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Four individuals from the Griffin Spalding School System have been approved to head up new positions at the Bibb County School System in Macon.
The Macon Telegraph announced that the individuals were approved by the Bibb County Board of Education on Thursday and will fill the following positions there.
Jamie Cassady will be the Bibb County School System Chief Student affairs Officer.
Eclan David will be the new Principal at Ballard-Hudson Middle School.
Dexter Martin will be the new Southwest High School Principal.
Keith Simmons will be the new Chief of Staff and operations officer for Dr. Jones at the Bibb County System.
WKEU congratulates these great educators and wish for them a great career in the Bibb County System.

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The Griffin Spalding County Junior Deputy trip to Washington DC for 2015 is now over. More than 300 sixth grade students and chaperones took the great trip which has been an ongoing event since 1946. The original program was stared by WKEU and the Spalding Sheriffs Department in 1946 and the trip was made at that time by Train. This year and since the late 1950′s the event has been made by Tour Bus Lines. Sheriff Wendell Beam said the 2015 trip proved to be an exciting event for the 6 th Grade students and many of the chaperones that made the trip for the first time. Planning for next years trip is already underway and is a labor intensive program to put together said sheriff Beam. The Sheriff also said he especially wanted to thank the Chaperones that took their time to make the trip and Kay Perdue that was the event coordinator.

The Sheriff said that the work of Kay Perdue is invaluable to the Trip and to the Department each year. He also thanked the parents of the children for entrusting them to me for the 2015 trip. The children were extremely well behaved and is a reflection of their parents, and teachers. Planning is underway for next year to make the trip more enjoyable for the 6 th graders that work so hard during the year to keep up heir grades, attendance, and behavior, to qualify for the trip.

We of WKEU wish to thank the Chaperones, and especially Sheriff Wendell Beam for his dedication to our Children to continue this Great Educational Program. Also to Sylvia Chapman who was the WKEU representative on the trip that interviewed the kids and insured we had a constant supply of taped interviews for their families, and loved ones to hear their excitement. Sylvia went far beyond he assigned duties to insure the tapes were ready for Fed EX pickup daily.

Also to our staff that took the time from their schedule and family to interview each bus when the students left for Washington. They rode with the children interviewing each bus until the initial stop. Those individuals included Tony Broski, WKEU Sports Director, Ted Taylor Vice President and Program Director of WKEU and The Rock 88.9 FM, Sylvia Chapman, and Bill Chapman of The Rock 88.9 FM, and Lynn Futural who has made the trip many times as a representative of WKEU news to interview the students. Ronnie Lowe, Larry Johnson, Lee Taylor, and Sidney Daniel the behind the seen’s staff that made it all happen. To these individuals have my deep respect, and admiration. Most of all the many sponsors that are dedicated to Children’s education and great educational events like this to bring you the voices of your children while they are away in Washington. Be sure and tell them how much you appreciate there dedication to our students, their teachers, and families as they support this great educational event, that for many, will be a once in al lifetime opportunity. As owner and General Manager of WKEIU I thank each of them with my very deep gratitude for their dedication to our area youth activities. You our listeners are the WKEU family, you have relied on us for the past 81 years and our commitment is to never let you down. Thank you always for your support to WKEU and The Rock 88.9 FM Georgia Public Radio.

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Law enforcement and emergency personnel were on the scene in Molena Thursday afternoon where a pedestrian riding a bicycle was hit and killed by a vehicle.

The following press release was sent by the Pike County Sheriff’s Office around 4 p.m. Thursday.

Pike County Sheriff’s Office Traffic Investigators responded to Highway 18 in the area of Hamilton Road at approximately 1 p.m. Thursday May 7 th. The accident involved a pick up truck and a bicyclist. The truck was traveling westbound on Highway 18 when it struck a bicyclist that was also traveling in the same direction. The rider of the bicycle was deceased at the scene and has been identified as Henry Wellmaker of Concord.

Sheriff Jimmy Thomas said the investigation is in its initial phase as the Investigators are trying to determine what was the actual cause of the fatal collision.

Pike Coroner Terrell Moody has had Mr. Wellmaker’s body transported to the Georgia Bureau of Investigation Crime Lab for a determination as to the exact cause of death.

The driver’s name is not being released at this time and no charges have been filed pending completion of the investigation.


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.Winners of the middle school tennis team from left to right: Ally Viars (7th grader), Brittany Anderson (6th grader), Amber Lester (8th grader).

Rock Springs Christian Academy’s Middle School Girls Tennis Team won Runner-Up in the 2015 GICAA Team Championship April 23, 2015. We are proud to announce that Coach Mary Anne Anderson has lead the RSCA Eagles to victory for the first time; in their first season competing.


The Explosives and Ordinance Disposal unit from Robbins Air Force Base responded to High Falls Fire Station Friday afternoon when a call was received by the Monroe County Sheriffs Office indicating that a piece of military ordnance had been delivered to the High Falls Fire Station. The High Falls Fire Station contacted the Bibb County Bomb Disposal Unit to dispose of the ordnance.
The ordnance is about six inches in length with a conical nose and is about three to four inches in diameter. The person who turned the ordnance in stated that he took possession of it after it was found in Jonesboro while digging for a sewer line. He told deputies he had the ordnance in his home for three or four years.
The Explosive Ordnance Disposal unit from Robins Air Force base responded to the High Falls Fire Department and disposed of the ordnance Friday afternoon. The Robbins Air Force EOD unit stated the munitions were to be of the Civil War era.



Spalding County Manager William P. Wilson Jr. announced today that the Board of Commissioners FY 2016 Budget Review has been rescheduled to begin on Tuesday May 12, 2015 at 9:00 AM in the Courthouse Annex Meeting Room 108. The proposed FY 2016 Budget will be distributed to the Board of Commissioners, Department Heads, Elected Officials and News Media on Monday May 4, 2015. The rescheduling of the Commissioners Budget Review will not require any additional changes in the FY 2016 Budget Calendar and a copy of the revised FY 2016 Budget Calendar is available on the County’s website at


The Spalding county Commissioners will meet May 4, 2015 at 6:00 PM in Room 108, of the Annex

Terri Jenkins, Fire Management Specialist for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service will present the Fire Service Leadership Award to Eric Mosley, Spalding County Assistant County Manager.

During the Meeting the Commissioners will Consider approval of Proclamation designating Tuesday May 19, 2015 as “Iris Charter Chapter 1620 American Business Women’s Association Day” in Spalding County.

Consider approval on second reading an ordinance amending the Animal Control Ordinance by striking subparagraph (g) and inserting a new paragraph (g) regarding the establishment of fees and designation of Veterinary Clinics.

Consider approval on second reading: Amendment to UDO #A-15-03: Article 2. Definitions of terms to Amend definition of Manufactured Home, Class A.

Consider approval of the following amplification permits as requested by Chris Smith of the Griffin The Moose Lodge for several outdoor events to be held on the following dates at the Griffin Moose Lodge located at 1435 Zebulon Road:

1. May 25, 2015 Memorial Day Family Pool Event from 1:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
2. June 20, 2015 Luau Pool Event from 7:00 p.m. – 11:00 p.m.
3. July 4, 2015 July 4 th Family Pool Event from 1:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
4. September 7, 2015 Labor Day Family Pool Event from 1:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Consider approval of an Amplification Permit submitted by Union Baptist Church to host a Memorial Day Celebration and Picnic at 1405 N. McDonough Road on Sunday, May 24 th, 2015 from 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Consider request from Eagles Way Church for the use of the Annex Parking lot and meeting room for their “Mid Georgia Doc Holiday Festival” September 25-26, 2015.

Consider approval of an Intergovernmental Agreement with the Georgia Department of Corrections for the contracted care and custody of State Offenders at the Correctional Institute in Spalding County.

Consider renewal of lease with the Department of Veterans Services located at 819 Memorial Drive.

Consider approval of an addendum to the Intergovernmental Agreement between Spalding County and the City of Griffin for the North Hill Street Corridor Transportation Project, Intersection No. 2.

Consider approval of the Service Agreement for Operation of the Three Rivers Regional Transit System in Spalding County.

Establish date for Public Hearing on proposed Animal Sterilization Requirement Ordinance and Unaltered Animal Permit Ordinance.

Consider appointment of two members to the Executive Committee of the Griffin-Spalding County Archway Partnership.

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Griffin-Spalding County School System (GSCS) Kindergarten registration for the 2015-16 school year will be held May 4 – 22, 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, 2015. 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.). This will help 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.


A ban on outdoor burning will begin May 1st in 54 Georgia Counties primarily in the northern half of the state including Spalding County. This annual restriction is required by the Georgia Department of Natural Resources’ Environmental Protection Division to enhance air quality during the summer months when high ozone levels negatively impact citizen’s health. “Elevated ozone and particulate matter can contribute to watery eyes, breathing issues, and lung and heart disease” says Surgeon General Vice Admiral Vivek H. Murthy, M.D.
“The air is typically hot and stagnate when the summer ban on burning yard and land-clearing debris is in effect,” said Spalding County Fire Chief, Kenny West. “That mean less particulate matter that may influence air quality being released in the most populated areas of Georgia. Our fire personnel in conjunction with the Georgia Forestry Commission will be closely monitoring and responding to any outdoor burning, whose smoke could impact air quality.”
The burn ban will be in effect from May 1 through September 30, 2015 and affects the following counties: Banks, Barrow, Bartow, Bibb, Butts, Carroll, Catoosa, Chattooga, Cherokee, Clarke, Clayton, Cobb, Columbia, Coweta, Crawford, Dawson, DeKalb, Douglas, Fayette, Floyd, Fulton, Gordon, Gwinnett, Hall, Haralson, Heard, Henry, Houston, Jackson, Jasper, Jones, Lamar, Lumpkin, Madison, Meriwether, Monroe, Newton, Oconee, Paulding, Peach, Pickens, Pike, Polk, Putnam, Richmond, Rockdale, Spalding, Troup, Twiggs, Upson, Walker, and Walton.
“As we move into late spring and the summer months in Spalding County, everyone needs to monitor their local conditions and remain vigilant when burning outdoors”, said Chief West. “Even a campfire, barbecue grill, or an overheated lawnmower can spark a wildfire. By being vigilant we make it a safe and healthy summer of 2015.”
For more information about the annual EPD summer burn regulations and burn permits, visit or