the threats of a wet weekend that did not stop drivers from traveling Georgiaís highways over the Labor Day weekend. Officially,
the 78-hour holiday weekend ended at last night. Just like last year, there
were 10 traffic fatalities across Georgia according to the GeorgiaState Patrol. Since 6pm Friday and ending at midnight last night there were
10 traffic fatalities this Labor Day travel period. 6 of the 10 were worked by
GSP and the other 4 were through other agencies. None of the recorded traffic
fatalities were in Troop Gís area which covers all of southwest Georgia. The next long holiday travel period will
be the Thanksgiving weekend in late November.
City of Americus and County trash pick-up will be pushed
back one day this week due to the Labor Day holiday on Monday.
An informational session on
volunteering with the SumterCounty Fire and Rescue will be held tomorrow
evening September 3rd at at Fire Station#1 located at 210 Rucker Street. Volunteers are needed to become members
of the growing team of professional emergency responders in SumterCounty. For more information call 924-6603.
The offices of the City of Americus and those at the SumterCounty Courthouse will resume regular business hours today and for the rest
of the week. These offices were closed yesterday in observance of the Labor Day
We are now in drought conditions due to the
lack of significant rainfall. While there have been spotty showers at best, we
need rain to break the dry conditions. Yards are turning brown since watering
restrictions remain in place that donít allow for constant water flow to those
parched lawns. Some parts of SumterCounty did get some rain over the weekend but
nothing fell inside the City limits. A disturbance in the Gulf of Mexico is being monitored by the National Weather
Service and that may be the drought breaker we so desperately need. Until then,
highs will be in the mid-90s for most of the week with the heat index
approaching triple digits once again.
Itís a short
week for high school football teams. A holiday yesterday caused a different
practice schedule for most teams and it was needed for the Americus-Sumter Panthers.
The Panthers will play this Thursday night in Columbus at against ShawHigh School at Kinnett Stadium. SchleyCounty begins play on Friday night in Camilla against Baconton Charter. The Wildcats
open date was last week and Friday night begins 10 straight weeks of games. Both
SouthlandAcademy and MarionCounty have their open dates this week.
Americus Police were fairly active on the Labor Day
holiday. There were 4 domestic-related calls; to 431 Mayo Street, 720 Pine Street, 138 E. Peppermint Way and to Railroad Street where Leroy Mason was arrested for
aggravated assault under the Domestic Violence Act.
Autos were entered yesterday at 201 Burke Street and 130 Town Creek Circle.
A criminal trespass complaint was
made at 105-A Bessie Mays Circle.
2 shoplifting arrests were made at
Wal-Mart. Tracie Pitts was arrested for shoplifting and Salonda Barner Mercer
was arrested for felony theft by shoplifting.
There were only a few miscellaneous
calls answered by officers in the past 24-hour period.
Officers worked 2 Labor Day accidents
in the City with no reported injuries.