Local News

Wednesday July 26th, 2017



There will be a called meeting of the Mayor and City Council at 6 this evening in Council Chambers of the Public Safety Building downtown. The purpose of this called meeting is to discuss the alcoholic beverage license ordinance. The community is welcome to attend.



Schools throughout the Sumter County School system are in the process of getting spruced up for the system-wide open house tomorrow evening. Open House will start at 5 tomorrow afternoon for Pre-K through 6th grades and will end at 7pm. Furlow Charter School will also hold open house from 5-7pm. 7th through 12th grades open house will be tomorrow evening from 6-8pm. During the open house, parents and guardians can get revised bus schedules, meet your child’s teachers and get any pertinent information you’ll need for the upcoming school year. Students in the Sumter County Schools return to class for the new school year on Monday July 31st.



It rained yesterday afternoon and everybody got in on the action. For over an hour, it rained—hard at times, lighten up and then come down hard again. At first, it was just rain but after a while, some thunder rumbled and lightning flashed and the winds kicked up and just like that, calmed down to rain. Rainfall amounts were widespread but on Highway 30, we recorded 2.1 inches of rain. We shouldn’t have anything today like we saw yesterday. As a matter of fact, the rain will be diminishing until another front arrives and gives us a rainy Saturday. Behind the approaching weather front is actually cooler air, for this time of year anyway. Highs in the 80s and lows in the upper 60s will be around next week.



There will be three public hearings starting next week over the proposed tax increase by the Sumter County Board of Commissioners. The first two public hearings will be on Tuesday August 1st at 10am and 6pm in the Commissioners Room at the Sumter County Courthouse. The third and final public hearing will be on Tuesday August 8th at 5:30 again in the Commissioners Room. Citizens are encouraged to attend these public hearings beginning next week.


A traffic study was approved at last week’s City Council meeting for Lamar Street. In brief, the study would look into making Lamar Street downtown a 2-lane street as opposed to the current 3-lanes. By dropping back to 2-lanes, additional parking could be looked at by using the diagonal parking such as that found on Jackson Street downtown. This is just a traffic study—there’s no guarantee that the DOT will approve of the study.



Another day and more entered autos according to the Americus Police incidents from Tuesday. 6 more autos were entered around town. Locations for these incidents were 701 Park Row; 2 vehicles at 806 Kings Way; 1 at 2:49 this morning at 106 Aaron Snipes Sr. Drive and then at 3:16 this morning, 2 more entered at 826 Ridge Street. Several items were taken from these vehicles.


It was also a busy shift with criminal trespass complaints. These locations included 507 E. Forsyth (damaged vehicles); 316 Pecan Drive (damaged vehicle); 215 Murphy Mill Road; 108 Garden Lane; and at 3:29 this morning at 824 Ridge Street (damaged auto).


After a traffic stop on MLK Boulevard, Lisa Ann Wilborn was arrested for driving without a license.


Following a traffic stop on Jackson Street, Michael Anthony Vanterpool was arrested for DUI.


Parker Vincent French was arrested on Tripp Street for an outstanding warrant.


A child molestation case is being investigated.


Officers did respond to 2 miscellaneous and 2 domestic-related calls yesterday.





Tuesday was an overall quiet 24-hour period for Sumter County Sheriff’s Deputies. 3 total traffic stops were conducted. At a stop on N. Hampton Street, Ebony S. McCoy was charged with failure to obey a traffic control device. A traffic stop was made on the Southerfield Road at Georgia Power and Charles W. Brown was cited for operating an unregistered vehicle. A warning was issued in the other traffic stop. Deputies did answer domestic disturbances at 225 Lexington Circle and at 114 Pecan Drive where Larry W. Streeter was arrested for simple battery and obstruction.


In the Sumter County Jail today is Larry Wayne Streeter for simple battery and obstruction. 1 was released from the Sumter County Jail to another jail.