The Spalding Commissioners Met Tuesday night October 20th.  

The first order of business the Commissioners aproved a Proclamation declaring “Make A Difference Day in Spalding County”,  “Make a Difference Day” focuses on unifying the community and building pride throughout the County. 

The Commissioners approved on second reading an Ordinance amending the FY 2015 Budget Ordinance to provide for the 2015 tax levy.

Approved by a 4/1 vote the Memorandum of Agreement between the FAA, the City of Griffin, Spalding County and the Griffin-Spalding County Airport Authority for replacement of the Griffin-Spalding County Airport.

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Approved a request of the Spalding County Sheriff’s Office to allow the Sheriff’s Junior Deputy Program to utilize 837 Memorial Drive from November 17th – 22nd for storage and distribution of fruit for their annual fruit box fundraiser.

Approved a contract with S.A.F.E., Inc. to provide Veterinary Services for the Animal Shelter to comply with the Spay/Neuter before adoption ordinance.

The commissioners tabled for further discussion eliminating the Tobacco Surcharge for County Employees scheduled to go into effect on January 1. 2015.

On a request from Commissioner Flowers-Taylor the commissioners discussed the Conservation Use Valuation Assessment and how it relates to the zoning of properties. Some county residents had been given misinformation about eligibility to the zoning of their property. The Board of Assessors are the only group that can deny or approve Land Unit Conservation.

On a request from Commissioner Flowers-Taylor a workshop was scheduled to address changes to the Future Land Use Map and Overlay Zones. She feels that growth trends in the county are not going as originally mapped.   

On a request from Commissioner Flowers-Taylor the commission discussed departmental dress codes and the County-Wide dress code in the Spalding County Personnel Ordinance. A workshop for further discussion was set up for November 8th.

The commissioners canceled:  the Board of Commissioners November 17 and December 15 due to the holiday season and people traveling during this period of time.

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Former Griffin resident Master Sergeant Gary Head Jr. of Special Forces Green Beret of the United States Army and son of Gary Head of Newnan, formerly of Griffin, and grandson of well known Griffin resident and businessman the late James Head has been selected to lay a wreath on the Grave of  President John F. Kennedy on Tuesday at Arlington National Cemetery.  Master Sergeant Head is a graduate of the Youth Challenge Academy at Fort Stewart.  Following his graduation he joined the United States Army and was accepted into the Green Beret Special Forces.  He is a highly decorated, and respected Special Forces’s Soldier. One of the most respected soldiers of the Special Forces Green Berets.
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During President Kennedy’s tenure, the Special Forces regiment grew by seven Special Forces groups.    (Not long after a visit to Fort Bragg in 1961 with then-Special Forces commander, Brig. Gen. William P. Yarborough, Kennedy authorized the Green Beret as the official headgear of the U.S. Army Special Forces.Kennedy sent a message to Yarborough after the capabilities demonstration he received on the visit Fort Bragg. The message in part read: “The challenge of this old but new form of operations is a real one and I know that you and the members of your Command will carry on for us and the free world in a manner which is both worthy and inspiring. I am sure that the Green Beret will be a mark of distinction in the trying times ahead.”Special Forces Soldiers train at the school which bears Kennedy’s namesake, the United States Army John F. Kennedy Special Warfare Center and School.)
WKEU, the Griffin Area, Georgia and indeed our Nation feel a great sense of pride in the Green Beret Soldiers and especially Master Sergeant Head for being selected for this great honor.
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THE BLACK CAT HUNT OCTOBER 23RD.
The tradition continues with the annual  Black Cat Hunt set for Thursday October 23, 2014. The Black Cat Hunt will be aired on WKEU AM 1450 and on our live stream as well from our website wkeuradio.com.  WKEU will be set up at Griffin’s Bank The First National Bank man branch located at 318 South Hill Street. And once again six little back cats will be located around Griffin and Spalding County. WKEU’s Ted Taylor and Tony Broski will broadcast the event once again this year. The Black Cat Hunt will start at 7:30 pm. Thursday October 23, 2014.  WKEU wishes everyone best of luck and Happy Halloween. 

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The 2014 cross town rivalry between the Griffin Bears and Spalding Jaguars took place at Memorial Stadium on Friday night at 7:30.  WKEU AM 1450 and The Rock 88.9 FM broadcast the event with WKEU’s Sports Director Tony Broski with the play by play and Ted Harris with the color commentary.

The Griffin Bears won the contest 46 to 13 over the Spalding Jaguars. 

With a roll up of the game with Tony Broski click here:

WKEU’s Voice of the Bears Ted Taylor was out of town for the Friday Bears and Jaguars game but he will be back next Friday night. When the Bears will travel to Pike County to take on the Pike Pirates in Zebulon.  Game time is 7:30 with the Pre game show at 6 pm.   Also the Spalding Jaguars will be at Memorial Stadium to host the Riverdale Raiders Kickoff is set for 7:30  with the Tail Gate show at 6 pm.  Both games will also be streamed on the world wide web from our website wkeuradio.com

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Friday afternoon was a benchmark day for Griffin, Spalding County, the surrounding areas, the University of Georgia Griffin Campus and the State of Georgia. A groundbreaking ceremony for the new University of Georgia Griffin Campus Food Technology Center.  Citizens from Griffin, business owners, City and County Commissioners, executives, and many other area residents attended the event.  The groundbreaking was at 3:00 Friday afternoon October 12 th.  Attending were University of Georgia President Jere Morehead, who was master of ceremonies,  Chuck Copeland Chairman of the Griffin Spalding Industrial Development Authority, State Representative David Knight, Dr. Tommy Hopkins who also serves as a Regent for the University System of Georgia and Governor Nathan Deal. 
The Governor said that he totally supported the new Food Technology Center as food processing, and distribution, packaging, and marketing are a hallmark of the billion dollar business each year in Georgia. The new facility will allow new business owners to be guided in product development, packaging, food safety, consumer acceptance, and marketing. 
The Governor also remarked about the support of the State Legislature that approved the 3 million dollars to make the building a reality for Georgia and the Griffin Area. One million dollars was also added by the Griffin Spalding Industrial Development Authority, and  the University of Georgia. The Governor also said that the new Food Processing, Innovation and Commercialization building will be a one of its kind in the South East and was sorely needed due to the world renowned work done at the Griffin Campus in food research, safety, and processing in a much smaller facility that they had long out grown. The Governor said that not only do major manufacturers like Kraft, General Mills, but smaller manufacturers and distributors depend on the UGA Griffin campus each year.
Governor Deal also mentioned that next year he will be back in Griffin to be at the groundbreaking for the new TURF building. “Turf Grass is a multi- billion dollar business for the State”, said Governor Deal he also added “Ground Zero” for the Nation is right here at the UGA Griffin Campus.  This is where UGA’s on going research attracts visitors from all over the Nation, and indeed the world, to visit Georgia and Griffin in particular. 
The event was attended by Dr. Jerry Arkin former Dean of the Griffin Campus who retired earlier this month.  The PIC Building is a culmination of years of work by Dr. Arkin, the UGA staff at the UGA Griffin Campus, with coordination with the Griffin Spalding Industrial Development Authority, and the State Legislature.
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The Griffin Branch NAACP will be conducting an extensive, non-partisan “Get- Out-The-Vote” activity on Saturday, October 25, 2014. called “Souls to the POLLs”. Members of the NAACP and other community organizations will be knocking on doors encouraging persons to vote. Personal vehicles and church vans will be transporting persons to and from the polls. NAACP identifications will be used by all individuals and vehicles. Any person interested in a ride may call the Eighth Street Baptist Church at 770-228-1545 between the hours of 10 A.M. and 3 P.M

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The Molena Chief of Police Jim Roberts has been arrested by the George Bureau of Investigation .
The arrest occurred on Wednesday, Oct. 15 on charges of solicitation of sodomy and theft by conversion, according to a GBI press release.
The arrest came after a month and a half long investigation into allegations that Roberts solicited several young men for sex and used his position as police chief to gain the trust of the young men. Roberts, who is also the Mayor of Concord, provided one of these young men with his personal code and key to obtain county gas to fill up the young man’s personally owned vehicle.On August 22, Assistant District Attorney Benjamin Coker, of the Griffin Judicial Circuit, requested the GBI conduct an investigation into allegations. The request came after the Grandparents of one of the young men, who was allegedly victimized by Roberts, reported the information to the Pike County Sheriff’s Office. The investigation also revealed Roberts sent obscene pictures to a juvenile on his city-funded cell phone.The GBI presented its findings to Griffin Judicial Circuit District Attorney Scott Ballard who determined Roberts would be charged with two counts of Solicitation of Sodomy and one count of Theft by Conversion.
update:  The Pike Journal Reporter and Sheriff Jimmy Thomas  reports that   Roberts was denied bond by Judge Fletcher Sams at a preliminary hearing in superior court Thursday morning October 16th. .
The GBI agents executed search warrants at Roberts’ residence, the Molena Police Department, Molena City Hall, and Concord City Hall.

 

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A Dance to support the re-roofing of the Historical R.F.Strickiland Cmpany Building in Concord is palned for October 18th.

The Dance will feature music of the Roaring Twentys performed by Night Train Express, a ten piece band with rhythm banjo and violinist in down town Concord Georgia Saturday, October 18th.  The event starts at 6:30 pm and offers a free Charleston Lesson, the dance follows from 7:00PM until 10:00PM. Suggested donation is $5.  If you don’t dance, bring a lawn chair and listen to the sounds of the great NightTtrain Express and music of the great times.  All proceeds help replace the roof of the Historic R. F. Strickland Building. For further info call Bobby at (770) 584-3094 

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SPALDNG PARKS AND RECREATION DEPARTMENT.

The Spalding County Parks and Recreation Advisory Commission held their monthly scheduled meeting in the Conference Room at the Spalding County Senior Center, Thursday, October 9, 2014, beginning at 6:00 p.m.
The Commission approved inflatable’s provided by licensed businesses in parks provided by licensed and insured businesses.  Pavilion rentals for an additional maintenance fee of $50 for half day rentals and $75 whole day rentals.
Approved allowing personal trainers park usage. Personal trainers will pay the County $75.00 per month, with the stipulation of passing background checks and approval by Parks & Recreation. Personal trainers will be required to pay the County a fee of $75 per month.
The Griffin Youth Soccer incident at Wyomia Tyus Olympic Park on Sunday, September 28, 2014 was discussed and The Recreation Superintendent Kelly Leger stated, during a youth soccer game at Wyomia Tyus Olympic Park, an incident occurred involving (3) Griffin players, (1) Henry County player and (1) assistant referee on Sunday, September 28, 2014. The Sheriff’s Department was called to the scene for the misconduct and fight that in sued at the park. The soccer liaisons met and reviewed the incident in detail and after examining policies, all parties involved have been suspended from any and all Spalding County Parks & Recreation facilities until judgment is received from Georgia Youth Soccer.
Also  Coach Requirements were discussed relative to the incident and while investigating the youth soccer incident, it was discovered that many coaches and other adult volunteers had incomplete back ground checks and coach certifications. A letter has been sent to the Griffin Youth Soccer Association with a deadline of October 9, 2014, to have all background checks and certifications current. This was brought to the attention of the Soccer Association President who immediately began working to bring all coaches into compliance. Currently, all coaches with the exception of (10) are in compliance. Those coaches have been pulled from their teams until background checks, NYSCA certifications and concussion training are in place. This will not affect the children or the teams. The Department will soon be hiring a 29 hour per week part-time staff who will be able to assist on site with spot checking badges to ensure coaches are in compliance with requirements.

A complimentary school break camp will be hosted at Fairmont and AMBUCS Community Centers next week during the hours of 8:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m. Campers will be required to provide their own lunch. City Park will open at 10:00 a.m. for open-play.

Parks Superintendent Imberger reported that The upcoming Georgia Recreation & Park Association District Banquet will be held in Carrollton on October 22, 2014.
The Georgia Recreation & Park Association State Banquet will be held in Jekyll Island on November 6, 2014. All members were invited to attend.
LIAISON COMMITTEE REPORTS AND MEMBER COMMENTS:
Mr. Fears- Stated there was an issue between a football team and softball team over the weekend at Volunteer Park. The football team was warming up on the softball field before a game and the softball team arrived to utilize the field for a scheduled practice.

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BREAKING NEWS 
Early Saturday morning units of the Griffin Police Department, and  Spalding Regional EMS, responded to a 911 call of a female that had been attacked as she was walking to work.   The individual was allegedly an employee of Food Depot was attacked and beaten up.  The Female was transported to Spalding Regional for Treatment of injuries not thought to be life threatening.  The incident is still under investigation and more information is expected to be released later by the Griffin Police Department.