For the first hour of
the Commissioners meeting last night, presentations were made, then discussed
and voted on. Code Red was voted on as the new mass communication/notification
system for the County. Option#1 was chosen utilizing Blue Cross Blue Shield. A
resolution was approved concerning the bonds being issued by the Sumter County
Schools to build the new high school. Carolyn Brown was re-appointed to the SumterCounty Board of Family and Children Services. Eddie Wallace, Norman Graves
and Cindy Pryor were re-appointed to the Board of Appeals. A contract with
Truman’s Air Conditioning and Heating for HVAC systems at the Columns at BoonePark was approved for $73,125. An agreement between the Board of
Commissioners and GeorgiaSouthwesternStateUniversity for reciprocal use of athletic and
recreation facilities was approved. With only a few announcements and comments
the meeting moved to closed session for litigation and Board appointments.
Several events will be coming up tomorrow May
17th. If you want to know more about the College and CareerAcademy, then make plans to attend a community informational session tomorrow
morning at 11 at BethesdaMissionaryBaptistChurch at 225 Forrest Street. Learn the basics about the College and CareerAcademy and how it impacts us all in SumterCounty.
The agenda setting
meeting of the Mayor and City Council is at 6 tomorrow evening in Council
Chambers of the PublicSafetyBuilding. The May regular monthly meeting of the Mayor and City Council will be
on Thursday May 24th at in Council Chambers. A large crowd is anticipated to attend following
the unexpected termination last month of then City Manager Steve Kennedy.
There will be a
community informational session hosted by SumterCounty Fire and Rescue at tomorrow evening at the LeslieCivicCenter to discuss the new ISO ratings and the
effect it will have on SumterCounty. The Air Evac Lifeteam will also be on
hand to answer questions at this town hall type meeting.
At 8 tomorrow night, the Americus-SumterHigh School Baccalaureate Service is scheduled for Finklea-Robinson Field. There
has been no mention of alternate plans in case of inclimate weather.
Early voting is
winding down. Early voting will end on Friday May 18th at the
Elections Office at the SumterCounty Courthouse from 8 to 5. If you do not
early vote this week, you will go to your usual polling place and vote on
Tuesday May 22nd.
Friday is also the
last day of school in the SumterCountySchool system. Friday night at 8, graduation is set at Finklea-Robinson Field
and again, there has been no mention of alternate plans in case of inclimate
The AFES will begin
annual hydrant testing on Monday May 21st and should be completed
within 6-weeks. These tests are required to maintain Americus’ ISO rating which affects property
insurance rates. The tests also ensure that the hydrant system is kept in top
working order to keep our citizens safe and protect property.
After an impressive
Peace Office Memorial Day Ceremony yesterday, things got back to normal for the
Americus Police. Robert L. Avriett and Brianna
Reynolds were arrested for assault battery following a domestic in the S. Hampton Street area.
A criminal trespass
complaint was made at 207 E. Lester.
property was reported at 304 E. Dodson Street.
Theft of lost/mislaid
property occurred at 252-B Felder Street and at 1208 Crawford Street.
A forgery was
reported to officers.
Following a traffic
stop on N. MLK Boulevard, Darren B. Samas Jr. was charged with speeding
and driving with a suspended license.
A burglary was
investigated at A15 817 Mayo Street.
Answering a domestic
call to 403-A Bessie Mays Circle, Eric L. Rutherford was arrested for disorderly conduct.
A theft took place
There was a hit-n-run
accident reported at 1435 N. Lee Street.
Officers worked 4
accidents yesterday that had 2 injury complaints.
While Deputies were
busy yesterday there were only a few incidents for the SumterCounty Sheriff’s Office. In addition to prisoner transports and assisting
motorists, Deputies made 1 traffic stop yesterday. At a stop on Highway 195 at Cooper Road, Jerri A. Culbertson was charged with
driving while unlicensed, failure to maintain insurance, driving a vehicle with
suspended registration and drug charges. There was an animal complaint at 195 Tommy Hooks Road. A 3rd degree forgery case is
being investigated. There was a bad child complaint made at 1601 N. MLK Boulevard.
Housed in the Sumter
County Jail today: Jerri Anita Culbertson for possession of methamphetamine/
driving while unlicensed/ failure to maintain insurance/ driving a vehicle with
suspended registration/ and Southwestern probation; Quincy Martheus Moore—housing
for Richland PD; Tiara Kenyatta Peterson—housing for Richland PD; Dominique
Samone Poole for DUI/ failure to maintain lane/ illegal possession of a
controlled substance/ and driving while unlicensed; Christopher Allen Sims for
aggravated assault/ robbery/ and theft by taking; Harley David Smith for
obstruction; Michael Bernard Taylor—holding for Fayette County SO; and Jessie
Lee Terry for 2nd degree criminal damage to property/ false
imprisonment/ reckless conduct/ 3rd degree cruelty to children/ and battery