Local News

Wednesday December 4th, 2019



This time there is a new Mayor in Andersonville. In yesterday’s runoff election, challenger Eddie Hill was again the winner in the Andersonville Mayoral race. He was the winner in November but did not receive the required 50% of the vote. This time Eddie Hill polled 45 votes to the incumbent Marvin Baugh’s 18. That was 71 to 29% in favor of Eddie Hill. The other runoff that the Thompson and Leslie Civic Center voted in was the House 152 seat. Bill Yearta had 77 votes to Jim Quinn’s 61 and in the overall House 152 seat from other counties, Yearta was the winner with 51% to 49% of the vote.



The annual Americus Christmas Parade will be tomorrow night starting at 7 through the streets of downtown Americus. The usual parade route will be followed starting at the Post Office on Forsyth Street crossing over on Hampton and back down Lamar Street. Get downtown early and grab a good spot to watch what may be one of the best parades in a while. The weather will cooperate as well. Expect clear but cool conditions by the time the parade starts. A jacket or blanket will be all you need for the annual Americus Christmas Parade tomorrow night at 7 downtown.


The next night, Friday December 6th, will be the monthly First Friday with the theme this month “Home for the Holidays”. Downtown will be all lit up for First Friday from 5 to 8pm. Many merchants will be open until 8 Friday night for your holiday shopping. There’s always plenty of entertainment, good food, samples and FREE rides around downtown on the Americus Trolley.


Friday night there is still an area team playing in the high school football playoffs. Marion County is in the semifinals of the Class A Public playoffs and will be at home once again hosting Pelham. Kickoff Friday night will be at 7:30 on the campus of Marion County HS just outside Buena Vista.



Tickets are still available for the 4th annual “Glitz & Glitter Christmas Scholarship Gala” this Saturday night. Tickets are on sale now at the Citizens Bank and SB&T. some tickets WILL be sold at the door Saturday night. The Gala is being held at the Marshall Pavilion Dining Room on the GSW campus from 7pm to midnight with live music, food and cocktails. The annual event is sponsored by the Bernice High-Green Scholarship Foundation. Contact Dr. Shirley Green-Reese for more information at reese6363@yahoo.com.


A Commemorative Service honoring fallen Officers Nick Smarr and Jody Smith will be held this Saturday December 7th starting at 10am at the Smarr-Smith Public Safety Building on the GSW campus. The public is encouraged to attend. On December 7th 2016, Officer Nick Smarr of the Americus Police Department and Officer Jody Smith of the GSW State University Police Department were both killed in the line of duty while responding to a domestic dispute near the local campus that involved a wanted person.


Americus Police responded to suspicious incidents yesterday on Millard Fuller Boulevard and Rose Avenue at Valley Drive.


Lataisha D. Reynolds was arrested at 429-S Forrest Street apartments for an outstanding warrant from Dooly County.


Criminal damage to property in the 2nd degree occurred at 706 Sunset Drive.


Edward F. Fenn was arrested at 704 N. Lee Street for an outstanding warrant from Crisp County.


Criminal trespass complaints were made at 1208 Crawford Street and 322 S. Jackson Street.


A 12-year old female was arrested at 12:33 this morning on Dixon Drive and charged with unruly juvenile.


Officers were sent to 84-B Dixon Drive at 6:37 this morning to an ungovernable child complaint.


Terroristic threats and acts were reported at 1404 E. Forsyth Street.


Officers worked 4 accidents around town yesterday that did have 1 injury complaint.



Furlow Charter School is hosting their 4th Winter Wonderland this Saturday December 7th from 9 to 1 with over 35 local vendors with a variety of items available for purchase. There will be musical performances by the Furlow Scholars throughout the event as well as a silent auction and cake walk. For more information contact Jason Williams at 229-337-2168.




It was a fairly quiet 24-hour period on Tuesday for the Sumter County Sheriff’s Office. Deputies made 5 traffic stops. Following a stop on US 280E, Mattie D. Smith was cited for driver use due care. A stop was conducted on Highway 49N and Kiara A. Cromer was charged with a seat belt violation. An aggravated felony identity theft case is under further investigation. Civil complaints were filed at 115 Pecan Terrace and 288 Pessell Creek Road. Deputies assisted another agency on a call yesterday. 5 prisoner transports were made yesterday. Deputies worked 1 deer-related accident yesterday.


Housed in the Sumter County Jail today: Anthony Letrae Hightower for child support; and Walter Serrano for child support. 1 was back in jail for Court. 1 was released to another jail.