Local News

Thursday October 21st, 2021



Early voting continues for the City of Americus election. Yesterday, 52 cast ballots which brings the total to early vote since October 12th to 390. Once again you will be able to early vote this Saturday October 23rd from 8 to 5. Early voting will end on Friday October 29th. Early voting is being held at the Griffin Bell Golf & Conference Center on S. Lee Street. Whenever you do go and early vote make sure you have a photo ID with you.


You still have time to make an appointment to donate blood for tomorrow’s community blood drive. The blood drive tomorrow is from 8 to 6 in the Fellowship Hall at 1st Baptist Church. To make your appointment that best suits your Friday schedule, log onto www.redcrossblood.org and enter sponsor code: PSMC or you can call 1-800-733-2767 and make your appointment by phone. Those that have appointments will receive top priority but all walk-ins tomorrow will be welcomed. All safety protocols will be in place for both the donor and the workers at tomorrow’s blood drive.



The monthly meeting of the Mayor and City Council of Americus is at 6 this evening and will again be held via ZOOM. To participate by listening in tonight, call 1-646-876-9923. You will need to use 841 7810 6474 as the meeting ID and 407306 as the needed passcode. Items that were discussed and placed on tonight’s agenda from last week will be up for a vote tonight. 3 public hearings for rezoning requests will be a part of tonight’s meeting.


A region championship was won last evening by Sumter Middle School. The Deep South Conference Middle School Region Championship was held at Alton Shell Stadium at Finklea-Robinson Field. Lee East was the opponent as both teams entered the game with identical records of 5-0-1. The tie was against each other. Sumter Middle School held on to win 38-26 and win the region championship.


High school football for the area teams tomorrow night has 2 road games and 1 big home game. The big game is between state-ranked Schley County as they host undefeated Chattahoochee County. Road games has Southland Academy in Valdosta to play Valwood; and the renewal of the Battle of the Flint as the Sumter Panthers will be in Cordele to play Crisp County. All games will kick-off at 7:30 tomorrow night. Marion County is off this week.


 Americus Police responded to Phoebe Sumter early yesterday morning to a simple battery victim being treated.


Lost/mislaid property was reported in the Horton Drive area.


A felony theft took place at 111 Matthews Drive.


Property recovered in the E. Lamar Street area was turned in to officers.


A shoplifting incident occurred at Wal-Mart.


Criminal trespass complaints were made at Wal-Mart and on Mayo Street at Staley Memorial Gardens.


Last evening at 6:16, officers were dispatched to the area of 605 Eastview Drive for a juvenile who seemed to have a handgun. Upon further location, the juvenile was arrested and charged with possession of a firearm by persons under 21.


At 7:41 last night, officers were dispatched to the area of Wheatley and Felder for shots reportedly fired.


A hit-n-run accident occurred in the Wal-Mart parking lot yesterday.


Officers responded to 1 miscellaneous call on Wednesday around town.


2 accidents worked by APD yesterday had no reported injuries.




Sumter County Sheriff’s Deputies conducted 1 traffic stop on Wednesday. After a stop on Salters Mill Road, Quinton R. Roberts was charged with speeding. A theft took place from 329 District Line Road. Deputies assisted another agency on a call. Deputies were dispatched out to the Jenkins Road area to a reported fight in progress. Deputies worked 2 accidents, turning 1 over to Troopers from Post 10 for investigation. 1 prisoner transport was made yesterday.


In the Sumter County Jail today; Jose Rodolfo Garcia for 2nd degree burglary and criminal attempt to commit a felony; Dustin Cameron Hodges for 2-counts of failure to appear/ 3-counts of battery (FVA)/ City probation/ and aggravated assault; Christopher Bernard Miles for theft by deception; and Amy Marie Shellhouse for theft by taking/ criminal trespass/ and giving false information to law enforcement.


The Drug Enforcement Administration is again partnering with state and local agencies to conduct the National Drug Take Back initiative this Saturday October 23rd. Members of the Sumter County Sheriff’s Office will be at the Sumter County Courthouse from 10 to 2 to collect unused, unwanted or expired prescription drugs. Illegal or illicit drugs will also be collected with NO questions asked but NO needles please! The Atlanta DEA Office appreciates your support in this important effort in reducing the amount of controlled substances that may be diverted to our communities. Any questions should be directed to Doug Brown at the Sheriff’s Office 229-924-4094—ask for investigations or call direct 229-942-6946.