Local News

Thursday May 6th, 2021


Today at noon the National Day of Prayer will be held for the community to attend. The service will be located in the courtyard of the Public Safety Building downtown. Rev. Sherryl Sneed, Pastor of Peter’s Chapel AME church will deliver today’s service. If you do plan to attend, please observe social distancing and wear your face mask as all COVID-19 protocols will be observed.

“Multicultural May” will be the theme of First Friday tomorrow night from 5 to 8pm. Participating businesses will represent a different country and will have special activities, sales and more. Come experience the City’s art, music, food, wares and crafts. All activities, exhibits and performances are free of charge. Americus Main Street will provide free transportation with the Americus Van making a loop of the event. Festivities will begin at 5 with most shops and businesses staying open until 8. “First Friday After Dark” continues the fun after 8pm!

The Georgia Department of Transportation has announced it has awarded contracts for new projects in the West Georgia region. The bids were awarded on April 30th. 2 projects will be done in Sumter County. Resurfacing and shoulder work of 8.530 miles of Georgia 27 beginning at Hospital Street and extending west of Georgia 3. The contract was awarded to Robinson Paving Company of Columbus for $2.55million. The project is expected to be completed by the end of March 2022. The second project in Sumter County will be construction of a .199 mile long bridge on approach to Tallent Store Road/CR 306 over Little Muckalee Creek. The contract was awarded to Southern Concrete Construction Co. of Albany for $1.7 million. This project is expected to be completed by the end of April 2022.

There is now less than a week to purchase a flag for the upcoming Memorial Day weekend Avenue of Flags sponsored by American Legion Post#558. The cost of each flag is $75 and the deadline to make your purchase is Wednesday May 12th. To make a purchase, call on Frank Mitchell at 229-938-4310; Charles Holt at 229-942-1739 or you can see any member of Post#558. The Avenue of Flags made its initial debut during Veterans Day last fall and made a great impression on Highway 30. If you want to be a participant in the Memorial Day Avenue of Flags, make you flag purchase before the May 12th deadline.

Americus Police had an active Wednesday. Damage to property was reported at 1003 Douglas Circle; on Hudson Street at Oglethorpe; and on Mary Blount Drive at US 19N.

Following a traffic stop on E. Forsyth, Laqwela S. Smith was arrested for driving on a suspended license.

Responding to a domestic situation at 211 Pinecrest Drive, 2 arrests were made. Shontrez M. Blackshear was arrested for disorderly conduct. Shadavieyon E. Goober was arrested for reckless conduct.

Alicia L. Clayton was arrested for shoplifting at Wal-Mart.

A 2nd degree cruelty to children complaint was made at a domestic call to 218 Sharon Circle.

Dontavious D. Jackson was arrested and charged with criminal trespass at 1334 2nd Montgomery.

After a traffic stop on E. Jefferson Street, Roderick Glass was cited for laying drag; no insurance; and failure to stop at a stop sign.

At 11:29 last night, officers responded to shots fired in the area of 102 Bessie Mays Circle.

Shateria V. Williams was arrested at 1324 Douglas Circle for disorderly conduct when officers responded to a domestic call.

A criminal trespass and simple assault occurred at 104-A Frieda Lane.

Officers responded to an entering auto complaint at 2:50 this morning at 305 Tabby Lane and arrested Cornelius Offord for criminal trespass.

There were 4 accidents worked by APD around town yesterday that had no reported injuries.

Officers did respond to 5 total domestic-related calls yesterday along with 1 miscellaneous call.


Wednesday was a fairly quiet 24-hour period for the Sumter County Sheriff’s Office. 3 traffic stops were conducted. Following a stop on the Lamar Road, Shawn M. Dollar was charged with speeding. Deputies went to 1 domestic-related call yesterday. Damage to property was reported at 314 Railroad Street. A loud music complaint was made at apartment 508 900 Southwestern Circle. Deputies did work 3 accidents which included 1 deer-related. There was an accident last night just before 8:30 at 427 Flintside Drive that had injuries but no details were available.

In the Sumter County Jail today; Dontavious Darrel Jackson for criminal trespass; John Nicholas Mackey for probation violation and felony failure to appear; and Cornelius Jamale Offord for criminal trespass.