Local News

Thursday July 22nd, 2021



The monthly meeting of the Mayor and City Council will be another ZOOM meeting at 6 this evening. If you would like to participate in the meeting by listening in, call 1-646-876-9923. The meeting ID is 981 7934 6340 and the passcode is 780833. Items discussed at last week’s agenda-setting meeting will be voted on tonight.


A link has been made available from the Department of Community Affairs (DCA) for the public to use outlining rental assistance for tenants and landlords. If you are a citizen in need of assistance, whether as a tenant or landlord, check out the link at www.americusga.gov. This will provide important information about the Rental Assistance Program funded in Georgia with ARPA funding. This program is already up and running. The information is at http://georgiarentalassistance.ga.gov.



Today is the last day for registration at Sumter County Primary School for the 2021-22 school year. Registration is being held at the Primary School bus ramp today until 4. For more information call 924-1012.


This Saturday July 24th from 9 to noon, a Back-to-School Community Health Fair & Food Distribution will be held at Union Tabernacle Baptist Church at 900 Adderton Street. At the event, kids will be able to take advantage of FREE weight; BMI; blood pressure and blood sugar screenings. While supplies last, get FREE school supplies. Food distribution from the Healthy Sumter Community Garden will be available while supplies last. You can also get your COVID-19 vaccination shots for anyone 12 and older at this event on Saturday.



One week from tomorrow on July 30th, Schley County will be hosting an Alumni Game at Wildcat Stadium at 7pm. All former football players, cheerleaders and band members are invited back to participate. Registration forms for anyone wanting to participate can be found at Schley County HS and Sam’s Nail Salon in Ellaville. “Meet the Wildcats” will be at halftime of the Alumni Game. Everyone is invited out to watch with admission at $5 per person.


More rain is in the weather forecast again today. There were periods of rain during the mid-afternoon yesterday and then several periods of heavy rainfall during the evening hours and even some overnight. Scattered thundershowers are once again possible this afternoon and evening but there is more sunshine also predicted for today which means the high humidity with the higher temperatures due to the sunshine will make it feel extremely sticky if you’ll be outside. The rain chances do begin to decrease starting tomorrow and into the weekend.


Maybe it was the weather but Wednesday was a very quiet 24-hours for the officers of Americus Police Department. A criminal trespass complaint was made at 220 Sun Valley Drive.


The rest of the day and night were shopliftings and domestic calls. Officers went to Wal-Mart yesterday morning at 10:30 and arrested Shaterri A. Pickens and Jerry C. West as both were charged with shoplifting. These 2 were from McDonough Georgia. A little after 1 in the afternoon, officers were back at Wal-Mart and arrested Sarah E. Earley for shoplifting.


Officers did answer 5 domestic-related calls throughout the day.


1 accident worked by APD yesterday was relatively minor in nature with no reported injuries.



Americus Fire & Emergency Services 25th annual Benefit Golf Tournament is coming up on Friday September 17th. The tournament will be played at the Griffin Bell Golf Links. The entry fee is $300 per team. There is a limit of 36 teams. All forms and payments must be received by September 10th. All proceeds will be used to support the Community Safety and Fire Prevention Programs right here in Americus. For more information, call Harriett at 229-924-3213.




From Wednesday’s Sumter County Sheriff’s incidents, 5 activated alarms were looked into by Deputies. 2 prisoner transports were made. An abandoned vehicle was observed on Highway 195N. Deputies went to a blocked roadway complaint at 193 Albany-Annex Road. Livestock was reported in the road in the Little Bear Branch Road-Old Dawson Road area. A theft took place from 153 Sixth Street. A criminal trespass complaint was made in the Indian Road-Hooks Mill Road area. Deputies assisted another agency on a call yesterday. Only 4 traffic stops were conducted. Following a stop on the Lamar Road, Mickey L. Griffin was charged with speeding. After a stop on Highway 49N, Bryce R. Schmitz was charged with speeding. Deputies worked 1 accident on Wednesday.


In the Sumter County Jail today: Thomas James Blasingame for using telephone communications for obscene, threatening or harassing purposes; Traymon Lamar Clark for City probation violation; Dontavious Darrel Jackson for probation violation; and Raymond Montavious McCray for criminal trespass and felony probation violation. 2 were released from jail yesterday after posting bond.