Local News

Wednesday November 15th 2017



Downtown Americus is the place to be tomorrow night. It’s the annual Christmas Open House from 5-8pm. Santa Claus will arrive and will be available for pictures during the open house. The big tree will be lit in Rylander Park and shoppers and lookers alike will see what our downtown merchants will have for your holiday shopping. There will be musical entertainment, refreshments and free carriage and trolley rides during the open house. Come see the sights tomorrow evening in downtown Americus for the annual Christmas Open House from 5-8pm.


The monthly meeting of the Mayor and City Council will start at 5 tomorrow afternoon in Council Chambers of the Public Safety Building. The meeting is open for the community to attend. See your City government in action and then stay downtown for the Open House.


If you had your City Court case postponed from Friday November 10th, it will now come before the Judge this Friday November 17th starting at 8am. For more information on this rescheduling, call the Clerk of Court at 924-3677.



The Sumter County Sheriff’s Office is sponsoring a “Toy Drive” now until December 15th to help underprivileged children in our community have a better Christmas. You can drop off your donations of new toys and books at the Sheriff’s Office at 352 McMath Mill Road or call 924-4094 and someone from the Sheriff’s Office will pick up your donations at your convenience. Any new toys or books will be greatly appreciated.


Jimmy Carter National Historic Site is having Arts in Archery on Saturday November 18th from 10 to 4pm at the Jimmy Carter Boyhood Farm. This event was formally known as Cane Syrup Day. You can try samples of cane syrup. There will also be demonstrations of woodworking, blacksmithing, glass blowing, quilting, crocheting, honey products and other traditional demonstrators. Items crafted by demonstrators will be available to purchase. The event is free and open to the public. Food and drinks will be available on site for purchase.



It’s getting closer to Football Friday Night! 7 area teams will be in the second round of the state football playoffs on Friday night. Americus-Sumter is hosting Thomson Friday night at 7:30. Macon County is home hosting Pelham at 7:30. Lee County is hosting Grovetown at 7:30 in Leesburg. In Cordele, Crisp County is hosting Pike County. Playing on the road in playoff action this week will be Schley County in Camilla to play Mitchell County; Marion County plays at Mt. Zion-Carrollton and Dooly County plays at Clinch County. That’s 7 teams within a 35-mile radius of Americus that will be involved in state football playoff action on Friday night and that hasn’t happened in years.



Americus Police continue to have autos entered around town. 2 more were yesterday. Locations yesterday included 303 Cherokee Street and 1803-B Maxwell Street. You MUST lock and secure your vehicles at all times.


Criminal trespass complaints were made at Lot 21 Weeks Trailer Park and apartment E-8 730 MLK Boulevard.


Thefts took place from 601 Lewis Lowe Court and 109-B Bessie Mays Circle.


Anthony G. Bell and Jessica M. Hubbard will be charged with Contempt of Court.


A forgery was turned over to officers at 1204 S. MLK Boulevard.


There was a shoplifting incident reported at Wal-Mart.


Officers did answer a domestic-related call yesterday.


No accidents were reported in the City on Tuesday.




A report of harassing phone calls was reported to the Sumter County Sheriff’s Office yesterday. Deputies were informed of a case of identity fraud. A fraudulent check was turned over to Deputies. Damage to property occurred on New Point Church Road. A suspicious vehicle was spotted at 333 Wiggins Road. A suspicious person complaint was made at 1758 Highway 30W. Deputies conducted 6 traffic stops yesterday. Following a traffic stop on Lamar at Thomas Drive, Latoya M. Glover was cited for failure to maintain insurance. A stop was made on Highway 377 and Alyson R. Williams was cited for failure to have license on person. Deputies responded to 2 domestic calls on Tuesday. There were 2 deer-involved accidents worked by Deputies yesterday.


In the Sumter County Jail today: Alvin Dean Bateman for child support; Jerome Ford for child support; Ramirez Contrell Fuller for child support; and Samuel Cornelius Green for aggravated assault.