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Wednesday October 29th, 2014



The Friends of Andersonville and American Ex-Prisoners of War received the 2014 National Park Service Director’s Partnership Award for their efforts to complete an interactive traveling exhibit about the Prisoner of War experience. A multi-year fundraising effort and long-standing collaboration with the staff of Andersonville National Historic Site was acknowledged with this award, which highlights the national significance of the partnership. Working together, the two organizations raised $221,000 to complete the traveling exhibit entitled “Victory From Within: The American Prisoner of War Experience”.

Tonight at 7pm, a candidate forum will be held in the Nursing Amphitheater at the Rosalynn Carter Complex on the GSW campus. The forum will feature candidates for Georgia House 138, incumbent Mike Cheokas and his challenger Kevin Brown. Tonight’s forum will give the two candidates the opportunity to inform voters about where they stand on a range of issues facing our state today. The forum is sponsored by the College Republicans, the Young Democrats and the GSW Student Government. The community is invited to attend.

Early voting ends this Friday October 31st at the close of business. Early voting is being conducted in the Elections Office at the Sumter County Courthouse from 8 to 5 now through Friday. You will need to bring a photo ID with you.

The Kiwanis Pet Parade registration begins at 3 tomorrow afternoon on Jackson Street in the Police Department parking lot. The Pet Parade follows at 4pm. The Sumter Humane Society will be taking donations of canned dog and cat food and any other donations at the Pet Parade. The SHS will have a table next to the registration table as well as buckets placed downtown for your donations. Following the Pet Parade, Downtown Trick-or-Treating will be held for toddlers to age 10. Children MUST be accompanied by an adult; MUST be in costume; and MUST have a special wristband in order to get candy from downtown participating merchants. Wristbands will be available in the Police parking lot at 3:30.

1st United Methodist Church on S. Lee Street will have a Trunk-n’-Treat from 5 to 6:30 tomorrow in the church parking lot.

There are some “special” events going on tomorrow but your usual residential trick-or-treating will be observed on Friday October 31st. When you send out your trick-or-treaters on Friday is up to you as no restrictions have been announced. Just use common sense!

Another auto was entered according to the Americus Police incident reports. This incident occurred last night at 11-C 1034 Elm Avenue when the vehicle was left unlocked. In other police action from Tuesday, Tomeka Lannette Moore was arrested yesterday on a theft charge for an October 19th incident at Wal-Mart.

A criminal damage to property in the 2nd degree occurred at 1301-B E. Forsyth Street.

Shoplifting incidents were reported at 1604 E. Forsyth (Fred’s) and 804 Adderton Street (Rubo’s).

A burglary was investigated at 1117-B Magnolia Street.

A theft took place from 125 Bay Street.

Criminal trespass complaints were made at 402 Patterson Street and at 1007-A Denham Drive.

There were several miscellaneous calls and domestic-related calls answer4d by officers yesterday.

There was 1 reported accident yesterday worked by officers with no injuries.

Here’s a weather update: A decent shot at some rain comes this afternoon and early this evening before moving out and turning cooler. Another re-enforcing shot of cold air arrives Friday. Some forecasters have the lows Friday through Sunday night in the 30s. Highs Friday will drop from the low 70s to upper 50s and breezy Saturday to the low 60s on Sunday and continued breezy. In other words, a touch of winter will be with us this weekend. This is the weekend that time changes so before going to bed Saturday night set your clocks BACK one hour to Eastern Standard Time.


Sumter County Sheriff’s Deputies worked a total of 27 incidents yesterday. A burglary at 127 Pecan Terrace led to 2 arrests. Rothman E. Lewis and Peecoya R. Smith were arrested for possession of a schedule 1 controlled substance, possession and use of drug-related objects and possession of drugs not in their original container. A felony theft by conversion is under further investigation. A damage to property complaint was made at 150 West Rock Hill Drive. Deputies went to 229 Packing House Road to a suspicious person complaint. Deputies conducted 8 traffic stops yesterday. At a stop on US 27 east, David Bernard Campbell was cited for DUI, endangering a child by driving under the influence and child restraint violation. Other cases were issued warnings following their stops.

Housed in the Sumter County Jail today are: Edward Brandon Joiner for probation violation; Kimberly Paulk Koetzle for driving on a suspended license; Rothman Edward Lewis for possession and use of drug-related objects/illegal possession of a controlled substance/possession of a drug not in the original container; Tomeka Lannette Moore for theft by taking; and Peecoya Renee Smith for possession of drug-related objects/possession of drugs not in the original container/possession of a schedule 1 controlled substance/failure to appear.