Local News

Wednesday July 10th, 2019




The Georgia Main Street Program has awarded the City of Americus its “Main Street of the Month” recognition for July. The Georgia Main Street is operated through the State’s Department of Community Affairs. Its purpose is to offer technical assistance to Main Street programs across Georgia with “the goal of revitalizing historic downtowns and encouraging economic development within the context of historic preservation.” Mayor Barry Blount stated that this recognition demonstrates that our community is being seen as a model at the state level for all the positive initiatives that have occurred in our downtown.



After Hurricane Michael came through last October, more people are paying attention to disturbances in the Gulf that COULD have an effect on us. Forecasters now have a better grasp of what this disturbance will be doing. Now the system is forming into a tropical storm in the Gulf that appears to be moving away from Georgia but we will still get plenty of rain and wind in the wrap-around bands. Some areas will see as much as 2-inches of rain and even heavier at times if a thunderstorm sits on top of us without much movement. In summary, our rain chances will rise today, tonight and Thursday before becoming more of the scattered shower activity by the weekend. If you have plans to head to the beaches in the Gulf, it might be worth your while to wait about a week.


The agenda setting meeting of the Mayor and City Council is at 6 tomorrow evening July 11th in Council Chambers of the Public Safety Building. This meeting is open for the community to attend.


The monthly meeting of the Sumter County BOE is at 7 tomorrow evening in the boardroom of the SCS Administration Building at 100 Learning Lane. This meeting is also open for the community to attend.


A plant sale will be held this Saturday July 13th. Mickey Moore, a private plant grower, is reducing his number of potted plants and is having a big sale. The plants in his collection include: variegated Hibiscus, Impatiens, Shrimp Plant and many more to select from. 75 to 100 pots, both large and small will also be available. If you’re looking to spruce up around your home, this plant sale will be this Saturday July 13th from 8 to 11am. The location is 172 Highway 19 north of Americus. The sale site will be on the right as your travel on north 19.


Americus Police had a busy start to the work week. Following a GSP-initiated traffic stop on Felder at Brady, Davin S. Rees was arrested for DUI, driving on a suspended license and a seat belt violation.


James W. Harris was arrested at 220 Mitchell Street for driving on a suspended license, giving a false name to law enforcement and a seat belt violation from a previous traffic stop the day before.


Responding to a domestic situation at Lot 18 Weeks Trailer Park, Jerome Caldwell was arrested for assault battery.


A kidnapping is under further investigation.


A battery complaint was filed at 202 Smith Street.


A criminal trespass complaint was made at 92-B Bozeman Circle.


Otis R. Smith was arrested on Millard Fuller Boulevard at W. Church for obstruction and possession of marijuana.


A shoplifting incident occurred at 1101 Crawford Street.


An auto was entered at 814 Kings Way.


A counterfeit bill was turned over to APD from 805 Adderton Street.


After a traffic stop on N. Lee Street, Jonathan C. Wright was arrested for driving with a suspended license.


At 1:01 this morning, a traffic stop was conducted on W. Forsyth at Hampton and Cartavial L. Whitlock was arrested for possession of marijuana.


Investigation from a prior case led to the arrest yesterday of Porcha Brantley for battery; criminal trespass and disorderly conduct.


7 Contempt of Court warrants were issued yesterday.


Officers answered 2 domestic-related calls and 1 miscellaneous call around town.


There were 3 accidents worked by APD with no reported injuries.




Sumter County Sheriff’s Deputies conducted 5 traffic stops yesterday. After a traffic stop on Highway 49N, Margaret W. Levie was charged with speeding. Another stop on Highway 49N led to speeding charges made against Jasmine D. Worth along with failure to have a license on person. Earlier today at a stop on the Lamar Road, Jennifer Gutierrez was charged with speeding. Deputies went on 3 domestic-related calls. 2 motorists were given assistance. 1 alarm activation was answered. A burglary at 110 US 19N was investigated. Deputies went to a cattle roundup on Highway 27E at Brown’s Mill Pond Road. A suspicious person complaint was made on US 19S. A theft took place from 129 Rabbit Branch Road.


In the Sumter County Jail today: Porcha Nichole Brantley for battery/ criminal trespass/ and disorderly conduct; Ramirez Contrell Fuller for child support civil contempt; James Walter Harris for driving with a suspended license/ felony identity theft fraud/ giving a false name to law enforcement/ felony probation violation/ and a seat belt violation; Brandon Emmanuel Pope for felony probation violation; Davin Scott Rees for DUI/ driving with a suspended license/ and a seat belt violation; Christie Cape Reid for felony failure to appear; and Otis Reed Smith for criminal trespass/ marijuana possession-less than an ounce/ obstruction/ and failure to appear.