"Local News"

Monday November 13th, 2017



The Sumter Area Ministerial Association (SAMA) invites you to their annual Community Thanksgiving Worship Service Tuesday November 14th at 7pm. This year’s service will be held at Allen Chapel AME Church at 132 Bumphead Road. Their new pastor, Rev. Jermaine Harris will bring the message. Everyone is welcome to attend this service of Thanksgiving and worship.

Andersonville National Historic Site invites you to honor the memory and sacrifices made by our military this holiday season by placing a wreath on a veteran’s grave at Andersonville National Cemetery. You can order a wreath from a local florist and have it delivered directly to the gravesite, bring one in person or sponsor one through Wreaths Across America. Wreaths can be no larger than 20-inches and can be delivered to or placed on graves beginning December 1st. The last day to sponsor a wreath through Wreaths Across America is November 27th.

Christmas Open House in downtown Americus is this Thursday November 16th from 5-8pm. Santa Claus will arrive in Rylander Park, the big tree will be lit and downtown merchants will have a preview of what they will have available for your holiday shopping. Free trolley rides around downtown, pictures with Santa and refreshments and entertainment all during this Thursday’s Christmas Open House downtown.

Also on Thursday, the monthly meeting of the Mayor and City Council will be held starting at 5 in Council Chambers of the Public Safety Building. The community is invited to attend.

City Court cases rescheduled from Friday November 10th due to the observance of Veterans Day will be held this Friday November 17th at 8am. For additional information, contact the Clerk of Court this week at 924-3677.

All area teams were victorious in the first round of state football playoffs last Friday. This week, more area teams will see action. Americus-Sumter is hosting Thomson Friday night at 7:30. Schley County plays Mitchell County at 7:30 in second round Class A action in Camilla. Marion County lays at Mt. Zion-Carrolton Friday night at 7:30 in second round of Class A playoffs. Macon County is hosting Pelham Friday night. Dooly County plays at Clinch County. Lee County is also playing at home Friday night. Play was stopped in the Panthers playoff win over Howard HS last Friday when Panther’s player Jakhari White was injured and had to be taken by ambulance to PSMC. Saturday, he was taken to Macon where he underwent surgery for a compound fracture of his leg. The surgery was a success but now his teammates and coaches will have to regroup to move onto this next playoff game without him, a valuable part of the Panthers defense. The community is encouraged to come out in full force and cheer on these players and coaches and help “Win One for Jakhari”!

Americus Police stayed busy this past weekend with criminal trespass complaints and investigating burglaries. Criminal trespass complaints were made at 203 Rucker Street; 105-A Lonnie Lane; 303 S. Hampton Street; 109-B Bessie Mays Circle; and 109 Sun Valley Drive—apartment 2.

Burglaries were investigated at 1306 N. Lee Street; 420 S. Hampton Street; 218 Mitchell Street; 215-A Murphy Mill Road; and 110 Appleblossom Drive.

Autos were entered at 128 E. Forsyth and at 805 Adderton Street.

A battery and aggravated assault is under further investigation at 107 William B. King Drive.

A theft by conversion occurred at apartment 231 140 Lonnie Lane. Thefts took place from 214 Elliott Street and 505-B Bessie Mays Circle.

Lewis Mack was arrested for open container on McCoy at Ashby Streets.

Victor Postell was arrested for public drunkenness on Taylor Street near Rees Park.

Rickey Goober was arrested on Varsity Drive near Parker for possession of marijuana.

An unruly juvenile complaint was made at 260-D Lonnie Lane.

A sexual battery case is being investigated.

William Pennington was arrested for battery (DVA) at 1308 Ridge Street.

Officers responded to 6 weekend domestic calls and 2 miscellaneous calls.

There were 8 weekend accidents that had 5 injury complaints. Following an accident investigation on E. Hill Street at S. Lee at 12:06 Sunday morning, Jared A. Mills was arrested for DUI.


The offices at the Sumter County Sheriff’s Office were closed Friday in observance of Veterans Day. For the period of Thursday through Sunday, Deputies worked 29 traffic stops. Suspicious vehicle complaints were made on US 19S and at 192 Ginger Drive. Thefts occurred from 2105 W. Church Street and 164 Pa’s Road. Suspicious persons were seen at 808 Highway 27E and on Arlington Drive. Deputies answered 5 domestic-related calls. Criminal trespass complaints were filed at 172 Lexington Court and at 257 Highway 308. Damage to property occurred on Small Piece Road. Illegal dumping was reported at 1000 Poole Gin House Road. Deputies assisted Troopers with safety check points at 308 and Salters Mill Road; US 280W at Jack Slappey; and Brady at Mask Road. A bad child complaint was made at 210 Pheasant Drive. 8 accidents since Thursday were worked by Deputies with 6 being deer-related.

In the Sumter County Jail: Deandria Shavon Bradley for failure to appear; Demetrious Lamar Davis for DUI and holding for Columbus PD; Bobby Charles Hightower for DUI and driving with a suspended license; Ray Mon’te Ladd for 1st degree felony burglary and possession of a firearm during the commission of a crime; Clyde Leon Larkins for failure to maintain insurance and holding for Terrell County; Ondwell Rahshan Lumpkin for felony theft by receiving stolen property; William Glenn Pennington for battery; Victor Lee Postell for public drunkenness; Mykal Donovan Puca for criminal trespass; and Quantavius Treyveion Robinson for battery (DVA) and criminal trespass. 2 were released from jail on bond. 1 released for time served. 1 was back in jail for Court.