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The Griffin Bears won big on Friday night as the Griffin Bears were in Zebulon to take on the Pike County Pirates.  The Bears won 57 to 7.

With a rolup of the Game with WKEU Sports Director Tony Broski click below.





For the first time the combined win totals of Griffin Bears and Spalding Jaguars broke the 100 mark.  The Spalding Jaguars hosted Riverdale at Memorial Stadium in Griffin.  The Jaguars won 47 to 20 over Riverdale.   The Jaguars were broadcast on WKEU AM 1450 and streamed live on the world wide web from our website with Tim Shepherd and Ken Bozeman doing the Play by Play.

For a rollup of the Spalding Game click below.


The Pike County Sheriff Jimmy Thomas has advised WKEU news that his Department received a complaint of two individuals posing as Georgia Bureau of Investigation Agents and passing counterfeit payroll checks several weeks ago. During the on-going  investigation it was learned that the two suspects were wearing law enforcement attire including gun belts and appeared to be armed with hand guns.
Investigators coordinated with other law enforcement agencies to determine the extent of the individuals activities, and found that numerous counterfeit checks had been passed in other counties during which the suspects represented themselves as law enforcement personnel. At this time it is believed that thousands of dollars were illicitly gained through the cashing of these checks.
The suspects were identified by investigators as Troy Shane McCranie (48 years of age) and Charles Levy Jones (39 years of age). McCranie was found to have no permanent address as he moved amongst different motels on a regular basis. Jones was residing in Lithonia.
The duo was tracked down at a motel in the city of Mcdonough at which time they were confronted and arrested by Investigators. At the time of arrest McCranie was wearing duty gear commonly used by law enforcement with an apparent weapon in his holster, this later was found to be a BB gun.
Jones attempted to flee into a bathroom during which he was arrested and found to have disposed of two BB pistols that were very similar to real handguns.
A large amount of evidence was found on the suspects and in their vehicle. These items included methamphetamine, counterfeit checks, counterfeit drivers licenses and social security cards, computers and printers used to manufacture all of the fraudulent items. Clothing in the vehicle was also found to have been altered to appear as law enforcement issued equipment by affixing patches that had been made that are commonly associated with law enforcement.
Pike, Upson, Spalding, Fayette , Lamar and Henry counties have all been struck by the suspects during their crime spree. As checks are processed by local banks it is possible that additional charges will be forthcoming.
The pair are currently housed in the Pike County Jail and are facing the following charges: Impersonating a Police Officer, printing , executing fictitious checks, Identity Fraud, Possession of tools during commission of a crime , manufacturing false ID documents and Forgery. Numerous other charges are expected as other agencies compile the crimes committed in their jurisdictions.
McCranie was currently on bond in Carroll County for additional Forgery charges.




The annual  Black Cat Hunt was held Thursday night October 23, 2014. The Black Cat Hunt was aired on WKEU AM 1450 and on the world wide web from our website  The WKEU vans were set up at Griffin’s Bank The First National Bank main branch located at 318 South Hill Street. Six little black cats were hidden  around Griffin . WKEU’s Ted Taylor and Tony Broski broadcast the event again this year. The Black Cat Hunt started at 7:30.

Black Cat number 1 was located at the old Golden’s Super Market in Experiment and was found by Sharman  Brannon of Concord.

Cat number 2 was hiding at Kirby-Risk on Harlow Avenue and was found by Ashley Horton of Griffin.:

Number 3 was located at Griffin Office Park and was found by Tanya Chaney of Griffin

Number 4 was located  at Sacred Heart Church on MacArthur Drive.  It was claimed by Mary Passmore of Griffin. :

Number 5 was found longing at the office of State Farm agent Rita Johnson on Lucky Street, and was found by Ashley Buffington of Griffin

Number 6 was located at Hobbs Pharmacy and  was located by Williamson resident Sierra McLemore

WKEU would like to thank Griffins Bank First National Bank 318 South Hill Street Main Office  for allowing WKEU to use their facility. First National is always the host of the Black Cat Hunts and we again thank Chuck Copeland and his staff for their gracious and dedicated supports to WKEU and the Family Event the Black Cat Hunt.  Also a special thanks to our sponsors that made the broadcast possible, and the many prizes that were given away each of those sponsors believe as we do that the family events like the Black Cat Hunt, and others is a time for families to build memories for a lifetime, and we thank you all for participating in the 2014 black cat hunt.

Wednesday afternoon units of the Griffin Police Department Traffic units, and  Salding Regional EMS  responded to a 911 call indicating that a SUV type vehicle had stuck a building close to the intersection of South Hill Street, and Taylor Street.  Upon arrival at the location the investigators found that the driver apparently lost control of her vehicle and the SUV then struck the building.  The driver was not injured however there was damage to the SUV and Building. Traffic at the location was tied up until the vehicle, and all debris could be removed from the scene.

Sheriff Wendell Beam has advised WKEU that on Wednesday, October 22, 2014 at approximately 2:25 p.m. Deputies from the Spalding County Sheriff’s Office received a report of a gunshot victim at Cole’s Corner Convenience Store located at 7051 Newnan Road, Spalding County.   Deputies were informed the male victim entered the store and told employees he had been shot. The male was treated for injuries to his face and leg at the scene by Spalding Regional Emergency Medical Technicians. The victim was flown by Emory Life Flight to the Atlanta Medical Center. The investigation is continuing into the incident by the Spalding County Sheriff’s Office Criminal Investigation Division.

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Pike County Sheriff’ Jimmy Thomas has issued a press release that his Deputies responded to a report of a burglary in progress call Wednesday  morning shortly before 8:00 a.m. on Sands Road in Molena. Upon arrival deputies arrested Scotty Oneal (37 years of age) after he had been held at gun point by a neighbor. The caller stated that she had heard someone try to come in the back door to her residence during which time she fled to a neighbors house to call 911. The neighbor in turn went to her residence to confront the suspect.
Oneal was not to believed to have randomly targeted the residence as he was known to the victims as an acquaintance of the family. He is currently in the Pike County Jail for Criminal attempt to commit burglary and an outstanding violation of probation warrant.

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.


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.



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.


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.
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  WKEU will be set up at Griffin’s Bank The First National Bank main branch located at 318 South Hill Street. Once again six little back cats will be hidden  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.