It’s the last day of June and
typically on July 1st a number of new laws go into effect in the
state of Georgia. One that will be noticeable will come at the pump. While gas prices have
slowly been declining the last few weeks, that all changes tomorrow when the
Transportation Funding Act takes effect. The measure will convert the current
sales tax on gasoline to an excise tax, which means there will be an increase
for the price of a gallon of gas. The exact increase will depend on the price
of gas and diesel but the increase is anticipated to be anywhere from 6 to
7-cents. Even though the gas tax officially increases tomorrow you shouldn’t
see an immediate jump at the pump because most locations will phase in the
price increase over a period of time instead of all at once. Be forewarned, in
case you were not aware about the price increase.
Lenny’s Market is open for the season on Hampton Street in downtown Americus. Lenny’s Market has fresh, locally grown
produce. You are urged to come support our local growers. Lenny’s Market is
open every Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday from until With the 4th
of July on a Saturday this year, Lenny’s Market will be open this Saturday as
well. If you’re looking for fresh fruits and vegetables for your 4th
of July cookout, make sure you come to Lenny’s Market on Saturday the 4th
With the 4th of July travel
period literally upon us, look for a highly visible law enforcement presence
while you’re on the road this holiday weekend. Operation: Click It or Ticket is
underway and you don’t drive sober expect to be pulled over. There will also be
a visible presence on Georgia’s waterways for the holiday weekend as well. More people are expected to
take to the road for the holiday weekend this year in numbers that have not
been seen in about 10-years. Obey the posted speed limits and don’t become a
There’s another change that takes effect on
tomorrow July 1st and it’s really on the local level this time. The
City of Americus officially becomes a City Manager form of
government. Steve Kennedy has been the City’s CAO since being hired but he was hired for the
City Manager position. That means he will be doing, for the most part, the
hiring and firing if and when that time comes. For example, he alone will hire
the next Chief of Police. Just another change to be aware of come tomorrow July
Americus Police had an overall quiet Monday. Thefts
took place at 75-B and 71-C Cherokee Street.
A shoplifting incident was reported
at Family Dollar at 601 Hawkins Street.
An animal complaint was made at 603-B Eastview Drive.
A juvenile incident was reported last
night at 112-B
Officers did respond to
domestic-related calls to 107-A Bessie Mays Circle, 605-C Eastview Circle and at this morning on Douglas Circle.
There were quite a few miscellaneous
calls answered by officers in the past 24-hour period.
3 accidents were worked by officers
yesterday in the City with no reported injuries.
Tomorrow marks the first day of shift
rotation. Shifts that have been working nights will be going to day and
Monday was fairly slow for the SumterCounty Sheriff’s Office as Deputies worked 24 total incidents. Deputies worked
4 accidents with deer involved in only 1. Following an accident investigation
at US 280, Danielle M. Coleman was arrested for giving a false name, address or
birthdate to a law enforcement officer. Damage to property was reported at 274 US 280 east. A domestic disturbance was
answered at Lot 7 115 Ron Circle. Thefts took place at 247
US 49 south at Pride Estates and at Lot 21 321
Lacross Road. A civil complaint was made at 124 Santa Rosa Drive. A suspicious vehicle was reported at 1155 South Georgia Tech Parkway. Deputies conducted 7 traffic stops with 1
citation and 6 warnings issued to drivers.
Housed in the Sumter County Jail:
Sharon Denise Chambers- holding for Lumpkin County; Danielle Michelle Coleman
for giving a false name, address or birthdate to a law enforcement officer; Bruce
Wayne Durham-holding for Lumpkin County; Eric Antwone Harvey for failure to
appear; Laquita Shawnta Redding for disorderly conduct and obstruction; and
Jonathan Davis Smith for probation violation.