“Local News’

Friday September 18th, 2020


A marathon agenda-setting meeting of the Mayor and City Council was held in the early evening into the night. There was much discussion on the 25 items on the agenda. The majority were placed on the consent agenda next week. There will be a few amendments that will be up for a vote next week. An emergency vote was taken last night. A Storm Water Vac truck that is waiting to be repaired was given the go-ahead to get repaired so the truck can be returned to service. The Jackson Street renaming request was withdrawn and will not be voted on next week. The long meeting then moved into closed session. The regular monthly meeting will be held virtually next Thursday September 24th at 6pm.

It was announced during last night’s agenda-setting meeting that tomorrow September 19th is National Clean-Up Day and downtown Americus will be the focus tomorrow from 9 to 11. The Americus Rotary Club in collaboration with Downtown Americus, will host a Downtown Clean Up Day tomorrow from 9 to 11. Call 924-4411 ext 235 to volunteer. Report to the City Municipal Building tomorrow morning for instructions. All supplies will be provided to you. This event will be hosted outdoors and social distancing can be accommodated.

Due to COVID-19, the American Legion Post 558 announces “The Avenue of Flags” in lieu of the annual Veterans Day Parade. Flags will be placed on Highway 30 from Post 558 back to MLK Boulevard. Veterans, family members and loved ones may purchase a monogrammed 3x5 flag pole with the veteran’s name and branch of service on it for a one-time price of $75. The flags will be on display on Veterans Day November 11th. The deadline to purchase your flag is October 5th. For more information call Frank Mitchell at 938-4310 or email efmamericanlegion558@gmail.com.

High school football tonight: Southland Academy is hosting Deerfield-Windsor; Schley County is hosting Wilcox County; Marion County is at home with Greenville; and Americus-Sumter is now playing Worth County in Sylvester tonight. Because this game was just finalized this week, tickets will be sold at the gates tonight for $8. Worth County has announced that masks will be required to enter and social distancing be observed. Southland Academy has announced that tickets will be sold in advance only and tickets are sold in the Southland office today.

Americus Police announced the arrest yesterday of 41-year old John Paul Walls of Americus in conjunction with a GBI investigation into a forgery case. The investigation began when 2 citizens’ names appeared on a petition for a street name change being conducted by Councilman Dowdell. The 2 citizens signed an affidavit stating that their signatures had been forged. This is when the GBI got involved. Working with an APD Investigator, warrants were issued for John Paul Walls for 2-counts of 2nd degree forgery. Walls turned himself in to the police on September 15th and was turned over to the Sumter County Jail.

Thursday was a fairly quiet 24-hours for the Americus Police. A case of identity theft and fraud is being investigated.

Investigators arrested Johnny L. Jackson on Patterson Street who was charged with trafficking in cocaine and possession of drug-related objects.

Damage to property occurred at 519 W. College Street and on MLK Boulevard at Millard Fuller Boulevard.

A shoplifting incident was reported at 134 S. Lee Street.

An aggravated assault occurred last night at 105 Linnie Street.

Hit-n-run accidents were reported at 119 S. Lee Street; on Cherokee at E. Lamar; and on E. Lamar Street.

Officers answered 1 domestic-related and 1 miscellaneous call around town yesterday.

There were 3 accidents yesterday with no injuries. An accident investigation on N. Lee Street resulted in the arrest of Tyrone A. Hall for DUI; failure to maintain lane; driving with a suspended license; failure to report striking a fixed object; and driving with suspended registration.


Sumter County Sheriff’s Deputies were busy with 6 traffic stops yesterday. At a stop on US 280E, Marquious O. Greene was charged with passing in a no-passing zone. After a stop on Highway 30W, John M. Friday was charged with speeding. 2 stops were made for speeding. Jenifer L. Wilbanks and Jelisa Whitehead were both charged with speeding in separate incidents. Following a stop on US 280E, Samorai K. Crumbley was charged with speeding. 3 activated alarms were answered and checked out. 1 motorist was given assistance. Deputies responded to 1 domestic-related call. A suspicious person was spotted at Lot 24 538 US 280E. Deputies worked 1 accident yesterday.

In the Sumter County Jail today; Tyrone Anthony Hall for DUI/ failure to report striking a fixed object/ failure to maintain lane/ driving with suspended registration/ and driving with a suspended license; Johnny Lamar Jackson for trafficking in cocaine and possession of drug-related objects; and William Yearta—holding for USMS. 1 was released from jail after paying a fine. 1 was released from jail after making bond.