“Local News’

Friday July 31st, 2015



The Sales Tax Holiday is now underway! Through midnight Saturday, shoppers can shop and save on clothing, back-to-school supplies and even computers. Clothing, including footwear, with a sales price of $100 or less per item will be tax free. Computers, computer components and prewritten software purchased for noncommercial home or personal use with a sales price of $1000 or less per item are tax exempt. School supplies purchased for noncommercial use with a sales price of $20 or less per item are also tax free. The Sales Tax Holiday ends again at midnight on Saturday.

South Georgia Technical College’s 2nd annual Community LIFE Day will be held today. Informational booths will be set up around various locations in the community to engage and educate the community about the programs of study at South Georgia Tech and future career opportunities, as well as inform about the financial aid and available grant opportunities. LIFE stands for Learning is for Everyone. Booths will be set up throughout Sumter; Schley; Macon; Marion; Webster; and Crisp counties today.

School starts on Monday for students in the SCS system. Drivers are reminded about busses making stops, loading and unloading students. Make sure you STOP for those flashing lights and traffic does stop both ways! Traffic in and around the schools, especially in the Bumphead Road complex will be hectic the first week so allow yourselves some extra time in your commute.

There are several back-to-school events being held tomorrow in the area. The Back-To-school Park Jam will be held in Joyce Myers Park from 11 to 2. There will be free school supplies and food, that’s while supplies last! There will also be door prizes, entertainment and much more tomorrow from 11 to 2.

The first annual Plains Police Department Back to School Bash will be held in Plains tomorrow from 11 to 1. Come meet at the Plains Police Department to receive free school supplies and eat a hot dog with all the fixings.

Americus Police and 1st Responders were busy with weather-related calls during the height of yesterday afternoon’s thunderstorm that rumbled through the area. Trees and limbs were downed from the high, gusty winds and reports of downed power lines occurred all over town. There were even some spotty power outages as a result of the storm. It got rather intense for about 30-minutes shortly after 5 yesterday. From the Thursday police incident reports, a suspicious person complaint was made at 207 Maple Street.

A theft of lost/mislaid property was reported at apartment 27 720 Harris Street.

A theft took place at 202 Smith Street.

Responding to a domestic situation last night at 102-A Waitsman Drive, 2 arrests were made. Cherry Michelle Williams and Shateria Vonshe Williams were each arrested and charged with disorderly conduct.

There were quite a few miscellaneous calls in addition to the weather-related ones answered by officers yesterday.

Only 1 accident was reported in the City that had no injuries.

Keep an eye to the sky again today but especially during the early evening hours. As a front pushes through, a line of thunderstorms, similar to yesterday’s storm, will form and move through almost in a straight line across the area. These storms could be severe in nature with strong, damaging winds, heavy downpours, dangerous lightning and even some small hail—if it all holds together. Be aware if you will be out and about and keep an eye on the weather!


Sumter County Sheriff’s Deputies worked 32 incidents on Thursday. A stop on Apple Drive resulted in a citation for texting while driving for Vonteresia D. Foster. Following a stop on Highway 30 west, Kelly A. Bryan was charged with speeding. Rardricka M. Mitchell was cited for a seat belt violation after a traffic stop on Lamar Street. Warnings were issued in the other traffic cases.

Deputies answered a suspicious person complaint on Highway 30 at Buchanan Road. A domestic disturbance occurred at 174 Irene Drive. Deputies answered alarm activations, assisted with traffic control and had a welfare check.

Housed in the Sumter County Jail today: Shekeira Deshaun Hinton for felony failure to appear; Martrice Lashone Thomas for probation violation; Anthony Lorenzo West for probation violation; and Justin Ferrell Wilson for possession of marijuana.