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A massive storm cell sparked Tornado warnings about 4:30 in North Middle Georgia from the National Weather Service in Peachtree City. By 5:00 storms and tornado were seen in Upson, Lamar and Spalding Counties.  In Lamar County two storms, possibly tornadoes,  one east of Barnesville and one west.
Bobby Ferris of Southern Rivers Energy reported the co-op is aware of damage. He also said “We don’t know how bad it is. Their computer system was down and the IT team were called in and were working on it and had it back in operation by 6:41 p.m. At that time there were about 1,700 co-op members without power.

Multiple trees and power lines were reported down along, Sanders, Morgan Dairy, Rock Springs, Walton, Johnstonville, High Falls Park, Chappell Mill and Parker Branch roads. Power was reported out in multiple areas.

As of 10:00 p.m. Sunday evening, November 23, 2014, approximately 1,145 Central Georgia EMC customers were without power due to serve thunderstorms and strong winds. Additional contract crews were called to assist with restoring electric service. Outages were scattered across CGEMC’s fourteen-county service territory, extensive damage occurred in areas of Butts, and Monroe counties. Overall 8,442 meters were without power at the peak of the storm.

Crews are clearing many fallen trees and repairing a number of broken poles and downed power lines in these areas. Please stay away from downed lines and report them immediately to CGEMC, your local power company, or call 911. Crews will remain on duty until all power has been restored. Be cautious during severe weather; limbs and trees can tear down electric lines. Any dangling line or lines on the ground can be very dangerous.
CGEMC customers may report outages by calling CGEMC and using our automated outage reporting system, at 770-775-7857. During widespread outages, customers may experience longer than normal wait times due to a higher call volume.
CGEMC meets the electric energy needs of members in a 14 county area (Bibb, Butts, Clayton, Fayette, Henry, Jasper, Jones, Lamar, Monroe, Morgan, Newton, Pike, Putnam, and Spalding counties).

A pole barn was destroyed at the county barn building near the Barnesville-Lamar County Industrial Park. Lamar public works superintendent James Rigdon said it appeared the storm went in the back door and out the front door, damaging both roll-up doors. County Commissioner Jay Matthews said his initial assessment was the county barn is a total loss.
Sheriff Brad White said that as of 5:50 Sunday Afternoon there were no injuries reported.

• Traffic accidents were reported on High Falls Road and Morgan Dairy Road at Highway 36 East. • An outbuilding was damaged by falling trees on Old Alabama Road near Milner. • One motor vehicle accident related to the storm was reported. • A downburst took the roof off a mobile home on Abbott Road in Lamar County.

In Upson County near Delray Road close to Potato Creek at Logan Landing Subdivision homes were severely damaged and power lines were downed. There was no reports of injuries caused by the storm damage. The Red Cross responded to the area to assist those in need.  Another tornado was seen in south eastern Upson County.

The line of severe weather moved across the area that included a portion of southeastern Spalding County.  A tornado was seen in the skies close to Swint Road near Orchard Hill by Sheriffs Deputies, but there were no reports it ever touched down or any damage reports in Spalding County.

Butts County, north of Jackson, near 4 points road Highway 36 and Stark Road, a tornado took down power lines and caused some damage to homes there but no injuries were reported from Upson , Butts, Lamar or Spalding Counties.

The storm cell continued its move to the North East and when it neared Covington the National Weather service indicated it ran into a cool front entering Georgia close to that area the storm then dissipated completely.

WKEU would like to thank Walter Geiger, of the Barnesville Herald Gazette, WKEU’s meteorologist Tony Broski, Bill Chapman of 88.9 FM Georgia Public Radio, The Rock, Ed Horard in Butts County, and Brad Nits of Channel 2 news for their assistance during the storm, and in this news story.

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The Lighting of the Downtown Christmas Tree

The Griffin Main Street in conjunction with the Griffin Downtown Council will host its Holliday events in Historic Downtown on Saturday, November 29th.  There will be photos with Santa and mule cart rides for children. The event will begin at 10:00 a.m. at the Griffin Regional Welcome Center.   Candy canes will be made available to all that visit with Santa and make their Special Holiday wish.  Mule cart rides will take the scenic route through Historic Downtown and hot chocolate will be served to help brave the cold. The Annual “Lighting of the Downtown Christmas Tree” will begin at 5:00 p.m. in front of the Customer Service Department of the City Offices at One Griffin Center, 100 S. Hill St.   There will be great entertainment including; “The Sound Affect” Kids Performance Show Choir, Oak Hill Baptist Church Choir,  Artist John Kendall, Jr. and more. For more information call 770-228-5356.

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An Armed Robbery suspect identified as Maurice Newton    arrested by Griffin Police. 

Maurice Newton

Maurice Newton

The investigation has been on going for several months.  

On November 7, 2014, Maurice Newton was arrested for a Violation of Probation warrant. After further investigation into armed robbery incidents Investigators identified Newton as the suspect armed with a gun during the robberies. On November 19, 2014, multiple arrest warrants were filed against Newton. He is being held at the Spalding County jail on seven counts of aggravated assault, two counts of armed robbery and two counts of possession of a firearm during the commission of a crime.   Additional charges are pending as the investigation is still ongoing.  

Several incidents that were being investigated relating to Armed Robberies include. In the evening hours of August 30, 2014 Officers from the Griffin Police Department responded to a report of an armed robbery at Amin’s Food Mart located at 837 Experiment St.  Two black males wearing bandanas over their faces entered the store and demanded money. One of the suspects was armed with a hand gun. There were no injuries reported as result of the robbery. 

On October 8, 2014 during the evening hours Officers responded to another report of an armed robbery. This time at the Griffin Convenience Store located at 923 Experiment Street about a block away from Amin’s Food Mart. During this robbery two black males wearing bandannas just like the August 30 incident entered the store armed with a hand gun and demanding money No injuries were reported.

There were multiple witnesses at both locations during the robberies. GPD Investigators and Crime Scene Investigators responded to both scenes the night of the incidents to gather evidence and take statements from witnesses. 

Police are still searching for the second suspect has not been identified. Anyone with information regarding these robberies can contact Lt. Mike Richardson or Sgt. Sommer Bales at 770-229-6452. All information will remain anonymous

Georgia Division of Child Support Services Launches New Phone Number

 

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Georgia Child Support Services.

The Georgia Department of Human Services Division of Child Support Services will soon be moving to a new phone number beginning Nov. 25, those in need of assistance regarding child support services should dial 1-844-694-2347.

The Georgia Division of Child Support Services (DCSS) collects child support on behalf of 388,649 families in the state. The program works to promote parent accountability and self-sufficiency while reducing the public’s responsibility for providing financial and medical support to children. Clients have fast access to case/payment information; can receive updates on the status of a case; and obtain information regarding payments/direct deposits applied to their case by calling the DCSS Contact Center at  1-844-694-2347.

Those in need of assistance for services administered by the Georgia Division of Family and Children Services (DFCS) can continue to contact DFCS at 1-877-423-4746.

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In Lamar County six local convenience stores were raided and shut down temporarily as part of a raid and investigation into illegal gambling on Thursday afternoon November 20 th.

The Conveniences stores, according to Lamar County Sheriff Brad White, the stores were Benny’s, C&B, Hot Shot, Red Apple, Reliable Mart and Sammie’s.

Sheriff White said that individuals at the stores were paying off winnings from poker machines in cash which is against Georgia law.

Multiple agencies were involved in the raids and investigation including the Georgia Bureau of Investigation, Barnesville Police Department, Lamar County Sheriffs Department, Department of Corrections, and Georgia Lottery enforcement personnel. Multiple charges are being filed against those arrested. The incident remains under investigation an more information is expected to be release later by the Lamar County Sheriffs Department.

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Units of the Spalding and Griffin Fire Departments resounded to the scene of a 911 call to a house fire at Maddox woods just off Maddox road about 1:30 am Friday Morning.
Upon arrival firefighters found that the studs in a wall next to the fireplace in the home were on fire. Spalding Firefighters were able to get to the interior of the wall and extinguish the fire within minutes of arrival. The fire was completely extinguished by 1:55 am. There was damage to the interior of the wall next to the fireplace. and firefighters also inspected the entire wall but no other damage or injuries to the residents or the firefighters were reported.
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WKEU News has been advised by reliable source that Governor Nathan Deal will move the Adjutant General Jim Butterworth  from the Georgia Department of Defense to head GEMA.
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AG Jim Butterworth

Asst. Adjutant General Joe Jarrard

Asst. Adjutant General Joe Jarrard

Assistant Adjutant General Joe Jarrard will be come the new Adjutant General.  Colonel Tom Carden the current Chief of the Joint Staff will be come the new Assistant Adjutant General for Army.
Georgia has recently been hit and coping with massive cuts in the full time staffs at over 475 individuals.  There has also been a reduction in traditional part time members, and number of units that have been cut Nation Wide. Many states are concerned over their units that have been cut as they relate to  mission capability if they are called to active duty by the Governors to respond to inclement weather conditions, or natural disasters.

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At 9:30 on Tuesday Morning Brigadier General (R) Curt Rauhut,

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BG (R) Curt Rauhut

and Dr. Mike Holmes of Georgia Military College came to Griffin at the request of WKEU to meet with officials about the possibility of a satellite school here in Griffin. The meeting was well attended by City Commissioners, County Commissioners, Mayor Ryan McElmore, representatives from the Griffin Spalding Industrial Development Authority, Businessmen, and interested veterans, as well as the Griffin branch of the NAACP to hear a presentation by General Rauhut.
Georgia Military College in Milledgeville is one of the oldest colleges in Georgia founded in 1879, and is the second oldest of only 5 colleges of its type in the Nation.

 

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Georgai Military College

General Rauhut said that the GMC is adding to its satellite programs in the state, of which there are already GMC schools in Dublin, Sandersville, Augusta, Madison, Stone Mountain, Warner Robbins, Columbus, Valdosta, with a new campus being completed in Fayetteville close to Peachtree City, and the Fairburn satellite school is only 13 miles north of Fayetteville.
Georgia Military College was established by the Georgia General Assembly at Milledgeville, October 14, 1879. It is an accredited public, independent liberal arts two -year college with nine campuses in Georgia as well as an On-Line campus. General Rauhut presented a map of the state that indicated areas of Spalding that could possibly be served at Griffin to include Spalding County, Butts, Lamar, Upson, Pike, and Newton Counties.
GMC is an open admissions college requiring a high school diploma or equivalent for entry. The student body population is 12,053 in student year 2013/2014. Also the college is predominately minority with 54 percent African Americans being the largest ethnic group and about 65 percent are female. Approximately 85 percent of students receive financial aid.

The State Legislature has approved expanding the GMC curriculum to add a Bachelor of Applied Science degree at select campuses.  GMC also provides learning support to all students, including free tutorial assistance. This support helps students achieve college level skills. With the learning assistance and financial aid provided by GMC many Georgia students are able to attend college who other wise would not be able to attend either for financial reasons or academic reasons.

General Rauhut was more than impressed with the Griffin area and support of the almost filled to capacity group that attended the event. All Commissioners, and those present was extremely supportive of the General, and his excellent presentation of the quality of GMC statewide in assisting students move forward for their future educational success.

The next step in the process will be a study of the area to determine the need, and with the addition of one or two satellite schools each year for GMC it may be as early as 2016 when a decision can be made about Griffin and the area. All of our elected officials, that were present, as well as State Representative John Yates, and Griffin Spalding School Superintendent, Curtis Jones were extremely impressed with General Rauhut’s presentation and have stated they have hopes of an expanded satellite GMC campus here in Griffin.

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Tickets are now on sale for the Griffin Bears vs Marist War Eagles game to be held at Memorial Stadium on Friday night. Tickets for the round two playoff game are $10.00 each. Kick off of the second round of state playoffs will be at 7:30 pm. Be sure to tune into WKEU AM 1450, 88.9 FM WKEU-FM “The Rock”, or on live stream.  There are two ways you can now listen to the live stream by listening on the website by clicking listen live link fir either WKEU AM or WKEU FM, or you can download the free app. The app is available for all smart phones and tablets. Just go to your app store and search WKEU Radio. Our coverage begins with the Bears Tailgate show at 6:00pm live from the stadium. GO Bears and good luck Friday night!

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The Griffin/Spalding Chamber of Commerce is getting ready for their 52nd Annual Christmas Parade to be held Saturday, December 6th at 6:00 p.m.

“Characters of Christmas” is this year’s theme; participants are encouraged to decorate their entry accordingly.  All entries are required to have a decorated float, car or truck.  Walking units are encouraged to dress in holiday attire.  Judging will be held in the following categories:

Chamber’s Cup—Best Overall Presentation

Santa’s Choice—Best Representation of Parade Theme

            Best Walking Group—Marching, dancing skating, etc.

            Most Original—Based on originality and uniqueness

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.

For more information or to register, please contact the Chamber at 770-228-8200 or print a registration form under Special Events at griffinchamber@cityofgriffin.com .