Local News

Thursday September 18th, 2014



The monthly meeting of the Mayor and City Council is at 5 this afternoon. The meeting will now be held in the Lecture Hall of the new Nursing Building on the GSW campus. The community is invited to attend.

Join the Americus Sumter Payroll Development Authority, PharmaCentra, ConCentra Solutions and PetCareRx for a job expansion announcement and ribbon cutting ceremony this evening at 6pm at the Contact Center located at 105 Industrial Drive in Americus. A facility visit will be made available from 5:30 to 7pm today. The community is invited out for this momentous occasion.

Local News has school information today. The Americus-Sumter homecoming parade will be tonight around 7pm through the downtown area. Drivers need to be aware of the parade tonight.

High school football in the area tomorrow night has Southland Academy playing at Terrell Academy; Schley County plays Taylor County in Butler; Columbus High visits Marion County; and it’s homecoming as Americus-Sumter will host Albany High. All games tomorrow night will kick-off at 7:30. It has been announced that last week’s weather-shortened game last Friday night between Americus-Sumter and Thomas County Central will be finished one week from tonight on September 25th at 7pm. Admission is free according to the latest information from Thomasville.

Sumter County Head Start/Early Head Start will be having the first Male Involvement Meeting tomorrow September 19th at 10am at the school on Cherokee Street. A light breakfast will be served. Fathers or positive male figures are urged to attend this important meeting.

The community is encouraged to attend the POW/MIA Recognition events going on at Georgia Southwestern. The “Some Gave All Wall” will be on display at the Student Success Center on campus today. Activities will be held at Andersonville and Georgia Southwestern tomorrow. A Missing in Action Memorial service will be held at the Andersonville National Cemetery at 8:30 tomorrow morning. A ceremony on the GSW campus in the Storm Dome will start at 5 tomorrow afternoon and will conclude with a Candlelight Service at 8 in the Storm Dome. All the events will wrap up on Saturday. The community is encouraged to attend.

From Wednesday’s Americus Police incident reports, a financial transaction card fraud is being investigated.

Shanneshia Reynolds was arrested at 128-B Academy Street for aggravated assault (DVA) and cruelty to children following a domestic situation.

A criminal trespass complaint was made at 220 Tripp Street.

A theft took place from apartment 127 130 Lonnie Lane.

Following a traffic stop at 1:02 this morning on GSW University Drive, Stephanie Monson was arrested for DUI-refusal and failure to maintain lane.

This morning at 1:36, a domestic situation on Ashby Street led to the arrest of a juvenile who was charged with aggravated assault (DVA) and making terroristic threats.

A hit-n-run accident occurred at 100 W. Lamar Street.

There were 2 accidents in the City yesterday. There were other domestic-related and miscellaneous calls answered by officers in the past 24-hour period.

One week from tonight on September 25th, the 27th annual Taste of Sumter will be held on Jackson Street in downtown Americus. The annual event will be from 6 to 9pm and will feature food and fun for the entire family. Admission is $5 which includes $3 in food tokens. Additional tokens will be available. Entertainment will be from Brandon Wheeler.


The Sumter County Sheriff’s Office had 2 civil disturbance calls yesterday, one of which led to the arrest of Clifford E. gay for disorderly conduct at 999 Southerfield Road. Deputies also responded to a domestic situation yesterday. 10 traffic stops were conducted. Jeania S. Benedict was issued a speeding citation on the Bumphead Road near Learning Lane. Tanquire S. Hosley was issued a speeding citation also on the Bumphead Road at Learning Lane. Patricia H. Larkin was given a speeding citation on Georgia 49. Kendreka L. Griffin was issued a traffic citation for failure to obey a stop sign on Highway 49 at the bypass. Christopher D. Smallwood was given a speeding ticket on Highway 30. Deputies worked 2 accidents yesterday.

The following are currently housed in the Sumter County Jail: Travis Deon Foster for southwestern probation; Eddie Jerome Mercer for probation violation; Kimberly Jean Platten for probation violation; Shanneshia Reynolds for aggravated assault/cruelty to children; and Sean Michael Ware for speeding/driving on a suspended license.