Local News

Wednesday September 11th, 2019




Today is Patriot’s Day as we all remember the events that took place 18-years ago when we were under a terrorist attack in New York and Washington. We were all glued to the TV and radio as all of the air waves were taken over by news media as the graphic pictures of the Twin Towers and the Pentagon just were unbelievable. We saw the true resolve of Americans, law enforcement, First Responders and firefighters as they went above and beyond the call of duty. On this Patriot’s Day, fly your flags proudly today and everyday as we remember!



The Agenda-Setting meeting of the Mayor and City Council is at 6pm tomorrow evening in Council Chambers of the Public Safety Building downtown. Several items will be up for discussion that will be voted on at next week’s monthly City Council meeting. The community is invited to attend.


The monthly meeting of the Sumter County BOE is at 7 tomorrow evening in the boardroom of the SCS Administration Building. Several items that were discussed at Monday’s work session will be up for a vote tomorrow evening. The public is encouraged to attend this meeting.


High school football gets an early start as Schley County plays tomorrow night at 7 at Kinnett Stadium against Spencer High. On Friday the 13th, Marion County is at home hosting Pacelli. Americus-Sumter travels to Leesburg to play Lee County and Southland Academy travels to Loganville to play Loganville Christian. Friday’s games will all kickoff at 7:30.



This morning the award-winning weight control program called “Walk-a-Weigh” will be offered by the Sumter County Extension Service starting at 10 this morning at the Lake Blackshear Regional Library on E. Lamar Street. Each Walk-a-Weigh session includes a lesson on ways to control your weight and a time for the group to walk together. If you need more information on this program or to register for Walk-a-Weigh, call the Extension Office at 229-924-4476.


The Heart & Sole 5K is set for this Saturday the 14th. This race will begin at 8am in the Global Graphics parking lot at 107 Hudson Street at 8am. Race day registration will be from 6:45-7:45am. There’s a $100 cash prize for the overall male and female and overall male and female masters. You can register online for the Saturday race at www.https://runsignup.com/race/Ga/Americus/TheHeartSole5K. For more information, please contact Charley Varnum at 229-591-0831. There’s still time to sign up for Saturday’s race.


Saturday is the annual PSMC Men’s Health Fair at the Student Success Center on the GSW campus. The annual event will be from 7:30 to 11am with free health screenings, education booths and door prizes. Dr. Jeremy Joyner will be the guest speaker on the importance of colon cancer screenings. The Men’s Health Fair is free and open to the public. For more information, call 229-931-6812. Plan now to attend the annual Men’s Health Fair and learn how to be “Healthy Head to Toe”.



From the Tuesday Americus Police reports, investigation led to the arrest of Kearria S. Westbrook for 3-counts of theft by taking at 400 Tripp Street.


After a traffic stop on E. Forsyth at Mayo, Ollie M. Zeon was arrested for driving on a suspended license.


A 1st degree forgery was reported to officers at 119 N. Lee Street.


Responding to a domestic situation at 65-C Cherokee Street, Porcha Brantley was arrested and charged with disorderly conduct and obstruction.


Marvin T. Johnson was arrested last evening at 1205 1st Montgomery and charged with failure to maintain lane and colliding with an object—in this case a house.


A 1st degree burglary was investigated at 1:33 this morning at 1101 S. MLK Boulevard.


A hit-n-run accident occurred at 101 W. Lamar Street.


Officers answered a total of 2 domestic-related calls yesterday.


There were 3 accidents in and around the City yesterday that had no reported injuries.




Sumter County Sheriff’s Deputies conducted 7 traffic stops on Tuesday. At a stop on Highway 49N, Rachel K. Lane was charged with speeding. A traffic stop was made in the CVS parking lot and Anthony R. Burns was charged with expired registration or title and expired or no driver’s license. Following a stop on Highway 27E, Clarisa R. Holt was charged with speeding. 1 motorist was given assistance yesterday. 3 alarms were answered but were false alarms. Assistance was given to a Trooper o a traffic stop and a wanted person, Nyles M. Platten was taken into custody. 2 prisoner transports were made yesterday. Deputies responded to the Hooks Mill Road area where the road was blocked by a downed tree. A suspicious person complaint was filed at 502 Confederate Street. Deputies worked 1 deer-related accident yesterday.


Housed in the Sumter County Jail today: Porcha Nichole Brantley for disorderly conduct and obstruction; Samuel Lee Hunt for felony probation violation; Nyles Martin Platten for criminal trespass and simple battery; and Kearria Shameria Westbrook for 3-counts of theft by taking. 1 was released from jail after posting bond. 1 was back in jail for Court.