Local News

Thursday August 14th, 2014



The weather is one topic of discussion today, especially after waking up to the mid-60s this morning! The cool front has passed through and with it brought drier air, lower humidity and cooler nighttime temperatures. Unfortunately, this will be short-lived. The heat will slowly return and by Saturday the highs are expected to reach the mid-90s. With the heat returning so will the humidity. Lows tonight and Friday night will once again drop into the mid-60s before rising back into the 70s. If you want cooler, drier weather, the 30-day extended forecast has highs in the 80s and lows in the 50s about the 3rd week in September. Until then, enjoy the next 2 days!

Students return to class today at Southland Academy. The first day is for a half-day and Friday will be a full day of class.

The monthly meeting of the Sumter County Board of Education is at 7 this evening in the boardroom at the SCS Administration Building. The meeting is open for the public to attend.

Now that all surrounding schools have reported to class for the new school year, football can’t be too far behind. As a matter of fact, football scrimmage games are set for tomorrow night. Americus-Sumter will play at Marion County and Southland Academy will play at Glenwood Academy in scrimmage action. The regular season will begin for most area teams next Friday August 22nd.

Tomorrow August 15th is the deadline to purchase your Americus-Sumter Panther football reserved seats. Call 942-1703 or 815-0652 before tomorrow’s deadline to purchase your reserved seats for the upcoming football season.

You can make an appointment to donate blood at the community blood drive on Friday August 22nd in the Fellowship Hall at First Baptist Church at 221 S. Lee Street. You can call the local Red Cross at 924-2026 and make an appointment or go online to www.redcrossblood.org and enter sponsor code: PSMC. Those with appointments will get top priority but any and all walk-ins will be welcomed. The blood drive will be next Friday August 22nd and will be held from 8am until 6pm. Please bring a photo ID with you when you come to donate blood on August 22nd.

On August 20th, in partnership with Macon County EMA, Sumter County will be holding the new spotter class conducted by the National Weather Service from 12:30 to about 3:30. This class will be held at the Macon County Emergency Operations Center located at 718 S. Plum Street in Montezuma. Since lunch will be served, please call 928-4595 if you’re planning to attend so a headcount for lunch can be made. The class is this coming Wednesday August 20th so please call if you’re planning to attend.

Americus Police were pretty busy on Wednesday. Several domestic-related calls were answered. 1 suspicious person complaint and a suspicious vehicle complaint were made.

Benny Christopher Heights was arrested at 133 E. Peppermint Way and charged with cruelty to animals and inoculation violation.

Keith O. Bowens was arrested and charged with felony shoplifting at Wal-Mart.

 A financial transaction card forgery is being investigated.

A forced entry burglary and criminal trespass occurred at 403 Bell Street and is under further investigation.

A juvenile was arrested at 109-A Bessie Mays Circle and charged with criminal trespass and unruly juvenile.

There were several other miscellaneous calls officers responded to.

No accidents occurred in the City yesterday.


The Sumter County Sheriff’s Office had a total of 29 incidents yesterday. Deputies responded to 3 domestic-related incidents and 3 civil complaints. Deputies worked 6 traffic stops with several warnings issued. A burglary was investigated at 502 Old Plains Highway. An identity theft was reported and a theft occurred at 103 Fieldstone Drive. A welfare check was performed. There was 1 accident with a deer early this morning worked by the department.

Currently housed in the Sumter County jail are: Deavie M. Avery for disorderly conduct; John Steven Avery for disorderly conduct; Gregory Mitchell Bell-DUI-4th conviction within a 10-year period/headlight requirements; Keith O’Harrell Bowens-felony shoplifting; Eva Jean Jackson-felony shoplifting; Demetrius Darnell Jones-probation violation; David Lee Thomas-probation violation; Eddie Dean Tyner-battery; and Brandon Christopher Williams-probation violation/felony contributing to the delinquency of a minor/3rd offense of transactions in drug-related objects.