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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.  

SPALDNG PARKS AND RECREATION DEPARTMENT.

 

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.

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MSG GARY HEAD

MSG GARY HEAD

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.
JOHN F. KENNEDY SPECIAL WARFARE SCHOOL

U. S. ARMY JOHN F. KENNEDY SPECIAL WARFARE CENTER AND SCHOOL FT. BRAGG, NC.

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.
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THE BLACK CAT HUNT OCTOBER 23RD.
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 wkeuradio.com.  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. 

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The 2014 cross town rivalry between the Griffin Bears and Spalding Jaguars took place at Memorial Stadium on Friday night at 7:30.  WKEU AM 1450 and The Rock 88.9 FM broadcast the event with WKEU’s Sports Director Tony Broski with the play by play and Ted Harris with the color commentary.

The Griffin Bears won the contest 46 to 13 over the Spalding Jaguars. 

With a roll up of the game with Tony Broski click here:

WKEU’s Voice of the Bears Ted Taylor was out of town for the Friday Bears and Jaguars game but he will be back next Friday night. When the Bears will travel to Pike County to take on the Pike Pirates in Zebulon.  Game time is 7:30 with the Pre game show at 6 pm.   Also the Spalding Jaguars will be at Memorial Stadium to host the Riverdale Raiders Kickoff is set for 7:30  with the Tail Gate show at 6 pm.  Both games will also be streamed on the world wide web from our website wkeuradio.com

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UGA GRIFIFN CAMPUS

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 GRIFFIN CITY COMMISSINERS DICK MORROW (L) RYAN MCLEMORE (R)
Friday afternoon was a benchmark day for Griffin, Spalding County, the surrounding areas, the University of Georgia Griffin Campus and the State of Georgia. A groundbreaking ceremony for the new University of Georgia Griffin Campus Food Technology Center.  Citizens from Griffin, business owners, City and County Commissioners, executives, and many other area residents attended the event.  The groundbreaking was at 3:00 Friday afternoon October 12 th.  Attending were University of Georgia President Jere Morehead, who was master of ceremonies,  Chuck Copeland Chairman of the Griffin Spalding Industrial Development Authority, State Representative David Knight, Dr. Tommy Hopkins who also serves as a Regent for the University System of Georgia and Governor Nathan Deal. 
The Governor said that he totally supported the new Food Technology Center as food processing, and distribution, packaging, and marketing are a hallmark of the billion dollar business each year in Georgia. The new facility will allow new business owners to be guided in product development, packaging, food safety, consumer acceptance, and marketing. 
The Governor also remarked about the support of the State Legislature that approved the 3 million dollars to make the building a reality for Georgia and the Griffin Area. One million dollars was also added by the Griffin Spalding Industrial Development Authority, and  the University of Georgia. The Governor also said that the new Food Processing, Innovation and Commercialization building will be a one of its kind in the South East and was sorely needed due to the world renowned work done at the Griffin Campus in food research, safety, and processing in a much smaller facility that they had long out grown. The Governor said that not only do major manufacturers like Kraft, General Mills, but smaller manufacturers and distributors depend on the UGA Griffin campus each year.
Governor Deal also mentioned that next year he will be back in Griffin to be at the groundbreaking for the new TURF building. “Turf Grass is a multi- billion dollar business for the State”, said Governor Deal he also added “Ground Zero” for the Nation is right here at the UGA Griffin Campus.  This is where UGA’s on going research attracts visitors from all over the Nation, and indeed the world, to visit Georgia and Griffin in particular. 
The event was attended by Dr. Jerry Arkin former Dean of the Griffin Campus who retired earlier this month.  The PIC Building is a culmination of years of work by Dr. Arkin, the UGA staff at the UGA Griffin Campus, with coordination with the Griffin Spalding Industrial Development Authority, and the State Legislature.
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GRIFFIN CHAPTER

 

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The Griffin Branch NAACP will be conducting an extensive, non-partisan “Get- Out-The-Vote” activity on Saturday, October 25, 2014. called “Souls to the POLLs”. Members of the NAACP and other community organizations will be knocking on doors encouraging persons to vote. Personal vehicles and church vans will be transporting persons to and from the polls. NAACP identifications will be used by all individuals and vehicles. Any person interested in a ride may call the Eighth Street Baptist Church at 770-228-1545 between the hours of 10 A.M. and 3 P.M

 

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A Dance to support the re-roofing of the Historical R.F.Strickiland Cmpany Building in Concord is palned for October 18th.

The Dance will feature music of the Roaring Twentys performed by Night Train Express, a ten piece band with rhythm banjo and violinist in down town Concord Georgia Saturday, October 18th.  The event starts at 6:30 pm and offers a free Charleston Lesson, the dance follows from 7:00PM until 10:00PM. Suggested donation is $5.  If you don’t dance, bring a lawn chair and listen to the sounds of the great NightTtrain Express and music of the great times.  All proceeds help replace the roof of the Historic R. F. Strickland Building. For further info call Bobby at (770) 584-3094 

 

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Early voting for the November 4th General Election begins Monday October 13th and continues through Friday October 31st. Registered voters can vote Monday through Friday 8am to 5pm each day. There will also be early voting on Saturday October 25th from 9am – 4pm. Valid photo is required for early voting.

All early voting is held at 825 Memorial Drive in Griffin. Anyone with questions can call 770-467-4245.

First Presbyterian Church of Griffin, located at 1349 Macon Road, would like to invite all to their Scottish heritage worship service, The Kirkin’ o’ the Tartans.  The celebration will be held on Sunday, October 26, 2014 at the 11:00 a.m. service.  Scottish attire is encourage, but not required.  For additional information contact the Church office at 770-227-2055.
A bit of history about the KIRKING OF THE TARTANS

This Sunday all over the world many churches will observe the Kirkin’ o’ the’ Tartans, a celebration of Scottish heritage and culture. And you may ask yourself What is The Kirking of the Tartans?

  • Kirking, from the Scottish Gaelic word kirk which means church, in this usage means “blessing.”
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  • Tartans are the traditional plaid emblems of Scottish clans represented in unevenly spaced colored lines and rectangles on woven wool cloth.

The Kirkin’ o’ the Tartans service was created or “revived” during World War II byReverend Peter Marshall, perhaps best known by the biographical book and film A Man Called Peter — who was originally from southwest Scotland and at one time pastor of the New York Avenue Presbyterian Church in Washington, D.C. In 1947 he served as Chaplain of the U.S. Senate. In order to encourage Scottish-Americans to sign up to fight on behalf of Great Britain, Peter Marshall recreated the Kirkin’ o’ the Tartans ceremony to try to instill pride among Scottish-Americans in their Scottish homeland. The ceremony was at that time held in Presbyterian churches of Scottish heritage across the US. Today, the celebration is not limited to Presbyterian churches, but is found in Episcopalian, Methodist, Roman Catholic, Orthodox, and other denominations across the world. Now, in present day celebration, the Highlander patriotism, faithfulness, and strong independence are remembered by the displaying of tartans and public parade of the clans to the sound of the bagpipe.

While often celebrated on Reformation Sunday the last Sunday in October, Kirkin’s are also celebrated at other times of the year, as on St. Andrew’s Day — the patron saint of Scotland — on November 30, and Tartan Day on April 6. In 1954, the Kirkin‘ service was moved to the National Cathedral (Episcopal) in Washington — home of the Episcopal diocese of Washington — where it is still held to the present day.

In churches, and even at Scottish Highland Games, the Kirkin’ is celebrated by Scots — and those who would be Scots — accompanied by prayer, scripture, preaching, blessing, bagpipe, and of course, the singing of Amazing Grace.

Bill MacPetro, your friendly neighborhood historian
www.billpetro.com