"Local News"

Tuesday January 15th, 2019



Tonight is meeting night. The monthly meeting of the Sumter County Board of Commissioners is tonight at 6pm in the Commissioners Room at the Sumter County Courthouse. All meetings of the BOC are open for the community to attend.

The Furlow Charter School Governing Board meets at 6 this evening at Furlow Charter School located at 63 Valley Drive in Americus. The public is invited to attend.

The regular monthly meeting of the Alexander H. Stephens Camp, Sons of Confederate Veterans will be held tonight at 7pm at the American Legion Hall on MLK Boulevard. Wade Barr will present the program. All members and friends are urged to attend.

You need to register now for the Sumter County Cotton Production meeting to be held this Thursday the 17th starting at 6pm in the auditorium of the Sumter County Ag Center at 127 William Bowen Pointe. A sponsored meal is planned so if you will attend, call 924-4476 and register so a meal can be prepared for you. UGA Specialists will present Thursday’s program. With your attendance, you can earn 1-hour credit towards your private and/or Commercial Category 24 pesticide license. Call today.

The Mayor and City Council will have called meetings starting tomorrow afternoon at 4pm in Council Chambers of the Public Safety Building. The purpose is to discuss possible litigation and to interview for the position of City Manager. Another called meeting to interview for the City Manager position will be held at 4 on Thursday afternoon in Council Chambers. These meetings will be in closed session. Then at 6 this Thursday, the agenda setting meeting of the Mayor and City Council will be held and the community is encouraged to attend.

Andersonville National Historic Site has announced that the National Park Service will continue to provide services to veterans and their family members by keeping the National Cemetery open for funeral services and providing daily access to the cemetery for families visiting the graves of their loved ones. The National Cemetery is open from 8 to 5 daily. The remainder of the Andersonville national Historic Site remains closed due to the partial government shutdown. National Park Service officials have determined that by using Federal Lands Recreation Enhancement Act funds to immediately fund park maintenance and cemetery staff, the park can continue to provide cemetery operations for visitors while ensuring public health and safety.

The community is invited to attend an Open House at Hands of Hope Pregnancy & Resources Center this Sunday January 20th from 1 to 3pm. This Open House will be held at 111 Habitat Street Unit C, behind the Sumter County Courthouse. The Center serves Sumter and 5 other surrounding counties helping those facing unplanned or crisis pregnancies with education on their options, practical, material, emotional and spiritual support. If you have questions, call 229-928-5027.

Americus Police were pretty busy for a dreary Monday. A battery complaint was made at 1436 Jones Lane.

There was a theft from 1314 N. Lee Street reported.

An auto was entered at 509 Oak Avenue.

Criminal damage to property in the 2nd degree occurred at 306 E. Dodson Street. Damage to property was reported at 118 Hosanna Circle.

Officers responded to a civil complaint filed at 314 Forrest Street.

Counterfeit money was turned over to officers at 1201 N. MLK Boulevard.

Officers answered 3 domestic-related calls and 2 miscellaneous calls on Monday.

A hit-n-run accident occurred in the Wal-Mart parking lot.


It was a quiet Monday for the Sumter County Sheriff’s Office. Only 2 traffic stops were conducted with warnings issued. Deputies assisted motorists on two occasions yesterday. Suspicious person complaints were made on US 280W and at 900 Southwestern Circle. A civil complaint was filed with a Deputy at 333 Lacross Road. There was 1 domestic-related call answered yesterday.

In the Sumter County Jail today: Sharon Ann Johnson for DUI/ speeding/ and a seat belt violation; Marcus Tyrese McLeod for probation violation; Joseph Lee Sheffield for probation violation; and Jermaine Antwon Thomas for felony probation violation.