A called meeting of the Mayor
and City Council lasted for over an hour last evening. The meeting was
concerning the alcohol beverage license ordinance that was voted and passed in
April of this year. Mayor Blount started by reading the current ordinance and
the discussion started from there. This was discussed, dissected and concerns
expressed over the next hour. A motion was made to have the City Attorney to
draft changes to the existing ordinance. This tied at 3-3 with Mayor Blount
breaking a tie to draft changes that leave out the fees associated with
background checks. Another motion was then made to do away with 2 sections of
the current ordinance completely. This too was tied at 3-3 with the Mayor
breaking the tie by voting against the motion. This re-drafted ordinance will
come back for a vote in August.
the streets around town tonight to be a little busy but it won’t be as busy as
years gone by when it comes to the Open House at the Sumter County Schools.
Open house for Pre-K through 6th grades is from to FurlowCharterSchool’s open house is also this evening from 5 to 7 as well. 7th
through 12th grades will hold their open house from 6-8pm. Open
house times are staggered to allow parents with multiple students to attend
more than one school. The first day of school for SumterCountySchool system students is Monday July 31st.
Americus will play host to a group of travelers this weekend.
Dozens of cyclists left San Francisco heading to Savannah on a FullerCenter Bicycle Adventure. The group is set to arrive in Savannah on August 5th. Now in its 19th year,
the Bike Adventure is a ministry of The Fuller Center for Housing. The FullerCenter cross-country group will be staying in Americus July 29th-August 2nd at 1st
Presbyterian Church. They will be working on homes in our area July 31st
and August 1st before heading to their final destination of Savannah.
Don’t forget about the public
hearings starting next week over the proposed tax increase by the SumterCounty Board of Commissioners. This increase was announced at the
monthly meeting earlier this month. There will be 2 public hearings on Tuesday
August 1st. The first public hearing on August 1st is at and the second one is at 6pm. Both meetings will be in the
Commissioners Room at the SumterCounty Courthouse. The third and final public hearing will be
Tuesday August 8th at
also in the Commissioners Room. These public hearings will be held starting
From the Wednesday Americus Police incidents, a total of 20 autos have been entered
since this past weekend after 3 more were entered yesterday. All 3 were
unlocked and items at 187 US19N, 498 East Avenue and 205 Maple Street were taken.
Thefts took place from 401 Varsity Drive and 603-G Eastview Circle.
Cyber threats and harassment
are under further investigation.
A simple battery (DVA) occurred at 122 Academy Street.
Following a traffic stop on Tripp Street, Jose Francisco Garcia was arrested for DUI and speeding.
Officers went to a deceased
person at 508
E. Jefferson Street. 57-year old Jeffery Shaw Bryant was found deceased at
that location. The Coroner’s Office was notified.
There were 3 miscellaneous and
3 domestic-related calls answered by officers yesterday.
Officers worked 2 accidents
around town yesterday with no reported injuries.
Wednesday was another overall
quiet shift for SumterCounty Sheriff’s Deputies. Suspicious vehicle complaints were
made on Bone Road, US 280E and on Lexington Circle. Deputies conducted 1 traffic stop yesterday and issued a
warning. A motorist was assisted on US 19S. A domestic call was answered at 293
Memorial Mile. 1 accident yesterday was worked by a Deputy.
In the SumterCounty Jail today are Derrick Markice Mann for a City bench
warrant; and Larry Wayne Streeter for simple battery and obstruction.