“Local News”

Monday January 14th, 2019



The Mayor and City Council will have called meetings this week. This Wednesday January 16th at 4pm, a called meeting will be held in Council Chambers of the Public Safety Building for the purpose of hearing possible litigation and to interview for the position of City Manager. This will be done is executive session. Another called meeting will be held this Thursday January 17th at 4pm to interview for the position of City Manager. This also will be in executive session. Thursday at 6, the agenda setting meeting of the Mayor and City Council will be held in Council Chambers. The community is encouraged to attend. The City has been without a City Manager since April when the majority of the City Council removed Steve Kennedy by a 4-2 vote. Mayor Barry Blount has been serving as the acting City Manager since last April.

Furlow Charter School will hold an Open House in conjunction with their Celebration of Learning and Business After Hours this afternoon from 5 to 7pm at the FCS campus. Interested families and the local community are invited to stop by and see all the good things happening at Furlow Charter School during the Open House and Business After Hours.

The Sumter County Board of Commissioners will have their regular monthly meeting at 6 tomorrow night in the Commissioners Room at the Sumter County Courthouse. All meeting of the BOC are open for the community to attend. The BOC annual retreat date has been rescheduled from January 26th to February 2nd beginning at 8am at South Georgia Technical College.  This retreat is also open for the community to attend.

The regular monthly meeting of the Alexander H. Stephens Camp, Sons of Confederate Veterans will be on Tuesday night January 15th at 7pm at the American Legion Hall on MLK Boulevard. Wade Barr will present the program. All members and friends are urged to attend.

A Sumter County Cotton Production meeting for farmers and agri-businesses will be held this Thursday January 17th at 6pm in the Sumter County Ag Center auditorium located at 127 William Bowen Pointe. UGA Specialists will present the program. With your attendance, you can earn 1-hour credit towards your private and/or Commercial Category 24 pesticide license. There will be a sponsored meal so if you’re planning to attend, call and register today so a meal can be prepared for you. Call 924-4476 to register.

If you follow the weather or even if you don’t, this will be a transition week of sorts. Cloudy, cooler weather starts the week before rain arrives and warmer weather towards the end of the week and that’s where everyone needs to pay attention. After the rains begin to subside Saturday, a cold blast will arrive on Sunday and the start of the following week will be rather cold. Highs for a couple of days next week will only reach the 40s and the lows will be in the upper 20s. This could moderate somewhat by the time it arrives this coming weekend or it could intensify and be even colder. Pay attention to the weather and stay informed.

Americus Police were kept busy over this past weekend with entering auto cases. There were 7 cases. Autos were entered at 13-A Georgetown Apartments; 1304 Elm Avenue; 745 Wheatley Street; 125 Lonnie Lane; 1034 Elm Avenue; 213 Sun Valley Drive and at 1001 Magnolia Street.

Criminal trespass complaints were made at apartment 125 130 Lonnie Lane, 1034 Elm Avenue and 113 Highway 27E.

There were quite a few traffic stops conducted this past weekend. Following a stop on Anderson Street, Walter Bridges was arrested for driving with a suspended license and obstruction.

After a stop on Price Street, Monttavious J. Carter was arrested for possession of marijuana.

At a traffic stop on US 19S at 280, Misty C. Sumner was arrested for driving with a suspended license.

A traffic stop was made on Tripp Street and Ariana E. Terry was arrested for possession of marijuana and failure to maintain lane.

Responding to a domestic situation at 109 Bessie Mays Circle, Sekeya Seay was arrested and charged with criminal trespass.

Thefts occurred from 209 Pineview Drive and a firearm was taken from 129 E. Hill Street. A motor vehicle theft was reported at 1007 Turner Street.

Anthony K. Reese was arrested for disorderly conduct at 109-A Bush Circle. 3 shoplifting arrests were made at Wal-Mart. Ashley D. Bennett and Oscar Martinez were arrested and charged. Kimberly A. Moye was arrested for shoplifting and obstruction.

Travis L. Evans was arrested for assault and battery from a domestic call to 609-A Eastview Circle.

A battery complaint was made at 201-J Murphy Mill Road.

Officers responded to 9 domestic-related weekend calls and 2 miscellaneous calls.

Hit-n-run accidents were reported at 426 S. Lee Street and 1305 E. Lamar Street.

There were 9 weekend accidents that had 1 injury complaint. Following investigation into an accident on E. Forsyth, Travious J. Williams was arrested for driving with a suspended license.


Sumter County Sheriff’s Deputies stayed busy with thefts this past weekend. Thefts took place from 131 W. Wilson Street; 110 Cartwright Road Extension; 156 Bumphead Road; 141 Irene Drive; 122 E. Sherwood Drive and 216 Edgewood Drive. Deputies conducted 8 weekend traffic stops. Deputies responded to 146-B Rainbow Terrace for a person that had been shot. Illegal parking was reported at 107 Old Crest Drive. Burglaries were investigated at 1445 Salters Mill Road and 114 Highway 45N. Deputies did respond to 5 domestic-related calls since Friday. A criminal trespass complaint was made at 257 Edgewood Drive. Deputies worked 3 deer-involved accidents.

Housed in the Sumter County Jail today: Sharon Ann Johnson for DUI/ speeding/ and a seat belt violation; Allen Jermaine Milligan for possession of a pistol by persons under the age of 18 and for carrying a concealed weapon; Sekeya Denise Seay for criminal trespass; and Taquan Jayshaun Waye—back for Court. 2 bonded out of jail over the weekend. 1 was released to another jail.