"Local News"

Tuesday September 15th, 2020


The Sumter County Board of Commissioners will meet virtually this evening at 6 due to COVID-19. To call in and listen, dial 1-929-436-2866. The meeting ID is 894 1904 7923 and your password is 641806. All meetings of the Sumter County Board of Commissioners are open to the public.

The Furlow Charter School Governing Board meets at 6 this evening in the Furlow School gym. The meeting is open for the community to attend.

The September monthly meeting of the Alexander H. Stephens Camp, Sons of Confederate Veterans will be held at 7 this evening at the American Legion Building on MLK Boulevard. Johnnie Pate, retired educator from Louvale will present the program. All members and friends are encouraged to attend.

Sumter County Primary School will be hosting their virtual Title 1 Parent Input meeting to gain feedback from parents as they develop their Title 1 Plans and Activities for the ‘20-21 school year. The recording will be posted this morning at 11 on the SCPS’ Facebook and Web pages.

Stand Up and Pray is an event the community is invited to attend this evening from 6:30 to 7:30 in the Lowe’s parking lot in Americus. Park on the east end of the parking lot, stand outside your vehicle and pray. This event will also be held on September 22nd, 29th and October 6th.

The South Georgia Council of the Boy Scouts of America invites kids to learn more about the Cub Scouts in Americus this Thursday September 17th at 6:30 in the Sumter County Intermediate School cafeteria. Social distancing will be in effect.

Americus-Sumter has a game now scheduled for this Friday night in Sylvester against Worth County at 7:30. Because this game was just scheduled, tickets will be sold at the gates and NOT online. Frankie Carroll the Worth County AD said that tickets are $8 each. Panther fans MUST wear a mask to enter and walk around but once in the stands, social distancing should be observed and you do not need to wear the mask unless you desire to.

Southland Academy has announced that tickets for the home opener this Friday night will be pre-sale only. No tickets will be sold at the gate. Tickets may be purchased in the Southland Office or through student weekly folders. Raider Club passes will serve as a ticket. All Southland students will receive a complimentary ticket but MUST have a student ticket. Adult tickets are $9 and non-Southland student tickets are $5. The visitor’s gate will be on the baseball field side of the football stadium. No spectator “cross-over” will be allowed. Masks are required for entry and all Southland students should wear a mask during the game. All spectators should wear a mask or social distance. Middle and high school students will have a section in the bleachers and all lower school students should sit with a parent or adult. Hopefully the game will be live-streamed through YouTube.com. This first game will also be Senior Night for band, cheerleaders, clay Targets, cross country, football and softball teams.

From Monday’s Americus Police incidents, damage to property occurred at 519 W. College Street; 215 Murphy Mill Road and on Highway 49N at Wanda Way.

Criminal trespass complaints were made at 141-C East Furlow Street; 72-B Barbara Battle Way; 316 Academy Street; and 214 Horton Drive.

Shea Dustin Hoffman was arrested and charged with theft and financial transaction card fraud for an incident at 1101 Crawford Street.

A simple assault occurred at 1711 E. Lamar Street.

An auto was entered at 1020 Hancock Drive.

A theft took place from 907 Cypress Drive. A theft by deception at Walgreen’s is being investigated.

Ashley S. Edwards was arrested for shoplifting at Wal-Mart.

Responding to a domestic situation at 120 Lonnie Lane, Victoria A. Virgin and Jarkoski C. Swanson were arrested and charged with disorderly conduct.

Cornelius Offord was arrested on US 19N at Rucker Street and charged with simple battery.

Investigation led to the arrest of Lorenza B. Journey for shoplifting last week at 202 Manhattan Street.

1 accident worked by APD yesterday had no reported injuries.


Monday was rather quiet for the Sumter County Sheriff’s Office. 5 traffic stops were conducted. At a stop on Highway 49N, Shon Martin was charged with speeding. Another stop was made on Highway 49N and Khiya White was charged with speeding. A theft took place in the Logan Store Road area. 1 activated alarm was checked out. A criminal trespass complaint was made at 270 W. Rockhill Drive. Deputies went to Highway 49S near Ellis Road and waited as Sumter County Fire & Rescue removed a downed tree blocking the roadway. 1 miscellaneous call was answered. Deputies worked 1 accident yesterday.

In the Sumter County Jail today; Derrick Jermaine Davis for criminal trespass/disorderly conduct/ and terroristic threats and acts; Quaksha Tiawaen Glover—holding for Macon County SO; Shea Dustin Hoffman for financial transaction card fraud and theft by taking; Lorenza Bernard Journey for shoplifting and probation violation; and Cornelius Jamale Offord for simple battery. 1 was released from jail after posting bond.

A virtual event in recognition of National POW/MIA Recognition Day will be held this Thursday September 17th at 7pm. More details on later editions of Local News.