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About 10:45 pm Wednesday night units Griffin Police Patrol Division, 2 Ambulances from Spalding Regional EMS, and Griffin Police Investigators responded to 901 Ray Street, close to North 15 street, to a person being shot.  When units arrived at the scene they located one victim with a gunshot wound in the left leg, and another individual that also had a gun shot wound. Investigators from the Griffin Police Investigation Division were called to the scene. Both individuals were transported to Spalding Regional Hospital for treatment.  Details are very sketchy at this time and more information is expected to be released later by the Griffin Police Department.

LAMAR COUNTY SUPERIOR COURT

LAMAR COUNTY SUPERIOR COURT

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Photo Courtesy of Walter Geiger Barnesville Herald Gazette.
In Lamar Superior Court  Linda Jessica Gunn accused of child cruelty,  was in court Sept. 16 seeking a reduction in her cash bond of $250,000 set by Judge Byron Smith August. 14.Judge Tommy Wilson heard out Gunn’s attorney J. Lansing Kimmey and denied the motion.

Kimmey argued his client was entitled to reasonable bond because she had been in jail over 90 days without being indicted. He noted she is pregnant again and set for a psychological evaluation soon. “All we are asking for is some reasonable bond. She has been in jail seven or eight months without an indictment. She has no previous record at all except of a shoplifting case.”

The Assistant district attorney recounted the case against Gunn stating,  “She has admitted breaking her three-month-old daughter’s leg. The child had injuries to the head – head trauma. There were broken ribs. She admits to throwing the child up against a headboard multiple times,” Bridges said. Judge Wilson had some concerns over Lamar taxpayers paying for the birth of the child Gunn is carrying but was assured she had the insurance.

He then denied the bond reduction but agreed to reconsider if Gunn is not indicted by the December term Lamar grand jury. Special Thanks to Walter Geiger and  the Barnesville Herald Gazette.  You can subscribe to the herald Gazette on line at Barnesville.com.

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He was returned to jail. No bond in this case. Security was tight inside and out side of the Courthouse.
 

Calmer allegedly  shot and killed Monroe deputy Michael Norris and wounded fellow deputy Jeffrey Wilson. On Saturday September 13 th at Bolingbroke when deputies were responding to a call of a individual attempting suicide with a firearm.  Both Michael Norris and Deputy Jeffery Wilson were transported to the Medical Center of Central Georgia from the scene. Also in the altercation Keith Calmer received superficial wounds and was released from the Macon Medical Center late Saturday the 13 th and is being held at a undisclosed location. 

Deputy Norris was the son of Bennett Norris who is affiliated with Akins Farm and Home in Barnesville. Deputy Wilson is the stepfather of Lamar County deputy Hope McEachern.

WKEU would like to thank the Monroe County Sheriffs Department, Monroe County Reporter publisher Will Davis, and the Barnesville Herald Gazette publisher Walter Geiger.
LAMAR HIGH SCHOOL TROJANS

LAMAR HIGH SCHOOL TROJANS

The Lamar High School Trojan head coach Jamie Abrams will formally appeal last Friday’s game at Mary Persons which is recorded as a 29-27 loss for the Trojans who were about to attempt to a two-point PAT that would have tied the game when a lightning delay was called.

The game, stopped with 1:53 left in the third quarter, was never restarted.

Coach Abrams told the Barnesville Herald Gazette that: “I have never been a part of a game that ended in this fashion but I do feel that our fans and, more importantly, our players deserve better than to lose a game on a technicality. We are protesting the outcome and doing all within our power to make this right through the Georgia High School Association.  We are under a two-year contract with Mary Persons and they come to Barnesville next year. I don’t know if there will be any lightning but I am sure there will be plenty of thunder”.

Abrams said Mary Person’s principal ran onto the field at 9:35 p.m. to stop the game. PAT’s are an inalienable football right like three timeouts per half. Abrams and the LC administration want the game ruled a no contest as is done if games are called in the first half.

Lamar is disputing Mary Person’s lightning strike data, arguing it wrongly recorded a strike after 11 p.m. which resulted in invoking GHSA’s 11:30 curfew. Abrams provided data from Strikenet which shows no strikes within 15 miles of Dan Pitts Stadium from 10:50 to 11:30 p.m. Friday.

Abrams also stated “We could have gotten the game in. We at least could have gotten the PAT try in. We had momentum. They were cramping up. As hard as our kids fight on the field, I could not live with myself if I didn’t fight for them off the field”.

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The Spalding County Commissioners met Monday night at 6 pm in the meeting room of the Courthouse Annex. 

 

The first order of business at the Spalding County Commissioners meeting was approval of a  proclamation declaring September 27, 2014 East Side Family Community Day. The East Side Community has hosted the “East Side Family Community Day” annually beginning in 1994.  This will be the 20 th anniversary of this event.

 

The Commissioners approved on second reading an Ordinance amending the Licensing and Regulation Ordinance relating to renewal of alcohol licenses in Spalding County. The amendment will read September 15 th is the renewal date.  The change reinstates the County Managers ability to approve such renewal licenses.

 

The commissioners approved a resolution authorizing transmittal to Three Rivers Regional Commission of the 2014 Capital Improvements Element and Short Term Work Program and incorporation of these changes into the Spalding County 2025 Comprehensive Plan.  This resolution is for planning purposes only.

 

The commissioners announced:  the names of persons who had volunteered to serve on the 2014 SPLOST Committee.  They are:  Barron Cumming, Donald Hawbaker, Kelley Henderson, Vickie Hennessy, Beth Horne, Chelsea Jacobs, Michelle Knight, Dr. LaTanya McCloud Barkley, Joseph R. Martin, and Tim Peeples. Their task is to inform the community about the SPLOST items that will be on the ballot in November. 

 

Also approved was a request from the Bethlehem Elementary PTO, 1000 Academic Parkway, Locust Grove, GA for an outside amplification permit for their 2014 Celebrity Golf Tournament to be held at the Sun City Golf and Country Club, 1390 Jordan Hill Road on October 8th from 10:00 a.m. until 8:00 p.m. Outside Amplification Permit requests over 5 hours in duration must be approved by the Commissioners.

A request from Henry Warren for an Outside Amplification Permit for a horse riding event at 680 S. McDonough Road on Saturday, September 27th  from 8:00 a.m. until 1:00 p.m. Was approved.  

 

The adoption of the 2014 Spalding County Tax Levy was approved.  After meeting all requirements necessary for a levying authority and holding proper Public Hearings, staff has prepared the final Tax Digest for adoption which is based off of a 16.01 Millage rate.  The levy as presented breaks down the utilization of the 16.01 millage rate. After adoption, Sylvia Hollums, Tax Commissioner, will have the Digest certified by the Department of Revenue. Property Taxes for 2014 will be due on December 20, 2014.  

 

The Commissioners Appointed: Eddie Goss to the Spalding County Personnel Appeals Board to fill the unexpired term of Lisa Waller to expire December 31, 2016.

 

Approved:   an agreement with CellTower Solutions to assist the Tax Assessors office in discovery of cellular towers and cellular equipment located at wireless telecommunications facilities within Spalding County.  It is anticipated that audits of cell tower locations will result in increase valuations of personal property; therefore, an increase in taxes levied and collected based upon their experiences in other Counties in Georgia.  Maximum fees for this service is $79,500. This was a budgeted expenditure in the FY 2015 budget.  If the audit does not generate enough new taxes collected to pay for the $79,500 audit CellTower Solutions will be paid 75 percent of the collected amount instead of the $79,500.

 

Approved a contract for an Instructor to provide required GDOC courses to inmates at the Spalding County Correctional Institution as recommended by Warden Sikes. Sherrie Gooder, the Instructor at the CI has resigned effective the end of August to move to Iowa.  The CI has tentatively secured the services of a new instructor, Mr. Darrel C. Reid who is highly qualified and approved by the Department of Corrections and can begin teaching in October. The fees for services for Mr. Reed will be a total annual expenditure of $14,400 is budgeted in the FY 2015 budget.

 

The Commissioners approved on first reading an amendment to the Code of Spalding County,  relative to Motor Vehicles and traffic Speed Limits in Subdivisions, by adding additional subdivisions to the ordinance. While reviewing speed limit requests it was discovered that several subdivisions were left off the original listing for a speed limit of 25 MPH when the ordinance was originally adopted in 2008.

Approved on first reading an amendment to the Code of Spalding County Laws of Local Motor Vehicles and Traffic. This amendment will Align the County Ordinance with State Law regarding a person between the ages of 15 and 16 operating a MOTORIZED CART.  Any person over the age of fifteen (15) years, but not yet sixteen (16) may operate a motorized cart over the recreation paths or streets in those areas in which such operation is permitted, if the operator has a valid instructional permit within their possession, the operator must be accompanied by a person over the age of twenty-one (21) years who holds a valid driver’s license; is not impaired from operating said motorized cart and is seated in the front seat of the motorized cart.

 

The Commissioners approved the renewal of the County Manager’s employment contract for the 2015 Calendar Year. All terms and conditions remain unchanged as provided for in existing employment agreement. No increase in salary or benefits.

 

Commissioner Flowers-Taylor expressed her concerns to the Board about the Griffin Housing Authority Partnership, Land Bank ownership of homes in need of demolition and the aesthetic additions requested to be included in the minimum housing code. She likes the way the Griffin Housing Authority is addressing problems in the city and would like those solutions to extend in partnership into the county. She has a problem with the Land Bank owned homes in the county. They are in need of repair and maintenance and need to be boarded up. The Land Bank should be subject to the same rules as other county homeowners. She said they have at least 50 properties that are dumps. She also thinks the county should have a minimum yard standard code like the minimum housing standard. She also said the county has all kinds of items on front porches. Some individuals use their front porch like a closet.

 

GEORGIA JUDICIAL QALIFICATIONS COMMISSION

GEORGIA JUDICIAL QALIFICATIONS COMMISSION

JUDGE KAREN PITMAN

JUDGE KAREN PITMAN

Monroe County Probate Judge Karen Pitman  has tendered her resignation to Governor Nathan Deal.  The Judicial Qualifications Commission had conducted an investigation of Judge Pitman in conjunction with her adjudication of traffic tickets.  Judge Pitman told the Macon Telegraph she was in the process of rescinding her decision to retire in December.
However the Director of the Judicial Qualifications Commission Ronnie Joe Lane said the commission has received no notification from Pitman indicating she intends to rescind her decision to retire.  On September 2nd Pitman sent a letter to Governor Deal notifying him that she intended to retire in December after she fulfilled duties as Monroe County’s election superintendent for the General Election in November and any runoffs that may be associated with the November Election.
Her letter to Governor Deal made no reference to the Judicial Qualifications Commission inquiry.
Governor Deal accepted Pitman’s resignation on September 4 th. The Governor’s spokeswoman told the Daily Reporter in Atlanta on Friday Morning that neither the Governor nor his staff has received any communications from Pitman concerning a desire to rescind her retirement notice.
Pitman told the Macon Telegraph that no formal complaint had been filed with the JQC. Instead she explained to the Telegraph that County Auditors lagged behind in reporting offenders cases. She blamed the Monroe County Sheriffs Office, explaining  that the figures were not available because of computer problems at the Sheriffs Office.
Director Lane of the Judicial Qualifications Commission disputed Pitman’s statement that there was no complaint filed at the JQC stating, “I can say there was a complaint.”  He declined to identify the complainant. The Commission filed an eight line report to the State Supreme Court stating that the JQC inquiry concerned “allegations of irregularities in the processing of uniform Traffic Citations”  by the Probate Court.
Director Lane also confirmed hat until Pitman retired, she was to continue to perform her probate duties, with the exception of handling criminal cases.
Lane also did not comment as to why the JQC did not require an agreement from Pitman that would bar her form judicial office for life.  He said that “We will address, that issue at the appropriate time, and there is not a investigation at this time.   That decision also will be for another day.
WKEU would like to thanks the Daily Report and Macon Telegraph for their assistance in this news story.

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Sheriff Wendell Beam has advised WKEU that the Spalding County Sheriff’s Office along with the Drug Enforcement Agency (D.E.A.) are sponsoring the annual Drug Take Back Day on Saturday, September 27, 2014, from 10:00 A.M. till 2:00 P.M., at Wynn’s Pharmacy, 566 South 8th Street, Griffin, Georgia. This program allows citizen’s to properly dispose of prescription medication. Citizens with prescription medication which has reached its expiration date or is no longer needed are encouraged to bring the medication to Wynn’s Pharmacy on September 27th. Please do not bring liquid medications or syringes. The abuse of prescription medication is increasing and the proper disposal of unneeded medication will help prevent any improper use. I am encouraging all citizens to bring any unneeded prescription medication to Wynn’s Pharmacy where Agents from the Spalding County Sheriff’s Office Special Operations-Narcotics Division will dispose of the medication. I want to thank Drew Miller and the Staff at Wynn’s Pharmacy for their participation in this program

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There will be a adult reading and writing Workshop will be held in Barnesville September 27 th 9 am until 5:30 pm and again on Saturday October 4 form 9 am until 5:30 pm.  You must attend all 14 hours of the instruction for North American Mission Board Certification.
The location will be Pine View Baptist Church 430 Collier Road in Barnesville.
The Cost is 35.00 and includes all Workshop manual, two Laubach Way to Reading books, lunches, and refreshments.
$15.00 for those who already have the Lauback Way to Reading books.
Please make checks payable to Pine View Baptist Church and note on the memo line of your check ARW Workshop.
The Contact person is Melanie Shearer 770-351-7255.
Registration deadline  is Wednesday September 17 .
For other workshops, please long on to www.literacymissioins.org  and click on workshops.
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The Sun City Peachtree Pickleball Club will be hosting the 2014 Peachtree Invitational Pickleball Tournament on Friday October 3rd, 2014.
Pickleball, one of the fastest growing sports in America, will be showcased during this Invitational Tournament with over 50 players from Sun City Peachtree, Del Webb at Lake Oconee and Del Webb Village at Deaton Creek.
We are offering conspicuous signage in sponsorship opportunities at the Sun City Peachtree Pickleball Courts during our tournament. Our vibrant 55 + community, now with over 800 homes, is looking for local companies interested in supporting this event and increasing their brand exposure in our community.
(Pickleball is a racquet sport in which two to four players use solid paddles made of wood or composite materials to hit a polymer perforated ball over a net. The sport shares features of other racquet sports, the dimensions and layout of a Badminton court, and a net and rules similar to tennis with a few modifications. Pickleball was invented in the mid 1960′s as a children’s backyard pastime but quickly became popular among adults as a fun game for players of all skill levels.)

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Cowan Road Elementary will be hosting a community yard sale and bazaar this fall.  If you need to clean out your closets and make money, this is the sale for you!  Not only will Cowan Road Elementary have yard sale booths, they will also have Bazaar booths, crafters, artisans, food and drinks, and activities for children.  The yard sale will take place rain or shine on September 13, 2014.  We invite small business owners to come alongside our teachers and students and sell their merchandise by renting a booth.  We also invite other fundraisers to sell at our event! If you have a Girl or Boy Scout Group, Church Group, Sports Team or other organization that would like to rent a booth to sell merchandise, this is a great opportunity for you! Please contact Cowan Road Elementary at 770-229-3790 to rent a booth for your small business, yard sale items, or to sell your crafts and more! All spaces are $10. This is an event that you do not want to miss!  Cowan Road Elementary looks forward to seeing you and your families in September!  For more information, please send an email to carolyn.wiley@gscs.org  or mandy.colwell@gscs.org.  You can also pick up a flyer in the front office of Cowan Road Elementary School.  We hope to see you there!

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It’s time to register for Spalding County Parks and Recreation’s annual Fall Kids Fishing Event Saturday October 11 th from 8:30 a.m. until 11:30 a.m. at Wyomia Tyus Olympic Park Lake
on Cowan Road.  Registration is limited to the first 110 Pre-registration is required!
The Rules for Participation:1. Must be a Spalding County resident ages 5 to 12.
2. Child must be accompanied by an adult.
3 .Make sure you bring a good fishing pole, bait, bucket, stringer and a lawn chair.
4.  Don’t forget the bug spray and sun screen!
How to Register:
You can register online at www.spaldingparksandrec.com or
 You can register in person at the Spalding County Parks and Recreation Main Office
Located at: 843 Memorial Drive, Griffin, Georgia.
First place trophies will be awarded for the biggest fish caught in two age categories.
For information please call 770-467-4750