“Local News’

Friday July 3rd, 2015


It 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 midnight 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.

The offices of the City of Americus, the Sumter County 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.

The Sumter County BOE has meetings scheduled next week. On Monday July 6th, there will be a called meeting at 6pm in the boardroom of the SCS Administration Building. 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 7pm. These meetings are open for the public to attend.

Forecasters 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 Anthony Drive.

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 Lonnie Lane.

A theft took place at 233 W. Lester Street.

Chelsea Maddox Smith and John David Walton were arrested and charged with disorderly conduct at 102-G Eastview Apartments at 3:32 this morning.

A forced entry commercial burglary occurred at 1:45 this morning at 202 W. Church Street at Diya Foods.

A peeping tom report was made on Felder Street.

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 period.

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 Sumter County Sheriff’s Office until Monday.