"Local News"

Monday January 15th, 2018


Today is the Martin Luther Ling Jr. holiday. This is a federal holiday and many city, county, state and federal offices will be closed in observance of the holiday. Banks and financial institutions, the Post Offices and City and County offices are closed today. most schools are also out so that means drivers get a one day break this week from school busses on the roads.

This morning at 10 at Friendship Missionary Baptist Church, the annual Martin Luther King Jr. Commemorative Program will be held with guest speaker Kent Hill delivering the keynote address. The community is invited to attend. On Wednesday, GSW’s MLK Convocation will be held at 11am in the Student Success Center and again, the community is invited to attend.

The Sumter County Sheriff’s Office has been awarded a major traffic grant from the Governor’s Office of Highway Safety (GOHS). The Sheriff’s Office received the grant in recognition of its lifesaving work as the coordinating agency of GOHS’s WEST CENTRAL Traffic Enforcement Network. There are sixteen traffic enforcement networks across the state that help enforce Georgia’s year-round safety belt, speed and impaired driver campaigns. The West Central Traffic Network consists of law enforcement agencies in Talbot; Muscogee; Stewart; Sumter; Webster; Schley; Chattahoochee; Marion; Quitman; Randolph; Terrell; Clay; Taylor; and Harris counties. The grant of $27,500 to the Sumter County Sheriff’s Office will be split in half to support the activities of the traffic enforcement network and for traffic safety equipment for the Sumter County Sheriff’s Office.

A Weed Control Meeting for ALL crops will be held at 6pm on Tuesday the 16th in the Sumter County Ag Center at 127 William Bowen Pointe behind the GSP Post off US 19S. UGA Specialists Stanley Culpepper and Eric Prostko will present the program. There will be a sponsored meal so please call 924-4476 if you are planning to attend. Earn one hour credit towards your private and/or commercial Category 21 pesticide licenses with your attendance.

The regular monthly meeting of the Alexander H. Stephens Camp, Sons of Confederate Veterans, will be Tuesday night at 7pm at the American Legion Hall on MLK Boulevard. Martin Bell, Georgia Society Commander of the Military Order of the Stars and Bars from Macon will give the program. All SCV members and friends are urged to attend.

You can still join Food Talk, a University of Georgia Nutrition Program where participants will receive a UGA “Meals in Minutes” Cookbook and a UGA Nutrition certificate with completion of the program. To register, call Elizabeth Greene, the new Expanded Food and Nutrition Program assistant at 924-4476. Classes will start on Wednesday January 24th and will run through March 14th from 3-4pm at the Sumter County Ag Center auditorium at 127 William Bowen Pointe.

Once again it seemed that the weather was a great crime deterrent over the weekend according to the Americus Police incidents anyway. Criminal trespass complaints were the big weekend crime. Criminal trespass complaints were made at 221 S. Lee Street; 422 W. Glessner Street; 307 E. Lamar Street; 809-B Mayo Street; and 104-A Bozeman Circle.

A battery complaint was filed with officers at 1803-B Armory Drive.

Roderick B. Arnett was arrested for motor vehicle theft from an incident at the Middle Flint Center at 717 N. Jackson Street.

Thefts took place from 100-B W. Jefferson Street and 119 S. Lee Street over the weekend.

A burglary and criminal trespass were investigated at 111 Linnie Street.

A shoplifting incident was reported at 1408 E. Forsyth Street at Dollar General in the Perlis Plaza.

Hit-n-run accidents were reported at 107 Hanson Drive and 111 Bronco Drive.

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

There were 4 accidents in the City since Friday with no reported injuries.

The Sumter County Friends of the Public Library will host its 29th fundraising theater event on Saturday January 27th and Sunday January 28th at the Lake Blackshear Regional Library. For tickets or more information call 924-8091.