A Barnesville man who was allegedly driving under the influence of both alcohol and drugs when his speeding truck went off Morgan Dairy Rd. in 2015 and killed 21-year-old Kara Holland entered a guilty plea in Lamar superior court April 6.

Brian Thomas Thompson, 25, pleaded guilty to one count of first degree vehicular homicide before Judge Tommy Wilson. He is to be sentenced April 18. Thompson was at the wheel of a 2005 Dodge Ram 1500 when he lost control, overcorrected and struck a dirt culvert at 3:35 a.m. Jan. 31, 2015. The truck overturned and Holland died at the scene.

Thompson and a third passenger, Rebecca Chappel, were seriously injured. The two have since married.

Holland was the daughter of Frank and Julie Holland who operate Frank’s Automotive and Towing here. Kara also operated a local business, Some Beach Tans.



On Friday April 14th, there was a report of a student at crescent having a knife on a school bus. The School notified parents of the incident in a notification to all parents of Crescent students from the School Principal.

“This is Crescent principal Natalie Wood. A parent notified us that a student had a knife on a school bus. We immediately began an investigation and found that to be true. Immediate and appropriate action was taken. Law enforcement has been notified by the school. While the knife was never out at school, I have two issues, that need your attention and your help. Please, remind your student that they should always tell two adults when something is wrong. Secondly, remind your student not to bring any weapon to school. Thank you for your help and attention to this matter.”

It is not known at this time if the incident is still under investigation.



The Henry County Police Department would like to congratulate Traffic Investigator Brian Eck on his completion in becoming a Georgia State certified Drug Recognition Expert. To complete this course, Investigator Eck had to complete a total of one hundred and sixty hours of training and graduated on February 8, 2017.

Investigator Eck is one of only one hundred and sixty active Drug Recognition Experts in the state of Georgia. Congratulations on a job well done.



Spalding County Government is hosting a series of Visioning Workshops to receive input on the vision for the future of the County. The workshops are an opportunity to share ideas about land use, housing, economic development, cultural preservation and protection of environmental resources in the County.

The dates and locations are:
Thursday, April 27 – 10:00 am
Spalding County Courthouse Annex
Room 108
119 East Solomon Street
Thursday, April 27 – 6:00 pm

Griffin Center Point Church
1427 US-41 Bypass South
Saturday, April 29 – 10:00 am
Spalding High School
433 Wilson Road

“The workshops will be interactive and allow attendees to participate in groups to identify local needs and opportunities, and design the County’s future,” said Spalding County Community Development Director Chad Jacobs.

All members of the public are encouraged to attend and you may attend the meeting that is most convenient for you.

A survey is also available to share ideas about the future of land use in the County and can be accessed at: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/Spalding_Plan.

Updates to the plan will be posted to: www.spaldingplan.com.
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Board of Commissioners of Spalding County will meet April 17, 2017 at 6:00 PM in meeting room Room 108, Spalding County Annex.

Consider Proclamation declaring May 2017 Older American’s Month in Spalding County, Georgia.

Representatives from Headley Construction and Paragon Consulting are present to update the Boardof Commissioners on the progress of the Pickleball Complex.

The Zoning Attorney will update the BOC with regards to Full Blown Firearms Special Exception home occupation.

The Commissioners will conduct Public Hearings for the following applications  Wayne K. Duncan requesting a future land use map change from Low-Density Residential to Commercial for 2870 North Expressway 10.435 acres. And  a rezoning from C-1, Highway Commercial and AR-1, Agricultural and Residential, to C-1B, Heavy Commercial.

The Commissioners will also consider a request form McCoy and Elizabeth McCoy, Owners – 137 Ginny Lane 5.6 acres requesting a Special Exception to allow a Medical Hardship in the AR-1 District.

Consider approval of New 2017 Alcohol License for Retail Sale of Beer and Wine for: the Foodmart at 390 Airport Rd., Griffin, GA.

Consider bids for construction of a roundabout at N. Hill Street, Northside Drive and Tuskegee Avenue and replacement of the bridge on N. Hill Street over Cabin Creek with an arch culvert.

Conduct public hearing to consider the establishment of street light district for Hunts Mill Estates.

Consider appointment to the Spalding County Board of Health to fill the unexpired term of Dr. Bruce Reid to expire on 12/31/2022.

Commissioner Flowers-Taylor would like to discuss possible matching funds for Community donations to the youth football program from the Commissioners’ contingency fund.

Aaron Roquemore will address the Board concerning submitting an application for a 2018 Juvenile Justice Incentive Grant Program.




Griffin Spalding Airport Authority Meeting  Monday, April 10, 2017.
At the Griffin-Spalding County Airport Authority Regular Scheduled Meeting  Monday 
April 10th:
Chairman Morrow reported:
 ..The final airport layout plan is forth coming and expected shortly and he is optimistic that any remaining issues are readressed.
..The utility relocation are moving along and the relocation of the power lines will stay on the airport property.  
..The suplemental environment assessment is moving forward pending the Phase One land acquisition. Of the 41 parcels in the Phase One Land Acquisitiion: 
..09 are completed including final recording at the courthouse.
..26 are completed except for final recording at the courthouse.
..02 have signed an offer and are awaiting closing.
..01 has had an appraisal update and is awaiting approval.
..03 have moved into condemnation proceedings.
Chairman Morrow reported: There are three residents still living on Banks Road and some previous  owners are still moving some of their belongings.
The Walking Track at the Old Airport is being appraised. The County wants to buy the Track  outright now instead of waiting until the New Airport is built.
The personnel committee reported they have reviewed and approved the Airport Directors annual evaluation. They gave the Director high marks for running and maintaining the old airport while working with the Airport Authority to build the New airport.  The evaluation  will be signed by Chairman Morrow and forwarded to the City of Griffin Human Resources Department.
Under New Business:
The Authority:
Approved: Task Order 26, Phase One Demolition. This is for properties acquired in Phase One.
Approved: Task Order 27, Tower Relocaton. This is for “TAC” the Realator Locators that are contracted to buy the properties for the New Airport to: 1) appraise the land and tower.  2) make and offer for buy out including relocation expenses.
Approved: Task Order 28, Phase Two Land Acquisition for four remaining parcels in Phase One.
Approved: Banks Road Hammer Head Agreement with Spalding County.  When Banks road is closed there will be a need for a cul-de-sac or turn around at the end of the road. To hire engineers and put the project out for bid is time consuming and costly. Spalding County has looked at the project and will construct a “Hammer Head” turn around for $2322.  This is a graval area you can pull into, back up, and turn around. This will save the Authority about $100,000.  


The Spalding Basketball Association will hold a Special Called Meeting to elect a governing board.

When:      Wednesday, April 26th at 6:00pm

Where:      Fairmont Community Center 241 Blanton Street, Griffin, GA.

Who:      Membership to Association is required to vote.  Membership Dues are $10 annually.
Membership is open to anyone interested in youth basketball.

Note:      New Member Dues must be paid by April 21, 2017  to be eligible to vote.

For information contact the association at 770-227-3321 or Robby Milner at 770-467-4750

A convicted sex offender was arrested after a tense standoff Friday afternoon at a duplex located at 378 Hwy. 36 West – just behind Flash Foods.
Sheriff’s deputies in tactical gear responded to the duplex after what was originally a suicide threat called in from the home.

Deputies evacuated women and children from a duplex located behind the one from which the suspect refused to surrender.

Eventually, tear gas was shot into the residence and Charles Donald
Ward, age 63 emerged with his hands up and was taken into custody.

Charles Donald Ward (center) is led to a patrol car in handcuffs by Sgt. Shannon Williamson (left) and Dep. Wayman Henson (right) after Friday’s standoff. (Photo: Walter Geiger)


Ward is a registered sex offender who was convicted of enticing a child for indecent purposes on Oct. 21, 1999.

More charges are pending after Friday’s incident. No one else was in Ward’s duplex and no injuries were reported during the incident that lasted about 90 minutes.  

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 line at barnesville.com .

On Friday, April 07, 2017 at approximately 09:00 hours, Monroe County deputies responded to the Marathon Gas Station located in Bolingbroke, Georgia regarding a female that had been allegedly kidnapped and had witnessed an aggravated assault in Crawford County, Georgia. Once the deputies arrived, it was discovered from an interview with the woman that a male,

THOMAS GARY PALMER age 58 of Lizella, Georgia had been dropped off on Harrison Road near Klopfer Road in Monroe County after shooting another male in Crawford County. The Monroe County Sheriff’s Office contacted the Crawford County Sheriff’s Office regarding the incident. Crawford County deputies arrived at a location in Crawford and located a deceased male on the scene.

A search began in the area that Palmer had last been seen, and he was located at a business on Klopfer Road near Harrison Road in Monroe County. Palmer fired on the deputies with a handgun, and the three (3) Monroe County deputies returned fire. Palmer dropped the weapon, but when the deputies attempted to place Palmer under arrest, he pulled a secondary hidden weapon. Monroe County deputies then began to fight with Palmer, and took him into custody without further incident.

Both the deputies and Palmer were checked out by EMS, and cleared. The Georgia Bureau of Investigations Milledgeville Office was contacted to investigate the officer involved shooting in Monroe County and, the Georgia Bureau of Investigations office in Perry, GA was contacted by the Crawford County Sheriff’s Office to investigate the homicide and kidnapping. Any charges taken will be by the respective GBI field offices’.