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PRESS RELEASE

David Gibson, age 51, a 27 year veteran of the Spalding County Sheriff’s Office retired on May 21, 2015 in lieu of termination.  Mr. Gibson was the Captain over the Uniform Patrol Division.  An Internal Affairs Investigation was being conducted on Mr. Gibson at the time he retired.  The allegations against Mr. Gibson are:

Sexual Harassment

Creating a Hostile Work Place

Conduct unbecoming a Deputy

Improper use of the Internet

Violation of his Oath of Office

The investigation is continuing and when it is completed it will be reviewed by the District Attorney’s Office to determine if any criminal charges are in order.

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Board Names interim Superintendnet Jim Smith as Sole Superintendent Finalist

 

The Griffin-Spalding County Board of Education agreed to name Interim Superintendent Jim Smith as the sole finalist for superintendent at a meeting on Thursday.

Under state law, the board must wait 14 days before taking an official vote to offer a contract.

James D. “Jim” Smith has been Interim Superintendent of the Griffin-Spalding County School System since March 2015.  Jim, a native of Griffin and graduate of Griffin High School, received his Bachelor of Business Administration degree with a major in accounting from Georgia State University in 1980. Upon graduation, he joined the local CPA firm of Hardwick and Hardwick and received his designation as a certified public accountant in 1982. After 16 years in public accounting, Jim joined the Griffin-Spalding County School System in 1997 as Director of Finance. Over the next several years, Jim earned a Masters degree in Education from the University of Phoenix and a Specialist in Educational Leadership degree from the University of West Georgia. He also completed the Superintendents Professional Development Program, a two year program designed by the Georgia School Superintendents Association. In 2009, Jim was named Assistant Superintendent for Administrative Services and Chief Financial Officer of the local school district before being named Deputy Superintendent in 2014.

A lifelong resident of Griffin, Jim served as President of the Kiwanis Club of Griffin and as Governor of the Georgia District of Kiwanis International. He currently serves on the Spalding County Board of Health and Griffin-Spalding Land Bank Authority. Jim, his wife, Janet, and two children are members of Griffin First United Methodist Church.

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Griffin Spalding Board of Education Appoints Principals for Cowan Middle, A.Z. Kelsey and GHS

At a called meeting on May 21, 2015, the Griffin-Spalding Board of Education approved the recommended candidates for the principal positions at Cowan Road Middle, A.Z. Kelsey Academy and Griffin High School.

The 2015-16 Cowan Road Middle School principal will be current Jackson Road Elementary Principal Laura Jordan. Jordan has been with the Griffin-Spalding County School System (GSCS) for almost 20 years. She began her career at Taylor Street Middle School teaching language arts and reading.  She was then promoted to assistant principal at Cowan Road Middle where she spent eight years before being named principal of Jackson Road Elementary in 2012. She received her Bachelor’s Degree in middle education from Mercer University and her Educational Specialist in Administration and Supervision from the University of West Georgia. The district will fill the position of principal at Jackson Road Elementary by posting or by appointment.

Current Assistant Principal Stephanie Evans is the new principal of A.Z. Kelsey Academy.  After working in advertising and marketing, Evans began her career in education as a high school English teacher in 1999. She spent 12 years at Griffin High School serving as a teacher, academic coach and assistant principal. In 2012 she was named A.Z. Kelsey assistant principal. She received her Bachelor’s Degree in English from Spelman College, master’s from Georgia College & State University and her Educational Specialist in Administration and Supervision from Lincoln Memorial University in Tennessee.

Dr. Darrell Evans was named the principal of Griffin High School. Evans has been a high school educator and administrator for over 20 years.  He returns to GSCS from Sandy Creek High School where he has worked since 2004. During that time he served as a head basketball coach, health and physical fitness teacher, athletic director, assistant principal and then principal.  Evans was also at Spalding High School for four years as the head basketball coach, health and physical fitness department chair and chairperson of the student support team. He received his Bachelor’s Degree in Health and Physical Fitness from Brewton-Parker College, Master’s in Education from Cambridge College in Massachusetts, Educational Specialist from Lincoln Memorial University in Tennessee and Educational Doctorate from South Carolina State University.

 

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Press Release from Griffin Police Department.  

On Saturday May 16, 2015 Officers from the Griffin Police Department responded to Louise’s Cafeteria located at 426 East Solomon St. in reference to a report of a person on person armed robbery.   Upon arrival, officers identified the victim as Frank Storey of Lilburn Georgia.  Mr. Storey stated that a black male covered in tattoos driving a blue Lincoln Town car robbed him a gun point and then fled the scene.  The victim was able to provide a tag number which helped officers locate the vehicle and suspect quickly.  The suspect was identified as Early Evans of Griffin Georgia.  Mr. Evans was detained and transported to the Police Department for questioning.  Lt. Mike Richardson with the Criminal Investigative Division responded to the scene and took over the investigation.  The investigation revealed that there was no armed robbery and the incident was drug related.  Charges are pending upon completion of this investigation.

 

 

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NEWS RELEASE

Georgia State Troopers Preparing for Memorial Day Weekend Patrols

The Memorial Day holiday weekend is soon approaching. Colonel Mark W. McDonough, Commissioner of the Georgia Department of Public Safety, said the 78-hour holiday patrol period will begin Friday, May 22 at 6 p.m. and end midnight on Memorial Day. Troopers and Motor Carrier Officers will be conducting roadchecks, high visibility patrols, and concentrated patrols across the state strictly enforcing seat belt laws and watching for impaired drivers.

“Speed, a lack of seat belt use, and an impaired driver make for a deadly combination on our roads,” Colonel McDonough said.Last year during Memorial Day weekend, Georgia State troopers investigated 455 traffic crashes that resulted in 299 injuries, and nine traffic fatalities.“If you will be traveling this holiday period, make sure everyone is properly restrained, obey the posted speed limit, and designate a sober driver if alcohol consumption will be in your plans,” the commissioner added. In addition to the traffic crash investigations last year, troopers arrested 322 people for driving under the influence while issuing 7,492 citations and 11,137 warnings.

Use caution as you travel this holiday weekend. Traffic will be heavy as graduation ceremonies, festivals and vacation travelers will add to the normal weekend traffic.  “Celebrate the holiday period responsibly and keep safety at the forefront of everything you will do,” Colonel McDonough said.

Today is also the kick-off of All American Buckle-Up Week across the nation. Now through Monday, state highway patrols and state police agencies from across the United States and Canada are joining together to educate the public on the importance of wearing seat belts while traveling in motor vehicles.

NOTE:  The holiday traffic fatality count will be posted and updated throughout the holiday weekend on the Georgia Department of Public Safety web site: http://www.dps.georgia.gov.

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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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One person has been arrested and charged after leading  Monroe County Sheriff’s Office deputies on a chase into Butts County on Saturday, May 16, 2015 shortly before 9:00 p.m.  Derrick Devon Cousin, 39 years old, of Atlanta,  the driver of the black Chevy Impala, was captured shortly after the chase ended on Hwy. 87 in Flovilla, Georgia along with a female passenger who was not charged. Two passengers, both African American males, possibly in their early 20s, have yet to be captured. Cousin is being charged with fleeing and attempting to elude a police officer and obstruction of an officer, both felonies, along with numerous traffic offenses. The Butts County Sheriff’s Office, the Georgia State Patrol, the Department of Natural Resources and the Spalding County Aviation Unit participated in the search for the suspects, which lasted for several hours Saturday night and Sunday morning.
Anyone with information regarding the two fugitive suspects may call the Monroe County Sheriff’s Office at 478-994-7048
LAMAR COUNTY SUPERIOR COURT.

LAMAR COUNTY SUPERIOR COURT.

 

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Convicted arsonist Stephen Brehaut was ordered to jail pending a July probation hearing by Superior Court Judge Bill Fears in Lamar County superior court Thursday.

 

Brehaut had been sentenced to 20 years on probation, ordered to pay $109, 241 in restitution and cleanup the Lighthouse Restaurant which he confessed to torching in 2012.

He only did part of the clean-up and was in arrears on his restitution in the amount of $6753.17, having not made a payment since December.

When his case was called Thursday morning, Brehaut told Judge Fears he was represented by a law firm in Thomaston. During a break in the proceedings, officials checked with the law firm and were told they had not been retained to represent Brehaut in the criminal matter.

Confronted with that information by Judge Fears, Brehaut stammered that the firm was advising him on estate matters.

Judge Fears immediately ordered him to jail until a hearing on July 9.

“At that time, we will take up your first offender status. You are looking at some serious prison time. Do not come up here again and tell me you have a lawyer when you don’t,” Judge Fears admonished.

Brehaut was handcuffed in the courtroom and seated with the rest of the cuffed prisoners. Just before noon, He is cruelty being held in the Lamar County Sheriffs Department Jail.
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 barnesville.com.

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A single vehicle car crash today on I-75, May 13, 2015, injured two Ontario women after the vehicle was engulfed in flames. The accident occurred near mile marker 185 southbound on I-75 in Monroe County shortly after 12:00 p.m. Evidence from the scene suggests that Ingrid Newberry, 76, was driving her Pontiac Montana in the far right lane, then crossed all lanes of traffic, hitting the median wall. The vehicle then caught fire. Newberry and her passenger, Karen Newberry Nutt, also from Ontario, Canada, were both pulled from the vehicle by Monroe County EMS. Newberry was transported to the Medical Center in critical condition and Nutt was transferred in stable condition.
The cause of the accidentremains under investigation.
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The Griffin City Commissioners met Tuesday night in the meeting room at 100 South Hill Street.
During the meeting the commissioners recognized Amanda Carmichael, with the Finance Department, as the April 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 recognition of Officers of the Griffin Police Department for the awards received at the Annual District Attorney’s Banquet held on May 5, 2015. 
Lt. Mike Richardson – Officer of the Year;
Sgt. Joe Hudson – Heart of a Hero;
Officer Emily Blackmon – Rookie of the Year;
Sgt. Richards Phillips, Officer Pete Spahn and Officer Chardannay Hurst – the Team Work Award; and The Griffin Police Department was awarded the Agency of the Year.  
The Commissioners approved a Proclamation for May 10 through May 16, 2015 as City of Griffin Police Week to coincide with National Police Week, and the day of May 15, 2015 as Peace Officers Memorial Day. The Griffin Police Department is sending a two-person delegation to Washington D.C. to escort the Kevin Jordan Family during the week.  Officer Kevin Jordan will be recognized for his service and death in the line of duty,  during the National Memorial Ceremony.  Additionally, flags in the City of Griffin shall be flown at half-staff on May 15. 
The Commissioners also approved a Proclamation declaring the week of May 17-23, 2015 to be National Public Works week and Public Works Week in the City of Griffin.

During the Citizen Comments portion of the meeting Ralph Jones of the Kiwanis Club addressed the board in relation to the Purchase of the Fair Grounds property.  The plan will be reviewed with both City and County Officials and the FAA to see if the plan is within the requirements  of the FAA  for the sale of FAA Government Property.
After much discussion and by a 4/3 vote the commissioners denied a request for a Special Use Permit to allow an Adult Day Care Center to operate at 127 West Solomon Street, submitted by Cambridge House Enrichment Center.  The property is zoned Central Business District (CBD) which requires a special use permit to allow a daycare to operate at this location.
The Commissioners aapproved lifting from the table and dismissal of a request for a variance from Section 708, Medium Density Residential (MDR), of the City of Griffin Unified Development Code to subdivide a lot creating two non-conforming lots, for property located at 728 East Tinsley Street/228 Morris Street, it was discovered that the two lots are already zoned as two separate locations.
The Board approved a contract with PKF Consulting USA to conduct a feasibility study for a downtown hotel & convention center development. The cost of the study will be shared between the City of Griffin, Spalding County and the Griffin-Spalding Development Authority as approved in the memorandum of understanding on April 14, 2015.  The accepted proposal cost $31,000 and the City of Griffin will be responsible for 1/3 of the contract amount or $10,333. 
The Board also approved a contract with Preservation South, LLC to conduct an existing conditions report for the old  City Hall, which is on the historical buildings list of Griffin. The recommendations of the report will be used to estimate rehabilitation cost for this facility.  The cost of the study will be $5,000, which will give  an estimated rehabilitation cost.  Funds were not budgeted for this line item in FY 15. The funds will be taken from Commissioners’ Professional Services.
The Board approved tiered Distribution Generation Tariff for customers in all areas served by the City of Griffin. Recent State Legislation has mandated utilities allow a minimum of 177 kW distributed energy plants on their systems.  The tiered tariff, as discussed at a recent Board of Commissioners’ workshop, will prepare the City for the growth of distributed energy systems for many years to come.  Approximately 77% of the City’s purchased power costs are fixed plant costs.  The tariff will ensure that the City’s energy plant commitments are met. 
The Commissioners appointed Commissioner Joann Todd and Electric Director Bill Bosch as an alternate to represent the City of Griffin at the Annual MEAG meeting and board election, July 14, 2015.
The Board approved a budget amendment resolution reallocating funds for the settlement of Rights of Way for the Still Branch Regional  Reservoir  in the amount of $20,400.00.  The reallocation of funds is necessary to pay for legal fees and payments to the claimants for the acquisition of right-of-way on the transmission pipeline coming from the Still Branch Regional Reservoir back to Griffin. 

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A former School System Employee Eloise Caldwell has been arrested by the Griffin Police Department following an investigation into a incident on a special needs bus carrying students.  Caldwell was a bus monitor at the time of the incident.  A bus video camera caught Caldwell first slapping the student then striking another with a rolled up magazine in the face. 
WKEU contacted the School System and Board Attorney Tim Shepherd and was advised that the employee has resigned following a investigation by school officials. The incident is also under investigation by The Griffin Police Department. Incidents of this type are also reported to DEFACS as well.  Eloise Caldwell is in the Spalding County Jail.

 

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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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Pike County Sheriff’ Jimmy Thomas advised WKEU news that late Sunday evening his deputies responded to a 911 call of a shooting incident at 1880 Cook Road.  The caller advised the Pike 911 center that an altercation had occurred between himself and his father, and he had shot his father.  He also said that he would kill any law enforcement officer that came to the residence. Deputies attempted to make contact with anyone inside the residence but were unsuccessful.  The Pike SWAT team and K-9 unit made entry into the residence and found no one inside.

The investigation is now underway to find out who made the initial 911 call. It has been determined that notification was made by SCYPE on the Internet.  Sheriff Thomas also said that the Investigators will follow any and every lead to identify the caller.  There were no injuries to any law enforcement personnel, or neighbors close to the residence, and no one was shot at that location.  The Sheriff also said that the residence at 1880 Cook Road had been vacant for several weeks.  The investigation is continuing and more information will be released as the investigation continues.

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Four individuals from the Griffin Spalding School System have been approved to head up new positions at the Bibb County School System in Macon.
The Macon Telegraph announced that the individuals were approved by the Bibb County Board of Education on Thursday and will fill the following positions there.
Jamie Cassady will be the Bibb County School System Chief Student affairs Officer.
Eclan David will be the new Principal at Ballard-Hudson Middle School.
Dexter Martin will be the new Southwest High School Principal.
Keith Simmons will be the new Chief of Staff and operations officer for Dr. Jones at the Bibb County System.
WKEU congratulates these great educators and wish for them a great career in the Bibb County System.

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The Griffin Spalding County Junior Deputy trip to Washington DC for 2015 is now over. More than 300 sixth grade students and chaperones took the great trip which has been an ongoing event since 1946. The original program was stared by WKEU and the Spalding Sheriffs Department in 1946 and the trip was made at that time by Train. This year and since the late 1950′s the event has been made by Tour Bus Lines. Sheriff Wendell Beam said the 2015 trip proved to be an exciting event for the 6 th Grade students and many of the chaperones that made the trip for the first time. Planning for next years trip is already underway and is a labor intensive program to put together said sheriff Beam. The Sheriff also said he especially wanted to thank the Chaperones that took their time to make the trip and Kay Perdue that was the event coordinator.

The Sheriff said that the work of Kay Perdue is invaluable to the Trip and to the Department each year. He also thanked the parents of the children for entrusting them to me for the 2015 trip. The children were extremely well behaved and is a reflection of their parents, and teachers. Planning is underway for next year to make the trip more enjoyable for the 6 th graders that work so hard during the year to keep up heir grades, attendance, and behavior, to qualify for the trip.

We of WKEU wish to thank the Chaperones, and especially Sheriff Wendell Beam for his dedication to our Children to continue this Great Educational Program. Also to Sylvia Chapman who was the WKEU representative on the trip that interviewed the kids and insured we had a constant supply of taped interviews for their families, and loved ones to hear their excitement. Sylvia went far beyond he assigned duties to insure the tapes were ready for Fed EX pickup daily.

Also to our staff that took the time from their schedule and family to interview each bus when the students left for Washington. They rode with the children interviewing each bus until the initial stop. Those individuals included Tony Broski, WKEU Sports Director, Ted Taylor Vice President and Program Director of WKEU and The Rock 88.9 FM, Sylvia Chapman, and Bill Chapman of The Rock 88.9 FM, and Lynn Futural who has made the trip many times as a representative of WKEU news to interview the students. Ronnie Lowe, Larry Johnson, Lee Taylor, and Sidney Daniel the behind the seen’s staff that made it all happen. To these individuals have my deep respect, and admiration. Most of all the many sponsors that are dedicated to Children’s education and great educational events like this to bring you the voices of your children while they are away in Washington. Be sure and tell them how much you appreciate there dedication to our students, their teachers, and families as they support this great educational event, that for many, will be a once in al lifetime opportunity. As owner and General Manager of WKEIU I thank each of them with my very deep gratitude for their dedication to our area youth activities. You our listeners are the WKEU family, you have relied on us for the past 81 years and our commitment is to never let you down. Thank you always for your support to WKEU and The Rock 88.9 FM Georgia Public Radio.

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Law enforcement and emergency personnel were on the scene in Molena Thursday afternoon where a pedestrian riding a bicycle was hit and killed by a vehicle.

The following press release was sent by the Pike County Sheriff’s Office around 4 p.m. Thursday.

Pike County Sheriff’s Office Traffic Investigators responded to Highway 18 in the area of Hamilton Road at approximately 1 p.m. Thursday May 7 th. The accident involved a pick up truck and a bicyclist. The truck was traveling westbound on Highway 18 when it struck a bicyclist that was also traveling in the same direction. The rider of the bicycle was deceased at the scene and has been identified as Henry Wellmaker of Concord.

Sheriff Jimmy Thomas said the investigation is in its initial phase as the Investigators are trying to determine what was the actual cause of the fatal collision.

Pike Coroner Terrell Moody has had Mr. Wellmaker’s body transported to the Georgia Bureau of Investigation Crime Lab for a determination as to the exact cause of death.

The driver’s name is not being released at this time and no charges have been filed pending completion of the investigation.

 

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.Winners of the middle school tennis team from left to right: Ally Viars (7th grader), Brittany Anderson (6th grader), Amber Lester (8th grader).

Rock Springs Christian Academy’s Middle School Girls Tennis Team won Runner-Up in the 2015 GICAA Team Championship April 23, 2015. We are proud to announce that Coach Mary Anne Anderson has lead the RSCA Eagles to victory for the first time; in their first season competing.

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The Explosives and Ordinance Disposal unit from Robbins Air Force Base responded to High Falls Fire Station Friday afternoon when a call was received by the Monroe County Sheriffs Office indicating that a piece of military ordnance had been delivered to the High Falls Fire Station. The High Falls Fire Station contacted the Bibb County Bomb Disposal Unit to dispose of the ordnance.
The ordnance is about six inches in length with a conical nose and is about three to four inches in diameter. The person who turned the ordnance in stated that he took possession of it after it was found in Jonesboro while digging for a sewer line. He told deputies he had the ordnance in his home for three or four years.
The Explosive Ordnance Disposal unit from Robins Air Force base responded to the High Falls Fire Department and disposed of the ordnance Friday afternoon. The Robbins Air Force EOD unit stated the munitions were to be of the Civil War era.
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FY 2016 BUDGET REVIEW RESCHEDULED
Spalding County Manager William P. Wilson Jr. announced today that the Board of Commissioners FY 2016 Budget Review has been rescheduled to begin on Tuesday May 12, 2015 at 9:00 AM in the Courthouse Annex Meeting Room 108. The proposed FY 2016 Budget will be distributed to the Board of Commissioners, Department Heads, Elected Officials and News Media on Monday May 4, 2015. The rescheduling of the Commissioners Budget Review will not require any additional changes in the FY 2016 Budget Calendar and a copy of the revised FY 2016 Budget Calendar is available on the County’s website at www.spaldingcounty.com.
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The Spalding county Commissioners will meet May 4, 2015 at 6:00 PM in Room 108, of the Annex

Terri Jenkins, Fire Management Specialist for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service will present the Fire Service Leadership Award to Eric Mosley, Spalding County Assistant County Manager.

During the Meeting the Commissioners will Consider approval of Proclamation designating Tuesday May 19, 2015 as “Iris Charter Chapter 1620 American Business Women’s Association Day” in Spalding County.

Consider approval on second reading an ordinance amending the Animal Control Ordinance by striking subparagraph (g) and inserting a new paragraph (g) regarding the establishment of fees and designation of Veterinary Clinics.

Consider approval on second reading: Amendment to UDO #A-15-03: Article 2. Definitions of terms to Amend definition of Manufactured Home, Class A.

Consider approval of the following amplification permits as requested by Chris Smith of the Griffin The Moose Lodge for several outdoor events to be held on the following dates at the Griffin Moose Lodge located at 1435 Zebulon Road:

1. May 25, 2015 Memorial Day Family Pool Event from 1:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
2. June 20, 2015 Luau Pool Event from 7:00 p.m. – 11:00 p.m.
3. July 4, 2015 July 4 th Family Pool Event from 1:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
4. September 7, 2015 Labor Day Family Pool Event from 1:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Consider approval of an Amplification Permit submitted by Union Baptist Church to host a Memorial Day Celebration and Picnic at 1405 N. McDonough Road on Sunday, May 24 th, 2015 from 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Consider request from Eagles Way Church for the use of the Annex Parking lot and meeting room for their “Mid Georgia Doc Holiday Festival” September 25-26, 2015.

Consider approval of an Intergovernmental Agreement with the Georgia Department of Corrections for the contracted care and custody of State Offenders at the Correctional Institute in Spalding County.

Consider renewal of lease with the Department of Veterans Services located at 819 Memorial Drive.

Consider approval of an addendum to the Intergovernmental Agreement between Spalding County and the City of Griffin for the North Hill Street Corridor Transportation Project, Intersection No. 2.

Consider approval of the Service Agreement for Operation of the Three Rivers Regional Transit System in Spalding County.

Establish date for Public Hearing on proposed Animal Sterilization Requirement Ordinance and Unaltered Animal Permit Ordinance.

Consider appointment of two members to the Executive Committee of the Griffin-Spalding County Archway Partnership.

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Griffin-Spalding County School System (GSCS) Kindergarten registration for the 2015-16 school year will be held May 4 – 22, from 8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. (M-F). Kindergarten registration is located at the Parent Service Center, 234 East Taylor Street.

Students enrolling in kindergarten must be five years old by Sept. 1, 2015. Students currently enrolled in a GSCS pre-kindergarten class do not need to register for kindergarten.

Parents/guardians are asked to bring their future kindergartener to registration to assess their readiness levels prior to beginning school. This consists of asking your child a few questions about basic skills (colors, letters, numbers, etc.). This will help ensure your child is placed in a class that best meets his/her academic needs and strengths.

Required registration documents include:

  • Certified copy of the Certificate of Birth.
  • Certificate of Immunization, Form No. 3231.
  • Certificate of Eye, Ear, & Dental Screening Examination, Form No. 3300.
  •  Social Security Card.
  • Proof of Residency – either a dated mortgage statement/payment OR a rental agreement copy with the names of all people living in the house.
  • Any one of: utility, telephone or cable bill; current property tax bill; homeowner’s insurance policy; current year income tax form
  •  Photo ID of LEGAL parent/guardian.
  • Proof of custody/guardianship and any legal custody documents.

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In March of 2015 the Police Department issued a fraud alert in reference to a scam involving two individuals using a U-Haul truck attempting to fraudulently obtain merchandise from Blake’s Building Supply in Griffin and another business in Jackson, Georgia.  On April 17, 2015 the suspects attempted to commit their scam on another local business.  Remembering the alert that had been posted the business notified the Police Department.  Investigators Cpl. Mike Morris and Inv. Stacy Beckom put together an undercover operation which was executed on April 20, 2015.  As result of the operation the suspects were apprehended attempting to pick up property that they believed was approved by the fraudulent transaction from Friday the 17th.  The two suspects were identified as Gerald Deshazor, 29 years of age from of Hampton and Alondzae Reeves, 32 years of age from Jonesboro.  Both suspects had recently relocated to this area from Pennsylvania where the U-Haul was confirmed to be rented during an earlier investigation by Inv. Beckom.  Both subjects are currently incarcerated in Spalding County Jail.

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CITY COMMISSIONERS REGULAR SCHEDULED MEETING HELD TUESDAY NIGHT  AT 6PM .  THE MEETING WAS HELD TG THE OFFICES AT 100 SOUTH HILL STRET

 The first order of business at the Griffin City Commissioners Meeting 04/21/15:

The commissioners recognized: Captain Donald Britt with the Police Department, for 25 years of dedicated service to the City of Griffin. Captain Britt has worked in nearly every position with the P.D. He currently commands the Criminal Investigation unit.

After a lengthy discussion the commissioners tabled for further information, a request for a variance of the Griffin Unified Development Code to subdivide a lot creating two non-conforming lots, for property located at 728 E. Tinsley Street/228 Morris Street, submitted by Russell Johnson.

The Variance request stems from the applicant’s property having dual frontage along two (2) roadways with two (2) single family homes constructed on a single lot. The applicant wishes to subdivide the property so that the houses can be sold separately.  One house was built in 1940. Another was built in 1989 but there is no record of a plat showing the lot being divided when the new house was built.

The commissioners Approved:    a request to amend the Unified Development Code, of the City of Griffin, for Historic Character Signs. The purpose of the ordinance amendment is to include the “Killed in Action” plaques as a permitted sign.  The pintail plaque design was approved by the Historic Preservation Commission based on size and style.

Approved:  a Standard Office Lease between the City of Griffin and Portal Labs, LLC for suite #403 of One Griffin Center in the amount of $4054.80 per year. This is an annual lease with two one-year renewals effective May 1, 2015.

The Commissioners accepted:   Recognition of Still Branch Water Treatment Plant and Harry Simmons Water Treatment Plant Platinum Awards, and Shoal Creek Water/Wastewater Treatment Plant Gold Award from the Georgia Association of Water Professionals.  Director Public Works and Utilities Director Brant D. Keller presented the Recognition.

The commissioners Accepted:   Recognition by the Georgia Association of Water Professionals (GAPW), for “Plant of the Year Award,” in the Category of Surface Water 9MGD – 14.99MGD to the Still Branch Water Treatment Plant.  Dr. Brant Keller, Director of Public Works and Utilities presented the award.

Approved:  a Resolution in recognition of Water Professionals Appreciation Day on Monday, May 4, 2015. The Georgia General Assembly recently amended the Official Code of Georgia, relating to holidays and observances, to designate the first Monday in May of each year as “Water Professionals Appreciation Day” in Georgia.  The City of Griffin approved this resolution, to designate May 4, 2015 as a special day of recognition for men and women who work tirelessly in our City to ensure that our tap water is safe and that our water resources are protected and properly managed.

 

Approved:  a Resolution amending the City of Griffin’s Water / Wastewater Utility Fund Fiscal Year Operating and Capital Budget by appropriating $50,000.00 (expense) to equipment rental and $50,000.00 (revenue) to insurance claim (pending insurance reimbursement), in order to cover expenses resulting from a catastrophic pump motor failure. On January 8, 2015 the Still Branch Water Treatment Plant (WTP) experienced a catastrophic motor failure on its High Service Pump #2.   At the time of motor #2’s failure, the drive on High Service Pump #1 was in route to Magna Drive, located in Washington State, because of a suspected malfunction inside the drive.  With both High Service Pumps down, the Still Branch WTP needed to install temporary pumps in order to have the ability to provide water to the distribution network in the case of an emergency.

Approved:    a Task Order for the Bid Documents and Construction Management for Intersections and Signalization, in the amount of $206,700.00, for the Public Works and Utilities Department. These projects are programmed in the 2008 SPLOST. They consist of the re-design of Experiment Street, Broad Street and 10 th Street, the vertical alignment of West College Street with 12th Street, and 3 signal upgrades with mast and arms at West Broad and 8 th Streets, College Street and 8 th Street, and College Street and 9 th Street.

Approved:   a Timber Sales Agreement with Piedmont Forestry, LLC for the harvesting of timber at Still Branch Regional Reservoir for the Water and Wastewater Department of the Public Works and Utilities Department. The spray field used for sludge management at the Still Branch Water Treatment Plant needs thinning and expanding. The area consists of approximately 75 acres. The sale price per ton is $10.25 for pine pulpwood; super pulpwood is $15.30; pine chip and saw $18.30 per ton; pallet wood is $22.50; and hardwood pulpwood is $5.40 per ton. The City of Griffin will receive $7,000.00 in advance and the balance upon completion of timber sale.

Approved:   of Bid Award and Work Contract from Steele & Associates, Inc., for the Thomaston Mill Village (CDBG)  Community Development Block Grant in the amount of $572,859.00 for the Water and Wastewater Department of the Public Works and Utilities Department. This is Phase VI of the water and wastewater renewals of water distribution and wastewater collection systems in the Thomaston Mill Village. The bid price was negotiated from $617,625.00 down to $572,859.00 to meet the allotted funding of the construction budget.

Approved:  to accept a grant from the Central Georgia EMC in the amount of $1,200.00 to fund a regional seminar on fireworks compliance and safety (the Enforcement Officials Fireworks Training Program).  Seminar to be taught by the American Pyrotechnics Association on Wednesday, May 13, 2015 at the University of Georgia, Griffin Campus. All metro Atlanta and EMC member agencies will be invited, as well as a statewide invitation to all Georgia fire departments. There is no matching funds required in the grant.

Approved:  a Request for the acceptance of the Justice Assistance Grant (JAG) from the Department of Justice in the amount of $15,876.00 for the purchase of in-car cameras for the Police Department. There is no matching funds required with the grant. No impact on the City budget.

Approved:  to execute a Non-Residential Gas Extension Contract between Atlanta Gas Light Company (AGL) and the City of Griffin for installation of natural gas at 1010 N. Hill Street, commonly referred to as the Thomas Property, to serve a generator.  The new building is total electric except for the standby generator, which is dependent on natural gas. Because the natural gas service will only be needed for a standby generator, the City is required to contribute $1788.02 in order to initiate the installation.  The installation costs will be funded by the Thomas Property Development (Construction Phase) Capital Budget Item.

Approved:  to amend the Storm Water Fund for the Public Works and Utilities budget for $17,000 for culvert repairs.

The Commissioners:   Appointed:  Commissioner Doug Hollberg as the voting delegate for GMA 2015 Annual Convention for Membership Business Meeting on Sunday, June 28, 2015.  Member cities designate a voting delegate for the GMA membership business meeting and respond in writing to Georgia Municipal Association by June 1.

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UPDATE:  Sheriff Wendell Beam hs advised that both men have made bond.  The amouint of the bond was set at over 4800 .00 per individual. 

PRESS RELEASE FROM GRIFFIN POLICE DEPARTMENT  

On April 1, 2015, the Griffin Police Department was notified by the Department of Family Children Services and contacted by officials from the Human Resource Department of the Griffin-Spalding County School System in reference to an incident that occurred at Atkinson Elementary School on March 26, 2015.  According to school officials, parents of two children reported that the school Principal Mr. Aveory Allen and a teacher, Coach Derek Wilder allegedly used excessive physical force with two students during an after school detention incident.  The case was assigned to the Juvenile Investigations Division of the Police Department which began an extensive investigation into the allegations.

Over the course of the next several weeks, with cooperation from the school system, lead Investigator Sergeant Karen Yancy conducted several forensic interviews with multiple student witnesses, and the alleged victims.  Additionally, there were several other interviews conducted with parents, school staff and other witnesses.  During the investigation it was determined that there were discrepancies in statements made by Mr. Allen to parents, school officials, and the police department.  Based on those inconsistencies, including one by Mr. Allen that the two juvenile victims were fighting at the time of the incident that were not true, the evidence and testimony of all those interviewed it was determined that the physical contact made by the principal and teacher exceeded what would normally be used during a disciplinary action and constituted a battery defined by Georgia annotated code.

Upon completing the investigation and consulting with the District Attorney’s office the decision was made to file charges of Cruelty to Children in the 2nd Degree and Battery.  Both Mr. Allen and Mr. Wilder were charged with one count each of the aforementioned charges.  On Monday, April 27, 2015, the warrants were signed and the attorney representing Mr. Allen and Mr. Wilder was notified at which time arrangements were made for them to turn themselves in to the Spalding County Sheriff’s Office early this morning.  Both Mr. Avery and Mr. Wilder have complied.

The Griffin Police Department would like to state that we are very familiar with the good character and reputation of both of the men involved in this incident.  In as much as it is an unfortunate event for all parties involved we make our decisions based on the facts and evidence.  Further information regarding actions taken by the school system should be addressed to the Griffin-Spalding County School System Executive Director of Communications, Judy Parker at 678-603-7716.

PRESS RELEASE FROM GRIFFIN SPALDING SCHOOL SYSTEM. 

GSCS Places Employees on Leave

Two Atkinson Elementary School employees are on leave for an incident where they are alleged to have had physical contact with students during an altercation in after school detention.  Principal Aveory Allen and teacher Derek Wilder agreed to administrative leave pending further action. The incident was reported to police and investigated by both Griffin Police Department and Griffin-Spalding County School System.

Complaints were filed with district officials by the parent of each student.  School administrators immediately began an investigation that included interviewing witnesses.  Statements affirmed that two male students were grabbed by the neck.

GSCS notified Griffin Police as required by law.  GSCS was notified today by Griffin Police Department that felony warrants were issued for child cruelty and a misdemeanor battery.

Assistant Principal Tiffany Campbell is guiding the school in the interim and the school district will provide additional administrative support as needed.

UPDATE:  Sheriff Wendell Beam hs advised that both men have made bond.  The amouint of the bond was set at over 4800 .00 per individual. 

 

 

 

 

 

Griffin-Spalding County Board of Education Superintendent Search Process Update

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The application window for the Griffin Spalding County Schools (GSCS) superintendent closed Friday. Numerous candidates from across the state and nation applied. Applications were accepted as long as they were postmarked before or on the deadline date, as directed by the GSCS Board of Education.

Twenty-one people applied for the position. “We are pleased to receive such a strong group of applications from manywell-qualified candidates. This is a very positive reflection on the Griffin-
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People from across the state and beyond hold the local school system in high regard, and recognize this area as a wonderful place to live, work, and play” stated Dr. Stephanie Gordy, Executive Director of Griffin RESA, the organization helping to facilitate the search.

The GSCS Board of Education will review all applications in early May in order to complete interviews and identify finalists by early June. The Board intends to hire the new Superintendent to begin on July 1, 2015.

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The 2015 session of the Griffin Police Department’s Citizen’s Police Academy will be held May 14, through July 16, 2015

The Griffin Police Department will be conducting its annual “Citizen’s Police Academy” Thursday nights from 6:30pm to 9:00pm, May 14 – July 16, 2015. In this free 10 week program citizens will have the opportunity to see the inner workings of the Griffin Police Department and participate in open forums where they will be encouraged to ask questions and interact with officers and staff while learning how the police department operates.

During this popular program, Citizen’s Police Academy students will be exposed to many different aspects of law enforcement such as search and seizure, criminal procedure, narcotics, criminal, and juvenile investigations, crime scene processing, use of force and force options, patrol function, traffic law and enforcement, vehicle pursuits, criminal street gangs, firearms familiarization, Special Response Team and K-9 operations, court room procedures, law enforcement ethics, and community outreach programs. Most of the class sessions will involve practical exercises designed to encourage student participation accompanied by classroom lecture.

If you are interested in attending, applications may be picked up at the Griffin Police Department located at 868 W. Poplar Street Griffin Georgia 30224, or you may download an application from the City of Griffin’s website at WWW.CityofGriffin.Com.

NOTE: All applications must be returned to the Griffin Police Department no later than Friday May 8, 2015. Class space is limited to 25 students. Prospective applicants must be at least (18) years of age. Applicants will be required to sign a Hold Harmless Agreement and will be subject to a criminal history and background check as a pre-condition to acceptance into the academy.   If you have questions you may contact Lt. Darrell Dix at the Griffin Police Department (770) 229-6450 ext. 394 or by email at DDix@CityofGriffin.Com.

Come and help us celebrate our 12th Anniversary on Friday, May 8, 2015 in the Gym of Christ’s Church at Whitewater. A Rumba lesson will be taught by our resident instructor and dance host, Al Marshall.  The lesson will be a “mixer” format. The beginner lesson starts at 7 p.m. and the intermediate lesson at 7:30 p.m.  Come to either or both lessons!  Dance from 8-10:45 p.m.  Attire: smart casual.  Finger foods, water, and sodas are provided. All dancers and dance students are welcome! Come dance foxtrot, waltz, swing, rumba, cha cha, tango, night club two-step, and more!  Music and lighting by DJ Bill Mitchell.

University System of Georiga Chancellor to Address Gordon State College Graduates

University System of Georgia Chancellor Hank Huckaby will deliver the commencement address to graduates at the Gordon State College Spring ceremony.

The ceremony is Friday, May 8, 8:30 a.m. on Lambdin Green at the center of campus. Of the 337 candidates for graduation, about 200 will march in the ceremony.

The graduates, faculty and special guests will be led in a procession by a bagpiper, a nod to Gordon’s Scottish roots.

Huckaby is no stranger to Gordon having served as admissions director in the early 70s. He has served as Chancellor of the USG since 2011.

Following the ceremony on Lambdin Green, a “pinning” ceremony for nursing graduates will be held in Alumni Memorial Hall. A Bell and Book ceremony will be held for graduates of the education program in the Fine Arts building.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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 Candi Babcock, institutional advancement coordinator at Gordon State College, was recently named the “Jean Gatlin Employee of the Year” by the Griffin-Spalding County Chamber of Commerce. Co-worker Skipper Burns, development officer, nominated Babcock for the award writing, “Candi’s title does not begin to describe the actual work that she performs.  Whatever task she is asked to do she handles with a high level of efficiency and a quiet enthusiasm.  Her talents are many. Much like Jean Gatlin, Candi loves her job, the people she touches every day and the difference she makes in all our lives.” “I echo Skipper’s nomination and appreciate the chamber’s recognition of Candi’s dedication to Gordon State College,” said Rhonda Toon, vice president for advancement.”She is an invaluable asset to our department and  to this college.” Babcock has been an employee of Gordon State College since 2006.

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SAINTS IN LIGHT AWARD

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Ben Maxedon andc this year the recipient of the award is Ms. Patricia Dabbs.

Each year Prayer Power awards someone from our community an award we call the Saints in Light award.  Nominations are received from people in the community and then the Prayer Power Board of Directors investigates and selects the person we believe to be the best representative of a Christian lifestyle.

The Saints in Light Award” which is to be presented to an individual serving Pike County who has been a spiritually inspiring, motivating, and encouraging influence in the community, and who openly and with love works for the betterment of the community and the people they come in contact with. By reflecting the true meaning of love and service in the community they inspire and empower others to do the same.

Ms Dabbs has worked with the Boys and Girls club, the REACH program, Kiwanis Club, the Red Cross, and lately with the PUP movement to clean up our county.

Not only does Ms Dabbs reach out to those in our community in times of need, but she also rescues and cares for animals when ever needed.

We don’t have the time to go over Ms. Dabbs complete resume of community service, but everyone I have talked to about Ms Dabbs have all shared the same description of her. She lights up our community, she gives her heart, time, and spirit each day of the year to make life better for others and never expects anything in return.

Reverend Ben Maxedon said on behalf of Prayer Power and the Pike County community we Ms Dabbs for her service to our community.

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Candler Field Museum has announced a program that will certainly capture the interest of the public.  Vietnam combat Chaplain, Carter Tucker, will be sharing stories of his experiences while in Vietnam.  Chaplain Tucker has written a book on his experiences titled “Men Who Fought….Boys Who Prayed.  He voluntarily joined the Army during Vietnam and soon found himself serving with the Wolfhounds, an infantry battalion in the 25th Infantry Division.  His book is about the year’s tour of duty while serving in Vietnam.  Mr. Tucker’s military awards include the Bronze Star, Legion of Merit, and Air Medal.

 

Chaplain Tucker states about his arrival in Vietnam,  “This was it! Vietnam! War! Some of those youngsters and many others like them would be my “congregation” during the next twelve months. As I looked into the red, watery eyes of the mostly teenage soldiers, I closed my own eyes and uttered my first prayer in Southeast Asia: “Lord, make me equal to the task.” And I made a silent vow to mothers and fathers whom I would never meet: “As nearly as possible, this chaplain will stand by your son through it all.”

 

The program and book signing will begin promptly at 10 AM on Saturday May 9th.  Doors will open at 9:30 AM and the book signing will begin at 11 AM.  The event will be held in the Candler Field Museum’s building located on Peach State Airport in Williamson, Georgia.  Admission is free and lunch will be available at Barnstormer’s Grill.  For further information on the program please go to www.candlerfield.com or phone 770-467-8318

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Photo of Racoon. Is for illustration.  It is not either of the animals found in Pike County.

Sheriff Jimmy Thomas of Pike County, and the local DNR, has reported another case of rabies in Pike County. This latest incident brings the number to 4 since April 1st.

A fox attacked and bit a man in the Zebulon city limits Sunday, April 19. The same fox is believed to have attacked a dog on Hall Street in Zebulon the same morning.

This is the first case of rabies in Zebulon proper but Sheriff Jimmy Thomas and the department of Natural Resources advise area residents to be aware of their surroundings. And if you happen to see a wild or domestic animal that is behaving in an unusual manner please notify your local law enforcement agencies, Health Department, or DNR Ranger. An investigation will be implemented.  Residents should take care to insure their pets have been vaccinated for rabies.

In Pike County, Zebulon Police responded to a call about a fox attacking a dog on a screened-in porch at a residence on Hall Street. The officer pepper-sprayed the fox and it ran off the porch. The dog that was attacked had received a rabies vaccination and is being monitored.

One individual in Pike County shot a fox that became aggressive on Industrial Drive. The individual was walking his dog near his home when the fox attacked him. The home owner kicked the fox away then picked up his dog so it wouldn’t get bitten.  The individual secured a shot gun and shot the animal. The resident did receive a scratch during the issue and will possibly receive a series of shots the fox was taken to the Health Department and tested positive for rabies last week. Industrial Drive and Hall Street are in close proximity leading officials to believe it was the same animal at both residences.

Three other cases of rabies have been confirmed in Pike County in the past six weeks, all involving rabid raccoons. A case was confirmed April 1 involving a raccoon from the Pedenville area of Concord that was seen acting strangely. The other two cases – one in Concord and the other in northern Pike near the Lamar County line – involved raccoons attacking dogs.

To report possible rabies cases, citizens may call environmental health manager of your county or your local police or Sheriff  Departments, or 911.

As was reported earlier this year by State representatives John Yates, and Johnny Colwell, in their report each week during the legislative session, The Georgia House and Senate recently passed House Bill 160 which will repeal a provision prohibiting the trapping of raccoons. The bill was approved by the Georgia Senate March 25, lifting a 35-year ban on trapping raccoons and would allow for trappers to use steel traps to catch the animals. The bill was sent to the Governor April 6 to be signed into law.

WKEU NEWS would like to thank the Pike Journal Reporter, and Sheriff Jimmy Thomas for their assistance in this news story.  You can subscribe to the Pike Journal Reporter on line at pikecountygeorgia.com

A Garden Workshop is being sponsored by the University of Georgia Research and Education Garden on Saturday, May 2 from 9:30 AM-noon. The theme of the workshop is Container Plantings and Landscape Accent Plant Bed Design and is being presented by Jenni Hernandez and Julie Thames of Flintwood Farms in Fayette County. The event is being held at the Research and Education Garden, 129 Ellis Road, and is free to the public. Walk-ups will be welcomed but to assure your spot contact Dr. Wayne Gardner via email at : wgardner@uga.edu.

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The Southern Crescent Chorale wraps up their 13th season with an inspiring and fun-filled concert at the Southern Ground Amphitheater on Saturday, May 2 at 8:00 p.m.  Enjoy an evening of music under the stars as SCC performs patriotic, show and pop tunes accompanied by the Jazz League and Steve Shivers.  Stars and Stripes will be an energetic concert featuring the Chorale, local soloist, Bobby Lacey, and band performing patriotic, show and pop tunes. This concert has been approved by Wounded Warrior Project® (WWP) as an approved Proud Supporter event. Patrons will have an opportunity to donate to WWP.

Artistic Director and Conductor, Janice Folsom, stated:  “Our Salute to America” season has been a resounding success.  How fitting that we should present our final concert of the season as an approved Proud Supporter for the Wounded Warrior Project.  We hope that many of our fine men and women in uniform as well as veterans and community members will join us for this evening celebrating our brave soldiers who sacrifice so much to keep our country safe and preserve the freedom that we enjoy.”  Doors open at 7 p.m. on May 2.  Concessions will be provided by Fayetteville Dwarf House and will be available for purchase starting at 7:00 pm. Or bring your own picnic to enjoy the show.  Advance tickets are $15 for adults and $12 for students and senior adults age 60 and over.  Active military personnel and veterans may purchase a ticket for $10.

 

Tickets are available at the Fayetteville Main Street Office at the Courthouse or the Fayetteville Library. Admission at the door is $20.

 

Online tickets:  http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/758997  or  www.southerncrescentchorale.org

 

Andrew Rose

Volunteer Publicity Coordinator

(678) 517-4215

 

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BUSINESSES BEWARE

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Possible Scam in the area affecting local hardware establishments

The Griffin Police Department has received a report of a small sized U-Haul truck being used in connection with a scam involving stolen credit card information.  This is also related to another incident reported in Jackson, involving the same suspects and U-Haul.  An unknown caller claiming to be a doctor in California calls ahead to pay for materials for a nearby rental property, and then claims their workers will come pick them up in the U-Haul.  The materials are picked up and then it is determined that the credit card information was not authorized.  If you are aware of this type of issue occurring at your business or encounter it, make sure to confirm the card being used is given by its owner and ask to see the card and/or ID upon arrival.  Contact Investigator Stacy Beckom of the Griffin Police Department at 770-229-6450 Ext. 672, should you have any information on this or related incidents.

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Sheriff Wendell Beam has advised WKEU news that a Spalding County woman was injured in a Saturday shooting.  The incident took place on Highway 41 close to the Williamson Road Intersection.  The Sheriff indicated that the victim sustained a single gunshot wound in the back.

Captain Tony Ranieri, of the Sheriffs Department, said the victim was sitting in the front passenger seat and was shot by a male subject seated in the vehicle’s back seat. The male subject allegedly fired one shot.

The victim was then transported in that same vehicle to the emergency room of Spalding Regional Hospital.

Emory Air Flight Helicopter Air Ambulance, based at the Griffin Spalding Airport transported the victim too an Atlanta hospital trauma unit.

Officers of the Griffin Police Department responded first to the hospital, but upon learning the shooting occurred in the county, the Spalding Sheriffs Department is investigating  initiated the incident.

No arrests have been made in this case, and investigators are continuing to gather information.

The incident remains under Investigation.

Sheriff Beam said the victim was able to briefly speak to investigators prior to being airlifted to Atlanta.

The victim did give investigators a name before she was flown out. Also she identified  other people that were in the car. Investigators are looking for those individuals now so they can interview them and determine if any charges will be filed in this incident, according to Sheriff Beam.

griffin paint day The City of Griffin will host a Paint Recycling Day on Saturday April 25, at the Griffin Regional Recycling Center located at 1515 Industrial Drive.  From 8:00 am until noon, residents will be able to bring their old paint to the center where it will be collected and properly recycled. “It’s inevitable that you always buy more paint than you need.  When you’re done with the job or project, the extra paint just sits in your garage or storage because there’s nothing to do with it.  This event is an opportunity for us to provide a convenient and environmentally safe way to recycle that old paint,” said Phill Francis, Director of Central Services for the City of Griffin.  “We’ve been working hard to increase our recycling efforts across the City, and this event is another step in that direction.” If you’re interested in taking advantage of this opportunity, here are a few guidelines to consider:

  • All paint must be in original containers. No secondary containers will be accepted.
  • This event is for latex paint only. No oil-based paints or stains will be accepted.
  • All paint finishes are acceptable (flat, satin, gloss, semi-gloss, eggshell, etc.)
  • Interior and exterior paints will be accepted.
  • All colors are acceptable.
This event is held in conjunction with the Georgia Municipal Association’s Georgia Cities Week, which is April 19-25, 2015.  According to the Georgia Municipal Association website, “Georgia Cities Week gives cities an opportunity to share information about the valuable services they provide to residents and how cities positively impact their quality of life.”
For more information about the City of Griffin, visit www.cityofgriffin.com. Follow us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/cityofgriffin and on Twitter @CityofGriffin.

 

 

GRIFFIN AEA CONCERT ASSOCIATION

  Griffin Choral Arts, under the direction of Dr. Stephen J. Mulder, will present “CELTIC BLESSINGS,” on Thursday, May 7, at 7:30 pm at Griffin First Baptist Church (106 W. Taylor St.).  The season finale features special guest fiddler Jamie Laval performing music inspired by Celtic lands and traditions.  Choral classics, folk songs, and crossover repertoire will conclude our season with a celebration of this musical culture rich in Celtic soulfulness. Tickets are $15 general admission (all ages) at the door or in advance in Griffin at Artistic Flowers and Gifts, Safehouse Coffee Roasters, and First United Methodist Church, in Barnesville at Goggans Florist, and in Zebulon at A Novel Experience bookstore. Griffin Choral Arts is a 50-voice, auditioned community choir known for its innovative and diverse programming. 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 (888-746-4188) or visit the GCA website: www.griffinchoralarts.org.

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The City of Griffin Fire-Rescue will be conducting its inaugural Citizen’s Fire Academy beginning May 5th.  The Citizen’s Fire Academy is a four-week program designed to educate and inform citizens about fire and emergency services achieving a greater understanding of the inner workings of Griffin Fire Rescue.  Classes will be held at Griffin Fire Rescue Station 2 located at 401 N. Expressway, Griffin, GA 30223. The instruction includes practical demonstrations in which all participants are encouraged to participate.  Due to the voluntary nature of the program, physical limitations of applicants will not be considered a reason for exclusion from the academy.

The Citizen’s Fire Academy is educational in nature and intended to be an informative experience to provide insight into how Fire-Rescue functions and what services they provide.  It is not intended to train participants as firefighters or assistants at any fires.  It is not the Academy’s intent to train participants to a level where it is safe for him/her to involve themselves in any firefighting activity.

Through Citizen’s Fire Academy, citizens and Fire/Rescue Service members have an opportunity to work closely together. Citizens gain a basic understanding of the tactics and strategies of firefighting and rescue operations. Citizens also gain a better understanding of how their Fire/Rescue Service works in order to develop a more safety conscious and informed community.  Our goal is to create an enjoyable, interactive atmosphere in which Fire-Rescue members and citizens can share information and concerns.  It is our belief that this will produce more safety conscious and informed citizens. We hope the graduates of the Citizen’s Fire Academy become more aware and better informed about how the Fire/Rescue Service operates, and will encourage friends, coworkers and families to join Griffin Fire and Rescue in this rewarding program.

The classes are held twice a week on Tuesday and Thursday from 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. Classes are free of charge, but involve a commitment to attend all four weeks.  The Academy will begin May 5 and run for four weeks ending May 28, 2015. The application deadline is May 1, 2015. Potential candidates for the Citizen’s Fire Academy must be at least 18 years of age, live in the City if Griffin, and complete and return the signed application.

Participants will be chosen on a first come, first served basis.  Class sizes are limited to twenty-five students per session. All other applicants will be placed on a waiting list and will be contacted as vacancies become available.

For more information on the Citizen’s Fire Academy, please contact (770) 229-6415. Download and print the application at http://www.cityofgriffin.com.  Fax your completed application to (770) 229-6453 or mail to Griffin Fire Rescue, 401 N. Expressway, Griffin, GA 30223.

 

 

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Photo of Racoon. Is for illustration. NOT either of the animals found in Pike County.

 

A second raccoon has tested positive for rabies in Pike County after a raccoon attacked a miniature poodle at a residence on Oak Grove Path. The home is located off Etheridge Mill Road and the raccoon was confirmed as rabid by Environmental Health County Manager Ben Trotter.

 

“The raccoon was found in a resident’s yard and evidently it had attacked their pet miniature poodle, The poodle did not suffer any suspected bite wounds but was slightly bruised and injured according to a local vet. The details leading up to the attack are not clear and authorities have asked the dog owner to quarantine the dog for six months.”

Another raccoon was attacked and killed by fenced dogs on Eppinger Bridge Road in Concord. That raccoon was tested and confirmed as rabid March 10. The dogs at the residence had all received rabies vaccinations but are being quarantined. 

The Georgia House passed House Bill 160 which will repeal a provision prohibiting the trapping of raccoons. The bill has been sent to the Georgia Senate for approval. If passed, the bill will lift a 35-year ban on trapping raccoons and would allow for trappers to use steel traps to catch the animals.
Rabid Raccoons were reported last year in the Southern and Griffin area of Spalding County .

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On May 17 th WKEU FM The Rock 88.98, Georgia Public Radio Broadcast the Pike County High School Graduating Seniors  Baccalaureate service for the class of 2015 at Oak Hill Baptist Church. The Program was conducted by Prayer Power of Georgia who had conducted the past several services. Everyone that attended and listeners said that the service was amazing. Prayer power of Georgia wanted to thank everyone who contributed and supported this service.

Oak Hill Baptist is a beautiful venue and Pastor Chris Holdrof, Rev. Clay Chasteen, and Rev. Gordon Powers were outstanding hosts, said Prayer Power of Georiga.

Ruth Davis played the piano for the prelude, processional, and recessional.

A powerful message was delivered by Pastor Marc Pritchett with R.U.S.H. Ministries. The R.U.S.H. Worship Band provided some great musical worship and words for the graduates.

The Prayer Power of Georgia  stated, “We pray that the service was inspirational and a blessing for all those there and that the graduates are blessed during their commencement week and throughout their lives.”