Americus Times-Recorder, Americus, Georgia

Local News

October 17, 2012

Tourism council out of the red

AMERICUS — The Americus-Sumter County Tourism Council is officially out of debt.

That announcement was made at the monthly board meeting by Angie Singletary, executive director.

Early in 2011, the Council’s executive director was fired after it was brought to light that the Council was $131,000 in debt.

On Wednesday, Singletary, who was appointed after the debt was discovered, announced that the repayment plan had been implemented and the debt paid.

In other business, Singletary briefed the group on a digital sign which she has secured permission from the Georgia Department of Transportation to site in the “middle of the viaduct.” SPLOST funds will pay for the sign and the project will let for bids in the near future after the final design is approved.

Singletary also announced that an Art Henry Tour will be Americus in February and she will be involved.

Jennifer Suggs was introduced as a new employee who is working with Singletary in the Downtown Development Authority as well as helping out in the Welcome Center.

Ian Pierson of the National Park Service gave an update of coming events, as follow.

• Nov. 2-4 — The National Park Service  (NPS) partners with Cafe Campesino for the Tour de Farm.

• In observance of Veterans Day, on Nov. 9-11, the NPS partners with state parks, River Valley Regional Development Commission, SAM Shortline Railroad and Sumter Cycles for the Presidents and Patriots Park-to-Park Bike Adventure.

• Nov. 17 is Old Farm Day at the Jimmy Carter Boyhood Farm.

Jackie Bryce shared information on the economic impact of the future Americus Motorsports Complex for which ground should be broken within the enxt four to five months.

Kat Mournighan reported the success of the recent Clarence Jordan Symposium held by Koinonia which brought about 400 people to town for the weekend. Next weekend, Koinonia will be holding a 70th reunion at the farm and many of those visiting will be staying in local hotels and motels. Mournighman commented on how impressed the visitors were with the hospitality of the community.

Other events mentioned were the Nov. 10 Car Show and Veterans Appreciation in Plains, Downtown Americus Christmas Open House Nov. 15, Downtown Americus Christmas Parade Dec. 6.

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