WEDNESDAY July 17th, 2024


The monthly meeting of the Sumter County Board of Commissioners moved right along last evening with very few items on the agenda. Amendments to the Sumter County Zoning Ordinance were passed. A revision to the Code of Ordinances relating to parking of commercial trailers and vehicles to reflect the changes just made to the Zoning Ordinances was then passed. Discussion then followed that took up most of the meeting with the review and approval of the Tax Digest Calendar and Millage requirements. The millage rate needs to be set by September 3rd and it appears it stay at one mill. Then there was a presentation to the Board concerning HB 581-Property and Sales Tax Reform. This constitutional amendment will be on the ballot in November and Interim Administrator Doug Eaves made the presentation so the Commissioners will be aware of how to get the word out to the tax-paying citizens. This deals with a floating homestead exemption and how it will have an effect on everything. The meeting moved to closed session for personnel. Once back in open session the meeting was adjourned.

The Sumter County Extension/4-H is inviting the community to a Farewell Reception for Dr. Crystal Perry, Sumter County Extension 4-H Agent this Monday July 22nd from 2-4pm in the Sumter County Ag Center auditorium. Dr. Perry will be leaving after 10-years of service to Sumter County and will be the County Extension Coordinator for the DeKalb County Extension Office. If you plan to attend, you have until tomorrow July 18th to RSVP to 229-924-4476.

The monthly meeting of the Mayor and Americus City Council will be at 6pm tomorrow evening July 18th in Council Chambers of the Public Safety Building downtown. Most of the items were placed on the consent agenda last week but there will be action taken on a few items tomorrow night. The meeting is open for the public to attend but you can check the City website and get the call-in or ZOOM information to listen in tomorrow night if you prefer.

We didn’t see any rains or storms in the area yesterday but the chances begin to improve today and especially over the next few days. We have a 50% chance for rain this afternoon and a 30% this evening. The forecast today has a 90% chance for rains and storms tomorrow as early as 8am and staying around until tomorrow evening. The rain chances have been downgraded for Friday and Saturday to roughly 50% but Sunday is at 70% and 60% Sunday night. It will continue to be muggy with a high today of 94 but feeling like 104 and Thursday’s high of 92 will feel like 102. The nighttime lows will stay warm in the 70s. Friday and Saturday’s highs will be in the upper 80s due to cloud cover and the chance of rain.

There has been some concrete poured at the Lee Street Bridge project over the last few days. There is a lot of rebar in place for additional pouring it appears. The north portion of the project does look like its closer to being completed than the south side of the project which has to deal with the sloping from the bridge to Lee Street more so then the northern portion does. There still has been no update from GDOT on when this project will be completed and traffic will resume on Lee Street. We are into the eleventh month of what was announced as an eight month project.

It was a very quiet Tuesday around town for the Americus Police. Damage to property was reported at 1608 E. Forsyth Street.

Officers were kept busy with criminal trespass complaints. These occurred at 141-B Cherokee Street; 111-A Waitsman Drive; 112 Knollwood Drive; 212 Glenwood Road; and at 113-D Fairway II Drive.

A theft took place from 1207 S. MLK Boulevard.

A felony theft of lost/mislaid property was reported at 1208 Crawford Street.

APD worked one traffic crash around town yesterday that had no reported injuries.


Investigation is underway by the Sumter County Sheriff’s Office that is being treated as a drive-by shooting last night. A vehicle was shot through the windshield while traveling on Highway 30W last night before 11. The driver then wrecked the vehicle at 113 Highway 30W and caught on fire. This remains an ongoing investigation. In other Tuesday Sumter County Sheriff’s Offices reports, 8 more traffic stops were made yesterday. Warnings were issued in the majority of these traffic cases. One citation was issued at a stop on US 280E at Thomas Drive when Eric. B. Aldridge was cited for a seatbelt violation. Two prisoner transports were made. One activated alarm was answered. Two domestic-related calls were looked into. Deputies assisted another agency on a call yesterday. A suspicious person was seen in the area of 302 Rawley Road. Deputies worked three deer-related accidents on Tuesday.

Housed in the Sumter County Jail today: David Brian Adams serving 48-hours; Konterrious Deon Leverett-awaiting sentencing; Christopher Bernard Miles for felony failure to appear/ misdemeanor to appear/ financial transaction card fraud/ and probation violation; and Barry Gordon Smith for theft of services and damaging/interference with public utilities. One was released from jail after posting bond.