Carolyn D. Jones will celebrate her birthday on September 22.

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Afrose Arshi August ASHS Teacher Of The Month.

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Mr. Emmett Billings
Dec. 15, 1936 – Aug. 26, 2017

“Gone Too Soon”

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Dick Gregory, civil rights activist and comedian, dead at 84.

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Sloane Stephens defeated Madison Keys to win the US Open in straight sets.

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September 2017

Vol. XX No. 8

History Fact:

After enrollment of black high school students in Mansfield, Texas, triggers rioting, Governor Allan Shivers calls in the Texas Rangers to prevent school desegregation on August 30, 1956.

Shirley Green Reese Has a Criminal Past

Late Johnny Green, husband of Debra
Green, father of Kenyatta Tucker and
brother of Shirley Green Reese.

Shirley Green-Reese
Americus City Councilwoman

Debra Green, the wife of the late Johnny Green who was Councilwoman Shirley Reese’s brother, says Shirley took her house by falsifying documents. The results of Reese forging the documents resulted in her sister-in-law becoming homeless. Mr. Green’s daughter Kenyatta Tucker told the Americus Sumter Observer about her mother being homeless because of her aunt’s illegal actions. Tucker’s mother now lives with her. Shirley Reese presented a quick claim deed that gave her the ownership of the house after her brother passed and removed her brother’s widow out on the street. Tucker alleges that her aunt Reese forged documents to take possession of her dad’s property by allegedly forging Johnny Green’s name.

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Hillary Clinton’s clear warning to Democrats: Don’t be like Bernie

John Marshall, MD
Publisher, Americus Sumter
Observer newspaper

Dr. Torrance choates
Sumter Schools Superintendent

By Aaron Blake
We knew from an excerpt of her book leaked last week that Hillary Clinton wasn’t particularly thrilled with the campaign Bernie Sanders ran against her. But in an interview released Tuesday, she really picked Sanders apart — at length. Talking to the former Obama aides who now run the popular “Pod Save America” podcast, Clinton roundly denounced and dismissed not just Sanders’s campaign but basically his entire political ethos, suggesting it’s overly simplistic and awful for the Democratic Party. And at a time when Sanders’s “Medicare for all” proposal just happens to be catching fire among top Democrats, it’s difficult not to read this as Clinton’s effort to arrest the party’s tilting toward Sanders.

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Our Beloved Americus NAACP Treasurer Passed

NAACP Treasurer Veteran
Roosevelt “Nick” Mitchell

Staff Reports

Veteran Roosevelt Mitchell, affectionately called “Nick”, was born in Sumter County, Georgia on July 8, 1947 to the parentage of the late Mr. Charlie Mitchell and the late Mrs. Minnie Holmes Mitchell. He received his education in the public schools of Sumter County. At an early age, he joined the Friendship Baptist Church in Desoto, Georgia, under the leadership of Rev. Staley Styles. He served as a Deacon and Treasurer for many years until his death. He joined the United States Air Force in 1966. After returning home, he attended South Georgia Technical School, where he studied the trade of Air Craft Mechanic. He worked as a certified auto mechanic for Sumter Tire & Battery, Goodyear, Brad Ragen, and Tire Pro. Nick had the first store in “New Town” called Singleton Height Groceries. He was a dedicated member of the C.B. Dowdell American Legion Post #558, where he served as Advocate. He was a dedicated member of the Americus, GA NAACP Chapter, where he served as Treasurer. He was on the Zoning Committee for Sumter County and Treasurer for the Neighborhood Watch on Jenkins Road.

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Christian Community Calendar

  • NEW BEGINNINGS OUTREACH MINISTRY (Apostle John Lundy), Americus

    Saturdays: Building on God’s Foundation

    Apostle John Keith Lundy is currently building on God’s foundation by remodeling God’s house located on 2nd Montgomery Street. Members and friends meet on Saturdays to work on the project. If you are interested in supporting the effort, contact Apostle Lundy or Prophetess Phyllis Lundy at 229-942-4120 for more information.

  • One ARK Apostolic Outreach Ministries (Dr. Adrienne Beach- Duncan), Montezuma

    Saturday, August 26th (10 am): Conference

    Dr. Beach-Duncan, Founder and Host, of One ARK Ministries, presents the “Courage in the Face of Adversity” Encouragement & Empowerment Conference. Speakers include Bishop Jeray Randall and Co-Pastor Cynthia Johnson. The event will be held at the Preston Williams Center located at 708 Vienna Road in Montezuma. Pre-registration is required. Please call or text 478-316-0275 or email

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