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Wednesday November 19th, 2014



The monthly meeting of the Sumter County Board of Commissioners was held last night. The Board discussed appointments to the Tax Assessors Board. There was brief discussion of any Land Bank appointments. The 2014 SPLOST priority list was approved. The Board did approve a revised LMIG Project moving the Southland Road project from the TSPLOST list to LMIG. Approval was given to contract with ChemPro Services to provide herbicide application service including materials as prescribed in the approved Vegetation Maintenance Program. A motion was made and passed rejecting all bids for mowing services and will now re-bid in January.  The Board was given a TSPLOST project update. The qualification list for Board Attorney was given the go-ahead for advertising the position. With recommendation from the Finance Director the Board accepted a debt payment as stated. With only a few announcements the meeting moved to executive session for a legal matter.

The Sumter County Board of Commissioners will have a special called meeting on Thursday November 20th at 6pm in the Commissioners Room at the Courthouse for the purpose of discussing business regulations. The Commissioners will also discuss any other items deemed appropriate at that time. The meeting is open to the public.

Thursday is shaping up to be a busy day. The monthly meeting of the Mayor and City Council starts at 5 tomorrow afternoon in the GSW Nursing Building Lecture Hall. Then at 5:30 or immediately following the conclusion of that meeting, a called meeting of the Mayor and Council will be held for the purpose of discussing the 2015 Budget. The community is invited to attend.

Tomorrow is the Christmas Open House in downtown Americus. Merchants will be open late for your early Christmas shopping until 8 tomorrow night. Santa, Mrs. Claus and Santa’s reindeer will arrive downtown at 5:30 tomorrow and pictures with Santa will go on until 7:30 in Rylander Park. The big Christmas tree lighting in Rylander Park will be at 7pm. There will be trolley rides around town, musical entertainment and refreshments. The Parade of Trees will also be on display in Rylander Park. It will be a fun night for the whole family for the Christmas Open House tomorrow from 4 to 8pm in downtown Americus.

Tomorrow night is also rehearsal night for the Community Choir that will be singing at the community Thanksgiving Service next Tuesday. Rehearsal will be at 7 tomorrow night at 1st Baptist Church on S. Lee Street if you would like to be part of the Community Choir. The Community Thanksgiving Service will be at 7pm on Tuesday November 25th at the Rylander Theater sponsored by the Sumter Area Ministerial Association. Harvest of Hope Food Pantry will also have a truck parked out front accepting non-perishable food items if you so choose to donate. Admission is free a freewill love offering will be received to support the Community Services Ministry.

Americus Police dayshift was busy yesterday but it was extremely quiet during nightshift. Antonio Manquell Whitehead was arrested at 703-B Harris Street and charged with felony theft, felony theft by deception and criminal trespass for an incident at 109 Matthews Drive.

Responding to an assault battery and criminal trespass incident at 1306 Madison Street, Tyrell Ardarius Washington was arrested and charged with criminal trespass.

A felony theft by taking occurred at Wal-Mart.

Harassing phone calls were reported for investigation.

A counterfeit bill was turned over to police at 601 Hawkins Street at Family Dollar.

2 arrests was made for shoplifting at Wal-Mart. Willie Charles Mack and Ronald B. Durham, both from Albany, were arrested and charged with shoplifting.

A hit-n-run accident occurred on US 27 east.

There were 2 reported accidents worked by officers yesterday with no injuries.

There were several miscellaneous calls answered by officers yesterday.


 Sumter County Fire and Rescue went to 2 structure fires yesterday and both were total losses. Chief John Ekaitis said the home at 1859 Upper River Road was fully involved on the 2nd floor upon the department’s arrival yesterday afternoon. Heavy fire and high winds were a major force in battling the blaze. He said the home was a total loss. His department also responded to another structure fire at 144 Pecan Terrace and was on that scene until after 7 this morning. That home was also a total loss. The department stayed on the hot spots all night due to the close proximity of neighboring homes. Deputies provided traffic control during these 2 calls.

Sumter County Sheriff’s Deputies worked a total of 28 incidents yesterday. Responding to a damage to property complaint at 206 E. Rockhill Drive, Dawan Mann was arrested for criminal trespass. Thefts took place at 128 Foster Street and at 220 Tommy Smith Road. A suspicious vehicle complaint was made on the R W Jones Road. Deputies went to a domestic disturbance at 160 Lane Subdivision Road. 5 traffic stops were conducted yesterday. Kanasha S. Perry was cited for driving on a suspended license at a stop on Rainbow Terrace. Bryan A. Ortiz was cited for driving on a suspended license following a stop on the Bumphead Road. Warnings were issued in the other cases. Deputies worked 3 accidents involving deer yesterday.

Currently housed in the Sumter County Jail: Johntavious Lamar Devorce for probation violation; Ronald Bernard Durham for felony shoplifting; Willie Charles Mack for felony shoplifting; Dawan Lequint Mann for criminal trespass; and Antonio Manquell Whitehead for felony theft/ theft by deception/ criminal trespass.