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Once again this year the Griffin Spalding Literacy Commission will be hosting the Bull Dog Hunt.  The Big hunt will be on August 14 th.  Be sure and make plans now to take part in the Bull Dog Hunt for Literacy.  The Bull Dog Hunt is one of the ways The Griffin Spalding Literacy Commission says, thank you for your support to help to get local residents their GED.  Local businesses, civic clubs, organizations, and citizens can  become a partner in supporting literacy through their donations to the Bull Dog Hunt.  WKEU donates all time, engineers, air staff, and equipment to make the broadcast possible each year at no cost.

All funds raised for the Bull Dog hunt go to support the Literacy program and help area citizens get their GED.  You can also help by a Tax-exempt  donation of $150.00 to the Bull Dog Hunt.  WKEU FM “The Rock” 88.9 will donate 20 announcements to be  broadcast for each business, individual, or group in the Month following the hunt showng your suppot of literacy in our xommunity.  Again your donation to the Bull Dog Hunt is Tax Exempt and every penny goes to the Griffin Spalding Literacy program for classes to allow students to acquire their GED. The funds raised go to paying for teachers, supplies, computers, and GED test fees.  The Griffin Spalding Literacy Commission classes are taught at the UGA Griffin Campus, First Assembly of God Church, and Spalding County Correctional Facility.  The Bull Dog hunt Broadcast starts at dark August 14 th about 7:45 pm.  The WKEU Boom Box and Van will be located a the UGA Griffin Campus onExperiment Street, and we will read the first clue between 7:45 and 8pm for the first of our six hidden UGA  Bull Dogs.

 

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SPALDING COUNTY PARKS AND RECREATION DEPARTMENT ANNOUNCES FINAL DAY FOR SOCCER REGISTRATION

The Spalding County Parks and Recreation Department would like to remind everyone that Saturday, August 2nd, 2014, is the last day to register for soccer. Walk-in registration will be held at: Wyomia Tyus Park 1301 Cowan Rd. Griffin, GA 30223 Saturday, August 2, 2014 10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. Online registration is available at www.griffinsoccer.org. Click on the link on the left side of the page “Online Registration – Fall 2014″. League Fees are as follows:

Parents and Tots (U4)………………………$65.00
U5………………………………………………..$65.00
U6………………………………………………..$75.00
U8………………………………………………..$85.00
U10………………………………………………$85.00
U12………………………………………………$95.00
U14…………………………………………….$100.00
U16…………………………………………….$100.00
U19…………………………………………….$100.00

Uniform fee is an additional $30. All interested in coaching soccer must complete the following: (1) Coach Application; (2) Pass the background check screening; (3) Have current NYSCA Coach Certification; and Present proof of NYSCA Concussion Training before being permitted to coach or work with the teams. For more information contact Annette White (678)608-0534 or (404)643-0967.

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Representatives from across city departments interviewed applicants for vacant positions at the city job fair this past Tuesday.  The job fair was held between 2 PM and 6 PM, city staff conducted approximately 200 interviews for open city positions.

“We were very satisfied with the quality of candidates that came out today,” said Human Resources Director Miles Neville.  “We wanted to get a decent showing of people qualified for our available positions, and that’s what happened.  I’m sure that some portion of those interviewed will become city employees.

Following Tuesday’s fair, the most qualified candidates will be contacted for a second interview.  Individuals who couldn’t attend but are interested in working for the City of Griffin can find out about vacancies by visiting the city’s website at www.cityofgriffin.com.

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The Spalding County Parks and Recreation Department announces the last date for football registration will be on Saturday, August 2 at City Park Community Center 601 Camp Northern Road Griffin, GA 10:00am to 2:00pm.

 All players must bring a birth certificate to register. The age control date is the player’s age as of September 1, 2014.
 All players registering must be accompanied by their parent or guardian.
 All registrants will be weighed at registration.
 Tackle leagues for ages 7-12 is $125.00.*
 Flag Football league for ages 5-6 is $60.00.*
 Football equipment will be issued during registration hours.

*NOTE: Players who live outside of Spalding County
will pay an additional $30.00 out of county fee at registration.

All interested in coaching football must complete the following: (1) Coach Application; (2) Pass the background check screening; (3) Have current NYSCA Coach Certification; and Present proof of NYSCA Concussion Training before permitted to coach or work with teams.
For further information please contact Robby Milner a 770-467-4750.
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The Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting has been awarded to Spalding County by the Government Finance Officers Association of the United States and Canada (GFOA) 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 designated by the government as primarily responsible for preparing the award-winning CAFR. This has been presented to:

Jinna L. Garrison, Administrative Services Director

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.
The GFOA is a nonprofit professional association serving approximately 17,500 government finance professionals with offices in Chicago, IL, and Washington, D.C.

This award, for the fiscal year ended June 30, 2013, is the thirteenth consecutive Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting for Spalding County, Georgia.

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The Griffin Police Department was awarded the Small Incentive Grant. The purpose of the grant is to replace the current breath testing instrument, the Intoxilyzer 5000 with the new Intoxilyzer 9000 model. The grant money will be used to reimburse the City’s cost of the new machine which was $8,000. The Intoxilyzer machines are used by Law Enforcement agencies for the purposes of administering a State Certified breath test for D.U.I. cases. The Intoxilyzer 9000 is the latest technology offered and will replace the 5000 models that will no long be used after December 31, 2015.

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The grant was awarded to the Griffin Police Department for its participation in the Governor’s Office of Highway Safety (GOHS) Traffic Enforcement Network. The Griffin Police Department is part of the Central Georgia Traffic Enforcement Network. As part of this network, the Griffin Police Department reports enforcement efforts and activity to GOHS, hosts network meetings, and has representatives attend all network meetings. This is part of the continuing efforts by the Governor’s Office of Highway Safety to increase partnership with local Law Enforcement agencies and provide support in reducing crashes, injuries, and fatalities on Georgia’s roadways.

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A Deputy of the Spalding Sheriffs Department while making a regular patrol spotted an individual that had an outstanding felony warrant standing beside a car in Northern Spalding County.  When officers stopped, the individual fled into a wooded area. The Sheriffs Department called in K-9 units and the Sheriffs Department Helicopter to the scene but were unable to contact the individual. Sheriff Beam indicated that the department has the individuals name and address, as well as other hangouts, and feels the individual will be apprehended in the next few days.

 

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About 11:00 AM Monday units of the Griffin Police Department, Griffin Fire Rescue, Spalding Regional EMS, and the EPD, responded to the scene of a accident involving a Ford F-350 pulling a large Generator and fuel trailer for a movie crew.  The Driver of the rig lost control as he approached the bridge at the bypass and highway 16 west of the City and ran off the embankment at the bypass intersection. The generator and trailer kept the rig from falling on to the bypass.  The resulting impact caused 2 fuel cells for the Generator to spill a small amount of diesel fuel into the area and on the bypass. A large wrecker responded to the scene and lifted the truck and trailer back on the highway 16 right of way.  Griffin Fire rescue called City Street crews and they placed sand in the area to help contain the spill.  The EPD was also called to the scene.  Most of the afternoon was spent retrieving the sand and fuel spill from and cleaning the area that was contaminated.  The incident remains under investigation by the Griffin Police Department and the EPD.  The drier was only sligfhty injured, and there were no injuries from the responding emergency workers.

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The Griffin-Spalding County School System will continue to offer a safe learning environment by partnering with the Griffin Police Department. Administrators met with both the Police Chief Steven Heaton and Lt. Mike Natale last week to develop a working plan for K-9 drug searches at middle and high schools including the campus and parking lots.

“Our goal is to provide an environment that keeps students and staff safe,” said Superintendent Curtis L. Jones, Jr., Ed.D. “Griffin PD is willing to help us ensure the safety of our campuses.”

Throughout the school year, searches will be scheduled at various campuses.

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Saturday afternoon about 3: pm units of the Spalding Sheriffs Department, Troopers from the Griffin Post of the Georgia State Patrol, Spalding Fire Department, Spalding Regional EMS, and Emory Air flight responded to a two vehicle collision at Westminster road and Highway 16 to the 911 report of a two vehicle accident. When emergency crews arrived at the scene they found that 4 individuals were injured. Three were sent to Spalding Regional for treatment.  One individual was airlifted by Emory Air Flight Helicopter air ambulance based at the Griffin Spalding Airport when a landing zone was established on Highway 16 West.  The individual was taken to the Atlanta Medical Center. The accident remains under investigation and more information is expected to be released later.