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Wednesday February 3rd, 2016



A called meeting of the Mayor and City Council was held last evening. A presentation from Sharlene Cannon, a Main Street consultant was heard and she had high praise for the City. She had been in town observing and interviewing numerous people including the Mayor and Council about what they would like to see in the downtown area. She presented those as well as things merchants and others did not particularly care for. The presentation and question and answer session lasted over an hour. When it was all over, the Mayor and Council decided to move forward by placing her suggestions and re-organization on this month’s agenda to be voted on in a few weeks. A good crowd, with concerned citizens and downtown merchants was on hand for the presentation.

The 2016 TripAdvisor Traveler’s Choice Award winners have been announced and for the 8th time, Americus Garden Inn Bed and Breakfast has been recognized as a Top 20 B&B in the United States. The hallmarks of Traveler’s Choice winners are remarkable service, quality and value. In their 14th year as innkeepers, Kim and Susan Egelseer have been entertaining guests from around the globe. With a comfortable blend of historic and contemporary furnishings, the Americus Garden Inn Bed and Breakfast is the perfect place for a quiet getaway or a romantic retreat. Congratulations, again!

Today is National Signing Day, a day when high school athletes make known their intentions of where to play college sports next year. In the South, for some, this is almost like a holiday. They will be online checking out sites that tell which college has had the best recruiting season. There will be several signings in our area and we hope to have a list by tomorrow’s edition of Local News.

The GISA State Wrestling Tournament will be hosted by Southland Academy in the Storm Dome on the campus of GSW this Friday and Saturday February 5th and 6th. Matches will begin Friday morning at 11am and Saturday morning at 9. Admission is $7 for adults and $4 for students.

We need to keep an eye on the sky today. We could have morning thunderstorms with periods of heavy rainfall then become more widespread showers during the afternoon. Evening showers will end by midnight. Highs today will be this morning with slowly falling temps during the afternoon. It will be colder tonight with lows back in the 40s. Highs on Thursday will be some 20-degrees cooler than the past few days, only reaching the mid-50s. Lows will drop into the low 30s on Thursday and Friday nights. The main threat today will be gusty winds and heavy downpours. Follow the changing weather by logging onto www.americusradio.com and click on the weather link for a look at radar.

Americus Police had a few Monday incident reports that were finished available today. A burglary on Monday was investigated at Lot 35 Weeks Trailer Park. A case of identity fraud and financial transaction card fraud from Monday are under investigation. Criminal trespass complaints from Monday were made at 704 Park Row and 405-A Bessie Mays Circle.

From yesterday’s incident reports, Reginald Charles Mitchell Jr. and Avian Tramaine Patterson were arrested at 210 Tom Hall Circle and charged with assault and battery.

At 7:25 yesterday morning, Robert Lee Sanders III was involved in a criminal trespass and auto theft at 518 W. Church Street but was gone from the area when police arrived. He was arrested at 12:04pm for aggravated assault, burglary and kidnapping and other charges for an incident at 105-B Linnie Street.

Thefts took place from 1311 Norris Circle and 415 E. Hill Street.

2 juveniles were arrested on Lewis Lowe Court and charged with simple battery and unruly juvenile.

A criminal trespass complaint was made at 401 Bessie Mays Circle.

Bad child complaints were filed with police at 103 W. Jefferson Street and 1109-B Parker Street.

A sexual assault case is being investigated.

A suspicious person was reported to police at 3:20 this morning at 951 Westside Drive.

Officers responded to 9 miscellaneous and 3 domestic calls yesterday. 3 accidents were worked with 1 injury complaint.


Sumter County Sheriff’s Deputies conducted 10 traffic stops. After a stop on S. Hampton Street and Lamar, Joseph K. Blackwell was charged with driving while unlicensed. Following a stop on District Line Road at Middle River Road, Maxino P. Sanchez was charged with driving while unlicensed and taillight requirements. Warnings were issued in the other traffic cases. Illegal dumping was reported at 588 Middle River Road. Deputies went to a domestic disturbance at 440 US 280 west. A bad child complaint was made at 1165 US 280 west. A burglary was investigated at 152 Stonewall Drive. A suspicious person complaint was made at 208 Lexington Circle.

Housed in the Sumter County Jail today are: Corderro O’Neal Asberry for parole violation; Anthony Thomas Capps for probation violation; Tommy O’Neal Gamble for probation violation; and Robert Lee Sanders III for aggravated assault/felony theft/ and criminal trespass. 2 bonded out of jail yesterday.