Local News

Wednesday September 20th, 2017



The Sumter County Board of Commissioners met last night. A Debris Staging Agreement was passed to expedite the sites for debris clean-up following Irma last week. A 2017 Mass Notification System was agreed to be bid out to the lowest bidder. Budget amendments for FY 2017 were approved. A budget amendment to increase the E-911 allocation by $9004 was approved. The Board repealed an ordinance relating to fees for indigent defense services. A contract with GDOT for the airport project was approved. Various safety discount verification forms for insurance were accepted. A grant agreement between Eva Thomas and the Commissioners for CHIP funds of $38,490 was accepted. A loan agreement (Homeowner Rehabilitation Assistance Loan) between Eva Thomas and the Commissioners was passed. Approval of collateral assignment of deed to secure debt and other loan documents were all approved. Contract documents for 2017 SPLOST, TSPLOST and LMIG projects were signed. After announcements, the meeting was adjourned.



The Sumter County BOE held a called meeting at 9 this morning to discuss options with the new high school design; diesel and propane monitoring meter; an agreement between SCS-SGTC-and OneSumter as well as for personnel matters.


Today is the day to RSVP to your child’s schools if you plan to attend the Sumter County Schools Curriculum Night on Monday September 25th from 6-7:30pm in the Americus-Sumter high school gym located on Harrold Avenue. Parents can get some important information by attending to help your children be successful.


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


The Mayor and City Council will hold a budget work session this Monday September 25th at 5pm. The meeting will be held in Council Chambers of the Public Safety Building.



The regular monthly meeting of the Alexander H. Stephens Camp, Sons of Confederate Veterans, is tomorrow night at 7pm. This meeting will be held at the American Legion Hall on MLK Boulevard. All members and friends are invited to attend. Please note this is a change in the regular meeting from Tuesday to Thursday and is only for the month of September.


High school football this week has 2 homecoming games on Friday night. It’s homecoming at Southland Academy and the homecoming game against Tiftarea will start at 7pm Friday night. Homecoming will also be observed at Schley County Friday night at 7:30 against Dooly County. Americus-Sumter will host region opponent Northside-Columbus at 7:30. Marion County travels to Manchester Friday night for a 7:30 kick-off.



Tuesday was another overall quiet 24-hour period for the Americus Police Department. An auto was entered at 904 Park Row.


Damage to property occurred at 720 Harris Street at apartment 15.


Shanya Harris was arrested and charged with theft by taking for an incident at 303 Brookdale Drive.


An assault and battery occurred at 1516 S. Lee Street.


Officers did answer 2 domestic-related and 5 miscellaneous calls yesterday.


Following an accident investigation on Lamar at Reese, Vanessa L. Thompson was arrested and charged with driving while unlicensed.




Tuesday was rather quiet for Sumter County Sheriff’s Deputies. 6 traffic stops were conducted. At an early morning traffic stop on Tripp Street, Srinivas Gattu was charged with failure to obey a traffic control device. A bad child complaint was filed at 121-A Howell Street. A burglary was investigated at 151 Fox Stephens Road. Deputies went to the Sylvan Drive area where there were reports of firearms being discharged. Harassing calls were reported yesterday.


In the Sumter County Jail today are: Luther James Berry for 1st degree cruelty to children; Robert Ray Dodd for possession and use of drug-related objects and possession of marijuana; and Robin Doris Killingsworth—holding for USMS.