SPALDNG PARKS AND RECREATION DEPARTMENT.

SPALDNG PARKS AND RECREATION DEPARTMENT.

SPALDING COUNTY PARKS & RECREATION  ANNOUNCES ADULT BASKETBALL REGISTRATION
Spalding County Parks and Recreation will be accepting registration for the
2014-2015
Men’s Open and Men’s Industrial
Basketball Leagues
From
November 3, 2014 through December 1, 2014
At the
Spalding County Parks and Recreation Administrative Offices
843 Memorial Drive
Griffin, GA
Applications will be accepted Monday through Friday
From 9:00 a.m. until 4:30 p.m.
Only team registration will be accepted.
The entry fee for both leagues will be $450.00 per team.
Payment must be made at the time of registration.
No personal checks will be accepted.
For more information please contact
Robby Milner at 770-467-4750.

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CITY OF GRIFFIN BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS TUESDAY, OCTOBER 28, 2014  6:00 P.M.

The first order of business at the Griffin City Commissioners meeting Tuesday October 28 th The Commissioners approved a proposal to “Honor our KIA”.  John Carlisle was present to address the commissioners. “Honor Our KIA” is a concept conceived by Mr. Carlisle to honor our service men and woman who were killed in action from WWI to present. A committee has been formed to implement the plan.

The Commissioners approved to amend the City of Griffin’s General Fund Fiscal Year 2015 Operating and Capital Budget in the amount of $11,574.00; transfer $11,573.87 to General Fund Operating Cash from Confiscated Assets Griffin Police Department Fund Cash (which consists of unrestricted donations and court orders for abandoned property), to be used by the police department to purchase Honor Guard uniforms and advertising/promotional materials. Honor Guard uniforms will be used for special events and ceremonies.  Advertising and promotional materials will be used to enhance community relationship and visibility.

Approved:  a Master Services Agreement between the City Of Griffin and Brown & Caldwell for Landfill and Solid Waste System Engineering and Consulting Services. This allows the City to engage in EPD mandated inspection and corrective action issues as well as minor modification requests, new cell construction design , post closure reporting and monitoring and other required landfill operational and logistical tasks. These issues were previously by a firm who has moved to Baltimore and cannot serve the City’s needs. Brown & Caldwell has hired one of their Engineers who is familiar with the Landfill and was part of the project design as well as 12 years working with the City. This agreement is not to exceed FY/15 approved budget for Professional Services of $29,650.

Approved  to amend the City of Griffin’s Fiscal Year 2015 Operating and Capital Budget by reallocating $3,605.00 from contract labor line item to equipment rental line item from Transfer Station Division in Solid Waste Utility Fund. The transfer of these funds is necessary to pay for the rental of a heavy wheeled loader to facilitate the unloading and installation of the new sort line equipment currently being delivered to the Recycling Center. Funds are available due to the FY14-15 contract labor budget being delayed by o month which equates to $4,160 that will not be expended.

Approved a Resolution authorizing the acquisition of a new Caterpillar 950K Wheel Loader from Yancey Brothers Co., in the amount of $354,835, and authorizing a Multiyear Lease,  with Caterpillar Financial Services Corp., for an Initial Term expiring 12/31/14 and 5 annual renewal terms, at rate not to exceed 3.2%.  Amount Financed is $355,835 (includes equipment price and document fee of $500.00); Total Obligation not to exceed $418,836.60 (includes balloon payment of $85,354.00, due 11/3/19).

Approved a Resolution amending the FY 15 Budget to transfer funds between accounts in order to pay the lease payment due December 3, 2014; this is the only lease obligation due in FY 15.

This piece of equipment is essential to operate the City Transfer Station and meet operational requirements for the Recycling Program. This equipment will replace a 2001 Volvo L120 Loader, which is no longer fiscally feasible to repair as cost of engine replacement exceeds net value of the unit. This unit will be declared surplus and sold at auction on GovDeals.com.

Approved to re-task Airport Improvement Program (AIP) grant monies and amend the budget accordingly. The airport’s approved FY 15 budget includes $269,000. FAA AIP grant monies to construct a fence around the current GS-Airfield.  On 8 October, 2014 the FAA has approved the construction of a replacement airport for Griffin-Spalding County.  All new AIP grant money will be used for the new airport.  On 11 August 2014, the Airport Authority unanimously agreed that in the event a new replacement airport was approved, the money budgeted for the fence will be re-allocated to new airport initiatives.  Two items, a New Airport Layout Plan (ALP) & an airport Property Boundary Survey and Plat are necessary to initiate the new airport process.  These items have been reviewed by FAA / GDOT and approved for AIP grants.  The Authority requests that the City & County authorize re-tasking the $269,000 to be re-allocated to the new airport ALP and airfield Property & Boundary Survey.

Approved to amend the City of Griffin – Spalding County Airport Authority Fiscal Year 2015 Operating and Capital Budget in the amount of $28,000.00. This agenda and amendment serves to correct the current year budget since the City’s Board approved the purchase back in December 2013 (Fiscal Year 2014). The truck was subsequently delivered and invoiced in fiscal year 2015, thus crossing fiscal years and therefore requires a budget amendment for correct budget presentation.

Approved to purchase from the lowest and most responsive bidder, Presidio Networked Solutions, a battery back-up power system in the amount of $34,889.69 for the City’s server room and Electric Operations control room. This back-up power system will allow all equipment maintained in the server room to run without interruption for one hour in the event of an extended power outage.  The smaller unit that was in place before SCADA will be sold on GovDeals.com.

Approved  to amend the City of Griffin’s Fiscal Year 2013-2014 Operating and Capital Budget for Federal Emergency Management Association (FEMA) fund in the amount of $207,940 for expenditures resulting from winter storms. Storm related expenditures will be reimbursed by FEMA.

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After the arrest of former police chief Jim Roberts, a Molena police reserve officer was also  arrested Monday, Oct. 27th for making false statements to the GBI.
Adam Sampler was booked into Spalding County Jail Monday morning. GBI Special Agent In Charge Chris De Marco said Sampler was arrested for giving false statements to GBI investigators during the course of the investigation into allegations against Jim Roberts Sampler was also a full time officer in Jonesboro and was terminated from his job in Jonesboro on Monday. He had also worked for the Spalding County Sheriff’s Office in the past.
The former Molena Chief, Jim Roberts was released on a $44,000 bond on Oct. 22 from the Pike County jail. Two additional charges have been filed against Roberts by the GBI, including violation of oath of office and making false writings. He also faces two charges of sodomy solicitation of juveniles under 17 years old and felony theft by conversion. Roberts, 45, was arrested Oct. 15th after a GBI investigation into his actions as Molena’s Police Chief. According to Sherry Lang of the GBI, Roberts solicited several young men for sex and used his position as police chief to gain their trust. Lang said Roberts provided one of the young men with his personal code and key from Molena to obtain gas to fill up the young man’s vehicle. Before becoming Molena’s Police Chief, Roberts was Police Chief for Jonesboro. After a GBI investigation in October of 2006, Roberts resigned from that department according to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.
According to John Bankhead of the GBI, the investigation was about property seized by the department and how that property was disposed.
District Attorney at the time Jewel Scott said the item under investigation was a moped but gave no other details. Roberts faced no criminal charges but GBI agents were seeking a warrant to arrest a sergeant under his command.
If convicted of any of the charges Roberts could lose his Police Office Standards and Training from (POST) The Academy in Forsyth.  Losing his Certification will make him  unable to serve as a law enforcement officer in the future. The Peace Officer Standards and Training council is in charge of issuing certifications to law enforcement officers. “There are provisions in the code section that says basically what we issue, we also have the responsibility when officers get in trouble, to investigate that and take it to our council for a possible disciplinary action,” said Ryan Powell, public information officer for Georgia Police Officer Standards and Training Council in Forsyth.  WKEU news would like thank Waler Geige and the Pike Journal Reporter for their assistance in this news story.

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PHOTOS COURTESY OF WALTER GEIGER AND THE BARNESVILLE HERALD GAZETTE.

On Saturday Lama County Sheriffs Department Officials, EMT Personnel, and Emory Air Flight based at the Griffin Spalding Airport responded to the scene of a injured male that was blown off the back of a truck traveling northbound on Veterans Parkway near Fred’s.  The man was in the back of the pickup truck trying to keep a mattress in the bed of the truck when a wind blast blew the mattress and the man from the bed of the truck and into the roadway. Johnny “Pee Wee” Zellner age 62 of Barnesville died about three hours after the accident of head and other injuries.
The incident occurred just after 4:00 p.m. on Saturday afternoon. Zellner was reportedly unconscious and was bleeding from both ears. A landing zone for the helicopter was established near Ace Hardware. Where Zellner was air lifted by Emory Air Flight Helicopter Air Ambulance to a Trauma Unit. The incident remains under investigation and more information is expected to be released later.

 

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The Griffin Bears won big on Friday night as the Griffin Bears were in Zebulon to take on the Pike County Pirates.  The Bears won 57 to 7.

With a rolup of the Game with WKEU Sports Director Tony Broski click below.

 

 

 

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For the first time the combined win totals of Griffin Bears and Spalding Jaguars broke the 100 mark.  The Spalding Jaguars hosted Riverdale at Memorial Stadium in Griffin.  The Jaguars won 47 to 20 over Riverdale.   The Jaguars were broadcast on WKEU AM 1450 and streamed live on the world wide web from our website wkeuradio.com with Tim Shepherd and Ken Bozeman doing the Play by Play.

For a rollup of the Spalding Game click below.

 

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The Pike County Sheriff Jimmy Thomas has advised WKEU news that his Department received a complaint of two individuals posing as Georgia Bureau of Investigation Agents and passing counterfeit payroll checks several weeks ago. During the on-going  investigation it was learned that the two suspects were wearing law enforcement attire including gun belts and appeared to be armed with hand guns.
Investigators coordinated with other law enforcement agencies to determine the extent of the individuals activities, and found that numerous counterfeit checks had been passed in other counties during which the suspects represented themselves as law enforcement personnel. At this time it is believed that thousands of dollars were illicitly gained through the cashing of these checks.
The suspects were identified by investigators as Troy Shane McCranie (48 years of age) and Charles Levy Jones (39 years of age). McCranie was found to have no permanent address as he moved amongst different motels on a regular basis. Jones was residing in Lithonia.
The duo was tracked down at a motel in the city of Mcdonough at which time they were confronted and arrested by Investigators. At the time of arrest McCranie was wearing duty gear commonly used by law enforcement with an apparent weapon in his holster, this later was found to be a BB gun.
Jones attempted to flee into a bathroom during which he was arrested and found to have disposed of two BB pistols that were very similar to real handguns.
A large amount of evidence was found on the suspects and in their vehicle. These items included methamphetamine, counterfeit checks, counterfeit drivers licenses and social security cards, computers and printers used to manufacture all of the fraudulent items. Clothing in the vehicle was also found to have been altered to appear as law enforcement issued equipment by affixing patches that had been made that are commonly associated with law enforcement.
Pike, Upson, Spalding, Fayette , Lamar and Henry counties have all been struck by the suspects during their crime spree. As checks are processed by local banks it is possible that additional charges will be forthcoming.
The pair are currently housed in the Pike County Jail and are facing the following charges: Impersonating a Police Officer, printing , executing fictitious checks, Identity Fraud, Possession of tools during commission of a crime , manufacturing false ID documents and Forgery. Numerous other charges are expected as other agencies compile the crimes committed in their jurisdictions.
McCranie was currently on bond in Carroll County for additional Forgery charges.

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THE BLACK CAT HUNT OCTOBER 23RD

The annual  Black Cat Hunt was held Thursday night October 23, 2014. The Black Cat Hunt was aired on WKEU AM 1450 and on the world wide web from our website wkeuradio.com.  The WKEU vans were set up at Griffin’s Bank The First National Bank main branch located at 318 South Hill Street. Six little black cats were hidden  around Griffin . WKEU’s Ted Taylor and Tony Broski broadcast the event again this year. The Black Cat Hunt started at 7:30.

Black Cat number 1 was located at the old Golden’s Super Market in Experiment and was found by Sharman  Brannon of Concord.

Cat number 2 was hiding at Kirby-Risk on Harlow Avenue and was found by Ashley Horton of Griffin.:

Number 3 was located at Griffin Office Park and was found by Tanya Chaney of Griffin

Number 4 was located  at Sacred Heart Church on MacArthur Drive.  It was claimed by Mary Passmore of Griffin. :

Number 5 was found longing at the office of State Farm agent Rita Johnson on Lucky Street, and was found by Ashley Buffington of Griffin

Number 6 was located at Hobbs Pharmacy and  was located by Williamson resident Sierra McLemore

WKEU would like to thank Griffins Bank First National Bank 318 South Hill Street Main Office  for allowing WKEU to use their facility. First National is always the host of the Black Cat Hunts and we again thank Chuck Copeland and his staff for their gracious and dedicated supports to WKEU and the Family Event the Black Cat Hunt.  Also a special thanks to our sponsors that made the broadcast possible, and the many prizes that were given away each of those sponsors believe as we do that the family events like the Black Cat Hunt, and others is a time for families to build memories for a lifetime, and we thank you all for participating in the 2014 black cat hunt.

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Wednesday afternoon units of the Griffin Police Department Traffic units, and  Salding Regional EMS  responded to a 911 call indicating that a SUV type vehicle had stuck a building close to the intersection of South Hill Street, and Taylor Street.  Upon arrival at the location the investigators found that the driver apparently lost control of her vehicle and the SUV then struck the building.  The driver was not injured however there was damage to the SUV and Building. Traffic at the location was tied up until the vehicle, and all debris could be removed from the scene.
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Sheriff Wendell Beam has advised WKEU that on Wednesday, October 22, 2014 at approximately 2:25 p.m. Deputies from the Spalding County Sheriff’s Office received a report of a gunshot victim at Cole’s Corner Convenience Store located at 7051 Newnan Road, Spalding County.   Deputies were informed the male victim entered the store and told employees he had been shot. The male was treated for injuries to his face and leg at the scene by Spalding Regional Emergency Medical Technicians. The victim was flown by Emory Life Flight to the Atlanta Medical Center. The investigation is continuing into the incident by the Spalding County Sheriff’s Office Criminal Investigation Division.

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Pike County Sheriff’ Jimmy Thomas has issued a press release that his Deputies responded to a report of a burglary in progress call Wednesday  morning shortly before 8:00 a.m. on Sands Road in Molena. Upon arrival deputies arrested Scotty Oneal (37 years of age) after he had been held at gun point by a neighbor. The caller stated that she had heard someone try to come in the back door to her residence during which time she fled to a neighbors house to call 911. The neighbor in turn went to her residence to confront the suspect.
 
Oneal was not to believed to have randomly targeted the residence as he was known to the victims as an acquaintance of the family. He is currently in the Pike County Jail for Criminal attempt to commit burglary and an outstanding violation of probation warrant.

The Spalding Commissioners Met Tuesday night October 20th.  

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The first order of business the Commissioners aproved a Proclamation declaring “Make A Difference Day in Spalding County”,  “Make a Difference Day” focuses on unifying the community and building pride throughout the County. 

The Commissioners approved on second reading an Ordinance amending the FY 2015 Budget Ordinance to provide for the 2015 tax levy.

Approved by a 4/1 vote the Memorandum of Agreement between the FAA, the City of Griffin, Spalding County and the Griffin-Spalding County Airport Authority for replacement of the Griffin-Spalding County Airport.

 

Approved a request of the Spalding County Sheriff’s Office to allow the Sheriff’s Junior Deputy Program to utilize 837 Memorial Drive from November 17th – 22nd for storage and distribution of fruit for their annual fruit box fundraiser.

Approved a contract with S.A.F.E., Inc. to provide Veterinary Services for the Animal Shelter to comply with the Spay/Neuter before adoption ordinance.

The commissioners tabled for further discussion eliminating the Tobacco Surcharge for County Employees scheduled to go into effect on January 1. 2015.

On a request from Commissioner Flowers-Taylor the commissioners discussed the Conservation Use Valuation Assessment and how it relates to the zoning of properties. Some county residents had been given misinformation about eligibility to the zoning of their property. The Board of Assessors are the only group that can deny or approve Land Unit Conservation.

On a request from Commissioner Flowers-Taylor a workshop was scheduled to address changes to the Future Land Use Map and Overlay Zones. She feels that growth trends in the county are not going as originally mapped.   

On a request from Commissioner Flowers-Taylor the commission discussed departmental dress codes and the County-Wide dress code in the Spalding County Personnel Ordinance. A workshop for further discussion was set up for November 8th.

The commissioners canceled:  the Board of Commissioners November 17 and December 15 due to the holiday season and people traveling during this period of time.

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Former Griffin resident Master Sergeant Gary Head Jr. of Special Forces Green Beret of the United States Army and son of Gary Head of Newnan, formerly of Griffin, and grandson of well known Griffin resident and businessman the late James Head has been selected to lay a wreath on the Grave of  President John F. Kennedy on Tuesday at Arlington National Cemetery.  Master Sergeant Head is a graduate of the Youth Challenge Academy at Fort Stewart.  Following his graduation he joined the United States Army and was accepted into the Green Beret Special Forces.  He is a highly decorated, and respected Special Forces’s Soldier. One of the most respected soldiers of the Special Forces Green Berets.
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During President Kennedy’s tenure, the Special Forces regiment grew by seven Special Forces groups.    (Not long after a visit to Fort Bragg in 1961 with then-Special Forces commander, Brig. Gen. William P. Yarborough, Kennedy authorized the Green Beret as the official headgear of the U.S. Army Special Forces.Kennedy sent a message to Yarborough after the capabilities demonstration he received on the visit Fort Bragg. The message in part read: “The challenge of this old but new form of operations is a real one and I know that you and the members of your Command will carry on for us and the free world in a manner which is both worthy and inspiring. I am sure that the Green Beret will be a mark of distinction in the trying times ahead.”Special Forces Soldiers train at the school which bears Kennedy’s namesake, the United States Army John F. Kennedy Special Warfare Center and School.)
WKEU, the Griffin Area, Georgia and indeed our Nation feel a great sense of pride in the Green Beret Soldiers and especially Master Sergeant Head for being selected for this great honor.
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THE BLACK CAT HUNT OCTOBER 23RD.
The tradition continues with the annual  Black Cat Hunt set for Thursday October 23, 2014. The Black Cat Hunt will be aired on WKEU AM 1450 and on our live stream as well from our website wkeuradio.com.  WKEU will be set up at Griffin’s Bank The First National Bank main branch located at 318 South Hill Street. Once again six little back cats will be hidden  around Griffin and Spalding County. WKEU’s Ted Taylor and Tony Broski will broadcast the event once again this year. The Black Cat Hunt will start at 7:30 pm. Thursday October 23, 2014.  WKEU wishes everyone best of luck and Happy Halloween. 

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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

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 GRIFFIN CITY COMMISSINERS DICK MORROW (L) RYAN MCLEMORE (R)
Friday afternoon was a benchmark day for Griffin, Spalding County, the surrounding areas, the University of Georgia Griffin Campus and the State of Georgia. A groundbreaking ceremony for the new University of Georgia Griffin Campus Food Technology Center.  Citizens from Griffin, business owners, City and County Commissioners, executives, and many other area residents attended the event.  The groundbreaking was at 3:00 Friday afternoon October 12 th.  Attending were University of Georgia President Jere Morehead, who was master of ceremonies,  Chuck Copeland Chairman of the Griffin Spalding Industrial Development Authority, State Representative David Knight, Dr. Tommy Hopkins who also serves as a Regent for the University System of Georgia and Governor Nathan Deal. 
The Governor said that he totally supported the new Food Technology Center as food processing, and distribution, packaging, and marketing are a hallmark of the billion dollar business each year in Georgia. The new facility will allow new business owners to be guided in product development, packaging, food safety, consumer acceptance, and marketing. 
The Governor also remarked about the support of the State Legislature that approved the 3 million dollars to make the building a reality for Georgia and the Griffin Area. One million dollars was also added by the Griffin Spalding Industrial Development Authority, and  the University of Georgia. The Governor also said that the new Food Processing, Innovation and Commercialization building will be a one of its kind in the South East and was sorely needed due to the world renowned work done at the Griffin Campus in food research, safety, and processing in a much smaller facility that they had long out grown. The Governor said that not only do major manufacturers like Kraft, General Mills, but smaller manufacturers and distributors depend on the UGA Griffin campus each year.
Governor Deal also mentioned that next year he will be back in Griffin to be at the groundbreaking for the new TURF building. “Turf Grass is a multi- billion dollar business for the State”, said Governor Deal he also added “Ground Zero” for the Nation is right here at the UGA Griffin Campus.  This is where UGA’s on going research attracts visitors from all over the Nation, and indeed the world, to visit Georgia and Griffin in particular. 
The event was attended by Dr. Jerry Arkin former Dean of the Griffin Campus who retired earlier this month.  The PIC Building is a culmination of years of work by Dr. Arkin, the UGA staff at the UGA Griffin Campus, with coordination with the Griffin Spalding Industrial Development Authority, and the State Legislature.

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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.

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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

 

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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 

 

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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.

First Presbyterian Church of Griffin, located at 1349 Macon Road, would like to invite all to their Scottish heritage worship service, The Kirkin’ o’ the Tartans.  The celebration will be held on Sunday, October 26, 2014 at the 11:00 a.m. service.  Scottish attire is encourage, but not required.  For additional information contact the Church office at 770-227-2055.
A bit of history about the KIRKING OF THE TARTANS

This Sunday all over the world many churches will observe the Kirkin’ o’ the’ Tartans, a celebration of Scottish heritage and culture. And you may ask yourself What is The Kirking of the Tartans?

  • Kirking, from the Scottish Gaelic word kirk which means church, in this usage means “blessing.”
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  • Tartans are the traditional plaid emblems of Scottish clans represented in unevenly spaced colored lines and rectangles on woven wool cloth.

The Kirkin’ o’ the Tartans service was created or “revived” during World War II byReverend Peter Marshall, perhaps best known by the biographical book and film A Man Called Peter — who was originally from southwest Scotland and at one time pastor of the New York Avenue Presbyterian Church in Washington, D.C. In 1947 he served as Chaplain of the U.S. Senate. In order to encourage Scottish-Americans to sign up to fight on behalf of Great Britain, Peter Marshall recreated the Kirkin’ o’ the Tartans ceremony to try to instill pride among Scottish-Americans in their Scottish homeland. The ceremony was at that time held in Presbyterian churches of Scottish heritage across the US. Today, the celebration is not limited to Presbyterian churches, but is found in Episcopalian, Methodist, Roman Catholic, Orthodox, and other denominations across the world. Now, in present day celebration, the Highlander patriotism, faithfulness, and strong independence are remembered by the displaying of tartans and public parade of the clans to the sound of the bagpipe.

While often celebrated on Reformation Sunday the last Sunday in October, Kirkin’s are also celebrated at other times of the year, as on St. Andrew’s Day — the patron saint of Scotland — on November 30, and Tartan Day on April 6. In 1954, the Kirkin‘ service was moved to the National Cathedral (Episcopal) in Washington — home of the Episcopal diocese of Washington — where it is still held to the present day.

In churches, and even at Scottish Highland Games, the Kirkin’ is celebrated by Scots — and those who would be Scots — accompanied by prayer, scripture, preaching, blessing, bagpipe, and of course, the singing of Amazing Grace.

Bill MacPetro, your friendly neighborhood historian
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