Local News

Thursday March 21st, 2019



The monthly meeting of the Mayor and City Council will be held at 6 this evening in Council Chambers of the Public Safety Building downtown. This meeting is open for the community to attend.

A Farmer’s Market Interest meeting is also scheduled for this evening at 6 at the Municipal Building at 101 W. Lamar Street downtown. You can call Americus Main Street at 229-924-4411 ext. 235 for more information.

There is school news today on Local News. This week across the state has been School Board Appreciation Week in Georgia. The weeklong observance calls attention to the contributions of local boards of education. As constitutional officers of Georgia, school board members are responsible for setting educational policies, employing the superintendent to provide buildings and equipment, operating a transportation system and disbursing of school funds. The Georgia School Boards Association sponsors the celebration.

The Sumter County Schools will host a Spring 2019 Teacher Job Fair in the boardroom of the SCS Administration Building on Thursday March 28th from 4 to 6pm. This recruitment fair is to hire educators who are certified or are eligible for certification in several elementary and secondary areas. The job fair is your chance to visit with administrators from all schools and programs. You can receive information about schools and school district culture. Visit www.sumterschools.org for more information.

In a related subject, Federal Judge Louis Sands last summer sent the redrawing of school districts to the state legislature to be completed this session. As of this week, that has not happened and as a matter of fact, the directive to do so has not even passed the desk of Sen. Greg Kirk, who would head up that request as chairman of that particular committee. There’s only a few days left in this session of the state legislature. The County had appealed the ruling by Judge Sands and was waiting on a decision from the Court of Appeals. Maybe it is THAT appeal that has kept the request from being acted upon. Meanwhile, sitting school board members whose terms are up continue to serve until some decision is done.

The Americus Fire and Emergency Services 24th annual Benefit Golf Tournament this year will be held on Friday April 12th at the Griffin Bell Golf Links on South Lee Street. This will be a 3-man scramble format divided into 2 flights. Players’ names and handicaps should be turned in by April 8th if at all possible. All proceeds from the tournament will support AFES Community Safety and Fire Prevention programs right here in Americus. For more information or to sign up your team, call Harriett Williams at 229-924-3213.

Americus Police had another fairly quiet 24-hour period on Wednesday. 9 Contempt of Court bench warrants were issued.

A simple assault occurred at 160-A Lakeview Circle.

A burglary was investigated at apartment 4 109 Sun Valley Drive.

Criminal damage to property in the 2nd degree was reported at 90-B Bozeman Circle.

Property found at 1412 E. Forsyth Street was turned over to APD.

An aggravated assault from a domestic call occurred at 703-B East Furlow Street. This was 1 of 4 domestic-related calls yesterday around town.

An ungovernable child complaint was made at 100 Mill Creek Road.

Officers did answer 1 miscellaneous call yesterday.

A hit-n-run accident was reported at 415 N. Jackson Street.


Sumter County Sheriff’s Deputies made 6 traffic stops yesterday. A stop was made on Highway 49N and Kimberly D. Daniels was charged with speeding. 2 stops were conducted on Highway 27E and Gloria B. English and Tommy Floyd were each charged with speeding. After a stop was made on Forsyth Street near Apple Street, Richard J. Kiltz was charged with failure to obey a traffic control device. Deputies were summoned to the 9th Grade Academy for disruption of public school. A burglary was investigated at Lot 43 Lacross Road. Deputies did answer 2 domestic-related calls on Wednesday.

In the Sumter County Jail today: William Irving Fine for financial transaction card theft and fraud; Dominique Raquan Ivory for felony probation violation; Michael Anthony Jackson for felony failure to appear; and Anthony Terrell Lawson for probation violation. 2 were released from jail after posting bond.

Only a few individual seats remain for the 3rd annual “Paint the Town Blue Gala” hosted by the Smarr-Smith Foundation. The Gala is this Saturday starting at 6pm with a silent auction and cocktails followed by the meal and program. Special entertainment direct from Las Vegas will be Eric Jones Magic. The evening wraps up with dancing from the Swinging Medallions. Purchase tickets at www.smarrsmithfoundation.com.