“Local News’

Friday October 17th, 2014



Phoebe Sumter Medical Center went into precautionary mode yesterday when a patient with flu-like symptoms was assessed for Ebola and the hospital went into lockdown. The hospital followed the guidelines of the Centers for Disease Control and the patient was asked for a travel history. This particular man had not been to Africa but had attended a California conference where he had been seated next to someone who had recently traveled to Africa. Following CDC protocol, the patient was isolated and after consulting with the Chief Epidemiologist with the State Department of Public Health, it was determined that this particular patient was at no risk of the Ebola Virus. Phoebe Putney Health System did not release the name of this patient. Local News first got some information about something at the hospital when the husband of a patient stopped by the studios just after 1:30 and asked if we knew what was going on. After hearing what he said about his wife being quarantined along with others, he was concerned. After assuring him that the hospital was following precautionary procedures, he left to meet family members. Everyone is concerned but until something absolute is determined, it is better not to speculate and get the public in a panic mode officials believed.

Tomorrow is the big day for all area veterans. Veterans Appreciation Day, an Open House and meet and greet will start at 10am at the John D. Mathis Post#2 on MLK Boulevard. At 10:30, the 3rd District Commander will have a briefing on the history and will give recognition of Post#2, the oldest American Legion Post in Georgia. A service officer will be in attendance tomorrow to assist with support and claims information that veterans may have. At noon, a hamburger and hot dog lunch will be served to all attending veterans. The day will end by 1pm. All veterans are encouraged to attend.

Other Saturday events include the 11th annual Breast Cancer Awareness Walk.  There is an 8am registration at Lenny’s Market with the walk starting at 9 tomorrow morning. There is a $5 registration fee for ages 18 and above with all proceeds going to Friends Against Cancer.

Thomas the Train is at Lake Blackshear at Georgia Veterans State Park today through Sunday and again next weekend. Tickets are going fast and most tickets for this weekend are almost gone. The weather should be ideal for both of these 2 events.

Early voting numbers continue to go up each day. 121 voted on Wednesday and that now brings the total since Monday to 277 early voters. Early voting will end on Friday October 31st. Saturday voting on October 25th will be held from 9 to 4. This is the only Saturday for early voting. Early voting is being held in the Elections Office at the Sumter County Courthouse Monday through Friday from 8 to 5. Please bring a photo ID with you when you come to early vote.

Americus Police report 2 more autos were entered around town. One was at H-3 Southland Heights Apartments when the vehicle was left unlocked. The other entered auto was at 12:08 this morning at 226 Harrold Avenue. More and more autos have been entered as of late and it’s a good time to remind all drivers to lock and secure your vehicles at all times. Most of the vehicles entered lately have been left unlocked. Otherwise, it was another fairly quiet day and night for police.

Telah Deborah Jackson was arrested and charged with criminal damage to property in the 1st degree and reckless conduct for an incident at 1023 Westside Drive.

Anthony Terrel Walker was arrested following an incident at 333 Ashby Street. He was charged with forced entry burglary and obstruction.

There were quite a few miscellaneous calls ranging from possible drugs found to a fight to a civil complaint and a stolen dog.

There were 2 accidents with 1 injury when a vehicle hit a deer on the Southerfield Road.

Good weather tonight for all the area high school football games! Southland Academy will host Westwood; Marion County will host Hawkinsville; and Schley County plays Dooly County in Vienna. Americus-Sumter is off this week.


The Sumter County Sheriff’s Deputies worked a total of 25 incidents on Thursday with 9 of those traffic stops. Lakeita N. Odums was given a speeding ticket on US 49 south. The rest were issued warnings. A burglary was investigated at 124 Santa Rosa Drive. A theft by deception was reported. A damage to property complaint was made. A civil disturbance occurred at Lot 3 Ron Circle. 1 hit-n-run accident was reported.

Housed in the Sumter County Jail are: Paul Clifford Brown for probation violation; Gary Michael Buck for burglary/possession of a firearm by a convicted felon; Brian John Daigle for felony theft by receiving stolen property/possession of a firearm by a convicted felon; Christa Ryan Grimsley for reckless conduct; Christy Lynn Russell for reckless conduct; Anthony Terrel Walker for burglary/obstruction; Shante’ Michelle White for possession of illegal weapons during the commission of a crime/entering an auto; and Makell Antonio Woods for disorderly conduct.