"Local News"

Tuesday July 28th, 2015



A called meeting of the Sumter County BOE was held last night. The BOE adopted the Final Millage Rate of 17.533 mills, the same as in previous years. The 5-year Tax Digest was acknowledged. The Board went into closed session for personnel matters and upon returning back to open session, the personnel slate was approved. 3 were released from contract; 1 job offer was rescinded; 6 resignations were accepted; 5 transfers within the system were approved; 14 were hired; and 1 family medical leave was granted. The called meeting then adjourned and went into a Retreat session in which a number of items were explained and discussed.

Open House in the SCS system begins tonight with Furlow Charter School. FCS Open House starts at 6 this evening. Parents and the community are invited. The Boys & Girls Club of Americus/Sumter County will partner with FCS and will offer services to parents who need to drop off their children before school and after school as well. Parents can sign up for the Boys & Girls Club this week on Thursday and Friday in the FCS cafeteria from 3-6pm.

Open House in the remaining SCS schools will be on Thursday this week. Pre-K through 6th grades will have Open House from 5 to 7pm. 7th through 12th grades Open House will also be this Thursday from 6-8pm. School realignment this year in the SCS will leave a lot of questions for parents and guardians and Open House will be a good time to get the answers you need. School starts on Monday August 3rd in the SCS system.

A standing tradition continues tonight. First United Methodist Church and the Junior Service League will again sponsor the Blessing of the Bookbags. School supplies will be given away starting at 6 this evening at First United Methodist Church on S. Lee Street. The doors will actually open at 5:30. Also, all teachers and other educators are encouraged to attend this service as there will be a special prayer service as you get ready for the school year.

The Sumter County Board of Commissioners will hold a public hearing at 5:30 this afternoon in order to receive citizen input on the proposed 2015 Millage Rate. This public hearing will be held in the Commissioners Room at the Sumter County Courthouse. The Millage Rate will then be set at a called meeting that follows at 6 this evening. This meeting also will be held in the Commissioners Room at the Courthouse. These meetings are open for the public to attend.

Teresa Mansfield’s Read To Me Program will be giving out free books to children and adults at 2 this afternoon at the Cripple Creek Apartments Community Center which is located at 110 Knollwood Drive. The Read To Me Program will give out free books again this Saturday August 1st from 10-12 at New Hope AME Church’s Back to School Rally in Smithville. For more information, call Teresa Mansfield at 380-0383.

It was more of a routine-type Monday for Americus Police yesterday. Norma Jackson was arrested at 101 W. Lamar Street for an outstanding warrant.

Tyrone Robinson was arrested at 6B 701 Davenport Street for an outstanding warrant.

A forgery complaint was made and is being investigated.

A counterfeit bill was turned over to police at 1321 E. Lamar Street.

Following a traffic stop on Taylor Street, Yesenia Rodriquez was charged with driving without a license and failure to obey a stop sign.

A theft took place from 1609 S. Lee Street.

Charlie Savage was cited for restraint of dogs and inoculation of animals at 217 Pineview Place.

There were only a few miscellaneous calls and 1 domestic-related call yesterday.

Officers worked 1 accident with no reported injuries on Monday.

Drivers don’t forget that with school starting back this coming Monday August 3rd, busses will once again be running routes picking up and dropping off students. Remember to always STOP for the flashing lights of a school bus. Traffic stops BOTH ways even on streets such as MLK Boulevard. You could face serious fines for not stopping for a school bus with its lights flashing!


Sumter County Sheriff’s Deputies conducted 15 traffic stops yesterday and issued 13 citations for safety belt violations 18 years of age or older. At a stop on US 19 south, Carlos A. O’Bryant was cited for failure to maintain insurance. Following a traffic stop on Highway 30 west, Albert L. Harpe was charged with speeding. Property found at 105 Sherwood Drive was turned over to Deputies. A domestic disturbance occurred at 115 Dogwood Drive. A suspicious person complaint was made at 154 Sylvan Drive. An attempted burglary was reported at 133 Foxworth Drive. All totaled there were 32 Monday incidents worked by the Sheriff’s Office.

In the Sumter County Jail today are: Quovadis Marquez Price for child support; and Tyrone Robinson for felony probation violation.