"Local News"

Tuesday October 6th, 2015



A decent crowd was on hand last night for the Sumter County BOE work session. Dr. Emmanuel Vincent gave a Furlow Charter School update and fielded questions from Board members. The Thursday agenda was then set. Although there will be no action under curriculum there was information presented last night. The financial reports were given and will come up for a vote Thursday. Also, a Tax Anticipation Note will be voted on. Personnel was discussed in closed session. There will be no Board action under policy or new business. Surplus property will be listed on GovDeals.com. The low bid will be presented for carpet at the Middle School Media Center and if possible, vestibule work at the Middle School. Under technology, an Internet Content Filter will be voted on. There was some discussion on architect services and construction management. The regular monthly meeting of the BOE will be at 7pm Thursday night in the boardroom of the SCS Administration Building and the community is invited to attend.

In just over a week, the next Ladies Handgun Safety Course will be presented by the Sumter County Sheriff’s Office. As of today, the class is now full. For those that did sign up earlier, the classroom portion will be at 6pm on Thursday October 15th at the Sumter County Ag Center on US 19 south of Americus. The shooting range portion will be at 12:30pm on Saturday October 17th at the McMath Mill Range. Again, as of today, this Ladies handgun Safety Course is now full and no more applications are being accepted.

High school football gets an early start this week when Americus-Sumter travels to Albany Thursday night for a 7pm kick-off at Hugh Mills Stadium against Westover. The other area games this week will be on Friday night. Southland Academy is at home against Deerfield Windsor. Marion County will host Brookstone Friday night. Schley County will travel to Columbus to battle Pacelli. Friday night’s games will have a 7:30 kick-off.

AAA reported yesterday in the weekly gas update that the routine maintenance at the various refineries is still ongoing which in turn is causing the gas prices to fluctuate. The demand is high for gas but refineries are running at low capacity right now. Once the maintenance is finished here in the next week or so, AAA says for drivers to look for the downward trend to continue for the rest of the year. Even though gas prices did jump in the past few weeks, most drivers are still paying almost a $1.15 less right now for a gallon of gas when compared to this time last year.

Americus Police were fairly active for a Monday. An auto was entered at 933 Ivey Street.

A criminal trespass complaint was made at 717 N. Jackson Street.

A stalking/ harassing phone calls/ custody issue occurred at 1711 E. Lamar Street.

There was a shoplifting incident reported at 1456 E. Forsyth Street at Belk’s.

Martin Andrew Liles was arrested at 1207 MLK Boulevard last night for a state probation violation warrant.

A forced entry burglary occurred at 12:40 this morning at 440 Oak Street.

Following a traffic stop on Rose Avenue at 2:48 this morning, David A. Marshall was arrested for possession of marijuana-less than an ounce, driving on a suspended license and no proof of insurance.

There were 3 domestic-related calls yesterday and only 1 miscellaneous call answered.

No accidents were worked by APD in the City yesterday according to the incident reports.


Monday was a rather quiet day for the Sumter County Sheriff’s Deputies as only 24 incidents were worked. Deputies responded to 181 East Shore Drive where the roadway was blocked. A criminal trespass for illegal fishing was made at Lake Jennifer. Civil complaints were made at 259 Highway 30 west and at 230 Desoto Seed Farm Road. Deputies conducted 4 traffic stops and issued warnings to drivers. A suspicious vehicle complaint was filed at 208 Bob Dodson Road. Deputies worked 1 deer-involved accident yesterday.

Housed in the Sumter County Jail today: Craig Lee Carruthers for probation violation; Guy Richard Green for probation violation; Edqurvis Pernell Hall for battery; Tiffany Nicole Sims for simple battery; and Dterriyian Dante Williams for battery. Martin Andrew Liles was released to Crisp County.