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 A September 2015 car crash on Tara Boulevard  in Clayton County Near Lovejoy is at the center of a lawsuit because of Snapchat.  The suit stemed form an accident in September of 2015 that left a Clayton County man Wentworth Maynard with a brain injury for life. A female driver was traveling south on Tara Boulevard and was attempting to use a devise called Snapchat that records the sped of the vehicle and is then laced on the Internet. . 18 year old Christall McGee of  Spalding county was traveling home with three co workers in her vehicle running in excess of 100 miles per hour allegedly attempting to us the device. Her Mercedes vehicle owned by her father slammed into the back of Mr. Wentworth Maynard vehicle that had just pulled into the roadway at 107 miles per hour. Leaving Maynard a invalid for life.

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 Christall McGee vehicle                         Wntworth Maynard vehicle

The Planiffs law office said “McGee wanted to post an image of herself going fast,”  “She argued that she was , “Just trying to get the car to 100 mils per-hour to post it on Snapchat.”

The Law suit was filed in state court of Spalding County and said McGee was driving distracted and did not see Maynard’s car merging onto the highway.

McGee’s car struck Maynard’s car, which sent his vehicle across the left lane and into an embankment.

“It crushed the back left side of Maynard’s Outlander and caused trauma to his body and brain that would alter the rest of his life,according to the statement.”

McGee posted her injuries after the crash to Snapchat with the caption, “lucky to be alive,” the complaint said.

Maynard now uses a wheelchair and spent weeks in intensive care for a severe tramatic brain injury, according to the suit.

Maynard and his wife are suing Snapchat and McGee to pay his medical bills following the accident, which the suit said has caused him to miss work, as he was working as an Uber driver at the time of the accident.

A Snapchat spokesman told CNN Money he could not comment on an ongoing lawsuit, but added that Snapchat has a warning not to use the miles per hour filter while driving.



Sheriff Wendell Beam has has advised WKEU news that Eliseo Cervantes, age 24, of 32 Old Post Road, in Jonesboro,



was arrested on Thursday, April 28, 2016. Cervantes was stopped for a traffic violation and a K-9 alerted to the odor of drugs in his vehicle. During the search agents with the Spalding County Sheriff’s Office Narcotics Unit located a kilogram (2.2 lbs.), of heroin, and a loaded handgun. The street value of the heroin is in excess of $100,000.00. Cervantes is being held in the Spalding County Jail without bond on the following charges:

  1. Trafficking Heroin
  2. Possession of Heroin
  3. Possession of Marijuana less that one ounce
  4. Possession of a Firearm During Commission of a Crime
  5. Possession of a Firearm by a Convicted Felon
  6. Window Tint Violation



The first order of business at the Spalding County Commissioners Meeting May 2nd:
Mr. Jeffrey Shannon, 7613 Connell Drive, Jonesboro, GA,  was recognized for his donation of $10,000 to assist with funding the Disc Golf Course at Dundee Lake Park in memory of his father Mr. Donald Carl Shannon. Jeffrey is passionate about  the sport and looks forward to incorporating his love for disc golf and his love for his Dad. Every time he plays disc golf, he will think about his Dad. 
The commissioners:
Recognized Ms. Christine Napier as the 2016 Bain Proctor Award for Volunteerism Recipient. In recognition of National Volunteer Month, the Bain Proctor Award celebrates the spirit of volunteerism in our local community.  It is also is about recognizing volunteer efforts and inspiring people to seek out ways to engage in their communities. Recognizing volunteers during National Volunteer Month gives communities an opportunity to highlight the many ways volunteers make a difference in their community to make life better as they serve in areas of need.
Ms. Christine Napier is involved in numerous volunteer activities and is a member of various groups.  She is a member of the First United Methodist Church, the Pulaski Daughters of the American Revolution, the Continental Society Daughters of the Indian Wars, the Daughters of the Colonial Wars and many more.  She volunteers at the Governor’s Mansion twice a month and Brightmoor Hospice each week.  Ms. Napier also participates in many senior activities, and she is frequently taking someone to the doctor, grocery store, or to pick up medications on a regular basis.  Ms. Christine Napier has a volunteer’s heart and embodies the true meaning of being a volunteer.
The Commissioners Approved:   a Proclamation celebrating the 65th Anniversary of the National Day of Prayer and declaring May 5, 2016 as National Day of Prayer in Spalding County, Georgia.  A National Day of Prayer was establilshed by the Continental Congress in 1775, and in 1952 the United States Congress approved a Joint Resolution setting aside a day each year to recongize the tradition of prayer in our natiion; and in 1988, this law was amended and signed by President Ronald Regan, designating the first Thursday in May as the official National Day of Prayer. Ms. Nadine Graham, 1708 Ethridge Mill Rd, Griffin, requested the Proclamation and on May 5th at  12:00 noon on the veranda of the Spalding County Courthouse will have a short program and prayer. Ms. Nadine Graham was present to receive the proclamation.
The Commissioners approved a Proclamation “nunc pro tunc” honoring St. Luke Overcoming Church of God who hosted the 78th Missionary and Prayer Brand Convention held on April 21-23, 2016.  The proclamation was presented to the congregation at Saint Luke Overcoming Church of God on April 21, 2016 by Commissioner Flowers-Taylor. Conventioneers came from all over Georgia, Alabama, Mississippi, Tennessee, and as far away as New York.   
The Missionary Prayer and Brand was established in 1938 and has been active for 78 years. During those 78 years the Brand Convention has been hosted by The Saint Luke Overcoming Church of God  3 times. 1966, 2010 and April 2016.
The Commissioners approved on second reading an Ordinance to provide for a four way stop at the intersection of Jackson Road and Wallace Road.   The Sheriff’s department requested the two-way stop be made a four-way stop to assist in the increase in traffic anticipated by the construction of the Dollar General Distribution Center. 
Approved on second reading an ordinance to provide for no parking on Quilly Street from Elm Street to the Griffin City Limit.  Primarily this new ordinance will assist day to day use. During large tournaments temporary use can be authorized.
The Commissioners Approved a request for Outside Amplification Permit request from Oak Hill Baptist Church for their “Freedom Fest” Festival event to be held on Sunday, June 26, 2016 from 6:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m..
 Approved a recommendation from Life Environmental Services, Inc. to award the contract for asbestos abatement at the Old Fairmont School to Southern Environmental Services, Inc. low bid, in the amount of $56,253.00. The Board of Commissioners approved Life Environmental Services, Inc. to oversee the asbestos abatement and disposal at the Old Fairmont School Demolition/Renovation project. 
The Commissioners approved  a Master Services Agreement with Civic Plus to provide emergency notification system for Spalding County residents.
Spalding County residents along with Spalding County staff have not been pleased with the level of service provided by the current vendor Code Red.  Over the course of the past 3-4 months County Staff have interviewed potential vendors to take over the contract which will terminate soon.  Of the vendors interviewed, staff unanimously agreed that Civic Plus was the best option available to both the County Staff and its 68,000 residents. 
The Commissioners tabled temporarily a resolution supporting the replacement of the Jordan Hill Bridge by the Georgia Department of Transportation.
The Commissioners tabled temporarily a recommendation of the Spalding County Fire Department for naming it’s new administration building.
After lengthy discussion the Commissioners approved a Griffin-Spalding Business and Tourism Association Intergovernmental Agreement, Articles of Incorporation and By-Laws. Griffin-Spalding Business and Tourism Association  will serve as  Spalding County’s Destination Marketing Organization as required by the Department of Community Affairs for the proposed 8% Hotel/Motel Tax proceeds.  If the City or the County finds the agreement unsatisfactory they can cancel the agreement with a 90 day notice to do so.



Terri Colling voter registrar for Scalding County has announced that early voting for the General Primary is:
Monday, May 2nd, 2016 through Friday, May 20th, 2016. 8:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m.

Saturday voting will be available on May 14, 2016 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Spalding County residents can vote early at the:

Office of Elections and Voter Registration 825 Memorial Drive Griffin, GA 30224
Registered voters are not required to provide a reason to early vote.
Photo ID is required.
If you have any questions, please call: The voter registrars office at 770/467-4245


There will be a Parent and teen Driver Education Program at the UGA Griffin Campus to assist young drivers that ages 14, 15, and 16 who will be getting their driver license.  Georgia Law now requires the program for all new drivers that will be getting their license.  The Course will be May 31st at 6:30 at the UGA Griffin Campus. Changes in the Law for teen drivers put parents squarely in the passenger’s seat. It requires that anyone who applies for a permanent driver’s license must have a parent, legal guardian or responsible adult sign a verification form affirming that the candidate has completed 40 hours (with 6 hours at night) of supervised driving experience, if the candidate has successfully completed an approved driver education course. The Course is free.

The Georgia Traffic Injury Prevention Institute (GTIPI) at The University of Georgia is bringing the Parents Reducing Injuries and Driver Error program—to help Spalding County parents prepare their 14, 15 and 16-year-olds to drive.

The classes will:

  • Help parents and guardians become more aware of their own driving behaviors,
  • Teach parents and guardians how to help their teens become safe drivers,
  • Help parents, guardians and teens learn what they need to do during the supervised practice
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  • The program is designed to alter attitudes and driving behaviors of novice teen drivers.

A teen and at least one parent or guardian must register to attend. Call Lt. Douglas A. Rogers 7702296451 Ext 502 or email drogers@cityofgriffin.com to register.











The five day weather forecast calls for a 30 percent chance of rain in Saturday with a high of 83 and overnight low of 66 on Sunday a 60 percent chance of rain with a high of 79 and low of 65.  Monday about a 20 percent chance of rain with a high of 79 and overnight low of 64 On Tuesday rain still hangs around with a 40 percent chance. A high of 76 and low of 60.


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About 4:35 on Friday afternoon, Units of the Griffin Police Departments, Spalding Regional and Troopers from the Griffin post of the Georgia State Patrol responded to a two vehicle accident on Memorial Drive near WKEU.  A Ford Focus was traveling eastbound and was struck in the back by a Chevrolet Cruse.  The diver of the Ford Focus was taken to Spalding Regional for Observation of possible neck injuries. 



The Monroe County Sheriff’s Office is requesting the public’s assistance regarding a theft that occurred at Trophy Ford on Monday April 18, 2016 around 2200 hours. It is believed that this theft was committed by one suspect. The suspect vehicle is believed to be a newer model Chevrolet Silverado. The suspect stole a tailgate from a black 2016 Ford F350 in this case. The sheriff’s office is also investigating a separate incident that occurred in November 2015 where 3 tailgates were stolen from two Ford F250’s and one Ford F350 by two suspects. The suspect vehicle in that case is an SUV. It is unknown at this time if the two cases are related. If you have any information regarding this either of these thefts, please contact Sgt. Landers, Monroe County Sheriff’s Office Criminal Investigations Division at 478-994-7043 Ext. 234.
The 2016 Jr. Deputy Trip to  jour Nations Capitol ended officially Friday morning when seven buses of our 6th grade students arrived in Griffin from Washington DC. The Junior deputies departed Griffin Sunday afternoon April 24 th and spent the week touring the sights and history of Washington.  The planing for the 2017 Junior deputy program has already started.  Sheriff Wendell Beam,  Kay Perdue, and Sergeant Frank Clark planned a great trip for 2016 with many extras for the 6 th Graders. Over 300 students and chaperones that totaled almost 390 individuals that, made the trip. WKEU’s Sylvia Chapman was with the junior deputies for the entire trip and insured we had the taped interviews so moms, dads, family members, teachers and friends could hear the voices of the students while on the trip.  
WKEU would like to thank Sheriff Wendell Beam, Kay Perdue, and Sergeant Frank Clark for their untiring assistance to WKEU and Sylvia Chapman in particular.
Bill Taylor General Manager and co-owner of WKEU said that he also wanted to thank all the WKEU members that assisted with putting together the planning and broadcast support this year those included Sylvia Chapman, Bill Chapman, Tony Broski, Ted Taylor, Morris Pike, Mike Kendall, Sam Stacy.  And our behind the scenes personnel that made the broadcast possible, Lee Taylor, Ronnie Lowe, Larry Johnson, Sidney Daniel, and Wayne Cruse.
Also I deeply appreciate the support of P and D Enterprises for providing their 15 passenger Ford Van to assist with the transportation for our interviewers that went with the kids on the buses to Swanee and recorded the initial excitement of the children.
Most of all,  we deeply appreciate the support of our wonderful sponsors that always are first to support the Junior Deputy program in our community. Taylor also said “What a huge part of the Griffin Community these business owners are. They are always there for the youth of our community.”
Sheriff Beam said that “Planning is already underway for the 2017 trip, with the possible addition of more visits to other locations of Americas History for the 6 th Graders. We have always made it a priority for safety and many off duty officers, retired officers, and citizens take time to make this trip a huge success for our kids. Their devotion to our Junior Deputies is amazing and they always have the safety of our children first, and still what to know what else they can do to help the program get even better I am so proud of each of them.”
WKEU again thanks the Chaperons, Sheriff Beam, Kay Perdue, and Sergeant Clark for their support to Sylvia Chapman on the trip. As we have since the first Junior Deputy Trip in the 1940’s until now, we will continued to support our Junior Deputy Program, and our citizens to bring you the voices of these great kids so you can hear their excitement in next years trip.  
On Thursday the Monroe County Sheriffs Deputies were involved in a high speed vehicle pursuit that eventually ended in the area of Monroe Street in Macon, GA.


It has been determined that the driver of the vehicle, Dewey W. Moore of West Palm Beach, FL is still missing after he fled on foot from the wrecked vehicle. Moore currently has active arrest warrants by the US Marshals Service out of Florida. A passenger in the vehicle identified as, Adam R. Wiles of Jacksonville, Florida was taken into custody by Bibb County Sheriff’s Office in the area of the crash. Warrants are pending for the two persons involved in this chase. The investigation is on going more information is expected to be received later.