“Local News”

Monday February 17th, 2020



Today is the Presidents Day holiday. While this is a recognized state and federal holiday, you may find some state and federal offices closed today. Most City and County offices are open with business as usual. Some school systems are out for the holiday today and will be returning to class on Tuesday. Enjoy your holiday if you have the day off.


Farmers and agri-businesses are invited to attend a BAYER 2020 Grower Information luncheon tomorrow February 18th at noon at the Sumter County Ag Center auditorium. Lunch will be served so if you’re planning to attend and haven’t already done so, call 924-4476 and make your reservation so a meal can be prepared for you. At tomorrow’s luncheon, there will be presentations on New Bayer Plus Rewards Program; DeKalb Corn Hybrid selection and agronomics to maximize yield; Asgrow Soybean varieties and Pipeline; and Deltapine Cotton Products including the new class of ’20 varieties. With your attendance, you can earn 1-hour private and Commercial (Category 21) pesticide credit.


The 13th annual Josh Willis Memorial Blood Drive is this Friday the 21st in the Fellowship Hall at First Baptist Church at 221 S. Lee Street from 8am until 6pm. Please visit www.redcrossblood.org to make your appointment online using sponsor code: PSMC or call 1-800-733-2767 and make your appointment by phone. Those with appointments will get top priority but all walk-ins will be welcomed. Streamline your donation experience and save up to 15-minutes by visiting redcrossblood.org/rapidpass to complete your pre-donation reading and health history questions on the day of your appointment.



The Sumter County Friends of the Public Library and the Sumter Players will host “Singing in the Stacks—60s Karaoke at the Library”. Prizes will be awarded for Most Entertaining; Best Singer; and Best Group. This event will be held on Saturday February 29th at the Lake Blackshear Regional Library. The doors will open at 6:30 before the event. The cost is $20 per person. Wine, beer and appetizers will be served for this fundraising event. All singers and groups MUST be registered by this Friday February 21st. For more information, contact the Library at 229-924-8091.



The monthly meeting of the Sumter County Board of Commissioners is tomorrow night February 18th at 6pm. The meeting will be held in the Commissioners Room at the Sumter County Courthouse. All meetings of the Board of Commissioners are open for the community to attend.


The monthly meeting of the Mayor and City Council will be this Thursday the 20th starting at 6pm in Council Chambers of the Public Safety Building. The big news from the City Council came after the agenda-setting meeting last week when City Manager Charles Coney was suspended with pay until this Friday the 21st pending completion of an outside personnel investigation. This matter may or may not be part of the agenda this week. This meeting is open for the community to attend.



Americus Police had a quiet weekend. Criminal trespass complaints were made at 1201 N. MLK Boulevard and apartment 124 130 Lonnie Lane.


Several arrests were made for shoplifting. Shambria Wicker, Britley Mason and Robert E. Fountain were all arrested for shoplifting at Wal-Mart. Lazelle Jones was arrested and charged with shoplifting at 1101 S. MLK Boulevard.


Carl J. Blaine was arrested for an outstanding warrant at 119 S. Lee Street.


Lost/mislaid property was reported at 1440 E. Forsyth Street.


Following a traffic stop on E. Lamar Street, Jasmine M. Pope was arrested for driving with a suspended license; a child seat belt violation; and adult seat belt violation.


Autos were entered at 236 W. Dodson Street and 102 Lonnie Lane.


Officers responded to a domestic situation at 903-B Parker Street and arrested Cordarra Lockhart for an outstanding warrant.


After a traffic stop on Felder Street, Marcus D. White was arrested for possession of marijuana.


Despite a holiday weekend, there were only 2 domestic-related calls and 1 miscellaneous call answered.


There were 4 weekend accidents worked by APD that had no reported injuries.




Sumter County Sheriff’s Deputies stayed busy this past weekend. 9 traffic stops were conducted. After a stop on Highway 49N, Timarius Whitting was arrested for speeding and driving with a suspended license. At a stop on Highway 49N, Kamaya George was charged with speeding. 3 motorists were given assistance. 2 prisoner transports were made. A burglary was investigated at 985 Thrasher Road. Civil complaints were filed with Deputies at 433 Arch Helms Road; 170-C Lakeview Circle; and at 127 Forest Park Road. A theft took place from 185 S. Freeman Avenue. 2 activated alarms were checked out. Damage to property occurred at 190 E. Rockhill Drive. A criminal trespass complaint was made at 301 Old Andersonville Road. A suspicious person was spotted at 538 US 280E. Deputies answered 4 domestic-related weekend calls. There were 2 weekend accidents worked by a Deputy with 1 being deer-related.


In the Sumter County Jail today: Benjamin Wayne Bailey—housing for Macon County; Carl James Blaine for probation violation; Jake Wayne Brunson for felony theft by receiving property stolen in another state/ felony theft/ and felony probation violation; Tyrone Hall for driving with a suspended license and DUI; and Cordarra Jerome Lockhart for probation violation. 3 were released from jail after posting bond. 2 were released from jail for time served.