Local News

Thursday September 3rd, 2015



Qualifying for 3 seats on the Americus City Council ended yesterday and after 3 days, there will only be 1 contested race. Incumbent Walton Grant had previously announced he would not be seeking re-election after serving his district and the City for the past 21 years. Daryl Dowdell and Robert Ingle both qualified for the District 6 seat on Council. The other 2 seats will not have opposition. Incumbent Juanita Wilson was the only one to qualify in District 1 while incumbent Nelson Brown was the only candidate to qualify in District 2. The City election will be Tuesday November 3rd.

The 78-hour Labor Day holiday travel period begins at 6pm tomorrow evening and will end at midnight on Monday September 7th. Labor Day is widely considered the last summer holiday and many will take advantage of the 3-day holiday weekend for one last summer fling. Much lower gas prices this year will also give families a better opportunity to travel. Law enforcement will be highly visible across Georgia’s highways and on the state’s waterways as well, trying to keep you from becoming a holiday statistic.

National Prisoner of War/Missing in Action (POW/MIA) recognition Day is Friday September 18th. In honor of that day, the National Park Service, the Friends of Andersonville and Georgia Southwestern State University are hosting the 2015 National POW/MIA Convocation at 11am on Wednesday September 16th in the Jackson Hall Auditorium on the campus of Georgia Southwestern State University. The public is invited to this free event. Local News will have more on later editions as the date gets nearer.

High school football will get kicked-off at 7:30 tomorrow night for 2 area teams. Americus-Sumter will be back at home at Finklea-Robinson Field hosting Shaw High from Columbus. Schley County will finally hit the field for the first regular season game this year. Baconton Charter will travel to Ellaville tomorrow night. Again, kick-off is at 7:30 tomorrow night. 2 other area teams, Southland Academy and Marion County have open dates this week. The first-ever Education Night will be held at the Panther game tomorrow night. Representatives for GSW and SGTC will have a booth set up at the game to answer questions about the school and about the new “Move on When Ready” state program whereby qualified high school students can enter college before their senior years and earn college credit. Teachers and administrators for SGTC and GSW will get in free by showing a valid school ID.

The Americus-Sumter Land Bank Authority will have a meeting on Wednesday September 9th at 1pm. The meeting will be held on the 2nd floor of the Municipal Building at 101 West Lamar Street downtown. The purpose of this meeting is to discuss the business of the Land Bank Authority. The Authority will also discuss any other items that they deem as appropriate. Wednesday’s meeting is open for the public to attend.

The offices of the City of Americus and those at the Sumter County Courthouse will be closed on Monday September 7th in observance of the Labor Day holiday. These offices will reopen for business on Tuesday September 8th. Also, because the usual work session is on Monday, the Sumter County BOE has moved that work session to Tuesday September 8th at 6pm in the boardroom of the SCS Administration Building. Remember if you have pressing business with the City or County, those offices will be closed on Monday so get it taken care of here in the next 2 days.

Americus Police were busy with criminal trespass complaints on Wednesday. Complaints were made at 903-B Parker Street, 704 Carver Street, 1301 Elm Avenue and at 712-B Oak Avenue. Vehicles were damaged at 2 of these locations.

A bad child complaint was made at 509 Winn Street.

An aggravated assault with a gun is under investigation at 107 Norman Cole Street.

Following a traffic stop on S. Lee Street, Lawrence David Moore was arrested for operating a motor vehicle with suspended registration and for no proof of insurance.

An auto was entered at 2000 Roney Street.

A forced entry burglary at Super Shop II at 311 Tripp Street at 2:55 this morning is under further investigation.

A hit-n-run accident occurred at 824 Ridge Street.


Sumter County Sheriff’s Deputies conducted 37 traffic stops yesterday. The majority of the citations handed out were for seat belt violations (4) and even speeding tickets (4). Warnings were also issued to drivers. Chris Timpson was arrested for failure to register as a sex offender. A suspicious person complaint was made at 800 Pryor Road. A case of identity theft was reported. A theft occurred at 125 Lane Store Road. There was a suspicious vehicle complaint made on US 280 east. Deputies worked 1 accident that was turned over to the Georgia State patrol. All totaled, Deputies worked 56 Wednesday incidents.

In the Sumter County Jail today: Mayda Jam for manufacture of marijuana; Andre Damandez Lockhart for child support; Timothy Allen Peterson for child support; Carlos Rodriquez for manufacture of marijuana; Misty Collins Sumner for probation violation; and Jarvis Marquis Tyson for probation violation.