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William Florian of The New Christy Minstrels


William Florian, former lead vocalist of “The New Christy Minstrel,” celebrates the spirit of the 1960′s in his show “Those Were the Days” at the Taylor Street Auditorium, Griffin, Georgia, on Tuesday, April 7, 2015 at 7:30 p.m. Single tickets for this performance are $20.00; children are admitted free with an adult ticket holder. A group rate of $15.00 per ticket is available for parties of ten or more.

Tickets may be purchased at the door beginning at 7:00 p.m., online at, and locally at Griffin-Spalding County Chamber of Commerce, FNB Main, Zebulon branches, and A Novel Experience Bookstore in Zebulon. For more information visit or call 770-228-3229 or email at

The Griffin Area Concert Association has been presenting nationally acclaimed performers to the community since 1958.  This all-volunteer nonprofit organization is committed to enriching the cultural life of the Griffin-Spalding County area through live performances.  Thanks to the generosity of Patrons and Sponsors, these concerts can be offered at affordable, family friendly prices.



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The Griffin Police Department would like to welcome its newest recruits, Officers Brian Bowen and Dustin McNeil. On Friday, March 20, 2015 the two new Officers graduated from the Georgia Public Safety Training Center Police Academy located in Bibb County.  Both Officers started their new assignments in the Uniformed Patrol Division, Sunday, March 22, 2015.  Pictured from Left to right:  Officer Brian Bowen, Chief Steve Heaton, and Officer Dustin McNeil.


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Dr. Curtis Jones has advised WKEU news that he has signed a contract with the Bibb County School System.  He also said that his last day will be April 6 th.  Dr. Jones will assume his duties as Superintendent of the Bibb County School System and with that move will inherit some major problems that face the Board of Education in Bibb County according to the Macon telegraph.

Dr. Jones said that it was one of his greatest dreams to become the Superintendent at the Griffin System, the system he graduated from before going to West Point, and a 20 year Career in the U.S. Army.  Upon his retirement Dr. Jones then Colonel Jones assumed the position as the ROTC director at Griffin High School, after the retirement of Colonel Alan Imes.  Later became Principal at Griffin High and became Superintendent when Dr. Jesse Bradley retired.
 We join with our entire community to say Thank You for his dedication to our Children, families, and the advances made by our school system under his direction.
The entire Staff at WKEU wishes for Dr. Jones the very best in his new assignment at Superintendent of the Bibb County School System.


In Lamar County Linda Gunn, who allegedly bashed her three-month-old daughter against a headboard multiple times was indicted by the March term Lamar County Grand Jury.
Gunn was indicted on three of the seven counts of first degree cruelty to children. The other four counts were not presented. Instead, the grand jury opted to indict her on two counts of aggravated assault and one count of second degree cruelty to children.

She will be arraigned on those charges as soon as  a hearing can be scheduled.

Gunn was due in court to seek a reduction in her bond but her lawyer could not attend due to a broken ankle. That hearing has been reset for next week. Gunn has been in jail under a $250,000 cash bond set by Judge E. Byron Smith last August.

The case developed March 4, 2014 after she took the child to a doctor with a broken femur and medical personnel discovered multiple other injuries indicating a pattern of abuse.
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 like and 


Terri Colling has advised WKEU news that early voting  for the March 17th Special Election is under way now and will continue through Friday March 13th.  Voting will be Monday through Friday 8 am – 5 pm each day.  The early voting event is held at 825 Memorial Drive.  Photo ID is required for early voting.  Please call 770-467-4245 with questions. As we have for the past 80 years you can hear complete election coverage Live on WKEU AM 1450 and the Rock 88.9 FM Georgia Pubic Radio beginning about 7:30 pm.  The election returns will also be streamed live from our web site click on listen live 1450 or listen live 88.9 fm. Bill Taylor, Tony Broski, Ted Taylor, Bobby Chappell, Donna Taylor and Lee Taylor as well as a guest Commentator bring you live returns as they are received from the Voter Registrar’s Office.


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Units from The Griffin Police Department, Spalding Regional EMS, Griffin Fire and Rescue, and Emory Air Flight all responded to the 1200 block of Taylor Street near Sonic Drive-In, where a pedestrian was struck by a vehicle. The incident occurred about 5:00 pm Sunday afternoon April 8 th. Investigators indicated that the severity of the injuries were called to Spalding Regional and the decision was made to transport the individual to the Egleston Hospital. The pedestrian was taken by Emory Air Flight based out of The Griffin-Spalding County Airport to Atlanta about 5:25 when a landing zone was established in the open field behind Margo’s restaurant. The accident is still under investigation and more information is expected to be released later by the Griffin Police Department.





On March 6, 2015 at approximately 9 pm, Officers from the Griffin Police Department and Spalding Regional EMS, and Spalding County Coroner Sonny Foster responded to 223 West Tinsley Street in reference to a shooting. Upon arrival units discovered one male victim that had been shot through the arm and into the left side of his chest.  Emory Air Flight based at the Griffin Spalding Airport was placed on standby for a possible air lift to Atlanta.  Due to the immediacy of medical attention it was decided that the victim be transported to Spalding Regional Medical Center by Spalding Regional EMS, where he was later pronounced dead by Coroner Sonny Foster. The Victim was identified as Walter Horton, 49 years old of Griffin, Georgia. There were several other witnesses in the residence at the time of the robbery, but no other injuries were reported. The Criminal Investigations Division of The Griffin Police Department was notified and several Investigators responded to the scene.

According to multiple witnesses two black males wearing masks and gloves entered the residence, and ordered everyone to the ground and demanded that they “give it up”. During the alleged robbery attempt, for reasons unknown at that this time, the suspects fired three shots at the victim striking him once. The suspects then fled the scene in a black in color SUV, possibly a Jeep Cherokee.

Anyone with information regarding the Homicide of Walter Horton can contact Lt. Mike Richardson with the Criminal Investigations Division of the Griffin Police Department at (Office) 770-229-6450, ext. 543 or (cell) 678-233-4001. All tips can remain anonymous.



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Friday morning two school buses from the Griffin Spalding School system were taking a group of Cowan Road students to Atlanta for a field trip. The Buses were on highway 41-19 in Clayton County and the back bus was apparently too close to the lead bus and struck the rear of the lead bus.  The accident resulted in a headlight being knocked out on the second bus.   Dr. Curtis Jones Superintendent of the Griffin Spalding School System, was advised of the accident and immediately took school officials to the scene along with school nurses as some of the children had complaints of minor injuries.   Upon investigation by the Clayton County Police, and EMT personnel no injuries were found. One parent picked up their child as a precaution and took the child to their local doctor. Two additional buses were sent to the scene and carried the students into Atlanta for their field trip. Again Dr. Jones said there were there was no injuries from the incident, and he thanked the Clayton County Police and EMT personnel for their assistance in the incident. Dr. Jones told WKEU’s Bill Taylor that the safety of our children remains our first mission, and we are all are dedicated to this effort. Dr. Jones also thanked the School Nurses for their assistance at the scene and dedication to our children every day.

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The Griffin City Commissioners will meet Tuesday night at 6pm March 10, 2015 at 100 south Hill Street.

During the meeting the Commissioners will recognize Darrion Johnson, Equipment Operator III with the Solid Waste Department, as the February 2015 “Strongest Link” award recipient.  Also the Commissioners will Recognize Tom Ridgway, Assistant Director for Griffin Power, who will leave the employment of the City on March 13, 2015, to become the Utility Director for the City of Fairburn

They will also recognize Calvin Vallee, Line Construction Foreman for Griffin Power, who will retire on March 13, 2015, after 29 years of dedicated service to the City of Griffin.

Mr. Tim Jones would like to address the Commission to explain a program on which his group is working with the youth of the community.

Consider denying liability to Charles Bohannon for injuries allegedly sustained on August 12, 2014 at approximately 7:30 a.m. when she fell in the City parking lot behind 134 N. Hill Street.

Consider on second and final reading an ordinance requesting the de-annexation of approximately 30 +/- acres located along Williamson Road just west of South Pine Hill Road to include property known as tax parcel numbers 054 Block 01 Lot 001 submitted by Bankston Properties LLC.

Consider approval of a contract with Net Planner Systems, Inc., the sole source provider for the upgrade of the City’s fiber communications network, in the amount of $17,645.89.

Consider approval to nominate 5 megawatts of Project 1 resources to the MEAG Excess Power Pool for use by any MEAG Participant for a period of up to five (5) years. 11.

Approve the creation of three LED Street lighting rates as follows:

ST LED 2C – $12.50/month

ST LED 4C – $20.00/month

ST LED 6C – $26.00/month

Consider submitting S. 8th Street from Poplar Street to S. 9th Street to the Georgia Department of Transportation’s LMIG program for the City of Griffin

Consider approval to reject all bids for construction of North Griffin Revitalization Area – Zone 6 Project, City of Griffin Community Development Block Grant and rebid project.

Consider approval to amend Clean Water State Revolving Loan package approved May 27, 2014 in the amount of 8.0 million dollars to 12.606 million dollars from the Georgia Environmental Finance Authority for the upgrade and expansion of the Potato Creek Wastewater Treatment Plant for the Water and Wastewater Department of the Public Works and Utilities Department.

Consider approval of the Griffin Spalding County Hospital Authority’s 2015 allocation of funding of $13,000, to the Spalding County Board of Health for flu shots.

Consider a request by 1888 Mills to change the street name of “Nacom Way” to “Weaving a Better World Drive.”

Consider Intergovernmental Agreement between City of Griffin and Spalding County to establish a basis for addressing the administrative, operational, and maintenance cost of the 800 MHz radio system.

Several buildings sustained major damage in an huge fire at Hampton just north of Griffin Thursday Morning. The fire was at the historic section of downtown Hampton on Main Street.


Officials told WKEU news that the Fire Department had a difficult time with the blaze as it was knocked down in one area it would flare again.



Crews were able to get the fire under control a short time later.

Fire crews said three commercial businesses were on fire: Saki Steakhouse, D&G Exterminating Company and Smokin’ Swine BBQ restaurant.



Channel 2’s Steve Gehlbach spoke to Bobby Jacobs Jr., who co-owns  D&G Exterminating with his father. He arrived to work Thursday to see his business in ashes.

“I’m just heartbroken,” said Jacobs. “A lot of stuff in there accumulated over the years that you can’t replace.” 

Kelly Bartram said her business, Smokin’ Swine, was saved by a fire wall.

“The firewall is holding. We’re looking at smoke damage, water damage. Hopefully it will stay that way,” Bartram said.

Saxi Steakhouse’s roof collapsed due to the extensive damage caused by the fire. The exterminating business also sustained significant damage.

Henry County’s fire chief says they are still working to find out how the fire started. They say it started in the back of Saki Sushi and Steakhouse.