State Representative Johnny Caldwell and Brigadier General Retired Curt Rauhut Executive Voice President of GMC College have announced that notification was forwarded to Mayor Bobby Blalock, and City Manager Larry Mitcham of Zebulon,  that GMC college has approved and signed the notorized License agreement for the extended campus of GMC college in Fayetteville as a campus in Zebulon Pike County Georgia. Mayor Blalock and Administrative Officer Larry Mitcham had forwarded the signed copy to GMC on Friday.  This approval will allow GMC to start modification to the Class Rooms adjacent to the City Hall offices. The schedule that is desired by General Rauhut and BG Retired Donahue will be for all build out to be completed for the facility to start accepting students in March of 2018.  Representative Caldwell also pointed out that GMC has an open enrollment policy and that all a student needs is a High School Diploma or GED there is no requirement for a SAT score. Mayor Bobby Blalock said that this is a huge step for Pike county to have access to a Junior College with the reputation of GMC in Zebulon. GMC was started in 1879 and now has over 14,000 students state wide.  The new Junior College will support students with the lowest tuition in Georgia from a facility with a 85 percent success rate.  Already students are enrolling for their last two years of college with the UGA Griffin Campus and the other 80 Colleges of which GMC has articulation agreements.   More great information is expected to be released later about the new GMC Zebulon and Pike Campus..

TOWALIGA DISTRICT ATTORNEY’S OFFICE

 

MARK DANIEL ASST. DISTRICT ATTORNEY TOWALIAGA CIRCUIT Photo Courtesy Walter Geiger Barnseville Heald Gazette.

 

Mark Daniel, who has been with the Towaliga circuit district attorney’s office since the circuit was formed in 1999 is retiring effective Nov. 1.

In the past 10 years alone, Daniel handled over 3000 defendants, tried over 30 cases and took in excess of 1500 guilty pleases. A career prosecutor, he represented the state for over 30 years.

“It is the passing of an era. I have a heavy heart. Mark is a steadfast supporter of this office, our communities and the state. He has always been a part of our office family and continued to have a place here, both now and in the future. I hate to see him go but I wish him well and hope that God watches over him and guides his path,” district attorney Jonathan Adams said.

Daniel plans to enter private practice and spend more time with his family.

Adams said he will announce his new chief assistant this week
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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 line at barnesville.com

GOVERNOR NATHAN DEAL

On Thursday WKEU news was notified of a Executive Order being singed by Governor Nathan Deal.  The executive order followed  a request from District Attorney Benjamin Coker, Josh W. Thacker Judge of Spalidng State Court, and the Spalding County Commissioners in relation to their requests for a investigation into Criminal Charges, alleged misconduct in Office, or alleged incapacity of the Clerk of Spalding Superior Court Marcia Norris.

Governor Deal’s Executive Order appointed The State Attorney General Chris Car,  Tina Blankenship Clerk of Webster County, and Greg Allen Clerk of Forsyth County as the committee to investigate “Criminal Chargers”, Alleged misconduct in Office, or alleged incapacity as it relates to Mrs. Norris Clerk of Spalding County.

Governor Deal Signed the Executive Order on August 30th.  The appointed committee has 30 days in which to investigate and make recommendations to the Governor.

 

 

 

SPALDING COUNTY SENIOR CITIZENS CENTER

Spalding County Senior Center is excited to announce their first annual Costume Party! on:
Friday, October 13, 2017 2:30 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. Senior Citizen’s Center Banquet Hall
885 Memorial Drive Griffin, Georgia

Come join us for a wicked good time, if you dare, and watch world-renowned Prince Impersonator, Bobby Miller, put on a thrilling, must see performance!
This event is open to adults age 50 and over. Registration fee for Senior Center Members is $5.00 and for non-members registration will be$10.00. Refreshments and heavy hors d’oeuvres will be served.

Whether you’re ghoulish, glam or wear a mask, dress up and join our party, that’s all we ask. Ribbons will be awarded for the “Best Costume”, the “Scariest Costume” and the “Funniest Costume.”

SPALDING COUNTY SENIOR CITIZENS CENTER

To register for this exciting event, please visit www.spaldingparks.com or the Spalding County Senior Center located at 885 Memorial Drive, Griffin, Georgia.
For information, call the Spalding County Senior Center at 770-467-4384.

 

Four young males – three white, one black – fled from a auto accident  on High Falls Rd in Lamar County Tuesday afternoon at about 3:30 p.m.

Sgt. Anthony Thompson leads one of the fugitives out of the woods off High Falls Road (Photo: Walter Geiger)

Sheriff Brad White indicated that the individuals may have been involved in a burglary.
The vehicle overturned near 295 High Falls Rd.  A passersby saw them exit the wrecked vehicle and flee on foot. One individual snapped photo that is on our web site wkeuradio.com. (photo courtesy of Walter Geiger and the Barnesville Herald Gazette.
One of the four, individuals  the white male in jeans was later captured nearby by Lamar deputies. He suffered a wrist injury in the wreck.

Tuesday afternoon at 5:30 p.m. personnel from the Lamar County Sheriffs Department,  Butts County Sheriffs Department and DNR rangers were searching the area with K-9 Units.

Sheriff White asks If you see anything unusual in the area, to p.ease call 911.
WKEU would like to thank Walter Geiger and the Barnesville Herald Gazette for their assistance in this new story. You can subscribe to the Herald Gazette on line at barnesville.com

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

A Spalding County family is dealing with tragedy this week after an accidental drowning at a Birdie Road residence. Units of the Spalding Sheriffs Department, Spalding Fire Rescue, Spalding Regional EMS, and Spalding Coroner Sonny Foster resounded to a residence on Birdie Road in relation to a missing child.   Four year old Leilani Kai Jackson had been reported missing for an hour and a half Monday, and was subsequently located in an above-ground pool behind the residence.  Spalding County Coroner Sonny Foster pronounced the young girl deceased shortly before 8 pm Tuesday, and had the body transported to the State Crime Lab for a determination as to the exact cause of death.  .  He advised that no foul play is suspected in the case.  Officials say there was debris in the pool and had not been used in more than a year.

 

 

ZEBULON GEORGIA

 

 

Lieutenant General Retired Bill Caldwell President of Georgia Military College (GMC) in Milledgeville

PRESIDENT GMC COLLEGE LTG (R) WILLIAM R. CALDWELL                                                          

has announced that Pike County and Zebulon have been approved for an extension of the GMC campus in Fayetteville. Pike county was selected due to its unique location, community, and welcoming from the City and County Commissioners from the very beginning of negotiations.

Lieutenant General (R) Caldwell will be at the WKEU studios for an interview on Wednesday.

WKEU’s Bill Taylor made the initial contact with

VICE PRESIDENT GMC            BG (R) CURT RAUHUT

GMC vice president Brigadier General retired Curt Rauhut who was originally from Fayetteville and was well aware of the Pike and Zebulon areas. The work with Taylor and the GMC officials began in 2014. Taylor indicated that GMC officials are extremely excited for the support they received in Pike County and the facility.

Most instrumental for this area acquiring the college was

STATE REPRESENTATIVE JOHNNIE CALDWELL

State Representative Johnnie Caldwell, who has been a huge supporter of GMC over the years and saw the future of the district with the location in Zebulon for GMC.  We talked with State Representative Caldwell who stated this is a huge move for the entire district and beyond.  Caldwell said that GMC is a very unique college, one of only 5 in the entire nation, that was founded in 1879 and they are not only a junior college with 11 campuses, but they are, like the other four in the nation, a prep school for the service academies allowing those young individuals desiring a military career to attend the “corps of cadets” in Milledgeville for two years. Upon graduation students are commissioned as a 2nd Lieutenant, and then completing the last two years at any service academy they desire. 80 percent of the GMC students are not members of the Military Corps of Cadets and the military programs are only offered in Milledgeville.  Students may attend one of the more than 40 universities or colleges which GMC has articulation agreements.

The Zebulon GMC campus will be in the same complex with the City Offices on South 19, which was a school that was renovated in 2007.  Representatives of GMC visited the location about 3 weeks ago indicating that the facility is one of the best ever for an extension campus. Wiring for computers and all necessary furnishings will be accomplished by GMC and the facility is expected to be ready by the first of the year.

BG (R) ROCK DONAHUE DIRECTOR GMC COLLEGE FAYETTEVILLE

Brigadier General Rock Donahue, Director of the Fayetteville Campus, has indicated that the opening for students will be in early 2018, possibly as early as March.

All Zebulon commissioners and Pike Commissioners have given their total support to GMC and stated they are very proud and excited to have this great academy in Zebulon to serve students in the district. GMC officials said this was one of the main factors in their choosing Zebulon and Pike County for their new extension campus.

The Zebulon Commissioners will be voting on the final approval on Tuesday, August  8th.

Work on the facility is expected to begin in the next few days or weeks.

 

Five teenagers were rescued overnight Saturday after calling 911 and reporting that they had overturned a boat on the Flint River. The caller stated that they did not know the exact location they were at , and only knew that they were between Flat Shoals Road and Highway 18. Sheriff’s Deputies made an initial check of the area and requested additional resources to further check the large area.

Department of Natural Resources, Pike County Fire and EMA and Upson County EMA responded and after several hours located the teenagers. All of the victims were returned safely with no injuries.

       

On 07/28/2017, City of Griffin Police Officer Mathew Boynton was arrested without incident and taken to the Spalding County Jail.  He was charged with one felony count of False Statements and Writings, and one felony count of Violation of Oath of Office.  This arrest was the result of a Griffin Police Department criminal investigation stemming from an incident report filed by his ex-wife Jessica Lester (Boynton), alleging that Mathew Boynton illegally deprived her of some of her personal items.  During the conduct of this exhaustive investigation facts and circumstances ultimately led to the arrest of Mathew Boynton as it was determined that he knowingly provided a false statement relating to the property in question and his possession of same. While his actions were unfortunate and disappointing, tarnishing our badge, the Griffin Police Department remains dedicated to providing the best possible police service to our citizens. Now, and in the future the department will strive to maintain the highest professional and ethical behavior.  In spite of the actions of this individual Chief Yates remains steadfast in his dedication to insuring that the Griffin Police Department will not stand for unethical, illegal or immoral behavior from its’ officers.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

On 07/26/2017, Trooper T. Flournoy with the Georgia State Patrol stopped a white Mercedes for speeding in the area of N. 9th St. and West Ave. The trooper smelled the odor of marijuana coming from inside the vehicle, and asked the Griffin Police Department for assistance. Members of the Uniformed Patrol Division and Criminal Apprehension and Gang Enforcement Unit (C.A.G.E.) arrived on scene. The driver of the vehicle had cocaine, pills, and marijuana in his possession. Upon further investigation, a stolen firearm was found inside the vehicle.

Andre Noble DOB 5-8-84 AKA “5 Stakks”arrested by GSPCharged with multiple offenses.

The driver was identified as Andre Noble. Noble (DOB 5-8-84), also known as “5 Stakks”, who is the leader of the notorious Rollin 20’s Neighborhood Blood Gang. The case was turned over to the Griffin Police Department’s C.A.G.E. Unit. Noble faces charges of Possession of a Firearm by a Convicted Felon, Theft by Receiving Stolen Firearm, Possession of Cocaine, Possession of Cocaine with Intent to Distribute, Possession of a Schedule 4 Narcotic, Possession of Marijuana Less than 1 OZ, Pills Not in Original Container, and several counts Criminal Street Gang Activity.