Griffin Police Chief Steve Heaton has advised the city manager that he will be leaving the Griffin Police Chief Position on November 21 st. Chief Heaton will become the associate Director of a new program under Georgia State University called “The Georgia International Law Enforcement Exchange.” Chief Heaton talked with WKEU news on Monday and said that he is leaving the Department with Great memories and huge support from his employees, City, and Citizens that has meant so much to him both personally and professionally. City Commissioner Dick Morrow indicated that the search for a new chief has already started. WKEU and our Community wish the very best to Chief Heaton in his new position with the Georgia State University.
Public Health confirms a viral infection in the hospitalized student, which may cause a wide range of symptoms including fever, vomiting and/or diarrhea. It could manifest itself as the common cold or the “stomach bug.” The District will continue its disinfecting protocols.
Pike School Officials have asked Parents to share with children the importance of hand washing as this is the most effective preventive measure. Although the ill student is a Primary School Student, absenteeism at the Primary School today is less than 1%. If your child becomes ill and runs a fever, vomits or has diarrhea, please do not send them to school until symptoms subside.
A pipe suspected to be used to smoke methamphetamine was located in the Honda Civic and the vehicle had been reported stolen out of Forest Park.
The investigation remains on going.
It was a historic night for the Spalding Jaguars who for the first time in school history earned a victory over the Griffin Bears, beating their crosstown rivals 28-6 Friday night at Memorial Stadium. The win upped Spalding’s record to 6-0 on the season (2-0 inside subregion play) while the Bears fell to 2-4 (0-2).
The two teams played staunch defense through the first two quarters with neither offense able to capitalize on the oppositions penalties and turnovers. Griffin finally managed to break the scoreless tie late in the first period. After a Jaguar punt gave the Bears the ball at the Spalding 32, an 18 yard pass from Tylan Morton to Roddy Willis set up a Isaiah Spruill 16 yard scoring run. The Bears tried a trick play on the subsequent two point attempt but the Jags were not fooled which left the score 6-0 with :50 left in the first period.
Both defenses continued to dominate the remainder of the first half which left the score unchanged going into thr intermission.
The Jaguars massive offensive line took over in the second half which sparked Spalding’s comeback. A 56 yard pass between Naricuss Driver and Chardarius Fambro midway through the third quarter set up the Jags deep in Bear territory; Kel Johnson cashed in from 4 yards out to even the score while Trey Gregory’s extra point gave the Jags the lead for good. Spalding went on to rip off 21 unanswered points, largely on the strength of Driver who posted touchdown runs of 6, 94 and 63 yards to account for the 28-6 final.
Driver, Spalding’s junior quarterback, rushed for 211 yards on the night, 204 of which came in the final two quarters while he added another 95 yards through the air.
Up next for Nick Davis and the Jaguars is a showdown Friday night at home against the Jonesboro Cardinals. Both teams are 2-0 in subregion play so the outcome will go a long way towards determining the eventual subregion championship. Kickoff is set for 7;30.
As for Griffin, the Bears next action comes on Thursday night, also at Memorial Stadium, when the opposition will be provided by Mt. Zion-Jonesboro. Start time Thursday is 7:00.
Both games will be simulcast on WKEU AM 1450 and WKEU FM 88.9 The Rock.
In 2013, U.S. fire departments responded to an estimated 29,200 home structure fires that were intentionally set. These fires caused 380 deaths, 880 injuries and $531 million in direct property damage.
Agent Charleston McClendon of Allstate Insurance Company is teaming up with the Georgia Arson Control to remind Spalding Countians about Fire Prevention Week, October 4-10, 2015. This is an important week to remember the preventative steps that community members can take.
By reporting potential arson, you can help stop fires before they start. If you have information leading to an arrest and conviction of an arsonist, a reward of up to $10,000 is offered. Call the Arson Hotline at 1-800-282-5804 and help fight arson.