia Charlise Harp for simple battery and criminal trespass; Carl Jerome Jackson for southwestern probation; Devin Bragg Nettles for DUI and failure to maintain lane; Lee Owens for probation violation; Jennifer Kelly Riley for probation violation; and Ronquillo Tramine Wilson for DUI and driving on a suspended license.