"Local News"

Tuesday May 19th, 2015



The USDA and SNAP (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program) sign-up in Schley County is today only from 8 to 5. This takes place today only at The Church International in Ellaville. For more information call Rev. Jesse Carson at 815-3334. Again, this is today only!

This Thursday there will be a mock disaster drill. This drill will involve the local hospital and at least 10 different agencies. This drill will deal with a fake infectious disease as well as a weather-related event. If you are a scanner listener, you will hear the drill from the standpoint of the agencies involved. You will also see the emergency vehicles responding to the mock disaster on Thursday. Whatever you hear or see this Thursday will ONLY be a drill.

The monthly meeting of the Sumter County Board of Commissioners is tonight at 6pm. The meeting will be held in the Commissioners Room at the Sumter County Courthouse. The community is invited to attend.

This Thursday afternoon at 5, the monthly meeting of the Mayor and City Council will return to the renovated Council Chambers of the Public Safety Building. This will be the first meeting since the Council Chambers renovation was completed. The community is invited to attend.

The Memorial Day holiday weekend is rapidly approaching. If you have travel plans, expect to pay a little more at the pump but it will be nowhere near what you were paying a year ago. Gas prices are just over a dollar less this year than last year’s holiday travel period. If you will be on the road, expect to see a more visible law enforcement presence. They will be on the lookout for speeders, impaired drivers and those not properly buckled up. The Memorial Day travel period kicks off what is commonly called the 100 Deadly Days of Summer. Don’t you become a holiday statistic!

These are the final days of the current school year. Baccalaureate and graduation will be held this week for both Americus-Sumter High and Southland Academy. Baccalaureate for Southland Academy is at 7pm on Thursday at Central Baptist Church. Baccalaureate for Americus-Sumter is at 8pm at Finklea-Robinson Field Thursday night. Southland Academy’s graduation is at 7pm this Friday night in the Melvin Kinslow gym. Graduation is at 8pm Friday night at Finklea-Robinson Field for Americus-Sumter.

Americus Police had a quiet Monday. Criminal damage to property in the 2nd degree occurred at 1412 E. Forsyth Street.

Officers responded to a domestic situation at 609-C Eastview Apartments.

A theft took place at 101 Tom Hall Circle.

A battery complaint was made on Dixon Drive.

A criminal trespass complaint for a damaged vehicle was made at 12:17 this morning at 808 Ridge Street.

A hit-n-run accident was reported on E. Forsyth Street.

Only 1 accident occurred yesterday in the City with no reported injuries.

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


A total of 29 incidents were worked by Sheriff’s Deputies yesterday. 4 traffic stops were conducted with warnings issued to drivers for various offenses. A burglary was investigated at 534 Highway 308 at Greater New Lebanon Baptist Church, the fifth church burglarized in the past 3 days. A theft took place from 115 Bo Drive. Suspicious person complaints were made on US 27 east and 184 Lane Store Road. A speeding and reckless driver was reported in the US 19 north area. Deputies responded to a civil complaint at Lot N 456 Arch Helms Road. Deputies worked 2 accidents on Monday.

In the Sumter County Jail: Ian Maximillian Bowens holding for USMS; Keith Leon Salters for entering an auto with intent to commit theft or felony; and Justin Sims for aggravated assault and 3rd degree cruelty to children.