Local News

Thursday October 30th, 2014



Downtown Americus will be a busy place this afternoon as both the Kiwanis Pet Parade and then Downtown Trick-or-Treating will take place. Registration begins at 3 this afternoon for the Pet Parade in the Americus Police parking lot on Jackson Street. The parade will start at 4. While registration is going on, the Sumter Humane Society will have a table set up at the registration site accepting donations of pet food, cleaning supplies and other items. There will be other collection sites downtown during the Pet Parade. After the parade, the Downtown Trick-or-Treating will be held for toddlers to age 10. Children MUST: be in costume; be accompanied by an adult; and have a special wristband in order to get candy from participating merchants. Children can get your wristband starting at 3:30 in the Police parking lot. So drivers beware traveling in the downtown area from 4 to around 6 this evening.

During the same time, 1st United Methodist Church will have a Trunk-n-Treat event from 5 to 6:30 in the church parking lot on S. Lee Street.

Once again, these are only “special Trick-or-Treat events” today. You will go out as usual on Friday which is Halloween. Be mindful there are 2 in town football games tomorrow night and the weather will be turning much colder while your kids will be out. Take these factors in consideration while planning your candy route.

Early voting ends at the close of business tomorrow. You can early vote through tomorrow in the Elections Office at the Sumter County Courthouse. Please bring a photo ID with you.

The Sumter County Health Department will be closed tomorrow for staff development training and will reopen on Monday November 3rd.

Time changes this weekend. Before going to bed Saturday night, set your clocks back one hour. Eastern Standard Time returns at 2am on Sunday. Remember, as you set your clocks, it’s a good time to change the batteries in your smoke alarms. It’s that time to “Change Your Clocks, Change Your Batteries!”

A former Americus physician and now a Congressman from Athens, Dr. Paul Broun will be the keynote speaker at the annual Capt. Henry Wirz Memorial Service in Andersonville on Sunday November 9th. Singing will begin at 2 that afternoon with the keynote address starting at 3. In case of rain or very cold weather, the service will be held in the Old Village Hall in Andersonville that day. The annual Memorial Service is sponsored by the Alexander Stephens Camp, Sons of Confederate Veterans. The public is invited to attend and greet Congressman Broun and welcome him back home.

From Wednesday’s Americus Police incident reports, Jacques Javinski Edwards was arrested for battery at 302 E. Furlow Street.

Following a traffic stop on W. College Street, Darick Bernard Clark was arrested for driving on a suspended license and window tint violation.

A robbery by sudden snatching in the Bush Circle area is being investigated.

A theft of lost/mislaid property was reported at 411 Tripp Street. A theft took place at 1206 Crawford Street.

This morning at 2am, a criminal damage to property in the 2nd degree occurred at 126 US 280 west.

An assault battery complaint was made at 3:35 this morning at 88 Dixon Drive.

There were quite a few miscellaneous, domestic-related and civil calls answered by officers in the past 24-hour period.

Officers worked 2 accidents yesterday with no reported injuries.

Football and the weekend weather! Unlike last week when all area teams were on the road, all are playing at home tomorrow night. Southland Academy will host Memorial; Americus-Sumter will host Dougherty County; Schley County is at home against Miller County; and Marion County will play Taylor County at home. All games will kick-off at 7:30. Again, the weather will be turning colder tomorrow night with breezy conditions making it feel even colder so if you’re not trick-or-treating and going to any of the high school football games tomorrow night, make sure you bundle up and be warm!


Sumter County Sheriff’s Deputies were busy on Wednesday working 56 total incidents. A theft took place from 2285 Highway 308. Deputies went to a civil call to 203 Schley Street. Damage to property complaints were made at 1155 SGTC Parkway and at 149 Jenkins Road. Deputies conducted 26 traffic stops yesterday. Joshua J. Martin was cited for speeding on US 49 north. Brittany R. Hearon was cited for texting while driving on Lamar Street. Brandy K. Black was given a speeding citation on US 49 north. Nathan A. Tanner was cited for driving with suspended registration and failure to maintain insurance on US 19 south at US 280 west. Numerous warnings were issued to drivers yesterday. Deputies worked 3 accidents with deer involved in 2 of the crashes. There were numerous miscellaneous calls that Deputies responded to yesterday.

Housed in the Sumter County Jail today are: Trenedrick Carlos Bishop for theft of lost or mislaid property/burglary/loitering; Jacques Javinski Edwards for battery; and Jimmy Allan Odom for theft by taking/theft by deception.