"Local News"



Wednesday January 28th, 2015



The first of 2 meetings of the City of Americus’ Renaissance Strategic Vision and Plan will be this afternoon at the Municipal Building in downtown Americus. At 1 today, a Design meeting will be held and followed at 3 this afternoon by a meeting on Organization. If you miss either meeting today, there will be 2 more tomorrow morning at the Rees Park Economic Development Center on Elm Avenue. At 9 tomorrow morning a Promotion meeting will be held with an Economic Development meeting at 11. Volunteers are needed to help move the City forward. Plan to attend these meetings and learn how you can get involved.

A Weed Control Update meeting for Sumter County farmers will be held at high noon this Friday January 30th at the Sumter County Ag Center on US 19 south. UGA Specialists Stanley Culpepper and Eric Prostko will present the program. With your attendance, you can earn one hour credit towards your private and/or commercial Category 21 license. There will be a sponsored meal so if you plan to attend, PLEASE call today at 924-4476 so a meal can be prepared for you.

A “Parent Technology Workshop” hosted by Sara Cobb Elementary will be held tomorrow at noon and another at 6pm at the school. The purpose for this workshop is to explore the use of technology in improving student achievement. Refreshments and door prizes will be provided.

Furlow Charter School will have representatives at the FCS Office in the old Cherokee Elementary every Monday and Thursday to answer questions and hand out applications to reserve a seat in the Charter School this fall. If you need more information or would like to get an application, stop by any Monday or Thursday between 2 and 6pm now until February 14th. That is the deadline that applications will be accepted.

There will be a called meeting of the Mayor and City Council on Monday afternoon February 2nd. The meeting starts at 4:30 in the 3rd floor meeting room of the Municipal Building downtown. The purpose will be to officially approve Billy Preston Beckett as the Interim Chief Administrative Officer. The Mayor and City Council looks forward to working with Mr. Beckett as he serves in this interim position until a permanent City Manager is appointed.

It was a slow day on Tuesday for the Americus Police Department. There were 2 forced entry residential burglaries that were investigated. Burglaries were reported at apartment 106 154 MLK Boulevard and 113-A Fairway II Drive. Both remain under investigation.

Criminal trespass complaints were made at 730 MLK Boulevard and at 202 Tom Hall Circle as a result of a domestic call.

A juvenile was arrested at 101 Town Creek Circle and charged with criminal trespass.

A theft took place from 701 Davenport Street.

A hit-n-run accident occurred on Forsyth at Prince.

Officers worked 2 accidents yesterday with no reported injuries.


Sumter County Sheriff’s Deputies had another quiet day around the County on Tuesday. Only 4 traffic stops were conducted. James T. Blasingame was cited for driving on a suspended license following a stop on Lamar Street and MLK Boulevard. Warnings were issued in the other traffic cases. A bad child complaint was made at 1138 Upper River Road. A burglary occurred at 3393 Highway 377. Deputies responded to domestic disturbances at Lot F 151 Fox Stephens Road and at 172 Darden Road. A suspicious vehicle was reported at 567 Della Glass Road.

Housed in the Sumter County Jail are: Keith Bernard Bell for probation violation; Levell Antonio Bell for probation violation; Robert Lee Lockhart for parole violation; Tevin Tyrice Lott for City probation; Darrin Kenneth Ross for sentencing; and Jason Mack Selph for southwestern probation/ theft by receiving stolen property/ aggravated assault/ false imprisonment/ cruelty to children.