"Local News"

Tuesday January 27th, 2015



Fans of the TV show American Pickers, listen up! The American Pickers will be in Georgia this April and they will be looking for leads throughout the state, specifically interesting characters with interesting items and lots of them! Mike and Frank, the show’s stars, only pick private collections so NO stores, malls, flea markets, museums, auctions, businesses or anything that is open to the public. The only things they are NOT looking for includes farming/agricultural items, tools, glassware, appliances, tractors, crocks, stoves or country primitives. If you do have a large private collection or want to refer someone, go to americanpickers@cineflix.com or call and leave a message at 1-855-OLD-RUST.

2 meetings of the City of Americus’ Renaissance Strategic Vision and Plan are scheduled for tomorrow at the Municipal Building on Lamar Street in downtown Americus. Tomorrow’s meetings will be on Design at 1pm and Organization at 3. 2 more meetings will be held on Thursday at the Rees Park Economic Development Center at 409 Elm Avenue. A Promotion meeting will begin at 9 Thursday morning followed by an Economic Development meeting at 11. Volunteers are needed to move the City forward. Plan to attend one or more of these meetings and learn how you can get involved.

Sumter County farmers, a Weed Control Update meeting will be held at 12noon this Friday January 30th at the Sumter County Ag Center on US 19 south. UGA Specialists Stanley Culpepper and Eric Prostko will present the program. Earn one hour credit towards private and/or commercial Category 21 license. There will be a sponsored meal so PLEASE call 924-4476 today if you plan to attend this Friday’s Weed Control Update meeting.

Sara Cobb Elementary will host a “Parent Technology Workshop” this Thursday January 29th at noon and again at 6pm. The purpose is to explore the use of technology to improve student achievement. Refreshments and door prizes will be provided.

Now till February 14th, Furlow Charter School will have representatives at the FCS Office in the old Cherokee Elementary School taking applications to reserve a seat on Mondays and Thursdays from 2 to 6pm. Applications will be available and additional information will be available during those hours.

Just in case you seem to forget but every Wednesday at high noon, a test of the Outdoor Weather Alert system will be held. The sirens will sound at noon every Wednesday unless there is a chance of severe weather that day.

If you rode by the parking lot of the Public Safety Building last night on the Jackson Street side, you probably noticed it was much brighter. New lights were installed over the weekend as part of the renovation process and now, it’s much brighter and safer in that parking lot.

Things were fairly quiet around town yesterday for the Americus Police. A shoplifting incident was reported at 1301 E. Lamar Street.

A theft took place from 320 Tripp Street.

Courtney Cierra Law was arrested for shoplifting at 1711 E. Lamar Street.

An auto was entered while parked at 1204 S. MLK Boulevard.

An armed robbery, aggravated assault and possession of a firearm during the commission of a crime is being investigated at 6-B 701 Davenport Street that occurred last night.

A bad child complaint was made at 2002 Roney Street.

There were only a few miscellaneous calls answered by officers in the past 24-hour period.

No accidents were worked by officers in the City yesterday.


Sumter County Sheriff’s Deputies had a quiet Monday around the County with only 18 total incidents reported. Half of the incidents were traffic stops that were conducted. After a stop on Highway 30 west, Darris A. Bostic was cited for speeding. Warnings were issued in the other traffic stops.

Deputies went to an unruly juvenile complaint to the North Campus on Industrial Boulevard. Investigation into found contraband at the Sumter CI continues for possession of a Schedule I or II controlled substance. Deputies worked 2 accidents yesterday.

Currently housed in the Sumter County Jail: Charles Gregory Hollis-holding for USMS; Ramon Alberto Martinez-holding for USMS; and Joshua Lee Weber for probation violation.