The January meeting of the Mayor and
City Council yesterday was short and to the point. Mayor Barry Blount presented
a Certificate of Excellence in Financial Reporting to Diadra Powell, Finance Director.
An agreement was entered into through GMA Debt Collection Services with Penn
Credit Corporation. Council approved the transfer of ownership of Dollar
General at 103
W. Jefferson Street and Dollar General at 1412 E. Forsyth Street for the sell of beer and wine off premise
to Timothy Marler. A resolution and agreement concerning the City/County
Tourism Agreement was approved. Council was given a brief Community Development
update. With no other action the meeting was adjourned.
The City of Americus Renaissance Strategic Vision and Plan will be presenting projects and
looking for volunteers to help move the City forward. Volunteers are needed to
attend one or more of the meetings to learn how to get involved! There will be
2 meetings this coming Wednesday. A Design meeting will begin at on Wednesday at the MunicipalBuilding at 101
W. Lamar Street. At Wednesday,
an Organization meeting will then be held at the MunicipalBuilding. 2 more meetings will be held next Thursday January 29th at the ReesParkEconomicDevelopmentCenter at 409 Elm Avenue. A Promotion meeting will begin at on Thursday and an Economic Development
meeting will follow at next
Thursday. Please plan to attend as many meetings as you can next Wednesday and
it was raining when you got up this morning and as they say, there’s more on
the way! Even before 6 this morning over 6-tenths of rain had already fallen
and it was just beginning to rain harder around 6. Forecasters predict as much
as 3-inches are possible before this wet weather moves on out in the early
morning hours on Saturday. One difference for today is now higher temperatures
than first thought. Highs today will now reach 60 or so instead of the earlier
prediction around 50. It will still be breezy however. Rains will come to and
end overnight and clouds will give way to sunny, cool and breezy conditions for
tomorrow afternoon with highs in the low 50s. Near freezing temperatures will
be back with us for tomorrow night. Rain will be heavy at times today so slow
down, drive with care and drive with your headlights ON!
A joint investigation by Americus Police and Sheriff’s Deputies results in a
major arrest. Shawn Matthew Dollar, 25, was taken into custody yesterday and
charged with 1-count of felony burglary at the South Campus and 6-counts of
auto theft. He is currently housed in the SumterCounty Jail. Americus Police report 6 vehicles were entered
yesterday. Locations included 407 Forestside Circle, 3 at 127 Forrest Street, 1020 Hancock Drive and at this morning at 512 Barlow Street.
A forced entry burglary was
investigated at 227 McCoy Street.
A case of identity fraud is being
A counterfeit bill was turned over
A theft occurred at 805 Harrold Avenue. A theft of lost/mislaid property took
place at 1402
An unruly/runaway juvenile complaint
was made on Jackson
A fleeing or attempting to elude and
failure to stop at a stop sign traffic case is being conducted.
There was 1 domestic call and a few
miscellaneous calls answered by officers.
2 accidents were worked yesterday in
the City with 2 injury complaints.
SumterCounty Sheriff’s Deputies conducted 10 traffic stops yesterday. Kevin M.
McMillan was cited for speeding following a stop on US 49. Catherene Shirah was
given a speeding ticket on the Bumphead Road near Learning Lane. Annie R. Reynolds was also given a
speeding ticket on the Bumphead Road near Learning
L. Mitchell was also cited for speeding on the Bumphead Road near Learning Lane. Steven P. Wilson was given a speeding
ticket on Georgia 3. Warnings were issued in the other traffic cases.
A bad child complaint was made at 1601 N. MLK Boulevard. A theft report was made at 111 Tallent Store Road. A suspicious person complaint was made at
Timberlane Drive. All totaled, 25 incidents were worked by Deputies yesterday.
Currently housed in the Sumter County
Jail: Jeffery Ivan Coleman for criminal trespass; Shawn Matthew Dollar for 2nd
degree felony burglary; Swarez K. Garlington-holding for the USMS; Kolvin
Tremell Holt for southwestern probation; Anthony Lamont Johnson for
obstruction/ criminal trespass/ battery/ failure to appear; and Janicia Wilson
for DUI-refusal/ failure to maintain lane/ improper stopping on roadway/
driving while unlicensed.