Sheriff Wendell Beam has advised WKEU that the Spalding County Sheriff’s Office along with the Drug Enforcement Agency (D.E.A.) are sponsoring the annual Drug Take Back Day on Saturday, September 27, 2014, from 10:00 A.M. till 2:00 P.M., at Wynn’s Pharmacy, 566 South 8th Street, Griffin, Georgia. This program allows citizen’s to properly dispose of prescription medication. Citizens with prescription medication which has reached its expiration date or is no longer needed are encouraged to bring the medication to Wynn’s Pharmacy on September 27th. Please do not bring liquid medications or syringes. The abuse of prescription medication is increasing and the proper disposal of unneeded medication will help prevent any improper use. I am encouraging all citizens to bring any unneeded prescription medication to Wynn’s Pharmacy where Agents from the Spalding County Sheriff’s Office Special Operations-Narcotics Division will dispose of the medication. I want to thank Drew Miller and the Staff at Wynn’s Pharmacy for their participation in this program


Griffin Police report the arrest of Kenneth Greg Owens who had been the subject of a manhunt when he took his two children and fled the area.




The Children had been placed under DEFACS custody. During the last twenty four hours Griffin Police have been following up leads to the possible location of Owens and his two missing children. On August 25, 2014 a court order was issued ordering Kenneth Greg Owens and Kelly Bunn’s two sons, Kenneth Luke Owens, eleven years old, and Kaden Owens, nine years old, into the custody of the State.   Just prior to the court date Mr. Owens fled Griffin with his two sons and has been on the run with them since then.


After checking numerous locations in the west central Georgia area throughout the night, Mr. Owens made contact this morning with a Griffin Attorney who in return contacted the Police Department and made arrangements for Mr. Owens to turn himself in and the children over to the State.   Early this afternoon two Officers from the Special Investigations Unit of the Griffin Police Department made contact with Mr. Owens at the Attorney’s office at which time he was taken into custody without incident. Inv. Kelly McKinney took custody of the children and has since placed them in the care and custody of the Department of Family and Children Services. At the time of their recovery the children appeared to be in good health.




Mr. Owens has been transported to the Spalding County jail where he is currently being held on two counts of kidnapping, two counts of interference with child custody, three counts of cruelty to children in the 1st degree and additional unrelated warrants.



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 Crime Scene Investigators and the Lamar Sheriffs Department report that a fleeing Motorcyclists was killed on Sunday evening when the driver was attempting to elude officers.  Deputy coroner Cindy Killingsworth identified the man as 33-year-old Dennis Turner Jr. who had recently moved to Towns Edge Apartments on Forsyth St. in Barnesville he had moved to Barnesville from Florida. He was reportedly employed at Enercon. Killingsworth told the Barnesville Herald Gazette that Turner was traveling at a high rate of speed on a Suzuki Cruiser when he lost control of the bike in a curve on Highway.41 South just north of its intersection with Fredonia Church Rd. The bike was found well off the roadway. Turner’s body was nearby.
A Witnesses indicated said Turner got into an argument with another man about money. The conflict was about to become physical when Turner jumped on the motorcycle and sped off without a helmet on.  Killingsworth confirmed no helmet was found at the crash scene.

Turner’s body was taken to the state crime lab for determination as to the exact cause of death. testing. His body will be returned to a funeral home from Florida.


GRIFFIN BEARS          36               SPALDING JAGUARS       8
 BURKE COUINTY       22                LaGRANGE                       14
The Spalding Jaguars and Griffin Bears were in action on Friday night. The Spalding Jaguars hosted the LaGrange Grangers at memorial stadium in a hard fought battle to the last minute before losing in the final moments of the game the bears were driving and went to the LaGrange 30 yard line before time ran out. The final score was a heartbreaker  14 to 8.  It was a non region game and the Jaguars will be back in action next Thursday night as they host Walnut Grove High School the Tail Gate Show will start at 5:30 and the game is set for a 7:00 kick off. Due to it being a Thursday night game. Next Thursday you can hear the Spalding Game on WKEU AM and the Rock 88.9 FM as we simulcast the games on both AM and FM and streamed live for smart phones from the world wide web at our website
The Griffin Bears won big with a 600 th win in Griffin High Bear Football History. The Bears traveled to Burke County at Waynesboro a 150 mile road trip.  The final Score for the game was Griffin Bears 36 and Burke County Bears 22.  Next Friday night will be the first home game for the 2014 season for the Bears at Memorial stadium as they host East Side of Covington.  Ted Taylor and Tony Broski will bring you all the play by play as we simulcast the game on 1450 am and the rock 88.9 fm Georgia Public Radio and streamed live on the world wide web from our website  The Tail Gate Show starts at 6 pm with the kickoff at 7:30 Friday Night.
There will be a adult reading and writing Workshop will be held in Barnesville September 27 th 9 am until 5:30 pm and again on Saturday October 4 form 9 am until 5:30 pm.  You must attend all 14 hours of the instruction for North American Mission Board Certification.
The location will be Pine View Baptist Church 430 Collier Road in Barnesville.
The Cost is 35.00 and includes all Workshop manual, two Laubach Way to Reading books, lunches, and refreshments.
$15.00 for those who already have the Lauback Way to Reading books.
Please make checks payable to Pine View Baptist Church and note on the memo line of your check ARW Workshop.
The Contact person is Melanie Shearer 770-351-7255.
Registration deadline  is Wednesday September 17 .
For other workshops, please long on to  and click on workshops.
I find it hard to believe that Americans that were born here and raised here in the United States are now fighting for ISIS the very terrorist group that has recently murdered two Americans lending it’s self to medieval times of beheading may be allowed back in the US. This is the most brutal organization I have never seen in my 69 years on this earth. 
I have served in the military for about 30 years and I am amazed at those who feel we should do nothing about this great stain on Americas reputation and most of all our precious honor as a free nation.   These people of ISIS are not going away.  They are much like the Nazis of the 1930′s and what they did to millions of Jews, and many other prisoners.  How can we possibly stand by and do nothing with a President that openly says we have no plan or strategy how to deal with this issue.  That my friend is what my old Grand pappy said is BUNK!
Let me remind you that there are those on earth that would be happy to kill every American.  You, your family and your children and grandchildren and laugh at your dying breath.
The only thing this faction of fanatics understand and they understand it quickly is over powering force.
Ask any service member that ever served in combat how they feel about War or taking on ISIS with military action.  The answer will be the same.  In any Military Action, whether it be a so called Police Action as in Korea in the 1950′s, a World War, or a political war as we have all seen in Vietnam and until today.  Those old service members will all tell you this fact.  War is not glorious.  The soldier above all prays for peace for they are the individuals that will have to prosecute the military action.  And lets be clear about a few things if we are to send soldiers in harms way: 
   1.  Let them run the military action by allowing them to do what they were trained to do WITH OUT political influence.
    2.  Unless we are willing to accept the fact that civilians will be killed. DO NOT commit our military to action with tied hands. As General Grant said “WAR IS HELL”
    3. It appears that World War II did not teach any of our Politicians a thing about war or freedom.  Some said that there was no reason to bomb Dresden Germany in 1945, (They said “It had no military value as the war was almost over anyway.”) but 1000 bombers killed over 150,000 individuals in one night. And flattening the city, totally breaking the German will to fight. BAD? you bet but necessary. That action resulted in the peace we have seen in the area since 1945.  Much the way General Sherman burned Georgia in 1865 it had a massive effect on the South’s will to fight. Again, War is not glorius.
If we allow the mass murder of Americans to continue to take place with politicians afraid, depending on diplomacy to work with a group like ISIS we will all live in fear.  Just how many individuals will be killed by ISIS in the process before we finally decide that action to those individuals that only understand force is the only way to stop it once and for all.  But ther needs to be a clear message that this type force will be used if Ameria has attacks at home or against our Allies. That message needs to be as clear as Presidnet John Kennedy made it during the Cuban crisis in the early 1960s.
A friend of mine and  General Officer of whom I have the greatest respect said it well enough a few years ago.  ” The army should reactivate each of our old retired butts, and send us. We are already PO’ d and mad anyway.” 
Could be he was right.
As I sit here in my old office chair realizing that our time has passed my old brain keeps thinking about those hallowed words of Douglas Mc Arthur in his last speech at West Point.  He told the cadet Corps.  “DUTY, HONOR, COUNTRY. THREE WORDS THAT DEFINE WHAT YOU SHOULD BE AND WHAT YOU WILL BE.  FOR YOU TO NOT REMBER THESE HALLOWED WORDS THOUSANDS OF SOLDIERS IN BLUE, GRAY, AND KAKI WILL RISE FROM THEIR GRAVES SHOUTING……DUTY……HONOR….. COUNTRY.  It seems our Washington politicians currently in power. Have forgotten the most important Phrase to be an American.  
Bill Taylor

 ametur radoi club

The Butts County Amateur Radio Club (Butts County Emergency Communications Auxiliary) has moved their September meeting to Tuesday, September 9.
The club meets at Fire Station #7 on Colwell Road at 7:00 PM. You don’t have to be an amateur radio operator to attend or belong to the club. If you are interested in amateur radio or emergency communication, please join us.
For more information call Dr. Ed Hoard at 678-920-8986.


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. 
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.)
The Spalding County Office of Homeland Security in conjunction with the Spalding County Fire Department will be hosting Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) emergency preparedness training, to promote efforts between emergency services and the people they serve. The CERT Program educates people about disaster preparedness for hazards that may impact their area and trains them in basic disaster response skills such as fire safety, light search and rescue, team organization and disaster medical operations.
CERT is about readiness, people helping people, rescuer safety, and doing the greatest good for the greatest number. CERT is a positive and realistic approach to emergency and disaster situations for citizens who may be on their own during the initial moments of a disaster. Knowing the right actions to take can make a difference. Through CERT training, citizens can learn to:
 Manage utilities and put out small fires;
 Cope with the three life-threatening injuries by
o Opening airways,
o Controlling bleeding
o and Treating for shock;
 Provide basic medical aid;
 Search for and rescue victims safely; and
 Be better prepared for emergency events.
CERT training classes are scheduled to begin on September 9th, 2014, anyone interested in participating in these classes should contact:
Spalding County Office of Homeland Security
(770) 228-2129