"Local News"

Tuesday December 16th, 2014



Yesterday afternoon, the Sumter County Board of Commissioners announced the cancellation of the called meeting that was scheduled for 5:30 today. Although the called meeting was canceled, the regular monthly meeting of the Board of Commissioners will be held at 6 this evening in the Commissioners Room at the Sumter County Courthouse. The meeting is open for the public to attend.

Thursday morning at 7:30, the BOC and the Mayor and City Council of the City of Americus will have a joint legislative breakfast meeting at the Quality Inn at 1205 S. MLK Boulevard. There will be discussion of current and new legislation with our state senators and representatives. The BOC and the City Council will also discuss any other items that are deemed as appropriate at Thursday morning’s meeting.

Later on Thursday afternoon, the December meeting of the Mayor and City Council will be held at 5pm in the Lecture Hall of the GSW Nursing Building on the GSW campus. The meeting on Thursday is open for the public to attend.

This Friday December 19th, a community blood drive will be held in the Fellowship Hall of 1st Baptist Church at 221 S. Lee Street. The blood drive will be from 8am until 6pm this Friday. To schedule an appointment that best suits your busy Friday, call 1-800-RED CROSS or go online to redcrossblood.org and enter sponsor code: PSMC. Those with an appointment will get top priority but any and all walk-ins will be welcomed. All presenting donors will get a free T-shirt. There will be homemade goodies on the canteen table on Friday. Please have a photo ID with you when you come to donate blood this Friday.

Phoebe Sumter Medical Center has received statewide recognition. Georgia Trend Magazine has named Phoebe Sumter Medical Center as one of the Top 10 Small Hospitals in the state. The Top Small Hospital list includes hospitals with 150-beds or less. Phoebe Sumter is a state-of-the-art 183,000 square foot facility featuring 76-beds and all private rooms and offers patients the most advanced equipment and technology available.

It couldn’t come at a better time. That’s the feelings of most drivers as they talk about the falling gas prices. Some locations in Georgia are rapidly approaching $2 a gallon gas, something that hasn’t been seen in YEARS! Analysts are saying, based on current supplies and the price of oil, this downward trend will continue until at least mid-way of 2015. Whether there are unforeseen circumstances that would cause gas spikes at the pump or not, drivers should save on average $550 at the pump next year, again based on current statistics.

Americus Police were busy yesterday working accidents in the City. 5 accidents were worked by officers but with no reported injuries. Other than that, it was a quiet 24-hour period. A civil complaint was answered.

A damaged vehicle complaint was made on W. Forsyth Street.

Last night at 1604 E. Forsyth in the Americus Village Shopping Center parking lot, an arrest was made. Degas Latwan Fuller was arrested and charged with possession with intent to distribute a controlled substance.

A hit-n-run accident was reported at 213 Habitat Street.

Americus Police remind you as you’re out shopping to lock and secure your vehicle at all times. Place your purchases in the trunk or in the floorboard, out of sight of a would-be thief. Remove all items of interest, such as cameras, laptops or purses from the seats as well.


Sumter County Sheriff’s Deputies had a rather routine Monday working 29 incidents for the past 24-hour period. 11 of the incidents were traffic stops. At a stop on US 19 at Magnolia, Garner T. Hollis was cited for driving with suspended registration. Following a traffic stop on Highway 30 west, Kesha R. Royal was cited for driving with suspended registration.  At a stop on Leila Way, Tara L. Leverette was cited for failure to maintain insurance. After a traffic stop on US 19, Dustin W. Welch was cited for expired registration.

A suspicious person complaint was made at 410 District Line Road. An auto was entered at 131 Georgia Forest Drive. Deputies went to a domestic disturbance at 126 Briar Patch Circle. A theft took place at 181 Oscar Williams Road.

In the Sumter County Jail today are: Tordera Ashan Barner for probation violation; Degas Latwan Fuller for illegal possession of a controlled substance with intent to distribute; Tavares Mondrell Jones for 1st degree forgery/possession of a schedule 1 controlled substance/possession of a controlled substance with intent to distribute; Susan Redding-holding for GBI; and Anfranee Jamal Smothers for loitering/obstruction.