“Local News’

Friday March 24th, 2023


The monthly meeting of the Mayor and Americus City Council was held last evening. All of the items on the agenda were placed on the consent agenda last week and there were no items left for a vote last night. However, there were numerous appointments that needed to be addressed. Carl Reid was appointed to the Americus/Sumter Tourism Council replacing Marcus Johnson. General Reid was appointed to the Land Bank Authority replacing Herschel Smith III who stepped down. Andrea Ingram was re-appointed to the Sumter County Board of Health. Glen Maye was named to the Walk of Fame Committee replacing Herschel Smith III. Willie Golphin was re-appointed to the Board of Zoning Appeals. Everett Byrd was appointed to the Americus Theater and Cultural Center Authority replacing Donovan Smalley and Tracy Law was re-appointed as was Patricia Harris to the same Authority. Both Lane Tyson and Amber D. Stovall were re-appointed to the Historic Preservation Commission. Jimmy Whaley was re-appointed to the Urban Redevelopment Authority. After announcements and comments the meeting was adjourned.

The number-one seeded SGTC Lady Jets have advanced to the Elite Eight in the NJCAA National Tournament after beating Moberly Area 54-49 yesterday in Lubbock Texas. The Lady Jest will play next Saturday afternoon at 3pm our time against NW Florida State who defeated Shelton State 59-51 last night.

Tomorrow from 10 until 1, the Sumter County Schools Teacher Job Fair will be held at the Ignite College and Career Academy at 903 SGT Parkway. Candidates should register and complete and online application before tomorrow. For any additional information, contact the SCS Human Resources Department at 229-931-8500 or visit the Career Opportunities Portal to view the current vacancies list and to complete or update your application. Scan the QR Code on the many flyers available about this event and the applicant then can register and complete online.

The Sumter County BOE will hold a retreat this Monday March 27th at 5:30 in the boardroom of the SCS Administration Building. The public is welcome to attend.

We have a better idea of what the weekend weather will be like now. Today will be sunny, warm and breezy with highs in the low-to-mid 80s. Clear skies will be around this evening but clouds increase overnight with rain by sunrise. Potentially strong storms will be around tomorrow morning before tapering off in the afternoon. It will be warm and muggy with highs in the 80s. Clear skies for tomorrow night and then we do it all over again with the rain. Sunday may now be the worst day of the weekend with strong storms, gusty winds and even some possible small hail throughout the day. This will continue through Monday and eventually end by Tuesday afternoon. If you have any outdoor plans for the weekend, tomorrow is shaping up to be the best day.

From the Americus Police Department’s Thursday incidents, criminal trespass complaints were made at 216 Habitat Street and at 112 Price Street.

Investigation yesterday led to three arrests for an incident at 206 Manhattan Street. Payton N. Daughtry; Dana M. Pritchard; and Steven Pritchard were all arrested and charged with felony theft by taking.

Responding to a domestic disturbance at 1416 N. Lee Street, Edward Hodge was arrested for an outstanding warrant.

A shoplifting incident was reported at 1700 E. Lamar Street.

Damage to property occurred in the area of Cherokee Street and Parker Street.

A theft took place from 129 S. Dudley Street.

Officers checked out a shots fired complaint at 12:26 this morning in the Bessie Mays Circle area.

There were two domestic-related calls and two miscellaneous calls answered by officers yesterday.

Only one accident was worked by APD on Thursday that did have an injury complaint.


The Sumter County Sheriff’s Deputies conducted three traffic stops on Thursday. After a stop on the Bumphead Road, Letitia M. Williams was charged with driving on the wrong side of an undivided street. Deputies heard a neighbor dispute at 225 Jenkins Road. Three domestic-related calls were answered yesterday. Suspicious persons were spotted around 868 Youngs Mill Road and on Highway 27E at Sylvan Place. Two prisoner transports were made. One activated alarm was checked out. A loud music complaint was made at apartment 504 900 Southwestern Circle. Deputies went to a bad child complaint at 111 Quail Trail. Terroristic threats and acts were looked into at 63 Valley Drive. Deputies worked one traffic crash on Thursday.

In the Sumter County Jail today are: James Darron Brown for harassing phone calls and terroristic threats and acts; James Anthony Dariso for felony probation violation; Payton Nicholas Daughtry for felony theft by taking; Dana Michelle Pritchard for felony theft by taking; and Steven Clyde Pritchard for felony theft by taking. One was back in jail to make bond. One was released from jail after posting bond.

The latest Mega-Million drawing did not have a winner and the drawing tonight is an estimated $302 million. The Powerball has also rolled over after no one won Wednesday night. The Powerball jackpot for Saturday night is an estimated $112 million. Lotto Fever is back and heating up! Please play responsibly.