Town crier: Feb. 7, 2018

Published 3:46 pm Thursday, February 8, 2018

Kold Run/Walk: The Americus Kiwanis Club’s annual Kold Run and Walk is at 8 a.m. Feb. 10 starting in the back parking lot of the Georgia Southwestern State University Education Building. Registration is $25 prior to Feb. 9 and $30 on event day. All participants receive a Kool Kiwanis imprinted sports bag containing goodies. Fantastic door prizes also available. The top three male and female finishers in each of 15 age groups will receive awards, as well as Overall Master Male and Female. Registration and packet pickup is from 6:30-7:30 a.m. event day. For information call Charlene Pennymon 229-928-6487 or Stephen Pinnell 229-938-1099.

Pecan Meeting: A Pecan Production meeting is at noon Feb. 13 in the auditorium of the Sumter County Agricultural Center, 127 William Bowen Pointe. Earn one hour credit towards private and/or commercial (Category 21) pesticide license. There will be a sponsored meal so PLEASE call 924-4476 to reserve.

Furlow Applications: Furlow Charter School is accepting applications from students entering grades 5K-11 for the 2018-19 academic school year. The school is open to all children of Sumter County (based on availability), does not charge tuition, and does not have special entrance requirements. Applications for enrollment are available at the school at 63 Valley Drive in Americus or can be downloaded from the FCS website,  Applications are available in both English and Spanish and must be completed and turned in by 5 p.m. Feb. 14.

Authority Meeting: The Joint (Sumter, Macon and Webster counties) Development Authority meets at 4 p.m. Feb. 15 at the Rees Park Economic Development Center. The annual election of officers will be held and quarterly updates. Mary Beth Bass of the One Sumter Economic Development Foundation will share about the College and Career Academy Initiative Sumter County is undertaking. The meeting is open to the public.

Fun Run&Walk: The GSW Homecoming Fun Run & Walk is Feb. 17, hosted by GSW Alumni Association. The community event starts with registration at 8 a.m. at the GSW School Education. The 1-Mile Walk starts at 8:30 a.m., followed by the 5K Run at 8:45. Awarding is at 9:30 a.m. Entry is $15/adults and $10/students and youth. Pre-registration includes t-shirt. Major sponsor is Citizens Bank of Americus. Proceeds beneit GSW Alumni Legacy Scholarships. For information

$5 Sale: The Phoebe Sumter Medical Center Auxiliary hosts a $5 jewelry and accessories sale from 8 a.m.-7 p.m. Feb. 26 and 8 a.m.-6 p.m. Feb. 27 in the Wellness Center at the hospital complex.

Authority Meeting: The annual meeting of the Sumter County Industrial Development Authority is at 4 p.m. March 1in the Rees Park Economic Development Center, 409 Elm Ave. The meeting is open to the public.

Support Group: Innovative Senior Solutions announces “Flint River CARE- NET Support Group,” a care-net collaboration between Rosalynn Carter Institute for Caregiving. A ribbon cutting, and first meeting will be from noon-1:30 p.m. March 20 at the Rosalynn Carter Institute in Americus. Lunch will be served during this meeting time. Keynote speaker is Gayle Alston, program director of RCI, vendors, and more. The CARE-NET meeting is a volunteer coalition of professional and family caregivers who meet quarterly and carry out educational projects, resource development and advocacy for all types of caregivers in the eight counties of Sumter, Randolph, Crisp, Dooly, Macon, Webster, Schley and Clay.

Vidalia Onions: Sumter County 4-H Club is selling 10-lb. bags of Vidalia Onions for $10 each. Place your order by Friday, April 13 at Sumter County Extension Office. Pick up orders from 1-5 p.m. May 10 at the Sumter County Agricultural Center.

Phoebe Sumter Heart Walk/Run: The annual event is Feb. 17 starting at the Schley County Recreation Department Complex, 400 Gill St. with registration from 8:3-0-9:15 a.m. and the walk/run starting at 9:30 a.m. For information call 229-931-6812.

Board Meeting: The Lake Blackshear Regional Library Board of Trustees holds its quarterly meeting at 6:30 p.m. Feb. 15 at the Dooly County Library, 1200 East Union St, Vienna, GA. The meeting is open to the public.

Beekeeping: The 2018 Intro to Beekeeping class is from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. March 10 at 920 W. Third Ave. Cost is $35 prior to March 5, and $40 at the door. Morning classroom discussion is followed by lunch after which training at the club hives will take place. Participants receive a gift bag, door prizes and a choice of a beekeeping book or DVD. For information visit or

Free Caregiver Support: Are you or someone you know caring for someone with memory problems? RCI REACH is a free dementia caregiver support program, with eligibility based on caregiver assessment, regardless of income. For more information, email RCI REACH Coach Sissy Bowen, of the Rosalynn Carter Institute for Caregiving, at: or call her at: 229-931-4545.

Caregivers’ Companion: The monthly Caregivers’ Companion Support Group meets the at 6 p.m. the second Thursday of every month at the Roman Oven Pizzeria. All former and current caregivers for persons with Alzheimer’s disease or a related dementia are welcome. Meals are Dutch treat.

Free Service: Americus Fire & Emergency Services offers free blood pressure checks from 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday through Friday at Station 1 (South Lee Street).

GriefShare: First Baptist Church offers a non-denominational video series and biblical concepts for healing after the death of a loved one. Led by caring people, participants are provided workbooks for personal study and receive encouragement through small-group discussion. Meetings are from 7-8:30 p.m. the first and third Mondays of each month. There is no cost and the meetings are open to anyone grieving the death of a loved one. For information call the church 229-924-9035 or Ann Beaver 229-894-9825.

Narcotics Anonymous: First Step Group meetings have moved to a new location at 126 Forest Street and are 7:30 p.m. Tuesdays and Fridays.

Friends of Bill W.: Alcholics Anonymous meets at 8 p.m. Mondays and Tuesdays, 6 p.m. Wednesdays, and 8 p.m. Thursdays and Fridays. Call 229-815-6991 for information.

GED Testing Hours: GED testing at the McClain Center at South Georgia Technical College is 8 a.m.-noon and 1-5 p.m. Tuesdays and the first Saturday of each month. Free GED classes are available. Call 229-931-7323.

Youth Mentoring: Love & Mercy Outreach Programs Inc. presents the S.O.L.A.C.E. Youth Mentoring Program from 7-8 p.m. every Saturday at 1243 Faith St. Annex Building; LMOP Inc. Activities Center. All teens ages 12-18 are welcome. For more information or for a ride, contact Tanya Reese 229-591-2565 or Qaijuan Willis 229-942-7220. Also e-mail us 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.

Faith Clinic: Sumter Faith Clinic is a non-profit organization directed at meeting the spiritual and health care needs of residents of Sumter County who do not have health insurance or an affordable means to health care. Services include basic, non-emergent medical care of acute conditions as well as treatment of some chronic conditions. Services are delivered by volunteers. The clinic is located at 127 S. Jackson St. next to First Presbyterian Church. Hours of operation are 6-9 p.m. Mondays and 1-5 p.m. Thursdays.

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.

Volunteers Needed: Phoebe Sumter Hospice, a local nonprofit, is looking for volunteers to serve as a member of the hospice team by sharing skills and interests in a manner that provides comfort and enriches the quality of life for those served. As a volunteer you serve with patients or help in the office with staff. If you are interested please call Belinda Bond at 229-931-7421/ the office 229-928-4000 or email

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 Charlotte Watts 924-9352, ext. 3089.

Ambassadors Needed: The Ambassadors of the Americus-Sumter County Chamber of Commerce are looking for new members. Chamber member businesses are invited to nominate someone to join this elite group of business minded individuals who perform volunteer work on behalf of the Chamber. Call 924-2646 for information.

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.

Substance Abuse: Love and Mercy Outreach programs presents Alpha and Omega Substance Abuse and Awareness Program from 6-7 p.m. every Saturday at 511-D W. Forsyth St. All people with alcohol and drug addiction issues and their friends and family are welcome. For more information or for a ride, call James Ross 229-331-4746 or William Wallace 229-331-8160.

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

Lodge Meeting: M.B. Council Lodge No. 13, F&AM meets at 7 p.m. first and third Tuesday of very month at the Masonic Temple, 1209 Crawford St.

Pilot Club: The Americus Pilot Club meets (focuses on brain-related injuries and disorders) meets at 6 p.m. the second Tuesday of each month in the Magnolia Room, Magnolia Manor Retirement Center, South Lee Street.

Soup Kitchen: The Soup Kitchen, at 437 S. Hampton St., is open at 6 p.m. every Wednesday to all in need.

Volunteers Needed: SOWEGA Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA), office serving a six-county area, needs volunteers to work with abused and neglected children who are involved in the court system. A CASA volunteer advocates for the child’s best interest before the court. Training classes are available soon. For more information, call 931-4488.

Adult Reading Skills: Adult Literacy Action Inc. has several openings for adult individuals interested in improving their reading skills. The organization is affiliated with the Lake Blackshear Regional Library. Volunteer tutors are available to work with individuals on a one-on-one basis. Generally sessions are held one or two times a week for about an hour. Training materials are furnished at no charge. If interested, call 924-9010.

Recovery Program: Doing things the same never brings change. Got problems? Drugs, divorce, alcohol, porn; it doesn’t matter. Join us at 7 p.m. every Monday at 245 Southland Road for Celebrate Recovery. Contact us at 924-7409 or 937-2966 for more information or visit and click on Celebrate Recovery.

Al-Anon: You do not have to be an alcoholic to suffer from the effects of alcoholism. We offer a safe place to recover from the effects of another person’s drinking. Meetings are 7-8 p.m. Tuesdays at the Carswell House, Calvary Episcopal Church, 133 Brannan Ave.. All meetings are confidential and open to interested persons.

Lions Club: The Plains Lions Club meets at 7 p.m. on the second Monday of each month. Call President Michael Dominick at 942-2419 or information.

Free Classes: GED prep classes are offered from 9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Mondays and Tuesdays at the Jimmy and Rosalynn Carter Boys & Girls Club. Classes and books are free. Participants can study independently. Practice GED tests are given. Call 229-931-7325 or South Georgia Technical College Adult Literacy for more information.

AA Meetings: Alcoholics Anonymous meets at 6:30 p.m. Tuesdays at the John Gill House, 2237 S. Broad St. between Ameris Bank and Ellaville United Methodist Church. Call for 815-3001 for more information.

Al-Anon: The Macon County Al-Anon Family Group has changed its meeting time from Wednesday nights to 1:30 p.m. Sundays at St. Mary’s, 608 Rawls St. Parking is in front of the church. Call 478-472-6518 to confirm meeting.

Mental Illness Support: NAMI Albany, the local affiliate of the National Alliance on Mental Illness, offers support, education and advocacy, and regular programs and support groups meet at the Advocacy Resource Center, 3005 Old Dawson Road. Look for the NAMI signs. Night Education Program, open to the public is from 6-8 p.m. p.m. the second Tuesday of each month. Connection group for adults in recovery; Family group for family and close friends meet from 7:30-8:30 p.m. the second Tuesday. Family & Connection groups meet 6:30-8 p.m. fourth Tuesday of the month. Call for information: (229) 329 1444 or