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The Griffin-Spalding County School System will host three informational sessions for its Virtual Program.  Students in grades K through 9 who are not currently enrolled in the district can register for online courses.
Information sessions will be held in the Board of Education meeting room at 216 South Sixth Street on these dates:
• Wednesday, May 11 at 6 pm
• Tuesday, June 9 at 3:30 pm
• Thursday, July 14 at 3:30 pm
Required orientation sessions are set for May 17 and July 20 at 3:30 pm.
Students are expected to work on their lessons 20 hours per week in grades K-3 and 25 hours per week in grades 4-9.
The Virtual Program is tuition free for students in Spalding County provided they stay enrolled through October 15.  Based on education research, the curriculum packages high-quality lessons with mastery-based assessments that ensure students achieve success at each and every level.
Principal Stephanie Evans said, “The GSCS virtual program offers students an individualized approach to learning. This is a great option for students to learn and succeed in a non-traditional school environment. Parent involvement is a key factor in the success of this program.  It is important for parents to attend these informational sessions and be involved at all grade levels.”


At the monthly meeting of the Griffin-Spalding County Airport Authority Monday May 9th:
City Manager, Kenny Smith, was present and and addressed the Authority. He said the Archway Partnership would like to hold a Cherrette for the community to have input on what to do with the old airport. They would like to have a concept of what the area could be. The Authority agreed they would welcome community input.  
Chairman Morrow appointed City Commissioner David Brock to the Legal & Insurance committed.
Chairman Morrow reported there has been some activity since our last meeting and some disapointments.
The new airport layout plan that was last approved by the FAA reduces the size of the new airport. They did not reduce the runway just the amount of land around the airport. An airport our size can have no more than 600 acres. We had space on our Business Corporate Ramp for 8 businesses. They cut us back to 4. And Sapelo road is now showing on the plans as a dead end road ending at the aiprort property. The Authority will try and get the FAA to go back to what was previously agreed upon. 
At our April meeting we were promised a decision in one week on the 4 towers located near the new airport. Now the decision may be sometime in May.
Phase I Land Acqisition is still proceeding.  Some offers may be made soon.
The Utillity relocation was approved last month and we are waiting on the FAA.
The sale of the Sheriff property, at the old airport, to the county was denied by the FAA.  We must wait until the new airport is closer to completion.
The sale of the Golf Course property to the City was approved by the FAA.
The Sheriff property, helecopter pad, and the golf course property are considered non-essential property  to the operation of the airport and can be sold.
The Authority:
Discussed at length the new GS-Airport leasing agreement. It was approved by a 4-3 vote.
Airport Director Robert Mohl addressed the Authority with the need to start the process to get a 3 digit identifier for the new airport. It may take as long as 5 years to obtain the 3 digit identifier. 
Robert also inquired about naming the new airport. To start  the ball rolling he offered two names for consideration.  Charlotte Frye an Janet Bragg.
Charlotte Frye, born in Wichita, Kansas, Charlotte Barbara Fogg moved to Atlanta in 1898. She married Augustus Frye, M.D. in 1916 and lived in Griffin until her death in 1983. She flew the mail from Griffin to Atlanta and became one of the first female airmail pilots. Charlotte Frye was enshrined May 18, 1991, as one of Georgia’s pioneer women pilots.
Janet Harmon Waterford Bragg was an amateur aviator. She was the first African-American woman to hold a commercial pilot license. Janet Harmon was born on March 24, 1907, in Griffin, Georgia. Mrs. Janet Bragg died April 11, 1993, in Blue Island, IL.
The Authority went into closed session.

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About 7:15 Tuesday evening City of Griffin Police, Griffin Fire Rescue, Spalding Regional EMS and Emory Air Flight responded to the scene of a two vehicle collision at Broad and Fifteenth streets involving two vehicles. One of the vehicles knocked down the street sign at that location and a female elderly person was trapped inside his vehicle and was unisonous. EMS personal revived the individual who was incoherent. The Female was airlifted from the Second Baptist Church parking lot to the Atlanta Medical Center by Emory Air Flight Helicopter Air Ambulance for further observation and treatment. Griffin Police are investigating the accident more information is expected to be released later.



The weather forecast indicates Tuesday a 30 percent chance of rain 83 degrees for a high and 63 for a overnight low. On Wednesday again a 30 percent chance of rain with temperatures edging back to the mid 80 s at 85 degrees. and a over night low of 65.  For Thursday a 40 percent chance of rain with a high of 86 and low of 67. Friday will see rainfall tapering off a big to 20 percent whit a high of 81 and low of 64.

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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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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



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 to register.


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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.