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There will be a drive thru flu shot clinic September 26th and 27th, 7;30 am until 7PM while supplies last.  It will be at the Spalding county Health Department, 1007 Memorial Drive, across from the WKEU Studios.  You may call 770-467-4740 for additional information.  You may enter from Harlow Avenue, and Exit on Memorial Drive for a right turn.  Vaccines are supplied by the Griffin – Spalding County Hospital Authority.


Sheriff Jimmy Thomas in Pike county said that his Deputies responded to a vehicle collision involving a motorcycle on Highway 19 near the teen challenge complex this morning. A motorcycle rider, Christopher Lambert ,from Thomaston , was found to have serious injuries and was air lifted to Grady Hospital.  The motorcycle had struck the rear of a Coca Cola eighteen wheeler that was driven by Kenneth Bronson from Macon.

Witnesses to the incident told Deputies that the motorcycle had been traveling at a high rate of speed and passing other vehicles just before the collision occurred. The investigation is on going and any necessary charges will be made at a later date.


On September 19, 2017 at approximately 12:19am. Officers of the Griffin Police Department were dispatched to 1321 Lyndon Avenue, Griffin, Georgia, in reference to a report of a person being shot.  Officers had contact with the victim who is now identified as Rual Mendez. Rual Mendez had what appeared to be a single gunshot wound to the abdomen. Rual Mendez was transported to the hospital for further treatment.

The investigation of the incident lead investigators to arresting five people. The charges for each suspect are as follows:

Crystal Chambers, a white female age 18 was charged with Possession of Methamphetamine, Aggravated Assault (Party to Crime) and Armed Robbery (Party to a Crime).

China Chandler, a black female, age 27 was charged with Aggravated Assault (Party to Crime) and Armed Robbery (Party to a Crime).

Lizbeth Amador, a Hispanic female age 18 was charged with Aggravated Assault (Party to Crime) and Armed Robbery (Party to a Crime).

Darius Allen, a black male age 23 was charged with Aggravated Assault (Party to Crime) and Armed Robbery (Party to a Crime).

Jody Evans, a black male age 23 was charged with Aggravated Assault, Aggravated Battery, and Possession of a Firearm during the Commission of a Crime.

The investigation is still on going and the Griffin Police Department urges anyone with further information in this case to please contact Investigator Dexter McCune at 770-229-6452 extension 544. Investigator McCune will also be pursuing Gang Charges on each of the involved parties.


 Nearly 1 million customers reconnected ahead of schedule; company concluding work in severely damaged areas


Georgia Power has restored power to 99 percent of customers, or 990,000 customers, impacted by Hurricane Irma. More than 8,000 personnel were mobilized as part of the company’s restoration effort, including all of Georgia Power’s resources, as well as assistance from other Southern Company operating companies and dozens of other companies and assisting utilities. While work is nearly complete and ahead of schedule, all personnel in the field remain focused on reconnecting the limited number of customers who remain without power in the state due to the hurricane.

“The destruction from Hurricane Irma was unprecedented across Georgia, and throughout the Southeast, and I’m extremely proud of and thankful for the work and dedication of our teams to restore service to nearly all impacted customers ahead of schedule,” said Paul Bowers, chairman, president and CEO of Georgia Power. “Our job is not finished until every customer is reconnected and we want to thank the millions of customers who depend on us for electric service every day for their patience during restoration. I also want to personally thank our sister operating companies, as well as all utility, public safety and governmental partners who worked together over the past weeks to prepare for and recover from Hurricane Irma.”


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The Vernay Manufacturing plant will remain closed until 7:00 am on Monday September 18, 2017.

In addition we have been advised that,

Employees on Crew A and C are to report to work on Saturday Sept 16 at 7:00 am for your regular shift. 

All other employees are to report on Monday morning Sept 18 at 7:00 am.


The new one million square foot Dollar General facility located on the Spalding-Butts County line is slated to open soon, according to Griffin-Spalding Development Authority Executive Director David Luckie.  Construction began around one year ago, and was projected to create a capital investment of $85 million to construct the distribution center.  Dollar General has experienced rapid store growth throughout the southeast, and anticipates the facility will aid in further growth.  Luckie advised WKEU that the state-of-the-art center is expected to open later this month or early October. Approximately 300 people will be employed initially, with another 200-plus to come. It is expected to serve more than 1000 stores in the southeast.

Sheriff Darrell Dix reports that on 08-24-17, the Spalding County Sheriff’s Office Special Operations Division completed an investigation that resulted in two search warrants strategically being executed simultaneously at 3264 Newnan Rd.
The first location, 3264 Newnan Rd. Griffin, Ga. which is a home that is located in the center of the mobile home park and as is also the leasing office for the complex. Upon executing the search warrant agents encountered several individuals and children. As the residence was being cleared, agents found the conditions of the home to be deplorable. Agents removed everyone from the home and immediately contacted the Department of Family and Children’s Services (DFCS). As a result of the search warrant the following individuals were arrested and charged as follows.

Joan Ryder Cruelty to Children


Julia Penny Cruelty to Children and possession of drug related objects.

  Raymond Paul Lott- Sale of Schedule II control substance, Possession of Schedule II with intent to Distribute, possession of a schedule II, Cruelty to children and maintain a disorderly house.
Jordan Lott- Possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, Possession of drug related objects and cruelty to children.
  Anthony Wilson- Possession of Marijuana less than one ounce and possession of drug related objects.
 Teshia Lott- Cruelty to Children.
Dalton Lott- Cruelty to Children.
All of the children were turned over to DFCS. Code enforcement has been contacted and the health department will be further investigating the living conditions of the residence and the entire premises.
The second search warrant was executed at 3264 Newnan Rd Griffin, GA Lot#14. As a result of the search warrant the following individual was arrested and charged as follows
Gregory Lamar Austin, Possession of marijuana less than 1 ounce, Possession of a schedule III, Possession of a schedule IV, Possession of a schedule II, failure to keep drugs in original container, Possession of a schedule III with intent to distribute, Possession of a schedule IV with intent to distribute, Possession of a schedule II with intent to distribute and tampering with evidence.

The Sheriff’s Office will aggressively investigate all narcotic and drug complaints. Any case involving children will take immediate priority. All resources will be used to ensure the wellbeing and safety of the children in our community.



MARK DANIEL ASST. DISTRICT ATTORNEY TOWALIAGA CIRCUIT Photo Courtesy Walter Geiger Barnseville Heald Gazette.


Mark Daniel, who has been with the Towaliga circuit district attorney’s office since the circuit was formed in 1999 is retiring effective Nov. 1.

In the past 10 years alone, Daniel handled over 3000 defendants, tried over 30 cases and took in excess of 1500 guilty pleases. A career prosecutor, he represented the state for over 30 years.

“It is the passing of an era. I have a heavy heart. Mark is a steadfast supporter of this office, our communities and the state. He has always been a part of our office family and continued to have a place here, both now and in the future. I hate to see him go but I wish him well and hope that God watches over him and guides his path,” district attorney Jonathan Adams said.

Daniel plans to enter private practice and spend more time with his family.

Adams said he will announce his new chief assistant this week
WKEU would like to thank Walter Geiger and the Barnesville Herald Gazette for their assistance in this news story.  You can subscribe to the Herald Gazette on line at barnesville.com