“Local News’

Friday November 21st, 2014



The monthly meeting of the Mayor and City Council was held last evening. The Finance Director was authorized to write down 2006 & 2007 property taxes. The Finance Director was authorized to write down utility bills. The Finance Director was also authorized to open a bank account for the 2014 General Obligation Bond Funds. Council approved a traffic calming device or speed bump on Burton Circle. Council approved 2 streets, E. Glessner and N. Jackson for the LMIG paving list. The paving would be in the spring of 2015. By a 4-1 vote, Council approved an ordinance amendment regarding applications for permits to dig wells within the City. Willie Golphin was appointed to the Urban Redevelopment Authority. Channon Thurmond was appointed to the Land Bank Authority. With a few announcements the meeting was adjourned and the work session for the 2015 budget began. This was a continuation of Monday’s budget work session and more whittling was done in getting rid of the $1.5 million shortfall. That figure was trimmed down significantly since Monday and more cuts and tightening were done last night. Another budget work session is planned for this Monday afternoon at 4:30 on the 3rd floor of the Municipal Building. That work session is open for the public to attend.

Collection is underway now for the Toys for Tots. The local Post of the Georgia State Patrol has joined with the US Marine Corps Reserves to collect toys for the Toys for Tots campaign. You can make a needy child smile through your donation of a new, unwrapped toy. Monetary donations are also accepted. Make checks payable to the Toys for Tots Foundation. You can drop off your toy donations to Post 10 at 113 William Bowen Pointe just south of town on US 19. For more information or to have your donation picked up, contact TFC Bryan Joiner or TPR James Vaughan at 931-2397.

The Community Thanksgiving Service will be this Tuesday night November 25th at 7pm at the Rylander Theater. Admission is free but a freewill love offering will be taken to help support the Community Services Ministry. Harvest of Hope Food Pantry will have a truck parked in front of the Rylander on Tuesday night collecting non-perishable food items, if you would like to donate to help our neighbors in need. Everyone is invited to join together as we celebrate our blessings this Thanksgiving.

Marion County begins defense of their state championship tonight as the Eagles will host Greenville in the opening round of the GHSA Class A football playoffs. Kick-off tonight is 7:30. As the number one seed all of Marion County’s playoff games would be at home until the state championship game, which would then be played at the Georgia Dome. 3 wins and the Eagles would make it back to the Dome to play for another state title but it takes one win to advance and that starts tonight with the opening round game.

From Thursday’s Americus Police incident reports, a simple assault and criminal trespass occurred at 128 Taylor Street. A simple assault was reported at 611 Mayo Street.

A criminal damage to property in the 2nd degree complaint was made at 1700 E. Lamar Street for a damaged vehicle.

A theft took place at 1711 E. Lamar Street in the Wal-Mart parking lot.

Walter James Mable was arrested for felony theft by shoplifting and criminal trespass at 1456 E. Forsyth Street at Belk’s.

Leonard Tyson Jr. was arrested at 201 Tom Hall Circle and charged with loud and unnecessary noises.

A rape case is under further investigation.

Officers went to 3 domestic-related calls and a few miscellaneous calls yesterday.

1 accident was worked by officers with no reported injuries.

Americus Police and all law enforcement are reminding shoppers to make sure you lock and secure your vehicles now that the shopping season is here. Don’t leave items in plain sight that would tempt a would-be thief. Place items in the floorboard or in the trunk when possible. When shopping at night make sure you park in a well lit area and try to shop with someone or have someone with you. There’s safety in numbers when it comes to protecting yourself.


The Sumter County Sheriff’s Deputies worked 19 traffic stops yesterday. Jazmine A. Minter was cited for child restraints after a stop on the Southerfield Road. Following a stop on Spring Street Walter Davis was given a speeding ticket. Shannon Edwards was given a speeding ticket after a stop was conducted on US 280 west. At a stop on the Brady Road, Erika H. Hernandez was issued a citation for a seat belt violation. Kenneth T. Perrymon was cited for safety belt violation at a stop on the Mask Road. Andrew G. Cochran was given a speeding ticket following a stop on US 49 south. Warnings were issued to drivers in the other cases.

Deputies investigated burglaries at 170 South Forty Drive, 523 Tallent Store Road and 102 US 19 north. A suspicious vehicle complaint was made at 817 US 280 west. Deputies worked 2 accidents with 1 involving a deer. All totaled, there were 38 incidents worked by Deputies yesterday.

Currently housed in the Sumter County Jail are Walter James Mable for felony shoplifting and criminal trespass; and Randy L. Thomas for criminal trespass.