The Griffin-Spalding County School System (GSCS) named David and Ashley Mangham from Cowan Road Elementary School as the district-level Most Valuable Parents (MVP). The Manghams were honored during the Griffin-Spalding Board of Education meeting on February 6.  Mr. and Mrs. Mangham actively participate in workshops and volunteer during school events, classroom parties and trips.

“Mr. and Mrs. Mangham value education and are deeply involved and invested in their children’s education. You can see them around the school building daily, ready to take on any task or lend a hand to positively impact the classroom and school. They make contributions regularly to the classroom to benefit all students,” said Cowan Road Elementary Assistant Principal Misty Garvin.

GSCS is also proud to recognize the school-level MVPs for January 2018:

  • Anne Street Elementary- De’Vay & Roderick Fluellyn
  • Crescent Elementary- Stephanie Marshall
  • Futral Road Elementary- Melissa Styler
  • Griffin High School- Jamie Paul
  • Jackson Road Elementary- Kathy Anthony
  • Jordan Hill Elementary- Allen Maddox
  • Rehoboth Road Middle- Gary Pline


GSCS began the MVP Program in 2011 as a way to increase parent engagement. This district-level program recognizes parent volunteers who make outstanding contributions to our schools. Each month the schools choose an exceptional volunteer to be their school-level MVP. From the school-level nominees, a district-level MVP is selected. Last school year GSCS recognized over 90 MVPs. Seventy-four volunteers have been recognized to date during the 2017-18 school year.

The Toys R Us store in Fayetteville and the Babies R Us in Newnan along with 180 others, will be closing as part of the company’s chapter 11 bankruptcy reorganization plan.

The announcement to close 182 stores came after the company filed for bankruptcy protection. Toys R Us is expected to decrease its number of stores by approximately 20 percent.

Regarding the announcement, Toys R Us Chief Executive Dave Brandon said, “The reinvention of our brands requires that we make tough decisions about our priorities and focus.”

Going-out-of-business sales are scheduled to begin in February and be completed in April.

Toys R Us in Fayetteville is located at the Fayette Pavilion. The Babies R Us store in Newnan is located at Ashley Park.

Board of Regents Chairman Jim Hull and Chancellor Steve Wrigley announced today that the Board of Regents named Dr. Kirk Nooks as the sole finalist for the position of president of Gordon State College in Barnesville.

Nooks is currently president at Metropolitan Community College (MCC)-Longview in Longview, Mo.

“Dr. Nooks’ experience in higher education provides a strong foundation for Gordon State College to innovate, increase enrollment and strengthen relationships with the Barnesville community and region,” said Wrigley. “I want to thank and commend the Gordon State campus search committee for its efforts and the role it played in this search process. Gordon State College would greatly benefit from Dr. Nooks’ leadership.”

Prior to joining MCC-Longview, Nooks served as both campus dean and executive liaison for diversity at Georgia Highlands College. Nooks holds a doctorate in higher education administration from George Washington University, along with an MBA in marketing and a bachelor of science in industrial management from Mercer University. He is a graduate of the Thomas Lakin Institute for Mentored Leadership and a member of the inaugural cohort of the American Council on Education’s Spectrum Leadership Institute.

“I’m honored to be considered for the role of president of Gordon State. I’m impressed with the students, faculty and staff I’ve met,” said Nooks. “I am excited about the opportunity to become a part of the Gordon State College community.”

The Board of Regents will take action on the selection of the next president of Gordon State College at the board’s next meeting, scheduled for Feb. 13.


Griffin Choral Arts will present Handel’s Messiah, Parts 2 and 3 on March 15, 2018.  Scheduled at 7:30 pm at First Baptist Church, 60 area artists will preform this work. Griffin Choral Arts March 15th concert tickets are $15 and available at the door.

Handel’s oratorio “Messiah’ stands as a pillar of the choral-orchestral repertoire.  We present the second and third parts which illuminate the suffering, death, and resurrection of Christ and also point to the second coming and the vision of the Lamb of God seated on the eternal throne.  Expressive recitatives, dramatic airs, remarkable choruses-including the brilliant “Hallelujah”- radiate the splendor of the one who reigns forever and ever.

Prepare for the Easter season with this work of art. Dr. Steve Mulder serves as artistic director of Griffin Choral Arts.


The Kiwanis Club of Griffin will hold it’s annual Pancake Day Saturday, February 10th at the Kiwanis of Griffin Center, 1025 South Hill Street. Plates will be served continuously from 7:00 a.m. until 1:00 p.m. for $8.00 each. All proceeds raised through the event go to the support of the Kiwanis scholarship fund.

In new features being offered as part of Pancake Day this year. A drive-thru take out service will be available as well as delivery service to local businesses with a minimum order of 10 plates. To take advantage of the delivery service, local businesses are asked to email orders by Thursday, February 8th to When placing a delivery order, you are asked to include a contact name, address and phone number.

Spring in Spalding County brings budding leaves and new flowers. Unfortunately, it also brings violent thunderstorms and tornadoes. Spalding County’s Office of Homeland Security will be conducting a “Ready Spalding” Prepare-Athon! Drill for Tornado Safety county-wide on Wednesday, February 7.

While everyone knows the importance of being prepared, the purpose of this drill is to ensure that all Spalding County residents know exactly what to do should a tornado hit your location. This county-wide drill is being held as part of the Georgia’s Severe Weather Preparedness Week and is supported by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), the Georgia Emergency Management (GEMA) and the Homeland Security’s “Ready Georgia” campaign. Here’s how to participate:

Before the Drill:

• Register for the Civic Ready emergency notification system and choose what type of alerts you want to receive

• Install a NOAA Weather Radio, if you haven’t already done so. Make sure it’s programmed to receive alerts for Spalding County and check that it has a battery back-up

• Review your severe weather emergency plan with your organization or family and encourage them to learn how to prepare for tornadoes.

• Make sure everyone knows where tornado shelter areas are located. Basements and interior rooms or hallways on the lowest floor are safest

Around 9:00 a.m. the Day of the Drill:

• Listen for the tornado sirens or monitor your NOAA Weather Radio for the message from the National Weather Service. This is your cue to begin the drill

• If you are conducting the drill at your workplace, announce the drill using your building’s notification system

• Follow the steps in your emergency plan

• Everyone should proceed to their tornado shelter area

o Use stairs instead of elevators

• Crouch low, sitting or kneeling against a wall and covering head with hands

• Take a photo and share on your social media platforms using #PrepareAthon

After the Drill:

• Evaluate the drill and document any issues. Modify your plan accordingly.

• Email the number of participants and photos to

For questions or assistance, please contact the Spalding County Office of Homeland Security at (770) 228-2129.


The subject of a manhunt in Lamar County ended late Thursday afternoon  with the arrest of Kenneth Wayne Jones, age 27.  Law enforcement personnel were searching the area of the Cedar Grove landfill close to the Lamar County industrial park for a suspect who fled a traffic accident in Pike County earlier in the day.

Jones was captured just before sunset.  

He is expected to be charged in Pike County with serious injury by motor vehicle and additional counts. 




A 45-year-old Barnesville man has been charged with arson in connection with a Jan. 24 fire that destroyed a home at 23 Brown St. in Barnesville. The apparently unoccupied home caught fire at about 4 a.m. There were no injuries. reported. 

Daraus Ahmad Myles of 407 Westchester Heights was charged Wednesday in Lamar County with one count of arson in connection with the fire, according to Capt. Al Moltrum of the Barnesville Police Department. Neighbors had seen Myles in the area, according to a tipster who contacted The Herald Gazette in the aftermath of the blaze.

Myles has had several charges in the area and is known by law enforcement personnel.
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 



Board of Commissioners of Spalding County
Regular Meeting
February 5, 2018
6:00 PM
119 E. Solomon St., Meeting Room 108


Commissioner Rita Johnson will lead the Invocation.
Commissioner Donald Hawbaker, District #5, will lead the pledge to the flag.
1. Lift from the table an appointment to the Spalding County Library Board of Trustees:
(a) to succeed John Groth for a four year term to expire 12/31/2021.
2. Consider appointment to the Spalding County Board of Health to fill the unexpired term of Teresa
Buchanan to expire December 31, 2022. This position represents the “Consumer or an advocate for
consumers of health services.”
3. Consider appointment of Chairman or deisgnee to the Atlanta Regional Commission for calendar year
1. Miller Edwards of Mauldin & Jenkins LLC is present to present the FY 2017 Comprehensive Annual
Financial Report.
1. Consider approval of financial statements for the six months ended December 31, 2017.
Speakers must sign up prior to the meeting and provide their names, addresses and topic in which
they will speak on. Speakers must direct all comments to the Board only. Speakers will be allotted
three (3) minutes to speak on their chosen topics and relate to matters pertinent to the jurisdiction of
the Board of the Commissioners. No questions will be asked by any of the commissioners during
citizen comments. Outbursts from the audience will not be tolerated. Common courtesy and civility
are expected at all times during the meeting.
1. Consider approval of minutes for the Spalding County Board of Commissioners Regular Meeting on
January 8, 2018, the Spalding County Board of Commissioners Special Called Meeting on January
22, 2018, Spalding County Board of Commissioners Closed Session on January 22, 2018 and the
Board of Commissioners Special Called Meeting on January 26, 2018.
1. Lift from the table a discussion regarding a request to introduce legislation to clarify supervision of
the position of Elections Supervisor.
1. Consider purchase of new Self Contained Breathing Apparatus for the Spalding County Fire
Department from Municipal Emergency Services in the amount of $391,880.00.
2. Consider implementation of a Training Reimbursement Agreement for outside training provided by
Spalding County to employees that will allow reimbursement of training costs should the employee
end their employment with Spalding County within 24 months of completion of training.
3. Consider approval of Fire Training reimbursement agreement.
4. Consider approval on first reading an Ordinance establishing a 25 MPH speed limit on Coe Drive.
5. Consider approval of New Concept Plan and Revised Final Construction Plans Proposal from Falcon
Design Consultants for realignment of Intersection #3.
6. Consider recommendation from Park and Recreation Advisory Commission to approve the fundraising
proposal by the Leadership Griffin+Spalding class of 2018 to construct a Dog Park on Carver
Road property.
7. Consider Resolution supporting the application for FY2018 CDBG funds to be applied toward sewer
improvements in the Dundee Mills target area.
8. Consider approval of FY 2019 Budget Calendar.
1. 2016 SPLOST Revenues for December 2017
2. Review of 2017 Spalding County Government Accomplishments.
3. Nominations for the Bain Proctor Award for Volunteerism are open and will be accepted through
February 28, 2018
4. Chairman Ray has requested an update on the status of the old correctional building received from
Georgia Department of Corrections.


A felony chase on the North Expressway lead to the driver of the perused vehicle losing control and crashing into a wooded area just north of School Road on Wednesday afternoon about 4:30 pm.  Sheriff Dix said that their were 4 injuries from the accident and one individual was air lifted by Emory Air Flight Based at the Griffin Spalding Airport when a hasty landing area was established on the North Expressway.  Sheriff Dix said that it was a precaution due to head injuries of the  individual, however the injured person was coherent and talking with EMS personnel. Chief Jamie Clark of the Spalding Fire Department said one trapped female had to be extracted from the vehicle by the Fire Department personnel.   The driver of the vehicle managed to flee the area and was later captured by Deputies on old Highway 41 a shot time later.
Both lanes of the North expressway were closed and traffic.  All north bound traffic was directed to old highway 41 until the investigation was complete.  The investigation remains under investigation and more information is expected to be released later.