“Local News’

Friday October 11th, 2019



The Sumter County BOE held their monthly meeting last night. Under committee reports, the financial report, accounts payables and preliminary cash flow reports were all approved. The Board approved 2 terminations and 2 transfers within the system; hired 4 and approved 1 third party contract under personnel. Acceptance of the appraisal value for real property at 63 Valley Drive was approved. Permission was granted for the Superintendent to negotiate with real estate professionals for the sale of property at 63 Valley Drive. Permission was made to hire 19 new paraprofessionals. The Board and Superintendent will be reimbursed for expenses at the GSBA/GSSA annual conference in December. Personnel was chosen as the main domain for local Board training for FY 2019-2020. A Memorandum of Understanding was approved for occupational therapy assistants clinical field experiences. The Board endorsed the connecting of the Americus Bike and Walking paths. After announcements, the meeting was adjourned.

The Sumter Electric Membership Corporation Foundation awarded a grant of $1686 to Sumter County Elementary to be used to purchase an Apple Mac Book computer, camera and microphone so students can be taught how to use the iMovie and complete video production projects. To date, the Foundation has awarded over $1,039,000 to community organizations in Sumter EMC’s service territory.

The Sumter County Schools are on Fall Break today and Monday October 14th. Students return to class on Tuesday October 15th.

Today is the last day to purchase your tickets in the annual SkillsUSA Alumni Boston Butt fundraiser. Tickets are $25 each and can be purchased from any SkillsUSA member or alumni or by calling Jeanie Smith at 942-5167. Pickup will be on Saturday October 19th.

High school football tonight has Marion County playing Brookstone in Columbus. All other area games are at home. Americus-Sumter plays Columbus High; Southland Academy will host Brookwood; Schley County hosting Taylor County; and Macon County hosting Crawford County. All games kickoff at 7:30.

Early voting starts on Monday October 14th and will end on Friday November 1st. Early voting will be held in the Elections Office at the Sumter County Courthouse Monday-Friday from 8 to 5. You will need a photo ID with you when you come to early vote.

The Sumter County Election Board of Elections will have a called meeting on Monday October 14th at 5:15 at the Sumter County Courthouse. This meeting is open to the public.

 Thursday was rather quiet around town for the Americus Police. A shoplifting incident occurred at 1711 E. Lamar Street. Gregory Brown was arrested for shoplifting at 1101 Crawford Street.

A case of identity theft was reported for investigation.

Lost/mislaid property was reported at 1218 Oglethorpe Avenue.

A suspicious incident was checked out at 126 Starlight Circle.

An unruly juvenile complaint was made at 119 Ashby Street.

A hit-n-run accident occurred on W. Forsyth at US 19S.

Officers did respond to 2 domestic-related calls and 2 miscellaneous calls yesterday around town.

There were 4 accidents worked by APD yesterday that had no reported injuries.

Coffee with a Cop in coming up on Wednesday October 16th at Café Campesino at 134 W. Lamar Street downtown from 8am until 10am. It’s your chance to ask questions, voice concerns and get to know the officers in your neighborhood. Join your neighbors and law enforcement for coffee and conversation!


Sumter County Sheriff’s Deputies conducted just 2 traffic stops yesterday. At a stop on Adderton Street near Magnolia, Darius T. Kleckley was charged with obstruction and headlight requirements. Deputies went to livestock in the roadway on Hooks Mill Road. A civil complaint was filed at 101 W. Church Street in Andersonville. 1 domestic-related call was answered. 1 activated alarm was checked out. A theft took place from 622 Highway 118. 1 motorist was given assistance yesterday. Deputies worked 2 deer-related accidents and turned another accident over to Sgt. Peck of Post 10 for further investigation.

3 people were released from jail yesterday after posting bond.

C.B. Dowdell Post 558 has announced the event schedule for the Veteran’s Day celebration. A program will be held at 10am on Friday November 8th at the Sumter County Courthouse with Safaria Carson of the Americus-Sumter JROTC as the featured speaker. A parade will follow at 11. After the parade, a luncheon program will be held at Post 558 with guest speaker Chief Sammy Stone of SGTC Campus Safety. The public is invited to the 10am program and parade downtown. If you would like to be a parade participant, contact Frank Mitchell at 938-4310.