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 SumterCountySchool system and it will be an early release day
as well. Look for busses running their last routes during your lunch hour.
at SchleyCounty 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 . The stadium will be open at 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 in Council Chambers of the PublicSafetyBuilding. 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.
the closed session last night, one finalist for the position of InterimCity 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 InterimCity Manager at another called meeting on Friday June 1st at 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 SumterCounty 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.
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
Officers did respond to 2
1 accident yesterday did have 5
SumterCounty 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
Housed in the SumterCounty 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