It should be round 2
of potentially severe weather today. There could be 2 waves of the weather,
almost identical to yesterday when we got heavy morning rains which ramped up again
in the afternoon. The main threat for today is high winds and large hail and
there could be a tornado. Radar reported a tornado on the ground outside Leslie
yesterday afternoon at . The only
damage that has been reported is tree damage so far in that area. Rainfall was
widespread but there were several rounds of heavy downpours which quickly
flooded over some low-lying streets. Some areas have recorded as much as
5-inches of rain with the possibility of 2-plus inches today. So far this week
at our Highway 30 studios, we have 6.45 inches of rain. Because of the rain,
that FLASH FLOOD WATCH has been extended until this evening.
Because of the late
afternoon downpour yesterday, the Lenny’s Farmers Market grand opening and
season kick-off was postponed. That celebration with live music and light
refreshments will now be held next Tuesday from 5-8pm. Lenny’s Farmers Market
is now open for the season and will be open this and every Saturday from 7am
until 12 noon. Tuesday hours will be 5-8pm. If you missed getting downtown
yesterday, Lenny’s Farmers Market will be open starting Saturday.
The Memorial Day
program at Andersonville National Historic Site has already started
as the Avenue of Flags were raised this past weekend. On Saturday, hundreds of
scouts and volunteers will place small American flags on more than 20,000
gravesites creating a powerful backdrop of patriotism. On Sunday the 28th,
Brigadier General David Lesperance will be the keynote speaker for the Memorial
Day Observance Ceremony at the NationalCemetery. The US Army Maneuver Center of Excellence Band performs at 1:30
Sunday and the formal program follows at 2pm. Then on Monday Memorial Day at , the Knights of Columbus will have a special mass in the cemetery.
The public is invited to attend.
Once again weather
played a part in keeping crime down as Tuesday was an overall quiet day for Americus Police. A felony theft occurred at 149 Taylor Street.
Officers went to a
fight at 126 US 280W.
A criminal trespass
complaint was made at 1020 Westside Drive.
Officers responded to
a physical domestic call to 1805-B Maxwell Street which involved a theft and unruly
Following a traffic
stop on N.
Jackson Street, Kendrick Markel Berry
was arrested for no proof of insurance.
A suspicious person
complaint was made on Elm Avenue after 1 this morning.
Officers responded to
a total of 3 domestic-related calls and 2 miscellaneous calls yesterday.
There were 3
accidents yesterday that had 1 injury.
MaconCounty Firefighter Darrell Plank passed away from
injuries sustained in battling a recent fire in MaconCounty. He had been taken to a MaconTraumaCenter where he passed away yesterday.
Firefighters from Americus Fire & Emergency Services and SumterCounty Fire & Rescue will join fellow firefighters from Montezuma and MaconCounty in escorting his body back home from Macon today.
for SouthlandAcademy is at 7 tomorrow night at CentralBaptistChurch. Graduation for the SouthlandAcademy Class of 2017 will be at this Friday night May 26th in the Melvin T. Kinslow gym. This
brings an end of the school year for all area schools.
Despite the weather
or maybe because of Tuesday’s weather, SumterCounty Sheriff’s Deputies conducted 10 traffic stops yesterday. At a stop on
US 280E, Anthony B. Walker was charged with speeding. A stop was made on
Southerfield at Crisp Drive and Darius Ballard was cited for safety belt and child restraint violations.
Another stop on Southerfield at Crisp Drive was made and Reginald K. Holtzcloth was
arrested for driving on a suspended license and failure to maintain insurance. Yet
another stop was made on Southerfield and Jesse Hannor was cited for a safety
belt violation. Deputies went to a domestic at 119 Daisy Drive and arrested Robert J. McDonald for
aggravated assault. Another domestic call went to 101 Oakridge Drive. A civil complaint was filed at 120 Dupree Road. Damage to property occurred at Lot C 150
Fox Stephens Road. A suspicious person complaint was made at 502 Confederate Street. Deputies did assist in some areas where
limbs and trees were blocking roadways after strong winds came through.
Housed in the SumterCounty Jail today are: Reginald Keith Holtzcloth for southwestern probation/
failure to maintain insurance/ and driving with a suspended license; and Robert
James McDonald for aggravated assault (DVA). 1 was back in jail to make bond.