Local News

Thursday July 30th, 2015




Open House in the SCS system will be held tonight. Pre-K through 6th grades will hold Open House from 5 this afternoon through 7 this evening. 7th through 12th grades Open House will be from 6 to 8pm. School realignment this coming school year will have a lot of questions for parents and guardians and tonight’s Open House will provide answers to any questions that you may have. The first day of school will be this Monday August 3rd for students in the SCS system.

With school starting on Monday here’s a reminder about traffic and busses. Be mindful of increased traffic in and around the schools especially on the Bumphead Road leading to the school complex. Traffic will be hectic because there will be more students attending in the various schools due to realignment. Allow yourself some extra time and the same goes for your daily commute. Busses resume running routes on Monday so remember to stop for the flashing lights of a school bus loading and unloading students. Drivers could face serious fines if caught NOT obeying the flashing lights of any school bus.

Open House will also be held in Schley County this evening and students will return to class tomorrow—that’s the Schley County schools.

The state’s Sales Tax Holidays will start at midnight tonight and will end at midnight on Saturday. For 2 full days, shoppers can take advantage of tax exempt items just in time for back-to-school shopping. Clothing (including footwear) with a sales price of $100 or less per item are tax exempt. School supplies purchased for noncommercial use with a sales price of $20 or less per item will be tax-free. Computers, computer components and prewritten software purchased for noncommercial and personal use with a sales price of $1000 or less per item will be tax-free. Get your school supply lists at Open House tonight or check in most local stores and save purchasing school supplies during the Sales Tax Holiday Friday and Saturday.

The community is invited to a fun-filled night at nearby Chehaw Park on Tuesday August 4th. The gates will open at 6:30 and a concert will begin at 7. Tickets are $10 at the gate which includes admittance into the park and parking. Local talent Lily Ingle will be performing along with Consumed by Fire and other Academy of Dreamers singers. Bring your chairs or blankets and come out and enjoy a great concert. Chehaw Park is located at 105 Chehaw Park Road in Albany and Tuesday night’s concert will last from 7 to 9pm.

Americus Police report a busy Wednesday. A 3rd degree forgery case is being investigated.

Lost property was reported from 824 Douglas Drive.

Suspicious person complaints were made at 1107 Turner Street and 1223 Lafayette Street. A suspicious vehicle complaint was made at 1330 N. Jackson Street.

An auto was entered and theft occurred at 206 Maple Street.

Illegal dumping occurred at 208 Westside Drive.

A criminal trespass complaint was made at 118 N. Jackson Street.

A case of identity fraud is under further investigation.

Kevin Wesley Orr was arrested for shoplifting at Wal-Mart and once processed, it was found he also had an outstanding warrant.

A forced entry burglary was investigated at 1213 Douglas Circle.

Officers responded to 3 domestic-related calls.

There were 2 accidents yesterday with no reported injuries.   


Sumter County Sheriff’s Deputies worked 27 incidents yesterday which included 10 traffic stops. A stop on Highway 49 resulted in Michael R. Finch being charged with speeding. After a stop was made on the Southerfield Road, Jasmine N. Burkes was cited for child restraint violation. Also on the Southerfield Road, Shonte M. Harper was cited for child restraints. Deontrey M. Parker was charged with speeding following a traffic stop on Highway 49 north. Brittney L. Lovelace was cited for driving on suspended registration after a stop was made on US 280 west. Bonny H. Russell was cited for improper passing of emergency equipment on US 19. Warnings were also issued to drivers.

Deputies went to reports of abandoned vehicles on Tallent Store Road and Youngs Mill Road. Thefts occurred at 1941 US 27 east and 900 SGT Parkway. Burglaries were investigated at 100 Spring Hill Church Road at Springhill Baptist Church and 1211 US 49 north at Daniel Grove Baptist Church. Suspicious vehicle complaints were made on the Hawkins Road and Lot 18 971 Brady Road. A child abuse case is being investigated.

In the Sumter County Jail: Keyshawn Devorce for probation violation; Trevor Sherard Hall-back to make bond; Jacob Jamal Ingram for felony probation violation and child support; Keith Darvell Lindsey holding for USMS; Everette Antoine Mack holding for Clayton County; Leona Paige Mooney for southwestern probation; Kevin Wesley Orr for theft by shoplifting; and D’Quinton Narkeith Worthy for felony probation violation.