At 9:30 on Tuesday Morning Brigadier General (R) Curt Rauhut,

BG (R) Curt Rauhut

BG (R) Curt Rauhut

and Dr. Mike Holmes of Georgia Military College came to Griffin at the request of WKEU to meet with officials about the possibility of a satellite school here in Griffin. The meeting was well attended by City Commissioners, County Commissioners, Mayor Ryan McElmore, representatives from the Griffin Spalding Industrial Development Authority, Businessmen, and interested veterans, as well as the Griffin branch of the NAACP to hear a presentation by General Rauhut.
Georgia Military College in Milledgeville is one of the oldest colleges in Georgia founded in 1879, and is the second oldest of only 5 colleges of its type in the Nation.


Georgai Military College

Georgai Military College

General Rauhut said that the GMC is adding to its satellite programs in the state, of which there are already GMC schools in Dublin, Sandersville, Augusta, Madison, Stone Mountain, Warner Robbins, Columbus, Valdosta, with a new campus being completed in Fayetteville close to Peachtree City, and the Fairburn satellite school is only 13 miles north of Fayetteville.
Georgia Military College was established by the Georgia General Assembly at Milledgeville, October 14, 1879. It is an accredited public, independent liberal arts two -year college with nine campuses in Georgia as well as an On-Line campus. General Rauhut presented a map of the state that indicated areas of Spalding that could possibly be served at Griffin to include Spalding County, Butts, Lamar, Upson, Pike, and Newton Counties.
GMC is an open admissions college requiring a high school diploma or equivalent for entry. The student body population is 12,053 in student year 2013/2014. Also the college is predominately minority with 54 percent African Americans being the largest ethnic group and about 65 percent are female. Approximately 85 percent of students receive financial aid.

The State Legislature has approved expanding the GMC curriculum to add a Bachelor of Applied Science degree at select campuses.  GMC also provides learning support to all students, including free tutorial assistance. This support helps students achieve college level skills. With the learning assistance and financial aid provided by GMC many Georgia students are able to attend college who other wise would not be able to attend either for financial reasons or academic reasons.

General Rauhut was more than impressed with the Griffin area and support of the almost filled to capacity group that attended the event. All Commissioners, and those present was extremely supportive of the General, and his excellent presentation of the quality of GMC statewide in assisting students move forward for their future educational success.

The next step in the process will be a study of the area to determine the need, and with the addition of one or two satellite schools each year for GMC it may be as early as 2016 when a decision can be made about Griffin and the area. All of our elected officials, that were present, as well as State Representative John Yates, and Griffin Spalding School Superintendent, Curtis Jones were extremely impressed with General Rauhut’s presentation and have stated they have hopes of an expanded satellite GMC campus here in Griffin.

griffin bears

Tickets are now on sale for the Griffin Bears vs Marist War Eagles game to be held at Memorial Stadium on Friday night. Tickets for the round two playoff game are $10.00 each. Kick off of the second round of state playoffs will be at 7:30 pm. Be sure to tune into WKEU AM 1450, 88.9 FM WKEU-FM “The Rock”, or on live stream.  There are two ways you can now listen to the live stream by listening on the website by clicking listen live link fir either WKEU AM or WKEU FM, or you can download the free app. The app is available for all smart phones and tablets. Just go to your app store and search WKEU Radio. Our coverage begins with the Bears Tailgate show at 6:00pm live from the stadium. GO Bears and good luck Friday night!

chamber of commerce


The Griffin/Spalding Chamber of Commerce is getting ready for their 52nd Annual Christmas Parade to be held Saturday, December 6th at 6:00 p.m.

“Characters of Christmas” is this year’s theme; participants are encouraged to decorate their entry accordingly.  All entries are required to have a decorated float, car or truck.  Walking units are encouraged to dress in holiday attire.  Judging will be held in the following categories:

Chamber’s Cup—Best Overall Presentation

Santa’s Choice—Best Representation of Parade Theme

            Best Walking Group—Marching, dancing skating, etc.

            Most Original—Based on originality and uniqueness

The regular parade route on West Taylor Street will be used beginning at 16th Street at Chick-fil-a with units dispersing at 4th street turning right at the Old Cola Company.  Due to safety concerns, this will be a candy free event.

For more information or to register, please contact the Chamber at 770-228-8200 or print a registration form under Special Events at griffinchamber@cityofgriffin.com .


Spalding Regional Hospital today announced it has been recognized as a 2013 Top Performer on Key Quality Measures® by The Joint Commission, the leading accreditor of health care organizations in the United States. Spalding Regional was recognized as part of The Joint Commission’s 2014 annual report “America’s Hospitals: Improving Quality and Safety,” for attaining and sustaining excellence in accountability measure performance for Heart Attack, Heart Failure, Pneumonia and Surgical Care. Spalding Regional is one of 1,224 hospitals in the United States to achieve the 2013 Top Performer distinction. The Top Performer program recognizes hospitals for improving performance on evidence-based interventions that increase the chances of healthy outcomes for patients with certain conditions, including heart attack, heart failure, pneumonia, surgical care, children’s asthma, stroke, venous thromboembolism and perinatal care, as well as for inpatient psychiatric services and immunizations.


The Spalding County Parks and Recreation Department to hold Free Breakfast with Santa Saturday, December 20, 2014
The event will be at City Park, 601 Camp Northern Road.and also at Fairmot Park 241 Blanton Street, and AMBUCKS Park 110 Highfalls Road  Griffin, GA.   The time is 10:00 a.m. until 12:00 p.m.  The program will be open to youth ages 10 and under.  This event will be limited to the first- 50 registrations accepted at each site. The event is only open to Spalding County residents only. Registration can be made online at www.spaldingparkandrec.com
For further information please contact the Spalding County Parks and Recreation Department at (770 )467-4750  or www.spaldingparksandrec.com


Spalding County Parks and Recreation will be accepting registration for the
Men’s Open and Men’s Industrial
Basketball Leagues
November 3, 2014 through December 1, 2014
At the
Spalding County Parks and Recreation Administrative Offices
843 Memorial Drive
Griffin, GA
Applications will be accepted Monday through Friday
From 9:00 a.m. until 4:30 p.m.
Only team registration will be accepted.
The entry fee for both leagues will be $450.00 per team.
Payment must be made at the time of registration.
No personal checks will be accepted.
For more information please contact
Robby Milner at 770-467-4750.