Local News

Thursday February 16th, 2017



You still have time to make an appointment to donate blood at the 10th annual Josh Willis Memorial Blood Drive tomorrow in the Fellowship Hall of 1st Baptist Church at 221 S. Lee Street. Go online to redcrossblood.org and enter sponsor code: PSMC or call 1-800-733-2767 and make an appointment that best suits your busy Friday schedule. Those with an appointment will get top priority tomorrow but all walk-ins will be welcomed. The blood drive tomorrow will be held from 8 to 6. Please have a photo ID with you.



All production shifts for the Tyson Foods, Vienna plant ONLY, are canceled for today February 16th. Team members need to report to the Vienna plant today between 10 and 4 for further instructions. Bring your Tyson ID badge with you today. Human Resources Manager Stephanie Riley made this announcement.


The Sumter County Board of Commissioners will have their annual retreat this Saturday morning starting at 8am at Bison Valley Lodge at 1085 Tallent Store Road. All meetings of the Board of Commissioners are open to the public.


A Weed Control meeting for all crops will be held on Monday February 20th at 6pm in the Sumter County Ag Center at 127 William Bowen Pointe. There will be a sponsored meal on Monday so if you will be attending and have not already done so, call 924-4476 today and make your reservation. With your attendance, earn 1-hour credit towards your private and/or commercial pesticide licenses. UGA Specialists will present Monday’s program.


The Walk of Fame Committee of the City of Americus will hold a meeting on Monday afternoon at 5:30 in the boardroom of the Public Safety Building. The meeting is open to the community.


On Wednesday February 22nd, the City of Americus will host a Q&A on Transportation in Council Chambers of the Public Safety Building downtown. This public meeting is designed to offer answers to your questions concerning transportation in the City of Americus. If you have questions, call Josh Roth at 924-4411 ext. 238.


An Educational Job Fair hosted by the Sumter County Schools will take place this Saturday from 9am until noon at the Rees Park Economic Development Center on Elm Avenue. This is an opportunity for those about to graduate or if you’re certified but have been out of the classroom and are looking to get back to teaching. The system is looking for elementary and secondary education experience. Learn about the system, meet-and-greet administrators, teachers and other district personnel during the job fair. For more information on Saturday’s job fair, call the SCS Human Resources Department at 931-8500.



Wednesday was a quiet day and night overall for the Americus Police Department. Criminal trespass complaints were made at 410 Pecan Drive and at 1007 MLK Boulevard.


A traffic stop was made on 1st Montgomery and 17-year old Timothy Lewis Robinson Jr. was charged with operating restrictions for off-road vehicles, no helmet and driving with no license on person.


A felony theft by shoplifting occurred at 201 US 19 south at Tractor Supply.


Officers responded to 1 domestic call and 1 miscellaneous call yesterday.


There were 2 accidents in the City yesterday that had no reported injuries.





Sumter County Sheriff’s Deputies started Wednesday off responding to a downed tree yesterday morning on Highway 30 at the Marion County line during the early morning rain and wind. Deputies also conducted 10 traffic stops yesterday. This morning at approximately 3:33, a stop was made on S. Lee Street and Dawson C. Dowdy was arrested for DUI. Deputies also responded to quite a few alarm activations yesterday in what was a relatively quiet 24-hour period.


Housed in the Sumter County Jail today are: Michael Jerome Bess for DUI/ failure to have license on person/ and a seat belt violation; Dawson Cain Dowdy for DUI-under 21; Justin Blake Sellers for felony theft by deception and theft by receiving stolen property; and Caitlyn Mane Tietjen for probation violation.