The Association of County Commissioners of Georgia presented certificates to lifelong learning graduates that included Spalding County Commissioner Don Hawbaker.

001 DonaldHawbaker

Commissioner Donald Hawbaker was one of many county officials honored for earning the designation of Certified County Commissioner. The training certificates were presented during the 2016 ACCG Annual Conference at the Savannah International Trade & Convention Center.

Commissioners were presented with certificates for completing the core curriculum and specialty track requirements in the Lifelong Learning Academy. Many Commissioners in the past have stated that “The training provided by the ACCG and Carl Vinson Institute of Government was exceptional. As a Certified Commissioner, the training has greatly enhanced graduates to better serve Spalding County residents.”

griffin fire rescue 1


As a part of the Red Cross Home Fire Preparedness Campaign, Griffin Fire-Rescue and the Georgia Fire Educators Association installed over 200 new smoke detectors and replaced over 50 batteries in homes across northeast Griffin. The event took place on Thursday, May 12, and included houses located between Lyndon Avenue and Broad Street and between Melrose Avenue and 15th Street.

“Nearly two-thirds of all fire deaths happen in homes without smoke alarms or functioning units,” stated Griffin Fire Chief, Tommy Jones. “We selected this area to do the smoke detector blitz due to the recent fire deaths that have occurred in the area. We want to make sure we’re being proactive about saving lives.”

Working smoke alarms reduce the chances of dying in a fire by nearly 50 percent. They are a critical first step for staying safe, but in order to be effective, they have to be working properly. Griffin Fire-Rescue would like to remind everyone to install smoke alarms on every level of your home, outside every sleeping area and in each bedroom.  Use Daylight Savings Time as a reminder to check your smoke alarms. Replace conventional batteries at least once a year, even if alarms are wired directly into your home’s electrical system.  Use these and other fire safety tips to ensure that your home is well prepared in case of fire.






Griffin High School student was shot at a graduation party in Jackson on Friday night.

Cederrious Hastings a member of Griffin High football team was at a graduation party in Butts County on Levi Barnes Road near highway 36 in South Butts County.


                              HOUSE ON LEVI BARNES ROAD IN BUTTS COUNTY

He along with three other individuals from Griffin were shot. Hastings was transported to the Atlanta Medical Center where he died about 5 and a half hours later. The other three victims are in stable condition according to Butts County Sheriff Long however long said in a Monday Night Press Convergence that the female that was wounded, will have a lengthy recovery.


Lamar County High School Senior
Kodaidra Hamm wounded in  Saturday
morning shooting in Butts County.

Walter Geiger and the Barnesville Herald Gazette identified Kodaidra Hamm as the female subject wounded in the Saturday Morning shooting incident.  Photo Courtesy of Walter Geiger.

Also a the 7:30 meeting Monday Night at the Butts County Sheriff’s Department WKEU news was assisted by Rikki Kolaus of WSBTV Channel 2, and we were told that the investigation is widening the search for two additional shooters in addition to the two previously arrested Germarious “Gee” O’ Neal and Christopher “Ray-Ray” Walker. Sheriff Long also said that his investigators believe that the other two shooters are form Griffin.  There were 28 shell casings recovered at the scene by investigators.

On Monday afternoon WKEU received the following press release from the Butts County Sheriff’s Department.


On May 21, 2016 at approximately 12:30 am, Butts County Sheriff’s Office deputies responded to persons shot at a residence on Levi Barnes Road. Upon arrival deputies discovered 4 victims that had been struck. Three of the victims are stable at this time. One of the victims is deceased. All four victims are from Griffin, GA.

Butts County Investigators have worked tirelessly since the incident and as of today, May 23, 2016, two suspects have been arrested and are being held at the Butts County Jail on charges of Murder, Aggravated Assault and Possession of a Firearm during the commission of a crime. Suspects are Gemarious “Gee” O’neal, 19 year old black male from Griffin, GA and Christopher “Ray Ray” Walker, 19 year old black male from Flovilla, GA.

As the investigation continues, we expect more arrests to follow. I want to personally thank District Attorney Richard Milam and his staff, Chief James Morgan and the Jackson Police Department, Chief Mike Yates and the Griffin Police Department, Sheriff Wendall Beam and the Spalding County Sheriff’s Office along with the citizens of Butts and Spalding Counties for their assistance in the Investigation.  I commend my Deputies and Investigators for their determination in identifying and arresting those responsible. 

My Office has received questions about this shooting being gang related.  Our Investigation has revealed this shooting was NOT gang related.  This was student athletes from Jackson and Griffin fighting when the shots were fired unfortunately striking the four victims.  I ask everyone to keep the families affected by this senseless act of violence in your thoughts and prayers.


WKEU News has learned that a Griffin High School student was shot at a party in Jackson on Friday night and died of his injuries Saturday.



Cederrius Hastings, a member of the Griffin High Bears football team, was at a graduation party in Butts County on Levi Barnes Road, just off Highway 36, when he was shot along with three other individuals also from Griffin. Hastings was transported to the Atlanta Medical Center where he died Saturday morning. The other three unidentified gunshot victims are in stable condition at this time according to Sheriff Gary Long. Butts County Corner Ralph Wilson has sent Hastings body to the Georgia State Crime Lab to determine the exact cause of death. The investigation is currently ongoing and additional information is expected to be released later by the Butts County Sheriff’s Department.

Sheriff Long said that his department had received several calls in relation to the Saturday night graduation and said, “I can assure you that the Butts County Sheriff’s Office, the Jackson Police Department, and the School Board are doing everything in our power to secure the safety of the 2016 graduates and everyone that will be in attendance. There have been no viable threats made against the graduation ceremony, however all precautions will be taken to ensure the safety of all in attendance.”

If anyone has any information relating to the shooting, you are asked to please contact the Butts County Sheriff’s Office at 770-775-8216

Hastings wore number 84 as a first year wide receiver for the Bears. He participated in the annual Green and Gold spring game on the night before he was gunned down. According to Griffin High School Head Coach Antonio Andrews, grief counselors will be made available to help students cope with the tragedy on Monday.




barnesville pd badge LAMAR COUNTY SHERIFF gbi badge







Bomb Threats were called into several Barnesville Businesses on Sunday just before 7 p.m.  By late Monday afternoon The City of Barnesville Police Criminal Investigation Division, Lamar County Sheriff’s Office Criminal Investigation Division, Milner Police Department and agent from the Georgia Bureau of Investigation worked to gather information in the recent bomb threats. 

On Monday May 16, following  an extensive review of phone records, a person of interest was discovered. The Lamar County Sheriff’s Office made contact with Lagarious World
                                                                        Lagarious World
at his Johnsonville Road residence. While at the residence, Sheriff Deputies and Investigators found several marijuana plants being grown by World. 

He was transported to the Barnesville Police Department for further investigation. After interviewing  World, warrants were issued and are pending for seven counts of False Public Alarm for the City of Barnesville and one count of False Public Alarm for the City of Milner. 

Lamar County Sheriff’s Office will also be seeking warrants for possession of marijuana/manufacturing. Chief Chuck Keadle said he would like to personally thank Sheriff Brad White and his Deputies, Chief Jake Sutton, City of Barnesville Fire Department, Lamar County Fire and Rescue, the Georgia Bureau of Investigations and the Officers for the City of Barnesville for all of their hard work on the case.
WKEU would like to thank Walter Geiger and the Barnesville Herald Gazette for their assistance in this news sotry. YOU CAN SUBSCRIBE TO THE HERALD GAZETTE ON LINE AT BARNESVILLE.COM. 


Pike County Sheriff Jimmy Thomas had advised wkeu news that his Deputies responded to the scene of a serious two vehicle collision involving a bicyclist and a commercial vehicle. The incident occurred on Highway 19 in the area of Mountain View Store.

Sheriff’s Office traffic units are investigating as to what caused the collision to occur. The bicyclist , Chad Davies, a Gordon College Professor, from Barnesville, has been transported by Life Flight for further treatment.

emory air flight 4
The driver of the truck is a resident of New York.
WKEU would like to thank Sheriff Thomas for always keeping the citizens informed as to The Pike Sheriffs Department Activities.

1 banks

Maracus Banks age 40

Barnesville police have issued a scam alert involving a Lamar County man. The individual identified as Marcus Banks a black male age 40 about six feet tall. He has approached several individuals stating that he works for a trucking company and is able to get items like alcohol and tobacco products and vegetables at discount prices.

Once cash given to him he never returns. Police said that if you are approached by Banks contact 911 or call you local law enforcement agency.

Chief Chuck Cagle of the Barnesville Police Department asks individuals that may have contact with Banks to call his investigators at 770-358-1246. A photo of banks is posted on our website

WKEU would like to thank Walter Geiger and the Banesville Herald Gazette for their assistance in this news story.  You can subscribe to the Herald Gazette on line at

1 wreck
Friday afternoon Lamar County man suffered severe injuries to his head injuries following a three vehicle accident on Highway 341 near Wilmont Road.  The accident happened just after 1:30 PM.  An older model small truck was stopped in the northbound lane of Highway 341 attempting to turn onto Wilmot when it was struck in the rear by a Haverty’s Furniture delivery truck. The impact knocked the small truck into the southbound lane of traffaic where it struck by an older model Dodge Ram truck. The Dodge was also hit by the delivery vehicle as well.

The driver of the Dodge lost control and hit trees on the east side of the roadway.  The driver lived nearby, and , suffered head lacerations. He was transported to a local hospital by ground ambulance to an area hospital. The male driver of the other truck involved in the accident, and two men in the Haverty’s truck were not injured.

Lamar County Sheriffs department and GSP are investigating the accident.

griffn pd badge                          SPALDNG REGIONAL EMSgriffin fire rescue 1




About 11:05 Wednesday night, units of the Griffin police Department Patrol Division, Spalding Regional EMS, Griffin Fire Rescue, and Emory Air flight based at the Griffin Spalding Air Port, were called to a shooting incident at 873 East Solomon Street where a male subject had reportedly been shot five time.  Upon arrival Griffin Police and Spalding Regional EMS, along with Griffin Fire Rescue found a individual that was shot Two times in the leg, once in the lower back, and one shot in the wrist. Spalding Regional treated the individual at the scene and called for Emory Air flight helicopter air ambulance to transport the victim to a trauma unit in Atlanta. A Landing Zone for the Helicopter was established nearby and the Air Ambulance arrived at the scene about 11:35 and transported the patient to the Atlanta Medical Center at 11:49 pm. by 11:58 the helicopter advised 911 and the Griffin Police Investigators they were diverting to the Grady Trauma Unit in downtown Atlanta.  The incident is still under investigation by Griffin Police who followed leads for the shooter in the incident until the early morning hours. More information will be released late as the investigation continues. 
WKEU recently contacted Ron Alexander of Candler Field museum and he advised WKEU news that as a non profit organization and tax exempt organization the Banner depicting a fund raiser for the Vintage Day was placed at the WKEU studios, as they they for several years and WKEU is proud to support the Candler Field Museum with all their fundraiser’s.  There were several banners placed on private property in Griffin with owners approval calling attention to this great family event.  The City of Griffin is now charging non profit organizations, and others, a fee for placing each sign on private property even though the owner had given approval for the sign at no cost. WKEU contacted Dick Morrow for information about the fee and was advised that the supreme court recently ruled that non profit organizations are no different than other for profits using a sign and now everyone needing to announce a special vent for children, or special events, like cancer runs, blood drives, students and events on school property, etc, must pay a sign fee whether the sign of any size, or banner are on private property or not.
It is amazing that an organization like churches, and genuine non profit organizations such as Candler Field museum that use the money from fund raisers for the betterment and future of youth of our community, (like their great A and P school that will qualify students for a future in aviation with major airlines, and is part of the Griffin Spalding School System College and Career academy, in the aircraft industry) cannot be supported by property owners with out a Government fee for a small temporary sign being necessary. The Supreme Court and our Government need a new start.  Each fee to place sign or banner is 35.00 payable to the City. Does the city need money that bad to squeeze every citizen for every cent they can. Where in the ruling by the Supreme Court, whether Georgia or US, say the city has to charge any thing?  
Where does common sense to support our community prevail?  As a special note all politicians, naturally, with their signs are exempt from the fee. In the realm of being fair why should politicians be exempt from the fee just because they are running for office at any level?
It is interesting that The US Congress has passed a regulation that public educational radio stations, and non-commercial stations must run free advertisements for Federal Politicians Campaigning, if the station has the extra time, when there is a FCC regulation there prevents Non Commercial and Educational Broadcaster from any type local political involvement of selling advertisements to local politicians. .
We have gone over board in the opinion of many Americas and this broadcaster at, City County, State and Federal levels of Government that have lost complete association with the citizens and reality.  What happened to supporting citizens on our community with what is right???????  City, County, State and Federal Governments work for the citizens as an entity that is, not supposed, nor was it established for, a for profit venture. None of them can live within a budget but expect citizens to be subservient to their will……Not the way it was intended.
The Biggest fight in heaven will be between our early foundering fathers and politicians that have forgotten where the rubber meets the road and exactly who funds their existance.

candler field 1

Candler Field Museum will re-create The Sights and Sounds of the 1920s at the Annual VINTAGE DAY MUSIC FESTIVAL on Saturday, June 4th. The airfield and museum is located just off Hwy 362 in Williamson GA. Activities are scheduled from 11 am – 5 pm at this family-focused event that includes an invitation to dress-up in period costumes; see the display of old cars and vintage planes; and enjoy the old-fashioned food and music. This year’s event will be a music festival along with an airplane parade of flight. Admission fee is $10 per car with all proceeds going to support the Candler Field Museum Youth Program.

This year we will start off the afternoon with the Freedom Belles who will arrive on the DC-3.

freedom bells

This singing group will present WWII era music at the airplane and then move into the hangar to continue their songs. They will entertain again during the afternoon along with the Bonnie Ridge Blue Grass group.

A Parade of Flight will begin promptly at 1 PM. This will consist of a continuous parade of aircraft that will pass by the audience while the announcer explains the significance of each airplane.

1917 jinny      candler field 3

VINTAGE DAY best represents the Museum’s continuing efforts to re- create the Original Atlanta Airport as it was in the 1920s. People who lived in the 1920s experienced a fascination with the emerging technology of both the Automobile and the Aeroplane. Barnstorming, air shows, and flying circus events were popular forms of entertainment for families before TV. Food and refreshments will be available all day including Hamburgers, Hot Dogs, Brats, and a 1920’s Blue Plate special along with a full menu at Barnstormers Grill. Airplane rides in our vintage Waco biplane will be available all day.

This year we will conduct a raffle of a 1928 Colt .380 automatic nickel plated pistol with tickets priced at $20 each. We will also raffle off a handmade aviation related quilt with tickets priced at $5 each. Raffle Tickets can be purchased by visiting Barnstormers Grill or by calling the museum office at 770-467-8318.

1 colt 1908The raffle drawing will be held at 4:15 PM, and the day will end with the flying of a 1917 Curtiss Jenny. This Jenny is one of only 6 remaining in the world.   The Jenny will drop candy bars attached to parachutes for the kids to pick up. This is a reenactment of the early days at the original Candler Field when Doug Davis would drop candy bars from his airplane.


The Candler Field Museum is a living museum located in rural Williamson GA where old aeroplanes still fly, antique cars still drive and the sights and sounds of the 1920s era come to life every day. For more information about the museum or VINTAGE DAY, visit