Local News

Wednesday January 18th, 2017


The Sumter County Board of Commissioners met last evening at the Sumter County Courthouse. Randy Howard was elected Chairman for 2017 and Clay Jones was elected Vice-Chairman. Rayetta Volley was appointed County Clerk and Janice Jarvis was appointed Deputy Clerk. Kimberly Reid was appointed County Attorney. An ordinance to amend the Sumter County Code of Ordinances governing nuisances and for other lawful purposes was passed. A local vendor preference policy was discussed and will be brought back before the Board. Approval of a sick leave policy amendment was passed. Approval was given for a Right of Way deed between the Commissioners and the City of Americus for a portion of property at 1212 2nd Montgomery. The meeting then moved to closed session for litigation, personnel and appointment discussion. Close to an hour later, the Board re-appointed Mike Donnelly to the Payroll Development Authority. Michelle Williams Seay and James Russell Johnson were both appointed to the Tax Assessors Board. With nothing further the meeting was adjourned.

Tickets are going fast for the first annual Glitz & Glitter/ Red and White Valentine Gala that honors Americus Police Chief Mark Scott, Sheriff Pete Smith and GSW Campus Safety Chief Mike Tracy. Tickets are $50 each and are available at any area bank. NO tickets will be sold at the door due to needing a head count for a prepared meal. The event will be held at the Rees Park Economic Development Center on Saturday February 11th at 8pm. Get your ticket today!

Tickets are now on sale for the annual fundraising theater event sponsored by the Sumter County Friends of the Public Library. The annual event will be held on Saturday January 28th and Sunday the 29th at the Lake Blackshear Regional Library on Lamar Street. For tickets or for more information call 924-8091.

The Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Convocation will begin at 11 this morning in the GSW Storm Dome. All ministers are requested to report at the Storm Dome conference rooms at 10:15 for a continental breakfast and program briefing. The processional march from the conference rooms will begin at 10:45. Dr. Jerry L. Hardee, retired Special Assistant to the President of Life University will be the guest speaker. The theme is “Realizing King’s Dream in the Urgency of Now”. The public is invited.

The monthly meeting of the Mayor and City Council will be held at 5 tomorrow afternoon in Council Chambers of the Public Safety Building downtown. The meeting is open for the community to attend.

Over this past weekend, in between the concentrated traffic license checkpoints and other Americus Police action, an arrest was made by APD in last Thursday’s robbery of Double D’s Fast Food on Felder Street. 29-year old Julian Wayne Myers was arrested at 1203 E. Furlow Street and charged with 2-counts of armed robbery and for forced entry burglary. He was taken to the LEC where he has since bonded out of jail. In police action from Tuesday, a traffic stop was conducted on E. Forsyth and a juvenile arrested for speeding and driving without a license on person.

A criminal trespass complaint was made at 128 Taylor Street.

3 autos were entered at 314 N. Dudley Street.

Responding to a domestic situation at 95-B Bozeman Circle, Charleston Michael Hart Sr. was arrested for an outstanding warrant. All totaled, officers responded to 4 domestic-related calls yesterday.

A stalking and harassing phone calls case is being investigated.

A suspicious person complaint was filed with police at 3:01 this morning at 716 Varsity Drive.

Officers worked 2 accidents yesterday with 1 injury.