“Local News’

Friday April 29th, 2016



Americus has been named a 2015 Tree City USA by the Arbor Day Foundation in honor of its commitment to effective urban forest management. Started in 1976, the Tree City USA program, sponsored by the Arbor Day Foundation, in partnership with the US Forest Service and the National Association of State Foresters is celebrating its 40th anniversary this year. Americus achieved Tree City USA recognition by meeting the program’s four requirements: a tree board or department; a tree-care ordinance; an annual community forestry budget of at least $2 per capita and an Arbor Day observance and proclamation.

City Manager Steve Kennedy has announced that Nicole Thurston has been chosen to fill the position of Tourism Director. Ms. Thurston comes to Americus with a solid history of achievements in tourism, marketing and non-profit. She currently serves as the Executive Director of the Friends of the Cannonball House, Inc and a Freelance Writer for the 11th Hour and Macon Magazine. Her areas of expertise include public relations, strategic planning and management. Ms. Thurston’s official first day will be May 16th.

Tonight at 6pm the annual Relay for Life event will be held at Robinson Wilson Stadium on the North Campus on the Bumphead Road. Many events are planned including the Cancer Survivors Walk. There’s always great entertainment at any Relay for Life. Relay for Life returns to the North Campus for the first time in a number of years which was held here for many years. Make your plans to attend and dress cool as it will be rather warm when all the activities get underway.

The Sumter County BOE will hold a retreat on Monday May 2nd in the boardroom of the SCS Administration Building. The retreat will begin at 6pm on Monday. The public is welcome to attend.

The May 3rd LEPC meeting will be held at 10am in the Sumter County Emergency Operations Center located at the former National Guard Armory at 901 Adderton Street. This meeting is open for the public to attend.

Hydrant testing continues by AFES. After a test in your neighborhood, if you have cloudy or discolored water, you need to run your faucets for approximately 10-15 minutes to clear the water. If it doesn’t, call AFES at 924-3213 for assistance.

2 more autos were entered yesterday and again were in the same vicinity of each other. The first auto was at B4 Southland Heights Apartments on US 27 east. The other auto was at 159-C Lakeview Apartments. You must lock and secure your vehicles at all times these days and with the weekend upon us, remove items from your vehicle as well. Never leave anything in plain sight that could tempt that would-be thief. In other Thursday police action, a suspicious person was reported at 163 Lakeview Circle.

Following a traffic stop on Elm Avenue, Ronald Logan was arrested for failure to stop at a stop sign and driving without a license.

An aggravated assault on Cherokee Street is being investigated.

A criminal trespass complaint was made at 834 Davenport Street.

A child molestation case is being investigated.

Hit-n-run accidents were reported at 1711 E. Lamar Street and at 401 Ashby Street at 4:03 this morning.

Officers did answer 5 domestic-related calls and 4 miscellaneous calls yesterday.


38 incidents were worked yesterday by Sumter County Sheriff’s Deputies including 12 traffic stops. At a stop on Lamar at Hampton, Anna G. Turley was cited for failure to obey a traffic control device. After a stop early this morning on Lamar at Windsor Alley, Lavarus C. Rowell was charged with DUI and driving the wrong way on a one-way street. Quite a few warnings were also handed out. A theft took place at 178 Youngs Mill Road. Domestic disturbance calls were answered at 107 Oak Ridge Drive and 746 US 19 south. Civil complaints were made at 205 Johnson Street and on US 49 south. A suspicious vehicle was reported at the storage units on US 280 east. Deputies worked 2 accidents yesterday.

In the Sumter County Jail today is George Edgar Durham for contempt of Court and failure to appear. 2 bonded out of jail yesterday.