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On Tuesday, June 23, 2015 narcotics investigators from the Monroe County Sheriff’s Office and the Georgia Governors Task Force conducted special operations targeting marijuana growing operations in Monroe County using aerial surveillance. 

As a result of this special operation, investigators were able to seize approximately 23,000 marijuana plants with an estimated street value of over 100 million dollars, according to the DEA.
Narcotic Investigators from the Bibb County Sheriffs Office, Butts County Sheriffs Office, Lamar County Sheriffs Office, Georgia Bureau of Investigation, Georgia State Patrol, Department of Natural Resources, Georgia Governors Task Force and the Drug Enforcement Administration were called in to assist Monroe County in seizing the thousands of marijuana plants found growing on a large plot of land off of Flint Road.

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No arrests have been made at this time and the investigation continues.

 

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On Saturday June 27, 2015 at approximately 1:13 am the Spalding County 911 Center received two calls of shots fired in Quiet Hills 805 North Avenue.  One of the calls advised of a person was shot.  Police Units arrived at the scene within minutes to Find Coban Hill shot in the left arm.  He reported a Ellis Sands also known as “Po Boy” approached him and just started shooting.  Hill was transported to Spalding Regional for assessment and treatment he was later released.  Investigator Beckom as well as Crime Scene Investigator Michel were both called to the scene.  Hill advised that Ellis Sands and an unknown black male came to his residence.  The Unknown male then brandished a firearm and shot several rounds at him. The Griffin Police Power Squad Unit supervised by Sgt. Joe Hudson searched the area to find the suspects. Shortly after the incident the Power Squad witnessed an intoxicated person on Kentucky Ave. and upon seeing police, he fled, throwing a .40 CAL pistol, which was the same caliber as shell casings found at Quiet Hills.  The subject was apprehended and identified as Querterrious Mayes also known as “Foo Foo Smooth”.   Hill described the exact gun found, and Mayes had a red bandana on, as noted earlier by Hill.  Hill positively identified Sands and Mayes in photo lineups.  A search warrant was conducted for Gun Shot Residue on Mayes and tests were positive for gunshot residue. Mayes also posted his picture on Facebook at 11:20PM Friday 6-26–15 with the bandana on his head and the gun in his pants with a caption about always keeping his .40 on him.  Mayes is in Spalding County Jail on the following charges:  Aggravated Battery, Aggravated Assault, Armed Robbery, Criminal Gang Activity, and Possession of Firearm in commission of a crime, Pedestrian under the Influence, and Obstruction of Law Enforcement Officer.  Ellis Sands is also at the Spalding County Jail charged with:  Aggravated Battery, Aggravated Assault, and Armed Robbery.

 

As of Sunday June 28, 2015 there have been several reports taken from both Griffin Police and McDonough Police on vehicles damaged by Therisa Latonya Pope Florence.  Sunday morning 911 received a call at approximately 0032 hours that Therisa Florence was at 631 Meriwether Apt D.  While Police units were on the way, the location changed, until it was reported shots being fired in the Kroger parking lot.  Shaniqua Daniel, Carolyn Pate, Angelica Walker, Kaneshia Amey were in a car following Therisa Latonya Pope Florence, an Unknown black female and Jerold Florence. When Jerold Florence exited a Ford Focus he fired two shots at the four victims.  The four victims drove away and met with Police on West Poplar Street at Carver Road.  Officers began to check Carrington where both of the Florence’s are known to live.  The Ford was located at their residence.  Inv. Stan Phillips secured a search warrant for the vehicle and residence.  A weapon was recovered from the residence.   The weapon was found with two bullets missing from its magazine. According to Crime Scene Investigators those rounds matched the two found in the parking lot of Kroger. The GBI crime lab will confirm those findings. Therisa Florence was charged with 4 counts of Aggravated Assault and Jerold Florence was charged with 4 counts of Aggravated Assault, Possession of a Firearm in the commission of a crime, and Possession of a Firearm by a Convicted Felon.

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After a thorough investigation by Griffin Police Department, warrants were issued for Probationary Firefighter Travis Mayes on Wednesday, June 24th. Mr. Mayes willingly turned himself into the Spalding County Sherriff’s Office Thursday, June 25th at 8:00 AM and was immediately placed on investigatory suspension by the Spalding County Fire Department pursuant to the Spalding County Personnel Ordinance. All questions related to the incident in question should be forwarded to the Griffin Police Department.

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The Spalding County Parks and Recreation department will on August 1st take over the service of the meals on wheels program and will offer meals for seniors prepared at the Senior Citizens Center  We talked with County Commissioner Raymond Ray, Assistant County Manager Eric Mosley, and Kelly Legier Director of the Parks and Recreatiion Department about the program to be offered from the Senor Citizens Center.
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A 34-year-old Barnesville man was arrested and has been  charged with battery family violence, and other charges following an incident where the driver of the vehicle was hit in the face by a passenger and lost control of the vehicle and wrecked.
At about 9:30 a.m., Monroe County Deputy Yasmen Brandenburg went to Hwy 341 North about a one-vehicle wreck. The female driver Sequia Sparrow told investigators that said she was traveling north on Hwy. 341 when she lost control of her vehicle and ran into the ditch. Brandenburg noticed a very strong smell of alcohol coming from the vehicle. The driver told Brandenburg she was not able to tell him exactly what had happened because her male passenger, identified as Jared Clay Smith, was still inside the vehicle. Smith was very intoxicated and did not know what had happened. When Monroe County EMTs removed the passenger from the vehicle, the passenger opened a can of beer and started to drink it.

Once the driver was separated from the passenger she told Deputy Brandenburg that the passenger had punched her in the face causing her to lose control of the vehicle.

The driver said the punch caused a preexisting cut over her eye to reopen. The driver said she was afraid of the passenger and did not want him to know she told Deputy Brandenburg what had happened. She said the passenger had just been released from the Lamar County Jail the previous day.

Monroe County EMTs treated both the driver and the passenger before they were each taken to Monroe County Hospital. The driver was also charged with reckless conduct, failure to wear seat belt, an open container violation, passenger interfering with driver control and obstruction.

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The City of Griffin Police Department is requesting the public’s assistance in finding the male pictured below..   Charleston Jester: 5’8” tall, approx. 140lbs.

 

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On June 17, 2015 there was a drive by shooting at 639 Johnson St. The investigation revealed the vehicle used in the shooting was recovered in Jackson Georgia. Two people have been arrested in connection with the shooting, Kiera Jester and Antoneshia Mayo were both charged with 4 counts of Aggravated Assault. Warrants have also been issued for Charleston Jester for 4 counts of Aggravated Assault and he is still at large. Subject is considered armed and dangerous. Any contact please call 911 or the Griffin Police Department at 770-229-6450.   Contact Investigator Corporal Stan Phillips for further information.

 

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The Griffin Spalding Board of Education has made the following appointments. 
 
Tiffany Campbell as principal at Atkinson Elementary School effective July 1. Ms. Campbell currently serves as assistant principal at Atkinson.
Ms. Campbell holds certificates in Early Childhood Education and Educational Leadership. Her Bachelor’s degree is in elementary Education and her master’s in educational leadership from Mercer University.
She has been assistant principal at Atkinson since 2010.
The board also appointed 2015-16 assistant principals for Griffin High, Carver Road Middle and Kennedy Road Middle.
Dr. Douglas Wheeler was named the assistant principal for Griffin High School. Wheeler was employed with the DeKalb County School System since 1999. During that time, he served as a special education teacher, high school basketball and volleyball coach and hearing officer.
The 2015-16 Carver Road Middle School assistant principal will be Naja Elliott. Elliott has served at Carver Road Middle since 2012 as a language arts and social studies teacher and academic coach. .
Gamal Kemp was named the assistant principal for Kennedy Road Middle. Kemp has been employed at Cowan Road Middle since 2010 and was honored as their 2014-15 Teacher of the Year. Over the last five years, he has taught science, coached basketball and softball, served as the athletic director and on the school’s leadership team.

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The Griffin City Commissioners met Tuesday night in the meeting room of the Courthouse annex.
During the meeting the commissioners recognized the service and retirement of three dedicated electric employees.
1) Mike Blackmon, 33 years.
2) Derald Evans, 33 years.
3) Wayne Jones, 26 years.
The commissioners thanked them for their service and wished them continued success for the future.
The Commissioners approved:  on second reading, an ordinance amending the AVIATION Code of Griffin by enacting a new Article,  SAFE, EFFICIENT USE AND PRESERVATION OF NAVIGABLE AIRSPACE. The Griffin-Spalding County Airport Authority has requested the City adopt FAA regulations imposing height limitations on obstructions (permanent and temporary) on private properties surrounding the Airport and under approach zones. These are general development regulations that pertain to the existing airport and any future airport within the City.
Approved on second reading of an Ordinance revising the Code of Griffin,  EXCISE TAX ON HOTELS, by increasing the rate of tax from 7.0%  to  8.0% . The increased rate will become effective August 1, 2015
The Commissioners approved to amend the  Code, of Griffin, to allow Consumer Fireworks Retail Sales Facilities, as a Permitted Use in the Planned Commercial District.”  Effective July 1, 2015, it will be legal for a person, age 18 and over, to legally buy, sell, possess, and use “consumer fireworks  on any day between the hours of 10:00 a.m. and Midnight; provided, however, that on January 1, July 3, July 4 and December 31, fireworks may also be legally discharged between the hours of Midnight and 2:00 a.m.
The Commissioners Approved to amend the City of Griffin’s Fiscal Year 2014-2015 Operating and Capital Budget in the amount of $7,200.00 for the purchase of bullet proof vests for the Police Department – Criminal Investigations (CID).
Approved a Resolution in support of submitting an application for the Tourism Product Development Grant offered by the Georgia Department of Economic Development.     The maximum grant amount is $15,000 which must be matched 100% by applicant or may contain up to 40% in-kind services or materials. The City of Griffin, in partnership with the Griffin-Spalding Historical Society and Griffin Land Bank Authority,  is leading a community coalition to repair the exterior of an unoccupied 1910 historic hospital building (Haisten’s Building), with the goal of marketing the project to investors for a boutique hotel or a mixed development creative community.
Approved an Agreement between the City of Griffin and the Spalding County Board of Commissioners for two (2) Inmate Work Details for duties at the Shoal Creek Landfill and Oakhill Memorial Cemetery, in the amount equal to the salary and benefits of two (2) Correctional Officers.
Approved a Task Order for Utility Service Group for the maintenance and repairs of the City of Griffin’s water tanks in the amount of $91,449.39.
Approved:   a Task Order for the Nitrification Analysis of Cabin Creek Waste Water Treatment Plant to Paragon Consulting Group in the amount of $21,905.00.  This analysis of the nitrogen levels are necessary due to the GA EPD Triennials 3-year review and the amount of discharge level of nitrogen to Cabin Creek.
Approved a Task Order for the Valve Location and Condition Assessment to Paragon Consulting Group in the amount of $293,330.00 for the Water and Waste Water Department.
Approved a  Mass Water Meter Purchase with Delta Municipal Supply Company in the amount of $793,800.00 for the Water and Wastewater Department.   Delta Municipal Supply Company is the Sole Distributor for Neptune’s water meters in the State of Georgia.  Deliveries of the meters are  350 a month. City meter upgrades have been completed. Currently have 8,165 county meters in the ground and a remaining balance of 4,255 left in the county system.
 Approved the award of a contract FY14 Grant “A.Z. Kelsey Avenue Ecosystem Restoration Project” from the Georgia EPD Nonpoint Source Program for the Stormwater Utility Department.  This is a matching grant. The grant award is $384,000 and the City’s match is $433,000. The grant allows for stream bank restoration and culvert replacement in the Cabin Creek basin.
Approved a Task Order to Tetra Tech for the Construction Management and Grant Administration for the AZ Kelsey Avenue Ecosystem Restoration Project in the amount of $55,000.00. The project provides stream bank restoration, micro pools and a culvert replacement across from the AZ Kelsey School.
Approved a resolution for the Reorganization of the Water and Wastewater Department for the Public Works and Utilities Department. The reorganization realigns staff, creating a Meter Division and Construction Management Division. The reorganization became necessary to improve leak detection, enhance the cross connection program, and add additional support to resolve operations and billing issues. Construction Management will continue to oversee developments in the City and add oversight to the water and wastewater warehouse and inventory control.
Approved a Resolution approving the borrowing of an amount not to exceed $12,700,000.00 from the Clean Water State Revolving Fund, administered by the Georgia Environmental Finance Authority, for upgrade and expansion of the Potato Creek Water/Wastewater Treatment Plant
Approved a Resolution approving the borrowing of an amount not to exceed $6,275,000.00 from the Drinking Water State Revolving Fund, administered by the Georgia Environmental Finance Authority, for upgrade and improvements to the Flint River Pumping Station
Approved a Task Order for the Cabin Creek Wastewater Basin to Burns-McDonnell for modeling wastewater flows and hydraulic design in the amount of $235,800.00 for the Water and Wastewater Department. Cabin Creek Wastewater Basin has  never been modeled in order to collect and design the sewer rehabilitation projects to correct inflow of unnecessary water entering the system.  Potato Creek will be modeled in 2017 and Shoal Creek in 2018.
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The following students from Spalding County have been named to the Spring semester 2015 Dean’s List at Gordon State College.
Nicholas Adams,  Preston Allen,  Kristen Argila,  Mackenzie Bates,  Madison Bertelsbeck,  Noah Bowlden, 
David Brock,  Lauren Brooks,  Wendy Brower,  Jessica Childers,  Holden Childres, Sedef Cokuslu,  Alexis
Colwell,  Juliana Cooper,  Matthew Davis,  Amy Droegmiller,  Eugenia Duffey,  Timothy Dunn,  Heather Ellis, 
Jean-Pierre English, Darla Foster,  Jennifer Freeman,  Delinda Gentry,  Sue Gilpin,  Timothy Graham, 
Katelyn Handley,  Virginia Rose Harrell,  Carson Hendricks,  Emma Jones,  Tedric Leeks,  Taylor Lewis, 
Heather Maddox,  Anna Mattox,  Charles McDermitt,  Lauren McGee,  Hannah Nelson,  Kara Nero,  Mary
Patterson,  Tyler Peavy,  Samantha Pugh,  Erin Pybus,  Regina Rich,  Bailey Scott,  Justin Serna, 
Katherine Sheriff,  Arica Slaughter-Banks,  Jordan  Sliger,  Kimberly Sowell,  Jennifer Stevenson,  Warner
Varnadoe,  Deborah Vaughan,  Corey Waddell,  Laura White,  Rebecca Williams, Daniel Williams.Sara
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The Groundbreaking for the new Turf Grass Building at the UGA Griffin Campus will be June 24 at 2 p.m.

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UGA will be adding Turf Grass buildings in three locations the largest of which will be located at the UGA Griffin Campus on Higgins Road just west of the main parking lot.

The UGA College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences support Georgia’s $7.8 billion turf grass industry with 10 faculty members who focus primarily on turf along with an additional eight researchers who have an involvement in turf-related projects. UGA turf scientists conduct research, educate industry professionals and train students in support of all of the state’s turf-related industries.

The Georgia Legislature in the 2014 session approved funding for the new building and Turf Grass program State Wide,  that will allow the Griffin Campus facility to finally have a state of the art facility to support faculty involved in turf grass research, education and extension. The UGA programs will also assure that the turf industry is an economic engine for Georgia.

The ceremony includes remarks from University System of Georgia Chancellor Hank Huckaby, UGA President Jere W. Morehead, Board of Regents member Tommy Hopkins, and others.

The event is free and open to the public, with a reception immediately following the ceremony.

Turf grass is one of Georgia’s top crops, providing 87,000 full- and part-time jobs

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The Spalding County Commissioners met Monday Night June 15 th  at 6 pm in the meeting room of the Courthouse Annex.
During the meeting the Commissioners Re-appointed: Spalding County Fire Chief Kenny West and Paul Beamon to the to the Region IV Emergency Medical Services Advisory Council for a two year term ending June 30, 2017. 
 
The Kiwanis Fairgrounds Manager Ralph Jones addressed the Board concerning the Kiwanis Fairgrounds property. The Kiwanis Club has 10 years left on a 20 year lease.  They lease the property that houses the  4 H Club Food and other activities for the 4 H club, Also the building and the property that houses the $1,400,000 Kiwanis Fair Association Building. They do not have a lease on the parking area or the fairground property.  He is asking the commissioners to help save the Spalding County Fair.
 
The current Council On Aging Three River Regional Commission will soon cease to exist. They provide the meals on wheels to home bound senior citizens based on need.  The County Staff Proposed a new Senior Nutrition Program; run by the county, and located in the new Senior Center. For a small fee it will provide nutritional meals to senior citizens as well as continue the meals on wheels program.  The staff recommended approval to move ahead with Capital Outlay Projects and staffing for an estimated August 1, 2015 start date.
 
The commissioners scheduled a meeting for 4:30 p.m  June 18 th for further study and information on the Proposed Senior Nutrition Program.
 
The commissioners approved a Resolution to Amend the Contribution Plan for Spalding County Employees to provide for employer matching contributions. The amendment provides for a County matching contribution equal to one half of the first 2% an employee contributes to the Deferred Compensation Plan.  The County contribution will not exceed 1% of compensation. The Funding is  approximately $200,000  and is included in the Fiscal Year 2016 Budget.
Approved for the Spalding County Human Resource Department to apply for the 2015 Association of County Commissioners Group Health Benefits Program, Health Promotion & Wellness Grant.  Employee health promotion programs stabilize health care expenses and contribute to employee quality of life.
 
Approved on first reading an Ordinance amending the FY 2015 Budget Ordinance to provide for year end adjustments.  The Year end amendment is to record lease purchase of capital items, grant funding received and miscellaneous revenues received.
  
Approved on first reading the FY 2016 Budget Ordinance. The Second reading is scheduled for June 25, 2015 at a 5:45 PM Special Called Meeting.
 
Approved a contract with the City of Griffin for two additional Work Details for FY 2016.  All costs associated with the provision of the two details including the officers salaries and benefits will be reimbursed by the City of Griffin. 
 
Approved a submittal of an application to the Department of Justice for the Edward Byrne Memorial Justice Assistance Grant Program.  Spalding County has been allocated $10,793.00 in JAG funds for calendar 2015. The Sheriff’s Department will be submitting the application for additional Stab Vests for the Detention Center. No local matching funds are required. 
 
Approved:   on first reading an Ordinance Amending the Motor Vehicles and Traffic, Section of the Code of Ordinances of Spalding County to provide for No Parking on “The Lakes Parkway”. This is requested by The Griffin Spalding Development Authority for all Industrial Park Roads.
 
 Approved:  on first reading an Ordinance to provide for a 35 MPH Speed Limit on “The Lakes Parkway”.  This  is Requested in all Industrial Parks by the Development Authority.
The Commissioners set July 20, 2015 during the regular scheduled board meeting as the date for a Public Hearing to establish a street lighting district for Sun City Peachtree Pod 37 B Cobblestone Drive.

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Around 10:50 Tuesday night units from The Spalding County Sheriff’s Department, Spalding County Fire Department, Spalding Regional EMS, Emory Air Flight helicopter based out of the Griffin Spalding County Airport, Trooper’s from The Griffin Post of The Georgia State Patrol have all responded to a one vehicle accident on  Jordan Hill Road. The accident occurred about a mile from The Sun City Entrance. One person was airlifted to a hospital in Atlanta for treatment of injuries caused by the accident. More information is expected to be released later by The Georgia State Patrol.

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SHERIFF LADSON O’CONNOR. MONTGOMERY COUNTY GEORGIA

In South Georgia Montgomery County Sheriff Ladson O’Connor was killed early Tuesday when he wrecked his vehicle  while pursuing an armed suspect.  The suspect later surrendered after exchanging gunfire with authorities.  GBI spokeswoman Sherry Lang said the incident began around midnight in Toombs County, about three hours southeast of Atlanta. Deputies there were assisting a motorist when the driver of another vehicle — believed to be 35-year-old Jim Edward Lowery — “attempted to leave the area” after spotting the officers according to the GBI.

The deputies’ then attempted to initiate a traffic stop. Lowery fled, and Sheriff O’Connor joined in the chase when it continued on Ga. 56 into nearby Montgomery County.

“During the pursuit, Sheriff O’Connor lost control of his vehicle, wrecked.  He was pronounced dead at the scene.

What may have led O’Connor to lose control was unclear.

Investigators indicated either Lowery or a 36-year-old passenger in his vehicle identified as Nicole Dixie Best fired shots at officers during the chase.

The Montgomery County Coroner had the body of Sheriff O’Connor transported to the State Crime Lab for a determination as to the exact cause of death.

The chase came ended near the town of Uvalda, where state troopers had placed “stop sticks” on the road. Lowery crashed his vehicle and managed to escape but was apprehended about 9:30 a.m. Tuesday, Georgia State Patrol SWAT team members located Lowery in McNatt Falls, a town in Montgomery County. Lowery surrendered after an exchange of gunfire.

The GBI stated that Lowery had sustained an injury to his leg but it is unknown at this time if the injury is a result of the shooting or if it occurred while he was on the run from law enforcement.

Lowery was arrested and charged with three counts of aggravated assault on a police officer and one count of fleeing and attempting to elude a police officer. The passenger in his vehicle, was also detained and “is being held in the Montgomery County jail as warrants are being obtained for her arrest said the GBI..

It was unclear at this time what charges Dixie Best will face.

The GBI is investigating both the chase and the officer-involved shooting that occurred during Lowery’s apprehension.

Sheriff O’Connor, age 42, had served as the Sheriff of Montgomery County since January 2013. He leaves behind a wife and four children.

Bill Taylor WKEU owner and General manager said, in the late 1960′s and 70′s, I was a Deputy Sheriff in Butts County, before I went back into the US Army.  Any time we loose a law enforcement officer and to include a Sheriff that is elected by his citizens to lead his county is a loss for all Georgians. The entire WKEU family sends our prayers to Sheriff O’Connor’s family and children.  It is Law Enforcement Officers, and Service members of the US Armed Services that have given their all to protect and defend,  their legacy becomes the beacon of our Great Nation.  Sheriff O’Connor is a National Treasure like so many that have gone before him for their fellowman.  We all owe these great Americans more than we can ever repay.

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A Spalding County man identified as Larry English age 70 of Buck Snort Road, Griffin was killed Monday morning when his motorcycle hit a pickup truck on Hwy. 41 in Milner at the Zebulon Road intersection.

Mr. English was traveling was northbound on the four-lane 341 bypass on a Kawasaki Vulcan when a Ford F-150 pickup westbound on Zebulon Road apparently pulled in front of him. According to a witness Mr. English had only a split second to react and could not avoid the truck. He was pronounced dead at the scene by Lamar County Coroner Jim smith.
Units of the Lamar Sheriffs Department, and Troopers form the Forsyth Post of the Georgia State Patrol responded to the scene. The investigation is being conducted by the Forsyth Post of the Georgia State Patrol. .
 
The pickup truck was loaded with the luggage of students from Pike County Middle School who were on their way to FFA camp on Jackson Lake. One witness said It appeared that stacked luggage may have inhibited the vision of the female driving the truck.

The middle school students did not witness the wreck. Another car full of luggage was also in the entourage. The female driver of that car was an eyewitness to the crash.

The accident occurred at 10:25 a.m.
Monday morning.
Funeral Arrangements for Mr. English will be conducted by Conner Westbury Funeral Home of Griffin.  
WKEU would like to thank the Barnesville Herald Gazette and Walter Geiger for their assistance in this news story.  You can subscribe to the Herald Gazette on-lne at barnesville.com

 

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The Department of Defense announced on Sunday, a young soldier from Griffin, Georgia serving in Kuwait was killed in a non-combat related incident while supporting Operation Inherent Resolve.

PFC. Monterrious T. Daniel, age 19 died June 12 in Camp Buehring, Kuwait, in a non-combat related incident.

PFC Daniel was assigned to 68th Combat Sustainment Support Battalion, of the 43rd Sustainment Brigade, under the 4th Infantry Division, at Fort Carson, Colorado.

WKEU will have more details as they become available from the Department of Defense and Fort Carson, Colorado.

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Effective July 1, 2014, all children born on or after January 1, 2002 who are attending seventh grade and children who are new entrants into Georgia’s schools must receive an additional dose of Tdap (tetanus, diphtheria and pertussis) vaccine and one dose of meningococcal conjugate vaccine. Parents whose students do not hold a current immunization schedule must obtain a GA Form 3231 from their physician or Health Department. Students who do not meet these immunization requirements will be withdrawn from school. Please contact Licia Evans RN at (770) 229-3700 or the Spalding County Health Department at (770) 467-4740 for additional information. Thank you for your assistance with this matter.

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Board Names New GSCS 2015-16 Administrations

 At a called meeting on June 9, 2015, the Griffin-Spalding Board of Education appointed the Assistant Superintendent of Administrative Services, Jackson Road Elementary Principal and Assistant Principal for A.Z. Kelsey for the 2015-16 school year. Dr. Kiawana Kennedy was named the Assistant Superintendent of Administrative Services. Kennedy brings over 20 years of experience in Georgia public education to the Griffin-Spalding County School System (GSCS). Most recently she was employed by the City Schools of Decatur where she served as the Director of Curriculum and Instruction for three years and the Chief Operating Officer for the last two. She began her career as a teacher in 1991, teaching fifth grade in Dekalb County and eighth grade in Atlanta. In 1996, Kennedy began her career in school administration.  She served as a middle school assistant principal in Cobb County for four years, an elementary and alternative school principal in Coweta County for two years and an elementary principal in Fayette County for six years. She received her Bachelor’s and Master’s Degree in education from West Georgia College, her Education Specialist from the State University of West Georgia and her Doctorate of Education from the University of Georgia.

 

Karen Oot was appointed the principal for Jackson Road Elementary. Oot joins GSCS from the Fayette County School System where she has been since 1999. During her 25 years in education she has served as an elementary teacher, K-5 behavior consultant and assistant principal. Karen received her Bachelor’s Degree in early childhood education from the University of South Carolina and her Master’s Degree in educational leadership from the University of West Georgia. The new assistant principal for A.Z. Kelsey Academy will be Gabriel Burnette. Burnette has 20 years of experience in the field of education and youth services. Since 2004 he has served as a middle and high school principal and assistant principal for the Newton County School System. He received his Bachelor of Science in Psychology, his Master of Arts in Teaching and his Education Specialist Degree in Administration and Leadership all from Georgia College and State University in Milledgeville. Burnette has also served in the United States Army and Army Reserves since 1994.

 

Earlier in the Board named Marty Shiver as the Spalding High Assistant Principa.  He has been with the Griffin-Spalding County School System (GSCS) for over 25 years. He began his career teaching physical education at Jackson Road Elementary School. Shiver then spent over 20 years at Taylor Street Middle School and Rehoboth Road Middle School teaching health and physical fitness and explorations in technology. Shiver also served as a Response to Intervention (RTI) and Student Support Team (SST) coordinator, on the leadership committee and school council and as the head football coach.  Since 2014, Shiver has been employed at Spalding High School as a credit recovery administrator, data and assessment specialist, athletic director, assistant baseball coach and leadership team member.

 

School Superintendent Jim Smith said, “Each one of these new administrators brings 20 or more years of experience in education to GSCS.  Their exceptional leadership skills and dedication to academic achievement made them all outstanding choices. With their experience and commitment to succeed I am certain that these new administrators will complement GSCS’s mission and vision.”

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Rock Springs Christian Academy is pleased to announce that Lindsay Wynn

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will be leading our new Rock Springs Christian Academy Learning Center.  Mrs. Wynn has been a long time teacher at RSCA who holds a degree in Child and Family Development from Georgia Southern University as well as a Masters of Education with a focus in Early Childhood Teaching.  Mrs. Wynn also has experience in the pediatric healthcare field.  We are exceptionally excited to have Lindsay lead our new venture in providing excellence in early learning for families of our school community.

Rock Springs Christian Academy Learning Center will open on August 3, 2015, and will expand on the part-time, half-day programs already in place for two and three year olds.  In addition to the part-time and half-day options, the new RSCA Learning Center will also offer year-round care and learning for infants through three years of age on Mondays through Fridays from 6:30AM to 6:00PM.  The same priorities and focus that have made the part-time, half-day option so successful will now be provided to families every workday except for ten holidays.  RSCA Learning Center’s curriculum will be Christ-centered and progressive in preparing children for learning.  Mrs. Wynn plans for the program to seek national accreditation in early learning once established.

Rock Spring Christian Academy is proud of the leadership Mrs. Wynn will provide for this new program which will allow us to better meet the needs of families.  For more information, please do not hesitate to contact Mrs. Wynn through the school or at lwynn@rsca.info.  We look forward to the opening of Rock Springs Christian Academy Learning Center — Where Excellence Begins!

 

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Effective July 1, 2014, all children born on or after January 1, 2002 who are attending seventh grade and children who are new entrants into Georgia’s schools must receive an additional dose of Tdap (tetanus, diphtheria and pertussis) vaccine and one dose of meningococcal conjugate vaccine. Parents whose students do not hold a current immunization schedule must obtain a GA Form 3231 from their physician or Health Department. Students who do not meet these immunization requirements will be withdrawn from school. Please contact Licia Evans RN at (770) 229-3700 or the Spalding County Health Department at (770) 467-4740 for additional information. Thank you for your assistance with this matter.

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At the June 2, 2015 meeting, the Griffin-Spalding Board of Education approved Marty Shiver as the assistant principal at Spalding High School.

Shiver has been with the Griffin-Spalding County School System (GSCS) for over 25 years. He began his career teaching physical education at Jackson Road Elementary School. Shiver then spent over 20 years at Taylor Street Middle School and Rehoboth Road Middle School teaching health and physical fitness and explorations in technology. Shiver also served as a Response to Intervention (RTI) and Student Support Team (SST) coordinator, on the leadership committee and school council and as the head football coach. Since 2014, Shiver has been employed at Spalding High School as a credit recovery administrator, data and assessment specialist, athletic director, assistant baseball coach and leadership team member.

He received his Bachelor’s Degree in Health and Physical Education from Valdosta State University, his Master’s Degree in Instructional Technology from Georgia College and State University and his Specialist Degree in Administration and Leadership from the University of Southern Mississippi.

“His experience, enthusiasm and commitment made Marty Shiver an excellent choice for this position. I am confident we look will see continued success and great achievements at Spalding High School,” said Jim Smith, interim school superintendent.

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During the meeting the Commissioners recognized:   Chris Sprayberry, Help Desk Administrator with the Information Technology Department, as the May 2015 “Strongest Link” award recipient.

The “Strongest Link” Award is given monthly to a deserving employee who has demonstrated excellent performance and productivity, loyalty, professional pride, and other noteworthy accomplishments.
The Commissioners also recognized the graduates from the first annual Citizens Fire Academy class. The nine graduates are: Regina Stephens; Leslie Fagin; Mark Johnson; David Mann; Amy Mann; Gwendalyn Dallas; Jennifer Romes; Alexander Cain; and Garrett Tiller.

Also the Commissioners approved a Resolution adopting the annual Fiscal Year 2015–2016 Operating Budget.

Spalding County Commissioner Flowers-Taylor addressed the Commission regarding the extension of hours of local Parks and Recreation venues for the months of June and July 2015. Commissioner Flowers-Taylor would like the City to participate financially in the costs to extend the hours at three recreation centers from 10am to 8pm Monday thru Saturday for the months of June and July. At their last meeting Spalding County Commissioners approved $2000 for June and $2000 for July. She asked the City Commissioners for a matching amount. The Commissioners approved $4000 from the Commissioner’s contingence fund to be used to extend the hours of the three recreation centers in Spalding County for the months of June and July.

The Commissioners approved an ordinance amending the Code of Griffin at Chapter 18, AVIATION, by enacting a new Article V., SAFE, EFFICIENT USE AND PRESERVATION OF NAVIGABLE AIRSPACE. The Griffin-Spalding County Airport Authority has requested the City adopt FAA regulations imposing height limitations on obstructions (permanent and temporary) on private properties surrounding the Airport and under approach zones. These are general development regulations that will pertain to the existing airport and any future airport within the City. Enforcement of these regulations has been a condition of FAA grants to the City and County since at least 2001, but they were never formally incorporated into the Code of Griffin.

Approved a Job-Related Certification policy to encourage and reward employees for increasing their job related knowledge and enhancing their value to their department and the City the new policies will be effective July 1, 2015.

Approved the 2015 Chemical Annual Bid in the amount of $544,485.93 to eleven (11) vendors for the Water and Wastewater Department of the Public Works and Utilities Department.

Approved an amendment to McNaughton McKay for the Variable Frequency Drive in the amount of $16,101.18 for Still Branch Water Treatment Plant of the Public Works and Utilities Department.

The Commissioners approved on first reading of Ordinance revising the Code of Griffin, EXCISE TAX ON HOTELS, by increasing the rate of tax to 8.0% The increased rate will become effective August 1, 2015.

The Commissioners appointed Public Safety Director Frank Strickland and IT Network Administrator Gibb Cotton to the Griffin-Spalding 800 MHz Radio Users Group. The Group will meet quarterly to review overall operations and policies of the system and as often as necessary to provide input and recommendations on policies, contracts, and general operations to the County Commission.

Approved amending the current lease agreement with Law Offices of G. Alan Dodson, LLC for Suite 405 at One Griffin Center to adjust the ending date of the 36-month lease agreement to December 31, 2016. The incorrect date was December 31, 2017.

 

Griffin High School Class of 2015 graduate Cornelius Randolph, whose career on the diamond helped spark a resurgence of the Bears’ baseball program, was selected Monday by the Philadelphia Phillies with the tenth pick overall in the opening round of the Major League Baseball first year player draft.  Randolph, who is committed to play collegiately at Clemson should he forego signing with the Phillies, played multiple positions during his high school career and most notably hit .528 during his senior season. He projects in the eyes of most scouts as either a second baseman or shortstop at the next level. Randolph’s selection in the first round marks the first time a Griffin High player was selected in the opening round since 2008 when Tim Beckham was the top overall pick in the draft by the Tampa Bay Rays. His selection also made Randolph the first Bear to be chosen in the MLB draft since Telvin Nash went in the third round to the Houston Astros in 2009.

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During the meeting the Commissioners will Recognize Chris Sprayberry, Help Desk Administrator with the Information Technology Department, as the May 2015 “Strongest Link” award recipient.

Also the graduates from the first annual Citizens Fire Academy class will be recognized.

The Commissioners will receive comments regarding the proposed budgets for fiscal year beginning July 1, 2015 and ending June 30, 2016.

Consider approval of a Resolution adopting the annual Fiscal Year 2015–2016 Operating Budget.

Spalding County Commissioner Flowers-Taylor requests to address the Commission regarding the extension of hours of local Parks and Recreation venues for the months of June and July 2015.

Consider approval of an ordinance amending the Code of Griffin at Chapter 18, AVIATION, by enacting a new Article V., SAFE, EFFICIENT USE AND PRESERVATION OF NAVIGABLE AIRSPACE. Griffin-Spalding County Airport.

Consider approval of a Job-Related Certification policy to encourage and reward employees for increasing their job-related knowledge and enhancing their value to their department and the City.

Also a Sign-On, Recruitment & Retention Bonus policy to provide the City with the ability to find, hire and retain quality employees in hard to fill classes of jobs.

Consider the approval of the 2015 Chemical Annual Bid in the amount of $544,485.93 to eleven (11) vendors for the Water and Wastewater Department of the Public Works and Utilities Department.

Consider approval of an amendment to McNaughton-McKay for the Variable Frequency Drive in the amount of $16,101.18 for Still Branch Water Treatment Plant of the Public Works and Utilities Department.

Consider approval on first reading an Ordinance revising the Code of Griffin, Georgia TAX ON HOTELS, by increasing the rate of tax to 8.0 percent effective August 1, 2015.

Appoint two (2) members to the Griffin-Spalding 800 MHz Radio Users Group.

Consider amending current lease agreement with Law Offices of G. Alan Dodson, LLC for Suite 405 at One Griffin Center to adjust ending date of 36-month lease agreement correctly to December 31,

 

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More than $250,000 in scholarships have been awarded to 126 Gordon State College students through the Gordon State College Foundation. 

The money will be distributed for use during the 2015-16 academic year. 

“These funds show that companies, organizations, families, and individuals have chosen to partner with the Gordon State College Foundation to help deserving students cover some of the cost of attending college,” said Rhonda Toon, executive director of the Gordon State College Foundation. “Developing or supporting a scholarship is a perfect way for a donor to connect with the future by making a difference in a student’s life.” 

More than 20 percent of the students receiving a scholarship are enrolled in bachelor degree programs. Of those students, the average scholarship award totals $2,000. Other awards average $1,800 each.

Seven new scholarship endowment funds have been established at Gordon in the past two years. 

Among the newest scholarship awards is one given to students who attended the Super Scholarship Saturday event in January. During the event students entered a drawing for scholarships up to $1,000.   Another is the Founders Day Celebration and Scholarship fundraiser event, sponsored by the Foundation, which was first held in Spring 2014 and raised enough money to endow a scholarship. The Spring 2015 event doubled that endowment.

 

 

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Eric Blehm, award-winning New York Times Best Selling author, is coming to Griffin to participate in the club’s annual Patriotic Day on June 24, 2015.

Blehm, who has dedicated his life to telling the stories of those who serve, has among his books, two best sellers, Fearless and The Only Thing Worth Dying For. Another one, The Last Season, was named by Outside Magazine as one of the “greatest adventure biographies ever written.”

The book Fearless is the inspiring story of Adam Brown and his tremendous efforts to rise to the top of the US Navy’s, Seal Team Six is being adapted for a film.

Blehm will speak to the members of the Griffin Kiwanis club and their guest at noon on June 24th. Then he will follow with a book signing for those present.

At about 2:00-4:00, the Kiwanis will host a meet the author and book signing supported by the Books A Million Company for the public. It will be conducted at the Kiwanis of Griffin Center on South Hill Street. The Kiwanis Club  encourages everyone to come on out and enjoy this great program. Books will be available for purchase and signing.

Plans are being made for citizens other than just Kiwanis members to attend the luncheon and program.  On June 15, the Kiwanis Club will open up for non-members for any seats still left unreserved. The meal will only cost around $10.00. When the Fire Department limit for the building is reached, all reservations for the program will be cut off.

Later in the day starting at 7:00, he will have a shorter program with the residents at Sun City for a shorter version of his program.

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On Thursday June 4, 2015 at approximately 0432 hours members of the Griffin Police Department specifically Lt. James Richards’s shift (C) caught entering auto suspects inside a vehicle on Southridge Circle. The aggressive patrol and a call from a concerned citizen in the area led to the suspects being caught. Reginald Collier and Nilon Thompson of Griffin were arrested and charged with two counts each of Entering Auto.  If anyone has further information or if they have been a victim of Entering Auto in the area of Southridge Circle then they are to contact the Griffin Police Department’s Criminal Investigation Division at 770-229-6452.

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The Griffin Spalding School System Board of Education met Tuesday June 4 th in a called meeting and appointed serving Interim Superintendent Jim Smith as the new School Superintendent for the School System.  Mr, Smith was selected as the finalist and the Board under Georgia Code had to wait for 14 days after the selection of a finalist to appoint a new Superintendent.  Smith has served as the Assistant School Superintendent for the past several years, and was formerly the Director of finance for the school system. Mr. Smith will fill the position formerly occupied by Dr. Curtis Jones. Dr. Curtis Jones accepted the position as School Superintendent of the Bibb County school System. WKEU joins with our community to congratulate Mr. Smith for the appointment and to wish him well in his new position.
SPALDING COUNTY COMMISSIONERS

SPALDING COUNTY COMMISSIONERS

During the Meeting The Commissioners approved at second reading an Ordinance to increase the Hotel/Motel Occupancy Tax in Spalding County from 3% to 5% effective July 1, 2015.  
The commissioners Conducted a Public Hearing on the Proposed FY 2016 Budget but no one came forward with questions or comments about the budget.
 
Commissioner Flowers-Taylor requested:   consideration of changes to the proposed FY 2016 Budget with regards to refuse collection and disposal. In a letter to the board commissioner Flowers-Taylor said “I apologize for not being available for the budget hearings, however, I spoke with all of the Commissioners, prior to leaving about a win/win opportunity for residents and the BOC. I will ask to have our budget submission changed related to the possibility of receiving some revenues from our recycling/trash services. These fund could purchase equipment for that service and fund the education information required to make real recycling a viable part of a county resident’s lifestyle. After lengthy discussion it was decided to make no changes to the refuse collection budget this year but look for ways to make it better next year.
 
Commissioner Flowers-Taylor requested reconsideration of funding request approved for KIA Group at the May 18, 2015 meeting.  In a letter to the board Commissioner Flowers-Taylor said” I am concerned about the County’s Hotel Motel Tax funds being used to promote a private entity, particularly the KIA program. It is a non profit organization but it does not meet any of the criteria for use of Hotel Motel Tax, mainly that it will promote tourism.”  After some discussion the county attorney read the Hotel Motel Tax statute and it was determined it does meet the criteria.  
 
Commissioner Flowers-Taylor requested:   “Consideration for funding for extended hours at the three Recreation Centers this summer.  I am asking for 3000 out of our 2015 contingency fund to keep our part time P&R employees at all 3 recreation centers to  help supervise kids. I suggest that gyms open from 10 a till 8 pm. I believe that this gang recruiting problem that we have is the entire community’s responsibility, and for that reason I am prepared to ask others to provide us with softball, volleyball, basketball equipment, Board games and movies to keep the kids occupied.  
The commissioners Approved $2,000 from the contingency fund for keeping the centers open and to ask the city for matching funds.
 
The Commissioners Approved acceptance of a Right Of Way deed for “The Lakes Parkway” from the Griffin-Spalding Development Authority.
Approved an Addendum to the Systematic Alien Verification for Entitlements Program Memorandum of Understanding.  Spalding County, as well as all Georgia counties, are required to use the SAVE (Systematic Alien Verification for Entitlements) Program to verify the lawful presence of all applicants for “public benefits”.
 
Approved requesting the Georgia Department of Transportation and Atlanta Regional Commission reallocate funding for replacement of the North Hill Street Bridge over Cabin Creek. 
The Commissioners Approved the establishment of and appointments to a Radio User’s Group as agreed to in the Intergovernmental Agreement dated April 15, 2015 with the City of Griffin. On or before July 1, 2015, the County shall form a Radio Users’ Group, consisting of two (2) persons appointed by the County, two (2) persons appointed by the City, and one (1) person appointed by any other user served by the system. Elected officers, appointed officers, or staff of the County and City may serve as members of this Group. The Users’ Group shall convene and meet quarterly to review overall operations and policies of the system and as often as necessary to provide input and recommendations on policies, contracts, and general operations to the County Commission. The County Radio Administrator shall prepare a monthly operations report and disseminate it to the parties and each member of the Radio Users Group. 
The commissioners appointed Assistant County Manager Eric Mosley and Communications Systems Specialist Mike Windham to the Radio User’s group.
 
Approved:  the cancellation of the  July 6, 2015 Board of Commissioner’s meeting. The County will observe the 4th of July holiday this year on Friday July 3, 2015.  
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Griffin Police, and Spalding Regional EMS responded Monday morning to a three vehicle collision on the 19/41 bypass that had blocked the North bound lanes of traffic.  The accident resulted in several individuals being sent to Spalding Regional for injuries not thought to be life threatening. Traffic at the location was blocked until all debris and vehicles could be removed from the scene.
About 10 minutes later Griffin Police and Spalding EMS were called to another accident between a van and pickup truck.  That accident ocujrrrred at the intersection of Highway 16 West and Spalding Street.  That accident had one individual injured that was sent to Spalding Regional for treatment of minor injuries.  One individual refused treatment at the scene of minor injuries.
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A motorcyclist was seriously injured Friday afternoon about 4:30 when a man in an SUV pulled out in front of motorcycle at the intersection of High Falls and Chappell Mill roads near the Lamar-Butts line.
The male driving the motorcycle was stabilized at the scene by a doctor who happened upon the scene and EMTS. The man identified as Christopher Jones, age 44, a science teacher at Pike County High School He was air lifted by Emory Air flight based at the Griffin Spalding Airport to the Atlanta Medical Center. His condition was reported as serious on Monday morning. The accident occurred at about 4:30 p.m.

The SUV driver was identified as 68-year-old Dexter Stanphill of Fayetteville.
WKEU would like to thank Walter Geiger and the Barnesville Herald Gazette for their assistance in this news story.  You can subscribe the herald gazette on line at barnesville.com
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PRESS RELEASE UPDATE ON FIGHT/ SHOOTING FROM GRIFFIN POLICE DEPARTMENT.

 

On Saturday May 16, 2015 Officers from the Griffin Police Department responded to the city park near North 9th Street and Georgia Avenue in reference to a person that hadbeen shot. Upon their arrival they witnessed a black female identified as Shehollanee Burden lying on the ground with a single gunshot wound to her hip.

According to Lt. Mike Richardson of the Criminal Investigative Division the Investigation revealed that two females met at the park on North 9th Street to fight because of an argument that occurred on social media (twitter). Multiple individuals were present at the fight and when one of the subjects involved was being jumped on by three people the sibling of thefight victim brandished a firearm and shot two rounds resulting in one of those rounds striking Ms. Burden in the hip.

The incident was captured on two separate cellular phones which helped determine the possible charges.   Lt. Mike Richardson advised 5 females were charged with Affray and shooting suspect was charged with reckless conduct and Affray

Saturday evening about 6:40 units of the Griffin Police Department responded to Georgia Avenue and North 9 th Street to a shooting incident.  Upon arrival officers found a 25 year old female identified a Shehollane Burden of 206 Quincy Avenue had been shot in the leg with a handgun.  Emory Air Flight, based at the Griffin Spalding Airport, was called to transport the victim to the Atlanta Medical Center with injuries not thought to be life threatening.  The hand gun was recovered.  Police indicated there were several black female individuals that had gathered at the scene for a fight.  During the fight Adina High allegedly fired a handgun several times.  She admitted to officers that she had fired the shots. One of the shots struck 25 year old victim in the leg.
Adina and her sister were transported to the Griffin Police Department for further investigation.

 

 

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Griffin Spalding School Board member Michael Kendall has filed a mandamus law suit against Griffin RESA, and the Griffin Spalding Board of Education in Relation to the applications RESA, the agency tasked with conducting a search process and announcements to fill the Superintendents position in the school system, after Dr. Curtis Jones accepted a position as the Bibb County Superintendent.

Kendal’s suit alleges that RESA and the Board of Education are illegally withholding the applications for School Superintendent and preventing him Kendall from carrying out his legal responsibility to hire a qualified superintendent.

On Monday afternoon May 11th, WKEU news talked with Board Attorney Tim Shepherd about the law suit.

CLICK  TO HEAR THE INTERVIEW WITH ATTORNEY SHEPHERD

The Board of Education issued the following Press Release Monday afternoon.

The Griffin-Spalding County Board of Education was served with a lawsuit this morning by one of its members.

Michael Kendall filed a lawsuit against the Griffin-Spalding Board of Education on Monday, May 11, 2015. In his suit, Kendall, who is also a member of the Board of Education, complains about the process by which the school board is conducting the search for a new superintendent of schools.

The school board had previously agreed to employ the services of Griffin RESA to assist in conducting the superintendent search.  On March 30, 2015, the school board with Kendall in attendance voted unanimously to approve the search process.  The board is currently following the approved process in conducting the superintendent search.

On Tuesday, May 5, 2015, the school board met in a called meeting for the purpose of reviewing the applications that were received as part of the search process.
Thursday, May 7, 2015, Mr. Kendall requested that he be given additional time to review the applications.

Contrary to Kendall’s public statements, arrangements were made for Kendall to have additional time to review the applications.

James Westbury, board chair, stated “It is disappointing that Mr. Kendall has chosen to file this merit less lawsuit against his fellow school board members.  The board is following the procedures in the superintendent search that were unanimously approved by the board members.  When Mr. Kendall asked for additional time to review the applications, the board, in conjunction with Dr. Stephanie Gordy of Griffin RESA, made arrangements to accommodate his request.  The board intends to continue the process of finding the best qualified superintendent to lead our school system and will not allow Mr. Kendall to disrupt the process with this frivolous lawsuit.”

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Monroe County Sheriff’s deputies Jeff Wilson and Michael Norris

 

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were presented with the Charles “Bud” Meeks Award for Deputy Sheriff of the Year last night June 28, 2015. The award was presented to Deputy Norris’s family and to Deputy Wilson at the National Sheriffs’ Association summer conference in Baltimore, Maryland. The award recognizes deputy sheriffs who have demonstrated conspicuous bravery in the performance of his duties.  The prestigious national award recognizes individuals who have made significant contributions or accomplishments directly related to law enforcement.

Deputies Wilson and Norris were honored for their courageous actions during an incident that occurred last year. On Saturday, September 13, 2014, Monroe County, Georgia, Sheriff’s deputies Jeff Wilson and Michael Norris responded to a home in southern Monroe County to provide assistance to a man threatening suicide with a hand gun. Emergency 911 dispatchers were told by the man’s family that he was walking around inside the home with a gun to his head.

Deputy Wilson and Deputy Norris made contact with a family member outside the home who told them that other family members who resided in the home left out of concern for their safety but that the suicidal man’s father, who was in poor health and not ambulatory, was in a hospital bed in the living room of the home.

The deputies then walked to the front door of the house, with their weapons drawn, in order to make contact with the suicidal man. Deputy Norris pushed the front door open with his foot and the man inside the home quickly opened fire on the deputies, immediately shooting Deputy Norris in the head and leg. The man continued firing at Deputy Wilson as he attempted to dodge the man’s gunfire and find cover. While attempting to take cover behind his patrol vehicle, Deputy Wilson was shot three times, while returning fire to the suicidal gunman. Deputy Wilson shot the gunman in the leg at which point the gunman surrendered. Loosing blood rapidly and nearly losing consciousness, Deputy Wilson managed to disarm the gunman and handcuff him before passing out.

Monroe County Emergency Services, who were staged nearby, responded to the scene and transported Deputies Wilson and Norris to the Medical Center of Central Georgia. Deputy Norris was declared brain dead the following day. Per Deputy Norris’s wishes as an organ donor, his organs were harvested and given to others who were medical matches. Deputy Wilson was shot in the leg, buttocks and abdomen and underwent extensive physical therapy and has made a full recovery.

Deputy Wilson’s ability to act quickly under extreme stress and injury likely brought a rapid conclusion to an exceptionally dangerous situation. Faced with continuing the confrontation with the suicidal man while knowing that individual was willing to shoot to kill law enforcement took bravery and courage that exceeds what is expected in the line of duty. Additionally, to have the presence of mind to apprehend, disarm and handcuff the suspect while seriously injured is a testament to Deputy Wilson’s dedication and professionalism as a deputy.

Deputy Norris spent his life in service of others as a Boy Scout and volunteer firefighter before beginning his career in law enforcement. He continued to serve the citizens of Monroe County as a deputy with integrity, character and devotion. He displayed kindness in his actions and treated all he met with dignity. His last act as a deputy was one of service; he arrived on scene at Haley Drive willing and wanting to prevent another person from committing suicide. His last act was to give the gift of life to others through organ donation. He leaves a lasting and enduring legacy of service, commitment and dedication to all who wear a badge.

Deputy Jeff Wilson began his career with the Monroe County Sheriff’s Office in 2010 as a jail officer. He completed Basic Law Enforcement Training on December 17, 2010. He is assigned to the Patrol Division. He is married to Donna and they have four children. He lives in Culloden, Georgia.

Deputy Michael Norris began his career with the Monroe County Sheriff’s Office in 2012 as a jail officer. He completed Basic Law Enforcement Training on March 29, 2013. He was assigned to K.B. Sutton Elementary School as a School Resource Officer for the 2013-2014 school year and was transferred to the Patrol Division in June 2014. He leaves behind a wife, Logan, and parents Bennett and Fran Norris. He lived in Culloden, Georgia. He was 24 years old.

The award is given in memory and honor of Charles “Bud” Meeks, who served as Sheriff of Allen County, Indiana and as Executive Director of the National Sheriffs’ Association. The award is sponsored by Motorola and the National Sheriffs’ Association.

 

 

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The Griffin City Commissioners will June 23, 2015 at the City Offices at 100 South Hill Street.

During the meeting the Commissioners will recognize the service and retirement of three dedicated electric employees.

Mike Blackmon, 33 years of service, Derald Evans, 33 years, and Wayne Jones, 26 years of service.

The Commissioners will receive comments regarding a request to amend the Unified Development Code, of the City of Griffin, to allow Consumer Fireworks Retail Sales Facilities, meeting the minimum standards for new and existing buildings as a permitted use in the Planned Commercial District.”

The Commissioners will consider approval, on second reading, of an ordinance amending the Code of Griffin at Chapter 18, AVIATION, by enacting a new Article V., SAFE, EFFICIENT USE AND PRESERVATION OF NAVIGABLE AIRSPACE.

Consider approval, on second reading, of Ordinance revising the Code of Griffin, Georgia at Chapter 82, TAXATION, Article III, EXCISE TAX ON HOTELS, by increasing the rate of tax to 8.0% in accordance with Act 288 (HB 644) of the 2015-2016 Regular Session of the General Assembly of Georgia; revising the name of the Article to reflect the current title used in state law; and for other purposes. If adopted, the increased rate will become effective August 1, 2015. City Attorney Andrew J. Whalen III will address.

Consider approval of a request to amend the Unified Development Code to allow Consumer Fireworks Retail Sales Facilities, meeting the minimum standards for new and existing buildings as a permitted use in the Planned Commercial District

Consider approval to amend the City of Griffin’s Fiscal Year 2014-2015 Operating and Capital Budget in the amount of $7,200.00 for the purchase of bullet proof vests for the Police Department.

Consider approval to amend the City of Griffin’s Fiscal Year 2014-2015 Operating and Capital Budget in the amount of $2,300.00 for equipment purchased for Archives at the end of Fiscal Year 2014 subsequently charged to Fiscal Year 2015. Chief Financial Officer Markus Schwab will address.

Consider approval to amend the City of Griffin Fiscal Year 2015 Operating and Capital budget for Facilities in the Electric Utility Fund for the purchase of a Bi-Directional Antenna (BDA) at Thomas Property location

Consider a Resolution in support of submitting an application for the Tourism Product Development Grant.

Consider Agreement between the City of Griffin and the Spalding County Board of Commissioners for two (2) Inmate Work Details for duties at the Shoal Creek Landfill and Oakhill Memorial Cemetery, in the amount equal to the salary and benefits of two (2) Correctional Officers

Consider approving Task Order for Utility Service Group for the maintenance of the City of Griffin’s water tanks in the amount of $91,449.39 for the Water and Wastewater Department of the Public Works and Utilities Department. Director of Public Works and Utilities Department Brant D. Keller will address.

Consider the approval of a Task Order for an Inter-Basin Analysis to Paragon Consulting Group in the Amount of $192,310.00 for the Water and Wastewater Department of the Public Works and Utilities Department

Consider approval of a TOF for the Nitrification Analysis of Cabin Creek WWTP to Paragon Consulting Group in the amount of $21,905.00. for the Water and Waste Water Department of the Public Works and Utilities Department. Director of Public Works and Utilities Department  Brant D. Keller will address.

Consider the approval of a Task Order for the Valve Location and Condition Assessment to Paragon Consulting Group in the amount of $293,330.00 for the Water and Waste Water Department of the Public Works and Utilities Department. Director of Public Works and Utilities Department Brant D. Keller will address.

Consider the approval of an agreement with the United States Geological Survey Division of the United State Department of Interior for Flow Gauges in the amount of $58,105.00 for the Water and Wastewater Departments of the Public Works and Utilities Department.

Consider approval of the FY 2015 – 16 Mass Water Meter Purchase with Delta Municipal Supply Company in the amount of $793,800.00 for the Water and Wastewater Department of the Public Works and Utilities Department.

Consider approval of FY 2015-16 Task Order with Premier Systems Design(PSD) for continuation of work order solution design in the amount of $20,000.00 for the Public Works and Utilities Department.

Consider the approval of Task Order with Hazen and Sawyer Environmental Engineers & Scientists for the Inundation Study of Heads Creek Reservoir in the amount of $18,000.00 for the Water and Wastewater Department of the Public Works and Utilities Department.

Consider the approval of Task Order with Hazen and Sawyer Environmental Engineers & Scientists for the Inundation Study of Still Branch Reservoir in the amount of $18,900.00 for the Water and Wastewater Department of the Public Works and Utilities Department

Consider approval of an agreement with Raftelis Financial Consultants, Inc., for the calculation and support for the City of Griffin’s wholesale and retail water and sewer rates in the amount of $20,000.00 for the Water and Wastewater Department of the Public Works and Utilities Department.

Consider the award of a contract, Section 319(h) FY14 Grant – Element 12 “A.Z. Kelsey Avenue Ecosystem Restoration Project” from the Georgia EPD Nonpoint Source Program in the amount of $817,000.00 for the Stormwater Utility Department of the Public Works and Utilities Department.

Consider the approval of a Task Order to Tetra Tech for the Construction Management and Grant Administration for the AZ Kelsey Avenue Ecosystem Restoration Project in the amount of $55,000.00 for the Water-Wastewater and Stormwater Departments of the Public Works and Utilities Department.

Consider renewal of an annual Agreement with E. David Dickens for Foilage and Soils Environmental Services in the amount of $7,400.00 for the Water and Wastewater Department of the Public Works and Utilities Department.

Consider approval of a Resolution approving the borrowing of an amount not to exceed $12,700,000.00 from the Clean Water State Revolving Fund, administered by the Georgia Environmental Finance Authority (GEFA), for upgrade and expansion of the Potato Creek Water/Wastewater Treatment Plant.

Consider approval of a Resolution approving the borrowing of an amount not to exceed $6,275,000.00 from the Drinking Water State Revolving Fund, administered by the Georgia Environmental Finance Authority (GEFA), for upgrade and improvements to the Flint River Pumping Station.

Consider the approval of a Task Order for the Tracer Studies and Mixing Evaluations of Harry Simmons WTP and Still Branch WTP to Burns-McDonnell in the amount of $36,500.00 for the Water and Wastewater Department of the Public Works and Utilities Department. Director of Public Works and Utilities Brant D. Keller will address.

Consider the approval of 2015-2016 Meter Reading Agreement TruCheck for the Water and Wastewater Department of the Public Works and Utilities Department.

Consider the approval of a Task Order for the Cabin Creek Wastewater Basin to Burns-McDonnell for modeling wastewater flows and hydraulic design in the amount of $235,800.00 for the Water and Wastewater Department