Griffin Spalding Board of Education member James Westbury at the Tuesday night board meeting tendered his resignation effective July 31st. The Board recommended that Will Doss, who was elected to the seat in an earlier elections this year be immediately appointed to fill Westbury unexpired term.  Documentation is being prepared by the Griffin Spalding Board of Education who passed a resolution at theTuesday night meeting and that will be forwarded to the Governor for approval.  Once the documentation is returned by the Governor with his approval, Doss will be sworn in and will fill the unexpired term of Westbury until December 31st.

Final Election Results    July 26, 2016

Spalding County Sheriff (Republican)

Darrell Dix 2875

(I) Wendell Beam 2523

Dix will meet Democrat Curtis Keys in November for The General Election to determine the next Sheriff of Spalding County.

Spalding County Commission District 1

(I) Gwen Flowers-Taylor 294

Tammy Daniel 198

Flowers-Taylor will face Republican Dennis Scott in the November General Election.

State House District 73

Karen Mathiak 1337

(I) John Yates 1045

Mathiak will oppose Democrat Rahim Talley in November.

District Attorney

Ben Coker 3368

Rudjard Hayes 1761

Coker will replace Scott Ballard who did not seek another term as DA.

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The Zebulon Police Department have arrested two individuals at a house at the 1500 block of Highway 18 for an incident that occurred between the dates of June 19 and July 18 2016. Zebulon Police Chief Jonathan Hemphill advised WKEU news that Stephen Johnson

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and his wife Susan Johnson

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took in a homeless 19 year female and made her sign a sex contract with them requiring her to call the man Master and the woman Mistress and basically held that over her head. They would video tape the sex acts on the girl. Apparently the teen managed to contact the Zebulon Police about the situation. When officers arrived at the residence they arrested Stephen Johnson age 60 and his wife Susan.  Reports indicated that Stephen Johnson attempted to get into an altercation with officers, but he was quickly apprehended.

Stephen Johnson has been charged with:


-Aggravated Sexual Battery


-Obstruction of a Police Officer

-Possession Marijuana less than one ounce


Susan Johnson is charged with:

-Party to a crime of rape

-Party to a crime of Aggravated Sexual Battery

-Party to a crime of Sodomy

-Possession Marijuana less than one ounce


The investigation is continuing as the GBI is conducting a forensic analysis of computers that were in the residence.

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Plans for a new city in Fayette County have been unveiled. Chick Fil A’s Dan Cathy, and his partners have announced plans for a 700 million dollar min city within walking distance of Pinewood Atlanta Studios and GMC College.  The plan would be one of the most ambitions real estate ventures on South Side Atlanta. A Similar facility is being constructed in Henry County just of I-75 North of McDonough near Eagles Landing. The facility in Fayette County will be called Pine Wood Forest, and will offer hotels, restaurants, shops, office space and about 1, 300 homes on a 230 acre tract in the center of Fayette Country.

Initial work is now underway with construction of the first homes and commercial acres schedule for early next year. Developers said the project will also help the expansion plans in downtown Fayetteville which is 4 miles away.

Fayetteville, Peachtree City, and Fayette County are part of South Metro’s more affluent areas. All of South Metro had been hit by the recent recession.

On hand Thursday for the announcement was Reverend Ed Johnson, Fayetteville’s Mayor, Dan Cathy and Bill Lynch the project director and partner.

Cathy owns the project independent of his role as head of Chick Fil A. He said that “its going to be a community that will break new ground in many directions not taken by previous developments.”  “Talks are underway with Health Care, and wellness center operators, hotel companies, and potential retailers,” according to Cathy’s Partner Bill Lunch.







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Pike County Sheriff’s Office Investigators have been working on a commercial burglary and several thefts that have taken place over the past several weeks. The diligence of Investigators paid off as a lead was developed on a suspect. Additional burglaries had been reported in Zebulon, Thomaston, Upson  County and Taylor County that were similar in nature during the same time frame.

The leads that developed were shared with all agencies as two suspects were identified. The suspects were found to be living in Upson County at 3997 Yatesville Highway.

A search of the residence pursuant to a search warrant revealed numerous stolen items from multiple jurisdictions. A stolen vehicle from Pike County and one from Spalding County were located. The list of stolen items recovered included a handgun, 40 foot trailer, zero turn lawnmower, dirt bike and an all terrain vehicle. The scope of the stolen items recovered reached from Columbus to Barnesville.

The suspects arrested are Marcus Floyd , 38 years of age , and his wife Travanique Floyd , 30 years of age. They face numerous charges including burglary, theft by receiving stolen property , possession of a firearm by a convicted felon and theft by taking motor vehicle. Both suspects have an extensive arrest record primarily for theft and burglary.

The arrests of the suspects was carried out by Pike County Sheriffs Office , Zebulon Police Department, Upson County Sheriffs Office and Thomaston Police Department. All of these agencies will have criminal charges on the suspects as well as Spalding County, Taylor County and Barnesville.

Both suspects are currently in the Pike County Jail.

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A domestic situation on Concord Road in Pike county results in a shooting incident. Upon arrival of a Domestic incident on Concord Road in Pike County, Deputies were informed that an individual that had been involved in the incident had left the scene in his vehicle. The information given to deputies further stated that the driver also had a firearm.

Two Deputies located the suspect in his vehicle on Turner Road and attempted to make a traffic stop. The suspect was believed to be stopping and as the Deputies exited there vehicle to approach the vehicle he accelerated and rammed the front of the patrol vehicle causing extensive damage.


At this time the suspect was observed with an assault rifle in his hands and failed to comply with Deputies instructions. Due to the imminent threat against them the Deputies did shoot the suspect. He suffered non life threatening injuries and was taken into custody.


The individual was identified as Dakota Caldwell,white male, 24 years of age.

EMS personnel transported the suspect to Spalding Regional Hospital for treatment. He has since been released and is currently in the Pike County Jail.

The Georgia Bureau of Investigation was called to the scene to conduct an independent investigation of the shooting .

The preliminary investigation into the incident has shown the Deputies to be completely justified in their actions to defend their safety. The Georgia Bureau of Investigation will continue with their inquiry into the actions surrounding the discharge of the Deputies weapons.

Caldwell was armed with an assault type rifle and a semi automatic handgun at the time of the incident. In addition to his charges of aggravated assault on law enforcement, possession of a firearm during commission of a crime and interference with government property. He now has three additional counts of aggravate assault on a law enforcement officer, and one cont of aggravated assault. Upon reviewing the dash camera footage and statements of witnesses it was determined that the charges were appropriate for the crimes committed.

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The Griffin Region College and Career Academy, Inc. Board of Directors will meet on Monday, July 25, 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.



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The Henry County Police Department would like to welcome its newest Police Chaplain, Jamelle McKenzie. Mrs. McKenzie is the Senior Pastor for Kingdom Carriers Church from 2006-present. The church is located at 149A Burke Street, Stockbridge, GA 30281. Prior to that, she was the Pastor at the Knights Monumental A.M.E. Church in Stockbridge, GA from 1998-2006. 

Mrs. McKenzie became an ordained minister by Bethel Missionary Baptist Church in Brooklyn New York in 1984. She earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in Sociology from The University of Virginia in 1985. In 1985 and ’86, she participated in the Curry Memorial School of Education Human Services Counseling Program at The University of Virginia. In 1993 and ’94, McKenzie studied at the Morehouse School of Religion in 1993 and ’94. From 1994-1998, she took Board of Examiners training from the African Methodist Episcopal Church. McKenzie received her A.M.E. Deacon orders in 1995 and her Elder orders in 1998. She is currently a Master of Divinity in Community Chaplaincy candidate at Liberty University for 2018. 

The Henry County Police Department is proud to have Pastor McKenzie join our team.




On Saturday, July 23rd, 2016, the Monroe County Sheriff’s Office and Georgia Public Safety Training Center will host the 9th annual Teen Safe Driving Camp.

Start time: 09:00 AM

Location: GPSTC-Forsyth, 1000 Indian Springs Drive, Forsyth, GA 31029

The driving camp has a total of 152 students between the ages of 15-17 that will learn about the consequences of distracted driving, the dangers of driving impaired, tips for defensive driving, skid recovery techniques, safety at railroad crossings, and demonstrate important vehicle maintenance practices. The students will use the cone course and skid pad during the course.


If you would like to cover this story, the doors will be open to the media at 08:00 AM. Parking will be in the south parking lot (or opposite end of the center from the water tower). Contact person for media is Sgt. Lawson Bittick, and his contact information is below.

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The Military Affairs Committee will meet on Tuesday, August 9th, at 10:00 a.m. in the Board Room at the Griffin Welcome Center. A review of the past year and planning for the coming year will be agenda items.