Local News

Thursday November 16th, 2017



Tonight’s the night for the lights to shine bright in downtown Americus. It’s the annual Christmas Open House from 5-8pm. The downtown area will be shining brightly with musical entertainment, free carriage and Americus Trolley rides along with refreshments. Santa Claus will arrive downtown and will be available for pictures during the Open House. The big Christmas Tree in Rylander Park will be lit as part of the festivities. Come see what our downtown merchants will have for your holiday shopping as you walk the downtown area tonight during the Christmas Open House. It will be chilly but that makes it feel more like Christmas and Christmas shopping!



The monthly meeting of the Mayor and City Council starts at 5 this afternoon in Council Chambers of the Public Safety Building downtown. The meeting is open for the community to attend. Come to the City Council meeting and stay downtown for the Christmas Open House.


City Court cases that were rescheduled from last Friday November 10th due to observance of Veterans Day will come before the Judge tomorrow morning at 8am. For more information on these rescheduled Court cases call the Clerk of Court today at 924-3677.



It will feel like football weather tomorrow night for the second round of the high school football state playoffs. Game time temperatures will be in the 50s for tomorrow night and could drop into the upper 40s by the end of the games. The area has 7 teams involved in second round action. Americus-Sumter is hosting Thomson at 7:30 and will be playing for injured teammate Jakhari White who is out for the season. Lee County is hosting Grovetown. Macon County is hosting Pelham. Crisp County is hosting Pike County. Area teams playing on the road tomorrow night includes Schley County at Mitchell County in Camilla. Marion County plays at Mt. Zion-Carrollton. Dooly County plays at Clinch County. Unless otherwise noted, all games tomorrow night will kick-off at 7:30.



The 2017 session of the Americus Police Academy will conclude this evening with a graduation ceremony in the 3rd floor classroom of the Municipal Building at 101 W. Lamar Street. The ceremony begins at 6 and will conclude with a reception for the graduates. Graduates and department personnel will be available to discuss their experiences during this course. The Citizens Police Academy is a six-week, twelve session course which exposes citizens to all aspects of local law enforcement and included representatives from the Americus Police Department and six other state and local criminal justice agencies.


Americus Police had a busy Wednesday. Criminal damage to property in the 1st degree and failure to report an accident occurred at 1301 E. Lamar Street at Chevron.


A cruelty to animals’ complaint was made at 403-B Bessie Mays Circle.


A battery complaint was filed with officers at 119 E. Furlow Street.


A 1st degree forgery case was reported at 416 W. Lamar Street.


There was a theft that took place at 1718 E. Forsyth Street.


A criminal trespass complaint was made at 718 Tom Gailey Plaza.


An auto was entered at 217 Ashby Street.


Investigation is underway into an armed robbery at 11:20 last night at apartment A 602 Academy Street.


Sammy Bernard Twenty was arrested for battery from an earlier incident.


Officers answered 1 domestic call and 2 miscellaneous calls yesterday.


6 accidents around town yesterday were worked by APD that had 3 injury complaints.



Sumter County Sheriff’s Deputies were relatively quiet on Wednesday. 6 traffic stops were conducted. Following a stop on US 280E, Acketta R. Patrick was charged with driving with a suspended registration and issued a warning for an expired tag. A child molestation case is being investigated. Deputies responded to a theft on Georgia 377 at Bowens Road. There were 2 accidents worked yesterday and 1 was a deer-involved crash.


In the Sumter County Jail today are Dillon Gregory Ball for battery and Sammy Bernard Twenty for battery.


You can help the Sumter County Sheriff’s Department by donating new toys and books for underprivileged children in Sumter County during their “Toy Drive” until December 15th. Just drop off your new toy or book donation at the Sheriff’s Office at 352 McMath Mill Road or call 924-4094 and someone from the Sheriff’s Office will pick up your donation at your convenience. Any new toys and books will be greatly appreciated.


The annual Americus Christmas Parade will be Thursday December 7th at 7pm through downtown. All entries MUST be received by November 28th. No late entries will be accepted. For more information or if you have questions, call Americus Main Street at 229-924-4411 ext. 247.