Local News

Wednesday July 21st, 2021



The monthly meeting of the Sumter County Board of Commissioners met via ZOOM last evening. There was discussion at the beginning of the meeting on adding Broadband to the Sumter County Comprehensive Plan that will be further discussed next month. The effective date with an agreement with Goldstar EMS was ratified as July 1st for emergency ambulance services. An agreement between the Board and Lawyers for Indigent Defense in State Court was amended to replace Levi M. Lyman Barner with Donald Lambert was passed. There was discussion of creating a County Facebook page. More discussion then followed on whether and when to reopen the meetings for public attendance. Discussion followed by County Attorney Kimberly Reid on GDOT and the apron work at Southerfield. Approval was then given for the Board to serve as sponsor and fiscal agent for the Americus-Sumter County Airport Authority for the purpose of apron construction. The meeting then moved into closed session for personnel matters.


Everyday gets it closer to the start of school. A Back-to-School Community Health Fair & Food Distribution will be held this Saturday July 24th from 9 to noon at Union Tabernacle Baptist Church at 900 Adderton Street. There will be free back-to-school supplies while supplies last. Food distribution will be available from the Healthy Sumter Community Garden while supplies last. Take advantage of weight; BMI; blood pressure and blood sugar screenings during the event. COVID-19 vaccination shots for anyone 12 and older will also be available.


Registration for Pre-K is being held today and tomorrow from 8 to 4 at the Sumter County Primary School bus ramp. Call 924-1012 for more information.


Schley County will host an Alumni Game on Friday July 30th at 7pm. All former football players, band members and cheerleaders are invited back to participate. Registration forms for anyone wanting to participate are at Schley County HS and Sam’s Nail Salon in Ellaville. Everyone is invited to come watch and admission is $5 per person. “Meet the Wildcats” will be at halftime of the Alumni Game.



From Tuesday’s Americus Police incidents, following a traffic stop on E. Lamar Street, Matthew C. Blake was arrested for speeding; driving without a valid license; and acquiring license plate for the purpose of concealing the identity of the vehicle.


A theft took place from 110 Matthews Drive.


A criminal trespass complaint was made at 75-A Cherokee Street.


Willie C. Lowery was arrested for felony theft and 3rd degree forgery after an incident at 1040 E. Forsyth Street.


Damage to property occurred at 60-B Brinson Street.


Responding to a domestic situation at 11:11 last night at 1301 E. Lamar Street, 2 arrests were made. Heather Williford was arrested for disorderly conduct; reckless driving; and aggressive driving. Brian S. Turner was arrested for open container.


Officers checked out suspicious incidents at 114 Finn Street and at 126 US 280W.


Further investigation into 2 prior cases resulted in arrests yesterday. Brianna M. Holt was arrested and charged with financial transaction card forgery. Natasha N. Robinson was arrested and charged with aggravated assault.


Hit-n-run accidents occurred on N. MLK Boulevard at Mary Blount and at 1034-B Elm Avenue.


Officers did have only the 1 domestic-related call yesterday.


3 accidents were worked by APD around town on Tuesday that did have 1 reported injury.




Sumter County Sheriff’s Deputies continue to make traffic stops and 10 more were conducted yesterday. At a stop on Highway 49N, Avery R. Williams was charged with speeding. After a stop on US 19S and 280W, David B. Adams was cited for driving with suspended registration. 2 stops were made on Highway 27E and Kenneth M. Campbell and Johnny B. Robinson were charged with speeding. A stop on Highway 49N led to Eddie M. Walker being charged with speeding. Warnings were issued in the other traffic cases. A theft took place from 1447 Brady Road. 1 motorist was given assistance yesterday. 2 domestic-related calls were answered. 2 activated alarms were checked out.


Housed in the Sumter County Jail today: DeMarquez Antonio Barte—holding for USMS; Christopher Colston—holding for USMS; Brianna Mercedes Holt for financial transaction card forgery; Willie Clifton Lowery for theft and 3rd degree forgery; Jonathan Van Mack for City probation; and Natasha Nicole Robinson for aggravated assault.