“Local News’

Friday November 17th, 2017



At last evening’s monthly City Council meeting, OneSumter presented a check for $45,000 for the purchase and training for a drug dog for the Americus Police Department and for training of the handler. Georgia Water Works Association presented the City with the People’s Choice Award for Best Tasting Water, a statewide recognition. 6-year old Ayden Mercer Battle was presented a proclamation and gifts for his fundraising efforts for Breast Cancer Awareness. Under agenda items, Council approved a resolution for a grant for public transportation assistance. Council approved the insurance provider for the Firefighter’s Cancer Insurance for eligible firefighters. Council also approved the health insurance provider and coverage for employees in 2018. The change of managers for the sale of beer off-premise at 540 Tripp Street was approved. Council then authorized all documents for the Arista Contract to be signed. After a few updates and announcements, the meeting was adjourned to closed session for the discussion of appointments. Once back in open session the meeting was adjourned.

The annual Americus Christmas Parade will be held downtown on Thursday December 7th at 7pm. Entries must be received by Tuesday November 28th. No late entries will be accepted. Entries must include the appropriate entry fee. 1st, 2nd and 3rd place will be given for float entries. A trophy will also be given to the “Best Choreographed Marching Unit” and the “Best Community Spirit”. For more information or if you have questions, call Americus Main Street at 229-924-4411 ext. 247.

Tonight’s the night for the second round of the state high school football playoffs for 7 area teams. Americus-Sumter is hosting last year’s state runner-up Thomson at 7:30. It is hoped that injured Panther Jakhari White may be able to attend after being released from the hospital following successful surgery last Saturday. Schley County is in Camilla to play Mitchell County tonight at 7:30 and Marion County travels to play Mt. Zion-Carrollton at 7:30. Other area teams in action include Lee County hosting Grovetown; Macon County, Class A’s defending state champs is hosting Pelham; Crisp County is hosting Pike County; and Dooly County plays at Clinch County. It will be good football weather so go out and support these teams and coaches tonight!

On Monday November 13th at approximately 7:28pm, the Americus Police Department responded to Rucker Street in reference to an aggravated assault involving a Sumter County School bus on Masonic Street. On arrival it was learned from the bus driver that a front passenger side window had been shattered from a possible BB gun pellet. No one on the bus was injured and an investigation began. Yesterday, a 16-year old juvenile has been charged with aggravated assault, interference with government property and reckless conduct. The juvenile is being detained at the Crisp RYDC. The Americus Police Department would like to thank all citizens who provided information in this case.

From Thursday’s Americus Police incidents, a 2nd degree cruelty to children case is under further investigation.

An auto was entered at 108 Windsor Avenue.

Officers responded to terroristic threats and acts made at 408 Rogers Street.

An unruly juvenile complaint was made at 1008 Douglas Circle.

Corderius J. Whitehead was stopped on Rucker Street for failure to stop at a stop sign.

Officers responded to 4 domestic-related calls and 1 miscellaneous call yesterday.

4 accidents were worked by APD yesterday that did have 1 injury complaint.


Sumter County Sheriff’s Deputies conducted 5 traffic stops on Thursday. Following a stop on US 19 at Orchard, Kathie P. Mercer was arrested for an outstanding warrant. Warnings were issued in the other traffic cases. Damage to property was reported at 190 Robin Hill Drive. Deputies responded to 1 domestic call yesterday. There were 2 accidents worked by Deputies with 1 being deer-related.

In the Sumter County Jail today: John Leonard Hagin for probation violation; Kathie Peterson Mercer for 1st degree forgery; Justin Jarrod Myers for parole violation; Christopher Allen Sims for theft by taking and felony theft by shoplifting.

The Sumter County Sheriff’s Office is still accepting donations of new toys and books for their “Toy Drive” now until December 15th. This is to help underprivileged children throughout the community have a better Christmas. Drop by your donations to the Sheriff’s Office at 352 McMath Mill Road or call 229-924-4094 and someone will be glad to pick up your donations at your convenience.