"Local News"

Tuesday February 11th, 2020


The Sumter County BOE held a work session last night. Mayor Barry Blount appeared before the Board to present them with the resolution passed by the Americus City Council requesting that Americus be included in the name of the new high school. The Mayor then gave some additional information why the new high school should remain Americus-Sumter High School. A construction update followed on the progress of the high school which turned out to be on schedule despite the recent rains. Architect Greg Smith then gave a report of lighting for the new school’s practice field and a cost of $310,000. The agenda was then set for Thursday’s regular meeting. 1 item under curriculum will be up for a vote. Personnel was discussed in closed session and will be presented Thursday. 2 items under policy, 4 under property and 1 under technology will be voted on Thursday. The renaming of the new high was added to the agenda for discussion on Thursday. The meeting moved to closed session for personnel and real estate discussion and after returning to open session the meeting was adjourned. Thursday’s regular monthly meeting will be at 7 in the boardroom at the SCS Administration Building and the community is encouraged to attend.

A Weed Control meeting (Row Crops) will be held this Thursday February 13th at 6pm at the Sumter County Ag Center auditorium. There will be a sponsored meal and you MUST call 924-4476 to register so that enough food is prepared. PLEASE RSVP by Wednesday (that’s tomorrow) the 12th. Eric Prostko and Stanley Culpepper, UGA Specialists will present the program. Earn 1-hour pesticide credit (private applicator and Commercial applicator-Category 21) with your attendance on Thursday night. Make your reservation today!

2 road closures have been announced by the Sumter County Public Works. The following roads are closed until further notice while repairs are being made: Thomas Mill Road from Mad Dog Road to about a quarter mile west of Thomas Mill Creek Bridge. Joe Stewart Road is closed from the intersection with Brown Small Road to about 2-tenths mile north of that intersection. No “through” traffic is allowed on either road. For more information or questions, please contact the Sumter County Public Works Department at 928-4576.

SCS Athletic Director Coach Coleman Price has announced the first round of state basketball has been decided on what day and the teams coming in will be. The Panthers and Lady Panthers will host the first round of state action on Saturday February 15th in the Panther Den. The Lady Panthers will play Burke County at 4 and the Panthers will then host Thomson at approximately 5:30 Saturday afternoon. Admission is $10 for the first round of state AAAA action. Second round state action will be played on Wednesday or Thursday February 19th or 20th.

The Sumter County Friends of the Public Library and the Sumter Players will host “Singing in the Stacks—60s Karaoke at the Library” on Saturday February 29th with the doors opening at 6:30. Prizes will be awarded for Most Entertaining; Best Singer; and Best Group. The cost for this fundraiser is $20 per person. Wine, beer and appetizers will be served. All singers and groups MUST be registered by Friday February 21st. Please contact the Library at 229-924-8091 for more information or to sign up.

From the Monday Americus Police incidents, damage to property complaints were filed at 506 E. Forsyth Street and on US 19N.

Following a traffic stop on Poplar at Forsyth, Terrance J. Cliatt was arrested for driving with a suspended license.

At a traffic stop on Tripp at E. Furlow, Kaley M. Arizmendi was arrested for driving with a suspended license; a seat belt violation; and tag & registration requirements.

Dominique S. Deriso was arrested for shoplifting at Wal-Mart.

Harassing phone calls were reported for investigation.

After a traffic stop on E. Lamar at Dixon Drive, Patricio G. Mendez was arrested for driving without a valid license; failure to signal when changing lanes; and no insurance.

An auto was entered at 126 Forrest Street.

A traffic stop was conducted at 12:13 this morning on MLK Boulevard at Hawkins Street and Eric M. Bridges was arrested for possession of marijuana with intent to distribute and for possession of a firearm during the commission of a crime.

Officers responded to 2 domestic-related calls and 2 miscellaneous calls yesterday.

There were 3 accidents around town yesterday that had no reported injuries.


Things were rather quiet on Monday for the Sumter County Sheriff’s Office. Deputies conducted 5 traffic stops and issued warnings to drivers. 1 domestic-related call was answered. Suspicious person complaints were filed with Deputies at 869 Middle River Road; on S. MLK Boulevard; and at 118 Violet Drive. 1 prisoner transport was made.

Housed in the Sumter County Jail today: Eric Marquel Bridges for illegal possession of a controlled substance and possession of a firearm during the commission of a felony; Melanie Tawanda Clark for simple battery; Terrance West Cliatt for driving with a suspended license and probation violation; Keith Lamont Haynes for possession of marijuana—less than an ounce and felony probation violation; Marcus Alexander Laster for disorderly conduct. 1 was released from jail after posting bond.