“Local News’

Friday November 20th, 2015



A rather slim crowd attended the monthly meeting of the Mayor and City Council last evening. Mayor Barry Blount administered the oath of office to George Laurin to the Board of Zoning Appeals. The Mayor then presented an Excellence in Financial Reporting to Deidre Powell for the comprehensive annual financial report. The consent agenda was approved. A discussion of a second reading for a sewer rate ordinance amendment was heard and passed 5-1. This is not a rate increase but the way it is done. Council approved the 2016 Health Insurance Benefit schedule and related contribution levels. After a few brief comments, the meeting was adjourned.

Tomorrow morning is the Turkey Trot 5K and Fun Run sponsored by the Chamber of Commerce at the Rec Complex on US 19 south. Check-in is at 7am with the race at 8. Chamber members receive a discount at registration. Prizes will be awarded for the “Top Turkey” in each division. T-shirts will be given to all who pre-register. Contact Ivy at 924-2646 or by email at ioliver@sumtercountychamber.com for applications.

Andersonville National Historic Site, in addition to being a Toys for Tots drop off location, would like to invite you to remember and honor our military veterans by participating in the Wreaths Across America program on December 12 at 12pm. Wreaths Across America is a national program that encourages individuals, community groups and families to sponsor wreaths for placement in national cemeteries throughout the United States. On December 12th at noon, the Civil Air Patrol will conduct a brief ceremony honoring America’s armed forces in the Andersonville National Cemetery. The ceremony is open to the public.

It’s high school football playoff time tonight for the number one seeded Marion County Eagles. The Eagles will be at home tonight against Twiggs County starting at 7:30. This is Class A first round action and the Eagles would play at home as long as they win up until the state championship game which would then be played at the Georgia Dome in Atlanta. It will take 3 playoff wins before the title game would be played but from here on out, it’s win or go home.

Don’t get too used to the warmth we had yesterday and today as our weather is about to change. A strong cold front is knocking on our door this weekend and once the front arrives, much COLDER weather will feel more like January than a November “cool snap”! As the front arrives tomorrow there could be spotty showers but most forecasters are saying the air will be too dry for much if any significant rainfall. Tomorrow’s high will be around 60, the low tomorrow night the mid-40s and the high Sunday only in the mid-50s with strong, gusty winds that will make it feel even colder. By Monday morning, lows will be around freezing with scattered frost in many locations. Be aware of these weather changes for the weekend.

From Thursday’s Americus Police incident reports,  20-year old Brianna Mercedes Holt was arrested at 105 S. Dudley Street for an incident at 307 E. Lamar. She was charged with theft, financial transaction card theft and fraud.

2 forced entry burglaries were investigated with arrests made. At 713 Sunset Drive, 17-year old Shonrell Juan Chambliss was arrested and charged with burglary. After investigation at 806-A Fulton Street, a juvenile was arrested and charged.

Another forced entry burglary was reported at 441 Oak Street.

Harassing phone calls were reported to police.

At 12:35 this morning a juvenile was arrested and charged as unruly at C3 Southland Heights Apartments.

A suspicious person complaint was made at 1002 Hancock Drive at 1:56 this morning.

Officers responded to 4 miscellaneous calls, only 1 domestic call and worked 1 accident yesterday.


Sumter County Sheriff’s Deputies worked 36 incidents on Thursday with 13 traffic stops included. At a stop conducted on the Southerfield Road, Rachel H. Avery was cited for the move over law. Following a stop on Neon Bass Road at Bone Road, Leroy Richardson was cited for driving on a suspended license. A passenger, Otis C. Jones was picked up on an outstanding warrant. Numerous warnings were also issued.

A lost or stolen trailer tag was reported by the SCS Transportation Department. An unruly juvenile complaint was made at Sumter Middle School. Responding to a civil complaint at 909 Highway 30 west, Delmiro Garcia was arrested on an outstanding warrant. A domestic disturbance was answered at Lot 22 145 Ron Circle. A disorderly conduct incident occurred on Highway 30 at US 19. Deputies worked 1 accident yesterday.

In the Sumter County Jail today: Shakira Appling for possession of marijuana; Tonisha Surnell Barron for affray; Shonrell Juan Chambliss for felony 1st degree burglary; Shanquesa Janay Davis for aggravated assault; Delmiro Garcia for southwestern probation; Brianna Mercedes Holt for financial transaction card theft and fraud and theft by taking; Otis C. Jones for child support; Tyesha Monique Little for possession of marijuana; Leroy Richardson for driving on a suspended license; E’Lexus Adriana Riley for possession of marijuana; and Janicia Swint for DUI/ speeding/ driving while unlicensed/ possession of marijuana-less than an ounce/ and obstruction.