The overnight snow
didn’t materialize as early as forecasters had predicted. The first signs of a
wintry mix started about and then as the temperature continued to drop, the first snow started
around . It was spotty at first but by 6, there
were BIG flakes falling along with the temperature. It was 36-degrees at but by 6, it was 31-degrees, a 5-degree
drop in less than an hour.As far as our
highs for today, it MAY reach 34-degrees by the afternoon but
throughout the morning, it will stay right at freezing. There is a WINTER
WEATHER ADVISORY until 4 this afternoon. If you don’t have to be on the roads
today, please stay at home. If you will be traveling, allow yourself a little
extra time; drive slower than normal; be aware of black ice developing on the
bridges and highways; make sure you have a fully charged cell phone just in
case; and make sure you have plenty of gas in your vehicle. Road crews were out
overnight checking on the bridges and put out sand or salt or a mix of the two
on bridges. Because of the impending weather situation, many schools announced
early yesterday that they would take the precaution of being closed today. GeorgiaSouthwesternStateUniversity is open for classes but the annual MLK Convocation scheduled for 11 this morning
on campus has been postponed until later in February.
Officials were being
proactive yesterday when they opened up a warming station in the lobby of the PublicSafetyBuilding. In collaboration with Chief Mark Scott,
the lobby of the Americus Police Department was opened up for those needing
warmth and safety from the cold. It is anticipated that this warming station
will be open again tonight as a HARD FREEZE is expected. Lows tonight will
bottom out in the upper teens. If you factor in the winds today, the wind
chills will approach the dangerous levels. The winds will be gusty at times
around 25mph but will diminish by tonight. Expect wind chills to be as low as
10-degrees at times during the higher wind gusts. Again, if you don’t have to
be out, stay in and if you have to go to work, exercise caution and drive
slower and with care.
The SumterCounty Board of Commissioners met last night with only 1 media representative
in attendance (and it wasn’t anyone but me). The meeting started with closed
session for a Board appointment and 24-minutes later, the meeting resumed. The
discussion of Sheriff’s Office vehicle purchases was postponed due to the
absence of Commissioner Clay Jones. Randy Howard was elected as Chairman and
Clay Jones as Vice-chairman. Rayetta Volley was appointed CountyClerk and Janice Jarvis as Deputy Clerk. Kimberly Reid was appointed CountyAttorney. Land at 130 Basket Factory Road was rezoned from Rural Residential (RR) to
Light Industrial (L-1).The FYE June 30
annual audit report was accepted. Approval was given for guidelines for traffic
calming devices. James Russell Johnson was appointed to the SumterCounty Board of Tax Assessors. An update was given on the progress of the
livestock barn. The meeting then moved to another closed session for discussion
of Board appointments. Once back in open session, the Board selected Crystal
Cleveland to fill a spot on the Board of Elections and Voter Registration. This
is a 4-year term. Another appointment of a 2-year term on the Americus-SumterCountyHospital Authority was made and that was Deborah
Jones. With nothing further, the meeting was adjourned
From the Tuesday Americus Police incidents, burglaries were
investigated at 1329-C East Lamar and at 260-A Lonnie Lane.
A criminal trespass
complaint was made at 205-A Bessie Mays Circle.
A civil complaint was
filed with police on Eastview Circle.
Following a traffic
stop on Tripp at Parker, Darius M. Ford was arrested for driving with a
suspended license and cited for speeding.
A theft took place
occurred at 101
Prince Street (twice) and on Lester Street at MLK
Officers worked 4
accidents that did have 1 injury complaint and that was when a juvenile drove
his bike into the path of a car on Tripp Street. He was taken for treatment.
The SumterCounty Sheriff’s Office made only 2 traffic stops yesterday. That stop was
made on US 280W and Thomas C. Welch was charged with speeding and open
container. A criminal trespass complaint was filed at 915 N. Lee Street. Thefts took place on Lexington Circle and at 18-B 121 Howell Street. A felony theft by deception is currently
under further investigation. A civil complaint was filed at 106 Whisper Wood Court. A suspicious vehicle was spotted on
Highway 308 at NewLebanonChurch. Deputies worked 1 deer-related accident yesterday.
In the SumterCountyJail today are Monique Latosha Dowell for failure to appear and Darrell
Tirell McDonald for theft by taking. 1 was released from jail by bonding out