“Local News’

Friday March 24th, 2017



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 Sumter County Chamber of Commerce Awards Celebration was held last night in the Pope Center 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”.

Today and 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 10am until 4pm 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 Woodland Avenue.

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.

Officers 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 Griffin Bell 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.


Sumter County Sheriff’s Deputies took part in another concentrated license check last night on District Line Road and Old 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.