Heavy rain, high winds, dangerous
lightning and thunder greeted most everyone at sunrise today. This is the line
of possible severe weather that forecasters have been talking about since
Saturday for our area. Scanner chatter early this morning had power crews and
law enforcement out and about taking care of limbs down and in some cases, a
tree or two. We could possibly receive as much as 1 to 2-inches of rain before
the front moves on through towards the east. The winds caused the rain to come
down literally in sheets just as the heavy stuff started around this morning. Tornado watch boxes were
issued ahead of the front. It is expected that the system will move on through
and by this evening, clearing conditions will occur and then expect cooler
weather for the next few days.
An “active shooter” training drill will
take place on the campus of South GeorgiaTechnicalCollege this morning. Dangerous scenarios will be reenacted and South GeorgiaTechnicalCollege faculty and staff will be participating.
Many agencies from Americus and SumterCounty as well as some surrounding agencies will be active participants. TechnicalCollege System of Georgia officials are asking all colleges in the system to participate in a
training drill of this nature. Just a reminder again if you hear things on the
scanner, this is only a training drill.
Mara S. Register from the Carl Vinson
Institute of Government presented local officials and some community members
with information on Land Bank Authorities last night. Land Bank Authorities are
one of the tools to facilitate the return of dilapidated, abandoned and old tax
delinquent properties to productive use. They acquire properties through tax
sales, market purchase or donation. Last night’s presentation was to point the
local Land Bank Authority in the right direction and to get it functional by
the first of the year.
All veterans are invited to an Open House, meet and greet and Veterans
Appreciation Day this Saturday October 18th at the John D. Mathis
Post#2 on MLK Boulevard beginning at 10am. At , the 3rd District Commander
will have a briefing on the history and recognition of Post#2, the first
American Legion Post in Georgia. Also, a service officer will be present to help with any support and
claims information you need. At , a hot dog and hamburger lunch will be served. All veterans are
encouraged to attend.
Early voting at the SumterCounty Courthouse is now underway. Voters can vote in the Elections Office at
the Courthouse now till Friday October 31st. Saturday voting will be
made available on October 25th only. You will need to have a photo
ID with you whenever you do come and early vote. Early voting is held Monday
through Friday from 8 to 5 and on Saturday October 25th. If you do
not make it and early vote this time, you will go to your usual polling place
on Tuesday November 4th and vote.
Americus Police report a fairly quiet Monday. An
aggravated assault did occur at 1701 Maxwell Street.
A juvenile was arrested for battery
after an incident on Poplar Street.
Criminal trespass complaints were
made at 952
Anthony Drive and at 208 Fairway Circle where a vehicle was damaged.
An auto was entered at 116-G Country Club Drive.
There were quite a few domestic-related
calls answered by officers yesterday along with miscellaneous calls.
accidents occurred in the City yesterday with no reported injuries. Both were
minor in nature.
The Columbus Day holiday was a quiet
one for the SumterCounty Sheriff’s Office with only 21 incidents recorded yesterday. 7 of the
incidents were traffic stops. Kay C. Faircloth was cited for failure to obey a
stop sign on the Old Andersonville Road. Austin L. Allmon was cited for failure to
stop at a stop sign on the SGTC Parkway. Tameika L. Watkins was given a speeding citation on US 19 north. Deputies
went to domestic disturbance calls to the Joe Buchanan Road and 125 Rainbow Terrace. Deputies also
responded to a civil complaint at 113 Stonewall Drive. There was 1 accident involving a deer
Currently housed in the Sumter County
Jail: Bennie Byrd for escape/ DUI/driving with a suspended license/open
container/failure to maintain lane/speeding; Karen Joett Drake for possession
of a controlled substance; Crystal Lee Flanders for texting while
driving/driving on a suspended license/southwestern probation; Carl Jerome
Jackson for disorderly conduct/reckless conduct; Bradford James Martindale for possession
of a controlled substance; Johnny Lee Willis for probation violation; Ericka
Ann Woods for disorderly conduct; Eugene Woods for disorderly conduct; and
Jarrel Henderson Woods for disorderly conduct.