City Solid Waste Department Schedules Canned Food Drive
Dec. 3- The City of Griffin Solid Waste Division will be collecting canned food to donate to the Salvation Army during the week of Dec. 16-19. Residents across the city can donate by placing their non-perishable canned food items in a bag. That bag should then be placed on top of their RECYCLING BIN.
“I’m very appreciative of those people who have donated in the past and want to thank them for helping our community with their contributions,” said Central Services Director Phil Francis.
Donated items, along with recycling and refuse, will be collected on regularly scheduled pick-up days during the week of Dec. 16.
The Spalding County Commissioners met Monday night at 6pm at the Courthouse annex meeting room.
The first order of business Ms. Kelly Leger, Recreation Superintendent from the Spalding County Parks & Recreation Department presented to the board the 2013 Georgia Recreation and Parks Association District and State Awards recently received.
The Georgia Recreation & Park Association District 4 Awards were:
Special Event “Caregivers Conference” Award:
Mr. James Johnston and Jo Ellis, Spalding County Senior Citizen’s Center Supervisor
Project of the Year Award:
Spalding County Senior Citizens Center
Athletic Professional of the Year Award:
Robby Milner, Spalding County Parks and Recreation Athletic Supervisor
Athletic Agency of the Year Class A:
Spalding County Parks and Recreation
Volunteer of the Year Award:
Makin’ Tracks Travel Club
The Commissioners approved: a request of Harold Lyon 142 Morris Mill Road for an amplification permit to hold a Christmas Party on Saturday, December 14, 2013 from 6:00 PM until 10:00 PM at his home All adjacent property owners have been notified. Sheriff Beam noted on the application request that he had a loud music call from that location on 12/17/2011, 11/10/2012, and 11/08/2013. Mr. Lyon had initially requested the permit from 6:00 PM until 2:00 AM. The Commissioners changed it from 6:00 to 10:00 PM.
Approved: a request from Griffin-Spalding Athletic Hall of Fame to relocate their display to 841 Memorial Drive adjacent to the Pars & Recreation Administrative Offices. GSCAHOF has been searching for a more permanent location for their display where it can be more easily accessible to the public. The group requests that the County rent the facility to them for $1.00 per year and other valuable consideration and plans on asking the City of Griffin to pay the utilities associated with the building. This space formerly housed the Ceramics program and indoor shuffleboard court. Potential rental income is estimated at $1350 per month for the 2400 square foot facility. The commissioners noted they normally would not approve this type of request but this will help the county as a tourist attraction.
After lengthy discussion the Commissioners took no action on the request from Georgia Department of Transportation to evaluate alternate designs for replacement of the Jordan Hill Road bridge over Cabin Creek and respond to their letter requesting the County select and move forward with a final design for replacement of the bridge. The DOT has indicated they will fund only Alternate one which calls for closure of the roadway to replace the bridge. With Alternate 1 the County is only responsible for relocation of utilities and acquiring the necessary right of way. Any other alternative selected would have to be funded completely by the County. In the last few days Poultey Homes sent a letter to the commissioners that they will pay for a culvert under the bridge that will allow for one lane of traffic while the bridge is being replaced. This will keep traffic flowing and will probably save GDOT money. The commissioners will present this plan to GDOT.
The Commissioners Approved: the Griffin-Spalding County Hospital Authority Grant to the Spalding County Board of Health in the amount of $14,000 for flu shots.
Approved: ratification of the appointment of Community Development Director Chad Jacobs to fill the position vacated by Ricky Clark as recommended by Homeland Security Director Kenny West.
Approved: on first reading an Ordinance amending the Spalding County Personnel Ordinance to re-define the workweek and provide for biweekly payroll. Ordinances require two readings for adoption. The amendment is necessary to implement the Board’s direction of a bi-weekly payroll beginning in 2014.
At the request of Commissioner Bart Miller the commissioners amended the agenda and approved that if the Griffin High School Football team gets to go the Dome and play for the state championship “Big Blue” could be used IF REQUESTED. All cost to be paid by the School System or the Football Booster Club.
At the request of the County Manager the board went into an Executive Session.
S’MORE’S IN THE PARK DECEMBER 16 AND 17
Spalding County Parks and Recreation is hosting FREE S’more Making in the Park on two dates and in two locations!
Monday, December 16 at Airport Road Park from 5:30pm to 7:30pm
Tuesday, December 17 at Sixth Street Park from 5:30pm to 7:30pm
For more information please call Parks and Recreation at 770-467-4750.dtd
WKEU will make a programming change effective December 13 th.
Former Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee is leaving his talk radio program that airs on WKEU in the 2 PM to 5 PM time slot Monday thru Friday. ABC will produce and launch a new 3 hour program in its place. We will advise you as soon as contracts are complete. The Huckabee report will continue to air in its original time locations. on WKEU AM 1450 at 7:25 AM, 12:05 Noon, and 5:25 PM Monday thru Friday. On The Rock 88.9 FM Georgia Public Radio the Huckabee report airs at 7:50 AM, 12:50 Noon, 4:50 PM and 5:50 pm. Huckabee will also continue with ABC radio in a commentary capacity and will be also available for feature programs.
GRIFFIN BEARS TRAVELED TO SANDY CREEK IN THE THIRD ROUND OF STATE PLAY OFF ACTION. AND WON A HUGE VICTORY OVER THE NUMBER 1 RANKED SANDY CREEK PATRIOTS.
GRIFFIN BEARS 32
SANDY CREEK 26
THE LAMAR TROJANS WON BIG OVER JEFFERSON HIGH SCHOOL AND CONTINUE TO ROLL.
LAMAR TROJANS 35
THE BEARS WILL HOST WAYNE COUNTY NEXT FRIDAY NIGHT AT MEMORIAL STADIUM. WKEU AM AND THE ROCK 88.9 FM WILL BROADCAST NEXT FRIDAYS GAME BEGINING AT 6:00 FOR THE TAIL GATE SHOW AND 7:30 KICK OFF WITH TED TAYLOR AND TONY BROSKI. .
On December 5 th one of the most dedicated individuals this broadcaster has ever known will retire as Adult Literacy Instructor and Coordinator at Southern Crescent Technical College. This Community Nation, and State are much better because of Joe Grubbs work and dedication to literacy and suppot to his students. He has worked tirelessly for those in need of their GED giving hours of time long after regular duty hours for those wanting to learn.
A reception honoring Joe will be held Thursday December 5 th from 3:30 until 5 pm at the Academic Building, Room 815, at the Campus of Southern Crescent Technical College.
I for one consider my self very lucky to be able to call Joe Grubbs a dear friend. WKEU joins with the entire community to congratulate Joe on is retirement and wish for him the very best always. LTC (R) USA, Bill Taylor and family , and the entire Staff of WKEU.
The Griffin City Commissioners met Tuesday night at 6 pm in the meeting room Downtown.
During the meeting the Commissioners approved:
Second Reading of an Ordinance amending the Code of Griffin, Georgia, OCCUPATION TAXES & ADMINISTRATIVE FEES section by amending CIVIL PENALTY & INTEREST sub section so as to reflect the City’s sole remedy for a taxpayer’s failure or refusal to pay occupation taxes is to issue execution for the sum due; and or other purposes. This ordinance is intended to bring the City’s Code into conformity with a recent Georgia Supreme Court decision.
Approved a consolidated (bulk) buy for the purchase of Fifty (50) PCs from the Dell Georgia State Contract. The IT equipment will be purchased under the City’s life cycle management program in the amount of $26,500.00. The City has PCs that are out of warranty and no longer run the current industry standard technology.
Approved: to award the purchase of a mini excavator to the low bidder Vermeer Southeast in the amount of $48,000. The Electric Department received approval to purchase a new mini excavator to replace an unsafe trencher in FY2014. This unit is a demo unit with minimal hours of use, is larger, has more functionality, and costs less than the new units that were bid.
Approved: allocation of funds from the Griffin-Spalding County Hospital Authority to the Spalding County Board of Health for flu shots in the amount of $14,000.00. The distribution of funds must be approved by the City and County Commission Boards.
The Chamber of commerce Christmas Parade on December 7th.
Board appointments are in January and to be thinking of any board appointments they may wish to make .
Commissioner Doug Hollberg requested that a group picture of the board be made at the next regular scheduled meeting. He has served on the board two terms now and no group picture has been made during that time.
The commissioners wished everyone a Happy Thanksgiving.
The Griffin/Spalding Chamber of Commerce is getting ready for their 51st Annual Christmas Parade to be held Saturday, December 7th at 6:00 p.m.
“Christmas, A Time for Peace” is this year’s theme; participants are encouraged to decorate their entry accordingly. All entries are required to have a decorated float, car or truck. Walking units are encouraged to dress in holiday attire.
Judging will be held in the following categories:
Chamber’s Cup—Best Overall Presentation
Santa’s Choice—Best Representation of Parade Theme
Best Walking Group—Marching, dancing skating, etc.
Most Original—Based on originality and uniqueness.
The regular parade route on West Taylor Street will be used beginning at Chick-fil-a with units dispersing at 4th Street. Due to safety concerns, this will be a candy free event.
For more information or to register, please contact the Chamber at 770-228-8200 or email@example.com .
It’s that time of year again!
GRIFFIN FIREFIGHTERS ANNUAL TOY ROUND-UP
The Griffin Firefighter’s Annual Toy Round-up has begun. Firefighters will collect toys at all three City Fire Stations until Thursday, December 19th, 2013
Station #1 North Hill Street at Chappell Street
Station #2 401 North Expressway
Station #3 South Hill Street at Crescent West
CHILDREN GIVING TO CHILDREN has always been our theme. The firefighters wish to encourage parents to demonstrate the joy Christmas giving by making their donation a family event. They suggest bringing a camera to create a lasting memory of their child fulfilling the true meaning of Christmas.
Toy Drive Information
1. Last day firefighters will be accepting toys is December 19th.
2. Toys accepted 7 days a week from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.
3. Toys are needed for boys and girls of all ages.
4. Checks are accepted and 100% of the money received will purchase toys. Make checks payable to Griffin Firefighter’s Toy Round-up, C/O Fire Station 2, 401 North Expressway, Griffin, Ga. 30223
5. Griffin Firefighters ask that all new toys remain in their original packaging and should not be wrapped.
6. Griffin Fire Rescue DOES NOT distribute toys to individuals. Anyone wishing to receive toys must register with the Department of Family & Children’s Services or the Salvation Army.
7. All toys will be delivered to DFACS and the Salvation Army.
For more information, or any business or organization wanting to help Griffin Fire-Rescue, please call Capt. Mitchell Cardell or Capt. John Hamilton at (770) 229-6415.
This holiday tradition is not to be missed! Join Clara, Fritz, the Mouse King, and the Nutcracker as they dance their ways into your heart! This ballet features over 100 local, talented dancers from the ages of 4 to 18 and professional guest dancers from Carolina Ballet Theatre in Greenville, South Carolina. The Nutcracker is a perfect way to start the holidays!
Performances dates and times are as follows:
Friday, November 29th at 7:30 p.m.
Saturday, November 30th at 2:00 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.
Sunday, December 1st at 2:00 p.m.
All performances will take place at the Griffin Auditorium on 234 East Taylor Street, Griffin.
Tickets can be purchased in multiple ways. They can be purchased at Studio D on 111 North Hill Street prior to the performance. Or by calling, 770-228-1306 to reserve your seating. Or, tickets can be purchased on the day of the show at the Griffin Auditorium.
The ticket prices are as follows:
Senior Citizens/ Students: $15.00
Senior Citizens/ Students: $12.00
Senior Citizens/ Students: $10.00
The Saturday 2:00 Matinee show will have a special appearance by Santa Claus himself and a meet and greet session afterwards with the cast. Tickets for this show will be $5.00 for students! What a wonderful deal!
Contact Information for questions or more information:
Mitch Flanders, Artistic Direct for Griffin Ballet Theatre
Work phone number ~ 770-228-1306
Cell phone number ~ 678-464-1321
Email ~ firstname.lastname@example.org
Website ~ http://griffinballettheatre.org/home/
The 2013 Annual Tour of Homes sponsored by the Griffin Daybreak Rotary Club will be held on Sunday, December 8th, 2013, 1:00 to 6:00 p.m.
Locations featured on this year’s Tour include the homes of Gloria Treadway, 1021 Waverly Drive; Mr. and Mrs. Tim Brown, 1115 Pine Valley Road; Mr. and Mrs. Bill Murray, 809 Maple Drive; and Mr. and Mrs. Kenneth Tarpley, 175 Lenox Circle. Adding variety to this year Tour stops will include Artistic Flowers, 601 West Solomon Street and at the Griffin Elks Lodge-1207 where the school choruses will be performing throughout the afternoon to get everyone in the Christmas spirit and light refreshments will be served. The Chicken House Antique Store will also be open. Both of these are located at 324 East Broad Street.
Tickets are $10.00 and will be available from members of Griffin Daybreak Rotary Club, Griffin-Spalding Chamber of Commerce, Reeves Cleaners after November 13th. Proceeds from the Tour benefit support for the Clubs charities.