Local News

Thursday July 24th, 2014



The monthly meeting of the Mayor and City Council is at 5 this afternoon. The meeting has been moved to the Rees Park Economic Development Center on Elm Avenue due to renovation work on the Public Safety Building beginning soon. This meeting is open for the public to attend.

The Mayor and City Council will hold a retreat this Saturday July 26th at 8:30am in the meeting room on the 2nd floor of the Rees Park Economic Development Center on Elm Avenue. This meeting is also open for the public to attend.

Movie at the Market will be held about 15-minutes after dark this Saturday evening. Admission is free. You will need to bring chairs or blankets for you and your family. For an initial $1 each, you can get bottomless popcorn and drinks during the movie. This week the movie “Free Birds” will be shown.

The Sumter County Democratic Party will be holding a caucus election this Saturday July 26th to elect delegates to the Democratic Party of Georgia’s State Convention to be held in Dublin on August 9th. The Caucus to elect delegates is this Saturday in the Municipal Courtroom (Public Safety Building) at 119 South Lee Street at 10am. All interested Democratic voters who are registered to vote in Sumter County are encouraged to attend. For further information contact Blue Argo Sumter Democratic Chair at 924-2673 or Willie Golphin, secretary at 815-6763.

The Chamber of Commerce will have a Business After Hours from 5:30 to 7pm this evening hosted by Innovative Senior Solutions at the Adult Day Health Center at 721 Felder Street. This is your “No Work” network opportunity. All Chambers members and prospective members are encouraged to attend.

The Chamber of Commerce will host a ribbon cutting for the Grand Opening of Langdale Automotive of Americus tomorrow afternoon with the ribbon cutting at 2:30. The Grand Opening will take place from 2 to 4 tomorrow afternoon on US 280 east.

Open House in the Sumter County Schools is one week from today on July 31st. Primary and elementary schools will have open house from 5 to 7pm and middle and high schools’ open house is from 6 to 8pm. Parents and guardians can get school supply lists, get bus schedules and meet your child’s teachers during the open house. The first day for students in the Sumter County School system is Monday August 4th.  Pre-planning for teachers is July 29th through August 1st.

Americus Police report 6 more autos were entered around town, primarily on the south side of town and within a mile or 2 of each other. A vehicle was entered at 713 Jackson Avenue, 3 vehicles at 1801 Rose Avenue, 1 at 606 Valley Drive and at 103 Lakewood Street. Some vehicles were locked and some unlocked but entry was still gained. Remember to lock and secure your vehicles at all times and never leave items of value inside or in sight to tempt a would-be thief. In other police action from Wednesday, a theft took place from 207 Barnum Drive.

A forced entry burglary was investigated at 403 N. Lee Street.

Responding to a domestic call to 214-A Horton Drive, 2 arrests were made. Shaquetta Lashawn Robinson was arrested for aggravated assault. Antorie De’Rell Munns was arrested for reckless conduct.

A forged check was reported for investigation.

A financial transaction card fraud was also reported to police.

After a traffic stop was conducted at 12:39 this morning on E. Lester Street, Willie Clarence Johnson was arrested for DUI and failure to maintain lane.

This morning at 2:54am a criminal damage to property in the 2nd degree complaint was made for a damaged vehicle on N. MLK Boulevard.

A hit-n-run accident occurred at 1505 N. MLK Boulevard.

Only 1 accident was worked by officers yesterday with no reported injuries.


The Sumter County Sheriff’s Office was relatively slow on Wednesday. Deputies conducted 6 traffic stops yesterday. After a traffic stop on Highway 30, Alonzo King was arrested for speeding. Following a traffic stop on US 49 north, Fletcher C. Williams was arrested for speeding. A theft was reported at 352 McMath Mill Road. Possible counterfeit money was turned over at 900 South Georgia Tech Parkway. A burglary was investigated at 302 Highway 30 west. Another illegal dumping case was reported at 102 Santa Rosa Drive. 2 suspicious person complaints were made to deputies yesterday. Arrested and in the Sumter County Jail are: Marquis Jamil McCoy for parole violation; Charles Wesley Pennington for aggravated battery and probation violation; Antorie De’Rell Munns for reckless conduct and Shaquetta Lashawn Robinson for aggravated assault for a domestic incident.

Deputies stood by for traffic control on 280 at Arlington Drive for an accident worked by the Georgia State Patrol.

Deputies worked 25 totals incidents on Wednesday.