Local News

Wednesday February 22nd, 2017


The monthly meeting of the Sumter County Board of Commissioners was full of discussion last night. A rezoning request for 118 McLittle Bridge Road was rezoned from C2 to RR. A right of way bid was accepted and an agreement with ChemPro Services for right of way herbicide spraying at a cost of $46,656 yearly was approved. A No-Spray list was approved. Discussion last night included bullet proof vests for the Sumter County Sheriffís Deputies for $704 each for a total of $28, 160. A round-about on US 27 east at Southland Road was discussed. The Sumter Livestock Authority was also discussed. TSPLOST items were brought up for discussion. A financial policy amendment was approved. Alcoholic beverage licenses were renewed: Brickyard Plantation Golf Club and RV Campground; Spring Creek Marina; Astro Club; CB Dowdell American Legion Post#558; GetíníGo on US 280 east; Americus Food Mart; and Samís Country Store. With a few announcements, the meeting was adjourned.



With the City of Americus making changes to the Cityís transportation system by contracting with an outside firm, those changes will be discussed at a community Q&A session this evening in Council Chambers of the Public Safety Building downtown. To better inform the citizens of these changes, the City will offer answers to any questions or concerns during tonightís community meeting. The Q&A session will start at 6 this evening and end by 7pm. For more information, contact Josh Roth at 924-4411 ext. 238.



The monthly meeting of the Mayor and City Council is at 5 Thursday afternoon in Council Chambers of the Public Safety Building. The community is invited to attend.


Weather permitting, there could be more road work at times today on Lee Street. The road is a little rough now that the top layer has been removed in order for that section to be repaved. Drive with care on that section of Lee Street.



Drivers have noticed that local gas prices have fluctuated here in the last few weeks. Prices jumped at the pump at the end of last week as much as 7-cents but then came back down somewhat this week. Gas prices will soon go up due to the change to summer blend gas; refinery maintenance usually done at this time of the year; and a slow increase of driving heading to the summer months. Historically, gas prices will top out around Memorial Day in May before stabilizing during the summer.


Americus Police had a relatively quiet Tuesday. A forced entry burglary was investigated at 601 N. Lee Street.


An auto was entered at 115 W. Church Street.


A criminal trespass complaint was made on Ridgeway Drive near Springdale for a damaged vehicle.


An aggravated assault, possession of a firearm during the commission of a crime and discharging a firearm near a highway case that originated at 403 Rogers Street is being investigated.


Officers were notified of a stolen vehicle at 3:40 this morning. A 2004 Infiniti Q45 was stolen from 523 N. Lee Street. A statewide lookout has been posted.


Officers responded to 1 domestic situation yesterday.


Officers worked 1 accident yesterday. There was a late Monday accident completed that had 2 injury complaints.