“Local News’

Friday August 28th, 2015



The Georgia Department of Labor has announced that the unemployment rate in the Southwest Georgia region in July was 7.7 percent, up four-tenths of a percentage point from 7.3 percent in June. The rate in July 2014 was 9.3 percent. The rate rose as the number of new layoffs, as measured by initial claims for unemployment insurance, increased. The number of initial claims filed in the Southwest Georgia area increased by 134 or 11.2 percent in July. Over the year, claims were down by 53 or 3.8 percent from 1387 in July 2014. Meanwhile, Georgia’s seasonally-adjusted unemployment rate for July was 6 percent, down from 6.1 percent in June. It was 7.2 percent in July 2014.

The Sumter County BOE will hold a called meeting on Monday August 31st at 6pm in the boardroom of the SCS Administration Building. The purpose of this called meeting will be to discuss and/or approve an application for state funds to upgrade facilities. The public is welcome to attend.

Another called meeting will be held on Monday. The Sumter County BOC will have a special called meeting in the Commissioners Room at the Sumter County Courthouse. The purpose of this called meeting is to discuss a personnel matter in executive session. The Board will also discuss any other items that the Board deemed as appropriate.

Qualifying for seats up for re-election on the Americus City Council begins this coming Monday August 31st. Anyone wishing to qualify must do so with the City Clerk on the 3rd floor of the Municipal Building on Lamar Street downtown. Qualifying begins on Monday the 31st and will end on Wednesday September 2nd. With the recent announcement that incumbent Walton Grant will not be seeking another term in office, there will be a new Council member come January.

High school football in the area tonight has 3 local teams in action. 2 are on the road and 1 will open up at home tonight. Southland Academy will travel to Lyons to play Robert Toombs while Americus-Sumter goes up Highway 49 to play Macon County in Montezuma. Marion County begins the regular season opening up at home tonight against Miller County. All games will get started at 7:30 tonight. Schley County is technically in an open date this week and begins their regular season in Ellaville on September 4th against Baconton Charter.

Americus Police had a busy Thursday and it all started with the juvenile disorder early yesterday morning. Criminal trespass and disorderly conduct charges were made as that investigation continues.

Criminal trespass complaints were made at 302 N. Mayo (damaged vehicle) and at 130-B Cherokee Street.

Walter Jerome Carter IV was arrested at 925 Ridge Street for disorderly conduct and an outstanding warrant.

A theft by conversion occurred at 305 Warren Avenue.

Counterfeit money was turned over to police at 1101 Crawford Street.

Charlene A. Carr, Martellian Bernard Harp and Denesha Solomon were all arrested for shoplifting at Wal-Mart.

A stalking and harassing phone call case is under further investigation.

A curfew violation and unruly juvenile complaint was made at 403-B Bessie May Circle.

After a traffic stop on E. Lamar, Naisasha O. Walton was cited for expired registration and no insurance. Since she had no insurance the car was towed.

Keelan Van Pope was arrested at 1101 Crawford Street at 1:15 this morning and charged with obstruction and criminal trespass.

Following a traffic stop on Windsor Avenue at 1:08 this morning Taylor Ivy May was charged with consumption of alcohol by a minor.

Another traffic stop at 2:03 this morning led to the arrest of Anthony James Hayes for consumption of alcohol by a minor and failure to maintain lane on Brown Street.

Officers responded to 4 domestic-related calls.

There were 4 accidents in the City yesterday with 1 injury complaint.


Sumter County Sheriff’s Deputies conducted 23 traffic stops yesterday. Eljuan D. Mann was stooped for driving the wrong side of an undivided street on the Bumphead Road. Sammy L. Mann was cited for failure to yield the right of way to an emergency vehicle on Tripp Street. After a stop on McGarrah Street Jacob t. Baker was cited for a seat belt violation. Following a stop on US 19 south, Lusiana Figueroa was cited for driving on a suspended license. Warnings were issued in the remaining traffic cases.

Deputies investigated a burglary at 124 Richmond Road. Harassing phone calls were reported. A theft occurred at 165 Riverside Drive.

Housed today in the Sumter County Jail: Trenedrick Carlos Bishop for robbery and battery; Walter J. Carter IV for probation violation and southwestern probation; Eric Chauncey Hardy for improper stopping on the roadway/ fleeing and attempting to elude an officer/ driving on a suspended license/ failure to obey a stop sign/ probation violation/ failure to appear/ and felony failure to appear; Amber Tidwell Jones-holding for Schley County; Keelan Van Pope for criminal trespass and obstruction; and Shaquille Rashod Woods for battery and criminal trespass.