Sheriff Wendell Beam has advised WKEU news that an investigation of an Armed Robbery that occurred at 10:28 PM on Monday, July 20, 2015, at the Dollar General Store at 1523 Zebulon Road, Griffin, Georgia is continuing. Sheriff Beam said that an employee of the business walked outside at 10:28 PM and was confronted by a slim black male wearing black clothing including a ski mask, armed with a pistol. The male took the victims purse and struck her on the side of her head with the pistol and ran away. The victim was treated at the scene by the Emergency Medical Services and transported to Spading Regional for additional treatment. .
School opens Monday, August 3. Please watch for school buses and the students who are waiting on them. Open house is at all schools Thursday, July 30 from 3-7 pm. After school and transportation staff will be on hand at each school to help families.
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Books-A-Million, Inc. will be supporting local charities through a Book and Toy Drive that began Sunday,
“The Pike County Library works to support literacy and reading among adults and children. We are excited
about replenishing their library with donations through our holiday book drive,” said Wendy Sikes, General
Manager of Bookland, North Griffin Square.
Throughout the month of August, customers can purchase a book that will be donated to the J. Joel Edwards
Public Library in Zebulon, GA. They will also be able to include a personalized bookplate with their donation,
allowing for gifts to be donated in someone’s honor or memory.
“Partnering with Books-A-Million in this venture will enable our small rural library to offer a wider variety of
new popular titles as well as time-tested classics to our community,” said library manager Rosemary Bunn.
Items customers can consider donating during this book drive are located behind the register.
Thursday, August 6 The Upson Professionals, along with other business, civic, governmental, and church groups will be offering basic school supplies to children in Upson County on Thursday afternoon, August 6, 2015 at the Thomaston-Upson Civic Center from 4 to 6 pm. The target group is K-5th grade and Upson Professionals have already received a number of items, but are still in need more. Upson Professionals is not planning to solicit individual businesses and other corporate entities for donations however, we would like to offer you or your business the opportunity to participate. The goal of this event is to help as many children in Upson County as possible so that they may begin the 2015-2016 school year on a positive note. If you or your business are interested in donating or participating with this event, please call Gary Moore @ 706-975-1291 or Reshann Adams @ 706-647-1924. Students must be present to receive school supplies the day of the event. We are still in need of loose-leaf notebook paper, white notebooks, hand sanitizer and writing journals.
“WellStar shares Tenet’s commitment to delivering high-quality, low-cost, patient-centered care. It is one of Georgia’s leading healthcare systems, with five hospitals, two health parks, a pediatric center, eight urgent care centers, 160 physician office locations and employs more than 14,000 associates,” those affiliated with Tenet were told an an e-mail this week.
Dr. Ed Hoard, pastor at First Baptist said, “We are excited about the addition of the Bible Institute to our community ministry. Serious Christians need and want more than they can get through Sunday School and these college-level courses will enrich the lives of all who study with us.”
Lamar County Commissioner Nancy Thrash told the Walter Geiger of the Barnesville Herald Gazette that the crash followed a concert at Rancho de Centenario that attracted over 2000 people.
Eyewitnesses said four ambulances and Emory life flight based at the Griffin Spalding Airport were called to the scene. Thrash said EMS personnel from Monroe County was also called in to assist.
The Georgia State Patrol Accident Reconstruction Unit is investigating th accident.
The Monroe County Sheriffs Department asks the public to help with information that may help identify a man found dead in the Ocmulgee River on Saturday, July 25, 2015.
The man was found floating in the river by a boater on Saturday who contacted local law enforcement. Bibb County Coroner Leon Jones discovered during the autopsy that the man was wearing a black and gold rubber bracelet printed with the words “Mary Persons Prom 2015” on it. There were no clothes, tattoos or other identifying marks found on the man and the body was in an advanced stage of decomposition.
No one has been reported missing to the Monroe County Sheriff’s Office that meets the description of the man. Anyone with any information about this case is asked to contact Monroe County Sheriff’s Office investigators at 478-994-7043.
The Griffin Police Department is scheduled for an on-site assessment as part of a program to achieve re-accreditation by verifying it meets professional standards.
Administered by the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies, Inc. (CALEA), the accreditation program requires agencies to comply with state of the art standards in four basic areas: policy, and procedures, administration, operation, and support services.
As part of the on-site assessment, agency employees and members of the community are invited to offer comments at a public information session October 19, 2009 at 7:00 PM. The session will be conducted in the City Courtroom located at 100 South Hill Street, Griffin, Georgia.
Agency employees and the public are also invited to offer comments by calling 770-229-6450 extension 590 on Tuesday, August 4, 2015 between the hours of 2:00 PM and 3:30 PM. Comments will be taken by the Assessment Team. Phone line in the assessor’s work area will be unscreened and unrecorded.
Telephone comments as well as appearances at the public information session are limited to 10 minutes and must address the agency’s ability to comply with CALEA’s standards. A copy of the standards is available at:
Griffin Police Department 868 West Poplar Street
Local contact is Eddie Bogan at 770-229-6450 ext 344.
Anyone wishing to submit written comments about the Griffin Police Department’s ability to comply with the standards for accreditation may send them to: Mr. Vincent Dauro – Regional Program Manager Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement, Inc. (CALEA) 13575 Heathcore Boulevard, Suite 320, Gainesville, VA. 20155 Or call 703-352-4225 extension 42.
As directed by the Chief of Police the Griffin Police Department hosted a Central Georgia Traffic Enforcement Network meeting in support of the Governor’s Office on Highway Safety. In attendance at the meeting were;
Members of the Griffin Police Department
Uniform Patrol Division
Traffic Management Team
Department of Public Safety
Georgia State Patrol Post 1
Commercial Carrier Compliance Unit
Zebulon Police Department
Molena Police Department
Jonesboro Police Department
Barnesville Police Department
Thomaston Police Department
Pike County Sheriff’s Office
Butts County Sheriff’s Office
Lamar County Sheriff’s Office
Roberta Police Department
After the meeting traffic safety check points were conducted for a total of (5) five hours at (5) five different locations. Below is listed the activity:
4 Child restraints
3 Driving while suspended
2 No driver’s license
22 Other citations
9 Warrants served
THE GRIFFIN POLICE DEPARTMENT WOULD LIKE TO THANK ALL ATTENDEES THAT HELPED US MAKE GRIFFIN AND THE SURROUNDING AREAS A SAFER PLACE TO BE ON THE ROADWAYS OF GEORGIA.
Griffin Police responded to 701 Carver Road apartments July 17th about 9:30 in reference to a firearm being discharged. While in route to the incident officers were advised that the fire arm was discharged by Spalding Deputy Teris Bunn and no one was injured.
Upon arrival Officers talked with Jenny Cook who indicated that Deputy Bunn did not accidentally discharge the weapon and had mentioned suicide. Officers were told that deputy Bun had his firearm in the apartment and was under the couch. She said that no one was injured form the incident
Griffin Officer Chip Johns said that he located Deputy Bunn who was off duty and was asked about the incident he told officer that he was showing Jenny Cook how to clean a gun and it accidentally discharged into the woods behind the apartment. Officer Johns said that Bunn appeared to be heavily intoxicated and he smelled alcohol as he spoke. Deputy Bun advised Officer Johns that he had been drinking beer and bourbon. He also indicated he took a sleeping pill and was on anxiety medication.
Officers detained Bunn and took him to the Police Department. The apartment belonged to Jennie Cook and officers collected evidence from the interior of the apartment. Following an interview with Cook, Officers said that Bunn was being charged with Aggravated Assault, Kidnapping, and interfering with a 911 call, and other possible charges as well. The firearm was found under the couch in the apartment, and a shell casing was found outside the door of the apartment. Also taken into custody as evidence was a wallet, Spalding County deputy Badge, and tobacco, laying on a dining room table.
Sheriff Wendell Beam talked with WKEU news and said that he placed Teris Bunn on administrative leave, pending further investigation, and charges. Sheriff Beam also told WKEU news that Bunn is being held without bond in the Spalding County Jail.
Joshua James Cox, 24, is currently in Jail in Butts County, and will be charged with murder in connection with the death of Donald Terrell Clark, 40. Clark was found dead in the front yard of his home at 939 Chappell Mill Road just before 1:30 p.m July 14.
Lt. Chris Webster of the Lamar County Sheriffs Department was first on the scene and found Clark dead. He had been shot in the chest and shoulder. No gun was found at the scene.
After the shooting, Cox went to the home he shared with his parents in the Patillo district of Butts County and got into a physical fight with his mother. His father, a law enforcement officer, was able to subdue and handcuff him.
Butts County deputies arrived and arrested him on family violence charges.
Lamar investigators quickly linked Cox to the shooting. A Glock semiautomatic pistol was recovered and is thought to be the weapon used in the shooting.
Sheriff Brad White said Cox told investigators that he and Clark were using hallucinogens when an altercation ensued and Clark was shot.
A GBI crime scene technician was summoned to process the shooting scene. Clark’s body was taken to the State Crime Lab in Atlanta for a determination as to the exact cause of death. The toxicology repot will confirm if Clark had ingested hallucinogens but results will take months, accord to Sheriff White of Lamar County.
Griffin resident Colter Chasteen has qualified to compete at the 2015 Built Ford Tough American Quarter Horse Youth Association World Championship Show July 31 – August 8 in Oklahoma City.
Chasteen showed the American Quarter Horse owned by Cary Chasteen of Griffin, GA.
The Ford Youth World is the major event for American Quarter Horse exhibitors ages 18 and under around the world. Competitors, who must qualify for the event by earning a predetermined number of points to compete in each of the classes.
More than 2,100 entries from the United States,
Australia, Canada, Germany, Luxembourg, Norway, Sweden and United Kingdom are competing for 35 world championships at this year’s event, July 31 – August 8 in Oklahoma City.
Susan Collier, owner of the “Griffin Mud Dogs” was sentenced in Spalding County Magistrate Court yesterday to sixty days in the Spalding County Jail for 34 counts of dogs kept in unsanitary conditions.
Ms. Susan Collier, entered a plea of guilty to charges of 34 counts of dogs kept in unsanitary conditions, 15 counts of failure to provide fresh water, 34 counts of more the four animals on her premises. Ms. Collier was sentenced to sixty days in the Spalding County Jail and was fined in excess of $4,000 dollars. All but $353.00 of the fines will be suspended if the remaining animals are placed in the care of a certified rescue group by August 14, 2015 and the animals remaining at the residence are spayed or neutered by August 31, 2015.
“Spalding County takes Animal Care and Control very serious”, said Eric Mosley, Assistant County Manager. “The County has worked very hard to resolve this before it was escalated to this judgement in court”. Further help is still needed and if anyone is interested in providing a home for one of the many animals please contact the Spalding County Animal Control office at (770) 467-4772.
About 1:15 kWednesday afternoon units of the Griffin Police Department, Spalding Regional EMS, and Griffin Fire Rescue responded to South Ridge Circle to the South Ridge Apartment Complex on South Hill Street across form the Griffin Airport. The initial 911 call indicated that an 11 year old had drowned in a pool. The incident occurred about 1:15 Wednesday afternoon.
BUSINESS EXPO – 2015
Kiwanis of Griffin Center – Tuesday, July 28, 2015
1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Public is Invited
Business Expo 2015 is being sponsored by the Griffin-Spalding Chamber of Commerce at the Kiwanis of Griffin Center, 1025 South Hill Street, Griffin, on Tuesday, July 28th, from 1:00 until 4:00 p.m.
This is a great opportunity for businesses to showcase their products and/or services to the general public and for the citizens of the community to visit and see what is here in Griffin-Spalding County and the immediate area.
Take advantage of this time to come out and meet face to face business owners and learn more about what they offer and the variety of services/products available right here in your own community.
For more information or to register as a vendor, please contact the Chamber office at 770-228-8200 or follow us on Facebook at Griffin/Spalding Chamber of Commerce to for updates about the event.
Remember: Shop Local, support your area merchants and let’s work to make our economy strong.
School opens August 3 for Griffin-Spalding County School System’s students, faculty and staff.
GSCS hired over 140 new teachers for the 2015-16 school year. Pre-planning for GSCS teachers and administrators will be the week of July 27 – 31. The annual Education Celebration will be held on July 29.
All GSCS schools will host an Open House on July 30 from 3 pm – 7 pm. This open house gives families a chance to tour their school, meet teachers and administrators, ask questions and get any needed information. The first day of school for students will be August 3. School times will remain the same as last year (elementary: 8 am – 2:50 pm; middle: 8:30 am – 4:00 pm; High: 7:40 am – 3:20 pm).
Other key dates for the 2015-2016 school year include:
- Aug. 25: Elementary Curriculum Night
- Sept. 3: High School Curriculum Night
- Sept. 7: Labor Day holiday
- Sept. 10: Middle School Curriculum Night
- Sept. 30: Early Release
- Oct. 12 – 16: Fall break
- Oct. 19: Report Cards
- Nov. 23-27: Thanksgiving break
- Dec. 21-Jan. 4: Christmas break
- Jan. 6: Report Cards
- Feb. 12-19: Winter break
- March 9: Early Release
- March 22: Report Cards
- April 18-22: Spring break
- May 26: Last day of school
- May 26: A. Z. Kelsey Academy Graduation, 9:30am, Griffin Auditorium
- May 26: Spalding High Graduation, 7pm, Memorial Stadium
- May 27: Griffin High Graduation, 7pm, Memorial Stadium
Visit the Back to School section on our website at http://www.spalding.k12.ga.us to see the complete GSCS 2015-16 school year calendar. This section also includes:
2015-16 School Supply List
- Student Testing Schedule
- Transportation Information
- School Meal Prices
- Free/Reduced Meal Application
- Registration Information and Required Documents
Parents or Guardians of students that have moved into Spalding County or moved within Spalding County are required to register for school at Central Registration. Avoid lines and delays by registering early. Early registration will be held July 13 – 23, Monday through Thursday from 8 am – 4 pm at the Parent Services Center, 234 E Taylor Street. Complete the registration forms online prior to visiting the Parent Service Center at www.tinyurl.com/gscsregistration.
Current research shows that when schools, families and the community must work together to support learning. Students like school more, do better in school and stay in school longer when families are involved in student’s education.
“The Griffin-Spalding County School System has planned another year of teaching, learning and student success,” said Jim Smith, school superintendent.
Parks and Recreation will begin accepting football registrations on Saturdays, July 11 through August 1 at City Park Community Center from 10:00am to 2:00pm. Final date to register is August 1st. Avoid long lines and register early or register online at www.spaldingparksandrec.com!
All players must bring a birth certificate to register. The age control date is the player’s age as of September 1, 2015.
Player registering must be accompanied by their parent or guardian.
Tackle leagues for ages 7-12 is $125.00.*
Flag Football league for ages 5-6 is $60.00.*
Football equipment will be issued during registration hours.
*-Cash, Credit and Debit payments are accepted. *-Players who live outside of Spalding County will pay an additional $30.00 out of county fee at registration.
All interested in coaching football must complete the following:
(1) Coach Application;
(2) Pass the background check screening;
(3) Have current NYSCA Coach Certification; and Present proof of NYSCA Concussion Training before being permitted to coach or work with teams.
For further information please contact Robby Milner at 770-467