Spalding County is one of 40 members to receive the Health Promotion & Wellness Grant based on its commitment to employee health and demonstrated collaboration with other community groups and organizations engaged in health promotion.
“A successful wellness program is designed to encourage healthy lifestyles, which helps to control health care costs and contribute to a happier, more productive workforce”, said Douglas County Commissioner and President of the ACCG – GHBP Board of Directors, Michael Mulcare. “Wellness programs greatly benefit employees, their families and the employer – everyone benefits.”
The Health Promotion & Wellness Grants are awarded statewide to our members that are undertaking health initiatives to transform their living and working communities into healthier environments. The grants are to provide assistance in promoting worksite programs designed to enhance the health and wellness of county employees and family members.
As part of the grant process, the member designates a Health Promotion Leader to develop a workplace health promotion action plan and to attend the High Impact Health Promotion & Wellness training class offered by Local Government Risk Management Services (LGRMS). In addition, employees will be offered a confidential health assessment program using a Health Risk Appraisal, with blood pressure screening and health improvement feedback.
Wellness programs have a reliable track record of improving employee health and quality of life while reducing medical claims and improving workplace morale. ACCG offers wellness services to all members through LGRMS, a not-for-profit agency operated jointly with the Georgia Municipal Association.
The ACCG-Group Health Benefit Program is available to all ACCG members. Currently, 90 counties and authorities participate in the health plan, and all are eligible to apply for the Health Promotion & Wellness Grants on an annual basis. ACCG is pleased to support Georgia counties in this important endeavor.



About 3:00 on Monday afternoon units of the Spalding Sheriffs Department, Spalding Reginald EMS, and Spalding Fire Department responded to a two vehicle accident on Macon Road.  The accident occurred at the Hudson road intersection.  A motorcycle was traveling South on Macon Road as the driver approached the intersection a Nissan passenger car pulled into the path of the motorcycle.  The motorcycle struck the Nissan broadside.  Initial reports indicated that the two passengers were being treated at the scene, and then were transported to Spalding Regional for further treatment of injuries not thought to be life threatening. The accident is still under investigation, and more information is expected to be released later.

The American Legion Post 197 in Zebulon wants to help honor veterans of the Vietnam War in conjunction with the 50th Anniversary Commemoration of the Vietnam War.

The Georgia Department of Veterans Service recently created the Vietnam War Certificate of Honor program to honor each of the 234,000 Vietnam War veterans.

Members of the local Post 197 will collect the data needed and hold a special ceremony to present each pike county veteran with their Certificate of Honor.

“We would like for all local Vietnam veterans to be honored and we need them to contact us with information on their service,” said American Legion Department of Georgia 4th District Commander and Post 197 Adjutant Bill Payton Sr. “We will hold a special event on the courthouse square to officially present them with their certificates.”

Each certificate will be personalized with the Vietnam War veteran’s name, rank, branch of service and dates of service, printed over the Seal of the State of Georgia and includes the official U.S. Department of Defense’s Vietnam War Commemorative Partner logo.

Local Vietnam veterans can email the above information to or stop by American Legion Post 197 on Old Meansville Road from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Thursdays and from 12 noon to 5 p.m. Saturdays.



In conjunction with the 50th Anniversary Commemoration of the Vietnam War, the State of Georgia wants to honor every one of its 234,000 Vietnam War veterans.

To accomplish this goal, the Georgia Department of Veterans Service, in partnership with the Office of Governor Nathan Deal, has created the Vietnam War Certificate of Honor program.

Every Georgia veteran with honorable service during the Vietnam War is eligible to receive this certificate.


(This includes veterans with service in country and those who served in other capacities.)

With the help of veterans service organizations, word of mouth, and local media support, these Certificates of Honor will be ceremonially presented to every Vietnam War veteran in Georgia.

Each certificate is personalized with the Vietnam War veteran’s name, rank, branch of service, and dates of service printed over the Seal of the State of Georgia and includes the official U.S. Department of Defense’s Vietnam War Commemorative Partner logo.



Floyd Veterans Memorial Building, Suite E-970

Atlanta, Georgia 30334-4800





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Terry Colling Elections Supervisor for Spalding County has announced qualifying dates.

Monday August 31 starts the Qualifying for City of Griffin Council Members Qualifying will end Friday September 4 at 4:30 pm.

Candidates will qualify in the elections & voter registration office located at 825 Memorial Drive

The City Elections will be for 4 year term beginning January 1, 2016.  Those District seats up for election are:

District 2 – Currently held by Cora Flowers

District 4 – Currently held by Joann Todd (will not seek re-election)

At-Large – Currently held by Doug Hollberg

Candidate qualifications are as follows:

Must be at least 18 years old

Must have lived in the City of Griffin at least 12 months prior to qualifying

Must be a registered voter

Must have lived in the district for at least 6 months prior to qualifying

Must remain in the district for term if elected

The Qualifying fee:


For additional information you may contact Terry Colling Elections Supervisor – Spalding County P.O. Box 1087, 825 Memorial Drive, Griffin, GA  30224 770-467-4370



Sheriff Wendell Beam has advised WKEU news that on Thursday, August 27, 2015, at 8:34 PM, Deputies received a report of a disturbance at Ponderosa Mobile Home Park at 1578 Patterson Road, Griffin, Georgia. The investigation revealed a dispute occurred between an adult male and a female juvenile. As a result the juvenile’s father went to the aid of his daughter and he was attacked by the adult male. The adult male was identified as McCormick Randell, B/M, Age 34, of 1578 Patterson Road, Lot 33,Griffin, Georgia. Mr. Randell was arrested and transported to the Spalding County Jail on the following charges:

  • Simple Battery – 2 counts
  • Cruelty to Children, 3rd Degree – 1 count
  • Disorderly Conduct – 1 count

He is being held at the Spalding County Jail on a bond of $2764.00.

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Sheriff Jimmy Thomas has reported to WKEU news that his Investigators have been working to solve several entering autos that were reported in the northern end of the county several weeks ago. A juvenile has been charged with entering auto, theft by receiving stolen property and possession of a handgun by a person under 18 years of age. The juvenile is currently being housed at a youth detention center until a court hearing is scheduled. The investigation continues into other suspects that are involved in these crimes. Anyone with any information is encouraged to contact an investigator at 770-567-8431.


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Changes in the TADRA 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.

Most parents don’t feel prepared, or may not know what they need to do, to supervise a new teen driver behind the wheel.  But parental involvement is key to reducing teen crashes and fatalities.

Teens want the practice time so they can get their license, but need to know how to communicate with their nervous parents.

There is a FREE course designed to fill this void. The Georgia Traffic Injury Prevention Institute (GTIPI) at The University of Georgia is bringing P.R.I.D.E.—Parents Reducing Injuries and Driver Error—to help Spalding County parents prepare their 14, 15 and 16-year-olds to drive.

“P.R.I.D.E. is an excellent orientation to the driver education process and teen driving laws. It’s designed to help young people become better decision makers, especially as new drivers,” says Frankie Jones, GTIPI’s Director.  It will help parents and their new teen drivers learn what they need to do during those 40 hours of driving time,” said Jones. “Our ultimate goal is to reduce risk-taking behavior and youth related car crashes.”

GTIPI is working with the UGA Griffin Campus to offer the free 2-hour P.R.I.D.E. seminar, a standardized UGA course offered statewide. GTIPI is funded by a grant from the Governor’s Office of Highway Safety.

The Georgia Teens Ride with P.R.I.D.E. classes will:

  1. Help parents and guardians become more aware of their own driving behaviors,
  2. Teach parents and guardians how to help their teens become safe drivers,
  3. Help parents, guardians and teens learn what they need to do during the supervised practice driving time.

Alter attitudes and driving behaviors of novice teen drivers.

The course will be offered September 29th at 6:00pm in Griffin. A teen and at least one parent or guardian must register to attend. Call Kim Crawford at 678-413-4281 or email to register.

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On August the 4 th WKEU news aired a news story in relation to a Griffin Police Officer Identified as Investigator Keith Dryden who resigned  in lieu if termination allegedly for inappropriate contact with a female inmate, and other policy violations of the City of Griffin Police Debarment.  “WKEU has received numerous calls from concerned citizens asking why a formal Press Release has not been issued by the Police Department in relative to the investigation that indicated Investigator Keith Dryden “quoting from the Findings of the Investigative report.”

1,  The Allegation that Dryden was involved in an inappropriate relationship with a female inmate SUSTAINED.
2.  Allegations that Keith Dryden failed to properly, document and store evidence is SUSTAINED.

3. The Allegation that Keith Dryden sent a text message to two individuals to intimidate them is
4. The Allegation that Keith Dryden committed acts that tarnished the Professional image of the City
of Griffin, and the Police Department, In addition to engaging in on duty an off duty activity contrary to the city of Griffin Police Department Policies is

The investigation also states that Dryden made many off color, vulgar, offensive, and abusive remarks and inappropriately touched some waitresses by kissing them on the forehead, at the Chick Fil A on Taylor Street. The report indicated that on occasions he would walk behind the counter to the work station and the employees said he would stand too close. The Chick Fil A Manager requested a Criminal Trespass Warning be issued to Dryden and requested he not come back on the property of the Chick Fil A. Dwarf House in Griffin.

The initial report of the illicit activity by Dryden was given to the Griffin Police Department from the Spalding County Sheriff’s Department, in a package of March 10th,and  from the Public Defender’/s Office report of March 4th 2015, from information  received from Andrea Feldman’s attorney. The city of Griffin report started early March and ended in June. The report is about 30 pages in length.

WKEU contacted the Griffin police Department by telephone on Thursday and was advised that Chief Heaton was not going to issue a press release as the employee had resigned.

The Spalding Sheriff’s Department had a similar situation with former Deputy David Gibson that was started with a formal singed complaint was received by the Sheriff in May. The investigation was complete may 19th Gibson was called into the Sheriff’s Office and Sheriff Beam gave the option to Gibson of either resigning or being fired.  Gibson resigned on May 19th and a Press Release was issued by Sheriff Beam on May 20th.






Pictured is Spalding County Commission Chair, Rita Johnson accepting grant award from Jason Ritter, Georgia Emergency Management Agency Area 4 Coordinator.

Spalding County Emergency Management Director, Kenny West, announced today the receipt of the Response and Recovery Award from the Emergency Management Performance Grant through the Georgia Emergency Management Agency. This award of $28,164 will be used to mitigate and provide resources that protect our citizens and support our first responders who provide emergency services to citizens that may be impacted by natural and man-made disasters. The Spalding County Emergency Management Agency works tirelessly to provide planning, mitigation, prevention and response to all emergencies in Spalding County and this grant award will assist with additional resources. Spalding County Emergency Management Director West, stated that, “We are very thankful for this highly competitive award and for the resources that we can provide through it to our community”. For more information, contact Spalding County Emergency Management Agency at (770)228-2129.