“Local News’

Friday May 18th, 2018



The rain chances this week has been more on the hit-n’-miss variety but strong enough that outside graduation ceremonies had to be reconsidered. Graduation for Americus-Sumter has been moved to the GSW Storm Dome tonight at 7pm. The earlier start is to allow GSW enough time to tear down after graduation tonight and then set up for the Women’s Health Conference to be held at 8 tomorrow morning. You WILL need a ticket to be able to attend graduation tonight and can check with the high school for ticket availability. This is also the last day of school in the Sumter County School system and it will be an early release day as well. Look for busses running their last routes during your lunch hour.

Graduation at Schley County IS still set for the football stadium but the school announced yesterday that the ceremony has been moved up 30-minutes and will begin at 8:30. The stadium will be open at 7:30 for guests. Tickets will be sent home with graduates today in the event that there is a significant change in the weather and graduation has to be moved inside to the gym. Every effort is being made to have the Schley graduation outside but the gym will be ready just in case.

The agenda setting meeting of the Mayor and City Council was well attended last evening but due to the length, many left after an hour. Several items under public works will be added to next week’s agenda to be voted on including many necessary repairs at the Water and Wastewater Treatment Plants. 2 requests for properties at 512 and 504 W. Church Street to be added to the Historic Trust will be on next week’s agenda. Other items will also be up for a vote at the regular monthly meeting next week at 6pm in Council Chambers of the Public Safety Building. The meeting then moved to closed session for personnel matters after 2-hours of setting the agenda.

Before the agenda setting meeting yesterday, a called meeting of the Mayor and City Council was set for Thursday May 31st at 5 for the purpose of conducting a public hearing requested by former City Manager Steve Kennedy. This will be open for the public to attend.

After the closed session last night, one finalist for the position of Interim City Manager was named. John C. Klimm has served as City Manager of Aiken, South Carolina for the past 3-years. The City Council will consider whether to appoint John Klimm as Interim City Manager at another called meeting on Friday June 1st at 5pm in Council Chambers. The meeting will be open to the public.

Today is the last day for early voting in the Elections Office at the Sumter County Courthouse until 5 this afternoon. If you do not early vote by the end of today, you will cast your ballot on Tuesday May 22nd at your usual polling place. Those polling places will open at 7 on May 22nd.

Monday May 21st starts the annual hydrant testing by AFES and should be completed within 6-weeks. These are mandatory tests required to maintain the City’s ISO rating which affects property insurance rates and also ensures that the hydrant system is working in top condition when called upon. If your have colored or discolored water after one of these hydrant tests, run your faucets for approximately 10-15 minutes. If this does not clear your water, then contact AFES at 924-3213 for further assistance.

 Americus Police had an active Thursday. A criminal trespass and obstruction case occurred at 406-A Academy Street.

An aggravated assault in the Norman Cole Street area is under further investigation.

Burglaries were investigated at 308-A Lake Worth Circle and at 233 Burton Circle.

A theft by deception was reported at 1039 E. Forsyth Street.

A criminal trespass complaint was made at 102 E. Lester Street.

A criminal damage to property in the 1st degree occurred at 109. E. Lamar Street. A criminal damage to property in the 2nd degree was reported at 124 Hanson Drive.

Joshua A. Taylor was arrested for simple battery (DVA) after answering a domestic call to 21-B 950 Anthony Drive. This was 1 of 4 domestic-related calls on Thursday.

Officers did respond to 2 miscellaneous calls.

1 accident yesterday did have 5 injury complaints.


Sumter County Sheriff’s Deputies made 6 traffic stops yesterday. On the Lamar Road, Stanley Wodzinski was charged with speeding. A stop was made on Santa Rosa Drive near Irene Drive and Joshua Martin was charged with failure to dim lights and failure to have a license on person. Another stop was conducted on the Lamar Road and Kyewonsa Kearse was charged with speeding. Deputies responded to 3 domestic-related calls. A burglary was investigated at 128 Foster Street. A bad child complaint was filed at Lot J 456 Arch Helms Road. 2 accidents were worked by Deputies yesterday with 1 being deer-involved.

Housed in the Sumter County Jail today: Jose R Garcia for DUI/ driving with a suspended license/ and a seat belt violation; Joshua Adam Taylor for simple battery (DVA); and Andrew Bryant White for probation violation.