"Local News"

Tuesday September 30th, 2014



National Park Service Southeast Regional Director Stan Austin announced the selection of Charles Sellars as superintendent of Andersonville National Historic Site near Americus effective November 2nd. Sellars has been serving as the deputy chief of facility management for Great Smoky Mountains National Park since 2008. Sellars, his wife Pam and their two children will move to Sumter County in November.


The Sumter County Sheriff’s Office reported a fairly quiet Monday as there were only 24 total incidents worked by deputies. 11 traffic stops were conducted yesterday. On US 19 north at Honeysuckle, Hannah K. Smith was cited for speeding. On US 19 south at Little Bear Branch Road, Phillip E. Hagan was cited for speeding. The other drivers were issued warnings. Deputies went to 202 Schley Street in Plains to a civil call. Deputies also went to the Plains Police Department for a domestic dispute. A suspicious person complaint was made at 139 Arlington Drive. Deputies worked 2 accidents with injuries yesterday.

Currently housed in the Sumter County Jail is Roger Lee Jackson for felony theft by receiving stolen property. 2 others bonded out.*

The Sumter Scarecrows deadline has been extended until Friday October 3rd. Please contact Ivy at 924-2646 at the Chamber for an application or more information.

There will be a Title 1 Parent Input meeting at 6 this evening in the Sara Cobb Elementary gym. All Sara Cobb parents are encouraged to attend.

The 2nd annual Parade of Trees still has spaces available if you would like a tree this year. The Parade of Trees is to honor family loved ones and honor military men and women serving our nation and unable to be home for Christmas. For further information or questions call Angie Singletary at 928-6059 or by email angie.singletary@cityofamericus.net.

The Americus Fire and Emergency Services is now selling their 2014 Breast Cancer Awareness T-shirts for $10 and $12 with all proceeds from the annual fundraiser donated to Relay for Life. This year’s shirt is pink with the “Fight Like a Firefighter for a Cure” artwork on the back. Some of the 2012 and 2013 shirts are still available for $5 each. To purchase your shirts, come by the rear of the Fire Station#1 on S. Lee Street, call 924-3213 or contact any AFES firefighter.

Americus Police were pretty busy for a Monday. A theft took place from 1608 E. Forsyth Street where a newspaper box was taken.

A criminal trespass complaint was made at 933 N. Jackson Street.

Forced entry burglaries were investigated at 905 N. MLK Boulevard (self-storage unit) and 410 E. Jefferson Street.

A colliding with a fixed object call was answered on S. Lee Street where someone had broken a telephone pole and left the scene.

Harassing phone calls were reported to police.

An auto was entered at 1302 Tanner Street.

There were a few miscellaneous, civil and domestic-related calls answered by officers yesterday.

There were 2 accidents with 2 injuries yesterday that were worked by APD.