"Local News"

Tuesday March 19th, 2019



The monthly meeting of the Sumter County Board of Commissioners is this evening at 6pm in the Commissioners Room at the Sumter County Courthouse. This and all meetings of the Board of Commissioners are open for the community to attend.

The Furlow Governing Board meets at 6 this evening in the Media Center at Furlow Charter School. This meeting is open for the community to attend.

The regular monthly meeting of the Alexander H. Stephens Camp, Sons of Confederate Veterans, will be held at 7 this evening at the American Legion Hall on MLK Boulevard. All members and friends are urged to attend.

The monthly meeting of the Mayor and City Council will begin at 6 this Thursday March 21st in Council Chambers of the Public Safety Building downtown. This meeting is also open for the community to attend.

Individual tickets are now being sold for this Saturday’s Smarr-Smith Foundation’s 3rd Paint the Town Blue Gala. Individual tickets along with tables of eight are available at www.smarrsmithfoundation.com. The Gala is this Saturday starting at 6pm with a silent auction and cocktails followed by the meal and then the announcement of the Officers of the Year for Americus Police; GSW State University Police; and the Sumter County Sheriff’s Office. An amazing performance by Eric Jones Magic will follow and the evening wraps up with dancing with the Swingin’ Medallions. Get your tickets today as we honor the memory of Nick Smarr and Jody Smith during the Gala.

A joint meeting yesterday with the Sumter County Board of Commissioners and the Cities of Americus; Andersonville; Plains; Leslie and Desoto concerning the 2020 SPLOST projects was held. There was much discussion about the projects but no final decisions were made. Another meeting or two will be held in the coming weeks as the 2020 SPLOST “wish list” is finalized before going to a vote by the citizens.

The National Park Service Southeast Regional Director Bob Vogel has announced that Jill Stuckey has joined the agency as superintendent of Jimmy Carter National Historic Site in Georgia. Stuckey has been an active volunteer in the Plains community.

The Lady Jets of South Georgia Technical College begin their quest for a National Championship this morning in Lubbock Texas. The Lady Jets begin play in the NJCAA National Tournament this morning at 11 Georgia Time against Trinity Valley. The Lady Jets are 30-3 while Trinity Valley is 26-4. The winner of this morning’s game will move on to face the number-3 seed Shelton State on Wednesday at 7pm Georgia time. Today’s game will be heard live on 98.7 WISK-FM.

The week got off to a quiet start yesterday for the Americus Police although 6 domestic-related and 5 miscellaneous calls were answered.

A shoplifting incident occurred at 1536 E. Lamar Street.

Criminal trespass complaints were made yesterday at 46-C Reddick Drive; 503 Varsity Drive; and 107 Sun Valley Drive.

A felony theft took place from 907-B Parker Street.

A simple battery and criminal trespass occurred at 1536 E. Lamar Street.

Officers checked on a suspicious incident at apartment 102 130 Lonnie Lane.

An auto was entered at 3:04 this morning at 740 Wheatley Street.

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


It was a fairly quiet Monday for the Sumter County Sheriff’s Deputies. Deputies conducted 6 traffic stops yesterday issuing warnings to drivers. A suspicious vehicle complaint was made at 448 Highway 49N. Deputies went to a report of shots fired in the area of 171 Sylvan Road. There were 2 domestic-related calls answered by Deputies. 2 accidents were worked by Deputies with 1 investigation turned over to Troopers from Post 10.

In the Sumter County Jail today: Kerry Demone Green for battery; Keith Lamont Haynes for probation violation; Keith Andre Jones—holding for USMS; Amy Michelle Sawyer for exploitation of the elderly and for obstruction; and Ryan Tyree Varner—holding for USMS. 2 were released from jail yesterday after posting bond and 1 was released to another jail.