Tuesday February 7th, 2023




The Sumter County BOE had an hour-long state of the schools updates and student recognitions that started off last night’s work session. Once the meeting started, several topics of discussion were heard. Agenda items were then discussed and many were placed on the consent agenda for Thursday’s regular monthly meeting. Several policies will be up for a vote including one to possibly do away with the current committees such as curriculum and finance. Items under new business will be on the agenda Thursday night. Thursday’s meeting will begin at 7 and will be held in the boardroom of the SCS Administration Building. The public is welcome to attend and the meeting will also be seen live on the SCS Facebook page.


The LEPC meeting was cancelled at the last minute that was scheduled for this morning. Perhaps another date will be given for a possible later meeting.


The Sumter County Board of Elections and Voter Registration holds its regular monthly business meeting at 4:30 this afternoon. This meeting will be held in the Commissioners Room at the Sumter County Courthouse. The meeting is open for the community to attend.


The Corn/Soybean and Fertility Production meeting for Sumter County Farmers and Agri-businesses is at 6 this evening at the Sumter County Ag Center at 127 William Bowen Pointe. There will be a sponsored meal tonight so call today if you haven’t already done so to 229-924-4476 and reserve your meal and confirm your attendance. Please, DO NOT just show up for this meeting tonight. UGa Specialists will present tonight’s program. You can earn pesticide credit with your attendance tonight but you must complete paperwork providing your Pesticide License Number. With face-to-face meetings resuming, the priority will remain on protecting the health and safety of the community while maintaining the high quality of teaching, research and service. If you are ill, have a fever or know you have a contagious disease, please DO NOT attend the meeting tonight.


It was a rather busy Monday to start a new week for the Americus Police Department. The day started early with shots fired complaints at 12:43 am in the Town Creek Circle area and moments later in the N. Lee Street area.


Officers performed a welfare check at 128 S. Dudley Street and a safety check at 110 N. Hampton Street.


A financial transaction card theft and fraud is being investigated.


Aggravated stalking was reported for further investigation.


Damage to property complaints were made at 439 Mayo Street and at 101 Eastview Circle.


1st degree criminal damage to property occurred at 1206 S. MLK Boulevard.


A simple assault was reported at 2N 110 Knollwood Drive at Cripple Creek Apartments.


Officers answered 2 domestic-related calls and 1 miscellaneous call yesterday.


A hit-n-run accident occurred at 254-C Lonnie Lane.


There was one accident worked by APD on Monday that had no reported injuries.


It was fun while it lasted but someone finally won the Powerball drawing last night. The lone winning ticket was sold in Washington State for an estimated $747 MILLION. Check your numbers: 5-11-22-23-69 and the Powerball was 7. The next Powerball drawing for Wednesday night is only $20 million.




From Monday’s Sumter County Sheriff’s Office reports, 2 prisoner transports were made yesterday. Deputies responded to a domestic disturbance. 2 lost/stolen tags were reported at the Sumter County Courthouse Sheriff’s Office location. A suspicious person was spotted in the area of US 19S. 2 activated alarms were noted but the calls were cancelled while enroute to the locations. Deputies were busy conducting 5 traffic stops on Monday. After a stop on E. Lamar at Tripp Street last night, the driver Nicole D. Mable was cited for defective or no headlights. Warnings were issued in the other traffic stops.


Housed in the Sumter County Jail today is Cherokee Margaret Sky Sharit for battery (FVA) and 3rd degree cruelty to children.


The warm-up will continue through Thursday when yet another cold front brings in rain and possible storms for Thursday afternoon and now lasting through Friday night. Highs will be in the low-to-mid 70s until Thursday and once the rains start, the cooler air will filter in and we will be over 10-degrees cooler Friday than the high on Thursday. There could easily be 2-plus inches of rain to fall with this next front coming in late Thursday through Friday night. Lows will drop back into the lower 30s by Saturday night.