Early Thursday Evening units of the Spalding Fire Department responded to the scene of a house fire at 2021 East McIntosh road.  Upon arrival Firefighters found fire coming from the structure. Assistant Fire Chief Jamie Clark told WKEU news that the fire gutted the home.  There were no injuries to the Firefighters or residents.  Clark said the owners were away shopping for the holidays when the blaze broke out. WKEU would like to thank our Spalding and Griffin Fire Fighters, and all law enforcement, and emergency personnel for the job they do each day for all residents of Spalding County.


The Thanksgiving holiday is typically one of the busiest travel periods of the year. The holiday travel period is 102 hours long. It began at 6 p.m. Wednesday, November 25, and will end at midnight on Sunday, November 29.

During this period, Georgia State Troopers are conducting concentrated patrols and road checks throughout the state, strictly enforcing seat belt laws and watching for impaired drivers.  “Each year, troopers work numerous crashes that could have been prevented, if drivers had made safety a priority,” said Colonel Mark W. McDonough, Commissioner of the Georgia Department of Public Safety.

Last year during a similar 102-hour travel period, troopers investigated 676 traffic crashes that resulted in 288 injuries and 15 fatalities during the Thanksgiving holiday travel period. “

In addition to investigating traffic crashes last year, the Georgia State Patrol issued approximately 7,000 citations; 12,000 warnings; and made 264 arrests for driving under the influence. “Driving impaired is a serious crime, and it is not worth the risk of killing or seriously injuring yourself or someone else,” Colonel McDonough said. “If you are caught driving impaired, you will be arrested,” he added.

The Georgia State Patrol will also be teaming up with local law enforcement officials from across the state in Operation Click It or Ticket, Georgia’s high visibility seat belt enforcement program and Operation C.A.R.E., or Combined Accident Reduction Effort. Operation C.A.R.E. is a nationwide traffic safety initiative among state highway patrols and state police agencies where troopers and officers across the United States and Canada work together during holiday periods to reduce the number of traffic deaths through high visibility patrols and education.

Photo Courtesy of Pike Sheriffs Department and Pike Fire Department.

Photo Courtesy of Pike Sheriffs Department and Pike Fire Department.



Photo Courtesy of Walter Geiger and Barnesville Herald Gazette

On Friday morning a dump truck with a load of gravel overturned on Highway 41 near the C&B convenience store in  Barnesville. Units of the Lamar Sheriffs Department, Barnesville Police, and Lamar EMS, responded to the scene. Walter Geiger and the Barnesville Herald Gazette reported that traffic was blocked temporarily, and a landing Zone was established for Emory Air Flight Helicopter air ambulance that transported the driver of the truck from the scene to the Atlanta Medical Center.  Witnesses stated that the truck jackknifed and then flipped over on the cab and slid down the highway or a short distance.   The Drier was reportedly conscious and talking to EMT personnel and investigators after the accident. WKEU would like to thank Walter Geiger and the Barnesville Herald Gazette for their assistance in this news story.  You can subscribe to the Herald Gazette on line at 

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Units of the Georgia State Patrol Crime scene reconstruction unit were at the intersection of the 19/41 bypass and County Line road intersection on Monday again conducting further investigations into the massive auto accident that occurred on Friday. Three individuals were transported by helicopter air ambulance from Emory Air flight at the Griffin Spalding Airport to the Atlanta Medical Center. Spalding Sheriffs Deputies, Spalding Fire Department, Spalding EMS, and Griffin Troopers were sent to the scene about 5:51 on Friday November 20 th.  The incident remains under investigation by the Griffin post of the Georgia State Patrol.  

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The Middle School chorus competed in their first GICAA competition at Shorter College on Nov. 17 and was awarded First Place! The group performed a Japanese piece, Murasame (In Mists of Evening) and a Latin piece, Mozart’s Canon. Members of the Handbell Choir accompanied the group on bells and percussion and Mary Ellen Austin of Jackson accompanied on piano. The group will compete in State competition on January 14 in Griffin. Way to go singing Eagles!


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The Georgia Milestones test scores for Griffin-Spalding County were released today by the Georgia Department of Education.

Grades 3, 4, 5, 6, 7 and 8 used the newly-created Milestones to assess student learning.

Superintendent Jim Smith said on Monday the 16t of November, “Generally speaking, the results of these tests are not good and are disappointing when compared to the state averages which are themselves disappointing.  However, this new benchmark will show us where and what we need to improve in our instructional program,” said Superintendent Jim Smith. “We are not looking through the data to find excuses. We are looking through the data to find clues leading to a better correlation between instructional practices and the expectations being assessed.”

School leadership teams have been combing through the data for the past several days looking for areas where we need to build capacity for performance and improving tasks including problem –solving and critical thinking skills that are highlighted in the Milestones.

The Milestones assesses student learning along four levels of performance that reflects student learning.  Beginning learners do not yet demonstrate proficiency for their grade level and course.  Developing learners demonstrate partial proficiency while proficient learners demonstrate proficiency for the grade level and course.  Distinguished learners demonstrate advanced proficiency.


Over the coming days the district’s new strategic plan will be completed and will focus on increased learning at all levels.  The district will also provide teachers with additional professional development to ensure that standards are being taught in a manner that increases student understanding.  Building principals along with their academic coaches met last week to dig deeper into the data and identify the root causes of the lower performance.  Among the items they identified was district-directed professional development for teachers.

“Our calendar for the 2016-17 school year reflects our concern for targeted professional development,” Mr. Smith added.  “Five professional learning days are already established in that school calendar.”

As for the new strategic plan, there will be some redirection of resources-personnel, financial and time- as GSCS leaders focus on better ways to prepare students.

“As I recently read “if anything is going to change, something must change,’ ” said Mr. Smith.  “I believe this.”

Georgia Milestones 2015
Subject State              GSCS
Grade 3
English/Language Arts 37 26
Math 38 32
Science 34 25
Social Studies 30 24
Grade 4
English/Language Arts 37 26
Math 40 36
Science 33 30
Social Studies 35 28
Grade 5
English/Language Arts 39 31
Math 38 28
Science 36 35
Social Studies 29 22
Grade 6
English/Language Arts 39 21
Math 36 22
Science 38 23
Social Studies 32 13
Grade 7
English/Language Arts 37 28
Math 37 25
Science 36 21
Social Studies 36 15

Grade 8

English/Language Arts 39 27
Math 37 27
Science 32 17

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November 10, 2015— Griffin Choral Arts, under the direction of Dr. Stephen J. Mulder, presents A JUBILANT CHRISTMAS on Thursday evening, December 3, at 7:30 p.m. and again on Saturday afternoon at December 5, 4:00 p.m., at Griffin First Baptist Church (106 W. Taylor Street).  Join us for a choral holiday celebration with our special guests Macon’s Barrister Brass on Thursday night and the Spalding High School Chorus (Brett Duncan, director) on Saturday afternoon.  Both concerts will include the full GCA chorus as they present Camille Saint-Saens’ Christmas Oratorio, accompanied by strings, harp, and organ.  Lift your voice with the choir for familiar carols and participate in this festive Griffin-area Christmas tradition!  Get your tickets early to this popular holiday event!


Tickets are $15 general admission (all ages) at the door or in advance in Griffin at Artistic Flowers and Gifts, Safehouse Coffee Roasters, and Griffin First United Methodist Church, in Barnesville at Goggans Florist, and in Zebulon at A Novel Experience bookstore.


Griffin Choral Arts is an auditioned, regional community chorus founded in 2007.  The mission of Griffin Choral Arts is to bring “the best choral music to the community.”

For more information about Griffin Choral Arts call 888-SING1-88 or visit the GCA website:


The Spalding County Parks and Recreation will open registration for the 2015-2016 Men’s Open and Men’s Industrial Basketball Leagues beginning Monday, November 2, 2015. Registration will close on Monday, November 30th, 2015.
Entry fee for both leagues is $445.00 and only team registration will be accepted. Payment must be made at the Spalding County Parks and Recreation Administration Office located at 843 Memorial Drive, Monday through Friday, from 9:00 a.m. until 4:30 p.m. each day registration is opened. No personal checks will be accepted.
For more information please contact Robby Milner at 770-467-4750.
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The Department of Revenue (DOR) was recently notified by the vehicle registration renewal print vendor that they would not be able to fulfill the mailing of renewal notices to Georgia residents. This notification impacted the Department of Revenue as the supplier of the data, citizens of Georgia and local County Tax Commissioners who send out these courtesy mailings.


The DOR has found another vendor to produce these annual renewal notices. As details are finalized for future mailings with the new vendor, we wanted to inform Spalding registrants with December renewal deadlines that they will not be receiving the standard detailed registration renewal document this year.


Please Note: This is the result of a vendor issue and is in no way caused by local County Tax Commissioners. A standard registration notice will not be mailed for December renewals. Instead, drivers will receive a letter explaining that they will not be mailed renewal notices and be provided with additional options for renewing their registration in a timely manner.


Affected Drivers’ decals and registration will no longer be valid after their registration expires, typically on the registrant’s birthday. The expiration date is noted on their current registration card (in the upper right corner). Drivers need to renew as soon as possible, and prior to their deadline to avoid a lapse in registration.


There are two renewal options available to Spalding County registrants:

  • The Spalding County Tag Office: With your tag information, you can visit our local tag office to pay your registration and receive your decal. Our office is located at 132 E. Solomon Street, in the Courthouse. Our office hours are 8:30 a.m. until 5:00 p.m., Monday through Friday.   We will be closed for Thanksgiving on November 26 and 27.


  • Online: Residents of Spalding County can renew using the Renewal Identification Number (RIN) located on the renewal notice. If the renewal notice is unavailable, a resident may use the RIN look-up tool found on the Department’s website.