The Spalding County Senior Center is excited to announce Come Grow With Us, the innovative, raised bed gardening project for senior citizens ages 50 and over is a proven success!

Cool season crops that include English peas, radishes, lettuce, broccoli, and cabbage were planted on February 3, 2017 and are now being harvested.  Warm season crops will be planted within the next few weeks and include green beans, peppers, tomatoes, okra herbs, and cucumbers.

The Senior Center gardening project teaches vegetable gardening practices. Raised bed gardening is a simple, effective way for anyone to enjoy small plot gardening.

This project was made possible through a partnership between Spalding County Parks, Public Grounds and Leisure Services, Spalding County Cooperative Extension Office, the Georgia Resource and Development Council/Two Rivers RC&D and the Griffin Home Depot.

For information, call the Spalding County Senior Center at 770-467-4384.

 

If you are between the ages of 5-12 and love the game of  football this is event is for you!

This camp style event is for girls and boys of all experience levels and will feature football fundamentals like catching, passing, blocking, and punting.  Players will learn the mechanics of football and the rules of the game! 

Who:         Boys and Girls ages 5 to 12 

When:      Saturdays from 10:00am to 12:00pm.
April 22- May 13, 2017

Where:     Volunteer Park 1410 Varsity Road, Griffin, GA 30223

Fee:           Free

To join in on the fun please register online at www.spaldingparks.com, or visit:

Spalding County Parks, Public Grounds and Leisure Services located at 843 Memorial Drive
Monday through Friday 8am-4:30 pm

Registrations will also be accepted on site
For more information contact Robby Milner at 770-467-4750.


(Brian Thomas Thompson (center, green shirt) listens as Julie Holland gives her victim’s impact statement in court Tuesday alongside her husband, Frankie.) (Photo: Walter Geiger)

Judge Fears sent Thompson to prison after heart-wrenching testimony from the parents of the victim, Julie and Frankie Holland.

Thompson made a statement. He said he and his wife Rebecca, who was also in the crash, often encouraged Kara in her school work. He said he enjoyed outings with the Holland family. He said he broke his back in the crash and the pain is a daily reminder of his guilt.

Assistant district attorney Mark Daniel said Thompson was driving his 2005 Dodge Ram pickup at 89 mph. around a sharp curve on Morgan Dairy Rd. when he crashed at 3:35 a.m. on the fateful night. He said another couple, David Coln and Jessica Bowers, was behind Thompson’s truck in another vehicle on the way to a Morgan Dairy Road home.

“The speed limit there is 45 mph. and, to me, that is too fast for that curve. The truck slid over 500 feet. There were clothes up in a tree. Kara and Rebecca were ejected. Thompson was knocked into the back seat. It was a horrendous night for everybody at the scene said. The assistant district attorney

Thompson, who left the courtroom in handcuffs, underwent blood-alcohol testing sometime after the crash. His alcohol level was .085. Georgia’s DUI threshold is .080.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Local law enforcement officers in Barnesville and Lamar County have made several arrests following arrest warrants on a dozen alleged local drug dealers. Arrests were made on Suddeth Road, Gordon Road and Carey J. Buckner St. Tuesday afternoon.

The operation involved LCSO deputies, officers from the Barnesville and Gordon police departments and Narcotics Task Force agents, among others.

Those arrested included:
 Sale of marijuana:

Jarvis Akins

Courtland Akins

 

Sale of cocaine:

Johnnie Davis

Dawn Brown

Johntavius Harris

Waltavious Collier

Fredrick Walker

Curtis Jackson

Sherman Williams

Edmond Harris

Andrickes Roussaw

Dayvauntay Slaughter

In the early morning hours of Monday unit of the Georgia Forestry Service was called to 1932 Hollonville road to a large woods fire. Initial reports indicated there was about 100 to 150 acres involved in the fire. The Forestry Service cut  fire break around the blaze and were on the scene until early Monday morning. Then Monday evening about 8:00 pm The Spalding Fire Department resounded to an apparent rekindle and the Georgia Forestry Service was again called to the scene. And kept an eye on the area and a reportedly cut a second break dug around the hot spots of the fire.

 

Sheriff Darrell Dix reports that on April 17, 2017, at 7:40 p.m., deputies responded to 508 Terry Drive to a report of a shooting.

Upon their arrival they discovered a female victim inside the residence. The scene was secured and investigators from the Criminal Investigative Division responded to the scene.

WellStar Spalding Regional EMS was dispatched and arrived at the location.

It was discovered that the female victim was deceased.

 

 

Spalding County Coroner Sonny Foster  was notified and responded to the scene and pronounced 57 year old Joanne Redding of 507 Terry Drive dead. Coroner Foster had the body transported to the State Crime Lab for a determination as to the exact cause of death.

Deputies arrested 53 year old Johnny Johnson Jr. of 507 Terry Drive at the scene. Johnson has been charged with Murder.

Additional details and charges may be released as the investigation continues.

Four individuals from Williamson died as the result of a plane crash on Sunday in Williston, FL.  Husband and wife, Nate and Laura Enders, along with two of their children were flying in a 1948 Cessna 170 tail dragger, which crashed into a treeline around 1:15pm near the runway of the small airport, located 100 miles northwest of Orlando.  The Federal Aviation Administration and the National Transportation Safety Board are currently investigating the cause of the crash.   According to the Candler Field Museum at the Peach State Aerodrome in Willamson, the Enders played a vital role in their flying club.   Nate was an air traffic control specialist and flight instructor.

Beginning April 17, 2017 Deputies of the Spalding County Sheriff’s Office will begin wearing body worn cameras as a part of their issued duty gear.

The cameras were ordered in early February arrived in March. According to Spalding County Sheriff Darrell Dix “The delay we had in issuing the cameras to the deputies as soon as they came in was arranging for computer storage space for the videos. Retaining videos using state mandated retention limits takes up a massive amount of storage. Fortunately we were able to work with one of our detention center vendors and they donated approximately $14,000.00 for the storage space needed. Liberty Technology set the storage up and has it running. The cameras themselves were purchased with asset forfeiture money so there was no cost to the taxpayers for this program at all.”

Sheriff Dix stated, “We are issuing them out as we speak to deputies that are working and will continue to do so until they are all distributed. Once completely issued the cameras will be worn by Deputies in Uniform Patrol, Warrant Division, Court Services, School Resource Officers and Detention officers. Basically, if you wear a uniform on a day to day basis you will have on a camera.”

Sheriff Dix continued, “This project was a priority due to the expectations placed on law enforcement officers in this day and age, coupled with the demands of citizens and the courts for video evidence and transparency. It’s been my experience that the cameras have led to reductions in complaints filed on officers, reductions in internal investigations, less time spent in court proceedings, and fewer use of force incidents. I believe that they will also increase convictions in a broad spectrum of criminal cases because you are seeing what the deputy saw during the initial call for service, encounter, or arrest.”

The policy for camera usage and data storage has been distributed and is modeled after state law, policies that meet State Certification and CALEA standards, and have also been court tested.

“We believe this program will be an asset to the agency and the community. It will further our efforts to continue building trust and adding transparency for the citizens of Spalding County.”

Forty more students are expected to attend the Spalding County Jr Deputy trip to Washington DC this year, as compared to last year, bringing the total to 315 6th graders and 40 chaperones.  The eight chartered buses depart Sunday evening, April 30 for the annual multi-day trip to our nation’s capital.  In order for those 6th graders to attend the trip, they are required to take part in the sheriff’s department’s C.H.A.M.P.S. program, in coordination with the school system.  Choosing Healthy Activities and Methods Promoting Safety (C.H.A.M.P.S.) is designed and accredited thru the Georgia Sheriffs’ Association.  Deputies teach and discuss subjects, such as Choices and Consequences, Peer Pressure, and Bullying, along with other topics. The classes go throughout the school year and at the end of the year, the students will graduate from the C.H.A.M.P.S. program. We hope this will build self-esteem and courage; so when faced with a situation of doing right or wrong, all children will make the right decision. Our goal is to have every child in Spalding County be a CHAMP in life.  We inquired as to why there is a significantly larger number of attendees for this year’s DC trip, and Sgt. Frank Clark says the C.H.A.M.P.S. program and a new sheriff administration may have led to that increase.  WKEU will once again be part of the Jr Deputy trip, by interviewing the students on each bus on the way up to Washington, DC as well as during the event.  You will be able to hear those interviews beginning the morning of Monday May 1 on AM 1450 and 102.3FM.

The City of Griffin is soon starting registration for DEMO Days, in an effort to improve its community and neighborhoods by removing blighted property.  The city will provide free dumpsters and disposal fees on a first-come first-serve basis.  At the March 28th city commission meeting, the board approved the Nuisance Abatement Amnesty Program.

Eligibility requirements are:

1) Obtain a demolition permit:

2) Must provide an asbestos report/letter at the time of permitting:

3) Removes structure within ten (10) days of permitting:

4) Must be within the city limits of Griffin:

5) Must be a residential structure only.

The City anticipates spending $50,000 of SPLOST funds to demolish approximately 25 structures with this program. An average of $2,000 per structure.  Registration begins May 1.  You can call 770-233-4130 or visit cityofgriffin.com for more information.