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Thursday Evening at 630: at the City Courtroom at 100 South Hill Street the City will hold a meeting in relation to economic development.  Interested individuals will hear topics that include:
The Industrial Development Process.
Local Industrial Projects.
and Small Business Development.
Any questions can be directed to Alvin Huff at ahuff@cityofgriffin.com
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High school football returns to the WKEU airwaves Thursday night when the Spalding Jaguars take the wraps off their 2014 season when they visit Tara Stadium to meet the Panthers of Forest Park.
The Jags, under 4th year head coach Nick Davis, earned their only win last year at the expense of the Panthers in the season finale, and will hope to start their campaign off in fine fashion in Clayton County. The Spalding Jaguar Tailgate Show will start the night’s activity beginning at 5:30 on both AM 1450 and 88.9 FM The Rock with kickoff, with Tim Shephard and Ken Bozeman on the call, slated for 7 PM.
Friday night we have another simulcast on the schedule when the defending Quad A state champion Griffin Bears debut under the direction of new head coach Jarrett Laws when they are set to visit the Henry County Warhawks. The Bears go into Friday’s game riding a 15 game winning streak and look to extend that as they welcome back a lot of veteran talent. The Griffin Bear Tailgate Show will set the stage for the season opener beginning at 6 o’clock with the game scheduled to get underway at 7:30.
Throughout the course of the season you can hear all the excitement of Jaguar games on AM 1450 while the Bears can be heard all year long on 88.9 FM The Rock.

 

 

 

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The Griffin City Commissioners Met Tuesday night at 6 pm in the meeting room of the City Offices downtown.

During the meeting the Commissioners Approved a request for a variance for the encroachment of more than three-feet of the front and side setbacks for an addition of a deck, for property located at 503 E. Broadway Street. The applicant, Daa’ood Amin, is requesting the variance. The existing structure is located within the setbacks for Medium Density Residential by 12-feet. The deck will further extend the encroachment by an additional 20-feet.

Approved  a request from “Making Griffin Spalding Better Together” for support. There is an all-day event scheduled Saturday November 1st from 7:30 to 5:00 pm. Rick Clark is the scheduled Breakfast Speaker and Edward Jennings is the Luncheon Speaker.

The Commissioners also approved the purchase two (2) Ford F-150 4X4 super cab pick-up trucks for the Technical Services Division of the Electric Department for $24, 399.00 from State Contracted amount for each vehicle from Speedway Ford. Two vehicles will be declared surplus and will be sold on GovDeals.com.

Approved:  an Authorization Agreement naming MEAG Power as the City’s agent to nominate and acquire any combination of resources to optimize the City’s Supplemental Power Supply Requirements. This is an annual designation that the City makes. MEAG Power has the technical expertise, trained personnel and the economy of scale to make the most advantageous power supply sales and purchases on behalf of the City.

Approved:  a bid and work contract to Crawford Grading and Pipeline, Inc., for the construction of Shoal Creek Stormwater Detention and Mitigation Pond in the amount of $322,882.23 for the Stormwater Department.

Approved:  the purchase and installation of a Litter Trap from Storm Water Systems, Inc. for the Shoal Creek Regional Detention and Mitigation Pond in the amount of $110,615.00 for the Stormwater Department. The Rushton Mill area has been inundated by debris and has been a project on the mitigation list for sometime. Hopefully this project once completed at the Upper Shoal Creek location will mitigate 80% of the issue being collected on the property.

Approved: an Intergovernmental Transportation Funding Agreement between the City of Griffin and Spalding County to fund a joint comprehensive transportation plan update and amend the budget accordingly. Spalding County Commission approved the agreement on August 18, 2014. The City attorney has approved the agreement as to form. Preliminary budget estimate is $312,500. ARC share is 80% – $250,000. Remaining share of $62,500 is to be split between City / County at $31,250 each.

The commissioners Appointed: Louis Thacker to the Griffin – Spalding Airport Authority, Post No. 6 to expire on December 31, 2017. The position was recently vacated by the passing of Keith Smith.  Mr. Thacker was the manager of the Griffin-Spalding airport in the early 60’s. He served for many years on the Airport Advisory Board until it became the Griffin-Spalding Airport Authority.

The Commissioners appointed Jay Edwards to the Environmental Council to fill a recent vacancy, expiring on December 31, 2014.

City Manager Kenny Smith advised the board he had received word the tax digest is completed and tax bills will be mailed out September 16th.  There is about a 25 million dollar decrease in the net digest. The city must adopt their mileage rate by their next meeting on Sept 9th. The current mileage rate is 8.611. With a 95% collection rate the city can reach an 8.5 millage rate.  However to meet the Sept 9th deadline the Commissioners will advertise the millage rate at the current 8.611 mills. This will allow the board time to work to reduce the rate to a workable number before the tax bills are mailed. Once the rate is advertised it can be reduced but it cannot be raised.

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The Griffin Police Department is very aware of the so called “Purge” event that is circulating throughout social media claiming there will be such an event in Griffin this Friday night the 29th of August. “Purge” threats have sprung up in cities across the country, but all have turned out to be a hoax. At this time the Griffin Police Department has no credible information that such an event will actually occur and further state that no crime is ever legal as claimed to be in the Movie. Our Officers will be actively and aggressively patrolling and investigating all reported crimes the night of the 29th as we do every night we work.   Anyone choosing to participate in criminal activity as result of the “Purge” will be arrested and prosecuted.

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SPALDING COUNTY NEEDS YOUR HELP2014 SPLOST COMMITTEE

In November, Spalding County Voters will decide whether to renew the SPLOST. The projects have been identified and Spalding County needs interested persons to apply for, or nominate individuals, for the 2014 SPLOST Committee. This Committee will be responsible for educating the public on the purpose of the SPLOST and why it is important to the citizens of Spalding County.
On November 5, Spalding County voters will go to the ballot box to decide whether to renew the current 1 percent Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax for six years. That would keep Spalding County sales taxes at 7 percent.
Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax by definition is money collected from the sale of items, subject to the State of Georgia sales and use tax, within the county and can only be used for specific capital outlay projects, as approved in the referendum by the citizens. SPLOST is also imposed on the sale of food and beverages, which are not subject to the state sales tax and unlike property tax, SPLOST is based on consumption and paid by all county residents and visitors alike.
The 2014 SPLOST could bring in an estimated $50.4 million to Spalding County and approximately 54% is dedicated to county projects, with the remainder of the funds going to projects for the cities of Griffin, Orchard Hill and Sunny Side.
The Board of Commissioners plan to appoint members to the 2014 SPLOST committee at the September 15, meeting. Nomination Forms can be found on the Spalding County Home Page (www.spaldingcounty.com). Please complete
and email the form to wwilson@spaldingcounty.com or you can mail or fax the completed form to:
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WKEU has been advised that Gordon State College Student Center was evacuated Tuesday about Noon.  The reason for the evacuation was a malfunction of a piece of equipment in the Dinning Hall of the Student Center.The malfunction occurred in the Food preparation area causing some smoke in the area. Students in the dining hall were evacuated.

No one was injured and everyone was allowed back into the building around 12:20. The Student Center is one of  the largest buildings on the Campus over 50,000 square fee and contains The Book Store, Dining Hall, the Gordon Foundation Offices, and Mail room and administrative offices. 
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The Sun City Peachtree Pickleball Club will be hosting the 2014 Peachtree Invitational Pickleball Tournament on Friday October 3rd, 2014.
Pickleball, one of the fastest growing sports in America, will be showcased during this Invitational Tournament with over 50 players from Sun City Peachtree, Del Webb at Lake Oconee and Del Webb Village at Deaton Creek.
We are offering conspicuous signage in sponsorship opportunities at the Sun City Peachtree Pickleball Courts during our tournament. Our vibrant 55 + community, now with over 800 homes, is looking for local companies interested in supporting this event and increasing their brand exposure in our community.
(Pickleball is a racquet sport in which two to four players use solid paddles made of wood or composite materials to hit a polymer perforated ball over a net. The sport shares features of other racquet sports, the dimensions and layout of a Badminton court, and a net and rules similar to tennis with a few modifications. Pickleball was invented in the mid 1960′s as a children’s backyard pastime but quickly became popular among adults as a fun game for players of all skill levels.)

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During the Spalding County Commissioners meeting they approved: a proclamation declaring the month of September as Workforce Development Professionals month in Spalding County. To honor all those individuals in all Workforce Development Organizations and Partnerships that play a vital role in our economy.

Approved a Presentation to Union Baptist Church acknowledging and recognizing their volunteer efforts in assisting with the Spalding County Summer Food Program in the East Griffin Community. Union Baptist Church provided 35 days of service, and served 1,030 meals to children living in East Griffin. Additionally, they provided recreational activities during meal times.

Approved a request from Griffin Moose Lodge, 1435 Zebulon Road for outside amplification permit for an End of the Year Pool Event scheduled for September 5, 2014 from 7:30 p.m. – 11:00 p.m.

Approved a request from Flaticia Berry, 201 Hammerhawk Road, Griffin, Georgia for outside amplification permit for a birthday party to be held on Saturday, August 30, 2014 from 7:00 p.m. until 11:00 p.m.

Approved a request from Union Baptist Church, 1405 N. McDonough Road, Griffin, Georgia for outside amplification permit on Friday, October 31, 2014 from 5:00 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. for their Fall Festival.

The Commissioners also approved and held a public hearing for the 2014 Capital Improvement Element (CIE) and Short Term Work Program (STWP).  The Georgia Planning Act of 1989 mandates a public hearing be held.  

After some discussion, prompted by questions from Commissioner Gwen Flowers Taylor the Commissioners scheduled a special called meeting at 8:am September 15th for a work shop to review the Spalding County 2025 Comprehensive Plan before authorizing transmittal to Three Rivers Regional Commission of the 2014 Capital Improvements Element (CIE) and Short Term Work Program (STWP) and incorporation of these changes into the Spalding County 2025 Comprehensive Plan.

The Commissioners approved  a street name change from “Evergreen Drive” to “Cobblestone Drive” in Sun City Peachtree Pod 37B.

The Commissioners approved on first reading Ordinance 2014-04 amending the Licensing and Regulation Ordinance relating to renewal of alcohol licenses in Spalding County.  

Approved authorizing Chairman Chipper Gardner to execute the ACCG-Group Self-Insurance Workers’ Compensation Fund Safety Discount Verification form. Spalding County is a member of the ACCG-Group Self-Insurance Workers’ Compensation Fund and is eligible for a 7.5% Safety Discount on it’s annual workers’ compensation insurance premium by complying with certain requirements.  Meeting the requirements resulted in a $24,100 discount on the 2014 insurance premium. 

Approved the Georgia County Internship Program Grant Application for the Spring 2015 Academic Semester. The Civic Affairs Foundation of ACCG is offering a Georgia County Internship Program Grant for the Spring 2015 Semester.  The Finance Department would like to submit a grant application for an intern to perform a fixed asset inventory of machinery and equipment and to update the fixed asset inventory listing for insurance purposes. The grant will pay an intern $10 per hour for up to 200 hours of work.

Approved an Intergovernmental Agreement with the City of Griffin to provide for the funding of a joint Comprehensive Transportation Plan update. The Atlanta Regional Commission is funding the majority of the cost and the City and County are sharing equally in the required local match. Total Estimated Cost $312,500 with a 20% local match of $62,500 to be shared 50/50 between the City and County.  Spalding County’s portion is $31,250 and is appropriated in the FY 2015 Budget.

County Manager William Wilson reminded the commissioners they need to set up a SPLOST committee to promote the SPLOST.  Anyone wishing to serve on this committee can contact the county office or their commissioner to get their name on a list . Members will be selected at the next commissioners meeting.

100 building permits for new buildings have been issued this year thru the end of July. The projection is for 200 by the end of the year. This is an indication that the economy is improving slightly.

The Spalding county fire department annual golf tournament will be September 18th.  The Ho-Ho-Hole in one fund raiser is for toys for kids at Christmas.

Drive by flu shots will be available behind the health department FREE of charge To Spalding County residents Sept 30th thru October 2nd. Takes about 8 minutes drive thru to get your free shot.

There will be no commissioners meeting Monday September 1st.  due to the Labor Day holiday.

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Photo courtesy of Pike Journal Reporter at POlice vehicle in front Pike Courthoiusek duirng Bomb threat.

Photo courtesy of Pike Journal Reporter at POlice vehicle in front Pike Courthoiusek duirng Bomb threat.

Pike County Officials have received two bomb threats at the Courthouse that were called in last week, The Courthouse was evacuated Wednesday morning and Another call was made on Friday causing several deputies to check the building again Friday afternoon.


One call was received around 9:30 a.m. Wednesday. All employees were asked to leave the building while it was checked for any explosive devices. 

Another call was made around 12:15 p.m. Friday and several officers responded, including sheriff’s deputies and a Zebulon police officer. 

There have been at least four bomb threats made in the past three months at the courthouse. 

When school was in session, several bomb threats were made to the high school as well as high schools in surrounding counties including Spalding County.. 

School officials offered a $500 reward for information leading to the arrest of the person or persons responsible for the bomb threats.
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A Milner woman accused of biting a Lamar deputy after claiming she was HIV positive and had Hepatitis C was denied bond Aug. 14 in Lamar superior court.
Joy Lynn Day, 39, is charged with aggravated assault on a law enforcement officer, obstruction and various drug counts stemming from an alleged attack on Maj. Leslie Holmes May 24. According to assistant district attorney Matt Bridges, Day was parked at a stop sign at the intersection of Brown Springs Rd. and Old Hwy. 41 at the burned out Lighthouse restaurant when Holmes came upon her. There had been property thefts and burglaries in the area so Holmes checked the driver.

At one point, Day walked away from Holmes with something in her hand. When Holmes attempted to stop her, an altercation ensued and Holmes acquired a “pretty nasty bite”. Day then tried to get away from the Deputy fired at Day 5 times hitting Day once in the arm.

Public defender John Geiger argued the bite occurred after Holmes shot Day. “We would argue Ms. Day initiated the altercation,”

Judge E. Byron Smith asked Day where she had been shot. Though in restraints, Day attempted to show the judge the wound on her upper arm.

“You’re lucky to be alive,” the judge admonished.

“I thank God for that every day,” Day replied.

‘You should have been thinking about God earlier. Bond denied,” Judge Smith concluded.
WKEU would like to thank Waler Geiger and the Barnesville Herald Gazette for their assistance in this news story. You can subscribe to the Herald Gazette on line at Barnesville.com