The tradition continues once again on AM 1450, 88.9 FM, and on our live stream with the reading of The Night Before Christmas. The tradition was started many years ago on AM 1450 with the concept and idea was brought forth by Mrs. Debra Middleton and brought to life by Owner of WKEU AM-FM Bill Taylor.  Mr. Taylor stated to WKEU News that ”this production is by far and will never be matched the best production we at WKEU have ever achieved and wouldn’t have been possible without the great vision of one very special lady Mrs. Debra Middleton”.  This production took over 100 hours to produce and will always be aired on WKEU-AM and WKEU-FM every Christmas Eve Night at 8:00 p.m.  We ask that you gather your family around the radio, smart phone, tablet, or your computer and join our family on Wednesday night at 8:00 p.m. for the reading of The Night Before Christmas.  

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This week Callaway Gardens received an email from USA Today stating, “Fantasy In Lights – Callaway Gardens is one of the winners of the Best Public Lights Display Choice travel award contest sponsored by USA TODAY.

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“We are so excited that Fantasy In Lights continues to be recognized as leader in light displays.  And, to finish in the top five is even better news.  We appreciate everyone who voted and everyone who visits Fantasy In Lights and Callaway Gardens.  That support allows Callaway Gardens to continue its mission of environmental education, and to be a haven for guests to enjoy year-round for visits, meeting, weddings, to play golf and more,” stated Edward Callaway, president and CEO of Callaway Gardens.  “And, to win two 10 Best categories in 2014 – this one and the ‘Best Public Gardens’ category this past Spring – is such an honor.” “USA TODAY is thrilled to have this method of sharing what 10 Best and USA TODAY readers and users love most,” said John Peters, president of USA TODAY Travel Media Group. “Our readers are well-informed, well-traveled and opinionated.  At the end of the day, content on our platforms is a reflection of them.  A destination, organization or business which finds itself the recipient of a 10 Best Readers’ Choice Award has really accomplished something.”

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  Fantasy In Lights is available nightly through Dec. 30, 2014.  Overnight packages and tickets are available by calling 1.800.463.6990.  Advance ticket purchases are recommended. For more than 60 years, Callaway Gardens has provided “a place of relaxation, inspiration and a better understanding of the living world” for millions of visitors.  Owned and operated by the non-profit Ida Cason Callaway Foundation, Callaway Gardens includes a garden, resort, preserve and residential community on thousands of acres in Pine Mountain, Georgia.  Highlights include a butterfly conservatory, horticultural center, discovery center, chapel, inland beach, nature trails and special events throughout the year.   callaway-garden-jpg_185301

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Tim Beckham, a shortstop and second baseman for the Tampa Bay Rays will spread the holiday magic in his hometown of Griffin, Georgia with his “Christmas with Tim” event. On Saturday, December 20th, 29 children from the community will enjoy a shopping spree with Beckham at the local Wal-Mart.

The “Christmas with Tim” event is Beckham’s first charitable outreach in Griffin. Many know the 24-year-old Beckham as the hometown athlete who entered the Major League Baseball draft right out of high school, but a group of children from the Griffin’s Boys and Girls Club will know him tomorrow as Santa Tim.

The youth, aged 6-14 and pre-selected by the Boys and Girls Clubs program director, will meet Beckham at Wal-Mart for an hour and a half shopping spree capped off with a reception, picture and autograph session with Beckham. Each child will be able to spend over $80 to purchase items of their choice. After the shopping spree, Beckham will take pictures and mingle with the children and their families. The “Christmas with Tim” event is sponsored by Wal-Mart.

“It’s an honor for me to be able to work with the Boys and Girls Club and to partner with Wal-Mart to make Christmas dreams come true this holiday season. I probably will be more excited than the kids when the shopping spree starts. The best part of the day will be seeing the smiles on the kids’ faces as they get to pick out their dream gifts,” said Beckham. Twenty-nine children were selected for the shopping spree to mirror his jersey number, 29.

Spreading Christmas cheer won’t end at the shopping spree in Griffin. Beckham will also spend time in Atlanta at the Hosea Feed the Hungry and Homeless Annual Youth Dinner & Party event to help distribute toys and meals to children and families who are in attendance.

For more information about the “Christmas with Tim” event, or Tim Beckham please contact Insights Marketing at 404.872.9899.

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The Barnesville Police Department reported that early Tuesday morning a man robbed Reliable Mart on Veterans Parkway.
Investigator Al Moltrum of the Barnesville Police Department indicated the suspect is in custody. Moltrum said the Police Department is in the process of recovering the stolen cash.  The Investigator also said that the incident was reported just after 8 a.m. The suspect that was arrested was later identified as Quantaviious Simmons, age 18.
The Barnesville Police also said that Simmons did not use a gun but a hammer wrapped in a brown towel to make it look like a gun. He also said the clerk was not struck during the robbery as was reported earlier.

 

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Spalding County Coroner Sonny Foster was working with Sheriffs Deputies on Monday Night I’m relation to a death call when deputies noticed he was having a problem.  Deputies and EMT personal rushed Coroner Foster to Spalding Regional and Doctors determined that he had suffered a stroke.  Doctors indicated that due to the quick response of the Deputies and EMT personnel was instrumental in the good prognosis.  The outlook is very good according to Doctors. Foster is able to talk with technicians.  He is currently in the ICU unit at Spalding Regional.  The WKEU family joins with our community to keep him in our prayers and wish for Sonny a Speedy Recovery

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Sheriff Wendell Beam has advised WKEU news that on Monday, December 15, 2014 at 11:37 p.m. Spalding County Deputies responded to 120 Railroad Drive in Western Spalding County. Deputies responded to a report of a person shot. Deputies arrived at the residence and discovered a deceased person in a bedroom. The deceased was identified as Amber Nicole Clay, age 22, of 120 Railroad Drive in Griffin. The victim had been shot once in the head.

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As a result of the initial investigation, William Glen Spoon, age 20, of 120 Railroad Drive, Griffin, was arrested. He is being held in the Spalding County Jail charged with murder. No bond has been set at this time. The investigation is continuing.

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Sheriff J. C. Bittick has advised WKEU news that The Monroe County Sheriff Department was called to a 18 wheeler accident on Tuesday a Fed Ex truck wrecked near the 183 mile maker on the North Bound Lanes of Traffic on I-75.   It was a one vehicle accident. The Fed Ex vehicle, an 18-wheeled semi pulling two trailers, overturned. Packages on the truck have spilled onto the NB and SB sides of the interstate 75. Traffic was slowed to a crawl, and Travelers had delays while the accident scene was being cleared. There were no reports of Injuries from the accident.

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On Monday evening, officers from the Griffin Police Department responded to 617 West Broad Street in reference to a shots fired call. Upon their arrival, they found a black male victim lying on a couch in the living room deceased from a single gunshot wound to the neck. The victim was identified as 18 year old Gideon Phazion Mays of Griffin. Investigators also responded to the scene, and after further inquiry, determined that the incident was the result of an accidental shooting.
Prior to the 911 call, another male who was in the residence with the victim was handling a weapon when it accidentally discharged, striking the victim. The shooter has been identified as 23 year old Terriez Stroud. Shortly after the incident Stroud made contact with investigators and was cooperating with the investigation, and evidence gathered at the scene was found to be consistent with statements made by Stroud. At this time, Stroud has been charged with involuntary manslaughter and reckless conduct. He is currently being held at the Spalding County jail.
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A well known Barnesville Police Officer that struck and killed two pedestrians on Veterans Pkwy. on May 16, 2014 was cleared by the Lamar County grand jury Tuesday December 9 th.
Officer Terry Belvin was one of four witnesses grand jurors heard at 1 p.m. Others included, Brandon Stone of the SCRT team, Sgt. Jeannie Devane and a 15 year old juvenile female who was with the men when they were struck but avoided injury herself. Belvin told the grand jurors that he was haunted by the events of the night but termed them unavoidable. He also resigned his position with the police department and voluntarily gave up his POST certification, a move that will prevent him from working with law enforcement in the future.District Attorney Richard Milam said any case in which a law enforcement officer takes a life should go before a grand jury. “The officer in the case took no warrants so we did not have to present the case but I felt it was the right thing to do, Milam said. “Officer Belvin was very, apologetic and humble.”

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A Lamar County K-9 assigned to LT. Chris Webster of the Lama County Sheriffs Department was instrumental in the arrest and apprehension of a Church Bugler who fled from Webster and other Deputies on Monday afternoon.
The burgler was first spotted on Chappell Mill Rd. by Investigator Al White of the Lamar Sheriffs Department who then called in support. The suspect jumped into a vehicle and backed away from Investigator White at a high speed down a private drive.Webster spotted the truck off Van Buren Road a short time later. The suspect then fled on foot, the K-9 named Felony was deployed and took the man down.

It turned out the truck had been stolen in Henry County. There was also a firearm – possibly stolen – in the vehicle. Deputies and investigators quickly tied the man to burglaries at an abandoned home and a local church in Lamar County.  No Doubt K-9 Felony will get a special gift from Sonata this Christmas.