Local News

Wednesday March 22nd, 2017



The first hour and 15-minutes of the monthly Board of Commissioners meeting was all public hearings and appearances before the Board. A public hearing for an alcohol license for Reflections in Plains was heard and afterwards a motion was made pending approval of the State Fire Marshal to be in compliance by April 3rd that the license would be suspended until found to be in compliance. An appearance by members of the Airport Authority requesting approval for a contract to construct 8 new hangars at the airport was unanimously passed. Approval was granted for the purchase of a van for the County Extension Office through SPLOST funds. A motion for the removal of conditions for the Astro Club to be in compliance for their alcohol license was passed. A new road off Basket Factory Road was named Eaton Road and passed. Departmental budget amendments were approved. Approval of budget-millage rate calendar for FY 2018 was given. The Board was reminded of the informational meeting for the Sumter Livestock Barn on March 30th and that the meeting is already at capacity. After further announcements, the monthly meeting was adjourned.



The SGTC Lady Jets season came to an end last night in the Sweet 16 of the NJCAA National Tournament in Lubbock, Texas. The Lady Jets fell to Odessa College last night 58-44 to end their season with a record of 30 wins and only 5 losses. The Lady Jets will probably be returning to Americus by this evening. Congratulations to Coach Frey and his Lady Jets for another fine season!



The monthly meeting of the Mayor and City Council will start at 5 tomorrow afternoon in Council Chambers of the Public Safety Building downtown. The community is invited to attend.


The 97th annual meeting of the Sumter County Chamber of Commerce is tomorrow night in the Pope Center on the SGTC campus. The evening begins at 6 with a reception to be followed at 7 by the dinner and program. Jackie G. Cushman, nationally syndicated columnist will deliver the keynote address tomorrow night.



Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc. Omicron Alpha Zeta Chapter will host their Finer Women 5K Walk/Run on Saturday March 25th at GSW starting at 9am. Registration is $19.20 for the Finer Women 5K. Participants will receive a Finer Women 5K Finisher’s medal. Proceeds from the race registration will benefit the March of Dimes March for Babies program. You can register onsite the morning of the race. For more information contact the sorority at omicronalphazeta1990@gmail.com.



From the Tuesday Americus Police incident reports, a traffic stop was made early yesterday morning on E. Forsyth and a juvenile driver was charged with speeding.


A simple battery and criminal trespass at 1605-A Washington Street was the result of a domestic situation. There were 4 total domestic calls answered by officers yesterday.


Forced entry burglary of a shed at 202 Sun Valley Drive resulted in yard implements being taken. Another forced entry burglary was investigated at 1021-B Elm Avenue.


Criminal trespass complaints were filed at 506 Peachtree Street, 1102 Hancock Drive and at 301 Southerfield Road.


An unruly juvenile complaint was made at 1012 Oglethorpe Avenue.


Dontavious D. Jackson was arrested at 629 Lewis Lowe Court and charged with stalking.


Officers responded to 1 miscellaneous call yesterday.


There were 2 accidents in the City on Tuesday that had 1 injury complaint.



The AFES 22ns annual Benefit Golf Tournament will be on Friday April 7th at the Griffin Bell Golf Links. There will be morning and afternoon flights with cash prizes and a raffle with many excellent items. Lunch will be provided. All proceeds will be used for local community safety and fire prevention programs. For more information call Harriett Williams at 924-3213.





Sumter County Sheriff’s Deputies answered several domestic calls yesterday. Domestic calls went out to Lot A 456 Arch Helms Road; 103 Odum Road Extension; 865 Highway 45; and 120 Dupree Road. Damage to property occurred on N. Bond at E. Church Street in Plains. A child abuse case is under further investigation. A criminal trespass complaint was made at 144 Charleston Drive. A suspicious person complaint was filed at 900 Southwestern Circle. Deputies conducted 7 traffic stops yesterday. At a stop on 49 North, Kamia B. Bynes was charged with speeding. At another stop on 49 North, Arthur Bullard was charged with speeding. Following a stop on US 19 at Granny’s Kitchen, Monyette T. Watson was charged with disobeying a traffic control device. After a stop on Georgia 3, Victoria B. Howard was charged with failure to maintain insurance and driving a motor vehicle with suspended registration. Deputies worked 3 accidents with 1 being deer-related.


In the Sumter County Jail today are: Ernest Leone Brown for failure to appear and a bench warrant; Dontavious Darrel Jackson for stalking; Darious Ranan Tyner for felony 1st degree burglary/ failure to appear/ and child support; and Tyler Douglas Williams for felony 3rd degree forgery and probation violation. 1 bonded out of jail yesterday and 2 were back for Court.