“Local News’

Friday September 22nd, 2017



At the monthly meeting of the Mayor and City Council yesterday, a third and final public hearing was held on the proposed millage rate for 2017 which will remain at 10.32 mils. Council denied a request for 125 Bay Street to be added to the City’s Entertainment Zone. By a 4-2 vote, an amendment to the Defined Benefit Retirement Plan was passed. After much discussion, an alcohol beverage license ordinance was passed by a 4-2 vote that eliminates background checks for potential employees in the alcohol businesses. An alcohol license for 129 Highway 27E was passed. Council approved the bid from Allen Vigil Ford for a new Police SUV. Council then adopted the 2017 millage rate of 10.32, the same as 2016. Council approved the Declaration of Local Emergency from Irma and now could be eligible for FEMA assistance. The amended mutual aid agreement with Sumter County Fire was approved. Council approved emergency funds to repair Peachtree Street for $18,102. Russell Thomas Jr. was re-appointed to the Downtown Development Authority. After announcement the meeting was adjourned.

The community is invited to GSW Presidential Plaza dedication that honors former US President and Georgia Southwestern alumni Jimmy Carter. The ceremony on the Wheatley Administration Building lawn is at 11 this morning. Former President Carter will be on the program along with GSW President Neal Weaver. Mrs. Carter will also be in attendance. This will become the centerpiece to the University’s signature entrance. Again the ceremony is at 11 this morning and the community is invited.

Make your reservations for Tuesday’s first annual State of Education Dinner to be held in the Pope Center on the SGTC campus. The evening begins with a reception at 5:30 with the dinner and special program to follow at 6:15. This will be a unique experience for the business community to hear firsthand from educational leaders in Sumter County. Contact the Chamber at 924-2646 or by email at chamber@sumtercountychamber.com for tickets. The cost is $25 for Chamber members and $35 for non-members.

High school football games in the area tonight are highlighted by 2 homecoming games. Southland Academy’s homecoming game with Tiftarea will actually start earlier at 7pm this evening. Schley County’s homecoming game with Dooly County kicks off at 7:30. The homecoming queen and her Court will be announced at halftime of tonight’s games. Americus-Sumter is hosting region foe Northside-Columbus at 7:30. Marion County travels to Manchester for a 7:30 kick-off. The weather is expected to cooperate nicely.

You can sign-up now for the next Citizens Police Academy. The twelve session course starts on October 3rd and will finish on November 16th with classes every Tuesday and Thursday evening. Participants must be 18-years of age and be willing to commit to all twelve courses. To sign up, drop by the police department; call Sgt. John Brown at 924-3677 ext. 325 or by email at jbrown@americusga.gov. The program is free and open to the public.

Thursday was another quiet 24-hour period for Americus Police officers. A traffic stop was initiated by Trooper Willingham on Elm at College resulting in the arrest of Keila Cruz-Mesino for driving without a license.

A case of deposit account fraud was reported.

Officers went to Magnolia Village last night before 11 where discharging of firearms were heard.

As the weekend is upon us, here’s your reminder once again to lock and secure your vehicles at all times and remove any items from inside that would tempt a would-be thief.


Sheriff’s Deputies were busy with traffic stops yesterday. 17 traffic stops were conducted. After a stop on Highway 27, Thadius D. Sheftall was charged with speeding. Following a stop on Highway 49N, Laura M. White was charged with speeding. On Highway 30W, a stop resulted in speeding charges against Rebecca C. Turner. At a stop initiated on US 280W, Paige K. Glass was charged with speeding. Early this morning on Wise Road, Grady L. Hughes was charged with speeding. Deputies went to domestic calls at 119 Daisy Drive and at 694 Holman Road. Responding to a fight at 915 N. Lee Street, Renee L. Breedlove was charged with simple battery. A burglary was investigated at 118 Charleston Drive.

In the Sumter County Jail today is Paula Renee Johnson for criminal trespass.