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Griffin High School student was shot at a graduation party in Jackson on Friday night.

Cederrious Hastings a member of Griffin High football team was at a graduation party in Butts County on Levi Barnes Road near highway 36 in South Butts County.

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He along with three other individuals from Griffin were shot. Hastings was transported to the Atlanta Medical Center where he died about 5 and a half hours later. The other three victims are in stable condition according to Butts County Sheriff Long however long said in a Monday Night Press Convergence that the female that was wounded, will have a lengthy recovery.

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Walter Geiger and the Barnesville Herald Gazette identified Kodaidra Hamm as the female subject wounded in the Saturday Morning shooting incident.  Photo Courtesy of Walter Geiger.

Also a the 7:30 meeting Monday Night at the Butts County Sheriff’s Department WKEU news was assisted by Rikki Kolaus of WSBTV Channel 2, and we were told that the investigation is widening the search for two additional shooters in addition to the two previously arrested Germarious “Gee” O’ Neal and Christopher “Ray-Ray” Walker. Sheriff Long also said that his investigators believe that the other two shooters are form Griffin.  There were 28 shell casings recovered at the scene by investigators.

On Monday afternoon WKEU received the following press release from the Butts County Sheriff’s Department.

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On May 21, 2016 at approximately 12:30 am, Butts County Sheriff’s Office deputies responded to persons shot at a residence on Levi Barnes Road. Upon arrival deputies discovered 4 victims that had been struck. Three of the victims are stable at this time. One of the victims is deceased. All four victims are from Griffin, GA.

Butts County Investigators have worked tirelessly since the incident and as of today, May 23, 2016, two suspects have been arrested and are being held at the Butts County Jail on charges of Murder, Aggravated Assault and Possession of a Firearm during the commission of a crime. Suspects are Gemarious “Gee” O’neal, 19 year old black male from Griffin, GA and Christopher “Ray Ray” Walker, 19 year old black male from Flovilla, GA.

As the investigation continues, we expect more arrests to follow. I want to personally thank District Attorney Richard Milam and his staff, Chief James Morgan and the Jackson Police Department, Chief Mike Yates and the Griffin Police Department, Sheriff Wendall Beam and the Spalding County Sheriff’s Office along with the citizens of Butts and Spalding Counties for their assistance in the Investigation.  I commend my Deputies and Investigators for their determination in identifying and arresting those responsible. 

My Office has received questions about this shooting being gang related.  Our Investigation has revealed this shooting was NOT gang related.  This was student athletes from Jackson and Griffin fighting when the shots were fired unfortunately striking the four victims.  I ask everyone to keep the families affected by this senseless act of violence in your thoughts and prayers.

 

WKEU News has learned that a Griffin High School student was shot at a party in Jackson on Friday night and died of his injuries Saturday.

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Cederrius Hastings, a member of the Griffin High Bears football team, was at a graduation party in Butts County on Levi Barnes Road, just off Highway 36, when he was shot along with three other individuals also from Griffin. Hastings was transported to the Atlanta Medical Center where he died Saturday morning. The other three unidentified gunshot victims are in stable condition at this time according to Sheriff Gary Long. Butts County Corner Ralph Wilson has sent Hastings body to the Georgia State Crime Lab to determine the exact cause of death. The investigation is currently ongoing and additional information is expected to be released later by the Butts County Sheriff’s Department.

Sheriff Long said that his department had received several calls in relation to the Saturday night graduation and said, “I can assure you that the Butts County Sheriff’s Office, the Jackson Police Department, and the School Board are doing everything in our power to secure the safety of the 2016 graduates and everyone that will be in attendance. There have been no viable threats made against the graduation ceremony, however all precautions will be taken to ensure the safety of all in attendance.”

If anyone has any information relating to the shooting, you are asked to please contact the Butts County Sheriff’s Office at 770-775-8216

Hastings wore number 84 as a first year wide receiver for the Bears. He participated in the annual Green and Gold spring game on the night before he was gunned down. According to Griffin High School Head Coach Antonio Andrews, grief counselors will be made available to help students cope with the tragedy on Monday.

 

 

 

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Bomb Threats were called into several Barnesville Businesses on Sunday just before 7 p.m.  By late Monday afternoon The City of Barnesville Police Criminal Investigation Division, Lamar County Sheriff’s Office Criminal Investigation Division, Milner Police Department and agent from the Georgia Bureau of Investigation worked to gather information in the recent bomb threats. 

On Monday May 16, following  an extensive review of phone records, a person of interest was discovered. The Lamar County Sheriff’s Office made contact with Lagarious World
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at his Johnsonville Road residence. While at the residence, Sheriff Deputies and Investigators found several marijuana plants being grown by World. 

He was transported to the Barnesville Police Department for further investigation. After interviewing  World, warrants were issued and are pending for seven counts of False Public Alarm for the City of Barnesville and one count of False Public Alarm for the City of Milner. 

Lamar County Sheriff’s Office will also be seeking warrants for possession of marijuana/manufacturing. Chief Chuck Keadle said he would like to personally thank Sheriff Brad White and his Deputies, Chief Jake Sutton, City of Barnesville Fire Department, Lamar County Fire and Rescue, the Georgia Bureau of Investigations and the Officers for the City of Barnesville for all of their hard work on the case.
WKEU would like to thank Walter Geiger and the Barnesville Herald Gazette for their assistance in this news sotry. YOU CAN SUBSCRIBE TO THE HERALD GAZETTE ON LINE AT BARNESVILLE.COM. 

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Pike County Sheriff Jimmy Thomas had advised wkeu news that his Deputies responded to the scene of a serious two vehicle collision involving a bicyclist and a commercial vehicle. The incident occurred on Highway 19 in the area of Mountain View Store.

Sheriff’s Office traffic units are investigating as to what caused the collision to occur. The bicyclist , Chad Davies, a Gordon College Professor, from Barnesville, has been transported by Life Flight for further treatment.

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The driver of the truck is a resident of New York.
WKEU would like to thank Sheriff Thomas for always keeping the citizens informed as to The Pike Sheriffs Department Activities.

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Barnesville police have issued a scam alert involving a Lamar County man. The individual identified as Marcus Banks a black male age 40 about six feet tall. He has approached several individuals stating that he works for a trucking company and is able to get items like alcohol and tobacco products and vegetables at discount prices.

Once cash given to him he never returns. Police said that if you are approached by Banks contact 911 or call you local law enforcement agency.

Chief Chuck Cagle of the Barnesville Police Department asks individuals that may have contact with Banks to call his investigators at 770-358-1246. A photo of banks is posted on our website wkeuradio.com.

WKEU would like to thank Walter Geiger and the Banesville Herald Gazette for their assistance in this news story.  You can subscribe to the Herald Gazette on line at banesville.com

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Friday afternoon Lamar County man suffered severe injuries to his head injuries following a three vehicle accident on Highway 341 near Wilmont Road.  The accident happened just after 1:30 PM.  An older model small truck was stopped in the northbound lane of Highway 341 attempting to turn onto Wilmot when it was struck in the rear by a Haverty’s Furniture delivery truck. The impact knocked the small truck into the southbound lane of traffaic where it struck by an older model Dodge Ram truck. The Dodge was also hit by the delivery vehicle as well.

The driver of the Dodge lost control and hit trees on the east side of the roadway.  The driver lived nearby, and , suffered head lacerations. He was transported to a local hospital by ground ambulance to an area hospital. The male driver of the other truck involved in the accident, and two men in the Haverty’s truck were not injured.

Lamar County Sheriffs department and GSP are investigating the accident.

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About 11:05 Wednesday night, units of the Griffin police Department Patrol Division, Spalding Regional EMS, Griffin Fire Rescue, and Emory Air flight based at the Griffin Spalding Air Port, were called to a shooting incident at 873 East Solomon Street where a male subject had reportedly been shot five time.  Upon arrival Griffin Police and Spalding Regional EMS, along with Griffin Fire Rescue found a individual that was shot Two times in the leg, once in the lower back, and one shot in the wrist. Spalding Regional treated the individual at the scene and called for Emory Air flight helicopter air ambulance to transport the victim to a trauma unit in Atlanta. A Landing Zone for the Helicopter was established nearby and the Air Ambulance arrived at the scene about 11:35 and transported the patient to the Atlanta Medical Center at 11:49 pm. by 11:58 the helicopter advised 911 and the Griffin Police Investigators they were diverting to the Grady Trauma Unit in downtown Atlanta.  The incident is still under investigation by Griffin Police who followed leads for the shooter in the incident until the early morning hours. More information will be released late as the investigation continues. 
WKEU recently contacted Ron Alexander of Candler Field museum and he advised WKEU news that as a non profit organization and tax exempt organization the Banner depicting a fund raiser for the Vintage Day was placed at the WKEU studios, as they they for several years and WKEU is proud to support the Candler Field Museum with all their fundraiser’s.  There were several banners placed on private property in Griffin with owners approval calling attention to this great family event.  The City of Griffin is now charging non profit organizations, and others, a fee for placing each sign on private property even though the owner had given approval for the sign at no cost. WKEU contacted Dick Morrow for information about the fee and was advised that the supreme court recently ruled that non profit organizations are no different than other for profits using a sign and now everyone needing to announce a special vent for children, or special events, like cancer runs, blood drives, students and events on school property, etc, must pay a sign fee whether the sign of any size, or banner are on private property or not.
It is amazing that an organization like churches, and genuine non profit organizations such as Candler Field museum that use the money from fund raisers for the betterment and future of youth of our community, (like their great A and P school that will qualify students for a future in aviation with major airlines, and is part of the Griffin Spalding School System College and Career academy, in the aircraft industry) cannot be supported by property owners with out a Government fee for a small temporary sign being necessary. The Supreme Court and our Government need a new start.  Each fee to place sign or banner is 35.00 payable to the City. Does the city need money that bad to squeeze every citizen for every cent they can. Where in the ruling by the Supreme Court, whether Georgia or US, say the city has to charge any thing?  
Where does common sense to support our community prevail?  As a special note all politicians, naturally, with their signs are exempt from the fee. In the realm of being fair why should politicians be exempt from the fee just because they are running for office at any level?
It is interesting that The US Congress has passed a regulation that public educational radio stations, and non-commercial stations must run free advertisements for Federal Politicians Campaigning, if the station has the extra time, when there is a FCC regulation there prevents Non Commercial and Educational Broadcaster from any type local political involvement of selling advertisements to local politicians. .
We have gone over board in the opinion of many Americas and this broadcaster at, City County, State and Federal levels of Government that have lost complete association with the citizens and reality.  What happened to supporting citizens on our community with what is right???????  City, County, State and Federal Governments work for the citizens as an entity that is, not supposed, nor was it established for, a for profit venture. None of them can live within a budget but expect citizens to be subservient to their will……Not the way it was intended.
The Biggest fight in heaven will be between our early foundering fathers and politicians that have forgotten where the rubber meets the road and exactly who funds their existance.

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Candler Field Museum will re-create The Sights and Sounds of the 1920s at the Annual VINTAGE DAY MUSIC FESTIVAL on Saturday, June 4th. The airfield and museum is located just off Hwy 362 in Williamson GA. Activities are scheduled from 11 am – 5 pm at this family-focused event that includes an invitation to dress-up in period costumes; see the display of old cars and vintage planes; and enjoy the old-fashioned food and music. This year’s event will be a music festival along with an airplane parade of flight. Admission fee is $10 per car with all proceeds going to support the Candler Field Museum Youth Program.

This year we will start off the afternoon with the Freedom Belles who will arrive on the DC-3.

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This singing group will present WWII era music at the airplane and then move into the hangar to continue their songs. They will entertain again during the afternoon along with the Bonnie Ridge Blue Grass group.

A Parade of Flight will begin promptly at 1 PM. This will consist of a continuous parade of aircraft that will pass by the audience while the announcer explains the significance of each airplane.

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VINTAGE DAY best represents the Museum’s continuing efforts to re- create the Original Atlanta Airport as it was in the 1920s. People who lived in the 1920s experienced a fascination with the emerging technology of both the Automobile and the Aeroplane. Barnstorming, air shows, and flying circus events were popular forms of entertainment for families before TV. Food and refreshments will be available all day including Hamburgers, Hot Dogs, Brats, and a 1920’s Blue Plate special along with a full menu at Barnstormers Grill. Airplane rides in our vintage Waco biplane will be available all day.

This year we will conduct a raffle of a 1928 Colt .380 automatic nickel plated pistol with tickets priced at $20 each. We will also raffle off a handmade aviation related quilt with tickets priced at $5 each. Raffle Tickets can be purchased by visiting Barnstormers Grill or by calling the museum office at 770-467-8318.

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The Candler Field Museum is a living museum located in rural Williamson GA where old aeroplanes still fly, antique cars still drive and the sights and sounds of the 1920s era come to life every day. For more information about the museum or VINTAGE DAY, visit www.candlerfield.com.

 

 

 

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The Griffin-Spalding County School System will host three informational sessions for its Virtual Program.  Students in grades K through 9 who are not currently enrolled in the district can register for online courses.
Information sessions will be held in the Board of Education meeting room at 216 South Sixth Street on these dates:
• Wednesday, May 11 at 6 pm
• Tuesday, June 9 at 3:30 pm
• Thursday, July 14 at 3:30 pm
Required orientation sessions are set for May 17 and July 20 at 3:30 pm.
Students are expected to work on their lessons 20 hours per week in grades K-3 and 25 hours per week in grades 4-9.
The Virtual Program is tuition free for students in Spalding County provided they stay enrolled through October 15.  Based on education research, the curriculum packages high-quality lessons with mastery-based assessments that ensure students achieve success at each and every level.
Principal Stephanie Evans said, “The GSCS virtual program offers students an individualized approach to learning. This is a great option for students to learn and succeed in a non-traditional school environment. Parent involvement is a key factor in the success of this program.  It is important for parents to attend these informational sessions and be involved at all grade levels.”
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At the monthly meeting of the Griffin-Spalding County Airport Authority Monday May 9th:
 
City Manager, Kenny Smith, was present and and addressed the Authority. He said the Archway Partnership would like to hold a Cherrette for the community to have input on what to do with the old airport. They would like to have a concept of what the area could be. The Authority agreed they would welcome community input.  
 
Chairman Morrow appointed City Commissioner David Brock to the Legal & Insurance committed.
 
Chairman Morrow reported there has been some activity since our last meeting and some disapointments.
 
The new airport layout plan that was last approved by the FAA reduces the size of the new airport. They did not reduce the runway just the amount of land around the airport. An airport our size can have no more than 600 acres. We had space on our Business Corporate Ramp for 8 businesses. They cut us back to 4. And Sapelo road is now showing on the plans as a dead end road ending at the aiprort property. The Authority will try and get the FAA to go back to what was previously agreed upon. 
 
At our April meeting we were promised a decision in one week on the 4 towers located near the new airport. Now the decision may be sometime in May.
 
Phase I Land Acqisition is still proceeding.  Some offers may be made soon.
 
The Utillity relocation was approved last month and we are waiting on the FAA.
 
The sale of the Sheriff property, at the old airport, to the county was denied by the FAA.  We must wait until the new airport is closer to completion.
 
The sale of the Golf Course property to the City was approved by the FAA.
 
The Sheriff property, helecopter pad, and the golf course property are considered non-essential property  to the operation of the airport and can be sold.
 
The Authority:
Discussed at length the new GS-Airport leasing agreement. It was approved by a 4-3 vote.
 
Airport Director Robert Mohl addressed the Authority with the need to start the process to get a 3 digit identifier for the new airport. It may take as long as 5 years to obtain the 3 digit identifier. 
 
Robert also inquired about naming the new airport. To start  the ball rolling he offered two names for consideration.  Charlotte Frye an Janet Bragg.
 
Charlotte Frye, born in Wichita, Kansas, Charlotte Barbara Fogg moved to Atlanta in 1898. She married Augustus Frye, M.D. in 1916 and lived in Griffin until her death in 1983. She flew the mail from Griffin to Atlanta and became one of the first female airmail pilots. Charlotte Frye was enshrined May 18, 1991, as one of Georgia’s pioneer women pilots.
 
Janet Harmon Waterford Bragg was an amateur aviator. She was the first African-American woman to hold a commercial pilot license. Janet Harmon was born on March 24, 1907, in Griffin, Georgia. Mrs. Janet Bragg died April 11, 1993, in Blue Island, IL.
 
The Authority went into closed session.

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About 7:15 Tuesday evening City of Griffin Police, Griffin Fire Rescue, Spalding Regional EMS and Emory Air Flight responded to the scene of a two vehicle collision at Broad and Fifteenth streets involving two vehicles. One of the vehicles knocked down the street sign at that location and a female elderly person was trapped inside his vehicle and was unisonous. EMS personal revived the individual who was incoherent. The Female was airlifted from the Second Baptist Church parking lot to the Atlanta Medical Center by Emory Air Flight Helicopter Air Ambulance for further observation and treatment. Griffin Police are investigating the accident more information is expected to be released later.

 

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The weather forecast indicates Tuesday a 30 percent chance of rain 83 degrees for a high and 63 for a overnight low. On Wednesday again a 30 percent chance of rain with temperatures edging back to the mid 80 s at 85 degrees. and a over night low of 65.  For Thursday a 40 percent chance of rain with a high of 86 and low of 67. Friday will see rainfall tapering off a big to 20 percent whit a high of 81 and low of 64.

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 A September 2015 car crash on Tara Boulevard  in Clayton County Near Lovejoy is at the center of a lawsuit because of Snapchat.  The suit stemed form an accident in September of 2015 that left a Clayton County man Wentworth Maynard with a brain injury for life. A female driver was traveling south on Tara Boulevard and was attempting to use a devise called Snapchat that records the sped of the vehicle and is then laced on the Internet. . 18 year old Christall McGee of  Spalding county was traveling home with three co workers in her vehicle running in excess of 100 miles per hour allegedly attempting to us the device. Her Mercedes vehicle owned by her father slammed into the back of Mr. Wentworth Maynard vehicle that had just pulled into the roadway at 107 miles per hour. Leaving Maynard a invalid for life.

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The Planiffs law office said “McGee wanted to post an image of herself going fast,”  “She argued that she was , “Just trying to get the car to 100 mils per-hour to post it on Snapchat.”

The Law suit was filed in state court of Spalding County and said McGee was driving distracted and did not see Maynard’s car merging onto the highway.

McGee’s car struck Maynard’s car, which sent his vehicle across the left lane and into an embankment.

“It crushed the back left side of Maynard’s Outlander and caused trauma to his body and brain that would alter the rest of his life,according to the statement.”

McGee posted her injuries after the crash to Snapchat with the caption, “lucky to be alive,” the complaint said.

Maynard now uses a wheelchair and spent weeks in intensive care for a severe tramatic brain injury, according to the suit.

Maynard and his wife are suing Snapchat and McGee to pay his medical bills following the accident, which the suit said has caused him to miss work, as he was working as an Uber driver at the time of the accident.

A Snapchat spokesman told CNN Money he could not comment on an ongoing lawsuit, but added that Snapchat has a warning not to use the miles per hour filter while driving.

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Sheriff Wendell Beam has has advised WKEU news that Eliseo Cervantes, age 24, of 32 Old Post Road, in Jonesboro,

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was arrested on Thursday, April 28, 2016. Cervantes was stopped for a traffic violation and a K-9 alerted to the odor of drugs in his vehicle. During the search agents with the Spalding County Sheriff’s Office Narcotics Unit located a kilogram (2.2 lbs.), of heroin, and a loaded handgun. The street value of the heroin is in excess of $100,000.00. Cervantes is being held in the Spalding County Jail without bond on the following charges:

  1. Trafficking Heroin
  2. Possession of Heroin
  3. Possession of Marijuana less that one ounce
  4. Possession of a Firearm During Commission of a Crime
  5. Possession of a Firearm by a Convicted Felon
  6. Window Tint Violation
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Terri Colling voter registrar for Scalding County has announced that early voting for the General Primary is:
Monday, May 2nd, 2016 through Friday, May 20th, 2016. 8:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m.

Saturday voting will be available on May 14, 2016 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Spalding County residents can vote early at the:

Office of Elections and Voter Registration 825 Memorial Drive Griffin, GA 30224
Registered voters are not required to provide a reason to early vote.
Photo ID is required.
If you have any questions, please call: The voter registrars office at 770/467-4245

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There will be a Parent and teen Driver Education Program at the UGA Griffin Campus to assist young drivers that ages 14, 15, and 16 who will be getting their driver license.  Georgia Law now requires the program for all new drivers that will be getting their license.  The Course will be May 31st at 6:30 at the UGA Griffin Campus. Changes in the Law for teen drivers put parents squarely in the passenger’s seat. It requires that anyone who applies for a permanent driver’s license must have a parent, legal guardian or responsible adult sign a verification form affirming that the candidate has completed 40 hours (with 6 hours at night) of supervised driving experience, if the candidate has successfully completed an approved driver education course. The Course is free.

The Georgia Traffic Injury Prevention Institute (GTIPI) at The University of Georgia is bringing the Parents Reducing Injuries and Driver Error program—to help Spalding County parents prepare their 14, 15 and 16-year-olds to drive.

The classes will:

  • Help parents and guardians become more aware of their own driving behaviors,
  • Teach parents and guardians how to help their teens become safe drivers,
  • Help parents, guardians and teens learn what they need to do during the supervised practice
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  • The program is designed to alter attitudes and driving behaviors of novice teen drivers.

A teen and at least one parent or guardian must register to attend. Call Lt. Douglas A. Rogers 7702296451 Ext 502 or email drogers@cityofgriffin.com to register.

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About 4:35 on Friday afternoon, Units of the Griffin Police Departments, Spalding Regional and Troopers from the Griffin post of the Georgia State Patrol responded to a two vehicle accident on Memorial Drive near WKEU.  A Ford Focus was traveling eastbound and was struck in the back by a Chevrolet Cruse.  The diver of the Ford Focus was taken to Spalding Regional for Observation of possible neck injuries. 

 

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The Monroe County Sheriff’s Office is requesting the public’s assistance regarding a theft that occurred at Trophy Ford on Monday April 18, 2016 around 2200 hours. It is believed that this theft was committed by one suspect. The suspect vehicle is believed to be a newer model Chevrolet Silverado. The suspect stole a tailgate from a black 2016 Ford F350 in this case. The sheriff’s office is also investigating a separate incident that occurred in November 2015 where 3 tailgates were stolen from two Ford F250’s and one Ford F350 by two suspects. The suspect vehicle in that case is an SUV. It is unknown at this time if the two cases are related. If you have any information regarding this either of these thefts, please contact Sgt. Landers, Monroe County Sheriff’s Office Criminal Investigations Division at 478-994-7043 Ext. 234.
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On Thursday the Monroe County Sheriffs Deputies were involved in a high speed vehicle pursuit that eventually ended in the area of Monroe Street in Macon, GA.
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    DEWEY MOORE WANTED BY US MARSHALLS IN FLORIDA.

It has been determined that the driver of the vehicle, Dewey W. Moore of West Palm Beach, FL is still missing after he fled on foot from the wrecked vehicle. Moore currently has active arrest warrants by the US Marshals Service out of Florida. A passenger in the vehicle identified as, Adam R. Wiles of Jacksonville, Florida was taken into custody by Bibb County Sheriff’s Office in the area of the crash. Warrants are pending for the two persons involved in this chase. The investigation is on going more information is expected to be received later.

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This weekend, Griffin Fire-Rescue firefighters will be in the streets, at local shopping centers and at area businesses collecting funds for the Georgia Firefighters Burn Foundation’s (GFBF) 27th annual “Give Burns The Boot” drive.

The GFBF was founded in 1982 by a group of Dekalb County Firefighters. Over the last 34 years, the GFBF has grown to incorporate the entire state and expanded its work to include all Georgians. In 1990, the “Give Burns the Boot” campaign was started to support the GFBF’s efforts. Since that time, firefighters have continued their support by collecting more than 14.5 million dollars.

When you see a firefighter this weekend, please give generously; remember, the life you may help save, could be you very own.

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Griffin-Spalding County School System (GSCS) kindergarten registration for the 2016-17 school year is May 2 – 20, 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, 2016.

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.). The assessment helps 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.

Save time by completing the registration form online prior to registration at www.tinyurl.com/gscsregistration.  For questions or more information concerning kindergarten registration please call 470-771-4259.

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The Griffin-Spalding County School System (GSCS) will host a doctoral degree information meeting on Thursday, April 28, from 4:30PM to 7:30PM in the GSCS Learning Center, 216 S. 6th Street, Griffin, GA 30224.

Anyone interested in pursuing a doctoral degree in education is welcome to attend this meeting. These colleges/universities will be present with a representative to speak about their doctorate programs: Clark Atlanta University, Georgia State University, Mercer University, University of Georgia, University of West Georgia and Valdosta State University.

Director of Strategic Talent Management Dr. Mack Bullard stated, “We have approximately 45 GSCS employees who have expressed interest in pursuing their doctoral degree in education (i.e. educational leadership, curriculum and instruction, school improvement, etc.). It is important for us to help our staff interested in furthering their education by providing them with information from multiple places at one convenient location. We are dedicated to developing our staff into school leaders who will maximize student achievement and organizational effectiveness.”

 

 

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Spalding County Parks and Recreation announces that registration is now open for Adult Spring Softball. Registration packets for the following leagues are currently available for pick up:
• Men’s Church
• Men’s Industrial
• Women’s League
Registrations will be taken Monday through Friday from 8:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m. at the Parks, Public Grounds and Leisure Services Administrative Offices located at 843 Memorial Drive. The last day for registration will be March 28th. Season opens April 11, 2016.
TEAM FEES:
• Women’s League $420.
• Men’s League $470.
• Only team registrations will be accepted.
• Payment by Corporate Check, Cash or Credit Card accepted.
For more information call Robby Milner at 770-467-4750.
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As a part of the Red Cross Home Fire Preparedness Campaign, Griffin Fire-Rescue and the Georgia Fire Educators Association installed over 200 new smoke detectors and replaced over 50 batteries in homes across northeast Griffin. The event took place on Thursday, May 12, and included houses located between Lyndon Avenue and Broad Street and between Melrose Avenue and 15th Street.

“Nearly two-thirds of all fire deaths happen in homes without smoke alarms or functioning units,” stated Griffin Fire Chief, Tommy Jones. “We selected this area to do the smoke detector blitz due to the recent fire deaths that have occurred in the area. We want to make sure we’re being proactive about saving lives.”

Working smoke alarms reduce the chances of dying in a fire by nearly 50 percent. They are a critical first step for staying safe, but in order to be effective, they have to be working properly. Griffin Fire-Rescue would like to remind everyone to install smoke alarms on every level of your home, outside every sleeping area and in each bedroom.  Use Daylight Savings Time as a reminder to check your smoke alarms. Replace conventional batteries at least once a year, even if alarms are wired directly into your home’s electrical system.  Use these and other fire safety tips to ensure that your home is well prepared in case of fire.