“Local News’

Friday May 17th, 2019




During the agenda-setting meeting of the Mayor and City Council last evening, several presentations were heard. A lengthy presentation from Delinquent Tax Services for possibly serving the City of Americus in collecting past due property taxes was given. After the presentation and questions, the Mayor, with Council’s agreement, placed the item for a vote on next week’s agenda. Council then heard an update on the Water and Waste Water Projects. Most of these projects are coming in under budget so far. An annexation and rezoning request for property on Felder Street was then heard and will be up for a vote next week. Council heard about many other items, some to be placed on the Consent agenda and some will be up for a vote at next Thursday’s regular monthly City Council meeting. That meeting on May 23rd will start at 6pm in Council chambers of the Public Safety building downtown.

Tomorrow is the annual Phoebe Sumter Women’s Health Fair in the Student Success Center on the GSW campus. The event, which is free to the public, will be held from 8am until noon. There will be free health screenings, including blood pressure, diabetes and cholesterol, informational booths set up and physician-led discussions on women’s health. The health screenings will be held from 8 to 9am. The keynote speaker for tomorrow’s event will be Dominique Dawes, Gold Medal winning Olympic gymnast. Again, the Women’s Health Fair is free and open to the public.

For the second consecutive rating period, Phoebe Sumter earned the highest grade from one of the nation’s premier hospital rating organizations. Phoebe Sumter was awarded an “A” from The Leapfrog Group’s spring 2019 Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade. The designation recognizes Phoebe Sumter’s efforts in protecting patients from harm and providing safer healthcare. Quality improvement teams at Phoebe Sumter constantly gather and review quality data and have ongoing continuous improvement projects designed to build on the hospital’s safety success.

The Americus Police Department’s G.R.E.A.T. Summer Program will be held this summer from June 10th through July 18th from 8:30-3:30 at Sumter County Intermediate School. This program is for the up and coming 5th and 6th graders. The new 7th graders will also be allowed to return. The G.R.E.A.T. Summer Program will be held each week from Monday through Thursday. For more information or to register, call Sgt. John Brown at 229-924-3677 ext. 325 or 229-591-6432; or contact Sierra Harvey at 229-924-3677 ext. 328. The summer program curriculum is designed to reinforce the lessons taught during the school year.

From Thursday’s Americus Police incidents, a theft took place from 505 Oak Avenue.

Quantavious R. Hurley was arrested for shoplifting at 1711 E. Lamar Street (Wal-Mart).

Rosa M. Keen was arrested at 110 US 280W for City probation violation.

Following a traffic stop on W. Lamar at S. Jackson, Fonzel J. Tullis was arrested for driving on a suspended license.

Officers went to the S. Hampton Street-Bell Street area at 1:57 this morning to a report of shots fired.

The false report of a crime is being investigated that was called in at 2:19 this morning.

Vinson Mann was arrested at 3 this morning for City probation violation on Arlington Drive.

Investigation into a prior case resulted in the arrest yesterday of Ke’Wanda Ford for simple battery.

Officers answered 2 miscellaneous calls yesterday.

There were 3 accidents in the past 24-hour period around town that had no reported injuries.

Spring football practice for the Americus-Sumter Panthers will come to an end tonight when they travel to Macon for a spring game with SW Macon. The game will start at 7 this evening and will be played at the Ed Defore Sports Complex in Macon.


Sumter County Sheriff’s Deputies had an overall quiet Thursday. A bad child complaint was made at Sumter County Intermediate School. Damage to property was reported at 120 US 19N. Deputies conducted just 5 traffic stops yesterday. At a stop on US 280E at Arlington Drive, Vinson M. Mann was arrested for possession and use of drug-related objects and for an outstanding warrant. A passenger, Anderica S. Haugabook was arrested for an outstanding warrant. Deputies did assist a motorist yesterday and made several prisoner transports. Deputies worked 1 deer-related accident and provided traffic control for an accident worked by Troopers from Post 10.

Housed in the Sumter County Jail today: Tiffany M. Bullard for probation violation; James A. Davis for speeding and driving with a suspended license; Anderica Symone Haugabook for probation violation; Jacob Jamal Ingram for probation violation; Rosa Marie Keen for City probation; Antwan O’Neil Lewis for aggravated sodomy/ 1st degree cruelty to children/ incest/ aggravated child molestation/ and enticing a child for indecent purposes; and Vinson Mandel Mann for possession and use of drug-related objects and City probation. 3 bonded out of jail yesterday. 1 was released from jail after charges were dismissed. 1 was released to another jail.