Local News

Thursday October 23rd, 2014



There’s still time to make an appointment to donate blood at tomorrow’s community blood drive. Call the local Red Cross at 924-2026 or go online to www.redcrossblood.org and enter sponsor code: PSMC. Those with appointments get top priority but all walk-ins are welcomed. The blood drive is tomorrow from 8 to 6 and will be held in the Fellowship Hall at First Baptist Church on S. Lee Street. Make sure you have a photo ID with you.

Last minute tickets are available for the Family Violence Council’s fundraiser “Jazz on the Lawn” this afternoon from 4 to 7pm. Tickets are $15 and are available from After Hours Care and the Windsor Parlor. Tickets are also on sale at the CASA Office at Georgia Southwestern. Three community heroes will be honored during the afternoon event. Musical entertainment will be provided by the T.O.M. Trio. There will be food, drink and plenty of socializing this afternoon.

This is the afternoon that North Campus parents are encouraged to attend a Title 1 Parent Input meeting. This afternoon’s meeting at 5 will be held in the Media Center on campus. Parental input is needed for all Title 1 Plans and activities for the 2014-15 academic school year. Please make your plans to attend this afternoon.

The Sumter County Board of Education will hold a retreat on Monday October 27th at 7pm in the conference room of the SCS Administration Building. The public is welcome to attend.

High school football in the area tomorrow night are all road games for local teams. Americus-Sumter will be in Sylvester to play Worth County; Southland Academy will be near Tifton to play Tiftarea; Schley County will play at Hawkinsville; and Marion County is at Greenville. All games kick-off at 7:30 tomorrow night.

This Saturday is the annual Chicken Pie Festival in nearby Smithville. The day begins with a parade and there will be plenty of vendors and entertainment. Of course, a chicken pie contest will be held with an overall winner named. You can even sample the same chicken pie recipe that made Smithville famous years ago when the train stopped by and delicious chicken pie was served to the passengers. The weather should be ideal on Saturday.

Americus Police report more autos have been entered and it appears that drivers are not securing their vehicles once again. Autos were entered at 736 Wheatley Street, 155 Taylor Street and at 517-A Bessie Mays Circle.

In other police action, the coroner was notified of an infant death at 1329-A East Lamar Street.

A shoplifting incident occurred at 103 W. Jefferson Street at Dollar General.

A theft took place from 726-B Carver Street.

A disorderly conduct incident was reported at 1206 Crawford Street.

A criminal trespass complaint was made at apartment 7 107 Sun Valley Drive.

There were only a few miscellaneous calls answered by officers in the past 24-hour period.

Officers worked 2 accidents yesterday with no reported injuries.

Early voting continues at the Sumter County Courthouse in the Elections Office. This Saturday, October 25th, you can early vote from 9 to 4 at the Courthouse. Make sure you have a photo ID with you. Early voting ends on Friday October 31st.


The following are currently housed in the Sumter County Jail: Kletner Louthaniel Anderson for entering an auto/criminal trespass; Kimberly Renae Bridges for probation violation; Adashia Shanice Hale for theft by taking; Kolvin Tremell Holt for sentencing; Nairobi Kenya Riley for probation violation X3; Kamario Sentell Sessions for felony theft by taking; Danielle Adara Sims for theft by taking; Timothy Raynorta Swanson for City probation; Woodrow Alfred Terry for DUI/speeding; Anthony Deon Westbrook for theft of lost/mislaid property/burglary/loitering; and Stephon Williams-holding for USMS.

Deputies worked a total of 42 incidents on Wednesday. 20 of the 42 were traffic stops. Melissa L. Phillips was cited for speeding on US 49 north. Derrick E. Eldridge was cited for a seat belt violation on Georgia 3 near Hillcrest Grange Drive. Jeremy M. Larry was cited for speeding on US 49 north. Leah B. Singleton was given a speeding ticket on US 49 north. Gregory R. Hubbard was cited for speeding on Georgia 30 west. Deputies went to a domestic disturbance to 175 Lot 8 US 49 south. Deputies worked 2 accidents yesterday with one involving a deer. There were other miscellaneous calls deputies responded to yesterday.