About midnight Thursday evening units of the Spalding Fire Department, Spalding Regional
EMS, Spalding Sheriffs units, and Henry County Police Patrol units and Emory Air Flight based
at the Griffin Spalding Airport responded to I-75 North of the Highway 16 interchange where a
one vehicle accident occurred.  A passenger car left the roadway and struck a large tree. The
occupants were trapped inside the vehicle and had to be extracted.  One individual was taken
to Spalding Regional Hospital and one was airlifted to the Atlanta Medical Center.  A landing 
zone was  established for the helicopter air abundance when both lanes of traffic, North and
South bound was closed.  The incident remains under investigation.

 

SPALDING COUNTY COMMISSIONERS

 

The Spalding County Commissioners met Monday night 10-02-17:

During the meeting the Commissioners Approved an Outside Amplification Permit from Union Baptist Church, 1405 North McDonough Road, for their annual Fall Festival to be held on October 31, 2016 from 5:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m.

Approved a new 2017 Alcohol License for Retail Sale of Beer and Wine for Toney’s One Stop located at 4275 Hwy 19/41, Hampton, Ga 30228.  All criteria has been met and fees have been paid for the issuance of a new license.

Approved a contract with the Office of the Public Defender for Indigent Defense Services in Spalding County State Court for FY2018 amended to include violation of probation.

Approved of a revised contract agreement between Spalding County and the Griffin-Spalding Board of Education for FY2018 for the use of inmate work details. All contracts require Commissioners approval.

Approved a resolution authorizing declaration of taking for property acquisition for the new airport. The BOC approved a declaration of taking earlier this year for this property but the boundary description has been modified and they need to formally adopt this new declaration and boundary description.

Approved a 1 day permit Oct 25th for Jeffery’s Bottle Shop to serve beer & wine at the ribbon cutting ceremony for Marukan & Vinegar luncheon 623 Rehoboth Road.

County manager William Wilson reported that Orchard Hill and Sunnyside Splost projects have been completed. The Pickle Ball Facility is 100% complete. Splost money collected for the past 17 months is $12,299,780.00.

The last houses in the old Aldora Mill village in Barnesville will soon be a thing of the past.

It is adjacent to the Aldora Mill. In Barnesville near highway 342 bypass.

The old mill was operated by General Tire and now is a division of Continental Tire. The tire cord facility continues to thrive and expansion is on the horizon.

Over the years, much of the village was demolished for expansion. The old sewerage system has now decayed to the point that it will be closed.

Lamar County officials had camera through the sewer system out there and the only things holding it together are roots and baby wipes,” reported former Barnesville mayor Jimmy Matthews who grew up in the village and now serves on the Aldora town council along with Joe Penley and Bruce Akins.

The remaining residents are on notice they have to be out by July 1, 2018. Houses that become vacant before then will not be rented.

Residents who move on or before March 1, 2018 will get $2000 in relocation assistance.

At present, there are indications an entrepreneur will come in and move the existing village homes to another location, refurbish them and rent them out or sell them.

The infrastructure surrounding and beneath the village will be rebuilt and then developers will be invited to build homes within what is envisioned as a gated community with a lot of green space.

“It is going to be nice. Our goal is to make it an asset; make it a showplace the community can be proud of,” Matthews concluded.

WKEU would like to thank Walter Geiger and the Barnesville Herald Gazette for their Assistance in this news story.  You can subscribe to the Herald Gazette on line at Barnesville.com.

Mr. Joe Westbury of Jackson

 

In Barnesville two of the existing funeral home operations Breedlove Memorial Chapel and Williams Funeral Home have been Purchased by Joe Westbury, owner of Sherrell-Westbury Funeral Home in Jackson.


Westbury, 42, has spent 22 years in the funeral home business, most recently with Sherrell -Westbury in Jackson and Conner-Westbury in Griffin. He is a member of the board of the Georgia Board of Funeral Service, having been appointed by Governor Nathan Deal.

In a statement given to Walter Geiger of the Barnesville Herald Gazette, “I am buying the business of Williams and the business and location at Breedlove. We will operate under the name Williams-Westbury Funeral Home at the current Breedlove location. Westbury also added our chapel will continue to carry the Breedlove Memorial name,
We work about 100 calls a year in Jackson and Barnesville is about the same. I expect to spend a little more than half my time in Barnesville,”

Westbury also indicated, it is his understanding the Williams real estate on Rose Avenue is under contract and will be developed commercially. It is speculated that the location may be an O’Reilly Auto Parts and Burger King but nothing is yet official.
Special Thanks to Walter Geiger and the Barnesville Herald Gazette for their assistance in this news story.

 

ON SATURDAY AND SUNDAY THERE WERE TWO AUTO ACCIDENTS THAT OCCURRED ON THE NORTH EXPRESSWAY AT THE EXIT CLOSE TO CREST VIEW CHURCH.  THE LATEST WAS ABOUT 7:30 ON SUNDAY NIGHT TWO VEHICLES COLLIDED AT THE INTERSECTION. BUT THERE WERE NO LIFE THREATENING INJURIES REPORTED.  TRAFFIC ON THE SOUTH BOUND LANES, AS THE DAY BEFORE WAS ROUTED THROUGH THE PARKING LOT AT THE SHOPPING CENTER. INCREASINGLY POLICE ARE CONCERNED OVER THE INTERSECTION AS IT WAS CHANGED BY THE GEORGIA DOT FOR SAFETY REASONS.  SEVERAL OTHER ACCIDENTS HAVE BEEN REPORTED AT THAT LOCATION.


 

ABOUT 8:45 ON SUNDAY NIGHT UNITS OF THE SPALDING SHERIFFS DEPARTMENT, RESPONDED TO A&B MOBILE HOME PARK LOT 39 IN RELATION TO A SUBJECT BARRICADING HIMSELF INTO A MOBILE HOME WITH A SHOT GUN.  THERE WERE REPORTS HE HAD FIRED THE SHOT GUN BEFORE DEPUTIES ARRIVED. ONCE ON THE SCENE DEPUTIES MADE CONTACT WITH THE INDIVIDUAL AND TALKED HIM OUT OF HIS RESIDENCE AND TOOK THE INDIVIDUAL IN CUSTODY.  THE INCIDENT REMAINS UNDER INVESTIGATION AND MORE INFORMATION IS EXPECTED TO BE RELEASED LATER BY THE SPALDING SHERIFFS DEPARTMENT.

 

 

 

 

 

About 5:00 on Saturday afternoon Units of the Griffin Fire Department, Griffin Police Department, Spalding EMS, and Emory Air Flight responded to the scene of a two vehicle accident at the intersection of Wilson Road and The Arthur K. Bolton Parkway close to the Griffin Post of the Georgia State Patrol.

Investigators indicated that two SUV vehicles collided a the intersection one of the vehicles overturned on its side and the driver and a passenger in that vehicle were trapped and needed extraction.  The two injured individuals were conscious and were able to talk with EMT personnel.  The decision was made to call in two helicopter air ambulances form Emory Air Flight based at the Griffin Spalding Airport and transport the individuals to the Atlanta Medical Center.

Traffic Investigators indicated that the sun which was setting in the west may have been a contributing factor in the accident as one of the SUVs that was traveling south  at the intersection was struck in the side by the driver of a second SUV that was traveling West at that time.

Traffic at the intersection was tied up for about an hour as investigators completed their work at the intersection and wreckers were called to the scene to remove the vehicles and debris from the roadway.