Thursday April 18th, 2024


The monthly meeting of the Mayor and Americus City Council is this evening at 6 in Council Chambers of the Public Safety Building downtown. There will be several items that action will be taken on this evening. Several appointments are expected to be made public tonight as well. The meeting is open for the public to attend but you can also check the City website and get the call-in and ZOOM information to listen in to the meeting tonight.

Tomorrow is the big community blood drive which means you still have time to make an appointment today that best suits your busy Friday schedule. To make an appointment, go online to www.redcrossblood.org and enter sponsor code: PSMC or if you prefer, call 1-800-733-2767 and make your appointment by phone. Those who have appointments will get first priority but any and all walk-ins will be welcomed. The blood supplies need to be replenished now before the busy summer months get here so make your appointment today!

There has been significant work as of late on the Lee Street Bridge. In the past few days, it appears that the gap over the train tracks has had materials put in place that will soon be used to connect the two sides together and the building of the bridge itself can begin and that may soon lead to paving of the entire structure. There was a 240-day time period initially to have this project completed. If you figure with the project starting early September and 240 days later this project SHOULD be completed in early May which is now a couple of weeks away. It will be interesting to watch what happens in the days ahead and hopefully Lee Street will be open sooner than later!

We have a few adjustments to our upcoming weekend weather from the latest forecast. There is now a chance for a few stray showers on Saturday afternoon and the rains really show up on Sunday. The Saturday rain chances are about 20% but anywhere from 70 to 90% on Sunday with the possibility of an isolated storm. You will notice a more humid feel to the air starting today. Highs today will be in the mid-80s and the upper 80s on Friday with a little more sun that the partly sunny skies we’ll have today. It will be partly cloudy tonight and tomorrow night with lows in the low-to-mid 60s. We do cool off a little on Sunday and to start off next week. If you have outdoor plans this weekend then Saturday is definitely the day you need to plan for.

It was another quiet 24-hour period as reported by the Americus Police for Wednesday.  A suspicious incident at 1:41 yesterday morning was checked out around 101 Tom Hall Circle.

Shots fired complaints were made in the Eastview Circle area and in the vicinity of Bozeman Circle.

Officers responded to a disorderly conduct incident during a domestic call to 219-A Horton Drive. This was one of three domestic-related calls answered by officers on Wednesday.

There were reports twice yesterday of 1st degree felony forgeries for counterfeit money being used at 1201 N. MLK Boulevard—the first at 2:35pm and the second call at 8:05pm.

Damage to property occurred at 1011 Westside Drive.

Following a traffic stop at 1:41 this morning, Quanisha M. Merritt was arrested for driving with a suspended license and for giving false information to law enforcement.

A hit-n-run accident was called in that occurred somewhere inside the City Limits.

APD worked one traffic crash yesterday that had no reported injuries.


Sumter County Sheriff’s Deputies were quite active on Wednesday. Only one traffic stop was conducted with a warning issued. Two prisoner transports were made. One domestic-related call was answered. Deputies were on the scene of a drug case yesterday at 282 Buchanan Road. Assistance was given to a motorist. Deputies went to the area of 229 US 19S where the roadway was reportedly blocked. Another agency was given assistance on a case. Suspicious persons were seen in the area of Highway 49S and Highway 308 and at 125 Seaboard Street in Leslie. A burglary was investigated at 130 Still Quarter Circle. One accident was worked by a Deputy yesterday that was deer-related.

Housed in the Sumter County Jail today: Crysell Croskey for aggravated assault; Christopher Joseph Harper for possession of methamphetamine and City probation violation; Dustin Cameron Hodges for probation violation; Broderick Kendell McGrady for disorderly conduct; and Quanisha Michelle Merritt for driving with a suspended license/ no insurance/ and giving false information to law enforcement.

Just a heads-up for Braves fans: Friday night’s game against the Texas Rangers is one of those Apple TV games and can only be seen there but you can always listen to Ben and Joe on 98.7 WISK-FM. Airtime tomorrow night is 6:05 with first pitch at 7:20.