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AMERICAN LEGION POST 197 ZEBULON.

The American Legion Post 197 in Zebulon wants to help honor veterans of the Vietnam War in conjunction with the 50th Anniversary Commemoration of the Vietnam War.

The Georgia Department of Veterans Service recently created the Vietnam War Certificate of Honor program to honor each of the 234,000 Vietnam War veterans.

Members of the local Post 197 will collect the data needed and hold a special ceremony to present each pike county veteran with their Certificate of Honor.

“We would like for all local Vietnam veterans to be honored and we need them to contact us with information on their service,” said American Legion Department of Georgia 4th District Commander and Post 197 Adjutant Bill Payton Sr. “We will hold a special event on the courthouse square to officially present them with their certificates.”

Each certificate will be personalized with the Vietnam War veteran’s name, rank, branch of service and dates of service, printed over the Seal of the State of Georgia and includes the official U.S. Department of Defense’s Vietnam War Commemorative Partner logo.

Local Vietnam veterans can email the above information to pikepost197@gmail.com or stop by American Legion Post 197 on Old Meansville Road from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Thursdays and from 12 noon to 5 p.m. Saturdays.

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In conjunction with the 50th Anniversary Commemoration of the Vietnam War, the State of Georgia wants to honor every one of its 234,000 Vietnam War veterans.

To accomplish this goal, the Georgia Department of Veterans Service, in partnership with the Office of Governor Nathan Deal, has created the Vietnam War Certificate of Honor program.

Every Georgia veteran with honorable service during the Vietnam War is eligible to receive this certificate.

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(This includes veterans with service in country and those who served in other capacities.)

With the help of veterans service organizations, word of mouth, and local media support, these Certificates of Honor will be ceremonially presented to every Vietnam War veteran in Georgia.

Each certificate is personalized with the Vietnam War veteran’s name, rank, branch of service, and dates of service printed over the Seal of the State of Georgia and includes the official U.S. Department of Defense’s Vietnam War Commemorative Partner logo.

FOR MORE INFORMATION CONTACT YOUR LOCAL VETERANS OFFICE OR:

GEORGIA DEPARTMENT OF VETERANS SERVICES

Floyd Veterans Memorial Building, Suite E-970

Atlanta, Georgia 30334-4800

404-656-2300

gavetsvc@vs.state.ga.us

 

 

 

The Griffin Bears used a strong second half performance to blow past the Henry County Warhawks 36-21 in their 2015 season opener Friday night at Memorial Stadium.
The young Bears, in their first game since losing the most successful four year class in school history, played tentatively through the opening two quarters, a span marred by penalties and three untimely turnovers. Senior Isaiah Spruill tallied Griffin’s only score of the half, scoring from 7 yards out on the first play of the second quarter; Adan Morales booted the point after to put the Bears out front. Henry County got on the board with 4:44 remaining before the break. A fumbled punt gave the Warhawks good field position which they coverted into six points on a Dominique Joseph 31 yard touchdown scamper. The Bears blocked the subsequent point after try which allowed them to take a 7-6 lead into the locker room.
Whatever was said at the half by Bears’ head coach Jarrett Laws was taken to heart. Griffin needed just 1:09 to extend the lead  to 14-6 thanks to a Dedrick Tyus 5 yard scoring run while he again found the end zone to cap the Bears next drive, this time from 11 yards out to extend the gap to 21-6. Early in the fourth quarter Quintavious Lindsey added a 10 yard touchdown run before Henry County, on the next play from scrimmage, got an 80 yard scoring pass from Joseph to his twin brother Dan Joseph to pull to within 29-12. The Bears closed the scoring on the night after a 13 yard jaunt by Jamal Harris to account for the 36-12 final.
Quietly the Griffin offense amassed 540 yards of offense, parlaying 37 rushing attempts into 309 yards while junior quarterback Tylan Morton completed 14 of 27 passes for 231 yards with one interception.
The Bears next game is on the slate for Friday night, September 4 when Burke County visits Memorial Stadium. The Bears from Waynesboro will enter the contest ranked in many of the statewide polls in AAAA sporting a 2-0 record after wins over Statesboro and Jefferson County. Kickoff time is 7:30 and you can hear the game on AM 1450 and 88.9 FM The Rock with the Bears Tailgate Show setting the stage at 6 PM. You can also listen to the game live here at wkeuradio.com.

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Terry Colling Elections Supervisor for Spalding County has announced qualifying dates.

Monday August 31 starts the Qualifying for City of Griffin Council Members Qualifying will end Friday September 4 at 4:30 pm.

Candidates will qualify in the elections & voter registration office located at 825 Memorial Drive

The City Elections will be for 4 year term beginning January 1, 2016.  Those District seats up for election are:

District 2 – Currently held by Cora Flowers

District 4 – Currently held by Joann Todd (will not seek re-election)

At-Large – Currently held by Doug Hollberg

Candidate qualifications are as follows:

Must be at least 18 years old

Must have lived in the City of Griffin at least 12 months prior to qualifying

Must be a registered voter

Must have lived in the district for at least 6 months prior to qualifying

Must remain in the district for term if elected

The Qualifying fee:

$403.20

For additional information you may contact Terry Colling Elections Supervisor – Spalding County P.O. Box 1087, 825 Memorial Drive, Griffin, GA  30224 770-467-4370

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Sheriff Wendell Beam has advised WKEU news that on Thursday, August 27, 2015, at 8:34 PM, Deputies received a report of a disturbance at Ponderosa Mobile Home Park at 1578 Patterson Road, Griffin, Georgia. The investigation revealed a dispute occurred between an adult male and a female juvenile. As a result the juvenile’s father went to the aid of his daughter and he was attacked by the adult male. The adult male was identified as McCormick Randell, B/M, Age 34, of 1578 Patterson Road, Lot 33,Griffin, Georgia. Mr. Randell was arrested and transported to the Spalding County Jail on the following charges:

  • Simple Battery – 2 counts
  • Cruelty to Children, 3rd Degree – 1 count
  • Disorderly Conduct – 1 count

He is being held at the Spalding County Jail on a bond of $2764.00.

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Sheriff Jimmy Thomas has reported to WKEU news that his Investigators have been working to solve several entering autos that were reported in the northern end of the county several weeks ago. A juvenile has been charged with entering auto, theft by receiving stolen property and possession of a handgun by a person under 18 years of age. The juvenile is currently being housed at a youth detention center until a court hearing is scheduled. The investigation continues into other suspects that are involved in these crimes. Anyone with any information is encouraged to contact an investigator at 770-567-8431.

UNIVERSITY OF GEORGIA GRIFFIN CAMPUS STUDENT LEARNING CENTER.

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Changes in the TADRA Law for teen drivers put parents squarely in the passenger’s seat. It requires that anyone who applies for a permanent driver’s license must have a parent, legal guardian or responsible adult sign a verification form affirming that the candidate has completed 40 hours (with 6 hours at night) of supervised driving experience, if the candidate has successfully completed an approved driver education course.

Most parents don’t feel prepared, or may not know what they need to do, to supervise a new teen driver behind the wheel.  But parental involvement is key to reducing teen crashes and fatalities.

Teens want the practice time so they can get their license, but need to know how to communicate with their nervous parents.

There is a FREE course designed to fill this void. The Georgia Traffic Injury Prevention Institute (GTIPI) at The University of Georgia is bringing P.R.I.D.E.—Parents Reducing Injuries and Driver Error—to help Spalding County parents prepare their 14, 15 and 16-year-olds to drive.

“P.R.I.D.E. is an excellent orientation to the driver education process and teen driving laws. It’s designed to help young people become better decision makers, especially as new drivers,” says Frankie Jones, GTIPI’s Director.  It will help parents and their new teen drivers learn what they need to do during those 40 hours of driving time,” said Jones. “Our ultimate goal is to reduce risk-taking behavior and youth related car crashes.”

GTIPI is working with the UGA Griffin Campus to offer the free 2-hour P.R.I.D.E. seminar, a standardized UGA course offered statewide. GTIPI is funded by a grant from the Governor’s Office of Highway Safety.

The Georgia Teens Ride with P.R.I.D.E. classes will:

  1. Help parents and guardians become more aware of their own driving behaviors,
  2. Teach parents and guardians how to help their teens become safe drivers,
  3. Help parents, guardians and teens learn what they need to do during the supervised practice driving time.

Alter attitudes and driving behaviors of novice teen drivers.

The course will be offered September 29th at 6:00pm in Griffin. A teen and at least one parent or guardian must register to attend. Call Kim Crawford at 678-413-4281 or email kccrawfo@uga.edu to register.

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On August the 4 th WKEU news aired a news story in relation to a Griffin Police Officer Identified as Investigator Keith Dryden who resigned  in lieu if termination allegedly for inappropriate contact with a female inmate, and other policy violations of the City of Griffin Police Debarment.  “WKEU has received numerous calls from concerned citizens asking why a formal Press Release has not been issued by the Police Department in relative to the investigation that indicated Investigator Keith Dryden “quoting from the Findings of the Investigative report.”

1,  The Allegation that Dryden was involved in an inappropriate relationship with a female inmate SUSTAINED.
2.  Allegations that Keith Dryden failed to properly, document and store evidence is SUSTAINED.

3. The Allegation that Keith Dryden sent a text message to two individuals to intimidate them is
SUSTAINED.
4. The Allegation that Keith Dryden committed acts that tarnished the Professional image of the City
of Griffin, and the Police Department, In addition to engaging in on duty an off duty activity contrary to the city of Griffin Police Department Policies is
SUSTAINED.

The investigation also states that Dryden made many off color, vulgar, offensive, and abusive remarks and inappropriately touched some waitresses by kissing them on the forehead, at the Chick Fil A on Taylor Street. The report indicated that on occasions he would walk behind the counter to the work station and the employees said he would stand too close. The Chick Fil A Manager requested a Criminal Trespass Warning be issued to Dryden and requested he not come back on the property of the Chick Fil A. Dwarf House in Griffin.

The initial report of the illicit activity by Dryden was given to the Griffin Police Department from the Spalding County Sheriff’s Department, in a package of March 10th,and  from the Public Defender’/s Office report of March 4th 2015, from information  received from Andrea Feldman’s attorney. The city of Griffin report started early March and ended in June. The report is about 30 pages in length.

WKEU contacted the Griffin police Department by telephone on Thursday and was advised that Chief Heaton was not going to issue a press release as the employee had resigned.

The Spalding Sheriff’s Department had a similar situation with former Deputy David Gibson that was started with a formal singed complaint was received by the Sheriff in May. The investigation was complete may 19th Gibson was called into the Sheriff’s Office and Sheriff Beam gave the option to Gibson of either resigning or being fired.  Gibson resigned on May 19th and a Press Release was issued by Sheriff Beam on May 20th.

 

 

 

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Pictured is Spalding County Commission Chair, Rita Johnson accepting grant award from Jason Ritter, Georgia Emergency Management Agency Area 4 Coordinator.

Spalding County Emergency Management Director, Kenny West, announced today the receipt of the Response and Recovery Award from the Emergency Management Performance Grant through the Georgia Emergency Management Agency. This award of $28,164 will be used to mitigate and provide resources that protect our citizens and support our first responders who provide emergency services to citizens that may be impacted by natural and man-made disasters. The Spalding County Emergency Management Agency works tirelessly to provide planning, mitigation, prevention and response to all emergencies in Spalding County and this grant award will assist with additional resources. Spalding County Emergency Management Director West, stated that, “We are very thankful for this highly competitive award and for the resources that we can provide through it to our community”. For more information, contact Spalding County Emergency Management Agency at (770)228-2129.

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Fredrick Earnest Schnell

On June 18th, the Griffin Police Department responded to an armed robbery at Ma & Pa Grocery which involved a shot being fired and the unknown suspects remaining at large.  The suspects’ photos and video were subsequently released to various social media and news mediums, requesting the public’s assistance in identifying them.  One of the suspects, Devontae Young, was apprehended quickly with the assistance of the Clayton County Police Department, however Fredrick Schnell remained at large.  Anonymous tips came in that Schnell was attempting to flee Georgia to New York where he had family residing.

 

In the recent weeks, Investigator Stacy Beckom received new information on the whereabouts of Schnell in the Bronx, NY.  Beckom contacted Chief Ken Troisi of Southern Crescent Technical College, who was formerly employed by the NYPD.  Chief Troisi provided Beckom with a contact in New York.  Since that time, Beckom has been working with the Fugitive Warrant Division in the Bronx to apprehend Schnell.  On Monday, August 24th, Detective Horne and other officers from the New York Police Department apprehended Schnell at an address Beckom obtained as a result of the information provided by an anonymous tipster.  Schnell is currently in the process of being extradited back to Georgia to face charges of Armed Robbery, Aggravated Assault, Possession of a Firearm during the Commission of a Crime and Wearing a Mask to Conceal Identity.

 

The Griffin Police Department would like to thank the New York City Police Department, Detective Horne, Chief Ken Troisi and all others who greatly assisted us with this case.

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.The Spalding County Senior Citizens Center will host this exciting event on: Thursday, September 24, 2015 Check-ins will begin at 8:00 a.m. Fishing begins at 8:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. at Wyomia Tyus Olympic Park Lake 1301 Cowan Road Griffin, Georgia
This event is open to all residents of Spalding County, ages 50 and over. The cost is $5.00 for Senior Citizen Center members and $10 for non-members. Bring your lucky fishing pole, net, chair, and bait. Lunch will be served at noon. Registration is limited and pre-registration is required. To register, visit the Spalding County Senior Citizens Center located at 885 Memorial Drive, Griffin, Georgia, or visit www.spaldingparksandrec.com to register online. For information please call 770-467-4384 or www.spaldingparksandrec.com ###

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The Central Midwest Georgia Chapter of the American Red Cross will conduct its annual shelter drill from 10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. on Saturday, August 29 at Mountain View Baptist Church, 2569 Jeff Davis Road, Thomaston, GA 30286.

 

Red Cross Shelter Drill

Saturday, August 29

10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.

Mountain View Baptist Church

2569 Jeff Davis Road, Thomaston, GA 30286

RSVP: 706-884-5818 or Jessica.McFadden@RedCross.org

 

The Central Midwest GA Chapter serves Baldwin, Bibb, Butts, Carroll, Coweta, Haralson, Heard, Houston, Jasper, Jones, Lamar, Meriwether, Monroe, Pike, Putnam, Spalding, Troup, Twiggs, Upson and Wilkinson Counties. The Red Cross is always looking for diverse volunteers of all ages and skill levels. For more information go to: www.redcross.org to learn more about volunteer opportunities and how to submit a volunteer application.

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SPALDING COUNTY CORONER SONNY FOSTER WAS ONE OF THREE OFICILALS APPOINTED TO INVESTIGATE ALLEGED CRIMINAL CHARGES AGAINST THE CORONER OF CRAWFORD COUNTY. A CRAWFORD COUNTY GRAND JUYRY RECENTLY INDICTED CORONER ALLEN O’NEAL ON 2 COUNTS OF ALLEGED VIOLATION OF OATH OF OFFICE, BY NOT RESPONIDING TO A DEATH CALL, AND THE FIRING HIS DEPUTY CORONER BECAUSE THE DEPLUTY DID RESPOND. A TRHEE MEMBER PANNEL – MADE UP OF SPALIDNG COUNTY CORONER SONNY FOSTER, STEPHENS COUNTY CORONER CHRIS STEPHENS, AND GEORIGA ATTORNEY GENERAL SAM OLENES, UNAMIOUSLY RECOMMENDED ONEAL’S SUSPSENSION FROM OFFICE AFTER THEIR INVESTIATION. FOLOLWING THE RECOMMENDATION OF CORONER FOSTER, CORONER STEPEHNS, AND ATTORNEY GENERAL OLENS, GOVERNOR NATHAN DEALE ISSUED AN EXECUTIVE ORDER SUSPENDING CORONER O’NEAL FROM OFFICE PENIDNG THE OUT COME OF CRIMNINAL CHARGES AGAINST HIM. O’NEAL HAS MAINTANED HE DID NOTHING WRONG. NO TRIAL DATE HAS BEEN SET FOR O’NEAL BUT THE CASE COULD GO TO TRIAL IN DECEMBER.

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The Williamson mayor’s position is one of several seats up for re-election in November among others on the Concord and Williamson city councils. Qualifying dates have been announced by the voter registrar and the election will be held Tuesday, Nov. 3 from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Citizens who have not registered to vote may register by Oct. 5 to vote in the upcoming election.


In Williamson, qualifying will be held Monday, Aug. 31 through Wednesday, Sept. 2 at Williamson City Hall, 71 Midland Street. Candidates may qualify between 8:30 a.m. and 4 p.m. with the exception of a 12 noon to 1 p.m. lunch break. The qualifying fee is $35 for mayor and $25 for council members. The seats up for re-election include the mayor’s position currently held by Steve Fry, the Post 1 seat held by Howard Busby, the Post 4 held by Carol Berry and the Post 5 seat held by Benson Hilley Sr.

In Concord, qualifying will be held Monday, Aug. 31 through Thursday, Sept. 3 from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at Concord City hall, 50 Main Street. Qualifying for each council post is $25. Positions up for re-election include the Post 3 seat currently held by Doug Neath, the Post 4 seat currently held by Subrenna Weathers and the Post 5 seat currently held by Kimberly Griffin.

If required, a runoff election will be held Tuesday, December the 1 st.
WKEU would like to thank the Pike County Reporter for their assistance in this new story. You can subscribe to the Journal Reporter at pikecountygeorgia.com.