Sheriff Carey Bittick in Monroe County as advised WKEU news that on Wednesday morning July 29 th at approximately 08:30 A.M., Monroe County deputies responded to a report of an armed robbery in progress at the Marathon Gas Station on Johnstonville Road in Monroe County. Before responding deputies arrived on scene, the suspect, described as a black male in black clothing with a blue bandana covering his face, had already fled the scene with an undisclosed amount of money. Investigators believe the suspect is likely responsible for similar armed robberies of convenience stores in the Middle Georgia area to include Houston County (Perry, Georgia), Bibb County (Macon, Georgia), and possibly Peach County (Ft. Valley, Georgia).  The description also is close to an armed robbery case in Spalding County.  Anyone with possible information regarding these armed robberies is urged to call the Monroe County Sheriff’s Office at 478-994-7043 or any of the above indicated Law Enforcement agencies in the Counties and Cities mentioned. 


Sheriff Wendell Beam has advised WKEU news that an investigation of an Armed Robbery that occurred at 10:28 PM on Monday, July 20, 2015, at the Dollar General Store at 1523 Zebulon Road, Griffin, Georgia is continuing. Sheriff Beam said that an employee of the business walked outside at 10:28 PM and was confronted by a slim black male wearing black clothing including a ski mask, armed with a pistol. The male took the victims purse and struck her on the side of her head with the pistol and ran away. The victim was treated at the scene by the Emergency Medical Services and transported to Spading Regional for additional treatment. .

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School opens Monday, August 3.  Please watch for school buses and the students who are waiting on them.  Open house is at all schools Thursday, July 30 from 3-7 pm.  After school and transportation staff will be on hand at each school to help families.

GSCS has over 130 new teachers, four new principals and eight new assistant principals. The four remaining teacher vacancies will be filled with subs for the first few days.
All buses area ready and staffed.  Dry runs will begin today.  If your student is not registered at the correct address for a bus you need to contact Central Registration today.
Six school had major renovations over the summer totaling $6M.  More work is continuing.
High schools will use block scheduling offering students 103 minutes of instruction and an opportunity to gain eight credits per year.


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Books-A-Million, Inc. will be supporting local charities through a Book and Toy Drive that began Sunday,
August 2.

“The Pike County Library works to support literacy and reading among adults and children. We are excited
about replenishing their library with donations through our holiday book drive,” said Wendy Sikes, General
Manager of Bookland, North Griffin Square.

Throughout the month of August, customers can purchase a book that will be donated to the J. Joel Edwards
Public Library in Zebulon, GA. They will also be able to include a personalized bookplate with their donation,
allowing for gifts to be donated in someone’s honor or memory.

“Partnering with Books-A-Million in this venture will enable our small rural library to offer a wider variety of
new popular titles as well as time-tested classics to our community,” said library manager Rosemary Bunn.

Items customers can consider donating during this book drive are located behind the register.






Thursday, August 6  The Upson Professionals, along with other business, civic, governmental, and church groups will be offering basic school supplies to children in Upson County on Thursday afternoon, August 6, 2015 at the Thomaston-Upson Civic Center from 4 to 6 pm. The target group is K-5th grade and Upson Professionals have already received a number of items, but are still in need more. Upson Professionals is not planning to solicit individual businesses and other corporate entities for donations however, we would like to offer you or your business the opportunity to participate. The goal of this event is to help as many children in Upson County as possible so that they may begin the 2015-2016 school year on a positive note. If you or your business are interested in donating or participating with this event, please call Gary Moore @ 706-975-1291 or Reshann Adams @ 706-647-1924. Students must be present to receive school supplies the day of the event. We are still in need of loose-leaf notebook paper, white notebooks, hand sanitizer and writing journals.

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The first order of business at the Griffin City Commissioners Meeting 07/28/15:
The commissioners:
 Recognized Will Stevens, with the Municipal Airport, as the June 2015 “Strongest Link” award recipient. The “Strongest Link” Award is given monthly to a deserving employee who has demonstrated excellent performance and productivity, loyalty, professional pride, and other noteworthy accomplishments.   The recognized employee receives one day off with pay, a gift certificate from a local restaurant, a “Strongest Link” plaque, and the symbolic “chain”, which he will be the custodian of until a subsequent employee is recognized.  Will was recognized for his professionalism and dedication resulting in a (zero) no deficiencies on the latest  bi-annual fuel quality and fuel system inspection.
The commissioners:
Recognized Sherry Thaxton with the Cemetery Department, for 30 years of dedicated service to the City of Griffin.  
Recognized the retirement of Public Safety Director Frank Strickland July 31 st after thirteen (13) years of service to the city of Griffin. Chief Strickland will move to Tifton where he will teach and be Assistant Police Chief at the ABAC Campus Police Department with about 3500 hundred students.
Recognized and presented certificates to  the graduates from the third annual Citizen Police Academy.
Willie C. Lemons; Teresa Watson; Terri Shurley; Diane Ball; William Ball; Dean Wern; Melinda Nicholson; Robin Mitchell; Donna Gibson; Corey Pitts; Gwen Dallas; and Jennifer Romes. 
The Commissioners:
Approved:    to amend the Prohibited Signs Section of the Unified Development Code to offer clarity to what sign-age is not permitted and may cause distractions and provide clutter within the city limits.    
Approved:  to amend the Mixed Use/Transient Overlay Development (TOD) District to add Arts & Entertainment Overlay District – Tier (4) for the Griffin Downtown area.  The overlay would include uses for art, cultural and entertainment, educational, retail, office and residential, but have a restrictive focus in the Hill Street and Solomon Street corridors.  
Approved:   to amend the Unified Development Code to comply with the Department of Justice requirements to allow group homes for persons with disabilities to operate in all zoning districts.  Occupancy will be based on the requirements set forth in International Building Code, International Residential Code and the Fire Department’s Life Safety Codes.
The commissioners:
Approved: a motion to DENY Notice of Claim from Law Offices of LaQuetta S. Pearson, P.C. given on behalf of Jemarko Parker. Mr. Parker contends personal injury arising from an incident on June 11, 2015, as Griffin Police Officer James Waddell was backing his police car at Griffin Crossings, 1597 W. McIntosh Road, out of a parking space. Officer Waddell’s police car collided with the driver’s side of a vehicle driven by Mr. Parker and owned by Roy Lee Harrell, Jr. Minor damage was done to the police car’s right rear bumper, but the contact scraped the driver’s side of the other vehicle. Mr. Parker reported no physical injury at the scene, but now reports a contusion to his left shoulder. The claim has been filed with GIRMA which is investigating.
Approved:  an Ordinance repealing regulations pertaining to taxicabs in the City Code of Griffin.   (HB 225) of the 2015-2016 Regular Session of the General Assembly preempts all local administration and regulation of vehicles for hire, including taxicabs, and places regulation exclusively in the Department of Public Safety, effective July 1, 2015. The City loses the right to regulate taxicabs and the regulatory fees and charges imposed thereon. 
Approved:   the engagement letters for audit services with Mauldin & Jenkins, Certified Public Accountants (independent auditors) for the City of Griffin to begin work on the annual audit for the fiscal year ended June 30, 2015.
Approved:  a Service Agreement with Manley Acquisition Services, LLC for the acquisition of City easements and properties on Intersection #2 Hill Street at Northside Drive & Tuskegee Avenue Improvement Project for Public Works and Utilities Department. This project is jointly sponsored by the City of Griffin and Spalding County. Each will pay for their respective  land acquisitiion easements costs but the construction costs will be split 50/50.
Approved:  a Task Order to Paragon Consulting Group for the Construction Management of Intersection #2 Northside Drive and Tuskegee Avenue SPLOST project in the amount of $138,085.00.  Griffin is the lead project manager of construction on this joint project. Spalding County is responsible for 50% of the cost of construction.
Approved:  to purchase Hach 900 Flow Logger from Water Resource Technologies in the amount of $18,637.00 for the Water and Wastewater Department. Includes rain gauge, antennae, cellular option, permanent structure and installation. 
Approved:   the purchase of 2 (two) Dodge Chargers in the amount of $25,105.75 each from Akin’s Ford Dodge Government Sales, a State-wide Contract Dealer; and additional equipment and installation by TransComm Services in the amount of $1,845.00 per vehicle; and amend the budget for Criminal Investigations Division accordingly with appropriations from the Confiscated Assets Fund.   
Vehicle purchases are scheduled as part of the City’s Fleet Services lifecycle management program. To purchase vehicles from State Contract the vehicles must be ordered from the factory. To receive 2015 pricing, orders must be placed before July 31st.  Orders placed after July 31st will be at 2016 prices. About $3000 to $4000 increase per vehicle.
The commissioners aapproved submitting agreements to purchase from state contract with Speedway Ford the following: Purchases will be scheduled throughout the year as cash flow allows.
The purchase two Ford F150 Transport Vans in the amount of  $58,848.00  to Speedway Ford for Solid Waste Utility inmate transportation needs at the Transfer Station and Landfill. 
Three (3) Ford F350′s in the amount of $111,690.00 from Speedway Ford. The vehicles will replace high mileage vehicles in the departments of Public Works-Streets; Solid Waste-Residential; and Water-Distribution Division. A 1992 Ford F350; a 1999 Dodge 1500; and a 2003 Dodge 3500 will be declared surplus.  
Approved:  to purchase of one Ford F750 with 10′ dump body in the amount of  $68,489.00 from Speedway Ford and declare surplus a 1986 Ford F700.  Vehicle will be assigned to Public Works – Streets Department.  
Approved:  to purchase of four (4) Ford F250s in the amount of $100,820.00 from Speedway Ford. Vehicles will be assigned to the following departments: 
*Animal Control 2 units and declare surplus a 2004 Dodge Ram 1500 and a 2008 Dodge Ram 1500. 
*Facilities Maintenance 1 unit transfer a 2001 Ford F250 to Solid Waste Residential Collection for continued service. 
* Water-Distribution Division  1 unit and declare surplus a 2001 Dodge 2500.
Approved:  to purchase seven (7) Ford F150s in the amount of $161,716.00 to Speedway Ford. The vehicles will be assigned to the following departments: 
*Code Enforcement 1 unit and declare surplus a 2001 Chevrolet 1500. 
* Golf Course  1 unit and declare surplus  a 1987 GMC 1500. 
*Electric – Technical Services (2) units and declare surplus a 2003 F250 Super Duty and a 2001 Dodge 1500.  
*Stormwater 1 unit and declare surplus a 1991 Ford F150. 
* Water-Distribution Division 1 unit and declare surplus  a 1995 Ford F150. 
*Water-Meter Division 1 new unit needed for the Meter Division. 
Approved:   to  purchase one E350 Cube Van in the amount of  $31,306.00 from Speedway Ford and declare surplus a 1998 Chevy 3500 Cube Van. The new Van will be assigned to Public Works – Sign Shop. 
Approved:  to purchase of two (2) Ford Expedition SUVs from Speedway Ford in the amount of $54,505.42 for Police Department Crime Scene Unit.   Approve additional equipment and installation by TransComm Services in the amount of $8,000.00 and declare surplus two old vans: a 2003 Dodge Ram van, and a 2005 Dodge Sprinter van.
The commissioners:
Approved:  The renewal of a one year Contract for the provision of Indigent Defense for the Municipal Court of Griffin  with the law firm of Sullivan & Ogletree, PC. who has provided the Indigent Defense legal services to the Municipal Court of the City of Griffin since 2005.
Approved:  a request from Honor our KIA to mount two (2) plaques on the exterior of One Griffin Center and two (2) plaques on the Imperial Theater facade.  
Approved:  the renewal of Standard Office Lease between the City of Griffin and Tru-Check, Inc. for Suite 114, One Griffin Center, in the amount of $6,837.48 per year. 
Approved:  an Amendment to the 1996  Intergovernmental Contract between the City of Griffin and Three Rivers Regional Commission to provide for early termination of the rental of property located at 120 North Hill Street. 
Said amended agreement was for thirty (30) years, with a termination date and $1 buyout on June 30, 2017. Due to necessary repairs needed to the structure and the cost of those repairs, this amendment allows for a one year earlier termination and buyout so that the $30,000 annual rent payment for 2016 – 2017 can be put toward structural repairs by TRRC.  
Approved:  a Resolution of the Board of Commissioners of the City of Griffin authorizing the execution of an Intergovernmental Contract between the City of Griffin, Spalding County and other qualified municipalities in Spalding County, requesting that the Board of Commissioners of Spalding County include in its resolution imposing a special one percent sales and use tax within Spalding County subject to referendum approval, provisions for the issuance of bonds by the City of Griffin, declaring Griffin’s official intent to issue bonds, and for other purposes.
If the SPLOST referendum is approved, City projects are estimated at $22,344,000. The City intends to bond an amount not to exceed $10,570,000 in eligible projects, with a bond issuance likely in January 2016. Repayment will come from the City’s share of SPLOST proceeds.

The Proposed Draft of the SPLOST 2015 Projects for Spalding County, City of Griffin, Orchard HIll, Sunny Side.

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As has been rumored for several weeks, and longer, Spalding Regional Hospital parent company Tenet Health care has entered into negotiations with WellStar Health System of Marietta to purchase Spalding Regional Medical Center in Griffin, Sylvan Grove Hospital in Jackson and other health care facilities in the region.


Tenet and its Southern Region have entered into exclusive talks with WellStar Health System about a potential sale of Tenet’s Atlanta-area hospitals and their associated businesses, including physician practices and outpatient centers. The other hospitals involved include North Fulton Hospital, Atlanta Medical Center and its South Campus.

“WellStar shares Tenet’s commitment to delivering high-quality, low-cost, patient-centered care. It is one of Georgia’s leading healthcare systems, with five hospitals, two health parks, a pediatric center, eight urgent care centers, 160 physician office locations and employs more than 14,000 associates,” those affiliated with Tenet were told an an e-mail this week.
Several other Health Care Facilities like Emory, and Piedmont were either in negotiations, or showed interest, several months ago but there were no developments. 
A reliable source indicated that they felt the WellStar deal will probably be consummated soon.  

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This Fall the First Baptist Church of Zebulon will open its laymen’s Bible institute.  Adults who have always wanted to go deeper in their knowledge of the Bible and theology are encouraged to enroll in our Grace Biblical Institute.  Each semester adult students may take up to two classes on Tuesday evenings for one hour each.  Classes being offered for the Fall 2015 semester are New Testament Survey and Introduction to Greek.  The institute is co-sponsored by Grace Biblical Seminary from which credit hours can accrue toward the completion of a bachelor’s degree.

Dr. Ed Hoard, pastor at First Baptist said, “We are excited about the addition of the Bible Institute to our community ministry.  Serious Christians need and want more than they can get through Sunday School and these college-level courses will enrich the lives of all who study with us.”
Classes will be held on Tuesday nights from 6:00-8:00 PM with semesters lasting 13 weeks.  Preregistration is required.  The first classes will commence on Tuesday, September 1.For more information or to preregister phone 678-920-8986.  First Baptist is located in downtown Zebulon beside City Pharmacy.

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A Forest Park man was killed and multiple others injured Saturday night in a wreck that followed a concert at a High Falls Park Road horse park in northeast Lamar County.
Sheriff Brad White reported a vehicle trying to pass a truck pulling a horse trailer hit a car in the oncoming lane of traffic head on near the High Falls Park-English Road intersection. The back seat passenger in the car hit by the passing vehicle was killed. He was identified as Rafael Sandovel, 40, of a Morrow Road address in Forest Park.

Lamar County Commissioner Nancy Thrash told the Walter Geiger of the Barnesville Herald Gazette that the crash followed a concert at Rancho de Centenario that attracted over 2000 people. 

Eyewitnesses said four ambulances and Emory life flight based at the Griffin Spalding Airport were called to the scene. Thrash said EMS personnel from Monroe County was also called in to assist.

The Georgia State Patrol  Accident Reconstruction Unit is investigating th accident.
Special Thanks to Walter Geiger and the Barnesville Herald Gazette for their assistance in this news story. To subscribe to the Herald Gazette on line go to



The Monroe County Sheriffs Department asks the public to help with information that may help identify a man found dead in the Ocmulgee River on Saturday, July 25, 2015.

The man was found floating in the river by a boater on Saturday who contacted local law enforcement.  Bibb County Coroner Leon Jones discovered during the autopsy that the man was wearing a black and gold rubber bracelet printed with the words “Mary Persons Prom 2015” on it. There were no clothes, tattoos or other identifying marks found on the man and the body was in an advanced stage of decomposition.

No one has been reported missing to the Monroe County Sheriff’s Office that meets the description of the man. Anyone with any information about this case is asked to contact Monroe County Sheriff’s Office investigators at 478-994-7043.


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Pike County Sheriff’s Office Investigators arrested Christopher Simpson , 31 years of age, in reference to a reported burglary on Oliver Road. Simpson was found to be in possession of numerous items that were taken from the property during the theft. Two pull behind trailers were located hidden in a wooded area off of Highway 362 in northern Pike County that had been left there by Simpson after he had stolen them.
An RV that Simpson was living in had also been reported stolen out of Bibb County and was recovered by Investigators for return to its rightful owner. Further evidence collected during this investigation has Investigators working to try and link him to other thefts in and around Pike County that he may have committed.
Simpson is currently housed in the Pike County Jail and charged with Burglary, Theft by receiving stolen property, possession of marijuana and violation of probation.  His bond is currently $29,000 and he will be going to the Bibb County Jail upon his release in regards to his violation of probation out of that county. The probation that he is currently serving stems from prior Methamphetamine and theft charges in Bibb County.

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The Griffin Police Department is scheduled for an on-site assessment as part of a program to achieve re-accreditation by verifying it meets professional standards.

Administered by the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies, Inc. (CALEA), the accreditation program requires agencies to comply with state of the art standards in four basic areas: policy, and procedures, administration, operation, and support services.

As part of the on-site assessment, agency employees and members of the community are invited to offer comments at a public information session October 19, 2009 at 7:00 PM. The session will be conducted in the City Courtroom located at 100 South Hill Street, Griffin, Georgia.

Agency employees and the public are also invited to offer comments by calling 770-229-6450 extension 590 on Tuesday, August 4, 2015 between the hours of 2:00 PM and 3:30 PM. Comments will be taken by the Assessment Team. Phone line in the assessor’s work area will be unscreened and unrecorded.

Telephone comments as well as appearances at the public information session are limited to 10 minutes and must address the agency’s ability to comply with CALEA’s standards. A copy of the standards is available at:

Griffin Police Department 868 West Poplar Street

Local contact is Eddie Bogan at 770-229-6450 ext 344.

Anyone wishing to submit written comments about the Griffin Police Department’s ability to comply with the standards for accreditation may send them to:  Mr. Vincent Dauro – Regional Program Manager Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement, Inc. (CALEA) 13575 Heathcore Boulevard, Suite 320, Gainesville, VA. 20155 Or call 703-352-4225 extension 42.

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As directed by the Chief of Police the Griffin Police Department hosted a Central Georgia Traffic Enforcement Network meeting in support of the Governor’s Office on Highway Safety.  In attendance at the meeting were;


Members of the Griffin Police Department

Uniform Patrol Division

Traffic Management Team

Power Squad

Warrant Division

Department of Public Safety

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Commercial Carrier Compliance Unit

Zebulon Police Department

Molena Police Department

Jonesboro Police Department

Barnesville Police Department

Thomaston Police Department

Pike County Sheriff’s Office

Butts County Sheriff’s Office

Lamar County Sheriff’s Office

Roberta Police Department


After the meeting traffic safety check points were conducted for a total of (5) five hours at (5) five different locations.  Below is listed the activity:


4 Child restraints

3 Driving while suspended

2 No driver’s license


22 Other citations

9 Warrants served



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Griffin Police responded to 701 Carver Road apartments July 17th about 9:30  in reference to a firearm being discharged.  While in route to the incident officers were advised that the fire arm was discharged by Spalding Deputy Teris Bunn and no one was injured.

Upon arrival Officers talked with Jenny Cook who indicated that Deputy Bunn did not accidentally discharge the weapon and had mentioned suicide.  Officers were told that deputy Bun had his firearm in the apartment and was under the couch.   She said that no one was injured form the incident

Griffin Officer Chip Johns said that he located Deputy Bunn who was off duty and was asked about the incident he told officer that he was showing Jenny Cook how to clean a gun and it accidentally discharged into the woods behind the apartment. Officer Johns said that Bunn appeared to be heavily intoxicated and he smelled alcohol as he spoke.  Deputy Bun advised Officer Johns that he had been drinking beer and bourbon.  He also indicated he took a sleeping pill and was on anxiety medication.

Officers detained Bunn and took him to the Police Department.  The apartment belonged to Jennie Cook and officers collected evidence from the interior of the apartment. Following an interview with Cook, Officers said that Bunn was being charged with Aggravated Assault, Kidnapping, and interfering with a 911 call, and other possible charges as well.  The firearm was found under the couch in the apartment, and a shell casing was found outside the door of the apartment. Also taken into custody as evidence was a wallet, Spalding County deputy Badge, and tobacco, laying on a dining room table.

Sheriff Wendell Beam talked with WKEU news and said that he placed Teris Bunn on administrative leave, pending further investigation, and charges.  Sheriff Beam also told WKEU news that Bunn is being held without bond in the Spalding County Jail.

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More information has been received in a update from Walter Geiger in relation to a Butts County man following the fatal shooting of an acquaintance that took place while both men were reportedly using hallucinogenic drugs.


Joshua James Cox, 24, is currently in Jail in Butts County, and will be charged with murder in connection with the death of Donald Terrell Clark, 40. Clark was found dead in the front yard of his home at 939 Chappell Mill Road just before 1:30 p.m July 14.


A neighbor reported hearing two gunshots in quick succession between 8:45 and 9:15 a.m. that morning. At about 9:35 a.m. Cox called 911 and got the Spalding County dispatch center. He gave his name and told the operator he had shot a man in the head and chest and was “leaving his Glock in the road”. He hung up before giving an address and 911 could not trace the cell phone he used.

Lt. Chris Webster of the Lamar County Sheriffs Department was first on the scene and found Clark dead. He had been shot in the chest and shoulder. No gun was found at the scene.

After the shooting, Cox went to the home he shared with his parents in the Patillo district of Butts County and got into a physical fight with his mother. His father, a law enforcement officer, was able to subdue and handcuff him.

Butts County deputies arrived and arrested him on family violence charges.

Lamar investigators quickly linked Cox to the shooting. A Glock semiautomatic pistol was recovered and is thought to be the weapon used in the shooting.

Sheriff Brad White said Cox told investigators that he and Clark were using hallucinogens when an altercation ensued and Clark was shot.

A GBI crime scene technician was summoned to process the shooting scene. Clark’s body was taken to the State Crime Lab in Atlanta for a determination as to the exact cause of death. The toxicology repot will confirm if Clark had ingested hallucinogens but results will take months, accord to Sheriff White of Lamar County.
WKEU would like to thank Walter Geiger and the Barnesville Herald Gazette for first breaking this news story and their assistance to WKEU news. All photos Courtesy of the Barnesville Herald Gazette and Walte Geiger.
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Griffin resident Jasmine J. Williams has recently received her Doctorate of Medicine in neonatology.  She is the Daughter of Vera Williams and Ronnie Lowe WKEU Sales Manager. 
WKEU is very proud of Jasmine for her dedication to her profession. She worked extremely hard at the University of Georgia Graduating Mana Cum Laude from the University of Georgia with her Biology degree.   She then went on to receive her doctorate of Medicine degree at the Morehouse School of Medicine. She completed her pediatric residency in New Orleans at Tulane and Our Lady of Lake.  She is currently doing her specialty training in neonatology and neonatal critical care at the University of Maryland Medical Center and School in Baltimore.
It was a pleasure on many occasions when she worked with WKEU and her Dad to help hide the Black Cats, and Easter Bunnies for the WKEU Hunts each year. She is a tireless worker and a dedicated individual that all Griffin and Spalding County can be very proud of.  We are so happy for her and wish for Dr. Jasmine J. Williams the very best in her career.To say that your Dad and the WKEU staff are super happy for you is a understatement.  We all hope you come to Griffin Soon.




Griffin resident Colter Chasteen has qualified to compete at the 2015 Built Ford Tough American Quarter Horse Youth Association World Championship Show July 31 – August 8 in Oklahoma City.

Chasteen showed the American Quarter Horse owned by Cary Chasteen of Griffin, GA.

The Ford Youth World is the major event for American Quarter Horse exhibitors ages 18 and under around the world.  Competitors, who must qualify for the event by earning a predetermined number of points to compete in each of the classes.

More than 2,100 entries from the United States,

Australia, Canada, Germany, Luxembourg, Norway, Sweden and United Kingdom are competing for 35 world championships at this year’s event, July 31 – August 8 in Oklahoma City.







Susan Collier, owner of the “Griffin Mud Dogs” was sentenced in Spalding County Magistrate Court yesterday to sixty days in the Spalding County Jail for 34 counts of dogs kept in unsanitary conditions.

Ms. Susan Collier, entered a plea of guilty to charges of 34 counts of dogs kept in unsanitary conditions, 15 counts of failure to provide fresh water, 34 counts of more the four animals on her premises. Ms. Collier was sentenced to sixty days in the Spalding County Jail and was fined in excess of $4,000 dollars. All but $353.00 of the fines will be suspended if the remaining animals are placed in the care of a certified rescue group by August 14, 2015 and the animals remaining at the residence are spayed or neutered by August 31, 2015.

“Spalding County takes Animal Care and Control very serious”, said Eric Mosley, Assistant County Manager. “The County has worked very hard to resolve this before it was escalated to this judgement in court”. Further help is still needed and if anyone is interested in providing a home for one of the many animals please contact the Spalding County Animal Control office at (770) 467-4772.

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About 1:15 kWednesday afternoon units of the Griffin Police Department, Spalding Regional EMS, and Griffin Fire Rescue responded to South Ridge Circle to the South Ridge Apartment Complex on South Hill Street across form the Griffin Airport. The initial 911 call indicated that an 11 year old had drowned in a pool. The incident occurred about 1:15 Wednesday afternoon.  

Police indicated that the 11 year old, a 10 year old and a 4 year old, managed to climb over a locked gate at the Pool at the Apartment Complex.  The 11 Year old went into the pool at the deep end and went to the bottom.  The 10 year old ran for help. According to Police Investigators, a mail man in the area responded and began administering CPR to the 11 year old and was assisted by Corporal Fletcher of the Griffin Police Department, until Spalding Regional EMS Personnel arrived on the scene. A small, pulse was found and EMS personnel rushed the 11 year old to the Hospital where she was later air-lifted by Emory Air Flight based at the Griffin Spalding Air port to Egleston Hospital in Atlanta in critical condition.   The incident is still under investigation by the Griffin Police Department.

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Kiwanis of Griffin Center – Tuesday, July 28, 2015
1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Public is Invited

Business Expo 2015 is being sponsored by the Griffin-Spalding Chamber of Commerce at the Kiwanis of Griffin Center, 1025 South Hill Street, Griffin, on Tuesday, July 28th, from 1:00 until 4:00 p.m.
This is a great opportunity for businesses to showcase their products and/or services to the general public and for the citizens of the community to visit and see what is here in Griffin-Spalding County and the immediate area.
Take advantage of this time to come out and meet face to face business owners and learn more about what they offer and the variety of services/products available right here in your own community.
For more information or to register as a vendor, please contact the Chamber office at 770-228-8200 or follow us on Facebook at Griffin/Spalding Chamber of Commerce to for updates about the event.
Remember: Shop Local, support your area merchants and let’s work to make our economy strong.



Sheriff Wendell Beam has advised WKEU news that about 10:30 units of the Spalding Sheriffs Department, and Spalding Regional EMS responded to the Dollar General on Zebulon Road to a 911 armed robbery call. A Black male wearing all black and wearing a black ski mask entered the store with a gun and demanded money.  The clerk at the store was hit in the had with the gun. A lookout was placed for the male suspect, and for a Black Dodge Avenger.  The injured victim was treated at the scene by Spalding Regional EMS and transported to the hospital for further observation. The incident remains under investigation by the Spalding Sheriffs Department.

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School opens August 3 for Griffin-Spalding County School System’s students, faculty and staff.

GSCS hired over 140 new teachers for the 2015-16 school year. Pre-planning for GSCS teachers and administrators will be the week of July 27 – 31. The annual Education Celebration will be held on July 29.

All GSCS schools will host an Open House on July 30 from 3 pm – 7 pm. This open house gives families a chance to tour their school, meet teachers and administrators, ask questions and get any needed information. The first day of school for students will be August 3. School times will remain the same as last year (elementary: 8 am – 2:50 pm; middle: 8:30 am – 4:00 pm; High: 7:40 am – 3:20 pm).

Other key dates for the 2015-2016 school year include:

  • Aug. 25: Elementary Curriculum Night
  • Sept. 3: High School Curriculum Night
  • Sept. 7: Labor Day holiday
  • Sept. 10: Middle School Curriculum Night
  • Sept. 30: Early Release
  • Oct. 12 – 16: Fall break
  • Oct. 19: Report Cards
  • Nov. 23-27: Thanksgiving break
  • Dec. 21-Jan. 4: Christmas break
  • Jan. 6: Report Cards
  • Feb. 12-19: Winter break
  • March 9: Early Release
  • March 22: Report Cards
  • April 18-22: Spring break
  • May 26: Last day of school
  • May 26: A. Z. Kelsey Academy Graduation, 9:30am, Griffin Auditorium
  • May 26: Spalding High Graduation, 7pm, Memorial Stadium
  • May 27: Griffin High Graduation, 7pm, Memorial Stadium

Visit the Back to School section on our website at  to see the complete GSCS 2015-16 school year calendar. This section also includes:


2015-16 School Supply List

  • Student Testing Schedule
  • Transportation Information
  • School Meal Prices
  • Free/Reduced Meal Application
  • Registration Information and Required Documents


Parents or Guardians of students that have moved into Spalding County or moved within Spalding County are required to register for school at Central Registration.  Avoid lines and delays by registering early. Early registration will be held July 13 – 23, Monday through Thursday from 8 am – 4 pm at the Parent Services Center, 234 E Taylor Street. Complete the registration forms online prior to visiting the Parent Service Center at

Current research shows that when schools, families and the community must work together to support learning. Students like school more, do better in school and stay in school longer when families are involved in student’s education.


“The Griffin-Spalding County School System has planned another year of teaching, learning and student success,” said Jim Smith, school superintendent.




Parks and Recreation will begin accepting football registrations on Saturdays, July 11 through August 1 at City Park Community Center from 10:00am to 2:00pm. Final date to register is August 1st. Avoid long lines and register early or register online at!

 All players must bring a birth certificate to register. The age control date is the player’s age as of September 1, 2015.

 Player registering must be accompanied by their parent or guardian.

 Tackle leagues for ages 7-12 is $125.00.*

 Flag Football league for ages 5-6 is $60.00.*

 Football equipment will be issued during registration hours.

*-Cash, Credit and Debit payments are accepted. *-Players who live outside of Spalding County will pay an additional $30.00 out of county fee at registration.

All interested in coaching football must complete the following:

(1) Coach Application;

(2) Pass the background check screening;

(3) Have current NYSCA Coach Certification; and Present proof of NYSCA Concussion Training before being permitted to coach or work with teams.

For further information please contact Robby Milner at 770-467