Local News

Wednesday November 7th, 2018



It took a while last night but Sumter County did get results although after some counting and re-counting, the numbers in 1 local contested race were changed from what was originally posted. That came in County Commissioner District 4 where Scott Roberson was running against a write-in candidate, Mathis Wright. It seems the tabulations kept adding votes to the Roberson total throughout the evening because of the write-in aspect for whatever reason. After counting 4 times, the revised and final numbers were Scott Roberson 687 and write-in candidate Mathis Wright 190 so Roberson wins the County Commissioner District 4 seat. The other local race was the State House 138 seat between Mike Cheokas and Bardin Hooks. Hooks won Sumter County 5078 or 57% and Cheokas had 3866 or 43%. District-wide was a different story. Cheokas won the other counties and won the House 138 seat over Hooks. It was busy at all the polls for most of the day around Sumter County but the final total of the registered voters that cast ballots was 64.56% after a 41% turnout for early voting.



The Sumter County BOE work session was held last night and Board members got an update and explanation of the College & Career Ready Performance Index (CCRPI) numbers that were released last week. The agenda was then set for tonight’s monthly meeting. The meeting was moved from the usual Thursday to tonight because a large group will be going to Atlanta first thing Friday morning for a presentation for a $3million grant for the College & Career Academy. Tonight’s meeting will be at 7 in the boardroom of the SCS Administration Building.


This will be Day 2 for FEMA to meet with the Sumter County community at the old National Guard Armory at 901 Adderton Street. FEMA Representatives will be available to register, answer questions and interview anyone impacted by Hurricane Michael in Sumter County last month. FEMA will be at this location today and tomorrow from 10 to 3. FEMA Representatives will be in the Pope Center on the SGTC campus on Thursday and will be canvassing in the County Commissioner District 1 area Thursday only.



The annual Veterans Day parade is this Friday at 11 in downtown Americus. Prior to the parade, a ceremony will be held starting around 10 on the grounds of the Sumter County Courthouse. For last minute information or a parade application, call on Frank Mitchell today at 229-938-4310. American Legion Post 558 is sponsoring the parade and invites the community to attend the annual Veterans Day parade at 11 this Friday November 9th in downtown Americus. Veterans Day is officially on Sunday November 11th.


Things were fairly quiet around town on Election Day for Americus Police. 6 Contempt of Court warrants were issued yesterday.


Thefts occurred yesterday from 1711 E. Lamar and at 401-A Academy Street. Brittany L. Bowen was arrested and charged with theft at 1310 E. Lamar Street.


A case of identity theft was reported for investigation.


Following a traffic stop on N. MLK Boulevard, Ronnie J. King was arrested for driving on a suspended license.


A criminal trespass complaint was made at 1801 Maxwell Street.


Tadeisha R. Peterson was arrested for felony shoplifting from a prior case.


Windon Smith was arrested and charged with criminal trespass from a previous investigation.


Officers did respond to 3 domestic-related calls yesterday.


There were 5 accidents worked by APD on Tuesday with no reported injuries.




Sumter County Sheriff’s Deputies conducted 7 traffic stops on Tuesday Election Day. At a stop on Georgia 3, Angela R. Caruso was charged with driving with a suspended license. A stop was made on Hillcrest Drive and Kim F. Mahome was charged with failure to maintain insurance. After a stop on Georgia 3, Christopher B. Scott was charged with failure to maintain insurance. Following a stop on the Southerfield Road, Bobby A. Barry was charged with expired registration. Deputies did answer 3 domestic-related calls yesterday. There were 2 accidents worked by Deputies yesterday with 1 turned over to Troopers from Post 10.


In the Sumter County Jail today: Jarvis Markell Bady—holding for Lee County; Brittany LaQuasha Bowens for theft by shoplifting; Zoe Carter for assault and battery; Windon Smith for criminal trespass; and Anthony Westbrook for battery and aggravated assault. 1 bonded out of jail yesterday and 1 was back in jail to make bond.


The 43rd annual Capt. Henry Wirz Memorial Service will be held in the town of Andersonville on Sunday November 11th at 3pm. The Memorial Service is sponsored by the Alexander H. Stephens Camp, Sons of Confederate Veterans. The Public is invited to attend.