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Thursday October 16th, 2014



Saturday is a big day for all veterans. An Open House, meet and greet and Veterans Appreciation Day will be held at the John D. Mathis Post#2 on MLK Boulevard starting at 10am. The 3rd District Commander will have a briefing on the history and recognition of Post#2, the oldest American Legion Post in Georgia at 10:30. There will be a service officer in attendance on Saturday to help with any support and claims information and assistance that veterans need. All veterans will be served a hamburger and hot dog lunch at noon. The day’s activities will end by 1pm. All veterans are encouraged to attend on Saturday.

Another activity this Saturday is the 11th annual Breast Cancer Awareness Walk. Registration begins at 8am at Lenny’s Market on Hampton Street in downtown Americus. The walk begins at 9. There is a registration fee of $5 for ages 18 and above with all proceeds benefiting Friends Against Cancer. Shirts are available for $12 at the Phoebe Sumter Information Desk. You do not have to purchase a shirt to participate in the walk. This year’s theme is “Give a Hoot for Breast Cancer Awareness”. For more information, call 931-6812.

Through Tuesday there were 156 voters that cast ballots during the early voting period. There were 75 voters on Monday and an additional 81 cast ballots on Tuesday. Early voting is being held in the Elections Office at the Sumter County Courthouse Monday through Friday from 8 to 5. There will be an opportunity to vote on Saturday October 25th as well during the early voting timeline. Early voting ends on Friday October 31st. Whenever you do take advantage of the early voting, make sure you bring a photo ID with you.

The monthly meeting of the Mayor and City Council will be moved up a few days due to a conflict with the auditorium at the Nursing Building on the GSW campus. The new day for the monthly meeting will be this Monday October 20th at 5pm and will be in the Nursing Building on campus once again. Please take note of this change in date. The meeting is open for the public to attend.

The monthly meeting of the Board of Commissioners will be at 6pm on Tuesday October 21st in the Commissioners Room at the Sumter County Courthouse. This meeting is open for the public to attend.

Americus Police report a quiet Wednesday in the City. 2 forced entry burglaries were investigated. The first was at apartment 225 140 Lonnie Lane and the other was last night at 424 S. Hampton Street.

Lost property was reported at Wal-Mart.

A criminal damage to property in the 2nd degree occurred at 801 Adderton Street.

A hit-n-run accident took place at 107 Prince Street.

There was a possible scam reported to police. An elderly complainant told officers she had sent in money to get a loan and in return, the company Cash America had sent her a card that she could use to obtain her loan. There was no money on the card and again the company told her to send in more money for another card and again, nothing was on it. A third try by the company was made, only the complainant told them not this time. She wanted to have a record of this so other elderly people wouldn’t be taken in by this scam.

High school football tomorrow night has Southland Academy hosting Westwood; Marion County hosting Hawkinsville; and Schley County will play Dooly County in Vienna. Americus-Sumter is off this week.


Sumter County Sheriff’s Deputies conducted 10 traffic stops around the County yesterday. Braylen C. Odums was cited for failure to obey a stop sign on Magnolia Street. Debra E. Williams was cited for failure to obey a stop sign on Southerfield at the SGT Parkway. After a traffic stop on MLK Boulevard at Lamar Street, Chelsea N. Isom was arrested for possession of marijuana-less than an ounce. Deputies worked a total of 24 incidents yesterday.

Chelsea Nichelle Isom is currently housed in the Sumter County Jail for marijuana possession.