"Local News"

Tuesday December 3rd, 2019




Today is runoff election day but not everyone will be voting. Polls in Andersonville, Thompson and the Leslie Civic Center will be open until 7 this evening. Residents in Andersonville are voting in the Mayoral Race. Thompson and Leslie Civic Center residents are voting in the House 152 runoff. You will need a photo ID with you when you do come to the polls today and cast your ballot unless you took advantage of the week-long early voting that ended last week and voted then. We’ll have the results on tomorrow’s Local News.

There will be a Commemorative Service honoring fallen Officers Nick Smarr and Jody Smith this Saturday December 7th at 10am. The service will take place in front of the Smarr-Smith Public Safety Building on the campus of Georgia Southwestern State University. The public is encouraged to attend. Officer Nick Smarr of the Americus Police Department and Officer Jody Smith of the GSW State University Police Department were killed in the line of duty on December 7th, 2016 while responding to a domestic dispute involving a wanted person.

From the Monday Americus Police incidents, Corderious Fuller was arrested for affray at an incident at 140 Lonnie Lane.

Lost/mislaid property was reported at 204 Tom Hall Circle and 126 US 280W.

Damage to property occurred on US 280E at Thomas Drive when a deer damaged a vehicle.

An auto was entered at 900 Adderton Street. A criminal trespass from a possible entered auto occurred at 115-D Fairway II Drive.

A theft took place from 1805-B Maxwell Street.

Assistance was given to Sumter County Sheriff’s Deputies at D6 127 Highway 27E yesterday.

A suspicious incident occurred in US 280E.

Investigation into a prior case resulted in the arrest yesterday of Curtis J. Mathis for the false report of a crime.

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

There were 5 accidents around town yesterday that did keep officers busy. There were no reported injuries in any of the accidents.


The annual Lights of Love Tree Lighting Ceremony is tonight at 7 at Phoebe Sumter Medical Center. Linda Harris, a Sumter County cancer survivor will be the honorary tree lighter. The community is invited out tonight at 7.

Tickets are still available for the “Glitz & Glitter Christmas Scholarship Gala” this Saturday December 7th at the Marshall Pavilion Dining Room on the GSW campus. There is limited seating so get your tickets today. Tickets are on sale at the Citizens Bank of Americus and SB&T Bank this week. The gala is sponsored by the Bernice High-Green Scholarship Foundation and this is the fourth year of providing scholarships.

Andersonville National Historic Site invites you to remember and honor our military veterans during the winter season by participating in the Wreaths Across America event on Saturday December 14th. At noon on December 14th, the Civil Air Patrol will conduct a brief ceremony in Andersonville National Cemetery to honor America’s armed forces. This ceremony is open to the public. Attendees are encouraged to bring a wreath for placement on a veteran’s grave. After the ceremony, attendees can help remember our fallen veterans by placing wreaths sponsored through Wreaths Across America on graves in the national cemetery. Each year, between 1000 and 10,000 wreaths are donated through this program for placement at Andersonville National Cemetery.

This Thursday night at 7 is the annual Americus Christmas Parade through downtown Americus. From all indications, this could be one of the largest parades in a while. Get downtown early and grab a good spot for you and your family and friends for the annual Americus Christmas Parade.

First Friday is this Friday December 6th in downtown Americus. “Home for the Holidays’ is the theme this month. First Friday is a downtown-wide open house from 5 to 8pm with entertainment, good food, FREE rides on the Americus Trolley and get in some shopping as many merchants will be open until 8 for your shopping convenience. There may be carolers strolling around downtown as you never know what will be happening during First Friday activities.


Monday was an overall quiet 24-hour period for the Sumter County Sheriff’s Office. 3 traffic stops were conducted. Following a stop on Sunset Park Drive at Bumphead Road, Brandy N. Smith was charged with improper use of child restraints. 5 prisoner transports were made yesterday. A case of harassing phone calls was reported. A suspicious person complaint was filed at 1495 US 280E. 1 activated alarm was answered. A hit-n-run accident occurred on Highway 30W at US 19N.

In the Sumter County Jail today: Jeramey Keith Bell for fleeing and attempting to elude/ reckless driving/ obstructing or hindering EMTs/ failure to maintain lane/ aggressive driving/ seat belt violation/ driving with a suspended license/ driver use due care/ obstruction/ speeding/ DUI/ and felony theft by taking; Jerry Allen Cromer for felony probation violation; and Reginald Bernard Dice for probation violation. 3 were released from jail after posting bond.

Furlow Charter School is hosting their 4th annual Winter Wonderland this Saturday December 7th from 9am until 1pm. There will be over 35 local vendors with a variety of items available for purchase. There will be musical performances by Furlow’s Scholars throughout the event as well as a silent auction and cake walk. For more information contact Jason Williams at 229-337-2168.