Local News

Wednesday May 5th, 2021


If you have CodeRed, you started getting notifications after 9 last night of potentially severe weather heading this way. Severe thunderstorm WARNINGS were being issued as a strong line of thunderstorms was heading this way. Fortunately, this weakened considerably by the time it did reach the Sumter County area. Even in the weakened state, there was still quite a punch last night. Law enforcement, 1st Responders and public works were all out last night. Trees and limbs being knocked down due to the strong, gusty winds was the main culprit. It was rather heavy rain after 10 before tapering off and finally drying out after 2 this morning. Trees were reported down in town and around the county that became traffic hazards once they fell in the roadway. Those areas were quickly cleared and anyone traveling out in the weather last night had no real issues. Since the system moved in during the night, everyone will be checking to see if they had any major damage this morning. The power blinked at times last night but there have been no power outages reported. Drivers will need to take heed while traveling on Forsyth as you approach Mayo Street. That traffic light is completely dark at that intersection and that has become a 4-way stop. GDOT is aware of the traffic light issue and will be working on that. An assessment will be made of any potential damage throughout the morning but initially it appears we came through last night in good shape.


As we mentioned before, if you had CodeRed, you got calls, text messages and emails warning you of the potential for severe weather last night. If you need to sign up for CodeRed, it’s simple to do. Log onto www.sumtercountyga.us and then follow the simple steps to sign up. You can even text AlertSumter to 99411 and get a direct link sent to your mobile device to sign up. CodeRed keeps you informed and up-to-date with any potential severe weather.


The National Day of Prayer will be observed tomorrow May 6th. Locally, a community service will be held at high noon tomorrow in the courtyard of the Public Safety Building downtown. Rev. Sherryl Sneed, Pastor of Peter’s Chapel AME church will deliver the program. This is open to the community. To help with the COVID-19 protocols, please observe social distancing and wear a face mask if you plan to attend the National Day of Prayer service tomorrow at noon.


This Friday May 7th will be First Friday in downtown Americus from 5 to 8pm. The theme is “Multicultural May” as participating businesses will be representing a different country for First Friday and will have special activities, sales and more. Festivities will begin at 5 with most shops and businesses staying open until 8pm. “First Friday After Dark” continues the festivities into the night after 8pm. The Americus van will be taking the place of the Americus Trolley in providing free transportation around the downtown area during First Friday.


Americus Police had an overall quiet Tuesday until last night when officers were all over town handling weather-related issues. A criminal trespass complaint was made at 1008 N. MLK Boulevard yesterday.


Responding to a domestic situation at 208 Brookdale Drive yesterday afternoon, Tiquan M. George was arrested for an outstanding warrant. This was the only domestic-related call answered by officers on Tuesday.


A battery complaint was filed with officers at 1701 Maxwell Street.


Scott R. Welch and Keisha D. Allen were arrested and charged with shoplifting last night at Wal-Mart.


Damage to property was reported in the area of Parker Street and Grantham Street.


Officers responded to 1430-C S. Lee Street around 11:25 last night for an ungovernable child complaint.


1 miscellaneous call was reported yesterday.


There were 3 accidents worked by APD around town on Tuesday that had no reported injuries.



One week from today on May 12th is the deadline to purchase a flag for the upcoming Avenue of Flags to fly during the Memorial Day weekend. The cost is $75 per flag. To get in your order before the deadline, contact Frank Mitchell at 229-938-4310; Charles Holt at 229-942-1739; or see any member of the American Legion Post#558 the sponsor of the Avenue of Flags.




Yesterday, the Sumter County Sheriff’s Office had to re-route traffic for an overturned semi on the Lee Street Road. The southbound rig apparently had the load shift while in a curve and caused the semi to overturn. Luckily there were no injuries to the driver and the fact that there were no other vehicles in the roadway at the time of the accident. It took some 4-hours to clear the roadway and get the semi back upright and off the side of the road. The accident investigation was turned over to Troopers from Post 10. Charges are pending.


Sumter County Sheriff’s Deputies conducted 2 traffic stops yesterday. After a stop on MLK Boulevard, Thomas Blasingame was charged with no proof of insurance and driving a vehicle with canceled registration. 2 activated alarms were checked out. Deputies responded to 156 Greystone Drive where threats had been made. Deputies went to 900 Southwestern Circle near the 400 building to a reported fight. A civil complaint occurred at 106 Sylvan Place. Deputies answered 2 domestic-related calls. There were 3 accidents worked by Deputies yesterday including 1 deer-related accident and the one turned over to Post 10 for further investigation.


In the Sumter County Jail today is Tyrone Robinson for peeping tom/ criminal trespass/ and felony probation violation. 2 were released from jail after bonding out.