Qualifying for 3 seats on the AmericusCity Council ended yesterday and after 3 days, there will only
be 1 contested race. Incumbent Walton Grant had previously announced he would not
be seeking re-election after serving his district and the City for the past 21
years. Daryl Dowdell and Robert Ingle both qualified for the District 6 seat on
Council. The other 2 seats will not have opposition. Incumbent Juanita Wilson
was the only one to qualify in District 1 while incumbent Nelson Brown was the
only candidate to qualify in District 2. The City election will be Tuesday
The 78-hour Labor Day holiday travel period begins at tomorrow evening and will end at on Monday September 7th. Labor Day is widely
considered the last summer holiday and many will take advantage of the 3-day
holiday weekend for one last summer fling. Much lower gas prices this year will
also give families a better opportunity to travel. Law enforcement will be
highly visible across Georgia’s highways and on the state’s waterways as well,
trying to keep you from becoming a holiday statistic.
National Prisoner of War/Missing in Action (POW/MIA)
recognition Day is Friday September 18th. In honor of that day, the
National Park Service, the Friends of Andersonville and GeorgiaSouthwesternStateUniversity are hosting the 2015 National POW/MIA Convocation at on Wednesday September 16th in the Jackson Hall
Auditorium on the campus of GeorgiaSouthwesternStateUniversity. The public is invited to this free event. Local News will
have more on later editions as the date gets nearer.
school football will get kicked-off at tomorrow night for 2 area teams. Americus-Sumter will be
back at home at Finklea-Robinson Field hosting Shaw High from Columbus. SchleyCounty will finally hit the field for the first regular season
game this year. Baconton Charter will travel to Ellaville tomorrow night.
Again, kick-off is at
tomorrow night. 2 other area teams, SouthlandAcademy and MarionCounty have open dates this week. The first-ever Education Night
will be held at the Panther game tomorrow night. Representatives for GSW and
SGTC will have a booth set up at the game to answer questions about the school
and about the new “Move on When Ready” state program whereby qualified high
school students can enter college before their senior years and earn college
credit. Teachers and administrators for SGTC and GSW will get in free by
showing a valid school ID.
Americus-Sumter Land Bank Authority will have a meeting on Wednesday September
9th at .
The meeting will be held on the 2nd floor of the MunicipalBuilding at 101 West Lamar Street downtown. The purpose of this meeting is to discuss the
business of the Land Bank Authority. The Authority will also discuss any other
items that they deem as appropriate. Wednesday’s meeting is open for the public
The offices of the City of Americus and those at the SumterCounty Courthouse will be closed on Monday September 7th
in observance of the Labor Day holiday. These offices will reopen for business
on Tuesday September 8th. Also, because the usual work session is on
Monday, the SumterCountyBOE has moved that work session to Tuesday September 8th
at in the boardroom of the SCSAdministrationBuilding. Remember if you have pressing business with the City or
County, those offices will be closed on Monday so get it taken care of here in
the next 2 days.
Americus Police were busy with criminal trespass complaints on
Wednesday. Complaints were made at 903-B Parker Street, 704 Carver Street, 1301 Elm Avenue and at 712-B Oak Avenue. Vehicles were damaged at 2 of these locations.
A bad child complaint was made at 509 Winn Street.
An aggravated assault with a gun is under
investigation at 107 Norman Cole Street.
Following a traffic stop on S. Lee Street, Lawrence DavidMoore was arrested for operating a motor vehicle with suspended
registration and for no proof of insurance.
An auto was entered at 2000 Roney Street.
A forced entry burglary at Super Shop II at 311 Tripp Street at
this morning is under further investigation.
A hit-n-run accident occurred at 824 Ridge Street.
SumterCounty Sheriff’s Deputies conducted 37 traffic stops yesterday. The
majority of the citations handed out were for seat belt violations (4) and even
speeding tickets (4). Warnings were also issued to drivers. Chris Timpson was
arrested for failure to register as a sex offender. A suspicious person complaint
was made at 800
A case of identity theft was reported. A theft occurred at 125 Lane Store Road. There was a suspicious vehicle complaint made on US 280
east. Deputies worked 1 accident that was turned over to the GeorgiaState patrol. All totaled, Deputies worked 56 Wednesday incidents.
In the Sumter County Jail today: Mayda Jam for
manufacture of marijuana; Andre Damandez Lockhart for child support; Timothy
Allen Peterson for child support; Carlos Rodriquez for manufacture of
marijuana; Misty Collins Sumner for probation violation; and Jarvis Marquis
Tyson for probation violation.