The offices of the City of Americus and those at the SumterCounty Courthouse will be closed tomorrow in observance of the
Independence Day holiday. These offices will be open as usual on Monday July 6th.
If you have urgent business with the City or County, you have today to get it
taken care of or wait until next week. The offices at the LEC will also be
closed tomorrow in observance of the 4th of July holiday.
Most banks and financial institutions will be
open tomorrow for business as usual. Mail service will run as usual tomorrow
but will not on Saturday the 4th. Lenny’s Market on Hampton Street downtown will be open on Saturday. Lenny’s Market is open
every Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday from until and
will be open on the 4th from 7 to 1.
The 78-hour July 4th travel period will begin at
on Friday and end at on Sunday July 5th. This year the holiday is on
a Saturday and while some will have a 3-day weekend, the actual travel period will
begin on Friday evening. Law enforcement will be out and about on Georgia’s highways as well as the state’s waterways this holiday
weekend. They will be trying to make sure you and your family will not become a
holiday statistic this year.
The 17th annual Boys & Girls Club of
Americus/Sumter County’s Steak & Stake Fundraiser Dinner will be on Tuesday
July 21st. This year the keynote speaker will be Larry Comer, former
President of Metalux and former President of Caravelle Power Boats. A silent
auction will begin the festivities at and
the dinner and program will follow at
This all takes place in the GSWStudentSuccessCenter on campus. For more information or tickets contact Dr.
Shirley Reese at 938-3300.
Yesterday was the first day of the Transportation Funding
Act to take effect. Most analysts were predicting that the price increase at
the pump would be phased in but on the local lever, that didn’t seem to happen.
While some local stores were open for business yesterday morning with the price
increase in place, others waited until later in the day to initiate the
increase. It was not a phase in at all as most stores raised their prices from
Tuesday night to Wednesday morning from 5 to 9 cents a gallon. It was
anticipated that the increase would be 6 to 7 cents a gallon and we have some
locations locally that were higher than first thought. Even with the increase
at the pump, drivers are paying less this summer than a year ago by almost
90-cents a gallon.
It was a busy Wednesday for the Americus Police
Department. Damage to property occurred at 456-B Forrest Street.
An aggravated assault, reckless conduct and
possession of a firearm during the commission of a crime case are under
investigation at apartment 235 140 Lonnie Lane.
A financial identity fraud is being
An auto was entered at 114-D Country Club Drive.
James Bernard Perry was arrested at 1711 E. Lamar Street for shoplifting and obstruction with violence.
A simple assault occurred at 1702 MLK Boulevard.
Thefts took place at 1448 E. Forsyth Street and apartment 242 130 Lonnie Lane.
A theft and criminal trespass was reported at 540 Tripp Street.
A criminal trespass complaint was made on Parker Street.
Harassing phone calls were reported.
Officers answered 1 domestic-related call and
worked 1 accident yesterday.
SumterCounty Sheriff’s Deputies worked 34 total incidents yesterday. 15
were for traffic stops. At a stop on US 19 at Georgia 30, Charles E. Putman was
charged with failure to maintain insurance and driving a vehicle with suspended
registration. After a stop on US 27 west, Emmanuel O. Agbasi was charged with
speeding. Following a stop on US 19, Joyce A. Carter was cited for knowingly
driving a motor vehicle with suspended or no registration. Warnings were
issued, both verbal and written, in the other traffic cases.
A suspicious person complaint was made at 184 Dixon Drive. Responding to a domestic disturbance at 1004 Cobb-Cheek Road, Lisa M. Daniels and Quincy J. Hayes were each charged with disorderly conduct. A civil
complaint was made on Pecan Road. Deputies worked 3 accidents with deer involved in one. One
of the accidents was a Deputy and another vehicle on the Upper River Road at US 49. That accident investigation was turned over to
Trooper Gardner of Post 10 and was not complete at this time.
Housed today in the SumterCountyJail: Michael Travis Banks for felony probation violation;
James Bernard Perry for theft by shoplifting and felony obstruction with
violence; and Octavius Shamun Ross for felony probation violation.