"Local News"

Tuesday November 14th, 2017



The community is invited to attend tonight’s Thanksgiving Worship Service sponsored by the Sumter Area Ministerial Association. Tonight’s service at 7pm will be held at Allen Chapel AME Church at 132 Bumphead Road. Their new pastor, Rev. Jermaine Harris will bring tonight’s message. Everyone is welcome to attend tonight’s service of Thanksgiving and worship.

Downtown Americus is getting spruced up, getting ready for the annual Christmas Open House this Thursday November 16th. Christmas Open House will be held from 5-8pm downtown. Santa Claus will arrive downtown for pictures; the big tree will be lit in Rylander Park while shoppers will get to see what our downtown merchants will have available for the holiday shopping season. Enjoy music and refreshments, take a free ride around downtown on the Americus Trolley and start your shopping during the annual Christmas Open House this Thursday from 5-8pm.

You can attend the monthly meeting of the Mayor and City Council this Thursday at 5 in Council Chambers of the Public Safety building and then stay downtown for the Christmas Open House. The City Council meeting is open for the community to attend.

Have you ridden down Jackson Street lately and seen the progress being made on the Depot Project?  The Depot parking lot was paved yesterday and it appears that is almost completed. The building is in the process of being bricked up to complete that part. Next door to the project, the old Mills Food Center building has been demolished and the land graded out. Once the Depot Project is final, Jackson Street will be resurfaced and the entire project will then be complete.

City Court cases that were rescheduled from November 10th will now be heard this Friday November 17th starting at 8am. For additional information, contact the Clerk of Court at 924-3677.

It’s the second season for area high school football teams as the second round of the state football playoffs will be played this Friday and for the first time in a long time, there are 7 teams within a 35-mile radius of Americus that are still alive for a state title. Americus-Sumter will host last year’s state runner-up Thomson Friday night at 7:30. Schley County travels to Camilla Friday night to play Mitchell County at 7:30. Marion County also travels to Carrolton to play Mt. Zion-Carrolton at 7:30. Macon County, last year’s defending Class A state champs, will host Pelham at 7:30 Friday night. Dooly County will travel to play Clinch County at 7:30 Friday night. Lee County is at home hosting Grovetown Friday night at 7:30. Crisp County is hosting Pike County at 7:30 Friday night. Go out and support your team Friday night and let’s hope all 7 will get to play again next week.

From Monday’s Americus Police incidents, 3 more autos were entered around town. These locations included 813 Magnolia Street, 704 Varsity Drive and 234 Academy Street.

A financial transaction card forgery is under further investigation.

Elbert E. Stuckey and Cheyanne N. Cromer were arrested and charged with shoplifting at Wal-Mart.

Responding to a domestic situation at 903-A Parker Street, Kenneth B. Robinson will be charged with battery.

Criminal trespass complaints were made at Lot 21 Weeks Trailer Park and at 408 Rogers Street.

A criminal trespass and aggravated assault on Masonic Street is being investigated.

2 total domestic calls and 2 miscellaneous calls were answered yesterday by officers.

There was 1 deer-involved accident last night and it involved a police car. A deer broadsided Lt. Coley’s cruiser in the 600 block of N. Lee Street late last night causing extensive damage to the unit. The deer was killed on impact. Be on the lookout for deer, City and County these days!


Sumter County Sheriff’s Deputies spent their Monday in the road making 10 traffic stops. Following a stop on Highway 49N, Alyra A. Wright was charged with speeding. After a stop on Georgia 3, Robert H. Ridgway was charged with a safety belt violation. A stop was made on the Southerfield Road and Peggy A. Mack was cited for failure to maintain insurance. At a stop on US 280E, Robert D. Smith was charged with speeding. Deputies went to US 280W where livestock was in the roadway. A civil complaint was made at 308 Bailey Road. There was 1 deer-related accident reported yesterday.

Housed in the Sumter County Jail today: Cheyanne Nicole Cromer for shoplifting; Gregory Jordan Sims for 1st degree felony burglary and possession of a firearm during the commission of a felony; Larry Wayne Streeter for probation violation; Elbert Eugene Stuckey for shoplifting; and Carlton Bernard Tyner for probation violation. 1 was released on bond yesterday. 1 was back in jail for sentencing.