"Local News"



Wednesday October 7th, 2015



Early voting will begin this Monday October 12th for the District 6 seat on the Americus City Council. Early voting is for the District 6 seat only as that is the only contested race on the November 3rd ballot. Early voting will run from Monday the 12th through Friday October 30th. Early voting will be held in the Elections Office at the Sumter County Courthouse Monday through Friday from 8am until 5pm. There will be NO Saturday voting this time around. Only residents in District 6 will be eligible to vote. On Election Day on Tuesday November 3rd, only the Rees Park polling place will be open to vote.

The regular monthly meeting of the Sumter County BOE will be at 7pm tomorrow night and will be held in the boardroom of the SCS Administration Building. The community is invited to attend.

High school football kicks off early this week for area teams. Americus-Sumter will play Westover tomorrow night at 7pm in Albany at Hugh Mills Stadium. Games on Friday night will have Southland Academy at home against Deerfield Windsor; Marion County hosting Brookstone; and Schley County in Columbus to play Pacelli. Friday’s games will kick-off at 7:30.

Have you noticed the progress being made on the Tractor Supply building? Rainy and wet weather slowed down work the last week or so but still progress is being made. The shell of the new building is going up almost daily now. Drier weather will be a big help in getting this project back on track. This is by far the most visible new building project in the Americus area and drivers on US 19 can watch the progress on a daily basis. Many are looking forward to Tractor Supply opening and becoming a part of our business community.

Mark your calendars for Saturday October 24th. That’s the day for the 12th annual Breast Cancer Awareness Walk. The day will begin at Lenny’s Market with an 8am registration, a talk from Dr. Patricia Fennessy of Phoebe Sumter Obstetrics and Gynecology and the walk beginning at 9am. T-shirts are now being sold at the front desk at Phoebe Sumter Medical Center. You do not have to purchase a T-shirt to participate in the walk.

We finally saw some bright light from the sky yesterday that many referred to as sunshine! The clouds broke after what seemed like a solid 2-weeks of clouds and rain for our area of the state. Sunshine is expected to be around for a few days before another weather system arrives late Friday that will give us a slight chance of rain early Saturday morning. October is traditionally the driest month of the year so the rain chance early Saturday stands at only 20%. With Monday being the Columbus Day holiday and a long weekend for many, the weather should be almost ideal.

Tuesday was a rather quiet day in the City of Americus according to the Americus Police incident reports. An auto was entered at 311 Pineview Drive. Guy Richard Green was arrested at 1608 E. Lamar Street for an outstanding warrant.

Lost property was reported yesterday at 1509 Crawford Street and Lot 10 971 Brady Road.

A theft occurred at apartment 12 103 Sun Valley Drive.

A suspicious person complaint was made at 403 Poplar Street.

Officers responded to 2 domestic-related calls and 4 miscellaneous calls yesterday.

There was 1 accident in the City with no reported injuries.


Sumter County Sheriff’s Deputies worked a total of 27 Tuesday incidents. 5 traffic stops were included. After a stop was made on US 280 west, Ryan A. Anderson was charged with speeding. Warnings were issued in the other stops. Deputies went to domestic disturbances at Lot F 247 Highway 49 south, 141 Catherine Lane and to Phoebe Sumter Medical Center. Threats were made at 622 Highway 49 south and at the Plains Veterinary Clinic. A theft occurred at 186 Mitchell Street. A suspicious person complaint was made at 117 Highway 308. Deputies did respond to an unruly juvenile complaint at 250 Barnes Road.

Housed today in the Sumter County Jail: Juan Bustos-Rojas holding for USMS; Tyrek Altaveon Ford for battery; and Corrine Dowing Gillis holding for USMS.