Local News

Thursday September 17th, 2020


Sally was a messy visitor but not as bad as she could have been. The remnants of Hurricane Sally made its way into Sumter County starting yesterday afternoon and really ramped up after sunset. The feeder bands had heavier rainfall that started about 9 last night. The winds did gust from time to time and that knocked down some trees and limbs. There were spotty power outages but most were restored rather quickly. Some of the low-lying areas prone to flooding did just that last night but once the rains began to subside so did the street flooding. Some barrels and traffic cones were placed on some county roads as Deputies and 1st Responders kept an eye out for trouble spots. Rainfall totals varied across the county but here at our Highway 30 studios we had in excess of 5-inches of rain. As far as today is concerned we will see some showers and it will be breezy but not gusty winds. It was 73-degrees at 6 this morning and that was higher than we recorded yesterday when we remained in the upper 60s for the majority of the day.


South Georgia Technical College is closed today due to weather concerns. SGTC and its satellite locations will be closed all day today and will resume with normal activities tomorrow.


The agenda-setting meeting of the Mayor and City Council is tonight at 6 and will be held virtually. If you would like to call in and listen to tonight’s meeting, dial 1-646-876-9923. The meeting ID is 890 901 7047 and the password is 399335.


Former City Manager Charles Coney, who was let go by the City Council in February this year, was found deceased in an Atlanta hotel room earlier this week. The Atlanta Medical Examiner stated the death was due to natural causes. Mr. Coney was the City Manager of Americus for just about a year.


The South Georgia Council of the Boy Scouts of America informational meeting on Cub Scouts in Americus that was scheduled for tonight has now been postponed and will be rescheduled for a later date.


National POW/MIA Recognition Day will be a virtual event this year. This free online program will be held at 7 tonight. To register, go to www.eventbrite.com/E/118216967131.


The Americus Rotary Club in conjunction with Downtown Americus will host a Downtown Clean-up Day this Saturday September 19th from 9 to 11am. Call 924-4411 ext 235 to volunteer. Volunteers will report to the Municipal Building this Saturday for instructions. All supplies will be provided to you.



The next Harvest of Hope Food Pantry food distribution will be NEXT Thursday September 24th in the 1st Baptist Church parking lot. Today would have been the normal day for the food distribution but the Labor Day holiday pushed the event back 1-week. Listen for more details on Local News next week.



As usual the weather was a great crime deterrent on Wednesday. Less than 10 total incidents were reported by Americus Police. A child molestation case is under further investigation.


A theft took place from 714 Adderton Street.


Recovered property at 103 W. Jefferson Street was turned over to officers.


Responding to a domestic situation last night at 364 Academy Street, Laverne Davenport was arrested for simple battery. This was 1 of 3 domestic-related calls answered by officers yesterday.


There were 2 accidents worked by APD on Wednesday that had no reported injuries.


High school football in the area tomorrow night is all home games with 1 road game just added for Americus-Sumter. Americus-Sumter will now play at Worth County tomorrow night at 7:30 after having a cancellation by both teams and having the mutual open date. Because the game was just scheduled this week, tickets WILL be sold at the gate for $8. All other teams except Southland Academy have not announced yet their ticket policy. All tickets for the Southland home opener tomorrow night will be pre-sold and none will be sold at the gate. Tickets may be purchased through the Southland Academy office.




The weather made for an overall quiet 24-hour period. Deputies did patrol the County last night looking for trouble spots created by now Tropical Storm Sally. 2 activated alarms were answered. Deputies did respond to blocked roadways from downed trees on Old Andersonville Road and in the Poole Gin House Road/Chambliss Road area. Deputies did work 5 accidents on Wednesday with 2 being deer-related.


In the Sumter County Jail today; Laverne Davenport for simple battery; Mario Tremane Flounoy—holding for USMS; Daniel Landon Knight—holding for USMC; and Deontrey Marquavious Parker for felony probation violation.