Units of the Spalding Fire Department responded to Ringgold Superette on old Highway 16 about 6 pm Thursday night.  There was no blaze but problems from an electrical issue. Central Georgia EMC was called to to the scene and were investigating a new meter that had been placed at the store earlier.   There were no injuries to customers, staff, or firefighters. and there was no blaze only the electrical issue that was being addressed by EMC.
Several buildings sustained major damage in an huge fire at Hampton just north of Griffin Thursday Morning. The fire was at the historic section of downtown Hampton on Main Street.


Officials told WKEU news that the Fire Department had a difficult time with the blaze as it was knocked down in one area it would flare again.



Crews were able to get the fire under control a short time later.

Fire crews said three commercial businesses were on fire: Saki Steakhouse, D&G Exterminating Company and Smokin’ Swine BBQ restaurant.



Channel 2’s Steve Gehlbach spoke to Bobby Jacobs Jr., who co-owns  D&G Exterminating with his father. He arrived to work Thursday to see his business in ashes.

“I’m just heartbroken,” said Jacobs. “A lot of stuff in there accumulated over the years that you can’t replace.” 

Kelly Bartram said her business, Smokin’ Swine, was saved by a fire wall.

“The firewall is holding. We’re looking at smoke damage, water damage. Hopefully it will stay that way,” Bartram said.

Saxi Steakhouse’s roof collapsed due to the extensive damage caused by the fire. The exterminating business also sustained significant damage.

Henry County’s fire chief says they are still working to find out how the fire started. They say it started in the back of Saki Sushi and Steakhouse.

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Griffin Police, Spalding Regional EMS,Griffin Fire Rescue, and Spalding county Coroner Sonny Foster were called to The North Expressway Saturday Morning where Stanley Garcia Woods a black male of Griffin a homeless individual was struck and killed by a vehicle on the North Expressway.  The accident occurred  about 5:30 am.  The vehicle that struck Garcia stopped immediately, the driver was going to work at Delta in Atlanta at the time of the incident.  The accident was unavoidable according to Griffin Police and Coroner Sonny Foster. Coroner Sony Foster also said that  Mr. Garcia was wearing all black and that particular section of the North Expressway has claimed two lives since it opened about a year ago.  The other individual that was struck last year was working at Hardees and he was struck within 20 fete of the location of Saturdays accident. This is a very dangerous area said Spalding Coroner Sonny Foster, its dark at that location and the individual was wearing all black.  The incident occurred close to the McDonalds Restaurant.



On February 27, 2015, Larry Stanford was found guilty of two counts of Felony Murder and two counts of Malice Murder, charges that stem from the 1994 homicide that occurred at 1341 Boyd’s Row in Griffin, Georgia.  After twenty long years, Stanford received life in prison without the possibility of parole for the murder of Phillip Leaks and life in prison without the possibility of parole for the murder of Peggy Stanford. The second life sentence is consecutive to the first life sentence.

The conviction was a collaborative effort between the Griffin Police Department, Georgia Bureau of Investigation and the District Attorney’s Office.  Inv. Morris said “I would like to give a big thank you to the families of Peggy Stanford and Phillip Leaks who had confidence in our ability to close this case”.  Inv. Morris also said “I would also like to commend the hard work and dedication that District Attorney Scott Ballard, Asst. District Attorney Marie Broder, and the entire staff of the District Attorney’s Office showed throughout this case and trial.” 


The above picture, taken immediately after sentencing inside the courtroom: left to right- Victim’s Advocate Denise Miller, Asst. District Attorney Marie Broder, District Attorney Scott Ballard, Griffin Police Inv. Mike Morris standing among the families of Peggy Alexander Stanford and Phillip Leaks.



Four Monroe County men have been arrested and charged in several burglaries from February 18, 2015.  A fifth suspect



Steven E. Buchwald, age 23, of 38 Sydney Court, Forsyth, has not been arrested at the time of this press release.

On February 18, 2015, the five suspects drove a green Jeep Cherokee to Deer Creek Subdivision off Jenkins Road and stole numerous items out of unlocked cars and trucks. Items stolen include Yeti coolers, cell phones, a handgun, a laptop computer, food and other miscellaneous items. Seven residents of the neighborhood reported to the Sheriff’s Office that items were stolen from their vehicle’s.

On the same day, the suspects also attempted to burglarize a home on Bolingview Road but left the home when the homeowner arrived. The house was not locked and the homeowner was unaware that the home had been entered by the suspects.

A few days after the burglaries, the suspects sold a stolen iPhone to a Houston County resident who contacted the victim from whom the phone was taken because the phone was locked and couldn’t be used. The victim and the person who purchased her phone from the suspects contacted the Monroe County Sheriff’s Office and provided information that leads to the arrests.

Suspects and charges are:



Austin Kyle Nicholson, age 19, of Juliette
Felony – Burglary in the 2nd degree
Felony – Theft by taking
Felony – Burglary
Felony – Burglary in the 2nd degree
Misdemeanor – Theft by taking



Christian King, age 19, of Forsyth
Felony – Burglary in the 2nd degree
Felony – Burglary in the 2nd degree
Felony – Burglary in the 2nd degree
Felony – Burglary in the 2nd degree
Felony – Burglary in the 2nd degree
Misdemeanor – Theft by taking



Dillan Gilbert, age 17, of Forsyth
Felony – Burglary in the 2nd degree
Felony – Burglary in the 2nd degree
Felony – Burglary in the 2nd degree
Felony – Burglary
Misdemeanor – Theft by taking
Misdemeanor – Theft by taking
Misdemeanor – Theft by taking



Jonathan Andrew Nicholson, age 18, of Forsyth
Felony – Financial Transaction Card Theft
Felony – Burglary in the 2nd degree
Felony – Burglary in the 2nd degree
Felony – Burglary in the 2nd degree
Felony – Financial Identity Fraud
Misdemeanor – Theft by taking
Misdemeanor – Theft by taking

Also arrested after the execution of a search warrant on Jonathan Andrew Nicholson’s residence at 108 Circle Street in Forsyth was:



Selena Sherell Nicholson, age 41, for Felony Theft by Receiving Stolen Property, Felony Financial Transaction Card Theft and Misdemeanor Theft by Receiving Stolen Property.

The Monroe County Sheriff’s Office has recovered over half the items stolen by the suspects when the homes were searched after the suspects were arrested. The suspects have also confessed to burglarizing a vehicle on Laurel Ridge on February 14, 2015.

The Monroe County Sheriff’s Office encourages citizens to remove valuable items from their cars and to lock their cars, homes, garages and storage buildings to prevent theft. Suspicious persons or activities should be reported to the Monroe County Sheriff’s Office immediately.

If anyone has any information about this case or wanted suspect Steven E. Buchwald, please contact the Monroe County Sheriff’s Office Criminal Investigations Division at 478-994-7043.

WKEU would like to thank Allison Selman-Willis, PIO/Accreditation ManagerMonroe County Sheriff’s Office Forsyth, GA 478-808-1524 and Sheriff JC. Bittick  For their assistance in this news story.






Board of Commissioners of Spalding County Regular Meeting March 2, 2015 6:00 PM 119 E. Solomon St., meeting Room 108 of the Courthouse annex.




During the meeting the Commissioners are expected to lift from the table a request to cancel the April 20, 2015 Spalding County Board of Commissioners meeting.

They will also re-consider a recommendation from the Spalding County Parks & Recreation Advisory Commission to transfer the Youth Football Program to the South Atlanta Youth Association.

Conduct a public hearing to consider the establishment of street light district for Sun City Peachtree – Pod 29B and 31c

Consider approval of Resolution to adopt 2014 Amended and Restated DB Pension Plan as required by IRS.

Consider approval of contract between the Board of Commissioners of Spalding County and the Southern Crescent Technical College Foundation, Inc regarding the use and expenditure of 2008 SPLOST funds.

Consider approval on first reading an ordinance establishing a speed limit of 25 miles per hour for Tri-County Road.

Consider authorizing staff to move forward with establishing a fiber optic network backbone with the City of Griffin.

Consider approval of FY 2016 Budget Calendar.

Commissioner Flowers-Taylor would like to discuss possible annexation along North Hill Street.

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The Butts County Amateur Radio Club will hold its monthly meeting Monday, March 2 at 7:00 PM at Fire Station #7 on Colwell Road in Jackson. The program will be SkyWarn Weather Spotter training. If you are interested in amateur radio or emergency communication, you’re invited to attend. For information about the Butts County Amateur Radio Club or ham radio, call Ed Hoard at 678-920-8986 or

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The Pike County Commissioners are becoming more concerned over the amounts of trash on roadways and areas of Pike County.

The Concord Garden Club talked with the Commissioners Tuesday, Feb. 24 meeting. Several commissioners said they recently received complaints about the amount of trash along roads in Pike and noted it is time for some action to be taken. The Garden Club has asked that April be designated as Pick Up Pike Month and Commissioners approved the resolution unanimously.

County manager John Hanson said he is working with probationers to start picking up trash along roads and plans to set up an entire week of work starting April 6.

Additional considerations are for signs that specify littering is punishable by an increasd fine, are also being considered. The Current Pike ordinance says the fine shall not exceed $250 but adding some language to provide for some community service for violations is also being considered. The County manager said It’s only fitting that the people throwing out the trash should be out picking it up.

The Commissioners were also asked to reactivate the program Keep Pike County Beautiful since it is a national organization and offers resources Pike could use.  Citizens can join the Pick Up Pike group on Facebook.

A map will be placed in the Commissioners office so citizens can claim a section or road and clean those areas.

The group Pick Up Pike is doing everything it can to combat the litter problem. And there is a huge support group for this initiative. One individual told the Commissioners all you really need to do is mobilize them.

Commissioner James Jenkins said he and his family walk along the road they live on picking up trash, adding, We’ve got to set the example.

Chairman Briar Johnson said as a Pike deputy, when he would see bags of garbage, he would put on gloves and search for mail or other items identifying the owner and serve them with a summons so they would have to explain to the judge how their trash ended up on the side of the road. He suggested asking the sheriff’s office to take the same approach now.

The Concord Garden Club’s 19 th annual community lecture series known as Lunch and Learn which will be held at the Concord Building from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Thursday, April 16.

The free public event will showcase ways to reduce, reuse, recycle and re purpose for the home, garden and community. Commissioners and citizens were asked to join in an effort for a county-wide clean up weekend April 11 and 12 before the grass really starts to grow and litter becomes an even bigger problem.

An anti-litter poster contest is being held for public, private and home school students in third, fourth and fifth grades with $50 for first and $25 for second and third place winners. The posters will be displayed at the April 16 Lunch and Learn and possibly other places around Pike County.

Special thanks to the Pike Journal Rporter for their assistance in this news story.  You can subscribe to the Pike Journal Reporter at


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Parents of prospective Griffin-Spalding County School System (GSCS) Pre-kindergarten students are invited to attend a parent meeting on March 9, at 6 p.m. in the Griffin Auditorium, 234 E. Taylor St. During the Pre-K parent meeting, parents will learn about Georgia’s Pre-k program, the registration process and will receive the complete registration packet.
Attending this meeting is very beneficial for Pre-K parents. Receiving the registration information early will give them time to complete the paperwork, gather required documents and make necessary appointments for immunization and ear, eye, dental and nutrition screenings before the Pre-K registration window opens on March 26,” said Pearla Hodo, Griffin-Spalding County School System Pre-K coordinator.
2015-16 Pre-K registration will be open from March 26-April 3 at the Parent Service Center, 234 East Taylor Street. Registration hours are 8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. Registration hours will be extended until 6:00 p.m. on Tuesday, March 31.

For students to be included in the lottery drawing, Pre-K registrations packets and all required documents must be completed and turned in during the registration period. Packets turned in after April 3 will be placed on the waiting list.
Please attend the parent meeting to find out more about the excellent program offered by the Griffin-Spalding County School System.

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The Griffin City Commissioners met Tuesday night February 24 th at 6 pm at 100 South Hill Street.


The first order of business at the Griffin City Commissioners meeting Tuesday February 24th   The commissioners recognized Mrs. Johnnie Stephens, Office Administrator for the Solid Waste Department who retired on January 31, 2015. She was presented a plaque for her 12 1/2 years of dedicated service to the City of Griffin.  

Ms Yvonne Langford, 245 Meriwether Street, addressed the Commission regarding concerns with the parking changes in the 200 block of Meriwether Street. Parking spaces were moved from parallel on both sides of the street to angled parking on the south side of the street. These changes took away the loading zone and took all of the customer parking from the odd number side to the street and moved those parking places to the even numbered side of Meriwether street. The loss of the loading zone created a problem for UPS, FEDEX, U.S.  Postal Service and paper delivery companies to businesses.

The commissioners by a 7/0 vote voted to change the parking back to parallel parking like it was before.

The commissioners denied a variance request from Southern Digital Displays to reduce the front yard setback from seventy five feet to forty five feet and the side yard setback from seventy five feet to ten feet for a proposed billboard sign at 1108 Zebulon Rd. Based upon Staff evaluation, the applicant’s request does not meet the hardship requirements as set forth in the Variance application.

The commissioners approved on first reading an ordinance requesting the de- annexation of approximately 30 +/- acres located along Williamson Road just west of South Pine Hill Road to include property known as tax parcel numbers 054 Block 01 Lot 001 submitted by Bankston Properties LLC. In order to qualify for USDA Grant Funding, the property needs to be considered rural to meet the grant qualification restrictions.

Approved a Resolution to submit the 2015 Community Development Block Grant  application for $500,000 to the Georgia Department of Community Affairs to make public water and sewer infrastructure improvements in the Northeast Griffin low-income area (Zone 7 & 8). This area includes portions of Jefferson Street, Adams Street, Washington Street,  E. Tinsley, E. Quilly Street, E Central Avenue, E Broadway, N 2nd Street N. 3rd Street, N 4th Street and N 5th Street.

The Commissioners tabled at this time a Resolution providing direction and authority for the acquisition of real property located at 722 North Hill Street, to be used for construction of the N. Sixth Street Realignment Project. 

Approved a supplemental resolution to ratify final acquisition of land interests required for Georgia Department of Transportation for City of Griffin Intersection Improvements.  The Board approved a Resolution to Acquire the interests in land needed for this project on September 9, 2014, and set the terms and conditions for initial offers to land owners. This Project required acquisition of 2 parcels in their entirety due to uneconomic remnants; in addition, the City elected to acquire the entirety of 2 other parcels to allow for passive parks and landscaping of this transportation corridor.

The Commissioners approved the purchase of two (2) 2015 Dodge Durango SUV’s from Akin’s Ford Dodge, state contract vendor, in the amount of $58,344 and equipment and installation by Trans-Comm Services in the amount of $8055. These vehicles will replace two retired units. The new vehicles were approved as 2014 models in a previous request. Vendor was unable to provide the vehicles in the 2014 model year.

Approved the purchase of a 2015 Dodge Journey in the amount of $27,039 from Cronic Dodge under State contract, and the installation of equipment in the amount of $600 by TransComm Services, for the Police Department using asset forfeiture funds. This vehicle will be utilized by the Special Investigative Unit.

Approved:  of Phase II of the Way Finding Sign Program to Creative Design Signs in the amount of $86,240.00 for Public Works of the Public Works and Utilities Department. The Way Finding program was competitively bid and Creative Design Signs was awarded the contract for this Project in 2013-2014. The signs Type C (yellow) coded are Vehicular Directional Signs; the Type G (green) coded are Parking ID signs. Signs C to be located along GA SR16 and GA SR155 and  at Parking locations. COG received a Tourism Product Development Grant of $20,000.00 to support this effort.

Approved of a task order to Burns-McDonnell for the development of construction documents for the integration of a Variable Frequency Drive unit for Still Branch Water Treatment Plant in the amount of $147,300.00. A high pressure pump was rendered in-operative and currently is under evaluation by the insurance adjuster for the cause of failure.

Approved the purchase of a Toro Groundsmaster 360 turf mower from Jerry Pate Turf in the amount of $26,168.83 off state contract for the City of Griffin Municipal Golf Course of the Public Works and Utilities Department.  And a 2015 F150 pickup truck from lowest bidder, Speedway Ford for $24,021.88 and a 2015 F150 pick up truck from Speedway Ford in the amount of $21,506.00 and declare surplus the existing 2001 Dodge 1500 pickup truck with 210,000 miles.

Also approved the purchase a 2015 F-350 Service Truck off state contract from Speedway Ford in the amount of $43,168.00 and surplus the existing 1999 F350 truck with 234,652 miles for the Water and Wastewater Department .

Approved a professional services agreement with Hazen and Sawyer for the Engineer of Record of the City of Griffin’s Category I Dams as required by Georgia Environmental Protection Division for the Water and Wastewater Department of the Public Works and Utilities Department.  The Georgia Safe Dams Program requires that a state approved engineer of record be responsible to review category one dams.

Approved completion of the Griffin Power Line Construction and Technical Services facility being constructed at the former Thomas Packing site. The project will be completed under budget and ahead of schedule.

Approved authorizing the City Attorney to work with our local legislative delegation to introduce local legislation to increase the City of Griffin Hotel / Motel tax from 7% to 8%.  Based on a presentation by the Main Street Chairman at the City goals workshop on February 10, the consensus of the Commission was to increase the tax to the same amount the county was proposing which is 8%. The 1% increase would result in an increase in anticipated City revenue of $8570.

The Commissioners approved travel expenses for Commissioner Morrow to attend the GMA Spring Legislative Policy Council Meeting, April 29-30, 2015 in Athens, Georgia. Lodging will be $119.00; travel to Athens will be $92.40; and meals $100.00, for a total expenditure of $311.40.  This is a budgeted expense for City Commission Travel.

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Early Tuesday afternoon units of the Griffin Police Department responded to a look out for a shoplifter that was last  seen leaving the Dollar Store on Zebulon Road.
LT Mike Richardson told WKEU news that the lookout was for a black female who was lager intensified as Rorqual Harps age 24 of Griffin.  Officers Tod Harris and Terry Jackson spotted the vehicle and followed it from Poplar and 10 th Streets to Taylor Street where the vehicle, a Black Camaro, then made a left turn.  The vehicle was pulled over at the McDonalds on Taylor Street.  Investigator, Lieutenant Mike Richardson assisted the patrolmen and the female then attempted to run form officers. Lieutenant Richardson chased the female to the 600 block of Solomon Street where she attempted to hide behind a house.  The individual was taken into custody and is facing Obstruction and fleeing from an officer, also she was held until Spalding Deputies Arrived at the scene and took custody of the female who has been charged with Shop Lifting.  She remains in the Spalding County Jail.

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Griffin Spalding School System Lunchroom Inspections Conclude “No Violations”

Griffin-Spalding County School System (GSCS) asked the Spalding County Health Inspectors to complete inspections on all GSCS schools. No areas of concern or violations were reported.

Spalding County Environmental Health County Manager Kelly S. Andrews stated, “We checked all milk dates, the chicken being used as well as cook temperatures for the chicken. We found that all milk dates were current (not expired), no raw chicken was found in any schools and cook temperatures for chicken were in correct parameters. Only commercially precooked chicken is being used. All chicken that has been re-heated from frozen was logged in temperature ranges between 165 degrees and 200 degrees. This is well above the regulation to reheat commercially precooked foods for hot holding to 135 degrees.”

All GSCS school nutrition sites are required to undergo a full health/food safety inspection twice each year to assure that sites meet guidelines for sanitation and food handling. Typically one inspection is done in the fall and the other in the spring. Scores from the latest fall inspections were:

A.Z. Kelsey Academy 100 Anne Street Elementary 100                   Atkinson Elementary 100

Beaverbrook Elementary 100                                                                       Cowan Road Elementary 100

Crescent Elementary 97                                                                                 Futral Road Elementary 100

Jackson Road Elementary 100                                                                    Jordan Hill Elementary 100

Moore Elementary 100                                                                                   Moreland Road Elementary 100

Orrs Elementary 97                                                                                          Cowan Road Middle 100

Carver Road Middle 100                                                                                Kennedy Road Middle 100

Rehoboth Middle 100                                                                                     Griffin High School 100 Spalding High School 100

Enrichment Center 100

GSCS Nutrition Director Laura Youmans stated, “GSCS School Nutrition strives to provide the highest standard of food safety and sanitation at each of our sites. We are proud to have health safety scores that consistently rank among the highest in Spalding County.”

The annual spring inspection should occur prior to the end of the school year.

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Dr. Curtis L. Jones, Jr., superintendent of the Griffin-Spalding County School System will join nearly 2,000 other school leaders at the American Association of School Administrators annual conference.  This annual conference brings public education’s best thought leaders under one roof.

Dr. Jones represents superintendents on the AASA Governing Board and is the Georgia School Superintendents’ Association president-elect.

Dr Jones said.  “I look forward to spending three days studying these important education topics.The speakers are dynamic and the thought-provoking sessions will help guide our planning.”



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Terri Colling has advised WKEU news that early voting  for the March 17th Special Election will begin Monday February 23rd  and continue through Friday March 13th.  Voting will be Monday through Friday 8 am – 5 pm each day.  The early voting event is held at 825 Memorial Drive.  Photo ID is required for early voting.  Please call 770-467-4245 with questions. Yoiu can hear complete Election coverage on WKEU AM 1450 and the Rock 88.9 FM Georgia Pubic Radio.



The Spalding County Parks & Recreation Department is currently accepting nominations for the “Bain Proctor Award for Volunteerism.” Any resident of Spalding County who has volunteered his/her service to benefit the community may be nominated for this award. The individual nominated should not have received compensation of any type for their service. Nominations should include the following:

1. A cover page with the nominee’s name and address, the name of the person submitting the nomination, contact information, and the name of the nominating association or organization if any.

2.  A maximum of a one-page (12 point font, 1-inch margins) statement documenting the nominees volunteer service to Spalding County and it’s citizens.
Nominations will be accepted until the close of the business on March 4, 2015. Nomination packets must be submitted to the:

Parks and Recreation Administrative Office
843 Memorial Drive
Griffin, Georgia 30223
For more information, please call 770-467-4750.

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Thousands of military retirees in Georgia are suppoting a new House Bill that will provide state income tax free exemption to all militar retirees.  Many states now support their veteran retirees in this way.

House Bill 167 was introduced in the Georgia Legislature on 2 February 2015. The act is to provide a state income tax free exemption on all military retirement compensation. The bill has been submitted to the house ways and means committee for further staffing and hopefully brought back to the floor for a vote. The Governor is supporting this initiative.  Veterans are asked to please contact your local representative and encourage them to support this bill. Please relay to all retirees that you know and encourage them to build the support.  If you are active military and not retired, please support as well, you will be one day! Write your State Representative and encourage them and the members of the Ways and Means Committee to vote yes!!  Links are listed below.


Here is a link to State Representatives List.  Once you find your Representative just click on the name to send an email.
Sheriff Wendell Beam reminds all area residents that Spalding County citizens are continuing to receive phone calls from people identifying themselves as members of the Spalding County Sheriff’s Office. The caller tells the citizen a warrant has been issued for their arrest or the arrest of a family member for failure to report for Jury Duty. The citizen is told they can avoid arrest by purchasing a Green Dot Money Card. The caller provides a phone number to the citizen to call once the card is purchased. I am encouraging any citizen who receives a call of this type, not to purchase any type of money card or provide any type of payment. Please report any type of activity of this type to your local law enforcement agency.