"Local News"

Tuesday July 26th, 2016



As part of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA), all Title 1 schools, as well as the district, are required to develop a Parent Involvement Policy and invite parents to be a part of its annual revision. School representatives and parents will have an opportunity to revise the 2015-2016 Parent Involvement Policy. The Sumter County BOE is hosting this stakeholders’ input meeting on Tuesday August 2nd from 5-6pm at the Central Office boardroom. Come and let your voice be heard!


The third and final public hearing over the proposed millage rate increase by the Sumter County BOE will be at 7pm tomorrow evening in the boardroom of the SCS Central Office. So far through the first 2 public hearings, there has been 1 person to show and ask questions or voice any concerns. Tomorrow night’s public hearing is the last chance to voice an opinion. Immediately following the public hearing, a called BOE meeting will be held to adopt the millage rate and 5-year Tax Digest and for personnel matters.


The SCS Open House in this Thursday evening. Pre-K through 6th grade will have Open House from 5-7pm as will Furlow Charter School’s Open House. 7th through 12th grade will have Open House on Thursday from 6-8pm. To meet your child’s teachers, get new bus schedules and obtain any other pertinent information, plan to attend the Open House this Thursday evening.


The Lea Henry Basketball Camp of Champs begins this afternoon and ends on Thursday the 28th. Each session will be held from 1-4pm and will be held in the old Sara Cobb gym at 63 Valley Drive. Space is limited to 60 campers. Each participant receives a Camp of Champs shirt, playbook and all types of prizes. There is no charge—it’s all free compliments of the L&G Character Education Foundation and the Boys & Girls Club. Again space is limited to the first 60 campers.


Chamber members and prospective members are encouraged to attend this Thursday’s “Business After Hours” from 5:30-7:40pm. The DGR Group is hosting Business After Hours at 205 S. Lee Street for a casual networking opportunity. One Sumter’s CrowdFiber Survey will be announced and the winner of a brand new iPad will be named. If your business is interested in hosting a future Business After Hours, contact the Chamber of Commerce at 924-2646.


It was an overall quiet Monday for Americus Police. A criminal trespass complaint for a damaged vehicle was made at 2003 Armory Drive.


A shoplifting incident was reported at 805 Adderton Street. While investigating the shoplifting, an arrest was made on Crawley Street but not for shoplifting. Darren Jamaica Trice was arrested for possession and use of a drug-related object; giving a false ID to law enforcement officers; and an outstanding warrant.


Responding to a loud music complaint, Dontavius Jamel Harper was arrested at 137 Cherokee Street for an outstanding warrant.


A hit-n-run accident occurred on E. Forsyth Street.


Officers answered 1 domestic-related call yesterday.


3 accidents were worked by APD in the previous 24-hour period including a deer-related crash on the Southerfield Road last evening.




Things were fairly quiet for the Sumter County Sheriff’s Deputies yesterday. A robbery was reported on Rainbow Terrace at Roney Street. Antonio J. Donaldson was charged with failure to register as a sex offender. Deputies responded to 186 Railroad Street to a sexual battery complaint. A suspicious person was reported at Lot C 219 Tommy Warren Drive. A civil complaint was filed at 604 Old Andersonville Road.


Housed today in the Sumter County Jail are: Curtis Duran Drakes-holding for USMS; Dontavius Jamel Harper for southwestern probation and terroristic threats and acts; Rankin Ruff for southwestern probation; and Darren Jamaica Trice for possession and use of drug-related objects/ failure to appear/ giving a false name to law enforcement/ and shoplifting. 1 was released from jail yesterday.