Local News

Thursday March 23rd, 2017



It will be a busy afternoon and evening. Today at 5, the monthly meeting of the Mayor and City Council will be held in Council Chambers of the Public Safety Building downtown. The meeting is open for the community to attend.


Then at 6 this evening in the Pope Center on the SGTC campus, a reception will get underway as part of the 97th annual meeting of the Sumter County Chamber of Commerce. The dinner and program will follow. The keynote speaker is Jackie G. Cushman, nationally syndicated columnist.



It was a busy afternoon yesterday. 2 separate wildfires kept the Sumter County Fire & Rescue firemen busy. The first was on US 280 west around 2 in the afternoon. A passerby was trying to put out the fire before firemen arrived. That fire was finally put out. Then another wildfire started off US 280 east after 4. This quickly spread and assistance was needed from AFES as the fire was getting real close to the back of Lowe’s. Georgia Forestry was also called in for this fire. This too was finally contained and put out. However, smoke was still rising in some spots even after 7 last night. While we have received some rain as of late, conditions are not ideal to burn. It has been breezy the last few days and the winds can get a fire out of hand in a matter of minutes. You need to make sure you do have a burn permit and remember, there’s NO BURNING inside the City Limits.



There is not a day that goes by that our 2 fallen heroes are not mentioned. Their legacy will be that the community and law enforcement are closer than any other time and they brought us all together. The first ever Coffee with a Cop will take place on Wednesday April 5th from 8-10:30 at Bittersweet on Forsyth Street downtown. You’re invited to come and visit with our men and women in blue and get to know them even better that day. April 5th was chosen as the first ever Coffee with a Cop event because that is Nick Smarr’s birthday.


It was approximately a month ago that word came from Atlanta that the GSW Campus Safety building would be renamed for Nick Smarr and Jody Smith, lifelong friends. Now a date has been announced for this renaming and dedication. Interim President Charles Patterson is inviting the community for the renaming and dedication of the Department of Campus Safety building on Thursday April 27th at 11am on the GSW Campus. That’s the day that the Nicholas Smarr and Jody Smith Memorial Building will be dedicated and the community is encouraged to be in attendance.


The Smarr-Smith Foundation is reminding everyone to mark Saturday June 17th on your calendar. A fundraising Gala will be held that night in the GSW Storm Dome. There will be live and silent auctions, entertainment, a dinner and dancing along with some community awards to be presented. More details on that Gala will be coming soon!



Americus Police had a busy Wednesday but have very little paperwork to show for it. For the most part dayshift was tied up with accidents yesterday. Although technically no “accident” with another vehicle occurred, traffic was re-routed on the viaduct on the Lamar side yesterday afternoon when a tractor trailer carrying a tractor turned from MLK onto Lamar and the tractor shifted, causing the trailer to leave the roadway and the tractor tipping vicariously. AFES, GDOT and APD all were on the scene while a tow truck was called in to assist in uprighting the tractor and rig. Needless to say, there were not many happy drivers while this action was underway. Officers had 3 more accidents that kept them tied up longer than usual and there was 1 injury reported from those accidents.


An unruly juvenile complaint was filed.


Isaac Smith was arrested and charged with shoplifting at 1206 Crawford Street at Harvey’s.


A forced entry burglary was investigated at 201-B Bessie Mays Circle.


Any other incident will hopefully be available for tomorrow’s Local News.





Overall, Wednesday was a fairly quiet 24-hour period for Sumter County Sheriff’s Deputies. Only 5 traffic stops were conducted. A suspicious person complaint was made at St. Johns Church on Southland Road. A theft by deception is under further investigation. A theft occurred at 915 N. Lee Street. Deputies assisted with traffic control for a house fire at midnight at 191 Grigsby Chappell Road. Sumter Co. Fire & Rescue were on the scene of that fire. Responding to a domestic disturbance at 12:33 this morning at 343 King Drive, Ja’Torrian W. Argo was arrested for disorderly conduct.


In the Sumter County Jail today are: Ja’Torrian Wendell Argo for disorderly conduct; Darren Alexander carter for probation violation; Brittany Nicole Grantham for false statements and obstruction; and Tyler Douglas Williams for 3rd degree felony forgery and southwestern probation. 1 bonded out of jail yesterday.