West Sunny Side Community Church has a new pastor he is Rev. Jonathan Fzpatrick,.hius wife is Kristy and Daughters Joselyn and Jordan, an their brother Jonathan.  The Church is located at the corner of East Patterson road and School Road. Pastor Fitzpatrick first service will be Sunday October 11 th at the 10;00 am service. Everyone is welcome. .

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About 10:25 on Tuesday night units of the Spalding Sheriffs Department, Spalding Fire Department, Spalding EMS, and Emory Air Flight responded to the scene of a one vehicle accident on the Arthur K. Bolton Parkway near High Falls Road.
Investigators said that the vehicle left the roadway and struck a tree. Two occupants of the vehicle was ejected.  Upon arrival by Sheriff Deputies, Spalding Fire Department , and Spalding EMS they found one individual had facial injuries and possible broken bones.  He was taken by Spalding EMS to Spalding Regional Hospital.  Emory Air Flight was called to the scene and airlifted a second patient to the Atlanta Medical Center with a severed right arm. 
The accident is still under investigation and more information will be released later by the Spalding Sheriffs Department.

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At 5:55 p.m Monday Pike County Sheriff’s Office Traffic Investigators responded to Bankston Road to a reported accident with injuries.  Upon arrival  Deputies found that a GMC Envoy had left the roadway and struck a tree.  The driver of the vehicle, Samuel Coley, age 18 was deceased at the scene. No other occupants were in the vehicle. The vehicle was traveling Northbound at the time of the accident.  The investigation on going and more information is expected to be released later.

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Griffin Police Chief Steve Heaton has advised the city manager that he will be leaving the Griffin Police Chief Position on November 21 st.  Chief Heaton will become the associate Director of a new program under Georgia State University called  “The Georgia International Law Enforcement Exchange.”  Chief Heaton talked with WKEU news on Monday and said that he is leaving the Department with Great memories and huge support from his employees, City, and Citizens that has meant so much to him both personally and professionally.  City Commissioner Dick Morrow indicated that the search for a new chief has already started.  WKEU and our Community wish the very best to Chief Heaton in his new position with the Georgia State University.



The Pike County School System was informed Oct. 4 that a student enrolled in the Pike County School District was being treated at an Atlanta area hospital. In light of the circumstances surrounding the recent illness and death of Leland Shomate a Pike County student, the superintendent notified Department of Public Health District 4 health officials who consulted with hospital officials to determine the current hospitalized  student’s illness did not pose a safety concern for the students at the school.


The School District received an update from Public Health Monday afternoon Oct. 5 that there is no connection between the student who is currently hospitalized and the student who passed away. 

Public Health confirms a viral infection in the hospitalized student, which may cause a wide range of symptoms including fever, vomiting and/or diarrhea. It could manifest itself as the common cold or the “stomach bug.” The District will continue its disinfecting protocols. 

Pike School Officials have asked Parents to share with children the importance of hand washing as this is the most effective preventive measure. Although the ill student is a Primary School Student, absenteeism at the Primary School today is less than 1%. If your child becomes ill and runs a fever, vomits or has diarrhea, please do not send them to school until symptoms subside.


US Air Force Airman First Class  Kacey Ruiz

US Air Force Airman First Class Kacey Ruiz of McDonough GA

According to the Department of Defense they have confirmed that Airman First class Kcey E. Ruiz age 21 of McDonough died when a C-130J Air Force Super Hercules aircraft crashed October 2nd  just after taking off at Jalalabad Airfield, Afghanistan.

Ruiz graduated from Dutchtown High School in Henry County in 2012. She enlisted in the U.S. Air Force shortly after graduating high school.

Air force Officials said that she was stationed at Hanscom Air Force Base in Massachusetts along with Senior Airman Nathan Sartain, 29, of Pensacola, Florida.

The other four airmen killed were Senior Airman Quinn Johnson-Harris, 21, of Milwaukee, Wisconsin, Staff Sgt. Ryan Hammond of Moundsville, West Virginia, Capt. Jordan Pierson, 28, of Abilene, Texas and Capt. Jonathan Golen, 33, of Camarillo, California.

Five civilian contractors and two Afghanistan civilians were also killed in this crash.

WKEU’s Bill Taylor said that the hearts of our community go out to Airman First Class Ruiz family. For me and all retirees of the Armed Services the loss of service members serving in harms way is especially hard.  I ask everyone to say a special prayer for all those that were killed in the crash in Afghanistan and their families, for they are the true heroes of our Nation and special treasures that have given their all for each of us. .





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Pike County Sheriff’s Office traffic investigators responded to a collision on Highway 362 near Hutchinson Road at 1:06 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 1. A Honda Civic traveling westbound crossed the centerline striking a Mitsubishi Montero head on, with two injured and the driver of the Civic found deceased at the scene. The driver of the Honda has been identified as Billy Kerlin III of Zebulon. His funeral is set for this Sunday.

The driver of the Honda Civic was deceased at the scene while two occupants from the other vehicle were transported to Spalding Regional Hospital with injuries.

A pipe suspected to be used to smoke methamphetamine was located in the Honda Civic and the vehicle had been reported stolen out of Forest Park.

The investigation remains on going.


Photo Courtesy of Walter Geiger Barnesville Herald Gazette.

Photo Courtesy of Walter Geiger Barnesville Herald Gazette.


Lamar County Sheriff Brad White has advised WKEU news that Four individuals have been detained following a incident near Lamar County High School. The incident sprang out of an argument over a pair of tennis shoes. At one point one suspect had another’s arm rolled up in a window and was driving down the road with the trapped person running alongside.

There was a pistol in the car though the sheriff said no one ever pointed it at anyone. The car also contained a pair of Air Jordan tennis shoes and reeked of marijuana.

The incident took place right as school was dismissing students Friday afternoon. Students saw four law enforcement officers advancing on the car with weapons drawn. There were no shots were fired.

Four people were taken to the Lamar jail for questioning.

Late Friday afternoon Sheriff White said the incident happened in front of the school on Trojan Way and started at Powell Place apartments down the street from the school on Ward Drive. No identification has been released on those detained but they did not appear to be high school students according to the Sheriff.
Special thanks to Walter Geiger and the Barnesville Herald Gazette for their assistance in this news story.







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It was a historic night for the Spalding Jaguars who for the first time in school history earned a victory over the Griffin Bears, beating their crosstown rivals 28-6 Friday night at Memorial Stadium.  The win upped Spalding’s record to 6-0 on the season (2-0 inside subregion play) while the Bears fell to 2-4 (0-2).

The two teams played staunch defense through the first two quarters with neither offense able to capitalize on the oppositions penalties and turnovers. Griffin finally managed to break the scoreless tie late in the first period. After a Jaguar punt gave the Bears the ball at the Spalding 32, an 18 yard pass from Tylan Morton to Roddy Willis set up a Isaiah Spruill 16 yard scoring run. The Bears tried a trick play on the subsequent two point attempt but the Jags were not fooled which left the score 6-0 with :50 left in the first period.

Both defenses continued to dominate the remainder of the first half which left the score unchanged going into thr intermission.

The Jaguars massive offensive line took over in the second half which sparked Spalding’s comeback. A 56 yard pass between Naricuss Driver and Chardarius Fambro midway through the third quarter set up the Jags deep in Bear territory; Kel Johnson cashed in from 4 yards out to even the score while Trey Gregory’s extra point gave the Jags the lead for good. Spalding went on to rip off 21 unanswered points, largely on the strength of Driver who posted touchdown runs of 6, 94 and 63 yards to account for the 28-6 final.

Driver, Spalding’s  junior quarterback, rushed for 211 yards on the night, 204 of which came in the final two quarters while he added another 95 yards through the air.

Up next for Nick Davis and the Jaguars is a showdown Friday night at home against the Jonesboro Cardinals. Both teams are 2-0 in subregion play so the outcome will go a long way towards determining the eventual subregion championship. Kickoff is set for 7;30.

As for Griffin, the Bears next action comes on Thursday night, also at Memorial Stadium, when the opposition will be provided by Mt. Zion-Jonesboro. Start time Thursday is 7:00.

Both games will be simulcast on WKEU AM 1450 and WKEU FM 88.9 The Rock.







In 2013, U.S. fire departments responded to an estimated 29,200 home structure fires that were intentionally set.  These fires caused 380 deaths, 880 injuries and $531 million in direct property damage.

Agent Charleston McClendon of Allstate Insurance Company is teaming up with the Georgia Arson Control to remind Spalding Countians about Fire Prevention Week, October 4-10, 2015. This is an important week to remember the preventative steps that community members can take.

By reporting potential arson, you can help stop fires before they start. If you have information leading to an arrest and conviction of an arsonist, a reward of up to $10,000 is offered.  Call the Arson Hotline at 1-800-282-5804 and help fight arson.


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In Pike County work on the Williamson – Zebulon road will begin in October and waring signs notifying area residents of the construction are inp0lace.   Blount Construction recently notified the county that Oct. 5 will be the tentative start date for construction on Williamson-Zebulon Road, weather permitting.
County Manager John Hanson said “Advertising construction alerts with digital signage has started to notify the public of the start date, and traffic delays that are expected. He also said the signage will be used throughout the project. Ttraffic on Williamson- Zebulon road will be restricted for local traffic and residents only.”

Digital signs will be placed on Williamson- Zebulon Road at the Reidsboro Road intersection and the County Farm Road intersection. 

The detours will be through Reidsboro Road to Zebulon-Hollonville Road to Highway 18 for Southbound traffic.  North bound traffic will use County Farm Road to Highway 18 to Zebulon-Hollonville Road to Reidsboro Road. 

“There will be extensive construction work and the public should expect long delays on this route. This project will take approximately two and a half weeks.  County Manager Hanson said that the project has been projected for the week that school is out – Oct 12-16 – in effort to lessen the pressure on local traffic for at least 5 days of the project.”

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The City of Griffin was awarded a Community Development Block Grant in the amount of $500,000 from the Georgia Department of Community Affairs, which administers the program on behalf the US. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD).  The “Big Check” was presented by DCA Commissioner Camila Knowles in a ceremony hosted by the Georgia Department of Community Affairs in Jekyll Island, Ga.

Since 2008, the City of Griffin has received approximately $3.5 million dollars for water and waste water infrastructure improvements from HUD and DCA. For seven (7) consecutive years, the City of Griffin has been awarded $500,000 dollars to help improve the water infrastructure in North Griffin neighborhoods.

The CDBG program has spanned from Thomaston Mill to East Griffin. The North Griffin investment has totaled approximately $5.4 million with $3.5 million from the grant program funding. Those investment dollars have helped replace or rehabilitate 7.1 miles of water mains, 2.3 miles of sewer lines, 53 sewer manholes, install 42 new fire hydrants and renew 497 water service lines.

The Grant Funds will be used to complete the work started in 2008 addressing poor infrastructure conditions in the North Griffin area.


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Make plans now for the Jordan Hill PTO huge yard sale for a fundraiser.  It is Oct. 3 rd from 8 am until 2 pm. Spots are available for $10 to vendors. You will find great items at a true real bargain.  And it goes or a great cause at Jordan HIll Elementary.  For more information call 404-867-4679. See you at the Huge Yard Sale.  Fun for everyone.




It’s time to register for the Spalding County Parks and Recreation’s annual FALL KIDS FISHING EVENT to be held on Saturday, October 10 from 8:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. at Wyomia Tyus Olympic Park Lake  1301 Cowan Road.

This event is for Spalding County youth ages 5 to 12. Pre-registration is required! Register online at www.spaldingparksandrec.com or in person at any Parks and Recreation office.

For a great fishing experience please bring a good fishing pole, bait, bucket, stringer, lawn chair, bug spray and sun screen!

Registration is limited to the first 110!

Child must be accompanied by an adult to fish.

First place trophies will be awarded for the biggest fish caught in the two age categories.

For information please call 770-467-4750 or www.spaldingparksandrec.com




Registration for youth basketball will be every Saturday in October 3rd, 10th, 17th, 24th, and 31st, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the:
Fairmont Community Center
241 Blanton Avenue
Griffin, Georgia

The registration fee is $65 for the Instructional League serving ages 3-6 and $90 for the Competitive League serving ages 7-14. A birth certificate is required and the child should be present for uniform sizing.

Early registration is available on line beginning September 1st – September 30th
Register early online at www.spaldingbasketballassociation.org
Register early for a $20 discount.

A limited number of scholarships are available.

Coaches’ applications can be picked up at the SBA office located in the Fairmont Community Center. All coaches are required to complete the following: Application to Coach, Background Check Consent Form and, NAYS Coaches Certification and online Concussion Training Program.

Bids for referees, uniforms and team photos are now being accepted. All bids should be submitted in writing by October 31, 2015:
Spalding Basketball Association
C/O Winnie Colbert
P.O. Box 1783
Griffin, GA 30224
Members and Volunteers are needed to make this a successful program. If you are interested in working with the program by planning and carrying out big or small tasks, coaching, or volunteering in any way, please contact the SBA office at 770-233-3321.