Town Crier: Sept. 5, 2015

Published 5:00 pm Saturday, September 5, 2015

Board of Education: The Sumter County Board of Education has a work session at 6 p.m. Sept. 8 and a regular meeting at 7 p.m. Sept. 10 in the SCS Administration Building, 100 Learning Lane, Americus. Both are open to the public.

Land Bank Authority: The Americus-Sumter Land Bank Authority meets at 1 p.m. Sept. 9 in the Municipal Building in the second-floor meeting room. The meeting is open to the public.

Servsafe® Training: Servsafe® Training for Food Service Managers is Sept. 28-29. Pre-registration is required by Sept. 11. Cost is $140. Call 924-4476 for more information or stop by the Sumter County Extension Office, Sumter County Agricultural Center, 127 William Bowen Pointe.

Book Signing: Kay Whidbee Sherwood will signs copies of her latest book, a novel —  News from the Holy Land — from 2-4 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 12 at Bittersweet Books, downtown Americus.

Email Marketing Workshop: The Americus-Sumter County Chamber of Commerce hosts a Quickstart Email Marketing Workshop from 2-4 p.m. Sept. 15 at Phoebe Sumter Medical Center Wellness & Education Classroom, 132 U.S. Highway 280 West, Suite A. Cost is $5 for Chamber members, $10 for non-members. Space is limited. Call today 924-2646 for reservation.

Garden Mum Fundraiser: Help support the Schley County FFA by purchasing fall garden chrysanthemums. They are $6 each and they come in 6 1/2 inch pots. Make checks to Schley County FFA. Available in three colors: red, orange and yellow/bronze. Orders are due Sept. 18. Delivery to the school greenhouse will be Sept. 22 by Troy Windham from Windham Greenhouses. To order Mums see a FFA member or call the Front Office 229-937-0560 and leave your name and number. You can directly reach Eric Sellers, Ag teacher, at

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Rural America Fest: The annual Rural America Festival is a month earlier this year, Oct. 10 on the Marion County Courthouse Square. Sponsored by the Beautiful View Garden Club, the event starts with a parade at 10 a.m. with activities and food until 6 p.m. Admission is free. Proceeds from booth rentals are used for beautification projects and to help maintain the Community Center. Proceeds from a barbecue pork lunch are used to support Lion’s Club projects for glasses for needy children in Marion County. Booth spaces are for rent for $25 and food vendors for $40. Call Claudine Morgan 649-8118 for both rental. Call Donna Scott 649-7349.

Volunteers Needed: Learning for Everyone Inc. (LEAP) is seeking volunteers for its Mentor Partnership with the Sumter County School System. Volunteers will mentor children in the grades 3-9. Interested applicants may check out our website at or contact Brittany Dawson, Mentor coordinator at 229-924-9443 or They may also attend our mentor trainings. Mentor trainings are held at 5:30 p.m. on the third Tuesday of each month at 200 Cotton Ave.

Weight Watchers: Weight Watchers meets Thursdays at First Presbyterian Church, 125 S. Jackson St. Weigh-in is at 5 p.m., followed by meeting at 5:30 p.m. Visit

Mustard Seed House: Calvary Episcopal Church’s Mustard Seed House is open from 9 a.m.-1 p.m. every Saturday on Brannan Avenue. Stop by for some great deals.

Al-Anon: You do not have to be an alcoholic to suffer from the effects of alcoholism. Al-Anon offers a safe place to recover from the effects of another person’s drinking. Meetings are 7-8 p.m. Tuesdays at the AA Clubhouse, Ga. Highway 30. All meetings are confidential and open to interested persons.

GED Testing Hours: GED testing at the Stein Center are 8 a.m.-noon and 1-5 p.m. Tuesday and Wednesday, and the first Saturday of each month.

4-E Learning & Prevention Center: After School program for K-8th grade students is 2:30-5:30 p.m. Monday-Friday. Registration fee is $25 or $60 for pickup from school. You might be eligible for free or reduced child care. Contact DFCS. To register, call 928-5605 or e-mail or apply online at

Anonymous Crime Tipline: The Americus Police Department has an anonymous crime tip line 924-4102. Citizens can leave information for police about crime in their neighborhood or other areas. The calls are completely anonymous.

CPR Classes: Americus Fire and Emergency Services will offer American Heart Association CPR certification classes. Call Harriett Williams at 924-3213 for more information.

Drug Problems: Narcotics Anonymous meets 7:30-8:30 p.m. Mondays for members only. A meeting open to the public is held 7:30-8:30 p.m. Thursdays. All meetings are held at Williams Road Church of Christ. Call George C. 942-3752 or Charlie S. 938-0218 for more information.

Needs Volunteers: The Mattie Marshall Center is looking for volunteers to help do activities. Do you play an instrument, sing, dance or have a club or group that would like to come visit? We need volunteers of all ages and types for parties, Bingo, exercise, church services, snacks, etc. For information call Nikki Jones 924-9352, ext. 3089.

Free Classes: Free GED classes are 8:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Mondays in Sumter, Schley, Marion, Macon, Webster and Crisp counties. For information call 931-7323.

Support Group: The Alzheimer’s and Dementia Support Group meets from noon-1:30 p.m. the first Tuesday of every month in the Magnolia Room at Magnolia Manor Retirement Center. A light lunch will be served.

American Legion: American Legion Post 2 meets at 7 p.m. the fourth Monday of each month.