Area News Briefs 6/8/14

DOT funds work on Carpenter Road in Tift County

DOT funds work on Carpenter Road in Tift County

TIFTON — A busy, narrow thoroughfare in Tift County will be widened because of a $10.1 million contract awarded by the Georgia Department of Transportation.

Work will include widening two and a half miles of Carpenter Road between Larkin and Davis roads from a single lane in each direction to two lanes each way with a center turn lane, sidewalks and upgrades to the King Road intersection.

Reames and Son Construction Co. of Valdosta has been awarded the contract. Work is expected to be completed by November, 2015.

Worth Shrine Club hosting Casino Night

SYLVESTER — The Worth County Shrine Club is conducting Casino Night on June 21 to raise funds to support the club’s activities during the year.

Billy Brooks said the event will be conducted at Southern Woods Plantation, 2321 Georgia Highway 33 South. Doors will open at 6 p.m. with games scheduled to begin at 7 p.m. He said $25 gets you in the door and 20 play chips. Games include blackjack, Texas hold-em poker, roulette and craps. A live DJ along with food and drinks are featured.

Additional information can be obtained from Brooks at (229) 349-0285 or Richard Kirkland at (229) 347-4011. The event is sponsored by Worth County Shrine Club.

Lee Commission sets date for adoption of budget

LEESBURG — The Lee County Board of Commissioners plan to adopt their Fiscal Year 2014/2015 budget at 6 p.m. on June 24 during a meeting in the T. Page Tharp Governmental Building’s Opal Cannon Auditorium.

A copy of the proposed budget for Lee County’s government is available for review at the Le County Commission office at 110 Starksville Ave. North. Also, another copy is available at the Lee County Library, 245 Walnut Ave. South during normal operating hours.

Also, the Lee Commission plans to conduct its monthly work session at 6 p.m. Tuesday.

Albany Police offering basic firearm safety course

ALBANY — The Albany Police Department has released a statement announcing open registration for their basic firearm safety course. According to the statement, the eight-hour course will be held at 8 a.m. Saturday, June 21 in the Community Ro0m of the Law Enforcement Center, 201 W. Oglethorpe Blvd.

The course will be open to citizens 21 years of age and older and will cover basic handgun safety, legal issues, and the handling skills needed to use a handgun for self defense.

Applicants must provide their own handgun, ammunition, safety glasses, ear protection and a ball cap. Applicants must also undergo a criminal background check to determine eligibility for the course, officials say.

For additional information contact the public information office of the APD at (229) 483-6298

Dawson Road lane closing to allow construction at Family Dollar store

ALBANY — The right lane for eastbound traffic will be closed intermittently for the next two weeks, according to k. Bruce Maples, city engineer for the City of Albany.

Maples said the closing will allow driveway construction at the new Family Dollar store. Dawson Road will be narrowed to one lane eastbound from 9 a.m. until 5 p.m. Monday through Thursday, weather permitting.

Maples said motorists should reduce their speed and use caution while traveling in this area. Delays are expected, he said.