is the beginning of the 4th of July holiday weekend. Many are off
today for a 3-day weekend but the official travel period begins at 6 this
evening. Law enforcement will be highly visible this holiday weekend to keep
you and your family from becoming a holiday statistic. This is a 78-hour holiday
travel period that will end at on Sunday July 5th. Not only
will the state’s highways be patrolled but so will the state’s waterways. Whatever
you and your family have planned, obey the posted speed limits, don’t drink or
text or stay on the phone while you drive and watch out for the other driver.
If you do have travel plans, remember
that gas prices have gone up as on July 1st. On the local level, not
all chose to bump up the prices and decided to phase them in. Some locations
are still in the $2.30s as of last night while others chose to raise their
prices up from 5 to 9-cents on Wednesday. Be mindful that other areas in the
state may have higher or lower gas prices than those found in town.
Along the same lines, while everyone
has mentioned the gas excise tax that went into effect on July 1st,
another tax will also have an impact if you plan to stay at a hotel or motel in
Georgia. There is now a $5 tax per night per room
that is part of the Transportation Funding Act that is now in effect. This new
fee could REALLY hurt some Mom n’ Pop hotels or bed and breakfast locations. You
have sales tax, hotel and motel taxes and now a $5 fee per room per night. That
too is something to be mindful of if you’re traveling this weekend and any
other time in Georgia.
of the City of Americus,
Courthouse and at the LEC are closed today in observance of the Independence Day
holiday tomorrow. Banks and financial institutions are open today but will be
closed on the holiday tomorrow. There will be mail service today but not
tomorrow. Lenny’s Market on Hampton Street
downtown WILL be open as usual tomorrow from 7 to 1. Lenny’s Market is open
every Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday from 7 to 1 and will be open on the 4th
of July as well.
SumterCountyBOE has meetings
scheduled next week. On Monday July 6th, there will be a called
meeting at in the
boardroom of the SCSAdministrationBuilding.
The purpose of this called meeting is to approve the tentative millage rate and
five-year tax digest. Immediately following the called meeting, the July work
session will be held. The regular monthly meeting of the BOE will be on Thursday
July 9th at
These meetings are open for the public to attend.
have tweaked the 4th of July weather outlook, or some of them have
anyway. For most of this week, tomorrow for the 4th was expected to
be mostly sunny and quite warm. Now the forecast calls for partly sunny skies,
not AS hot and with a 20-40% chance of afternoon pop-up thunderstorms. The rain
chances increase late Saturday and Sunday is a 50% chance of rain, mainly
during the afternoon. Wherever you are heading this weekend, check on the
weather in your travel destination and plan accordingly.
From the Thursday Americus
Police incident reports, an auto was entered at 316
W. College Street.
A simple battery took place at 9B 950
Terroristic threats were made at 629
Lewis Lowe Court.
Christopher F. Moses was arrested at 915
Elm Avenue for aggravated assault (DVA)
and 1st degree cruelty to children.
A criminal trespass complaint was made at 1711
E. Lamar Street for a damaged vehicle.
Ramirez Fuller and Vernisha Alford were arrested for assault battery at 261-B
A theft took place at 233 W. Lester
Chelsea Maddox Smith and John David Walton were arrested and charged with
disorderly conduct at 102-G Eastview Apartments at this morning.
A forced entry commercial burglary occurred at this morning at 202
W. Church Street at Diya Foods.
A peeping tom report was made on Felder
A hit-n’-run accident occurred on E. Forsyth at Lonnie
Lane and resulted in the arrest of Violetta
S. Hannor for obstruction.
Officers did respond to 6 domestic-related calls in the previous 24-hour
There were 3 accidents with no reported injuries.
Due to the offices at the LEC closed today in observance of the 4th
of July holiday, there will be no reports available from the SumterCounty Sheriff’s
Office until Monday.