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A local couple from Lamar County have been arrested  in Southington Connecticut after they apparently tried to skip out on a restaurant bill.

Southington Connecticut Police were called to the Queen Street Denny’s restaurant Wednesday morning because
the restaurant staff was afraid two people from Georgia were going to skip out on a tab. 


On Wednesday at 10:50 a.m., officers arrested Robert Brock, 34, of Barnesville, GA. and Christina Brock, 27 of Milner, GA.

Both were charged with third-degree larceny and sixth-degree larceny. 

A bond of $50,000.00 was placed on the third-degree larceny charges and a bond of $500 was set on the sixth-degree larceny charges.

Neither was able to post bond and both were held and taken to custody pending count action.

Officers found Christina Brock walking away from the restaurant and she said she was going to her vehicle to get money or a credit card to pay for the food, police said.

Officers found Robert Brock still inside the restaurant and he offered the same story as Christina Brock.

Officers escorted Robert Brock to the vehicle, which was parked on Interstate Drive, near the restaurant..  

While Robert Brock was looking for the money inside his vehicle, Officers ran the license plate, which was stored inside the vehicle, and they discovered that the vehicle was reported stolen out of the Monroe County Georgia. Upon verification by the Monroe County Georgia Sheriff’s Office and both Brocks were taken into custody, No money was found in the vehicle to pay the bill at Denny’s, according to Officials  

The stolen vehicle is a 2003 Pontiac Grand Prix valued at $5,000.

The meal check totaled $28.96,


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The Griffin/Spalding Chamber of Commerce Military Affairs Committee is preparing for their Annual July 4th Parade to be held Monday, July 4th at 10:00 a.m.

Registration is open for participants and all are encouraged to decorate their entry for the Holiday.  All entries are required to have a decorated float, car or truck.  Walking units are encouraged to dress in red, white & blue attire.

The regular parade route on West Taylor Street will be used beginning at 16th Street at Chick-fil-A with units dispersing at 4th street turning right at the Old Cola Company.  Due to safety concerns, this will be a candy free event.

We ask that spectators and participants please pick up litter and keep our streets clean.

For more information or to register, please contact the Chamber at 770-228-8200.




On Thursday, June 23rd, 2016, Monroe County Sheriff’s Office investigators served a search warrant and arrested a suspect for impersonating a law enforcement officer and false imprisonment.



Joshua Character (18) of Forsyth is accused of conducting an illegal traffic stop of a Yatesville, Georgia, man on Friday, June 17th, 2016, on Georgia Highway 83 south near Old Brent Road around 10pm. 

According to the victim, Character used emergency style vehicle lighting (red and clear LEDs) to stop the male before approaching the driver and accusing the driver of cutting him off on Lee Street in Forsyth, Georgia. The complainant stated that the vehicle activated its emergency lights, and the complainant believed it was an unmarked law enforcement vehicle. 

During the stop, Character allegedly falsely identified himself as a Sheriff’s Deputy and a firefighter; in fact, Character was in the process of becoming a volunteer firefighter for the Monroe County Fire Department. The complainant stated that Character held him roadside for several minutes, and even ordered the complainant to exit Georgia 83 South and travel to a former bar parking lot on Old Brent Road. 

At one point, the complainant allegedly requested to see Character’ badge or credentials, but Character was unable to produce either and left the scene after ordering the complainant to drive to a different location. Character is currently being held at the Monroe County Jail awaiting a bond hearing.

The Monroe County Sheriff’s Office would like to advise citizens that, in the event  you suspect that a vehicle is attempting to illegally stop you, and that vehicle is not a fully marked patrol car outfitted with at least some blue lights, you should do the following: (1) activate your emergency blinkers, (2) slow down, (3) call 911 and advise the dispatcher of your situation, (4) keep your hands on the steering wheel (so that an actual officer is not led to believe that you are concealing a weapon or other illegal items), (5) and continue on to a well-lit and populated area.


The Government Finance Officers Association of the United States and Canada (GFOA) has awarded the Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting to Spalding County for its Comprehensive Annual Financial Report (CAFR). The Certificate of Achievement is the highest form of recognition in the area of governmental accounting and financial reporting, and its attainment represents a significant accomplishment by a government and its management.
An Award of Financial Reporting Achievement has been awarded to the individual(s), department or agency designated by the government as primarily responsible for preparing the award-winning CAFR and has been presented to:
Jinna L. Garrison, Administrative Services Director
This is the fifteenth consecutive year that Spalding County, under Ms. Garrison’s direction, has received this prestigious award.
The CAFR has been judged by an impartial panel to meet the high standards of the program including demonstrating a constructive “spirit of full disclosure” to clearly communicate its financial story and motivate potential users and user groups to read the CAFR. A copy of the Spalding County CAFR can be viewed on the Spalding County website at www.spaldingcounty.com .
The GFOA is a nonprofit professional association serving approximately 17,500 governmental finance professionals with offices in Chicago, IL and Washington, DC.


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The Griffin-Spalding Hospital Authority administers certain trust accounts, using the proceeds to improve the health and well-being of the citizens of Spalding County.  Under applicable laws and trust agreements, the Authority may make grants to not-for-profit organizations for health related purposes, provided the funds granted are used for the citizens of Spalding County.

The Authority reviews requests for grants annually notifying applicants of disposition.

If you believe your organization may qualify for consideration of a grant under these guidelines, and are interested in applying for funds contact the Griffin-Spalding Hospital Authority at (770) 229-5767 or in writing to P. O. Box 1592 – Griffin, Georgia 30224 or via e-mail at ymlangford@gmail.com for a grant application form.  Applications can also be picked up at the offices of the Hospital Authority at 245 Meriwether Street or the Chamber of Commerce at 143 North Hill Street.  Deadline for applications is August 12, 2016.

For organizations interested in applying for a grant and wanting assistance the Hospital Authority will conduct a workshop on June 30, 2016 at the Griffin Welcome Center at 143 North Hill Street beginning at 1:30 in the afternoon.  To attend the workshop please contact Yvonne Langford at (770) 229-5767 or by e-mail at ymlangford@gmail.com.