GRIFFIN LIONS CLUB

GRIFFIN LIONS CLUB

 

The Griffin Lions Club is holding its 3rd Annual Mardi Gras Ball “A Sweetheart of an Occasion” on Saturday evening, February 14, 2014 from 6:00 pm until 11:00 pm at the Kiwanis Building 1025 S. Hill Street, Griffin.

There will be Authentic New Orleans Cuisine; dancing to music by a DJ,  50/50 Cash Drawing, table decorating and costume contest, a valentine flower will be given to all single men and women, a cash bar, and lots of fun.

All precedes benefits the Griffin Lions Club, including programs for the sight and hearing impaired residents and the programs for youth ages 6-18..

Platinum and Gold table sponsorships are available.  Platinum sponsorship is $400.00 and Gold is $350.00 for a table of eight.  Corporate sponsors will be acknowledged by special recognition at the Ball and in the local newspaper.

Individual tickets for dinner and dance is $40.00, for those who would like to attend with no dinner, tickets for dance only is $20.00.

For additional information and tickets call 404-451-8430 or 678-603-1112.

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School and Church Building McDonough Photo courtesy of WSB -TV  news.

School and Church Building McDonough
Photo courtesy of WSB -TV news.

Units of the Henry County Fire Department and McDonough Fire department respond to a large fire that severely damaged the Closer Look Christian Academy, located on International Avenue, around 1:30 p.m. Saturday.The school’s Chancellor says she got an alarm call and rushed to the school to investigate. When she opened the door, thick smoke came pouring out of the building and she says she saw flames coming from a back classroom.

The interior of the school is heavily damaged. The upper floor has collapsed down into the first floor. School officials say no one was injured in the fire.

Forty students attend classes at the school, which has been in the same building for five years. The building also houses worship services on Sunday mornings.

School Officials said “We’re trying to find a new space, school building. We’ve shut school down Monday and Tuesday to work out something. We don’t know if we can rebuild or what at this point,”

The fire chief says they have yet to determine how the fire started, but it was not suspicious.

The school believes it may have been electrical.

The Henry County Fire Marshal will investigate on Monday or early in the week.

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Accident on I-75 Sunday  1/11/15

Accident on I-75 Sunday 1/11/15

Units of the Henry County Fire Police and Fire Departments along with Deputies from Spalding County and Troopers from the Griffin Post of the Georgia State Patrol resounded to an accident at the Henry and Spalding County lines on I-75 Sunday afternoon.  Initial calls were that a individual was entrapped but was out of the vehicle a short time later. There were Injuries to occupants of the vehicles involved, and one individual was transported by Emory Air Flight helicopter air ambulance, based at the Griffin Spalding Airport, to the Atlanta Medical Center for treatment.

Mr. Richard C. Cartledge 
July 27, 1946 – January 3, 2015

 

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The Griffin Community was saddened to learn of the passing of Mr. Richard Carl Cartledge, age 68 of Griffin. He passed away on Saturday, January 3, 2015 at The Medical Center of Central Georgia.

WKEU’s Bill Taylor a lifelong friend of Richard said “I remember when we were both in elementary school at Forth Ward. Richard was a student of history especially in the area of World War II and his Fathers service of which he was so proud. Mr. Carl was a member of the 101 Air Borne Division and jumped into D-Day. He had a very distinguished career and was a Commissioned Officer. Richard and I went through the Griffin School System and Graduated together. Richard attended the University of Georgia when he   home from Athens his mustang was involved in an accident that left him paralyzed and wheel chair bound the rest of his life. But even this injury did not slow Richard down, He spent a career with the Georgia State Patrol and was recognized as one of the premier radio dispatch officers in the State. Upon his retirement from the State Patrol, he became a recognized author well recognized and respected by the NRA, Major Auction Houses and the Gun Collecting Fraternity with his work on his book about the Gun that made the 20′s roar “The Thompson Machine Gun. His book is recognized as “The premier work and authority on the history of the Thompson Machine Gun. The book was dedicated to Richards Father, Carl Cartledge and was dedicated to his father who carried a Thomson military model during his days of service in World War II with the 10 1st Airborne. Richard was also a renowned authority on several documentaries filmed for the History Channel. Richards’s insight into the Gangsters of the 1920′s and 1930′s and especially Bonnie and Clyde, a subject which again returned him to TV prominence with the documentary for the History Channel. Richard remained dedicated to the collection of the Thompson and weapons prior to World War II that had made history and the historical value of those weapons made from the hands of the inventor to those manufacturers that contracted to manufacture the Pompons Machine gun, Colt 1911 45 military issue, and the military weapons of both the allies and German forces of World War I and World War II.

For years Richard and I stayed in contact especially when I was away in the Army. When I retired and returned to Griffin and purchased WKEU he would come by and visit from time to time and he would also visit with my dad Leland Taylor, who owned and operated Taylor Police Supply in Griffin, a major firearms Law Enforcement Distributor for Ruger, Winchester, Colt, Remington and may other lines of police issue type weapons, ammunition, and law enforcement supplies for Georgia, South Carolina and North Florida.

My father before his death remarked that Richard was a waling history of Law Enforcement Machine guns has was a major help to my dad with his class III ATF license to trade in police firearms to get the departments a more modern model for their departments when they world trade in older model machine guns.

To say Richard was my friend is an understatement I had the pleasure to know him from the time we were both about 4 years old until his untimely death.

He was my confidant, advisor, and most of all my Dear Friend. I will miss him so very much.”

A funeral service for Mr. Richard C. Cartledge will be conducted on Saturday, January 24, 2015 at 11:00 am in the Chapel of Conner-Westbury Funeral Home. Dr. Bruce Morgan will officiate.

Please join the family in honoring the life of Richard C. Cartledge by visiting www.conner-westburyfuneralhome.com and posting your tributes and memories.

Conner-Westbury Funeral Home, 1891 West McIntosh Road, Griffin, GA. www.conner-westburyfuneralhome.com

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Sheriff Wendell Beam has advised WKEU news that on Wednesday, January 7, 2015, members of the Spalding County Sheriff’s Office and the Griffin Police Department arrested 44 people for illegal drug activity. The arrests are the results of a four month investigation by the Spalding County Sheriff’s Office Narcotics Unit and the Griffin Police Department’s Narcotics Unit. The investigation revealed drugs from Spalding County were being distributed from North Georgia to Southern Alabama. Methamphetamine and GHB (commonly known as the date rape drug), were the main focus of this investigation. During the arrests of the suspects, four firearms were confiscated. Three of the people charged with violations are currently in prison and were conducting drug activity from within the prison. The following list contains the suspect’s names and charges. 

Finch, Donald D. Jr.,            Age 30, 1302 Pleasant Ave., Griffin, Ga.

Use of Telecommunications Device to Facilitate Illegal Drug Activity

Violation of Georgia Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Act

Possession of Methamphetamine

Possession of Methamphetamine with Intent to Distribute

Trafficking Methamphetamine

Possession of GHB (Date Rape Drug)

Possession of a Firearm by a Convicted Felon

 

Feltman, Andrea Pauline, Age 30,   1710 Hallmark Dr., Griffin, Ga.

Use of Telecommunications Device to Facilitate Illegal Drug Activity

Violation of Georgia Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Act

Possession of Methamphetamine

Possession of Methamphetamine with Intent to Distribute

Trafficking Methamphetamine

Possession of GHB (Date Rape Drug)

 

Bonds, Ethan, Age 22, 747 Chuli Rd., Griffin, Ga. (In Custody Paulding County)

Use of Telecommunications Device to Facilitate Illegal Drug Activity

Violation of Georgia Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Act

 

Bradshaw, Jerry Craig, Age 42, Lee State Prison

Use of Telecommunications Device to Facilitate Illegal Drug Activity

Violation of Georgia Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Act

 

Cavender, John F., Age 29,  117 Woodcrest Dr., Griffin, Ga.

Use of Telecommunications Device to Facilitate Illegal Drug Activity

Violation of Georgia Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Act

 

Cobb, Robert C., Age 32, 29 Plum St., Griffin, Ga.

Use of Telecommunications Device to Facilitate Illegal Drug Activity

Conspiracy to Possess Methamphetamine

 

Coe, Dwayne,Age 21, 25 Rehoboth Rd., Griffin, Ga.

Use of Telecommunications Device to Facilitate Illegal Drug Activity

Violation of Georgia Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Act

 

Colley, Corey, Age 26, 1 Aster Dr., Montgomery, Al.

Theft by Receiving Stolen Vehicle

Possession of GHB (Date Rape Drug)

Possession of GHB (Date Rape Drug) With Intent to Distribute

Possession of Methamphetamine

Possession of Methamphetamine With Intent to Distribute

Reckless driving

Felony Fleeing and Eluding

Tag light Requirement

Use of Telecommunications Device to Facilitate Illegal Drug Activity

Violation of Georgia Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Act

 

Corley, Mark W., Age 46, 4079-I Newnan Rd., Griffin, Ga.

Use of Telecommunications Device to Facilitate Illegal Drug Activity

Violation of Georgia Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Act

 

Davis, Erica I., Age 29, 1220 Ellis Rd., Griffin, Ga.

Possession of Methamphetamine

Possession of Methamphetamine With Intent to Distribute

Trafficking Methamphetamine

Possession of GHB (Date Rape Drug)

Use of Telecommunications Device to Facilitate Illegal Drug Activity

Violation of Georgia Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Act

 

Duncan, Joseph T., Age 50,1401 Manley Rd., Griffin, Ga.

Use of Telecommunications Device to Facilitate Illegal Drug Activity

Violation of Georgia Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Act

Possession of a Firearm by a Convicted Felon

 

Etheridge, Arkelei M., Age 38, 10 Dunsindane Ln., Griffin, Ga.

Use of Telecommunications Device to Facilitate Illegal Drug Activity

Violation of Georgia Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Act

 

Feltman, William D.,Age 56, 124 Fourth Ave., Griffin, Ga.

Use of Telecommunications Device to Facilitate Illegal Drug Activity

Violation of Georgia Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Act

Possession of a Firearm by a Convicted Felon

 

Few, Louis Jr., Age 34, Henry County Jail

Use of Telecommunications Device to Facilitate Illegal Drug Activity

Violation of Georgia Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Act

 

Fitzgibbon, Scott A.,Age 28, 1640 W. Poplar St., Griffin, Ga.

Theft by Receiving Stolen Vehicle

Possession of GHB (Date Rape Drug)

Possession of GHB (Date Rape Drug) With Intent to Distribute

Possession of Methamphetamine

Possession of Methamphetamine With Intent to Distribute

Possession of a Sawed Off shotgun

Possession of a Firearm by Convicted Felon

Use of Telecommunications Device to Facilitate Illegal Drug Activity

Violation of Georgia Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Act

 

Freeman, Rico J., Age 28, 120 Rider Rd., Griffin, Ga.

Use of Telecommunications Device to Facilitate Illegal Drug Activity

Conspiracy to Possess Methamphetamine

Possession of Methamphetamine

Possession of Methamphetamine With Intent to Distribute

Possession of Schedule IV Controlled Substance

 

Garrett, James W., Age 49,  183 Poplar St., Griffin, Ga.

Use of Telecommunications Device to Facilitate Illegal Drug Activity

Violation of Georgia Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Act

Possession of Methamphetamine

 

Glass, Debra S., Age             50, 118 Davidson Dr., Griffin, Ga.

Use of Telecommunications Device to Facilitate Illegal Drug Activity

Violation of Georgia Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Act

 

Hall, Crystal D., Age 24, 324 Main St., Griffin, Ga.

Use of Telecommunications Device to Facilitate Illegal Drug Activity

Conspiracy to Distribute a Controlled Substance

 

Huggins, Dusty W., Age 29,Lamar County Jail

Use of Telecommunications Device to Facilitate Illegal Drug Activity

Violation of Georgia Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Act

Possession of a cell-phone by an Inmate

 

Jones, John A., Age 48, 126 Waterford Way, Griffin, Ga.

Use of Telecommunications Device to Facilitate Illegal Drug Activity

Violation of Georgia Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Act

 

 

King, Darnell J., Age 32, 223 Birdie Rd., Griffin, Ga.

Use of Telecommunications Device to Facilitate Illegal Drug Activity

Conspiracy to Possess and Distribute Methamphetamine

 

Lasiter, Justin W., Age 51, 1401 Manley Rd., Griffin, Ga.

Use of Telecommunications Device to Facilitate Illegal Drug Activity

Violation of Georgia Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Act

Fail to Register as Sex Offender

 

Mack, Jenny A., Age 40, 1710 Hallmark Dr., Griffin, Ga.

Use of Telecommunications Device to Facilitate Illegal Drug Activity

Violation of Georgia Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Act

Possession of Methamphetamine

 

McDaniel, Staci D., Age 29,  196 Plantation Trl., Griffin, Ga.

Use of Telecommunications Device to Facilitate Illegal Drug Activity

Violation of Georgia Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Act

 

Meeks, Michael J., Age 33, 110 E. Main St. N., Hampton, Ga.

Use of Telecommunications Device to Facilitate Illegal Drug Activity

Violation of Georgia Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Act

Giving False Name and Date of Birth

 

Melton,   Joseph S., Age 34, Johnson state Prison

Use of Telecommunications Device to Facilitate Illegal Drug Activity

Violation of Georgia Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Act

 

Melton, Justin R., Age 29, 436 Elder Rd., Griffin, Ga.

Use of Telecommunications Device to Facilitate Illegal Drug Activity

Violation of Georgia Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Act

Possession of Methamphetamine

Possession of Drug Objects

 

Messer, Jennifer L.,  Age 33, 462 Trice Rd., Milner, Ga.

Use of Telecommunications Device to Facilitate Illegal Drug Activity

Conspiracy to Possess and Distribute Methamphetamine

 

Murphy, Veronica D., Age 39, Homeless

Use of Telecommunications Device to Facilitate Illegal Drug Activity

Violation of Georgia Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Act

 

Parker, Richard C.,  Age 55, 253 Liberty Hill Rd., Griffin, Ga.

Use of Telecommunications Device to Facilitate Illegal Drug Activity

Violation of Georgia Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Act

 

Pollard, Angelica E.,Age 27, 111 Liberty Hill Apt. F, Milner, Ga.

Use of Telecommunications Device to Facilitate Illegal Drug Activity

Violation of Georgia Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Act

 

Smallwood, Jacqueline, Age 44, 324 Main St., Griffin, Ga.

Use of Telecommunications Device to Facilitate Illegal Drug Activity

Violation of Georgia Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Act

 

Smith, Charles A., Age 55, 108 Moose Lodge Rd., Lot 11, Griffin, Ga.

Use of Telecommunications Device to Facilitate Illegal Drug Activity

Violation of Georgia Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Act

 

Thomas, Telly S., Age 33, 201 Warner Rd., Barnesville, Ga.

Use of Telecommunications Device to Facilitate Illegal Drug Activity

Violation of Georgia Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Act

 

Turner, Rhonda R., Age 50,            210 Colston Dr., Taccoa, Ga.

Possession of Methamphetamine

Possession of Methamphetamine With Intent to Distribute

Trafficking Methamphetamine

Use of Telecommunications Device to Facilitate Illegal Drug Activity

Violation of Georgia Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Act

 

Watkins, Monterio, B., Age 33, 225 Ruth St., Apt. H., Griffin, Ga.

Use of Telecommunications Device to Facilitate Illegal Drug Activity

Violation of Georgia Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Act

 

Watkins, Quina S., Age 23, 133 Peachtree St., Griffin, Ga.

Use of Telecommunications Device to Facilitate Illegal Drug Activity

Violation of Georgia Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Act

 

Williams, Mario A.,   Age 35, Spalding County Jail

Use of Telecommunications Device to Facilitate Illegal Drug Activity

Conspiracy to possess Methamphetamine

 

Franklin, Clifford J., Age 31, 1840 W. McIntosh Rd., Griffin, Ga.

Use of Telecommunications Device to Facilitate Illegal Drug Activity

Violation of Georgia Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Act

 

Helms, Constance, Age 39, 1840 W. McIntosh Rd., Griffin, Ga.

Violation of Probation

 

Bozeman, Anthony R., Age 49, 1312 Brown St., Griffin, Ga.

Use of Telecommunications Device to Facilitate Illegal Drug Activity

Conspiracy to Possess a Controlled Substance

 

Bradley, Jayson Luke, Age 37, Washington State Prison

Use of Telecommunications Device to Facilitate Illegal Drug Activity

Conspiracy to Distribute a Controlled Substance

 

Davis, Andrew, Age 26, 155 Melton St., Griffin, Ga.

Use of Telecommunications Device to Facilitate Illegal Drug Activity

Violation of Georgia Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Act

 

Turner, Jennifer, Age 24, 155 Melton St., Griffin, GA

Use of Telecommunications Device to Facilitate Illegal Drug Activity

Violation of Georgia Racketeer Influenced and Corrup