"Local News"

Tuesday January 16th, 2018



You need to be aware of the weather we have staring us in the face especially in the overnight hours. This next blast of arctic air arrives this evening and this time, it’s looking like we’ll get some of the snow that bypassed us a week or so ago. There are several different weather scenarios that have us getting a light dusting with very little accumulation to other weather models that have us getting an inch of snow. We are currently in the area for light rain to change over to snow after 2am and then end before sunrise. Some possible flurries could hang around after sunrise. What should be the main concern is the black ice that will develop on the roadways. The snow could melt almost as soon as it lands. With the temperatures not expected to get much above freezing on Wednesday, that snow could then re-freeze on the roads, making the travel conditions extremely dangerous on Thursday morning when you are getting out and about. While whatever snow we get may look pretty there’s also a dangerous side to it that you REALLY need to pay attention to. Here’s how the next 24-hours could set up: sunshine this morning with cloudiness increasing by late afternoon. Highs will reach the upper 50s. Cloudy tonight with at least a 60% chance of light rain and snow after midnight. Lows tonight with breezy conditions will be in the upper 20s. Possible early morning flurries will give way to partly sunny conditions but windy and cold with highs only in the mid 30s on Wednesday. Lows Wednesday night will drop to the low 20s. That’s the overall weather picture for the next 24-to-36 hour period for us in southwest Georgia that we all need to prepared for. One thing you should be braced for will be wind chills on Wednesday as they will gust over 20mph at times.

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

A Weed Control meeting for ALL crops will start at 6 this evening in the Sumter County Ag Center auditorium located at 127 William Bowen Pointe off US 19 south of Americus. Stanley Culpepper and Eric Prostko will present the program. Earn one-hour credit towards your private and/or commercial Category 21 pesticide license with your attendance. A sponsored meal is planned so if you’re planning to attend and haven’t already done so, call 924-4476 so a meal can be prepared for you.

The regular monthly meeting of the Alexander H. Stephens Camp, Sons of Confederate Veterans will start at 7 tonight at the American Legion Hall on MLK Boulevard. Martin Bell, Georgia Society Commander of the Military Order of the Stars and Bars from Macon will give the program. All SCV members and friends are urged to attend.

The Sumter County Friends of the Public Library is hosting its 29th fundraising theater event at the Lake Blackshear Regional Library on Saturday January 27th and Sunday January 28th. For tickets or more information call 924-8091.

The TV team from Small Business Revolution—Main Street will be in town on Monday the 22nd and will tour the area on Tuesday the 23rd. Remember that if you want to gain their attention whenever you post anything on social media, use #MyAmericus and make sure your setting is to PUBLIC!

It was a quiet holiday Monday for the Americus Police Department. Jesse L. Johnson was arrested for an outstanding warrant at 1101 Crawford Street.

A financial transaction card fraud and theft by taking was reported at 229 Taylor Street.

Following a traffic stop at 4:34 this morning on Forsyth Street, Cornelius R. Colwell was arrested for speeding and driving with a suspended license.

A hit-n-run accident occurred at 1413 Parker Street.

There were 2 domestic-related calls answered by officers yesterday.

2 accidents were worked by APD on Monday with no reported injuries.


Sumter County Sheriff’s Deputies had a busy holiday weekend. A case of identity theft was reported. Thefts occurred at Lot G 247 Highway 49S and 523 US 280E. Civil complaints were filed 116 Highway 30 and 105 Fifth Street. Bad child complaints were made at 213 Lexington Circle and Lot 14 321 Lacross Road. Criminal trespass complaints were made at 125 Violet Drive and 308 W. Ellaville Street. Suspicious vehicles were spotted at 199 Roy Circle and at New Corinth Church on the Hooks Mill Road. A reported fight occurred at 128 Pecan Terrace. A burglary was investigated at 1620 Lasco Harvey Road. A suspicious person complaint was filed with Deputies at 357 R W Jones Road. Deputies conducted 18 traffic stops over the weekend. 3 domestic calls were answered since Friday. There were 3 accidents worked by Deputies with 1 being deer-related.

In the Sumter County Jail today: Roderick Berry Arnett for felony theft by taking; Timothy Garrett Brown for battery (DVA); Christopher Coogle for 1st degree arson; David Wilson Garrison for criminal trespass; Edna Yvonne Goff for probation violation/ DUI/ driving the wrong side of an undivided street/ failure to obey a stop sign/ speeding/ fleeing and attempting to elude/ driving with a suspended license/ and open container; Alvaro Gomez for driving while unlicensed; Tonya Lynn Ingram for cruelty to the elderly and exploitation of the elderly; Jesse Lee Johnson—holding for Houston County; Charcia Anquette Sims for failure to appear and Southwestern probation; Jarvis Jerome Ward for criminal trespass and disorderly conduct; and Lynette Danielle Zackery for neglect to the elderly and exploitation of the elderly. 1 was released from jail for time served. 1 was released on bond. 1 was returned back to the YDC.