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On Tuesday night about 5:30 pm units of the Griffin Police Department, Spalding Regional EMS, Griffin Police Investigators, and Emory Air Flight Helicopter Air Ambulance based at the Griffin Spalding Airport responded to the scene of a shots fired call at 1615 Hall Mark Hills Drive.  Upon arrival a the scene Officers found one individual with a gun shot wound in the upper leg. Apparently the gun shot had severed a major artery in his leg and the victim was bleeding profusely.  Spalding Regional EMS personnel and Griffin Police called in Emory Air Flight and after the Landing Zone was established for the Helicopter the victim was transported to Grady Hospital in Atlanta in critical condition.  The incident remains under investigation by the Griffin Police Investigators and more information is expected to be released later.

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There have been several scam calls reported in Spalding, Lamar, Upson and Pike County.  Sheriff Thomas of Pike County has reported the latest and would like to warn citizens about a phone scam that has surfaced in there. Residents are reporting receiving phone calls from an individual stating that there is an active warrant for the resident that they have called. The caller then states that the matter can be taken care of by purchasing a pre paid money-pak or green dot card and paying the caller so that the person will not be arrested.

Sheriff Thomas reminds everyone, that Legitimate law enforcement agencies do not call and request payments to be made by these methods. If you should receive this type of call please note the number calling and report it to the sheriff’s office for investigation. This type of scam has also been reported in numerous counties across Georgia

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About 4:45 pm on Sunday afternoon units of the Spalding Sheriffs Department, Spalding Fire Department, Spalding Regional EMS, and Emory Air Flight, and Troopers from the Griffin Post of the Georgia State Patrol responded to the scene of a two vehicle accident at Lakeside Drive, and Highway 16. The accident had two occupants entrapped inside the vehicles that had to be extracted.  Spalding Fire Department personnel had the patients out of the vehicle within minutes and a determination was made due to the injuries, that resulted in Emory Air Flight helicopter air ambulance based at the Griffin Spalding Airport being dispatched to the scene. A landing zone was established at the scene by closing down Highway 16.  A second patient was taken from the scene by Spalding Regional EMS ground ambulance also to the Atlanta Medical Center.  Highway 16 was closed for about 35 minutes at the scene.

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The Educational Prosperity Initiative will host a presentation on the subject,” Parents Who Host Lose the Most” on Thursday morning, September 4, 2014 at 10 o’clock at the Fairmont Community Center. The special guest will be Ms. Afiya H. King. Mrs. King serves as the Project Manager of the Middle Georgia Alcohol Abuse Prevention Initiative with the Council on Alcohol and Drugs. She received a Bachelor of Science Degree in biology and chemistry from Georgia State University and a Master of Public Health Degree from Morehouse School of Medicine. She has several years of working with youth and young adults in the prevention of substance abuse.

The presentation is a public awareness campaign to educate youth and adults about the health and safety risks of serving alcohol at teen parties. The focus will be on celebratory events for youth such as, homecomings, holidays, proms, and other occasions where teen drinking has become prevalent.

The Educational Prosperity Initiative chairperson, Jewel Walker-Harps, is asking the Faith Community and other group leaders to join forces and stress to their membership in their teaching and preaching the importance of saying “NO” to the use of alcohol especially as we enter the football and homecoming seasons.

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The Griffin Bears and Spalding Jaguars were in action on Thursday and Friday night, Thursday for the Jags and Friday night for the Griffin Bears.
 The Jaguars traveled to Forest Park and took on the Panthers for the first game of the new Jaguar season.  The Jags were successful and won Big 22 to 7.  In the Griffin High Bears game on Friday night was also the season opener and first game for new head coach Jarred Laws.  The Bears traveled to  McDonough and took on The Henry County Warhawks.  The Bears also won their game Huge with a 46 to 7 score over the Forest Park Panthers.
Next Friday night the Bears will be on the road again as they travel to Waynesboro and take on Burke County High School. That game will be broadcast on The Rock 88.9 FM and streamed live on the World Wide Web from our website wkeuradio.com
The Jaguars will be at home at the “Old Lady”  Memorial Stadium for the home opener the Jaguars will host The LaGrange Grangers.  The Jags Game will be on WKEU 1450 and streamed live from our website by going to wkeuradio.com.

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City offices will be closed on Monday, September 1 in observance of Labor Day.
Garbage collection will be pushed back one day next week.

If your regular collection day is Monday, we will stop by on Tuesday.
If your regular collection day is Tuesday, we will stop by on Wednesday.
If your regular collection day is Wednesday, we will stop by on Thursday.
If your regular collection day is Thursday, we will stop by on Friday.

For more information about information about collection dates, contact Solid Waste at 229-6421

Around 9:05 Friday morning units from the Griffin Police Department, Griffin Fire and Rescue, Spalding Regional EMS, and Emory Air Flight were all called to Memorial Drive in front of the WKEU Studios to a 4 vehicle accident. WKEU’s Ted Taylor witnessed the accident and stated to WKEU News that a Hyundai car was traveling west into town and appeared to have been slowing down when the car was rearend by a Red Ford F150. The impact was so hard that the rear of the Ford came up off the ground. The Hyundai was then pushed into the on coming lane and was then struck head on by a Chevrolet pickup truck. That impact caused the Hyundai to travel into the right lane going east bound and was then stuck by a Honda SUV.  Four Griffin Fire and Rescue vehicles responded to the scene along with Four Spalding Regional EMS vehicles, and five  Griffin Police units.  A landing zone was set up in the parking lot of the Senior Center on Memorial Drive.  Spalding Regional EMS called in two Emory Air Flight helicopters to the scene to transport the driver of the Hyundai and the driver of the Honda SUV to Atlanta hospitals. Both drivers were talking to emergency personnel when they were transported to the helicopters.

 

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Spalding High Jags Football opens season with a win over Forest Park by a final score of 22-7. The Jags were on the road to open up their 2014 season at Tara Stadium. This is the first season opener win for the Jags since 2008 when the Jags opened up the 2008 season against Lamar County by a final score of 42-7.  The Stuart Ogletree Player of The Game against Forest Park was number 15 quarter back Naricuss Driver. The Jags will be back in action next Friday night at Memorial Stadium against LaGrange. Be sure to tune in on AM 1450 or on our live stream at 6:00 pm for the Jaguars Tailgate Show, and Kickoff at 7:30.

 

 

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PHOTO: Gordon State College Foundation members, from left, Bruce Akins and Phillip Bell hand the paperwork that establishes the Founder’s Day scholarship to Foundation Chair Bill Bazemore during a recent meeting of the Foundation. Akins and Bell served on the 2014 Founder’s Day event planning committee.

 

Gordon State College Foundation members Bruce Akins and Philip Bell recently presented Foundation Chair Bill Bazemore with the proceeds from this year’s Founder’s Day event.

The money establishes and endows the Founder’s Day scholarship which will be awarded annually to a Gordon State College student.

“The Foundation plans to grow the corpus so that it is one of the largest among our endowed scholarships,” said Rhonda Toon, Gordon State College Foundation executive director. “Plans are already under way for a Founder’s Day celebration to be held in March 2015, and proceeds from that event will contribute to this endowment.”

Founder’s Day was originally started after the death of Gordon’s founder and its first president, Charles Lambdin as a way to continue his memory. Records show the annual celebration was abandoned during the WWI years. It was revived this year with an event featuring music by The Return, a local Beatles tribute band.

The Gordon College Foundation, established in 1972 when Gordon joined the University System of Georgia, supports and enhances the work of Gordon through securing financial resources for the further development and growth of the College.

 

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Construction will soon begin on the Military Memorial on the campus of Gordon State College, and there is one very important task to complete.

“We want to make sure our list of names that will go on the Wall of Honor is as complete as possible,” said Rhonda Toon, vice president of advancement at Gordon State College and coordinator of the Memorial project. “The list we have is on the Military Memorial site at http://www2.gordonstate.edu/militarymemorial/ The names of the fallen included on the Wall do not have to be Gordon graduates, but can be of anyone who ever attended or worked at Gordon and died while in service and during any war or conflict.”

For months Gordon alumni, friends and employees have been scouring microfilm reels and going through archived campus newspapers and yearbooks. Names have been checked against alumni records, but there are still more to check.

Making sure the list is as complete as possible is important.

“Gordon veterans have many markers and monuments throughout our national cemetery system, as well as at private resting places,” Toon said. “Our fallen Gordon graduates and faculty are named in state memorials and on The Wall in Washington, D.C. However, there is no place where all this comes together, no place to tell the story of Gordon graduates, faculty and staff who served and gave their lives in defense of this nation.”

“The campus memorial will bring everyone together at a place where memories were formed, friendships developed, and life lessons learned,” Toon said. “It provides a permanent memorial accessible to all – students, faculty, family, and friends alike.”

To share information on a name that is not included on the list or one that is included in error, contact Toon at rhondat@gordonstate.edu