Spalding Sheriffs Department


Around 7:20 Sunday evening units from the Spalding County Fire Department, WellStar Spalding EMS, Spalding County Sheriff’s Department, Troopers from The Georgia State Patrol, and Spalding County Coroner Mike Pryor responded to a juvenile struck by a vehicle at 1220 Highfalls Road.
Air Methods Air One ambulance helicopter based at the Griffin – Spalding Airport was placed on standby. Upon arrival Air Methods Air One was taken off of stand-by. Wellstar Spalding EMS along with The Spalding County Fire Department transported the juvenile to Wellstar Spalding Hospital where the juvenile passed away.
A 2014 Dodge Ram 1500 pickup truck being operated by Billie Reeves of Griffin was traveling west on High Falls Road. When Mateo Tello age 11 of 112 Newton Circle was traveling west on the north shoulder, when Tello attempted to proceed south across the westbound lane. Tello crossed into the path of the truck.
WKEU joins with the community in prayers for all involved. 


Board Names New District Administration


At the June 15 board of education work session, the Griffin-Spalding County School System (GSCS) Board of Education appointed Dr. Norman Sauce as the Executive Director of Student Support Services, Lindy Pruitt as the Executive Officer of Secondary Education, Sandra Long as the Counseling Program Coordinator, Dr. Stephanie Evans as the Director of Strategic Talent Management and Barbara Alston as the Director of Federal Programs.

Dr. Norman C. Sauce III will serve as the GSCS Executive Director of Student Support Services. In this new role, Dr. Sauce will oversee the GSCS Student Services Department, Special Education, MTSS/Project AWARE and School Counseling Program. He has served as the Executive Director of Elementary Education since 2017. Prior to joining GSCS, he served as a high school principal with DeKalb County School District and as an elementary principal with Fulton County Schools. Before moving to Georgia, he served as a social studies teacher and assistant principal at schools in his native Southern California. Dr. Sauce earned his Doctor of Education degree from the University of Southern California, his Master of Education degree from the University of California Los Angeles and his Bachelor of Arts degree in History from California State University Long Beach.

Lindy Pruitt was named the GSCS Executive Director of Secondary Education which will supervise all middle and high school principals along with career and technical education. Pruitt has served as the Spalding High School Principal for seven years. Prior to that role, she served GSCS as a middle school principal, assistant principal and teacher for 17 years. Pruitt received her Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees from the University of West Georgia. She is currently completing a Leadership Management Class through Harvard Business School.

Sandra Long will serve as the new GSCS Counseling Program Coordinator. This role will oversee all school counselors. Long has served as the counselor of Futral Road Elementary School since 2004. This year, she was named the GSCS School Counselor of the Year. Long also served GSCS as a middle school math teacher for six years. She earned her Bachelor’s, Master’s and Education Specialist degrees from the University of Georgia.

The GSCS Director of Strategic Talent Management will be Dr. Stephanie Evans. Dr. Evans has served as the principal for Orrs Elementary and A.Z. Kelsey Academy for the last seven years. Prior to being principal, she served as the assistant principal for A.Z. Kelsey Academy for seven years, academic coach at Griffin High School for one year and a literature teacher at Griffin High School for eight years. Dr. Evans earned her Bachelor’s degree from Spelman College, her Master’s degree from Georgia College and State University, her Education Specialist degree from Lincoln Memorial University and her Doctorate from Georgia Southern University.

Barbara Alston is the new GSCS Director of Federal Programs. Alston joins GSCS from Bibb County Schools where she served as the Director of Family Engagement and principal/director of their College and Career Academy for the last 10 years. Prior to that role, she served as the Federal Programs Director for Meriwether County School System for five years. She received her Bachelor’s degree from Clayton State University and her Master’s and Education Specialist degrees from Valdosta State University.

GSCS Superintendent Keith Simmons stated, “I’m excited for these leaders. Four of the Five are internal promotions. We are fortunate to have many qualified people in this school system. These individuals have demonstrated the ability to lead with excellence and they will help us create positive experiences for students as we prepare them to graduate college and career ready. I am looking forward to seeing great results from this group of experienced educators.”

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Spalding Sheriffs Department




Investigators with the City of Griffin Police Department and the Spalding County Sheriff’s Office discovered a body near the area where we received a report of a missing person late last week. Griffin Police Department Investigators, Spalding County Sheriff’s Deputies and the Spalding County Coroner are working together to identify the body. Information will be released once positive identification has been made and the next of kin has been notified. Thank you to the Griffin Police Department and the Spalding County Coroner’s Office for their assistance in this case.


Sheriff Jimmy Thomas of Pike County has advised WKEU news that his Investigators have continued to work on the circumstances surrounding the escape of inmate Jason Goolsby.

Stephanie Bell , from Monroe County, has been arrested and charged with aiding the escape of Goolsby. The investigation has shown that Bell traveled to Zebulon and picked up Goolsby a short time after he left his work detail.

This incident continues to be an active investigation and further details will be released when appropriate.