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Thursday January 20th, 2022


Today begins a rainy period that MAY end with frozen precipitation but it’s beginning to look like that won’t happen. Rain moves in today and tonight and tapers off slightly on Friday but will be much cooler and breezy by tomorrow. At one time forecasters were calling for first snow then a wintry mix and finally frozen precipitation for late tomorrow night and ending early Saturday morning. That scenario has come and gone as of today. While there is a CHANCE for some type frozen precip tomorrow night, it may just be a very cold rain as lows now will be at freezing. It WILL be colder on Saturday with highs in the 40s and breezy but not last weekend breezy. Lows Saturday and Sunday night will be in the mid-to-upper 20s. Rain will return next Tuesday and we will also see lows in the 20s for several nights next week as well. So, no snowman this weekend but you will need to bundle up.


The Sumter County Board of Elections and Voter Registration holds a called meeting at 4:30 this afternoon. The meeting will be held in the Commissioners Room at the Sumter County Courthouse. The community is invited to attend.


The monthly meeting of the Mayor and City Council is at 6 this evening and will be held via ZOOM. New Mayor Lee Kinnamon will preside the meeting tonight. To call in and listen to the meeting tonight, dial 1-646-876-9923. Use 833 9163 4266 as the meeting ID and 351049 as the passcode.



A face-to-face Corn Production meeting will be held next Thursday January 27th at noon at the Sumter County Ag Center. The priority will be on protecting the health and safety of our community while maintaining the high quality of teaching, research and service. If you are ill, have a fever or know you have a contagious disease, please DO NOT attend these Ag Production meetings! Facemasks are encouraged when inside the Ag Center. There is now limited seating (50) at all ’22 Ag Production meetings. There will be a sponsored meal so call NOW at 924-4476 to reserve your seat and meal. DO NOT just show up for this meeting next week if you did not call and reserve your spot.


It was an active Wednesday for the Americus Police Department. An entering auto case occurred at 250 US 19N early yesterday morning.


A simple battery from a domestic situation was reported at 101 Eastview Circle.


2nd degree criminal damage to property occurred at 805 Adderton Street.


A shoplifting incident took place at Wal-Mart.


Responding to a domestic-related call to 733 E. Forsyth Street, Dexter L. Jordan was arrested and charged with disorderly conduct.


Following a traffic stop last night on the Southerfield Road at Crisp Drive, Summer A. Tondee was arrested for possession of cocaine and possession of amphetamine. She was processed and taken to the Sumter County Jail.


After a traffic stop on the Southerfield Road later last night, Renard A. Little was arrested for driving on a suspended license.


Officers answered 4 total domestic-related calls and 2 miscellaneous calls yesterday.


There was 1 accident worked by APD yesterday that had no reported injuries.




From the Wednesday Sumter County Sheriff’s reports, Deputies went to suspicious person complaints at 117 Calvary Church Road; 761 Upper River Road; and at 2747 US 280E. A civil complaint was filed at 110 Arcadia Street. Deputies assisted another agency on a call. 1 activated alarm was checked out. Deputies were notified of a reported fight at Sumter Middle School by a concerned parent. Damage to property occurred at 210 Rucker Street. 1 prisoner transport was made. Deputies worked 2 deer-related accidents on Wednesday.


Housed in the Sumter County Jail today: Cordero Demetrius Cannon—housing for Stewart County SO; Andrew Nicholas Jackson—holding for Smithfield PD; Dexter Lamar Jordan for disorderly conduct; and Summer Alexis Tondee for possession of cocaine/ possession of amphetamine/ and crossing guard lines with contraband without consent. 1 was released from jail to another agency.