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The Commissioners recognized Tim Newman with the Electric Department, for 30 years of dedicated service to the City of Griffin and congratulated him on his retirement as of May 1, 2016.

The Commissioners approved a Proclamation declaring April 2016 to be Confederate History Month and April 26, 2016 to be Confederate Memorial Day.  The proclamation was accepted by Mr. Kelly Barrow of the Sons of the Confederacy.

The Commissioners approved a request from Ms. Ann Imes, a Griffin resident, to vary the eligibility requirements of the Griffin Veterans’ Memorial Cemetery so that her brother, Senior Master Sergeant Jimmy D. Bowen, USAF, Retired could be layed to rest there. He spent 20 years in the U.S., Air Force then another full career as an Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms ATF agent. He retired to Griffin but later lived with a son in Kentucky so he could receive specialized health care. He died there April 12, 2016 and was cremated.

With a 3/4 vote the Commissioners DENIED a request for a special use permit to construct single family homes on seven (7) lots on Lynn Lane submitted by Square Foot Ministries. The properties are zoned High Density Residential-A which requires a special use permit for single family construction. Square Foot Ministries is a non-profit organization that has built several new houses in this area that are owner occupied houses. The homes are 3 bedroom, 2 bath, with 0% interest and $350 monthly payments including property tax and insurance.

Commissioner David Brock was fearful of the size of the lots not giving children enough play room.

After the vote: Commissioner Cora Flowers asked, “What is going on? The Land Bank tore down houses and donated the land.”

The Commissioners approved an agreement for lease of Fiber Optic Cable between the City of Griffin and Atlantic Fiber Networks a provider with a primary focus on public education.  Atlantic Fiber Networks provide Griffin-Spalding County Schools with their programing.. This agreement will bring additional revenue to the City of Griffin maximizing the City’s excess dark fiber at an annual cost of approximately 70K.

The Commissioners approved the renewal of a Standard Office Lease between the City of Griffin and The Whalen Law Firm for suites #520 and #524 of One Griffin Center in the amount of $11,170.00 per year.

Also approved was the purchase of .82 acres located at 310 N. 12th Street, Griffin, in the amount of $30,000. This parcel is an eyesore to the Experiment Street corridor and will be demolished and cleaned to enhance the corridor. This is in conjunction with city intersection improvements.

Mayor Dick Morrow congratulated the Griffin Fire Department on their ISO.1 rating. There are about 48,000 fire departments in the U.S.  Only 178 departments have an ISO.1 rating.  There are 14 departments in Georgia with an ISO.1 rating.  Griffin is one of those 14.

 

 

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This weekend, Griffin Fire-Rescue firefighters will be in the streets, at local shopping centers and at area businesses collecting funds for the Georgia Firefighters Burn Foundation’s (GFBF) 27th annual “Give Burns The Boot” drive.

The GFBF was founded in 1982 by a group of Dekalb County Firefighters. Over the last 34 years, the GFBF has grown to incorporate the entire state and expanded its work to include all Georgians. In 1990, the “Give Burns the Boot” campaign was started to support the GFBF’s efforts. Since that time, firefighters have continued their support by collecting more than 14.5 million dollars.

When you see a firefighter this weekend, please give generously; remember, the life you may help save, could be you very own.

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Griffin-Spalding County School System (GSCS) kindergarten registration for the 2016-17 school year is May 2 – 20, from 8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. (M-F). Kindergarten registration is located at the Parent Service Center, 234 East Taylor Street.

Students enrolling in kindergarten must be five years old by Sept. 1, 2016.

Students currently enrolled in a GSCS pre-kindergarten class do not need to register for kindergarten.

Parents/guardians are asked to bring their future kindergartener to registration to assess their readiness levels prior to beginning school. This consists of asking your child a few questions about basic skills (colors, letters, numbers, etc.). The assessment helps ensure your child is placed in a class that best meets his/her academic needs and strengths.

 

Required registration documents include:

  • Certified copy of the Certificate of Birth.
  • Certificate of Immunization, Form No. 3231.
  • Certificate of Eye, Ear, & Dental Screening Examination, Form No. 3300.
  • Social Security Card.
  • Proof of Residency – either a dated mortgage statement/payment OR a rental agreement copy with the names of all people living in the house.
  • Any one of: utility, telephone or cable bill; current property tax bill; homeowner’s insurance policy; current year income tax form.
  • Photo ID of LEGAL parent/guardian.
  •  Proof of custody/guardianship and any legal custody documents.

Save time by completing the registration form online prior to registration at www.tinyurl.com/gscsregistration.  For questions or more information concerning kindergarten registration please call 470-771-4259.

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Prayer Power of Georgia on Thursday, May 5, 2016, will sponsor the Pike County celebration of the annual National Day of Prayer.

Please join us for the service at noon on the Pike County Courthouse Square. The Treasure Field Band will provide the music.

The National Day of Prayer is a patriotic and spiritual celebration of our great nation; a time to join together to honor those who have served in many different capacities and to ask blessings for those who are serving our community and nation as they are called.

We will offer prayers for our community, state, nation, and all that need salvation.

For further information please contact:

Chaplain Ben Maxedon
Prayer Power of Georgia
PO Box 1263
Zebulon, GA 30295
770-689-7549

prayerpower4u@bellsouth.net

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Listen to our devotionals on The Rock 88.9 FM mornings and afternoons.

 

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Pike County’s Relay for Life provides support and raises funds for those who are fighting – or have already fought – cancer. The event will be held Friday, May 13 at the Pike Track.


The Survivor Dinner is set for Thursday, April 28 at the Christ Chapel Youth Building at 6:30 p.m. Attendees should RSVP by April 26 b y calling 706-324-4593.

Survivors will get a purple Survivor shirt and enjoy a meal together as they learn about American Cancer Society mission programs. 

To find out more about local Relay events, find the Relay for Life of Pike County GA facebook page.

 

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On Saturday April 30, 2016 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. the Griffin Police
Department and the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) will give the public its 11th opportunity in five years to prevent pill abuse and theft by ridding their homes of potentially dangerous expired, unused, and unwanted prescription drugs.  Bring your pills for disposal to
Kroger (1524 Highway 16 W Griffin, Ga).  The DEA cannot accept liquids or needles or sharps,
only pills or patches. The service is free and anonymous, no questions asked.

Last September, Americans turned in 309 tons (over 617,000 pounds) of prescription drugs
at nearly 5,500 sites operated by the DEA and more than 4,000 of its state and local law enforcement partners.  When those results are combined with what was collected in its eight previous Take Back events, DEA and its partners have taken in over 4.8 million pounds—more
than 2,400 tons—of pills.

This initiative addresses a vital public safety and public health issue.  Medicines that languish
in home cabinets are highly susceptible to diversion, misuse, and abuse. Rates of prescription
drug abuse in the U.S. are alarmingly high, as are the number of accidental poisonings and
overdoses due to these drugs.  Studies show that a majority of abused prescription drugs are obtained from family and friends, including from the home medicine cabinet. In addition,
Americans are now advised that their usual methods for disposing of unused medicines flushing them down the toilet or throwing them in the trash—both pose potential safety and health
hazards.

 

 

 

 

The Griffin Area Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Incorporated presents “My Cry in the Dark” – a seminar to elevate awareness of mental health disorders and provide information on community-based mental health resources. Discussion topics include clinical definitions and symptoms related to depression, Postpartum Depression and activities designed to reduce stress.  “My Cry in the Dark” will be held on Saturday, April 30, 2016 from 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm at New Mercy Baptist Church, 742 Pimento Avenue, Griffin, Georgia. The presenters are Sharon Zellner (Clinical Psychologist), Dr. Enid Lofters-Jones (Obstetrics/Gynecology Specialist) and Sandra Wimbush (Licensed Clinical Social Worker). 
There is no need to suffer alone. Let this seminar point you in the right direction to get the help you need. The seminar is free and open to the public. For more information, please contact Gwendolyn Morris at  770-531-9168 

 

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Once Again the Spalding County Sheriff’s Office along with the Drug Enforcement Agency (D.E.A.) is sponsoring the annual Drug Take Back Day on Saturday, April 30, 2016, from 10:00 A.M. till 2:00 P.M., at Wynn’s Pharmacy, 566 South 8th Street, Griffin, Georgia.  I would like to remind all citizens that this program allows citizen’s to properly dispose prescription medication. Citizens with prescription medication which has reached its expiration date or is no longer needed are encouraged to bring the medications to Wynn’s Pharmacy on April 30th.

Please do not bring liquid medications or syringes.

The abuse of prescription medication is increasing and the proper disposal of un-needed medication will help prevent any improper use. I am encouraging all citizens to help by bring any un-needed prescription medication to Wynn’s Pharmacy where Agents from the Spalding County Sheriff’s Office Special Operations-Narcotics Division and Federal DEA agents will dispose of the medication. I would also like to thank Drew Miller and the Staff at Wynn’s Pharmacy for their participation in this program.

And thank you for supporting our efforts in an effort to curtail prescription abuse problems in Spalding County.

SPALDING COMMISSIONERS MEETING CANCELLED

SPALDING COMMISSIONERS MEETING CANCELLED

At the Spalding County Board of Commissioners Regular Meeting on April 4, 2016, the Board voted unanimously to cancel the April 18, 2016 Extraordinary Session scheduled to start at 6:00 p.m.
The Board of Commissioners will hold their Annual Planning Retreat on Monday, April 18, from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. at the Senior Citizens Center Conference Room, 885 Memorial Drive, Griffin, GA.

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The Griffin-Spalding County School System (GSCS) will host a doctoral degree information meeting on Thursday, April 28, from 4:30PM to 7:30PM in the GSCS Learning Center, 216 S. 6th Street, Griffin, GA 30224.

Anyone interested in pursuing a doctoral degree in education is welcome to attend this meeting. These colleges/universities will be present with a representative to speak about their doctorate programs: Clark Atlanta University, Georgia State University, Mercer University, University of Georgia, University of West Georgia and Valdosta State University.

Director of Strategic Talent Management Dr. Mack Bullard stated, “We have approximately 45 GSCS employees who have expressed interest in pursuing their doctoral degree in education (i.e. educational leadership, curriculum and instruction, school improvement, etc.). It is important for us to help our staff interested in furthering their education by providing them with information from multiple places at one convenient location. We are dedicated to developing our staff into school leaders who will maximize student achievement and organizational effectiveness.”