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The Griffin/Spalding Chamber of Commerce Military Affairs Committee is preparing for their Annual July 4th Parade to be held Monday, July 4th at 10:00 a.m.

Registration is open for participants and all are encouraged to decorate their entry for the Holiday.  All entries are required to have a decorated float, car or truck.  Walking units are encouraged to dress in red, white & blue attire.

The regular parade route on West Taylor Street will be used beginning at 16th Street at Chick-fil-A with units dispersing at 4th street turning right at the Old Cola Company.  Due to safety concerns, this will be a candy free event.

We ask that spectators and participants please pick up litter and keep our streets clean.

For more information or to register, please contact the Chamber at 770-228-8200.

 

 

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On Thursday, June 23rd, 2016, Monroe County Sheriff’s Office investigators served a search warrant and arrested a suspect for impersonating a law enforcement officer and false imprisonment.

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Joshua Character (18) of Forsyth is accused of conducting an illegal traffic stop of a Yatesville, Georgia, man on Friday, June 17th, 2016, on Georgia Highway 83 south near Old Brent Road around 10pm. 

According to the victim, Character used emergency style vehicle lighting (red and clear LEDs) to stop the male before approaching the driver and accusing the driver of cutting him off on Lee Street in Forsyth, Georgia. The complainant stated that the vehicle activated its emergency lights, and the complainant believed it was an unmarked law enforcement vehicle. 

During the stop, Character allegedly falsely identified himself as a Sheriff’s Deputy and a firefighter; in fact, Character was in the process of becoming a volunteer firefighter for the Monroe County Fire Department. The complainant stated that Character held him roadside for several minutes, and even ordered the complainant to exit Georgia 83 South and travel to a former bar parking lot on Old Brent Road. 

At one point, the complainant allegedly requested to see Character’ badge or credentials, but Character was unable to produce either and left the scene after ordering the complainant to drive to a different location. Character is currently being held at the Monroe County Jail awaiting a bond hearing.

The Monroe County Sheriff’s Office would like to advise citizens that, in the event  you suspect that a vehicle is attempting to illegally stop you, and that vehicle is not a fully marked patrol car outfitted with at least some blue lights, you should do the following: (1) activate your emergency blinkers, (2) slow down, (3) call 911 and advise the dispatcher of your situation, (4) keep your hands on the steering wheel (so that an actual officer is not led to believe that you are concealing a weapon or other illegal items), (5) and continue on to a well-lit and populated area.

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Lee Slaughter of the 14-U Spalding Baseball team has reported to WKEU news that the Team has won the State Champion Ship and now will play in the Worle Series in Gulfpot Mississippi.  We talked with Lee about the Geat News on Friday. There will be a fund reaiser to help raise money to send the team to Gulfport on Saturdy July 25th at the Walmart Shippping Center. Please drop by and help with any donation you can to help the team make the trip. WKEU congratulates the team for thier Great success and joins with our community to wish all team members and coaches the very best of luck in the World Series.

 

 

 

 

SPALDING COMMISSIONERS

The Spalding County Parks, Public Grounds and Leisure Services will be hosting a Pro Day event on June 25, 2016 from 3pm to 7pm. This event will feature professional athletes, past and present, from Griffin and Spalding County. There will be activities and games along with free food, drinks and entertainment.

Saturday, June 25, 2016

3:00 p.m. – 7 p.m.

843 Memorial Drive Griffin, GA 30223

Order of Events

3:00 Welcome and intro of players/coaches

3:10 – 5:00 Skills and drills

3:30 – 5:30 Master of Cermonies – Mr. Versee

3:45 – 4:15 Skills and drills continue

4:15 – 4:30 King Elway performs

4:30 – 4:45 Skills and drills continue

4:45 – 5:00 Noah Cleveland performs

5:00 – 5:30 Pros Speak

5:30 – 7:00 Meet the players/autograph signing

For more information call Robby Milner at 770-467-4750 www.spaldingparksandrec.com

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Griffin Power Employees Lee Goodman, Rusty Spear, Eric Riggins, and Leroy Brown were present when Governor Nathan Deal signed House Bill 767 into law. House Bill 767, otherwise known as the “Move Over for Lineman Law” puts utility vehicles under the “Move Over” law umbrella that was previously limited to stationary law enforcement vehicles, ambulances, wreckers and garbage trucks. The law will take effect July 1, 2016.

In April of 2015 three Georgia linemen were killed when a car veered off the road and struck them while they were working to install new electrical poles. This bill requires any motorist approaching utility linemen at an active work site – indicated by traffic cones or flashing yellow, amber, white, or red lights – to change lanes or reduce speed to a “reasonable and proper velocity below the posted limit.”  Those who violate the law can face a $250 fine per incident.

“Getting up on a utility pole in all sorts of conditions is already a dangerous job,” said Griffin Power Director Dan Thompson. “Adding utility workers to the ‘Move Over’ law is a huge step in keeping our men and women safe as they perform their duties.”

 

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A 19 year old Griffin resident was struck and killed by a train Tuesday morning. Investigators indicated it appeared that the individual had been sitting on the railroad tracks.

Keyvon Marquez Mathis, 19, of Griffin was pronounced dead at the scene by Henry County Coroner Donald Cleveland.

The Henry County Police Department, the Henry County Fire Department and Norfolk Southern responded to the call about 9:30 a.m. near Ivey Edwards Lane close to the Jodeco Rail Road crossing.

Norfolk Southern representative Rick Harris indicated that a 74-car freight train was traveling north from Macon to Atlanta when Mathis was struck and killed.

It remains unclear why Mathis was sitting on the tracks.  Investigating Officials said Mathis was not at a marked crossing but was instead in a remote area.

Coroner Cleveland said there were not any headphones or listening device found at the located at the location of the impact. Cleveland said that the body was sent to the state crime lab for a  toxicology test to be performed to see if he was under the influence, and a determination as to the exact cause of death. The Coroner also said that it will take about three to four months to get the results back.

Davis Professional Funeral Home on Melrose Avenue in Griffin is in charge of funeral arrangements but no firm date has been set as to the funeral.

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The Government Finance Officers Association of the United States and Canada (GFOA) has awarded the Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting to Spalding County for its Comprehensive Annual Financial Report (CAFR). The Certificate of Achievement is the highest form of recognition in the area of governmental accounting and financial reporting, and its attainment represents a significant accomplishment by a government and its management.
An Award of Financial Reporting Achievement has been awarded to the individual(s), department or agency designated by the government as primarily responsible for preparing the award-winning CAFR and has been presented to:
Jinna L. Garrison, Administrative Services Director
This is the fifteenth consecutive year that Spalding County, under Ms. Garrison’s direction, has received this prestigious award.
The CAFR has been judged by an impartial panel to meet the high standards of the program including demonstrating a constructive “spirit of full disclosure” to clearly communicate its financial story and motivate potential users and user groups to read the CAFR. A copy of the Spalding County CAFR can be viewed on the Spalding County website at www.spaldingcounty.com .
The GFOA is a nonprofit professional association serving approximately 17,500 governmental finance professionals with offices in Chicago, IL and Washington, DC.

 

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The Griffin-Spalding Hospital Authority administers certain trust accounts, using the proceeds to improve the health and well-being of the citizens of Spalding County.  Under applicable laws and trust agreements, the Authority may make grants to not-for-profit organizations for health related purposes, provided the funds granted are used for the citizens of Spalding County.

The Authority reviews requests for grants annually notifying applicants of disposition.

If you believe your organization may qualify for consideration of a grant under these guidelines, and are interested in applying for funds contact the Griffin-Spalding Hospital Authority at (770) 229-5767 or in writing to P. O. Box 1592 – Griffin, Georgia 30224 or via e-mail at ymlangford@gmail.com for a grant application form.  Applications can also be picked up at the offices of the Hospital Authority at 245 Meriwether Street or the Chamber of Commerce at 143 North Hill Street.  Deadline for applications is August 12, 2016.

For organizations interested in applying for a grant and wanting assistance the Hospital Authority will conduct a workshop on June 30, 2016 at the Griffin Welcome Center at 143 North Hill Street beginning at 1:30 in the afternoon.  To attend the workshop please contact Yvonne Langford at (770) 229-5767 or by e-mail at ymlangford@gmail.com.

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The Griffin Region College and Career Academy, Inc. Board of Directors will meet on Monday, June 27, 2016, at 6:00 p. m. The meeting will be held in Griffin-Spalding County Schools’ Board of Education meeting room located at 216 S. 6th Street, Griffin, GA. 30224.