"Local News"

Tuesday February 2nd, 2016



The Mayor and City Council will have a called meeting at 5 this afternoon in Council Chambers of the Public Safety Building. The Community is invited to attend.

Due to a gravity sewer blockage at the manhole located at approximately 370 feet south of Willets Brook located behind Georgia Southwestern State University, an unknown amount of sewage was spilled on and around January 25th. The City of Americus operates this collection system. City staff took immediate action to mitigate the spill. The City has established an upstream and downstream monitoring plan and will report findings to the Georgia Environmental Protection Department. The spill has been reported to the appropriate authorities as well. The City is committed to working with local environmental authorities to take whatever steps are deemed appropriate to remedy this particular situation and mitigate any short-or-long term impacts to the environment. If you have questions, contact Steve Kennedy at 924-4411.

Farmers, there will be a Plant Disease/ Nematode/ and Soil Fertility meeting this Thursday February 4th at 6pm at the Sumter County Ag Center auditorium. UGA Specialist Bob Kemerait will present the program. There will be a sponsored meal so PLEASE call 924-4476 if you plan to attend. Earn 1-hour credit towards your private and commercial Category 21 pesticide license with your attendance on Thursday. Call today if you plan to attend so a meal can be prepared for you.

Residents of Districts 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, and 6 are encouraged to attend the Neighborhood Watch meeting NEXT Tuesday February 9th. The meeting next Tuesday will be held at 6pm in Council Chambers of the Public Safety Building. Guest speakers at the meeting will be Judge Rucker Smith, Judge Michael Greene and Judge Lisa Rambo. Please make plans to attend this Neighborhood Watch meeting NEXT Tuesday February 9th at 6pm.

Patchy dense fog greeted drivers first thing this morning but is expected to burn off quickly because of the warmer weather for today. It will remain cloudy and breezy today with a chance of late afternoon showers. A better chance of showers will come tonight and the best chance will be from mid-morning to early afternoon on Wednesday. There could be possible severe weather on Wednesday with gusty winds, heavy downpours and dangerous lightning. Because of the chance for severe weather the statewide tornado drill for Severe Weather Awareness Week has been postponed until Friday.

Americus Police had a busy Monday. An unruly juvenile complaint was made at 112-B Bozeman Circle.

A forced entry burglary was investigated at Lot 6 Weeks Trailer Park.

A simple assault occurred at 119 Ron Circle.

Criminal damage to property was reported at 300 Cherokee Street where 2 Head Start busses had windshields with numerous gunshots in them.

A criminal trespass complaint for a damaged vehicle was made at 19-A 950 Anthony Drive.

Corderrra Jerome Lockhart was arrested for disorderly conduct following an incident at 223 Horton Drive. He also had 3 additional outstanding warrants against him.

An aggravated assault is under investigation at 1537-D N. Jackson Street.

At 2:59 this morning a suspicious vehicle was reported at 1101 Crawford Street.

Officers answered 6 miscellaneous calls and 1 domestic-related call yesterday.

There were 4 accidents in the City yesterday with no reported injuries.


Sumter County Sheriff’s Deputies were active on Monday with 53 incidents. Of the 53, 30 were traffic stops. 29 warnings were issued to drivers. At a stop on S. Lee Street last night, Mario Garcia was charged with driving on a suspended license and failure to dim lights. Yajaira Centeno Sanchez was charged with driving while unlicensed. Terroristic threats were made at Ombudsman in the Perlis Plaza. Thefts occurred at 300 Cherokee Street (FCS) and 887 McMath Mill Road. A domestic disturbance was answered at 203 Schley Street. There was 1 deer-related accident worked by a deputy yesterday.

In the Sumter County Jail today are: Kip Lee Kornegay for probation violation; Cordarra Jerome Lockhart for disorderly conduct and aggravated assault; Michael Ryan Wilson for felony theft by receiving stolen property; and Stephen Garnett Wilson for 1st degree felony burglary/ possession of a weapon during the commission of a crime/ and 1st degree criminal damage to property. 2 bonded out of jail yesterday.