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Ignite College and Career Academy’s JROTC cadets put feet to their values

It has been said one of the most healing and restorative actions someone can take is to be of service to others. Service is therapeutic in many ways. When absorbed in our world which can sometimes be very painful, a simple act of service not only allows us to get outside of the pain, but it also puts something good in our community. Sometimes our service is bold, sometimes our service is in the details. Any service makes an impact. Service can be as simple as placing the stranded grocery buggy back in its stall to ensure it causes no harm, as holding a door, as not blocking a parking lot exit point so someone leaving can enter the line of traffic, as picking up an object someone dropped, or even saying hello to a stranger. For a moment in all of these, there is relief from living so far inside of ourselves. Service can also be complex. Our law enforcement provide service every day, some of them on our worst days. There are volunteer boards which ensure Sumter County sees growth in significant ways by recruiting business and achieving strategic goals to improve our future, Others serve in the arts and tourism to ensure Sumter County is enjoyed by citizens and visitors alike. At many a faith-based institution you will find people whose mission it is to feed the hungry, assist the poor and provide restoration for weary souls. Service comes in many fashions, and everyone makes a decision as to what their service looks like. Just as actively choosing to serve is a choice, so is not participating in service. We, intentionally or not, make a decision.
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Who should be paid overtime and a thank you to a paramedic for saving a life discussed at Sumter County BOC Regular Meeting

AMERICUS – At its monthly regular meeting on Tuesday, May 17, the Sumter County Board of Commissioners (BOC) had a discussion on whether or not the positions of the three battalion chiefs of Sumter County Fire and Rescue should be exempt from having to be paid overtime, or non-exempt. This was something that was also discussed at the BOC’s work session the week before.
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Area Beat Report May 16 to May 17, 2022

Sumter County Sheriff’s Office Media Arrest Summary. Barron, Stephen Bernard, 46, Theft By Shoplifting/Obstructing or hindering law enforcement officers/Failure to Appear for finger printable charge – Felony. McCoy, James Arthur (In Jail), 28, Terroristic Threats and Acts. Mizell, Dakoda Neil (In Jail), 34, Reckless Conduct/Discharging firearms on or...
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What is a Local Option Sales Tax and why does it take so many elected officials to discuss?

You might have seen or heard that elected officials representing Sumter County and all the municipalities are going to be gathering over the next months to make some determinations about something referred to as “LOST.” LOST means Local Option Sales Tax and it comes with a rich history. LOST was created as a way for counties and municipalities to collect taxes to pay for citizen services. In an effort to not put the costs of the services directly upon property owners, LOST was created. LOST, as the name suggests is a sales tax. It applies to anyone who makes a purchase within Sumter County. In this way it is a fair tax as anyone, despite their income, residency or property ownership status, pays the same penny on every dollar spent for goods. Every person who buys a product in Sumter County pays into this funding. Sales taxes allow visitors to pay into the funding for our vital services. Collected one penny at a time, these funds offer a significant impact in paying for services we enjoy as citizens. These funds help to keep the entire tax burden off of property owners. With visitors paying into the fund, it also keeps the entire burden off of Sumter County residents.
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Respect. Honor. Gratitude. May 15-21 is National Police Week

We gathered. We gathered to both celebrate and remember. It was a rich moment in time that demands to be savored in order to experience its full power. National Police Week is May 15, to May 21, 2022. Sunday, May 15, Sumter County gathered to pay respect to all that is precious about a law enforcement officer on Peace Officer Memorial Day. While we sat in adoration over the values and the gifts which they offer the community, there was a reminder the death of an officer will always take our breath. As this community often does, Sunday was a day to remember officers who lost their lives in servitude to us. The most recent being the December 7 and 8, 2016, deaths of Jody Smith and Nick Smarr. The death of an officer leaves its mark. It is heavy. It is precious. It demands the rituals of pomp and circumstance. Perhaps it hurts so terribly because with the death of an officer, we see our values attacked.
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John Steven “Steve” Owen: May 9, 2022

John Steven “Steve” Owen passed away on Monday, May 9, 2022 at Perfect Care. He was 68 years old. His wife of 41 years, Michele Annette Owen, preceded him in death on April 1, 2022. He was also preceded in death by his parents and older brother, James “Ronnie” Owen (Marta).
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Schley County, Furlow Charter and Sumter County athletes shine at their various state track and field meets

ALBANY – The amount of Schley County (SCHS) male and female track and field athletes that qualified for this year’s Georgia High School Association (GHSA) 1A-Public State Meet was less than in passed years. Nevertheless, several Wildcats and Lady Wildcat finished in the top eight in the various field events at Hugh Mills Stadium in Albany this past weekend.
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Panthers get Clifford Fedd era underway with spring scrimmage against Marion County

BUENA VISTA, GA – For new Sumter County High School Head Football Coach Clifford Fedd, his staff and his players, the new era of Sumter County Panther football couldn’t get started soon enough. The Panthers competed against Marion County (MCH) in a spring scrimmage Friday night, May 13, at Eagle Stadium on the MCH campus. While the final score was 16-14 in favor of MCH, the team’s performance on both sides of the ball gave Coach Fedd and his staff optimism as the spring practice season ends and the summer workouts begin in preparation for the upcoming 2022 season in August.
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Update on early voting for May 24 election day

Sumter County is holding early voting for the May 24th election day. To date, 691 residents have cast their vote in person. There have been 235 mail in ballots issued, and of these, 76 have been returned. Every Sumter County voter has a reason to cast their vote on the...
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On National Day of Prayer, there is a simple pause

“The first thing we have to do is pause. It’s important to pause. If we fail to pause and spend a few moments listening to God, then we have missed out on the greatest blessing we could ever have. It is in the pausing we can hear God. So, we pause.”
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BOE approves raises

The Sumter County Board of Education (BOE) met for their regular meeting on Thursday, 5.12.22. The BOE utilized a consent agenda, and several items were voted on at one time, rather than addressing them individually. As is typical for a consent agenda, all the items were unanimously approved. Within those items where recommendations from curriculum, property and technology committees.
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Greene’s request for conference center and contract to maintain outdoor weather siren approved at Sumter County BOC Work Session

AMERICUS – At its monthly work session on Tuesday, May 10, the Sumter County Board of Commissioners (BOC) dealt with several topics that were on its agenda, such as the request by Joseph Greene to build a conference center on Mask Road and a Request For Proposal (RFP) made by Sumter County Emergency Management Director Nigel Poole regarding a contract for ANS Services, LLC to repair and maintain an outdoor weather siren.
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Sumter County authorities seeking identity of theft suspect

The Sumter County Sheriff's Office needs the public's help identifying the individual in the photos below. The suspect was involved in a theft at the Get N Go on U.S. Highway 280 East in Americus, GA. If you have any information, contact Deputy Timothy Holman (229) 938-6391 or call the...
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BOE implements new meeting procedure

Due to some technical difficulties, the Sumter County Board of Education (BOE) was unable to stream their agenda setting meeting live on Facebook as has been the case since COVID-19 demanded such changes. Additionally, there were some sound issues, making it difficult to hear the conversation at the board table. However, the in person option is in effect per open meetings law, and all meetings are open to the public at 100 Learning Lane in Americus.
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Sumter County Chamber helping residents impacted by boil advisory

SUMTER COUNTY, Ga. (WGXA) -- The President and CEO of the Sumter County Chamber of Commerce says officials are diligently "working with all parties" to help residents deal with a water boil advisory for Americus. Amber Batchelor states that the West Central Health District continues to respond to the issue.
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