"Local News"



Wednesday February 25th, 2015



The Sumter County BOE will have a called meeting at 1:30 this afternoon in the boardroom of the SCS Administration Building. The purpose of the meeting is for the presentation of the AdvancED Exit Report. The community is welcome to attend.

There will be a called meeting of the Mayor and City Council on Thursday February 26th at 4:30pm. The called meeting will be in the meeting room on the third floor of the Municipal Building. The purpose of the meeting will be to discuss a proposal from police Chief Brian Carney concerning the Police Department. The public is welcome to attend.

Get ready for wet weather! Rain will be moving in by the afternoon and it could be heavy downpours at times. Rainfall totals may reach 1-inch this afternoon in some areas. Rain continues this evening and will end overnight. Some areas tonight could see rainfall totals near a half-inch. The rain chance stands at 100% this afternoon and evening. It will be a cool and damp day as well with highs in the mid-to-upper 40s today and lows overnight back in the upper 30s. Remember to drive with your headlights on during the rainy conditions—after all it is a state law!

The Sumter County Obesity Prevention Program kicks off tomorrow night for ages 2-18. The program will be held from 6 to 7:30 at the Columns at Boone Park or better known as the Rec Department. By attending the monthly meetings and enrolling in the Obesity Prevention Program, a $20 voucher for free fruits and vegetables will be given to each participating child. Return each month and weigh in and have your height checked and get another $20 voucher per child. The fruits and vegetables are made available from Rudy’s Happy Patch in Americus.

This Saturday the 28th will be a special day—it’s the Memorial Ride for Sambo Singletary. All bikers will meet at the intersection of US 19 south and US 280 west in Americus. Assembly will be from 9 to 9:30 with a safety meeting and prayer from 9:30 to 10am. Kick stands up and riding at 10. All riders from any groups or lone riders are welcome to join in this memorial ride. The ride is sponsored by Sambo’s family and all riders will be welcomed.

High school basketball ended last night for 2 local girls’ teams. The Americus-Sumter Lady Panthers season ended 56-51 in the South Campus gym, losing to Carrollton in Elite 8 play. The Lady Panthers ended a fine season at 29-2. Southland Academy’s Lady Raiders season ended in the first round of the playoffs losing 53-38 to Trinity Christian. This evening the Panthers will be in action. The Americus-Sumter Panthers will be in Hinesville to play Liberty County at 6pm. As of 8 this morning, the GISA has moved back a day all the boys games that were scheduled to be played around the state today due to weather concerns. The Raiders will now play Frederica Academy in St. Simons tomorrow evening at 5:30.

From Tuesday’s Americus Police incident reports, a traffic stop was conducted on E. Lamar Street yesterday. James Bernard Perry was arrested for driving on a suspended license, no proof of insurance and operating a motor vehicle while registration is suspended.

Thefts took place from 214 Columbia Avenue and apartment 2 628 Felder Street.

Officers answered domestic calls at 416 Tripp Street, 113-B Bush Circle and 505 Mayo Street.

A prowler complaint was made at 703-B Harris Street.

There were only a few miscellaneous calls answered yesterday.

Officers worked 2 accidents with 1 injury.


Tuesday was another fairly quiet day for the Sumter County Sheriff’s Deputies. Only 18 total incidents were reported. 5 traffic stops were conducted. After a stop on Highway 30 west Ryan H. Hutcheson was issued a citation for operating a vehicle with an expired tag. He was cited and released at the scene. Warnings were issued in the other traffic cases.

A burglary was investigated at 696 McMath Mill Road. An illegal dumping case was reported at 251 Albany Annex Road. A suspicious person complaint was made on the SGTC Parkway near US 49 north. Deputies worked 3 accidents yesterday with deer involved in one.

Housed in the Sumter County Jail today are Keith Breon Cobey for probation violation and Zachary Glenn Lynch for a parole violation.