GOVERNOR NATHAN DEAL

On Thursday WKEU news was notified of a Executive Order being singed by Governor Nathan Deal.  The executive order followed  a request from District Attorney Benjamin Coker, Josh W. Thacker Judge of Spalidng State Court, and the Spalding County Commissioners in relation to their requests for a investigation into Criminal Charges, alleged misconduct in Office, or alleged incapacity of the Clerk of Spalding Superior Court Marcia Norris.

Governor Deal’s Executive Order appointed The State Attorney General Chris Car,  Tina Blankenship Clerk of Webster County, and Greg Allen Clerk of Forsyth County as the committee to investigate “Criminal Chargers”, Alleged misconduct in Office, or alleged incapacity as it relates to Mrs. Norris Clerk of Spalding County.

Governor Deal Signed the Executive Order on August 30th.  The appointed committee has 30 days in which to investigate and make recommendations to the Governor.

 

 

 

SPALDING COUNTY SENIOR CITIZENS CENTER

Spalding County Senior Center is excited to announce their first annual Costume Party! on:
Friday, October 13, 2017 2:30 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. Senior Citizen’s Center Banquet Hall
885 Memorial Drive Griffin, Georgia

Come join us for a wicked good time, if you dare, and watch world-renowned Prince Impersonator, Bobby Miller, put on a thrilling, must see performance!
This event is open to adults age 50 and over. Registration fee for Senior Center Members is $5.00 and for non-members registration will be$10.00. Refreshments and heavy hors d’oeuvres will be served.

Whether you’re ghoulish, glam or wear a mask, dress up and join our party, that’s all we ask. Ribbons will be awarded for the “Best Costume”, the “Scariest Costume” and the “Funniest Costume.”

SPALDING COUNTY SENIOR CITIZENS CENTER

To register for this exciting event, please visit www.spaldingparks.com or the Spalding County Senior Center located at 885 Memorial Drive, Griffin, Georgia.
For information, call the Spalding County Senior Center at 770-467-4384.

 

Four young males – three white, one black – fled from a auto accident  on High Falls Rd in Lamar County Tuesday afternoon at about 3:30 p.m.

Sgt. Anthony Thompson leads one of the fugitives out of the woods off High Falls Road (Photo: Walter Geiger)

Sheriff Brad White indicated that the individuals may have been involved in a burglary.
The vehicle overturned near 295 High Falls Rd.  A passersby saw them exit the wrecked vehicle and flee on foot. One individual snapped photo that is on our web site wkeuradio.com. (photo courtesy of Walter Geiger and the Barnesville Herald Gazette.
One of the four, individuals  the white male in jeans was later captured nearby by Lamar deputies. He suffered a wrist injury in the wreck.

Tuesday afternoon at 5:30 p.m. personnel from the Lamar County Sheriffs Department,  Butts County Sheriffs Department and DNR rangers were searching the area with K-9 Units.

Sheriff White asks If you see anything unusual in the area, to p.ease call 911.
WKEU would like to thank Walter Geiger and the Barnesville Herald Gazette for their assistance in this new story. You can subscribe to the Herald Gazette on line at barnesville.com

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

A Spalding County family is dealing with tragedy this week after an accidental drowning at a Birdie Road residence. Units of the Spalding Sheriffs Department, Spalding Fire Rescue, Spalding Regional EMS, and Spalding Coroner Sonny Foster resounded to a residence on Birdie Road in relation to a missing child.   Four year old Leilani Kai Jackson had been reported missing for an hour and a half Monday, and was subsequently located in an above-ground pool behind the residence.  Spalding County Coroner Sonny Foster pronounced the young girl deceased shortly before 8 pm Tuesday, and had the body transported to the State Crime Lab for a determination as to the exact cause of death.  .  He advised that no foul play is suspected in the case.  Officials say there was debris in the pool and had not been used in more than a year.

 

 

ZEBULON GEORGIA

 

 

Lieutenant General Retired Bill Caldwell President of Georgia Military College (GMC) in Milledgeville

PRESIDENT GMC COLLEGE LTG (R) WILLIAM R. CALDWELL                                                          

has announced that Pike County and Zebulon have been approved for an extension of the GMC campus in Fayetteville. Pike county was selected due to its unique location, community, and welcoming from the City and County Commissioners from the very beginning of negotiations.

Lieutenant General (R) Caldwell will be at the WKEU studios for an interview on Wednesday.

WKEU’s Bill Taylor made the initial contact with

VICE PRESIDENT GMC            BG (R) CURT RAUHUT

GMC vice president Brigadier General retired Curt Rauhut who was originally from Fayetteville and was well aware of the Pike and Zebulon areas. The work with Taylor and the GMC officials began in 2014. Taylor indicated that GMC officials are extremely excited for the support they received in Pike County and the facility.

Most instrumental for this area acquiring the college was

STATE REPRESENTATIVE JOHNNIE CALDWELL

State Representative Johnnie Caldwell, who has been a huge supporter of GMC over the years and saw the future of the district with the location in Zebulon for GMC.  We talked with State Representative Caldwell who stated this is a huge move for the entire district and beyond.  Caldwell said that GMC is a very unique college, one of only 5 in the entire nation, that was founded in 1879 and they are not only a junior college with 11 campuses, but they are, like the other four in the nation, a prep school for the service academies allowing those young individuals desiring a military career to attend the “corps of cadets” in Milledgeville for two years. Upon graduation students are commissioned as a 2nd Lieutenant, and then completing the last two years at any service academy they desire. 80 percent of the GMC students are not members of the Military Corps of Cadets and the military programs are only offered in Milledgeville.  Students may attend one of the more than 40 universities or colleges which GMC has articulation agreements.

The Zebulon GMC campus will be in the same complex with the City Offices on South 19, which was a school that was renovated in 2007.  Representatives of GMC visited the location about 3 weeks ago indicating that the facility is one of the best ever for an extension campus. Wiring for computers and all necessary furnishings will be accomplished by GMC and the facility is expected to be ready by the first of the year.

BG (R) ROCK DONAHUE DIRECTOR GMC COLLEGE FAYETTEVILLE

Brigadier General Rock Donahue, Director of the Fayetteville Campus, has indicated that the opening for students will be in early 2018, possibly as early as March.

All Zebulon commissioners and Pike Commissioners have given their total support to GMC and stated they are very proud and excited to have this great academy in Zebulon to serve students in the district. GMC officials said this was one of the main factors in their choosing Zebulon and Pike County for their new extension campus.

The Zebulon Commissioners will be voting on the final approval on Tuesday, August  8th.

Work on the facility is expected to begin in the next few days or weeks.

 

Five teenagers were rescued overnight Saturday after calling 911 and reporting that they had overturned a boat on the Flint River. The caller stated that they did not know the exact location they were at , and only knew that they were between Flat Shoals Road and Highway 18. Sheriff’s Deputies made an initial check of the area and requested additional resources to further check the large area.

Department of Natural Resources, Pike County Fire and EMA and Upson County EMA responded and after several hours located the teenagers. All of the victims were returned safely with no injuries.