Local News

Thursday September 12th, 2019




The Sumter County School system was 1 of 90 Georgia school districts to receive the 2019 Golden Radish Award. The Golden Radish Award is given to Local Education Agencies in Georgia who are doing extraordinary work in farm to school. Five levels, Platinum, Gold, Silver, Bronze and honorary are awarded with varying levels of farm to school programs. Systems that satisfy the Gold level for all ten criteria are awarded a Platinum Radish. The Sumter County School system has received a Platinum Radish, the only Platinum status given to a southwest Georgia school system.


The monthly meeting of the Sumter County BOE is tonight at 7 in the boardroom at the SCS Administration Building. The public is encouraged to attend.



The Agenda-Setting meeting of the Mayor and City Council is at 6 this evening in Council Chambers of the Public Safety Building. Several items will be up for discussion that could come up for a vote at next week’s regular monthly City Council meeting. This meeting is open for the community to attend.


The Heart & Sole 5K race is this Saturday September 14th beginning with registration from 6:45-7:45 in the Global Graphics parking lot at 107 Hudson Street. The race then starts at 8. You can still register online at www.http://runsignup.com/race/Ga/Americus/TheHeartSole5K. For more information contact Charley Varnum at 229-591-0831.


The annual Men’s Health Fair is this Saturday the 14th in the Student Success Center on the GSW campus from 7:30 to 11am. There will be FREE health screenings, educational booths and door prizes. The guest speaker is Dr. Jeremy Joyner who will talk on the importance of colon cancer screenings. The Men’s Health Fair with the theme “Healthy Head to Toe”, is free and open to the public. For more information, call 931-6812.


This weekend’s high school football games for the local schools gets an early start with a game tonight. The Schley County Wildcats will travel to Columbus to play Spencer High at Kinnett Stadium. That will be a 7pm kickoff tonight in Columbus. All other local action will be tomorrow night. Southland Academy has the longest road trip of the night traveling to Loganville to play Loganville Christian. Americus-Sumter makes the short trip down to Leesburg to play Lee County. Marion County is the only area team playing at home hosting Pacelli. All of the Friday night games will have a 7:30 kickoff. It will be dry but rather hot tonight and tomorrow night with no rain mentioned.



From Wednesday’s Americus Police incidents, recovered property on W. Glessner at Hancock Drive and at Wal-Mart was turned over to officers.


A criminal trespass complaint was made at 126 US 280W.


A case of identity fraud is under investigation.


A burglary, theft and criminal trespass at 805 Harrold Avenue is being investigated. Another burglary at 246 Brookdale Drive is under further investigation.


A 2nd degree forgery was reported at 1043 E. Forsyth Street.


An unlocked auto was entered at 1102 Douglas Drive.


A shoplifting incident occurred at 400 Tripp Street.


Investigation into previous case resulted in 2 arrests yesterday. Tony Randal Washington was arrested and charged with simple assault. Rondarious Miles was arrested this morning and charged with theft by taking.


Officers responded to 3 domestic-related calls and 2 miscellaneous calls around town yesterday.


There was only 1 accident worked by APD that had no reported injuries.




Wednesday was a fairly quiet 24-hour period for the Sumter County Sheriff’s Office. 5 traffic stops were conducted yesterday. At a stop on US 280E, Chavares K. Porter was charged with speeding. Deputies assisted 2 motorists yesterday. 1 prisoner transport was made. 1 activated alarm was answered and checked out. A civil complaint was filed at 259 Highway 49S. Shots were reportedly fired in the area of Lawhorn Circle and investigated. Deputies answered 1 domestic-related call.


In the Sumter County Jail: Anthony Charles Bridges for parole violation; Shakeem Ohigee Butler for felony probation violation; Marcus Alexander Laster for probation violation; Rondarious Rayshad-Jamar Miles for theft by taking; Kewan LeQuint Morgan for felony probation violation; and Tony Randal Washington for simple assault. 1 was released from jail after posting bond.