Local News

Thursday February 13th, 2020


We will start off Local News today with a look at the weather. Rain chances will be increasing throughout the day but our temperatures will be dropping. Highs for today topped out around 72 at 9 this morning and then fall to the upper 50s by your afternoon commute home. It will be turning colder and windy overnight. If you remember, this was almost the same scenario last week with the exception today being we have NO mention of any severe weather today. Friday, Valentine’s Day will be sunny, cool and breezy with highs maybe reaching 60. If you have plans for tomorrow night for your Valentine’s celebration, it will be colder with lows by sunrise Saturday morning at the freezing mark. Another difference with the forecast this weekend as compared to last weekend, Saturday will be sunny with no mention of rain. Just be aware that the warm weather we had for most of this week ends this morning and it will be MUCH cooler by late this afternoon with rainy conditions. Remember if it’s raining and you’re driving, turn your headlights ON so other drivers can see you!



There will be a Valentine’s Day Celebration this afternoon and everyone is invited to Perfect Care. Perfect Care on Sullivan Drive invites everyone to join in the residents for a heart filled celebration from 2 to 4pm. Every year the Sheriff’s Office along with other public safety agencies provides dancing partners for those that are able to dance. Please join in and help make this a time the senior’s will never forget. If you have any questions, please contact Col. Eric Bryant at 229-389-1205 about today’s event at Perfect Care.


The agenda-setting meeting of the Mayor and City Council is at 6 this evening in Council Chambers at the Public Safety Building downtown. Items will be discussed that will come up for a vote during the regular monthly meeting next Thursday. This meeting is open for the community to attend.


The regular monthly meeting of the Sumter County BOE is at 7 this evening in the boardroom of the SCS Administration Building. Items that were discussed at Monday’s work session will be up for a vote tonight. Tonight’s meeting is open for the community to attend.


The 13th annual Josh Willis Blood Drive will be held on Friday February 21st in the Fellowship Hall at First Baptist Church at 221 S. Lee Street. Josh, the son of Coach Carl and Karen Willis, was tragically killed in an auto accident traveling back to class in Athens. Please schedule an appointment to donate at this special blood drive. Please visit www.redcrossblood.org to make your appointment using sponsor code: PSMC. You can also call 1-800-733-2767 and make your appointment. The Josh Willis Blood Drive will be on Friday February 21st from 8 to 6 in the Fellowship Hall at First Baptist Church in Americus.



It was a pretty quiet Wednesday around town for the Americus Police Department. 6 Contempt of Court warrants were issued.


Officers went to a juvenile complaint on Rucker at Bumphead Road. A runaway juvenile complaint was filed with officers at 104 Bill Cross Street.


Thefts took place from 710 Oglethorpe Avenue and 202 W. Church Street. A theft of lost/mislaid property was reported at 1711 E. Lamar Street.


Responding to a domestic situation last night at 414 Patterson Street, Lance E. Marion was arrested for possession of a firearm by a convicted felon and for felony theft by receiving stolen property.


Following a traffic stop on Cotton Avenue at Forsyth last night, Donald Walker was arrested for driving without a valid license.


Officers did answer 2 total domestic-related calls yesterday.


There were 4 accidents worked by APD around town yesterday that had no reported injuries.




Sumter County Sheriff’s Deputies mad 3 prisoner transports yesterday. A civil complaint was filed at 297 Highway 195N. Deputies went on a roundup for livestock in the roadway on US 19N. 2 activated alarms were checked out. A criminal trespass complaint was made at 533-A Lower Five Points Road. A suspicious person was spotted at 414 W. Ellaville Street. Deputies worked 1 deer-related accident yesterday. At a traffic stop early this morning on US 19S, Brenda V. Strenth was charged with speeding.


In the Sumter County Jail today: Samuel Lee Hunt for felony probation violation; Vinson Mandel Mann for failure to appear; Lance Eric Marion for possession of a firearm by a firearm by a convicted felon and for felony theft by receiving stolen property; and Quovadis Marquez Price for probation violation/ child support bench warrant/ terroristic threats and acts/ 1st degree arson/ and aggravated assault. 1 was released to another jail yesterday.


With the rainy conditions, here’s a reminder about road closures: Thomas Mill Road is closed from Mad Dog Road to about a quarter-mile west of Thomas Mill Creek Bridge. Joe Stewart Road is closed from the intersection with Brown Small Road to about 2-tenths of a mile north of that intersection. These roads are closed until further notice and NO through traffic is allowed on either road.