Griffin-Spalding County Board of Education Superintendent Search Process Update



The application window for the Griffin Spalding County Schools (GSCS) superintendent closed Friday. Numerous candidates from across the state and nation applied. Applications were accepted as long as they were postmarked before or on the deadline date, as directed by the GSCS Board of Education.

Twenty-one people applied for the position. “We are pleased to receive such a strong group of applications from manywell-qualified candidates. This is a very positive reflection on the Griffin-
Spalding community.

People from across the state and beyond hold the local school system in high regard, and recognize this area as a wonderful place to live, work, and play” stated Dr. Stephanie Gordy, Executive Director of Griffin RESA, the organization helping to facilitate the search.

The GSCS Board of Education will review all applications in early May in order to complete interviews and identify finalists by early June. The Board intends to hire the new Superintendent to begin on July 1, 2015.

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The 2015 session of the Griffin Police Department’s Citizen’s Police Academy will be held May 14, through July 16, 2015

The Griffin Police Department will be conducting its annual “Citizen’s Police Academy” Thursday nights from 6:30pm to 9:00pm, May 14 – July 16, 2015. In this free 10 week program citizens will have the opportunity to see the inner workings of the Griffin Police Department and participate in open forums where they will be encouraged to ask questions and interact with officers and staff while learning how the police department operates.

During this popular program, Citizen’s Police Academy students will be exposed to many different aspects of law enforcement such as search and seizure, criminal procedure, narcotics, criminal, and juvenile investigations, crime scene processing, use of force and force options, patrol function, traffic law and enforcement, vehicle pursuits, criminal street gangs, firearms familiarization, Special Response Team and K-9 operations, court room procedures, law enforcement ethics, and community outreach programs. Most of the class sessions will involve practical exercises designed to encourage student participation accompanied by classroom lecture.

If you are interested in attending, applications may be picked up at the Griffin Police Department located at 868 W. Poplar Street Griffin Georgia 30224, or you may download an application from the City of Griffin’s website at WWW.CityofGriffin.Com.

NOTE: All applications must be returned to the Griffin Police Department no later than Friday May 8, 2015. Class space is limited to 25 students. Prospective applicants must be at least (18) years of age. Applicants will be required to sign a Hold Harmless Agreement and will be subject to a criminal history and background check as a pre-condition to acceptance into the academy.   If you have questions you may contact Lt. Darrell Dix at the Griffin Police Department (770) 229-6450 ext. 394 or by email at DDix@CityofGriffin.Com.

Come and help us celebrate our 12th Anniversary on Friday, May 8, 2015 in the Gym of Christ’s Church at Whitewater. A Rumba lesson will be taught by our resident instructor and dance host, Al Marshall.  The lesson will be a “mixer” format. The beginner lesson starts at 7 p.m. and the intermediate lesson at 7:30 p.m.  Come to either or both lessons!  Dance from 8-10:45 p.m.  Attire: smart casual.  Finger foods, water, and sodas are provided. All dancers and dance students are welcome! Come dance foxtrot, waltz, swing, rumba, cha cha, tango, night club two-step, and more!  Music and lighting by DJ Bill Mitchell.

University System of Georiga Chancellor to Address Gordon State College Graduates

University System of Georgia Chancellor Hank Huckaby will deliver the commencement address to graduates at the Gordon State College Spring ceremony.

The ceremony is Friday, May 8, 8:30 a.m. on Lambdin Green at the center of campus. Of the 337 candidates for graduation, about 200 will march in the ceremony.

The graduates, faculty and special guests will be led in a procession by a bagpiper, a nod to Gordon’s Scottish roots.

Huckaby is no stranger to Gordon having served as admissions director in the early 70s. He has served as Chancellor of the USG since 2011.

Following the ceremony on Lambdin Green, a “pinning” ceremony for nursing graduates will be held in Alumni Memorial Hall. A Bell and Book ceremony will be held for graduates of the education program in the Fine Arts building.







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 Candi Babcock, institutional advancement coordinator at Gordon State College, was recently named the “Jean Gatlin Employee of the Year” by the Griffin-Spalding County Chamber of Commerce. Co-worker Skipper Burns, development officer, nominated Babcock for the award writing, “Candi’s title does not begin to describe the actual work that she performs.  Whatever task she is asked to do she handles with a high level of efficiency and a quiet enthusiasm.  Her talents are many. Much like Jean Gatlin, Candi loves her job, the people she touches every day and the difference she makes in all our lives.” “I echo Skipper’s nomination and appreciate the chamber’s recognition of Candi’s dedication to Gordon State College,” said Rhonda Toon, vice president for advancement.”She is an invaluable asset to our department and  to this college.” Babcock has been an employee of Gordon State College since 2006.

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Ben Maxedon andc this year the recipient of the award is Ms. Patricia Dabbs.

Each year Prayer Power awards someone from our community an award we call the Saints in Light award.  Nominations are received from people in the community and then the Prayer Power Board of Directors investigates and selects the person we believe to be the best representative of a Christian lifestyle.

The Saints in Light Award” which is to be presented to an individual serving Pike County who has been a spiritually inspiring, motivating, and encouraging influence in the community, and who openly and with love works for the betterment of the community and the people they come in contact with. By reflecting the true meaning of love and service in the community they inspire and empower others to do the same.

Ms Dabbs has worked with the Boys and Girls club, the REACH program, Kiwanis Club, the Red Cross, and lately with the PUP movement to clean up our county.

Not only does Ms Dabbs reach out to those in our community in times of need, but she also rescues and cares for animals when ever needed.

We don’t have the time to go over Ms. Dabbs complete resume of community service, but everyone I have talked to about Ms Dabbs have all shared the same description of her. She lights up our community, she gives her heart, time, and spirit each day of the year to make life better for others and never expects anything in return.

Reverend Ben Maxedon said on behalf of Prayer Power and the Pike County community we Ms Dabbs for her service to our community.


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Candler Field Museum has announced a program that will certainly capture the interest of the public.  Vietnam combat Chaplain, Carter Tucker, will be sharing stories of his experiences while in Vietnam.  Chaplain Tucker has written a book on his experiences titled “Men Who Fought….Boys Who Prayed.  He voluntarily joined the Army during Vietnam and soon found himself serving with the Wolfhounds, an infantry battalion in the 25th Infantry Division.  His book is about the year’s tour of duty while serving in Vietnam.  Mr. Tucker’s military awards include the Bronze Star, Legion of Merit, and Air Medal.


Chaplain Tucker states about his arrival in Vietnam,  “This was it! Vietnam! War! Some of those youngsters and many others like them would be my “congregation” during the next twelve months. As I looked into the red, watery eyes of the mostly teenage soldiers, I closed my own eyes and uttered my first prayer in Southeast Asia: “Lord, make me equal to the task.” And I made a silent vow to mothers and fathers whom I would never meet: “As nearly as possible, this chaplain will stand by your son through it all.”


The program and book signing will begin promptly at 10 AM on Saturday May 9th.  Doors will open at 9:30 AM and the book signing will begin at 11 AM.  The event will be held in the Candler Field Museum’s building located on Peach State Airport in Williamson, Georgia.  Admission is free and lunch will be available at Barnstormer’s Grill.  For further information on the program please go to or phone 770-467-8318

Photo of  Racoon. Is for illustration. NOT either of the animals found in PIke County.

Photo of Racoon. Is for illustration.  It is not either of the animals found in Pike County.

Sheriff Jimmy Thomas of Pike County, and the local DNR, has reported another case of rabies in Pike County. This latest incident brings the number to 4 since April 1st.

A fox attacked and bit a man in the Zebulon city limits Sunday, April 19. The same fox is believed to have attacked a dog on Hall Street in Zebulon the same morning.

This is the first case of rabies in Zebulon proper but Sheriff Jimmy Thomas and the department of Natural Resources advise area residents to be aware of their surroundings. And if you happen to see a wild or domestic animal that is behaving in an unusual manner please notify your local law enforcement agencies, Health Department, or DNR Ranger. An investigation will be implemented.  Residents should take care to insure their pets have been vaccinated for rabies.

In Pike County, Zebulon Police responded to a call about a fox attacking a dog on a screened-in porch at a residence on Hall Street. The officer pepper-sprayed the fox and it ran off the porch. The dog that was attacked had received a rabies vaccination and is being monitored.

One individual in Pike County shot a fox that became aggressive on Industrial Drive. The individual was walking his dog near his home when the fox attacked him. The home owner kicked the fox away then picked up his dog so it wouldn’t get bitten.  The individual secured a shot gun and shot the animal. The resident did receive a scratch during the issue and will possibly receive a series of shots the fox was taken to the Health Department and tested positive for rabies last week. Industrial Drive and Hall Street are in close proximity leading officials to believe it was the same animal at both residences.

Three other cases of rabies have been confirmed in Pike County in the past six weeks, all involving rabid raccoons. A case was confirmed April 1 involving a raccoon from the Pedenville area of Concord that was seen acting strangely. The other two cases – one in Concord and the other in northern Pike near the Lamar County line – involved raccoons attacking dogs.

To report possible rabies cases, citizens may call environmental health manager of your county or your local police or Sheriff  Departments, or 911.

As was reported earlier this year by State representatives John Yates, and Johnny Colwell, in their report each week during the legislative session, The Georgia House and Senate recently passed House Bill 160 which will repeal a provision prohibiting the trapping of raccoons. The bill was approved by the Georgia Senate March 25, lifting a 35-year ban on trapping raccoons and would allow for trappers to use steel traps to catch the animals. The bill was sent to the Governor April 6 to be signed into law.

WKEU NEWS would like to thank the Pike Journal Reporter, and Sheriff Jimmy Thomas for their assistance in this news story.  You can subscribe to the Pike Journal Reporter on line at


The Southern Crescent Chorale wraps up their 13th season with an inspiring and fun-filled concert at the Southern Ground Amphitheater on Saturday, May 2 at 8:00 p.m.  Enjoy an evening of music under the stars as SCC performs patriotic, show and pop tunes accompanied by the Jazz League and Steve Shivers.  Stars and Stripes will be an energetic concert featuring the Chorale, local soloist, Bobby Lacey, and band performing patriotic, show and pop tunes. This concert has been approved by Wounded Warrior Project® (WWP) as an approved Proud Supporter event. Patrons will have an opportunity to donate to WWP.

Artistic Director and Conductor, Janice Folsom, stated:  “Our Salute to America” season has been a resounding success.  How fitting that we should present our final concert of the season as an approved Proud Supporter for the Wounded Warrior Project.  We hope that many of our fine men and women in uniform as well as veterans and community members will join us for this evening celebrating our brave soldiers who sacrifice so much to keep our country safe and preserve the freedom that we enjoy.”  Doors open at 7 p.m. on May 2.  Concessions will be provided by Fayetteville Dwarf House and will be available for purchase starting at 7:00 pm. Or bring your own picnic to enjoy the show.  Advance tickets are $15 for adults and $12 for students and senior adults age 60 and over.  Active military personnel and veterans may purchase a ticket for $10.


Tickets are available at the Fayetteville Main Street Office at the Courthouse or the Fayetteville Library. Admission at the door is $20.


Online tickets:  or


Andrew Rose

Volunteer Publicity Coordinator

(678) 517-4215


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Possible Scam in the area affecting local hardware establishments

The Griffin Police Department has received a report of a small sized U-Haul truck being used in connection with a scam involving stolen credit card information.  This is also related to another incident reported in Jackson, involving the same suspects and U-Haul.  An unknown caller claiming to be a doctor in California calls ahead to pay for materials for a nearby rental property, and then claims their workers will come pick them up in the U-Haul.  The materials are picked up and then it is determined that the credit card information was not authorized.  If you are aware of this type of issue occurring at your business or encounter it, make sure to confirm the card being used is given by its owner and ask to see the card and/or ID upon arrival.  Contact Investigator Stacy Beckom of the Griffin Police Department at 770-229-6450 Ext. 672, should you have any information on this or related incidents.