Local News

Thursday September 29th, 2016


There will be a called meeting of the Sumter County BOE at 12:30 this afternoon in the boardroom of the SCS Administration Building. The purpose of today’s called meeting is to approve technology equipment and software bids; middle school renovations; School Resource Officers agreement; tax anticipatory note;  and personnel matters. The public is welcome to attend.

The next Ladies Hand Gun Safety Course will be held on Thursday October 20th at 6pm at the Sumter County Ag Center. This is the classroom portion of the course. Pre-registration is required due to the limited class size. The shooting range portion of the course will be on Saturday October 22nd. This is a free course offered by the Sumter County Sheriff’s Office but again, space is limited. To sign up, call Lt. Andy King or Lt. Tony Bobbitt at 924-4094 ext. 232 or 238.

The next phase of the Jackson Street project has started. Earlier, the sidewalks were repaired and now the land is being prepped for a new depot to be built. The old concrete slab next to the train tracks will not be utilized; instead a new depot will be built and the big machines have already started in leveling the land. In the long range plans, the old Mills Food Center building will be torn down. Once the construction and demolition phase is completed, the next phase will be to pave Jackson Street. The paving will not be done until the construction phase is completed due to the heavy equipment that will be moved in. If the street is paved ahead of construction, there would be a good chance the paved street would be damaged by the heavy equipment.

In celebration of President Jimmy Carter’s 92nd birthday, a concert will be held by internationally known artist David Osborne this Saturday night October 1st at 6:30pm at First Baptist Church in Americus. Special guests will include the David Osborne Trio and Miss America 2016 and a former Miss Georgia Betty Cantrell. She will be performing three selections and will perform with the trio. David Osborne has performed for the President for 30-years. The community is invited to the concert Saturday night.

High school football tomorrow night will finally feel like football weather as the first taste of fall will be everywhere. Southland Academy is hosting region rival Deerfield-Windsor and is the only area team playing at home. On the road tomorrow night, Americus-Sumter will play at Cairo in region play and Marion County will play at region foe Greenville. All games tomorrow night will be starting at 7:30. Schley County is idle this week. Go out and enjoy some great football and enjoy the football weather!

It was a quiet Wednesday for the Americus Police Department. Wallace Williams III was arrested for his second shoplifting offense at 999 Southerfield Road.

A theft occurred at 207 Smith Street.

A criminal trespass complaint was filed with police at 1002 Park Row Extension.

A runaway juvenile complaint was made at 217 Burton Circle.

An auto was entered early this morning at 801 Hawkins Street.

Officers answered 1 domestic-related and 1 miscellaneous call yesterday.

There were no accidents reported in the City worked by APD.

We should get a break from the heat and humidity for a few days as a cool front arrives during the day. Breezy conditions will usher in the cooler, drier air. Lows tonight will dip into the mid-50s and highs tomorrow will be around 80. Lows tomorrow night COULD dip into the lower 50s. Nice weather will be with us through the weekend.