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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.”
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.
JORDAN HILL ELEMENTARY SCHOOL
“Our students will lead the system, region and state in
exceptional character and academics.”
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
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.