Local News

Thursday July 27th, 2017



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.



Expect 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 5 to 7pm. Furlow Charter School’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 Sumter County School 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 Fuller Center 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 Fuller Center 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 Sumter County 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 10am and the second one is at 6pm. Both meetings will be in the Commissioners Room at the Sumter County Courthouse. The third and final public hearing will be Tuesday August 8th at 5:30pm also in the Commissioners Room. These public hearings will be held starting next week.



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 Sumter County 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 Sumter County Jail today are Derrick Markice Mann for a City bench warrant; and Larry Wayne Streeter for simple battery and obstruction.