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Board of Education recount shows tally discrepancy

By: Tracy K. Hall After approving or denying provisional votes, Board of Education (BOE) candidate Abbis Bivins received ... Read more | Add your comment

Dr. Choates recommends Sumter County Schools offer hybrid educational approach for third nine weeks

By: Tracy K. Hall The Sumter County Board of Education (BOE) met for the November Work Session on ... Read more | Add your comment

Mattie J.T. Stepanek wins grant, becomes Welcoming Community Movement Partner

Recent Grant Helps Build Community, Create Inclusive Spaces and Change Perceptions in Georgia AMERICUS, GA (NOV. 1, 2020) ... Read more | Add your comment

The Social Exchange: Another Sumter County treasure

BY:  Tracy K. Hall It was another perfect Americus evening. Fine company made up of all kinds of ... Read more | Add your comment

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Americus-Sumter High graduation rate ranks highest in region

By: Sumter County Schools Sumter County School Superintendent, Dr. Torrance Choates, is proud to announce the four-year graduation rate for Americus Sumter High School for ... Read more | Add your comment

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Downtown Americus celebrates Christmas Open House November 19

It’s that time of year again! Local merchants are making preparations for the annual Downtown Christmas Open House, scheduled for Thursday, Nov. 19 from 5-8 ... Read more | Add your comment

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Sports

GSW Basketball Schedules Revised; Home Openers December 14 & 15

From Staff Reports   AMERICUS – The Georgia Southwestern State University men’s and women’s basketball teams have revised their schedules for the 2020-21 season. Both ... Read more

by Ken Gustafson, Tuesday, November 24, 2020 4:26 pm

Sports

Ward recognized as Hurricane Hero

From Staff Reports AMERICUS – The Georgia Southwestern State University Athletics Department recently named Christie Ward a Hurricane Hero. The Hurricane Heroes initiative recognizes nominated ... Read more

by Ken Gustafson, Tuesday, November 24, 2020 2:22 pm

Local News

Americus City Council regular meeting held Thursday, Nov. 19

The Mayor and Americus City Council met on Thursday evening in a virtual manner. The agenda items requiring a vote included a speed bump to ... Read more

by tracyhall, Tuesday, November 24, 2020 11:38 am

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Area Beat for 11/20 to 11/24/2020

Sumter County Sheriff’s Office Arrest Summary for 11/20 to 11/22/2020 Brown, Fanta Nicollette, 42, 11/22/2020, Theft By Shoplifting Cliatte, Chassity Marie, 43, 11/20/2020, Housing for ... Read more

by Ken Gustafson, Monday, November 23, 2020 7:39 pm

Sports

South Georgia Tech Lady Jets ranked 10th nationally in pre-season poll

From Staff Reports   AMERICUS – The South Georgia Technical College (SGTC) Lady Jets were ranked 10th in the nation in the “Way-Too-Early National Junior ... Read more

by Ken Gustafson, Monday, November 23, 2020 5:15 pm

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Bird receives GEAC 2020 Educational Fundraising/Development award

From Staff Reports   AMERICUS – South Georgia Technical College (SGTC) Vice President for Institutional Advancement Su Ann Bird received the Georgia Educational Advancement Council ... Read more

by Ken Gustafson, Monday, November 23, 2020 4:32 pm

Sports

Southland Academy Clay Target Team finishes as state runner-up at GISA State Tournament

From Staff Reports     SAVANNAH – The Southland Academy (SAR) Varsity Shooting Team finished as the state runner-up at the Georgia Independent School Association ... Read more

by Ken Gustafson, Monday, November 23, 2020 4:15 pm

Sports

Americus-Sumter Lady Panthers open their season with a victory over Starr’s Mill

From Staff Reports     FAYETTEVILLE, GA – It has been almost nine months since that glorious March day in Macon when the Americus-Sumter (ASHS) ... Read more

by Ken Gustafson, Monday, November 23, 2020 1:21 pm

Sports

Special teams, turnovers and penalties prove costly in Raiders’ loss at Brookwood

THOMASVILLE, GA – Coming off their 44-12 throttling of Tiftarea Academy the week before, the Southland Academy Raiders (SAR) made the 101-mile trek down near ... Read more

by Ken Gustafson, Saturday, November 21, 2020 1:56 am

Sports

Americus-Sumter’s football game at Mary Persons cancelled due to COVID-19

AMERICUS – Tonight’s football game between the Americus-Sumter Panthers and the Mary Persons Bulldogs has been cancelled due to the fact that a member of ... Read more

by Ken Gustafson, Friday, November 20, 2020 12:21 pm

Local News

SGTC 2020 graduates to receive graduation t-shirts

From Staff Reports   AMERICUS – The year 2020 has been a strange one to say the least and because of COVID-19 restrictions, graduates and ... Read more

by Ken Gustafson, Wednesday, November 18, 2020 7:57 pm

Local News

Discussion on solar farm and IGA with Americus approved at BOC meeting

AMERICUS – The Sumter County Board of Commissioners (BOC) held its monthly meeting on Tuesday, November 17. At that meeting, which was held virtually using ... Read more

by Ken Gustafson, Wednesday, November 18, 2020 6:13 pm

Sports

Southland Academy’s Chase Ledger breaks 49-year-old school record

AMERICUS – It is said that records are made to be broken. In the case of former Southland Academy (SAR) punter Donnie Price, it looked ... Read more

by Ken Gustafson, Tuesday, November 17, 2020 2:49 pm

Sports

Panthers earn first win of the season at Pike County

From Staff Reports     ZEBULON, GA – Both Americus-Sumter (ASHS) and Pike County (PCHS) have struggled mightily this season. Coming into their Friday night ... Read more

by Ken Gustafson, Monday, November 16, 2020 10:15 pm

Sports

Hall posts top 10 time, leads GSW at PBC Championship

From Staff Reports   OAKWOOD, GA – Georgia Southwestern State University (GSW) Sophomore Catherine Hall made the most of her season debut on Saturday, November ... Read more

by Ken Gustafson, Monday, November 16, 2020 5:56 pm

Sports

Raiders defeat Tiftarea Academy in dominating fashion on Senior Night

From Staff Reports     AMERICUS – After their heartbreaking loss to Valwood last week, the Southland Academy Raiders (SAR) came into Friday night’s crucial ... Read more

by Ken Gustafson, Monday, November 16, 2020 3:13 pm

Sports

Wildcats’ state playoff hopes are dashed with loss to Manchester

ELLAVILLE – After last week’s loss to Chattahoochee County in Cusseta, the Schley County Wildcats (SCHS) came into Friday night’s crucial Region 5A-Public contest against ... Read more

by Ken Gustafson, Sunday, November 15, 2020 10:35 pm

Local News

GSW sees highest enrollment in school history, among USG’s top increases for Fall 2020

From Staff Reports   AMERICUS – Georgia Southwestern State University‘s (GSW) Fall 2020 total enrollment is the highest since the institution’s founding in 1906 with ... Read more

by Ken Gustafson, Friday, November 13, 2020 2:15 pm

Sports

Synovus wins SGTC Jets Booster Club Sparky Reeves Classic Golf Tournament

By Su Ann Bird   AMERICUS – The Synovus team of Buddy Guth, Jason Evans, and Jodie Hays won the coveted “Red Jackets” when they ... Read more

by Ken Gustafson, Friday, November 13, 2020 1:37 pm

Local News

Technology guru Leslie Fisher hosts workshop at SGTC

By Su Ann Bird   AMERICUS – Leslie Fisher of Fisher Technologies Inc. presented an on-site Professional Development session at South Georgia Technical College (SGTC) ... Read more

by Ken Gustafson, Thursday, November 12, 2020 9:18 pm

Sports

Sumter Cycling presents November 20 as Bike to Work Day

From Staff Reports     AMERICUS – Sumter Cycling is encouraging the people of Sumter County to use Friday, November 20 as a day to ... Read more

by Ken Gustafson, Thursday, November 12, 2020 8:46 pm

Sports

GSW’s Hall Earns Peach Belt Conference Academic Distinction

By Keith Michlig   AMERICUS, GA — Georgia Southwestern State University women’s cross country sophomore Catherine Hall was named to the 2020 Peach Belt Conference ... Read more

by Ken Gustafson, Thursday, November 12, 2020 8:22 pm

Sports

Schley County baseball standout Dylan Taylor signs with UGA

From Staff Reports     ELLAVILLE – For another local high school student-athlete, the dream of playing a sport in college has come true. On ... Read more

by Ken Gustafson, Thursday, November 12, 2020 7:59 pm

Local News

Sumter County BOC conducts Public Hearing on rezoning of land for solar farm

AMERICUS – The Sumter County Board of Commissioners (BOC) held its monthly meeting virtually on Tuesday, November 10. At this meeting, the BOC held a ... Read more

by Ken Gustafson, Thursday, November 12, 2020 6:59 pm

Sports

Southland boys and girls’ XC teams turn in solid results at GISA State Meet

From Staff Reports     MACON – Both the Southland Academy (SAR) girls’ and boys’ cross country teams finished the 2020 season on a high ... Read more

by Ken Gustafson, Tuesday, November 10, 2020 6:07 pm