"Local News"

Tuesday November 13th, 2018



Things will get back to normal after observing the Veterans Day holiday yesterday. City and County offices will be back with normal business hours today. The Disaster Recovery Center will be open today and tomorrow from 9 to 7 at the old National Guard Armory at 901 Adderton Street. Residents affected by Hurricane Michael last month and who have not been in touch with FEMA or other agencies can meet face-to-face with FEMA partners at the DRC until tomorrow.

The Sumter County Development Authority rescheduled their regular meeting after having scheduling conflicts yesterday. The rescheduled meeting is now Wednesday November 14th at 12 noon at the Rees Park Economic Development Center at 409 Elm Avenue. Contact Barbara Grogan, Executive Director, at 924-2646 for any questions or concerns.

A ribbon cutting for the opening of Eaton Road is scheduled for 11:30 tomorrow morning. The ribbon cutting ceremony will happen at the intersection of Basket Factory Road and Eaton Road.

This Thursday November 15th will be busy during the evening hours of 5 to 8pm. It’s the annual Christmas Open House in downtown Americus from 5 to 8pm with a special visit from Santa Claus in Rylander Park. The lighting of the Big Christmas Tree will at 6:30 in Rylander Park. There will be free carriage rides and rides on the Americus Trolley as well as a chance to do some shopping and see what our downtown merchants will have available for your holiday shopping needs. Because of the Christmas Open House, the meeting time for the regular monthly meeting of the Mayor and City Council will begin at 5 instead of the usual 6pm start. This will allow citizens wanting to attend both to have more time in the downtown area.

Everyone is invited to come meet Mr. David Snell, President of the Fuller Center for Housing. He will be selling and signing his new book “The Tattered Passport” in the lobby of the Windsor Hotel this Thursday evening from 5 to 8pm.

Rain is going to stay with us until Thursday morning. Off and on showers will be with us today with highs in the 60s. It will be cloudy this evening before the rains return after midnight. Lows tonight will drop to the low 50s. Wednesday will be a cold and wet day. There’s a near 100% chance of rain with rainfall amounts, in some areas, exceeding 2-inches. The winds will be gusty at times just adding to the raw feel on Wednesday. Remember the lows tonight will be in the low 50s and Wednesday’s highs will ONLY reach the mid-50s so there will not be a big change in the temperatures. Colder air filters in the overnight hours of tonight and it will drop into the 30s for nighttime lows on Thursday and Friday mornings. Be forewarned that it’s going to be wet until Thursday before clearing for the weekend.

Americus Police had a quiet Monday probably due to the weather conditions yesterday. No one was getting out and about on a rainy Monday. A criminal trespass and theft occurred at 603 Ashby Street.

Shoplifting cases were reported at 999 Southerfield Road and at 1101 Crawford Street.

Amanda Eisenhauer and Shyanne P. Busby were arrested at 400 Tripp Street and charged with theft by taking.

A burglary was investigated at 902 S. MLK Boulevard.

Officers did have 2 domestic-related calls yesterday.

High school football playoffs continue this Friday night. Southland Academy travels to Newnan for a 2n round playoff game against Heritage. After getting 1st round byes last week, both Marion County and Schley County will be in action on Friday night. Marion County will host Montgomery County and Schley County will host Trion. All games kickoff at 7:30 on what appears to be a rather chilly Friday night.


For the long 3-day Veterans Day holiday weekend, Sumter County Sheriff’s Deputies conducted 18 traffic stops with the majority for speeding offenses. Deputies also were busy with 11 weekend accidents with 8 of the 11 deer-related accidents. There were 3 domestic calls answered. At a domestic situation at 109-C Old Dawson Road, Randy R. Fuller was arrested for false imprisonment; battery (DVA); cruelty to children; and obstructing persons making emergency phone calls. A suspicious person complaint was made at 476 Lamar Road. A civil complaint was filed at 126 Irene Drive. A criminal trespass occurred at 120-A Forest Park Road. Damage to property occurred at 439 Bumphead Road. Harassing communications were reported for investigation. Thefts took place at 884 US 280E and at 128 Hooks Mill Road.

In the Sumter County Jail today: Brandon Terrell Edwards for giving a false name to law enforcement and brake light violation; Randy Rashad Fuller for battery/ false imprisonment/ obstructing persons making emergency phone calls/ and cruelty to children; Anthony Carl Griffin for marijuana possession—less than an ounce/ possession of cocaine/ and felony probation violation; Cornelius Jamel Hall for theft by taking and financial transaction card theft; Briana Mae Jenkins for stalking; and William Kurt Russell for stalking. 3 bonded out of jail over the weekend. 1 was released to another jail.