Local News

Thursday June 23rd, 2016



The monthly meeting of the Mayor and City Council is at 5 this afternoon in Council Chambers of the Public Safety Building. These meetings are open for the public to attend. Become a better informed citizen and taxpayer by attending these meetings and get your information first-hand.

Another event takes place from 6-8pm at Lakeshore Marine in Cobb on US 280. The “Buffet Bash Business After Hours” is part of the Chamber’s “Changes in Latitudes, Changes in Attitudes” membership campaign. The event features live music from Andy T and his Steel Drums and Caribbean-inspired food from Little Brothers Bistro. The winner of the “Lost Shaker of Salt” scavenger hunt will be presented. Reservations need to be made by calling 924-2646 or chamber@sumtercountychamber.com to RSVP.

The deadline to sign up for the Boys & Girls Club’s 4th annual Americus Idol competition has been extended to this afternoon. There is a $25 entry fee per person and the winner will receive $300. All proceeds benefit the local Boys & Girls Club of Americus/Sumter County. Call or text your information to 942-6618 and sign up before the afternoon deadline. You can also drop off your application and check at 629 E. Forsyth Street in Americus. The competition is at 1 this Saturday June 25th in Jackson Hall on the GSW campus.

You can still make an appointment to donate blood at tomorrow’s “Firecracker” community blood drive from 8a-6p in the Fellowship Hall at First Baptist Church. It is already estimated that the blood shortage stands at 50,000 units and the summer is just now underway. To schedule your appointment, call 1-800-RED-CROSS (1-800-733-2767) or online to redcrossblood.org and enter sponsor code: PSMC. Those with appointments will get top priority but all walk-ins will be welcomed. A Pancake Breakfast will be served until 10am and hot dogs and other goodies served the rest of the day. Drawings will be held for Downtown Dollars and every donor gets a free T-shirt. Be a summer hero and donate blood tomorrow!

The All Women’s Cross-Country Air Race takes off from Southerfield en route to the final touch down in Daytona Beach tomorrow. The planes landed yesterday as Americus was THE last of nine stops before the final destination. The racers left from Prescott, Arizona on Tuesday and will have flown 2359 miles before the Air Classic ends tomorrow in Florida. If you see more planes than usual in the skies overhead, now you know what’s going on!

Things were a bit quieter on Wednesday for Americus Police. Officers responded to a deceased person at 1223-A Lafayette Street where 76-year old Joan Maynard Snider was found.

Autos were entered at 311 Varsity Drive and 520-A W. College Street.

A felony theft of a 2001 Isuzu Rodeo, silver with Georgia plates PVC 9574 was stolen from the Americus Car Wash.

A shoplifting incident was reported at 103 W. Jefferson Street at Dollar General.

Officers answered 2 miscellaneous calls yesterday and worked 1 accident with no reported injuries.

Celebrate the 4th with great barbecue and let the Calvary Episcopal Men’s Club do the cooking. The annual fundraiser will be Saturday July 2nd from 11-2 at Calvary Episcopal Church at 408 S. Lee Street. Whole Boston butts will be available by pre-order only (deadline is Tuesday June 28th) for $30 each. Pounds of fresh pulled pork barbecue are $8 as well as pork or BBQ chicken plates for $8. Contact calvarymensclub@gmail.com to pre-order. Plates and pounds of BBQ will be sold on a first-come, first-served basis if you don’t pre-order.


Sumter County Sheriff’s Deputies conducted 28 traffic stops yesterday. James J. Posey was cited for an expired tag after a stop on US 280 east. Oscar R. Martinez was charged with speeding following a stop on the Lamar Road. At a stop on US 49 north, Lawanda W. Williams was charged with speeding. Willie J. Wilbon was cited for driving with an expired tag. Lakeista D. Davis was cited for a safety belt violation on the Southerfield Road. On US 49 south, Sharon M. Bernecker was cited for a safety belt violation. Following a stop on US 49 north, Jremel A. Fitzpatrick was cited for a safety belt violation. After a stop on US 49 north, Michael Jackson was charged with speeding.

An IRS phone scam was reported to Deputies. A suspicious vehicle complaint was made on North Village Drive. Damage to property occurred at Wal-Mart. Civil complaints were made at 153 Hillcrest Grange Drive and 126 Irene Drive. A theft took place from 112 Foster Street. There were 2 accidents worked by Deputies including 1 deer-related.

In the Sumter County Jail today are: Joseph Kevonte Smith for disorderly conduct; Ty’Peacha Tallon Thompson for simple battery (DVA); and Henry David Woods for failure to appear. 1 bonded out of jail yesterday.