The City of Americus got a good audit report from Mauldin &
Jenkins yesterday during the monthly City Council meeting. They heard from Meredith
Lipson who discussed the 2016 Audit Report for calendar year 2015 with the
Mayor and City Council and answered several questions. Everyone was pleased
with the Audit Report. Council approved 7 sets of bunker gear for AFES at a
cost of $17,794 which came in under budget. A new alcohol beverage license was
granted for Center Stage Market for the sale of beer and wine off-premise.
Council approved the second and final reading calling for a referendum to allow
Sunday package sales to be put on the ballot for citizens to vote on in
November. Council adopted a written agreement between the Cities of Americus and Andersonville
for mutual natural gas assistance. Council approved financial support to the
PDA associated with the proposed new roadway at Eaton Lighting. A lease
agreement between the City and the PDA related to the leasing of the AmericusCustomerServiceCenter was agreed upon. With a few announcements, the meeting was adjourned.
“Locking Arms for Law Enforcement”, a
community-wide event is planned for tomorrow morning at 10 at the PublicSafetyBuilding downtown. This is the community’s
opportunity to come out in force and show our support for all law enforcement,
our friends and neighbors. This will NOT be a protest but a peaceful, prayerful
gathering. It is hoped to have enough participants to circle the PublicSafetyBuilding and unite our community. Everyone is
encouraged to participate tomorrow morning.
Another widely scattered thundershower hit
our area yesterday afternoon. The area with the heaviest rainfall was eastern
and southern parts of the City and County. Here at our Highway 30 studios, we
had a quarter-inch of rain to fall while other areas were reporting over an
inch. Further south, there were estimates of 4-inches of rain. Those areas did
not get the rain on Tuesday when our immediate area did. The rain chances have
now been downgraded to a 20-30% chance today through the weekend but highs will
reach the mid-to-upper 90s with high heat indices.
Next weekend, July 30th and 31st
will be Sales Tax Holidays in Georgia. With school starting for many on August 1st,
the Sales Tax Holiday comes at a good time. Shoppers can save on
clothing (including footwear) with a sales price of $100 or less per item.
Also, computer, computer components and prewritten software purchased for
noncommercial home or personal use with a sales price of $1000 or less per
item. School supplies purchased for noncommercial use with a sales price of $20
or less per item, will all be exempt from sales tax.
Overall, Thursday was a rather
routine day for Americus Police. 2 thefts of bicycles were
reported. The first was at 108 Falcon Drive and the other was at 303 S. Hampton Street.
An animal complaint was filed with
police on Ridge
A burglary and criminal trespass
occurred at 909
Ridge Street. Another burglary was investigated at 915 Ridge Street.
Following a traffic stop conducted on
Spring Street, Michael Wilson was charged with speeding and driving without a
At this morning, officers were dispatched out to 147 Hosanna Circle where
and auto was entered and a criminal trespass had occurred.
Officers responded to 2
were 2 accidents worked by APD
including a deer-involved accident after 3 this morning on US 27 east. No
injuries were reported except for the deer.
SumterCounty Sheriff’s Investigators recently conducted a drug investigation for an
incident on MLK
As a result, 2 arrests were made on Wednesday. Arrested and charged with
possession of Schedule II controlled substances were Christina D. Pugh and
Jessica R. Fountain. Both were jailed. Deputies conducted 7 traffic stops
yesterday. At a stop on Lamar at Tripp, Zelda W. Styck was charged with failure
to obey a traffic control device. After a stop was made on MLK Boulevard at Rucker, the driver Sherman S. Butts was
charged with driving on a suspended license and the passenger and car owner,
Shakedrian T. Ross was charged with no proof of insurance and allowing the
illegal operation of a motor vehicle. Suspicious vehicle complaints were made
Lakewood Avenue. Deputies went to a domestic disturbance at 130 Rainbow Terrace. Deputies
did work 2 deer-related accidents. Several motorists were also assisted by
Housed in the Sumter County Jail
today are: Clinton Adams for criminal trespass; Shanita Nicole Daniels for
felony theft by shoplifting; Jessica Ray Fountain for possession of a Schedule
II controlled substance; Rodney Deon Green for simple battery and 3rd
degree cruelty to children; Rebecca Lee Hancock-holding for Florida; Karl
Samuel Jarrett for possession of a Schedule I controlled substance/ possession
of a firearm during the commission of a crime/ and DUI; Christina Diane Pugh
for possession of a Schedule II controlled substance; and Regina Ellen Sanders
for probation violation. 1 bonded out of jail yesterday.