“Local News’

Friday May 26th, 2017



The 78-hour Memorial Day travel period begins at 6 this evening and will end at midnight on Monday Memorial Day. This holiday begins the summer travel period often referred to as “The 100 Deadly Days of Summer” before ending on Labor Day. During this Memorial Day weekend, Troopers will be out in full force working alongside Sheriff’s Deputies and Police Officers to enforce Georgia’s seat belt laws with the “Click It or Ticket” campaign. DNR Rangers will be patrolling the state’s waterways to ensure that boaters are obeying the rules and keep citizens safe. Don’t become a holiday statistic this year!

The Andersonville National Historic Site is anticipating a big turnout this weekend. Tomorrow, hundreds of scouts and volunteers will be placing small American flags on more than 20,000 gravesites creating a powerful backdrop of patriotism. On Sunday the 28th, Brigadier General David Lesperance will be the keynote speaker for the Memorial Day Observance Ceremony at the National Cemetery. The US Army Maneuver Center of Excellence Band performs at 1:30 Sunday and the formal program follows at 2pm. On Monday Memorial Day at 11am, the Knights of Columbus will have a special mass in the cemetery. All of these events are open to the public.

It’s graduation tonight for Southland Academy. The Class of 2017 will graduate tonight at 7 in the Melvin T. Kinslow gym on campus. With tonight’s graduation, then brings to an end the school year at the area schools.

The end of the school year came to end a BIG way yesterday for Schley County. The Wildcats swept Gordon Lee in the Class A state baseball championship in Rome winning game (1) 6-0 and game (2) 12-3. This is the second state title for Schley County in the past 3-years.

Free breakfast and lunches are being offered by the SCS Nutrition Department through July 22nd. The Seamless Summer Nutrition Program is sponsored by the USDA and administered by the SCS Nutrition Department. For a location near you, call 931-8500 ext. 8523, 8546 or 8536.

If you have relatives or friends arriving this weekend and planning a big meal or cookout and looking for fresh, don’t forget that Lenny’s Farmers Market will be open starting tomorrow morning at 7am and will be open until noon. Lenny’s Farmers Market is located at 110 N. Hampton Street downtown. In addition to fresh vegetables and fruit, shoppers can also pick up handmade items and maybe some fresh baked goods as well. Support our local growers and shop Lenny’s Farmers Market which will also be open Tuesday’s from 5-8pm.

A cool start to today will warm up quickly under bright sunshine into the mid-80s. Lots of sunshine tomorrow and highs around 90 and some clouds will roll in Sunday afternoon with rain showers likely by Monday afternoon. Lows tonight and tomorrow night will be in the 60s. It will be a great holiday weekend with a chance of rain on Monday only. Great weather for just about anything you might have planned this holiday weekend.

Americus Police incidents from Thursday had a theft to occur from 1007 MLK Boulevard.

A collision with an unattended vehicle took place at 126 US 280W.

A forced entry burglary was investigated at 205 Habitat Street. A forced entry burglary and theft occurred at 104 Redrick Street.

An auto was entered at 119 S. Lee Street.

Officers did respond to 6 domestic-related calls and 1 miscellaneous call yesterday.

There were 2 accidents with 1 injury complaint. An arrest was made following an accident investigation at 3:15 this morning on Ridge Street at Gail. Ke’Von Markese Myers was arrested for colliding with a fixed object/ driving without a license/ and hit-n’-run/leaving the scene of an accident.


Sumter County Sheriff’s Deputies responded to suspicious vehicle complaints yesterday at 603 Mask Road, 191 Stoneridge Drive and in the area of Santa Rosa Drive. A theft occurred at 900 SGT Parkway and 3 arrests were made. Alexis Q. White, Karmon S. Ross and Warneika H. Thompson were all charged with misdemeanor theft by taking. Deputies answered domestic calls to US 280E at Arlington Drive and to 121 Tarver Street in DeSoto. 8 traffic stops were conducted yesterday by Deputies. At a stop on US 280W, Briaca L. Durham was charged with speeding.

In the Sumter County Jail today are Shakeem Ohigee Butler for probation violation and simple battery; and Karmon Samone Ross for misdemeanor theft by taking. 4 bonded out of jail yesterday and 1 was back in jail for Court.