🌱 Georgia Power Raising Rates + Free Concert at ONeal Plaza

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Apr 26, 2023 2:30 p.m. EDT | Updated April 26, 2023 3:45 pm EDT

Hello everyone. It’s Sean Peek, your host of the Douglasville Patch newsletter – here to tell you everything you need to know about what’s happening on the ground. Including news about…

  • Georgia electricity tariff increases
  • Free concert at the O’Neal Plaza
  • Governor Kemp toughened penalties for gang crime

But first today’s weather:

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Few thunderstorms. High: 72 Low: 60.

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Here are today’s top five stories in Douglasville:

  1. Georgia Power customers can see their electric bills increasing this summer. Georgia Power and state regulators have agreed on a plan to do so Increase utility bills by 12 percent. This increase is intended to cover the rising cost of natural gas and coal used by the utility to generate electricity. The typical home electric bill could go from $131.60 a month to $147.50 a month. That decision comes after a 2.5 percent rate hike in January and a commissioner-approved plan to raise rates by 4.5 percent in 2024 and 2025. (CBS News)
  2. Tomorrow, Tray Dahl and the Jugtime Rag Band will play a free concert at O’Neal Plaza from 7pm to 9pm This event is part of the Douglasville Music Appreciation Series. The five-piece ensemble plays New Orleans-style jazz and blues. Free parking is available on the parking deck connected to the Douglasville Conference Center. (City of Douglasville – Government via Facebook)
  3. According to a recent Consumer Affairs report, Georgia ranks number one in the country for identity theft. Data from the Federal Trade Commission showed that Georgia had the highest per capita rate of ID card theft in the country. For the past year, credit card fraud has been the most common form of identity theft. (Yahoo News)
  4. In nearby Powder Springs, police arrested two teenagers attempting to use stolen credit cards at convenience stores. Officers identified the vehicle the teenagers were in and a search of the vehicle discovered a stolen 9mm firearm, ecstasy and oxycodone pills and stolen debit cards. (Fox 5 Atlanta)
  5. Gov. Brian Kemp has signed legislation increasing penalties for gang-related crimes. Senate Bill 44 mandates an additional five years in prison for anyone convicted of a gang crime and an additional 10 years for anyone convicted of recruiting minors into a gang. The new law will come into effect on July 1st. (U.S. News)

Today in Douglasville:

  • Music Theater Thursday! – Douglas County Public Library (4:30 p.m.)
  • Cheers to the arts: wine in the forest – Dog River Library (6:00 p.m.)
  • Community Enrichment Program – Douglasville Police Department Common Room (7:00 p.m.)

From my notebook:

  • Douglas County Parks and Recreation announced that the Boundary Waters Aquatic Center Spring Luau will be held on May 13 from 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m This event is free and family friendly and includes outdoor pool time, island music, BBQ, rock climbing and more. (Douglas County Parks and Recreation via Facebook)
  • Eight students from Douglas County schools have been selected to participate in the Governor’s Honors Program at Georgia Southern University this summer. These students are among 700 selected from across the state to receive academic and cultural instruction, as well as intensive instruction in their specific field of study. Find out more about the program here. (Douglas County Georgia Schools via Facebook)
  • Marissa Clayton, program coordinator for Keep Douglas Beautiful, has completed the training and hours of service required to earn the Georgia Master Gardener designation. She received her diploma from Douglas County Agriculture and Natural Resources Agent Kevin Livingston. (DouglasvilleGA.gov)

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That’s it for today. I’ll get back to you with a new update tomorrow morning!

Sean Peek

About me: Sean Peek is a writer and entrepreneur with a degree in English Literature from Weber State University. Over the years he has worked as a copywriter, editor, SEO specialist and marketing director for various digital media companies. He currently co-owns and operates content creation agency Lightning Media Partners.