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Thursday November 26th, 2015




Today is Thanksgiving Day and for many, it’s time spent with family, friends and loved ones. But for many, it’s work as usual. We would like to send out special thanks to all those in law enforcement, the medical field and others that are hard at work today. We thank you for all you do for all of us!

The Americus Fire and Emergency Services begins spraying your live Christmas trees with fire retardant as of today. This free service to protect you and your family will be held at Fire Station#1 which is located at the Public Safety Building at 119 S. Lee Street. Bring your live Christmas tree any day for this free service between now and December 23rd. AFES does this every year at this time to ensure you and your family have a safe Christmas season.

The 102-hour Thanksgiving travel period is now underway. Traffic is supposed to be rather heavy this year due to several factors. Specifically, drivers will be looking at the lowest gas prices since 2008 for a Thanksgiving travel period. Also, with the recent threats concerning air travel, many will be taking to the roads instead. If you will be on the road, expect to see a highly visible presence from law enforcement across the state. If you will be drinking and find yourself unable to drive, you can call for a Tow to Go anytime now through Saturday night, whether you are a AAA member or not. You can call 1-855-286-9246 and receive a free local ride within a 10-mile radius.

Because of the Thanksgiving holiday, the offices at the City of Americus and those at the Sumter County Courthouse and LEC are closed in observance. These offices will resume regular business hours on Monday Nov. 30th. Because of being closed today and tomorrow, there will be no Sheriff’s incident reports until Monday.

Monday will be the last day to pick up and return your Americus Christmas Parade application. Drop by the Americus Welcome Center and pick up your parade application but it MUST be returned Monday as well. The annual Christmas Parade will be Thursday evening December 3rd at 7pm through downtown Americus.

A public forum to meet and hear from the 2 candidates for Chief of Police for Americus will be held from 6 to 7pm Monday evening in Council Chambers of the Public Safety Building. The final 2 candidates are Woodrow W. Blue Jr. and John Powell. Both have the qualifications set forth by City Manager Steve Kennedy. This open forum format will allow you to ask questions from the candidates as well.

There’re several things you can do on this Thanksgiving weekend. First, why not stop by Willett Way Wonderland that starts up tonight? The annual event has many homes lit up in the neighborhood and you can also see Santa and have pictures made with him and your family. It should start about dark-thirty and is always a busy place on Thanksgiving night as well as the other nights.

You can also visit the Andersonville National Historic Site and while you’re there, drop off a toy for the Toys for Tots campaign. Two drop boxes have been placed in the lobby of the National Prisoner of War Museum for you to drop off new, unwrapped toys. These toys will be distributed to needy children in our community. The last day to donate toys is Thursday December 10th.

Finally, for years it was always a tradition to ride downtown and see the Christmas lights. You can still do that and see the Windsor Hotel and businesses all decorated for the holidays. Plenty of things you can do starting tonight through the weekend and of course, you can always shop and help our local economy.

Americus Police had a fairly quiet Wednesday. A battery and theft occurred at apartment 39 720 Harris Street.

Harassing phone calls were reported to police.

A shoplifting incident at Wal-Mart led to the arrest of Justin Odis Griffith for his 1st offense of shoplifting.

An unruly juvenile complaint was made at 121 Andrews Drive.

Another shoplifting incident was reported at 704 N. Lee Street.

A criminal trespass complaint was filed with police at 1408 E. Forsyth Street where a window was broken out at Dollar General.

Officers responded to 4 total domestic-related calls and only 1 miscellaneous call yesterday.

Officers worked 2 accidents in the City on Wednesday with no reported injuries.