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The FBI has contacted a Spalding County Family in relation to an ISIS threat for Soldiers with families in America.  The ISIS threat includes the photos of soldiers, and family members to include their children.   Also in the threat ISIS threat calls for ISIS members in the United States to kill all Family members of the Soldiers.  All families were briefed by the Department of Defense to NOT put anything abut their husband being deployed.  Especially photos.  Most of the information ISIS has was taken from the Social Media on the Internet.

The City of Griffin Police Department issued the following statement. The Griffin Police Department and the Spalding County Sheriff’s Office are aware of the recent threats by ISIS that have been reported in the news. We have been in contact with FBI officials and briefed regarding the list published by ISIS of individual targets. There is no credible information at this time that would indicated that the City of Griffin or Spalding County are direct targets of these alleged threats. As you are aware in the recent National News reports the alleged targets are military service members. According to the FBI the individuals listed to include a local Service Member who resides in Spalding County, have been notified and briefed regarding the alleged threats. Additionally, all City of Griffin Police Department personnel and Spalding County Sheriff’s Office personnel have been briefed and are aware of the situation.   In the event an incident was to occur, as in any case, PD and SO personnel will quickly respond and take all necessary actions to secure the safety of the public, and individuals involved.   We will continue to communicate with FBI officials regarding the situation.   If anyone sees or suspects any suspicious activity please call 911 immediately.

GRIFFIN SPALDNG BOARD OF EDUCATION

GRIFFIN SPALDNG BOARD OF EDUCATION

The Griffin Spalding Board of Education met on Tuesday might at 7:00 for a called meeting in the Board Room on South Sixth Street. During the meeting Jim Smith Assistant School Superintendent was appointed as the interim School Superintendent effective April 2nd. To fill the vacancy of Dr. Curtis Jones who will be leaving the Griffin Spalding School System effective April 6 th. Dr Jones has accepted the Bibb County School Superintendent Position. The Scholl Board will have another called meeting on Monday March 30 th at 6:00 pm in the Board of Education Meeting room on south sixth street.

 

 

Photo of  Racoon. Is for illustration. NOT either of the animals found in PIke County.

Photo of Racoon. Is for illustration. NOT either of the animals found in Pike County.

 

A second raccoon has tested positive for rabies in Pike County after a raccoon attacked a miniature poodle at a residence on Oak Grove Path. The home is located off Etheridge Mill Road and the raccoon was confirmed as rabid by Environmental Health County Manager Ben Trotter.

 

“The raccoon was found in a resident’s yard and evidently it had attacked their pet miniature poodle, The poodle did not suffer any suspected bite wounds but was slightly bruised and injured according to a local vet. The details leading up to the attack are not clear and authorities have asked the dog owner to quarantine the dog for six months.”

Another raccoon was attacked and killed by fenced dogs on Eppinger Bridge Road in Concord. That raccoon was tested and confirmed as rabid March 10. The dogs at the residence had all received rabies vaccinations but are being quarantined. 

The Georgia House passed House Bill 160 which will repeal a provision prohibiting the trapping of raccoons. The bill has been sent to the Georgia Senate for approval. If passed, the bill will lift a 35-year ban on trapping raccoons and would allow for trappers to use steel traps to catch the animals.
Rabid Raccoons were reported last year in the Southern and Griffin area of Spalding County .

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Free outdoor Easter Eggstravaganza

Free outdoor Easter Eggstravaganza

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A free, outdoor egg hunt will be held Saturday, March 28 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at The Rock Ranch, a 1500-acre property in Upson County created by the late S. Truett Cathy.  This event, called The Easter Eggstravaganza, will feature 40,000 plastic prize-filled eggs.  Age-specific egg hunts will begin at staggered times at different locations across the ranch.  Groups include: toddlers under 2 years old, ages 2 and 3, ages 4 to 6, ages 7 to 12 and ages 13 and older. There is no charge for the Easter Egg Hunt, and participants should bring their own baskets.  Baskets and other items will also be sold in the gift shop.

 

Egg hunts begin at 12:45 p.m., but make sure to come early to join in the Easter festivities. There will be photo opportunities with the Easter Bunny beginning at 11 a.m.  Guests are encouraged to bring their own cameras. The Easter Story will be presented at 12:30 p.m. by Greg Smith, pastor of New Life Church in Thomaston, GA.  This event is a collaborative effort with local businesses who participated by sponsoring cases of prize-filled plastic eggs.  The title sponsor is Zoe Pediatrics of Thomaston, GA.

The Rock Ranch “Cow-A-Bunga” Zip Lines will be open for guests who are not too chicken.  These amazing attractions transport guests, at a treetop level, across the corn field and over ponds at speeds of up to 35 mph.  A single guest may ride the fast lines (800 ft. long) for $8 or the long lines (1400 ft. long) for $12.75. The 50 ft. tall rock climbing wall is $5. The Rock Ranch will have 3 concessions locations offering treats such as Chick-fil-A sandwiches, kettle corn, chicken salad croissants, pizza and ice cream.

In response to feedback from guests, The Rock Ranch will be offering more fun attractions after the egg hunts and will allow families to stay until 4:30 p.m.  For $8 guests may purchase a wrist band that allows them to ride the new carousel, the locomotive train, the pony rides and jump on the jumping pillow as much as they like.  Guest may also purchase a ticket to enjoy just one attraction for $3.  There is no cost to attend and enjoy the Eggstravaganza but the attractions will be an available option for those who wish to extend their day, this year.

The Rock Ranch Farm Market and Gifts location (open Monday through Saturday March to November) will be open during this event.  The Farm Market offers local honey, homegrown, steroid-free, antibiotic-free premium beef, fresh fruit, garden vegetables and their famous homemade strawberry Ice Dream.

New Spring Season at The Rock Ranch  

The Rock Ranch is offering a spring season this year. Called ”Spring-A-Ding-Ding,” this new season offers families a fun day trip opportunity during spring break for only $10 per person.  The ranch is open 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday during select weeks in April.  Visit www.therockranch.com for a calendar of events.  Also receive updates at www.Facebook.com/TheRockRanch.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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The Cross Point Church, 191 Hines Road, Hogansville, Georgia Announces the Community Easter Egg Hunt and Dinner.  The event will be at the Cross Point Church in Hogansville, April 1st at 7PM. Please call 678-859-8492 for additional information.  Everyone is invited to our Community Easter Egg Hunt.

 

GRIFFIN AEA CONCERT ASSOCIATION

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William Florian of The New Christy Minstrels

 

William Florian, former lead vocalist of “The New Christy Minstrel,” celebrates the spirit of the 1960′s in his show “Those Were the Days” at the Taylor Street Auditorium, Griffin, Georgia, on Tuesday, April 7, 2015 at 7:30 p.m. Single tickets for this performance are $20.00; children are admitted free with an adult ticket holder. A group rate of $15.00 per ticket is available for parties of ten or more.

Tickets may be purchased at the door beginning at 7:00 p.m., online at www.brownpapertickets.com, and locally at Griffin-Spalding County Chamber of Commerce, FNB Main, Zebulon branches, and A Novel Experience Bookstore in Zebulon. For more information visit www.griffinconcerts.org or call 770-228-3229 or email at GACA1958@yahoo.com

The Griffin Area Concert Association has been presenting nationally acclaimed performers to the community since 1958.  This all-volunteer nonprofit organization is committed to enriching the cultural life of the Griffin-Spalding County area through live performances.  Thanks to the generosity of Patrons and Sponsors, these concerts can be offered at affordable, family friendly prices.

 

 

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The Griffin Police Department would like to welcome its newest recruits, Officers Brian Bowen and Dustin McNeil. On Friday, March 20, 2015 the two new Officers graduated from the Georgia Public Safety Training Center Police Academy located in Bibb County.  Both Officers started their new assignments in the Uniformed Patrol Division, Sunday, March 22, 2015.  Pictured from Left to right:  Officer Brian Bowen, Chief Steve Heaton, and Officer Dustin McNeil.

 

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DR. CURTIS  JONES

DR. CURTIS JONES

Dr. Curtis Jones has advised WKEU news that he has signed a contract with the Bibb County School System.  He also said that his last day will be April 6 th.  Dr. Jones will assume his duties as Superintendent of the Bibb County School System and with that move will inherit some major problems that face the Board of Education in Bibb County according to the Macon telegraph.

Dr. Jones said that it was one of his greatest dreams to become the Superintendent at the Griffin System, the system he graduated from before going to West Point, and a 20 year Career in the U.S. Army.  Upon his retirement Dr. Jones then Colonel Jones assumed the position as the ROTC director at Griffin High School, after the retirement of Colonel Alan Imes.  Later became Principal at Griffin High and became Superintendent when Dr. Jesse Bradley retired.
 We join with our entire community to say Thank You for his dedication to our Children, families, and the advances made by our school system under his direction.
The entire Staff at WKEU wishes for Dr. Jones the very best in his new assignment at Superintendent of the Bibb County School System.
LAMAR COUNTY GRAND JURY

LAMAR COUNTY GRAND JURY

In Lamar County Linda Gunn, who allegedly bashed her three-month-old daughter against a headboard multiple times was indicted by the March term Lamar County Grand Jury.
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Gunn was indicted on three of the seven counts of first degree cruelty to children. The other four counts were not presented. Instead, the grand jury opted to indict her on two counts of aggravated assault and one count of second degree cruelty to children.

She will be arraigned on those charges as soon as  a hearing can be scheduled.

Gunn was due in court to seek a reduction in her bond but her lawyer could not attend due to a broken ankle. That hearing has been reset for next week. Gunn has been in jail under a $250,000 cash bond set by Judge E. Byron Smith last August.

The case developed March 4, 2014 after she took the child to a doctor with a broken femur and medical personnel discovered multiple other injuries indicating a pattern of abuse.
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 like and Barnesville.com. 

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Terri Colling has advised WKEU news that early voting  for the March 17th Special Election is under way now and will continue through Friday March 13th.  Voting will be Monday through Friday 8 am – 5 pm each day.  The early voting event is held at 825 Memorial Drive.  Photo ID is required for early voting.  Please call 770-467-4245 with questions. As we have for the past 80 years you can hear complete election coverage Live on WKEU AM 1450 and the Rock 88.9 FM Georgia Pubic Radio beginning about 7:30 pm.  The election returns will also be streamed live from our web site wkeuradio.com click on listen live 1450 or listen live 88.9 fm. Bill Taylor, Tony Broski, Ted Taylor, Bobby Chappell, Donna Taylor and Lee Taylor as well as a guest Commentator bring you live returns as they are received from the Voter Registrar’s Office.