"Local News"

Tuesday July 16th, 2019




The monthly meeting of the Sumter County Board of Commissioners is tonight at 6 in the Commissioners Room at the Sumter County Courthouse. This meeting of the Board of Commissioners is open for the public to attend.

The Furlow Charter School Governing Board meets tonight at 6 at the school on Valley Drive. This meeting is also open for the community to attend.

The Mayor and City Council of Americus holds their monthly meeting this Thursday July 18th at 6pm in Council Chambers of the Public Safety Building. Again, this meeting is open for the community to attend.

“Foster Care and Foster Care Adoption Orientation” will be presented by Bethany on Tuesday July 23rd at Lake Blackshear Regional Library from 6-8pm. If you are interested in attending, you will need to RSVP by this Friday July 19th by calling 706-330-2128. By attending next Tuesday’s orientation, you will hear of the current needs for foster families in our community, what to expect in terms of caring for children in foster care and the foster home and licensing process. After attending this meeting, you’ll be able to begin the process of becoming a foster or adoption parent.

Do you have lead in your soil? Take advantage next week and get your soil tested for free! FREE soil screening will take place next week from July 22nd-26th and its’ simple: bring a quart-size soil sample to the UGA Extension Office located at 127 William Bowen Pointe behind the GA. State Patrol Post. The results after analysis will be mailed to you. Lead is dangerous so make sure you have a healthy home. This FREE soil screening is sponsored by the Rural Georgia Housing Advisory Board. You must have at least 2-cups of soil without rocks or twigs in your sample.

The Georgia Department of Transportation has announced that Forsyth and Lamar Streets will get resurfaced in early 2020. Bids will be taken in December this year and the project, weather permitting, will occur in January or February of 2020. These streets were last resurfaced over 10-years ago. Some cracks, dips and pot holes have developed in the years since due to high traffic and heavy trucks and other equipment. It is hoped that both streets will be milled and done right like the recent Jackson Street project. There is also talk of reducing the downtown streets back to just 2-lanes to allow for more downtown street parking. This would be some big changes for the downtown area.

Americus Police started out a new week by making quite a few arrests. Jaquarious M. Calloway was arrested yesterday for aggravated assault and false imprisonment.

Ty’Anna L. Bridges was arrested and charged with criminal trespass at 126 US 280W.

Marquis C. Hawkins was arrested for simple battery.

Justin A. Gunter was arrested at 1700 E. Lamar and charged with shoplifting; possession of a schedule 1 controlled substance; and possession of drug-related objects.

David L. Woods was arrested for an outstanding warrant in McCoy Hill Park.

Following a traffic stop on Ashby at N. Lee, 2 arrests were made. The driver, Corby Moore was charged with an improper U-turn. A passenger, Antonio Foster was arrested and charged with misdemeanor possession of marijuana.

2 cases of harassing communications were reported to police.

A hit-n-run accident was reported that occurred somewhere in the City.

Officers answered 3 domestic-related and 2 miscellaneous calls around town.

There were 4 accidents with 1 injury yesterday. Investigation into an accident on Highway 377 at W. Church Street led to the arrest of David T. West for DUI.


From the Monday Sumter County Sheriff’s incidents, Deputies conducted just 2 traffic stops yesterday and issued warnings. Civil complaints were made at 110 Waterfront Drive and 563 Henry Hart Road. A burglary was investigated at 112 Oak Ridge Drive. Damage to property occurred at 150 Africana Drive. Deputies assisted 1 motorist yesterday; answered 3 activated alarms and 1 domestic-related call; made 2 prisoner transports; and checked out a suspicious vehicle on US 19S.

In the Sumter County Jail today: Ty’Anna Le’Shaye Bridges for criminal trespass; Jaquarious Meshawn Calloway for aggravated assault/ false imprisonment/ and simple battery; Justin Alexander Gunter for shoplifting/ possession of a schedule 1 controlled substance/ and possession of a drug-related object; Cornelius Jamel Hall for financial transaction card theft and felony theft by taking; Jamie Leon Harris for terroristic threats and acts; Marquis Cantrell Hawkins for simple battery/ battery (FVA)/ and 3rd degree cruelty to children; and David Lee Woods for Southwestern probation. 2 were released from jail after posting bond. 1 was released to another jail. 2 were back in jail for sentencing.

The Ignite College and Career Academy Governing Board of Directors regular meeting is on Wednesday July 17th at 8:15am at the Rees Park Economic Development Center at 409 Elm Avenue.