The Spalding County Parks and Recreation Advisory Commission held their monthly scheduled meeting in the Conference Room at the Spalding County Senior Center, Thursday, October 9, 2014, beginning at 6:00 p.m.
The Commission approved inflatable’s provided by licensed businesses in parks provided by licensed and insured businesses.  Pavilion rentals for an additional maintenance fee of $50 for half day rentals and $75 whole day rentals.
Approved allowing personal trainers park usage. Personal trainers will pay the County $75.00 per month, with the stipulation of passing background checks and approval by Parks & Recreation. Personal trainers will be required to pay the County a fee of $75 per month.
The Griffin Youth Soccer incident at Wyomia Tyus Olympic Park on Sunday, September 28, 2014 was discussed and The Recreation Superintendent Kelly Leger stated, during a youth soccer game at Wyomia Tyus Olympic Park, an incident occurred involving (3) Griffin players, (1) Henry County player and (1) assistant referee on Sunday, September 28, 2014. The Sheriff’s Department was called to the scene for the misconduct and fight that in sued at the park. The soccer liaisons met and reviewed the incident in detail and after examining policies, all parties involved have been suspended from any and all Spalding County Parks & Recreation facilities until judgment is received from Georgia Youth Soccer.
Also  Coach Requirements were discussed relative to the incident and while investigating the youth soccer incident, it was discovered that many coaches and other adult volunteers had incomplete back ground checks and coach certifications. A letter has been sent to the Griffin Youth Soccer Association with a deadline of October 9, 2014, to have all background checks and certifications current. This was brought to the attention of the Soccer Association President who immediately began working to bring all coaches into compliance. Currently, all coaches with the exception of (10) are in compliance. Those coaches have been pulled from their teams until background checks, NYSCA certifications and concussion training are in place. This will not affect the children or the teams. The Department will soon be hiring a 29 hour per week part-time staff who will be able to assist on site with spot checking badges to ensure coaches are in compliance with requirements.

A complimentary school break camp will be hosted at Fairmont and AMBUCS Community Centers next week during the hours of 8:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m. Campers will be required to provide their own lunch. City Park will open at 10:00 a.m. for open-play.

Parks Superintendent Imberger reported that The upcoming Georgia Recreation & Park Association District Banquet will be held in Carrollton on October 22, 2014.
The Georgia Recreation & Park Association State Banquet will be held in Jekyll Island on November 6, 2014. All members were invited to attend.
Mr. Fears- Stated there was an issue between a football team and softball team over the weekend at Volunteer Park. The football team was warming up on the softball field before a game and the softball team arrived to utilize the field for a scheduled practice.


Early Saturday morning units of the Griffin Police Department, and  Spalding Regional EMS, responded to a 911 call of a female that had been attacked as she was walking to work.   The individual was allegedly an employee of Food Depot was attacked and beaten up.  The Female was transported to Spalding Regional for Treatment of injuries not thought to be life threatening.  The incident is still under investigation and more information is expected to be released later by the Griffin Police Department.

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In 2014, the Griffin–Spalding County School System (GSCS) had significant increases in all three domains of the Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT). The SAT assesses students in Critical Reading, Math and Writing as a means of predicting college success.
GSCS students increased Critical Reading from 452 in 2013 to 466 in 2014. Math scores rose from 444 to 461 in 2014. Writing scores grew from 435 to 445.
This year 266 GSCS students took the SAT scoring a total averaging 1372. The state’s total score is 1445 and the national average is 1497. Though GSCS scores are rising, they are still slightly lagging behind the state.
“It is great to see our scores grow every year,” stated school superintendent, Dr. Curtis Jones. “With our efforts to better prepare students for college and 21st-century careers, I am confident that our scores will continue to rise and the gap will be closed.”
Both Griffin High School and Spalding High School offer SAT preparatory sessions to students at no cost and that investment proved to be successful.



Early voting for the November 4th General Election begins Monday October 13th and continues through Friday October 31st. Registered voters can vote Monday through Friday 8am to 5pm each day. There will also be early voting on Saturday October 25th from 9am – 4pm. Valid photo is required for early voting.

All early voting is held at 825 Memorial Drive in Griffin. Anyone with questions can call 770-467-4245.

First Presbyterian Church of Griffin, located at 1349 Macon Road, would like to invite all to their Scottish heritage worship service, The Kirkin’ o’ the Tartans.  The celebration will be held on Sunday, October 26, 2014 at the 11:00 a.m. service.  Scottish attire is encourage, but not required.  For additional information contact the Church office at 770-227-2055.
A bit of history about the KIRKING OF THE TARTANS

This Sunday all over the world many churches will observe the Kirkin’ o’ the’ Tartans, a celebration of Scottish heritage and culture. And you may ask yourself What is The Kirking of the Tartans?

  • Kirking, from the Scottish Gaelic word kirk which means church, in this usage means “blessing.”
  • tartan
  • Tartans are the traditional plaid emblems of Scottish clans represented in unevenly spaced colored lines and rectangles on woven wool cloth.

The Kirkin’ o’ the Tartans service was created or “revived” during World War II byReverend Peter Marshall, perhaps best known by the biographical book and film A Man Called Peter — who was originally from southwest Scotland and at one time pastor of the New York Avenue Presbyterian Church in Washington, D.C. In 1947 he served as Chaplain of the U.S. Senate. In order to encourage Scottish-Americans to sign up to fight on behalf of Great Britain, Peter Marshall recreated the Kirkin’ o’ the Tartans ceremony to try to instill pride among Scottish-Americans in their Scottish homeland. The ceremony was at that time held in Presbyterian churches of Scottish heritage across the US. Today, the celebration is not limited to Presbyterian churches, but is found in Episcopalian, Methodist, Roman Catholic, Orthodox, and other denominations across the world. Now, in present day celebration, the Highlander patriotism, faithfulness, and strong independence are remembered by the displaying of tartans and public parade of the clans to the sound of the bagpipe.

While often celebrated on Reformation Sunday the last Sunday in October, Kirkin’s are also celebrated at other times of the year, as on St. Andrew’s Day — the patron saint of Scotland — on November 30, and Tartan Day on April 6. In 1954, the Kirkin‘ service was moved to the National Cathedral (Episcopal) in Washington — home of the Episcopal diocese of Washington — where it is still held to the present day.

In churches, and even at Scottish Highland Games, the Kirkin’ is celebrated by Scots — and those who would be Scots — accompanied by prayer, scripture, preaching, blessing, bagpipe, and of course, the singing of Amazing Grace.

Bill MacPetro, your friendly neighborhood historian