Local News

Thursday September 21st, 2017



At a lengthy called meeting of the Sumter County BOE yesterday morning, the Board heard from Greg Smith of Buckley & Associates as he presented a power point on 3 design options for the new high school. He was asked by the Board for a fourth option and to include costs for HVAC models. This will then be presented at the October 9th work session at 6pm. Also yesterday, the Board agreed to purchase a meter to lock diesel fuel and will be ordering a propane meter as well. The meeting moved to closed session for a personnel matter and back in open session, the called meeting was adjourned.


The monthly meeting of the Mayor and City Council will be at 5 this afternoon in Council Chambers of the Public Safety Building downtown. The meeting is open for the community to attend.


The meeting of the Alexander H. Stephens camp, Sons of Confederate Veterans is at 7 this evening at the American Legion building on MLK Boulevard. Note, this is a change in the usual monthly meeting from Tuesday to Thursday and is for the month of September only. All members and friends are invited to attend.



President Jimmy Carter will be honored at the GSW Presidential Plaza dedication tomorrow morning at 11am. This new area of the GSW campus will serve as the centerpiece to the University’s signature entrance. The dedication ceremony will be held on the Wheatley Administration Building lawn on campus. President Carter will be a part of the program with Mrs. Carter in attendance. GSW President Neal Weaver will also be on tomorrow’s program. The community is invited to attend tomorrow morning at 11.



The Education Division of the Sumter County Chamber of Commerce will host the first annual State of Education Dinner on Tuesday September 26th at 5:30pm with a reception in the Pope Center on the SGTC campus. This will be a unique experience for the business community to hear firsthand from educational leaders across Sumter County. On hand will be Georgia Southwestern State University, South Georgia Technical College, Southland Academy and the Sumter County Schools. Dinner and a special program will follow at 6:15. Contact the Chamber to reserve your seat today. Tickets are $25 for Chamber members and $35 for non-members. Call 924-2646 or by email at chamber@sumtercountychamber.com for tickets.


The rain chances have been diminished for today and Friday since the start of this week. That’s a good thing for the local high school football games especially with 2 homecoming games tomorrow night. Southland Academy’s homecoming game with Tiftarea will get an early start with a kick-off at 7 tomorrow night. Schley County will host Dooly County for homecoming with a 7:30 kick-off. At halftime, the homecoming queens and her court will be announced. Americus-Sumter will host region opponent Northside-Columbus at 7:30 tomorrow night and Marion County is in Manchester for a 7:30 game tomorrow night.



Wednesday was another fairly quiet day and night for the Americus Police officers. An auto was entered at 301 Hosanna Circle.


Damage to property was reported at 309 Vista Drive.


Following a traffic stop on Rucker Street, Raymond G. Cauley was charged with failure to maintain lane and DUI-less safe-drugs.


A theft of a weed-eater occurred on Harris Street.


A criminal trespass complaint was made at 104 Shady Lane.


Officers did respond to 3 miscellaneous calls yesterday.


Sign-up is now underway for the next Americus Police Citizens Police Academy that begins October 3rd and ends on November 16th with classes every Tuesday and Thursday evenings. Participants must be 18-years of age and be willing to commit to all twelve courses. To register, drop by the police department; call Sgt. John Brown at 924-3677 ext. 325 or by email at jbrown@americusga.gov. This is a free program and is open to the public.




From Wednesday’s Sumter County Sheriff’s incidents, Deputies answered a civil complaint made at 196 Lexington Circle. Responding to a domestic situation at 203-B Graham Street, Paula R. Johnson was arrested for criminal trespass. Another domestic call went to 230 US 280W. A suspicious vehicle was reported at 321 Lacross Road. Deputies did work 13 traffic stops yesterday. After a stop was made on US 280W, Destry A. Sales was charged with speeding. Another stop on US 280W resulted in Jacob C. Pack being charged with speeding. Following a stop on Highway 30W, Japonica K. Reese was charged with speeding. At a stop on US 280W, Robert L. Joiner was cited for a mud flap violation. A stop was conducted on US 280E and Lainie B. Stephens was charged with speeding.


In the Sumter County Jail today are: Brian Keith Griffin—holding for Peach County SO; Paula Renee Johnson for criminal trespass; Tracy Martin Majors for driving on a suspended license/ driving a vehicle with suspended registration/ failure to maintain insurance/ and Southwestern probation; Marquis Jamil McCoy for terroristic threats and acts/2-counts of obstruction/ kidnapping/ false imprisonment/ battery (DVA)/ and cruelty to children in the 3rd degree; Angeria Doward Mourning—holding for USMS; and Jamal Rashad Welborn for probation violation.