“Local News”

Monday May 20th, 2019



Former Prisoner of War Captain William A. Robinson USAF (retired) will present the keynote address at the Memorial Day Observance Ceremony to be held in Andersonville National Cemetery at 2pm Sunday May 26th. Capt. Robinson earned a Silver Star, Legion of Merit, Bronze Star, POW Medal and two Purple Hearts along with 17 other awards and decorations. He is also honored at the Eglin Air Force Base Museum in the Vietnam Prisoner of War Display. Memorial Day commemoration activities at Andersonville National Historic Site began last Friday May 17th with the Avenue of Flags are now lining the cemetery roads with over 200 full-sized American flags and the National Prisoner of War Museum parking area with all 50 state flags. This Saturday May 25th, hundreds of scouts and volunteers will place small American flags on more than 21,000 gravesites in Andersonville National Cemetery. Prior to the Sunday ceremony, the US Army Maneuver Center of Excellence Band will perform beginning at 1:30. All events are free and open to the public.



If you are not aware, we’re about to have a major heat wave heading our way. Today with a high in the low 90s, will actually be the coolest HIGH temperature for about the next week to 10 days. Tomorrow we will see the mid-90s and then the heat really rises day by day until we see some areas in the low 100s for the weekend and on Monday Memorial Day. The nighttime lows will also rise into the 70s as well. The actual heat index for the upcoming weekend and holiday will exceed 105-degrees. Prepare now for the heat especially if you have outdoor activities planned. This is an unusual weather system heading our way for this time of the year so be aware!


There will be a special called meeting of the Sumter County Board of Commissioners at 5:30 tomorrow afternoon for the purpose of discussing interviews for Board appointments. The monthly regular meeting of the Board of Commissioners will follow at the conclusion of the interviews. The meeting will be held in the Commissioners Room at the Sumter County Courthouse.


The regular monthly meeting of the Alexander H. Stephens Camp, Sons of Confederate Veterans, will be Tuesday night May 21st at 7pm at the American Legion Hall on MLK Boulevard. Rev. Mark Carter will give the program about the flags of the Confederacy. All members and friends are urged to attend.


The monthly meeting of the Mayor and City Council will be this Thursday May 23rd at 6pm in Council Chambers of the Public Safety building. The meeting is open for the community to attend.


Baccalaureate Services will be held this week followed by graduation as the school year is in the final days. Baccalaureate Services for Southland Academy and Americus-Sumter HS will be this Thursday night. Southland Academy will hold Baccalaureate at 7 Thursday evening at Central Baptist Church while Americus-Sumter will have Baccalaureate at 8 Thursday night at Finklea-Robinson Field. Graduation will follow on Friday night for both schools. Southland’s graduation will be at 7 this Friday night in the Melvin T. Kinslow gym and graduation at Americus-Sumter will be at 8 at Finklea-Robinson.


Schley County will be playing for the Class A state baseball title in Savannah with a doubleheader against Gordon Lee. Game 1 is set to begin at 5 followed by the nightcap at 7:30. If the teams split the third and deciding game would be played on Wednesday in Savannah. The games can be heard on 94.7 WDEC.



Americus Police were kept busy this past weekend. Travin G. Harris was arrested for criminal trespass at 1109-A Oglethorpe Avenue. Other criminal trespass complaints were made on Bessie Mays Circle; 200 Tripp Street; 722 Beale Street; 228-B S. Dudley Street; 700 Brooklyn Terrace; and 100 Heads Avenue.


Thefts took place from 1301 E. Lamar Street and 1003 N. Jackson Street.


Paul Barringer was arrested at 12:37 Saturday morning on E. Forsyth at Jackson Street for open container.


A financial transaction card fraud was reported for investigation.


A battery complaint was filed with officers at 1326 Douglas Circle.


James T. Temples was arrested at 12:30 Sunday morning on Windsor Avenue for open container.


Michael P. Ellis and Nozine D. Wright were arrested for disorderly conduct on a domestic call to 1103 Parker Street.


An auto was entered at 113 W. Glessner Street.


An unruly juvenile complaint was made at 913 Ridge Street.


Criminal damage to property in the 2nd degree occurred at apartment 242 140 Lonnie Lane.


Rosie Marie Cole was arrested for disorderly conduct at 1005 N. Jackson Street after officers went to a domestic situation.


Shimere S. Wilborn and Kristian Wilborn were arrested for disorderly conduct at 127 Melody Lane.


An armed robbery is under further investigation from an incident at 709-A Harris Street.


A burglary was investigated at 306 Forrest Street.


Following at GSP-initiated traffic stop on Tripp at Lamar, De’Angelo A. Canady was arrested for DUI and obstruction.


Paula R. Johnson was arrested for aggravated assault at B-1 436 S. Lee Street.


Fire on private lots was checked out at 103 Morningside Drive.


After a traffic stop at 2:42 this morning on Crawford Street, Dominique A. Banks was arrested for driving with a suspended license and reckless driving.


Investigation from a prior case resulted in the arrest over the weekend of Kirklun Terrell Evans for simple battery (DVA).


Officers went to 12 total domestic-related calls and 7 miscellaneous calls over the weekend.


There were 12 accidents around town since Friday with 4 reported injuries.




Sumter County Sheriff’s Deputies were quite busy this past weekend. 17 traffic stops were conducted. Deputies worked 6 deer-related accidents since Friday. A theft took place at 110 Dogwood Drive. Suspicious vehicle complaints were made on Highway 30W at Tallent Store Road; Cardinal Court; Seaboard Street; and Arcadian Street off US 280W. Deputies went to 4 domestic-related calls. Damage to property occurred at 796 Lamar Road. Deputies were dispatched to a reported fight at 222 Loop Road. A criminal trespass complaint was made at 127 Jasmine Drive. A suspicious person was spotted on Highway 30W.


In the Sumter County Jail today: Johnny C. Barker for DUI and driving as a habitual violator; Rosie Marie Cole for reckless conduct; Anderica Symone Haugabook for probation violation; Paula Renee Johnson for aggravated assault; Rose Marie Keen for City probation; Vinson Mandel Mann for City probation and possession and use of drug-related objects; Sharvin Cornell Sims for DUI/ failure to maintain lane/ and felony possession of drugs; Jackie Streeter for probation violation; and John David Walton for felony probation violation/ failure to appear/ and aggravated battery. 6 were released from jail over the weekend after posting bond. 2 were released to other jails.


Due to a statewide conversion to a new system, Sumter County Tax Commissioner Wilkie Smith says that there will be NO tag renewals or title transactions in the Tag Office from noon Thursday May 23rd until Tuesday May 27th at 9am. All offices at the Courthouse will be closed in observance of Memorial Day on Monday May 27th. If you need such transactions to be taken care of, make sure you get it done before noon this Thursday May 23rd.