The 2014 cross town rivalry between the Griffin Bears and Spalding Jaguars took place at Memorial Stadium on Friday night at 7:30. WKEU AM 1450 and The Rock 88.9 FM broadcast the event with WKEU’s Sports Director Tony Broski with the play by play and Ted Harris with the color commentary.
The Griffin Bears won the contest 46 to 13 over the Spalding Jaguars.
With a roll up of the game with Tony Broski click here:
WKEU’s Voice of the Bears Ted Taylor was out of town for the Friday Bears and Jaguars game but he will be back next Friday night. When the Bears will travel to Pike County to take on the Pike Pirates in Zebulon. Game time is 7:30 with the Pre game show at 6 pm. Also the Spalding Jaguars will be at Memorial Stadium to host the Riverdale Raiders Kickoff is set for 7:30 with the Tail Gate show at 6 pm. Both games will also be streamed on the world wide web from our website wkeuradio.com
On October 6, 2014, the Griffin Police Department received a theft report from the Georgia Department of Transportation regarding the theft of several guard rails from their construction site on the highway 16 bridge over Georgia 3. The guard rails were estimated to be valued over ten thousand dollars. Later that same week on October 10th the Police Department received a theft report from Boney Aviation located on Kalamazoo Road regarding the theft of thirty aluminum storage containers valued over twelve thousand dollars.
As Investigators from the Property Division of the Criminal Investigations Division began investigating the cases they were able to locate several of the stolen items at a nearby scrap yard. With cooperation from the scrap yard they were able to determine that it was the same suspect that scrapped the stolen items from both cases. Investigators were able to obtain his identity from the scrap metal company records. He was identified as Jerry Randall Keye, age 50. Mr. Keye used an Alabama ID when he sold the items to the scrap yard. Through further investigation the Investigators discovered that Mr. Keye was living at 627 Ellis Street in Griffin.
On October 13, 2014, Investigators went to 627 Ellis Street at which time they located Mr. Keye and a second suspect later identified as Michael Burleson, age 46. They took both Keyes and Burleson into custody without incident. While at the residence on Ellis Street Investigators located additional stolen items that belonged to both the DOT and Boney Aviation. Both Jerry Randell Keye and Michael Burleson admitted to the thefts during an interview with Investigators. They were each charged with Felony Theft by Taking.
While interviewing the suspects it was also discovered that they were responsible for two additional thefts that occurred in Spalding County and two in Henry County. Both agencies were notified and additional charges may be pending.
The Griffin Branch NAACP will be conducting an extensive, non-partisan “Get- Out-The-Vote” activity on Saturday, October 25, 2014. called “Souls to the POLLs”. Members of the NAACP and other community organizations will be knocking on doors encouraging persons to vote. Personal vehicles and church vans will be transporting persons to and from the polls. NAACP identifications will be used by all individuals and vehicles. Any person interested in a ride may call the Eighth Street Baptist Church at 770-228-1545 between the hours of 10 A.M. and 3 P.M
The Griffin City Commissioners met Tuesday night October 14 at 6:00 pm.
The first order of business at the Griffin City Commissioners meeting Tuesday October 14 th was to recognized Calvin Vallee, Line Crew Supervisor with the Electric Department, as the September 2014 “Strongest Link” award recipient. Recently Ostuka Chemical Company chose Griffin Power as its electric service provider at its new facility in the Lakes of Green Valley Industrial Park. Electric Director Bill Bosch felt it was the favorable impression Calvin Vallee made upon the general contractor of the Otsuka construction site that probably pushed the City to the top of the electric service provider list. Calvin made sure that the needs of the construction team were met and was always available to answer any questions and addressed all concerns promptly. 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 recognized employee receives one day off with pay, a gift certificate from a local restaurant, a “Strongest Link” plaque, and the symbolic “chain”, which he will be the custodian of until a subsequent employee is recognized.
The Commissioners aapproved a Proclamation declaring “Make A Difference Day in Griffin”, on October 25, 2014. “Make a Difference Day” focuses on unifying the community and building pride throughout the City of Griffin. For more than 20 years USA Weekend Magazine has collaborated with Points of Light in Make A Difference Day. This day engages millions of volunteers from across the nation to address local issues. This the second project to be completed by the Environmental Council in 2014 for the City of Griffin Public Works and Utilities Department.
Approved a blanket agreement for proposed quarterly magazine and authorize the Chairperson to approve completed agreements for the same purpose. This agreement recognizes Content Partners for the proposed city publication. If they don’t get enough Partners to fund the project the project will not happen.
Approved: a Memorandum of Agreement, between the City of Griffin, Spalding County, the Griffin-Spalding County Airport Authority and the Federal Aviation Administration for the construction of a replacement Griffin-Spalding County Airport. Project oversight is provided by the Georgia Department of Transportation’s (GDOT) Aviation Division in accordance with the provisions of the Block Grant State program. There is up to 10% local matching funds as per the FAA Airport Improvement Program (AIP) regulations. The local match is shared 50/50 by the City and the County.
Approved: an Excess Capacity Sale in the amount of 3,101KW to the City of Buford at the price of $2.00/KW, for calendar year 2015. This sale does not obligate Buford to take any energy; rather, it reserves the right to take the energy in the event their system requires it. Griffin has made similar sales to Buford in past years. The sale will produce revenue of $6,202 shown as a $516.83 monthly credit on the MEAG bill for eleven months, and one payment of $516.87.
Approved: an agreement for services with S&ME for the coring analysis of Meriwether Street in the amount not to exceed $2,950.00 for the Public Works Department. The Public Works Department is reviewing several options for resurfacing Meriwether Street. 1) Curb replacement only, 2) Full Depth Reclamation, and or Milling of the project. The coring is necessary to establish the depth of the wearing surface.
Approved: a contract amendment to contract between Charles Abbott Associates and the City of Griffin, Georgia, for building inspections, which adds paragraph “K” related to “structural review.” When CAA began reviewing plans on the cities behalf they required a structural review, which questioned structural calculations of an architect or engineer, thus causing a delay in plan approval. After discussion, they have agreed to the city’s request not to require a structural review if the plans are stamped by a registered architect or engineer, however, they will not assume any liability for the integrity of the structural calculations of the plans. The liability will be the responsibility of the architect or engineer of record. This has been outlined in an amendment to the original contract in Section “K”. No other changes have been made to the original contract.
Approved: Acknowledge of receipt of, and denial of, a claim for damages related to an Ante Litem notice received for personal injuries to Mary Harrell, with a loss of consortium claim by Johnathan Harrell, arising from the alleged negligence of a Griffin Police Officer while escorting a funeral procession on May 2, 2014. Giving a proper notice is a condition precedent to filing a lawsuit. Part of this procedure now requires acknowledgment of the claim by the governing body and tolls the applicable statute of limitations while consideration is pending. The notice appears to have been properly served on Chairperson McLemore.The Ante Litem notice is regarding personal injuries to Mary Harrell on May 2, 2014, with a loss of consortium claim by her husband Johnathan Harrell, arising from the alleged negligence of a Griffin Police officer while escorting a funeral procession. At the time of the incident, Officer Dawn Storm, in a marked GPD unit with blue lights flashing, was attempting to cross the N. Expressway at Laprade Road. She pulled into the path of a truck operated by Mr. Harrell in which Mrs. Harrell was a passenger. This incident has been turned over to the city’s insurance carrier.
A Dance to support the re-roofing of the Historical R.F.Strickiland Cmpany Building in Concord is palned for October 18th.
The Dance will feature music of the Roaring Twentys performed by Night Train Express, a ten piece band with rhythm banjo and violinist in down town Concord Georgia Saturday, October 18th. The event starts at 6:30 pm and offers a free Charleston Lesson, the dance follows from 7:00PM until 10:00PM. Suggested donation is $5. If you don’t dance, bring a lawn chair and listen to the sounds of the great NightTtrain Express and music of the great times. All proceeds help replace the roof of the Historic R. F. Strickland Building. For further info call Bobby at (770) 584-3094
A complimentary school break camp will be hosted at Fairmont and AMBUCS Community Centers next week during the hours of 8:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m. Campers will be required to provide their own lunch. City Park will open at 10:00 a.m. for open-play.
In 2014, the Griffin–Spalding County School System (GSCS) had significant increases in all three domains of the Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT). The SAT assesses students in Critical Reading, Math and Writing as a means of predicting college success.
GSCS students increased Critical Reading from 452 in 2013 to 466 in 2014. Math scores rose from 444 to 461 in 2014. Writing scores grew from 435 to 445.
This year 266 GSCS students took the SAT scoring a total averaging 1372. The state’s total score is 1445 and the national average is 1497. Though GSCS scores are rising, they are still slightly lagging behind the state.
“It is great to see our scores grow every year,” stated school superintendent, Dr. Curtis Jones. “With our efforts to better prepare students for college and 21st-century careers, I am confident that our scores will continue to rise and the gap will be closed.”
Both Griffin High School and Spalding High School offer SAT preparatory sessions to students at no cost and that investment proved to be successful.
Early voting for the November 4th General Election begins Monday October 13th and continues through Friday October 31st. Registered voters can vote Monday through Friday 8am to 5pm each day. There will also be early voting on Saturday October 25th from 9am – 4pm. Valid photo is required for early voting.
All early voting is held at 825 Memorial Drive in Griffin. Anyone with questions can call 770-467-4245.