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Wednesday September 27th, 2023


You do have time to sign up for the City’s Government 101 course after all. There were still slots available for what was supposed to be the first class on Monday night and now the course will start on Monday October 9th and will now end on November 13th. This will be a unique opportunity to sign up and become an informed and engaged member of our community. Seats are still limited to 20 participants and now you have more time to register. To register, call 229-924-4411 or log onto www.americusga.gov and sign up online. Government 101 sponsored by the City of Americus now will start on Monday October 9th.

There will be a called meeting tomorrow evening of the Plains City Council. The called meeting at 6pm in Plains City Council Chambers will be for discussion of water rates. The public is invited to attend.

The October LEPC meeting will be on Tuesday October 3rd at 10am and will be held in the EOC building at 901 Adderton Street. All members and friends are encouraged to attend.

Drivers should be aware that in order to set up for the annual Taste of Sumter tomorrow evening downtown, there will be some changes in the traffic pattern. Jackson Street between Forsyth and Lamar will be closed to traffic as of 8pm this evening. The Taste of Sumter will be held downtown on Jackson Street tomorrow evening from 6 until 9pm. Jackson Street will remain closed to traffic until approximately 10 on Friday morning. All of the Jackson Street businesses will be open as usual on Thursday and you can have access by way of the sidewalks and parking at any of the downtown parking areas.

If you’ve never been to a Taste of Sumter event, be sure to attend tomorrow night. It seems that this may be the biggest one yet as many restaurants and vendors have signed on to participate. There will be food and drink and entertainment all evening long. Bring the family or friends and enjoy the Taste of Sumter tomorrow night!

It was an overall quiet Tuesday for the Americus Police. A simple battery was reported at 1201 N. MLK Boulevard.

Damage to property occurred at 1324 Douglas Circle.

While at a traffic stop on E. Forsyth at Highway 27E, K9 Von was deployed.

A shoplifting incident occurred at 1412 E. Forsyth Street.

Criminal trespass complaints were made at 206 Knollwood Drive and 1711 E. Lamar Street.

An entered auto was reported at 926 N. MLK Boulevard.

A shots fired complaint was checked out around 1202 1st Montgomery.

Officers answered one domestic-related call and one miscellaneous call yesterday.

APD worked four traffic crashes Tuesday with no reported injuries.

During a special called meeting of the Sumter County Board of Commissioners last night, the Board voted to accept the resignation of County Administrator Rayetta Volley. She will continue in her role until January 17th 2024. The Sumter County Board of Commissioners will now begin the process of naming a new County Administrator.


Sumter County Sheriff’s Deputies conducted four traffic stops yesterday and issued warnings to those drivers. Assistance was given to the Americus Police and GoldStar on Tuesday on separate calls. A neighbor dispute was heard at 153 Sixth Street. A criminal trespass complaint was made at 518 McMath Mill Road. Damage to property was reported at 131 W. Rockhill Drive. Deputies answered one domestic-related call yesterday. One traffic accident was worked by a Deputy yesterday.

Housed in the Sumter County Jail today: George Ellis for shoplifting; Jameson Larry Greene for criminal damage to property and battery; David Lee Harvey for felony probation violation; Brad Albert Lloyd—back after remainder of a sentence was revoked; Jeffrey Lynn Majors for pointing or aiming a gun or pistol at another and terroristic threats and acts; Joshua James Waters—holding for Harris County SO; and Charles Alexander Wilborn for financial transaction card fraud/ felony failure to appear/ theft by shoplifting/ and financial transaction card theft. One was released from jail after posting bond. One was released from jail after paying a fine.