Local News

Thursday February 11th, 2016



Today is the deadline to RSVP for the 96th Annual Meeting of the Sumter County Chamber of Commerce. The cost is $35 for members and $50 for non-members. Contact the Chamber at 924-2646, stop by the Chamber Office in the Rees Park Economic Development Center on Elm Avenue or go online to chamber@sumtercountychamber.com and make your reservation. The Annual Meeting is next Thursday February 18th with a cocktail reception at 6pm hosted by One Sumter Economic Development Foundation and the dinner to follow at 7pm. Today is the deadline.

The Chamber of Commerce is inviting the community to attend a ribbon cutting this morning. The ribbon cutting is at ALFA Insurance at 11 this morning. ALFA Insurance is located at 1600 E. Forsyth Street in Americus. The community is most welcome to attend.

The monthly meeting of the Sumter County BOE is at 7 this evening in the boardroom of the SCS Administration Building. The community is invited to attend.

A reminder for drivers that today is an early release day in the SCS System. There will be busses running routes today during your lunch hour. The SCS System will be out Friday and Monday and will return to class next Tuesday February 16th.

Today is the last day to register for Pre-K in the SCS System. Come to the Sumter County Early Learning Center, formerly Sara Cobb Elementary today between 9am and 2pm.

The Region 1AAAA tournament continues at the South Campus gym. Games begin at 4. The number one girls seed, the Americus-Sumter Lady Panthers will play Monroe at 7. The tournament will wrap up at the South Campus on Friday with games again beginning at 4.

A Memorial Blood Drive in loving memory of Josh Willis is coming up next week. The 9th annual Josh Willis blood drive will be held on Friday February 19th from 8 to 6 in the First Baptist Church Fellowship Hall at 221 S. Lee Street. Please visit www.redcrossblood.org to make your appointment online using sponsor code: PSMC. You will need to bring a photo ID with you. Any and all walk-ins will also be welcomed next Friday February 19th.

The community is invited to a special program this afternoon at 1 at the National Prisoner of War Museum at the Andersonville National Historic Site. Kellee Green Blake, retired Director of the National Archives in Philadelphia, will present a one-time historic program at 1 this afternoon. Entrance to the park and program are free. For more information call 924-0343.

Americus Police overall had a fairly quiet day on Wednesday. Officers did stay busy with 5 domestic calls throughout the day.

An abandoned vehicle complaint was filed at 1710 E. Lamar Street.

A child abuse case is under further investigation.

Harassing phone calls and a criminal trespass complaint were made at 124 Laurel Circle.

Officers did work 2 accidents yesterday with no reported injuries.

There was 1 miscellaneous call answered yesterday.


Sumter County Sheriff’s Deputies worked 34 Wednesday incidents which included 13 traffic stops. Following a traffic stop on US 27 west, Patricia G. Andrews was charged with speeding. After a traffic stop was conducted on US 19, Michael J. Harrell III was cited for the Move Over Law. Numerous warnings, both verbal and written were issued. Deputies went to a civil complaint on the Southland Road. A bad child complaint was made on a school bus on Arlington Drive. A theft took place at 191 Loop Road. There was 1 accident but when the Deputy arrived the scene was turned over to GSP Storey.

Housed in the Sumter County Jail today is Brett Bernard Hatcher for failure to appear.