Local News

Thursday August 25th, 2016



The area is invited to celebrate the 100th birthday of the National Park Service today in Plains. Party at the Park starts at 6 this evening at Plains High School with free admission to a concert featuring Brent Cobb; Brandon Wheeler; Luke Martin; and Lee Pilcher. As a reminder, the use and possession of alcoholic beverages within National Park Service areas is NOT allowed and smoking on NPS property is also prohibited. It’s great family fun tonight in Plains at “Party at the Park!”


Don’t forget that if you receive a call to participate in a survey for the City’s Natural Gas Department, please participate! The American Public Gas Association started last week with the phone surveys to increase public awareness. The phone survey is a requirement by the Federal Government. So if you haven’t yet received your phone survey call, please take a moment to finish the survey when you are called.


It will be a much more comfortable night tomorrow night for the area high school football games. Drier, less humid air has filtered in and while it will still be rather warm at kick-off, it won’t be as sticky as previous games. On the road tomorrow night, Marion County is at Chattahoochee County with a 7:30 start; Schley County is at Calhoun County at 7:30; and Americus-Sumter’s season opener is tomorrow night on the road to Cordele against Crisp County in a renewal of the “Battle of the Flint” with a 7:30 kick-off. Southland Academy is the only area team playing at home tomorrow night when Westwood comes in for an 8pm kick-off.


Speaking of the weather, we did have that system move in yesterday afternoon with the drier, less humid conditions. It was basically a weather-less system although there were scattered sprinkles yesterday after 4 but they didn’t last long. You will really notice the drier conditions tomorrow morning when the overnight low should dip to the mid-60s in some locations. The humidity will build back up over the weekend. What we should all be following is the possibility of a hurricane or strong tropical system about the middle of next week. It’s still too far out to be specific but it appears as of today that Georgia will be impacted and if it gets into the Gulf as one model has it, southwest Georgia will get as much as 10-inches of rain. Stay tuned as forecasters fine tune the approaching system’s track and find out where it’s going to make landfall.


Investigators with the Americus Police Department have signed warrants in connection with the shooting incident that occurred Monday evening on Oglethorpe Avenue. Warrants have been signed for Shantario Parnell Hardy, black male, age 19 of 1309 Douglas Circle and Hakeem Deon Barthell, black male, age 21 of 702 Sunset Drive, both in Americus. Both Hardy and Barthell warrants were for aggravated assault and possession of a firearm during the commission of a crime. Barthell was picked up yesterday after being released from the hospital. Hardy is still on the move and if anyone knows of the whereabouts of Shantario Parnell Hardy, contact CID at 924-4550 or call 9-1-1. Otherwise, it was real quiet Wednesday for officers.


An auto was entered at A17 817 Mayo Street.


A criminal trespass complaint was made at 3:20 this morning at 711 Brooklyn Terrace.


Officers did respond to 1 domestic-related call and 1 miscellaneous call in the past 24-hour period.




Sumter County Sheriff’s Deputies conducted 4 traffic stops yesterday. Following a stop on Millard Fuller Boulevard at W. Church, Roderious K. Pines was charged with failure to obey a stop sign. A civil complaint was made at 352 McMath Mill Road. A theft took place at 130 Still Quarters Circle. Deputies went to Myrtle Springs Road near Lasco-Harvey Road this morning where the roadway was blocked by a fallen tree. The roadway was cleared by removing the tree. There were 3 accidents worked by Deputies yesterday with 1 turned over to the Georgia State Patrol.


In the Sumter County Jail today are: Benjamin Wayne Bailey on a bench warrant; Hakeem Deon Barthell for aggravated assault and possession of a firearm during the commission of a crime; Eldrick Antwan Brown for probation violation and battery; Craig Lee Carruthers for probation violation; John Wesley Currie for felony theft by taking; and Kadarius Rashawn Davis for aggravated assault and probation violation.