The monthly meeting of the Mayor and
City Council was held last evening. Council suspended the rules and approved a
2016 budget ordinance amendment. Council again suspended the rules and passed an
amendment to the City alcoholic beverage license ordinance. There was also a
first reading to the alcohol license ordinance with final action coming next
month. George Hooks; Nelson Brown; Bill Harris; Annie Bell Moss; and Peggy
Sheppard were all voted in the Walk of Fame. Patsy Knotts was appointed to the
Library Board. George Laurin and Willie Golphin were reappointed to the Board
of Zoning Appeals. Frank Lowery and Doug Goodin were reappointed to the Theater
Authority. Kevin Kwashnak was appointed to the Theater Authority. After
comments, the meeting was adjourned.
The 97th annual meeting of the SumterCounty Chamber of Commerce Awards Celebration was held last night in the PopeCenter on the SGTC campus. 4 awards were presented last night after the meal.
The first-ever Community Partner of the Year award was Sumter Broadcasting (and we thank you!). The
Small Business of the Year was given to Tupuy Active Wear. Malcolm Argo was
named the winner of the Sparky Reeves Sumter Trustee Award. A new award, the OneSumter
Visionary Impact Award was presented to Dr. Charles Patterson which received a
standing ovation. Jackie G. Cushman, nationally syndicated columnist, delivered
the keynote address of the “5 Principles for a Successful Life”.
tomorrow at the Jimmy Carter Boyhood Farm, a BioBlitz will be available to
explore and identify the species in the park. All events are FREE and will be held from until at the Jimmy Carter Boyhood Farm. If you’re looking to make a unique
trip to Plains for the weekend BioBlitz, the SAM Shortline excursion train will be making
an afternoon stop at the Jimmy Carter Boyhood Farm today and tomorrow. For
train information, visit www.samshortline.com.
From Thursday’s Americus Police incident reports, a suspicious
person complaint was filed early yesterday morning at 803 N. Lee Street.
Jesse Lee Johnson Jr. was arrested
for shoplifting at 805 Adderton Street.
A criminal trespass complaint was
made at 109
A shoplifting incident occurred at 107 W. Jefferson Street.
Officers assisted 1st
Responder and EMS last night for a cardiac arrest at 329 W. Lamar Street.
There were 6 accidents yesterday that
kept officers busy but no injuries were reported.
answered 1 domestic call and 5 miscellaneous calls yesterday.
The 22nd annual AFES Benefit
Golf Tournament is coming up on Friday April 7th at the GriffinBell Golf Links. There is a morning and
afternoon flight with cash prizes and a raffle with many excellent items. Lunch
will be provided. All proceeds will be used for local community safety and fire
prevention programs. For more information or to place a team in the tournament,
call Harriett Williams at 924-3213.
SumterCounty Sheriff’s Deputies took part in another concentrated license check
last night on District
Andersonville Road. 4 other traffic stops were made outside of the license checkpoints. At
a stop on Highway 30 West, Wendy L. Davis was charged with speeding. At a stop
on the Old
Andersonville Road, Marcus A. Cooper was arrested for possession of marijuana-less than
an ounce. A bad child complaint was made at 500 W. Lamar Street. At a possible domestic disturbance at 195
Highway 308, Brianha N. Hall was arrested for criminal damage to property in
the 2nd degree. A suspicious vehicle was spotted at 200 Little Bear Branch Road. Steven D. Bridges was arrested and
charged with illegal dumping on Roy Vaughn Road. Checking out a theft complaint at 136
Pecan Terrace, Joe A. Cox was arrested and charged with disorderly conduct. There
was a deer-related accident worked by a Deputy yesterday.
In the Sumter County Jail today are:
Brigido Bartolon-Perez-holding for USMS; Steven Wayne Bridges for littering; Marcus
Antonio Cooper for marijuana possession-less than an ounce; Joe Albert Cox for
disorderly conduct; Kasey Giddens for theft by deception and theft by taking; Brianha
Nicole Hall-criminal damage to property in the 2nd degree; Timmie
Lee Hollis for DUI and endangering a child while DUI; Robert Benjamin Ledbetter
for parole violation; Mario Morales-Perez-holding for USMS; Victoria Lee Riley
for DUI/ failure to have license on person/ and obstruction; Kenye Rashad
Taylor for probation violation; Julio Vazquez-Rodriquez-holding for USMS; and Calvin
Lionel Williams for child support. 2 bonded out of jail yesterday; 1 released
for time served; and 1 was released to another jail.