Local News

Wednesday January 16th, 2019



The first regular meeting of 2019 was held last night by the Sumter County Board of Commissioners. The first order of business was the reorganization session. Clay Jones was elected Chairman and George Torbert was elected Vice-chairman. Rayetta Volley was named the County Clerk and Janice Jarvis was named Deputy Clerk. Kimberly Reid was appointed County Attorney. Engineering services for the landfill was briefly discussed. An amendment was approved for the job description for Assistant County Clerk/Assistant Records Manager with approval to begin advertising the position. Charlene Pennymon was reappointed to the Sumter County Land Bank Authority.  Approval was given for a resolution requesting the local legislators at the Georgia General Assembly to dissolve the Sumter Livestock Authority and for other lawful purposes. A motion was amended to include vegetative buffer to a solar farm on Neil Hodges Road as requested by Kruger Energy North Sumter, LLC. With nothing further the meeting moved to closed session for personnel discussion.



The Mayor and City Council will hold a called meeting in Council Chambers of the Public Safety Building at 4 this afternoon in closed session for the purpose of discussing possible litigation and to interview a candidate for the City Manager position. There will be another called meeting at 4 tomorrow afternoon in Council Chambers to interview for the position of City Manager also held in closed session. At 6 tomorrow evening, the Agenda-setting meeting of the Mayor and City Council will be held at the Public Safety Building in Council Chambers and the community is encouraged to attend.


The community is invited to attend an Open House at Hands of Hope Pregnancy & Resources Center at 111 Habitat Street Unit C which is located behind the Sumter County Courthouse. The Open House will be this Sunday January 20th from 1 to 3. The Center serves Sumter and 5 other surrounding counties helping those facing unplanned or crisis pregnancies. If you have questions or need more information, call 229-928-5027.



If you haven’t already registered, call 924-4476 today and register for the Sumter County Cotton Production meeting at 6 tomorrow evening at the Sumter County Ag Center at 127 William Bowen Pointe. A sponsored meal is planned so if you will be attending call today and register so a meal can be prepared for you. UGA Specialists will present the program. With your attendance, you can earn 1-hour credit towards your private and/or Commercial Category 24 pesticide license.


It was an overall quiet Tuesday for the Americus Police. A motor vehicle theft was reported at apartment 202 140 Lonnie Lane.


A theft occurred from 908 Angus Drive.


Lost/mislaid property in the parking lot at 119 S. Lee Street was turned into police.


4 Contempt of Court warrants were issued yesterday.


A shoplifting incident occurred at Harvey’s at 1208 Crawford Street.


Following a traffic stop on N. Jackson Street, Kasie L. Monson was arrested for violation of a conditional driving permit.


Officers did respond to 1 domestic-related call and 3 miscellaneous calls yesterday.


There was a hit-n-run accident that took place somewhere in the City that damaged a vehicle.


Officers worked 1 accident yesterday that had no injury complaints.




Tuesday was a real quiet 24-hour period for the Sumter County Sheriff’s Deputies. Property found on McLittle Bridge Road was picked up for safekeeping. Only 1 traffic stop was made and a warning was issued. Deputies did respond to the area of Sunset Park Drive where shots were reportedly fired but nothing was found. A motorist was assisted yesterday. 1 prisoner transport was made. Deputies responded to an alarm but it turned out to be a false alarm.


Housed in the Sumter County Jail today: Anthony Neal Davis for aggravated stalking/ aggravated child molestation/ and probation violation; Gerald Alexander Lewis for theft by shoplifting; and Kasie Lawarren Monson for failure to maintain insurance/ violation of conditions on a limited driving permit/ probation violation/ and brake light-turn signal violation.


The Sumter County Friends of the Public Library will be hosting their 30th fundraising theater event for the Lake Blackshear Regional Library on Saturday February 2nd and Sunday afternoon February 3rd at the library at 307 E. Lamar Street. For more information or to purchase tickets, call 924-8091.