Sheriff Wendell Beam has advised WKEU news that an investigation of an Armed Robbery that occurred at 10:28 PM on Monday, July 20, 2015, at the Dollar General Store at 1523 Zebulon Road, Griffin, Georgia is continuing. Sheriff Beam said that an employee of the business walked outside at 10:28 PM and was confronted by a slim black male wearing black clothing including a ski mask, armed with a pistol. The male took the victims purse and struck her on the side of her head with the pistol and ran away. The victim was treated at the scene by the Emergency Medical Services and transported to Spading Regional for additional treatment. .

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School opens Monday, August 3.  Please watch for school buses and the students who are waiting on them.  Open house is at all schools Thursday, July 30 from 3-7 pm.  After school and transportation staff will be on hand at each school to help families.

GSCS has over 130 new teachers, four new principals and eight new assistant principals. The four remaining teacher vacancies will be filled with subs for the first few days.
All buses area ready and staffed.  Dry runs will begin today.  If your student is not registered at the correct address for a bus you need to contact Central Registration today.
Six school had major renovations over the summer totaling $6M.  More work is continuing.
High schools will use block scheduling offering students 103 minutes of instruction and an opportunity to gain eight credits per year.


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Books-A-Million, Inc. will be supporting local charities through a Book and Toy Drive that began Sunday,
August 2.

“The Pike County Library works to support literacy and reading among adults and children. We are excited
about replenishing their library with donations through our holiday book drive,” said Wendy Sikes, General
Manager of Bookland, North Griffin Square.

Throughout the month of August, customers can purchase a book that will be donated to the J. Joel Edwards
Public Library in Zebulon, GA. They will also be able to include a personalized bookplate with their donation,
allowing for gifts to be donated in someone’s honor or memory.

“Partnering with Books-A-Million in this venture will enable our small rural library to offer a wider variety of
new popular titles as well as time-tested classics to our community,” said library manager Rosemary Bunn.

Items customers can consider donating during this book drive are located behind the register.






Thursday, August 6  The Upson Professionals, along with other business, civic, governmental, and church groups will be offering basic school supplies to children in Upson County on Thursday afternoon, August 6, 2015 at the Thomaston-Upson Civic Center from 4 to 6 pm. The target group is K-5th grade and Upson Professionals have already received a number of items, but are still in need more. Upson Professionals is not planning to solicit individual businesses and other corporate entities for donations however, we would like to offer you or your business the opportunity to participate. The goal of this event is to help as many children in Upson County as possible so that they may begin the 2015-2016 school year on a positive note. If you or your business are interested in donating or participating with this event, please call Gary Moore @ 706-975-1291 or Reshann Adams @ 706-647-1924. Students must be present to receive school supplies the day of the event. We are still in need of loose-leaf notebook paper, white notebooks, hand sanitizer and writing journals.

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The first order of business at the Griffin City Commissioners Meeting 07/28/15:
The commissioners:
 Recognized Will Stevens, with the Municipal Airport, as the June 2015 “Strongest Link” award recipient. The “Strongest Link” Award is given monthly to a deserving employee who has demonstrated excellent performance and productivity, loyalty, professional pride, and other noteworthy accomplishments.   The recognized employee receives one day off with pay, a gift certificate from a local restaurant, a “Strongest Link” plaque, and the symbolic “chain”, which he will be the custodian of until a subsequent employee is recognized.  Will was recognized for his professionalism and dedication resulting in a (zero) no deficiencies on the latest  bi-annual fuel quality and fuel system inspection.
The commissioners:
Recognized Sherry Thaxton with the Cemetery Department, for 30 years of dedicated service to the City of Griffin.  
Recognized the retirement of Public Safety Director Frank Strickland July 31 st after thirteen (13) years of service to the city of Griffin. Chief Strickland will move to Tifton where he will teach and be Assistant Police Chief at the ABAC Campus Police Department with about 3500 hundred students.
Recognized and presented certificates to  the graduates from the third annual Citizen Police Academy.
Willie C. Lemons; Teresa Watson; Terri Shurley; Diane Ball; William Ball; Dean Wern; Melinda Nicholson; Robin Mitchell; Donna Gibson; Corey Pitts; Gwen Dallas; and Jennifer Romes. 
The Commissioners:
Approved:    to amend the Prohibited Signs Section of the Unified Development Code to offer clarity to what sign-age is not permitted and may cause distractions and provide clutter within the city limits.    
Approved:  to amend the Mixed Use/Transient Overlay Development (TOD) District to add Arts & Entertainment Overlay District – Tier (4) for the Griffin Downtown area.  The overlay would include uses for art, cultural and entertainment, educational, retail, office and residential, but have a restrictive focus in the Hill Street and Solomon Street corridors.  
Approved:   to amend the Unified Development Code to comply with the Department of Justice requirements to allow group homes for persons with disabilities to operate in all zoning districts.  Occupancy will be based on the requirements set forth in International Building Code, International Residential Code and the Fire Department’s Life Safety Codes.
The commissioners:
Approved: a motion to DENY Notice of Claim from Law Offices of LaQuetta S. Pearson, P.C. given on behalf of Jemarko Parker. Mr. Parker contends personal injury arising from an incident on June 11, 2015, as Griffin Police Officer James Waddell was backing his police car at Griffin Crossings, 1597 W. McIntosh Road, out of a parking space. Officer Waddell’s police car collided with the driver’s side of a vehicle driven by Mr. Parker and owned by Roy Lee Harrell, Jr. Minor damage was done to the police car’s right rear bumper, but the contact scraped the driver’s side of the other vehicle. Mr. Parker reported no physical injury at the scene, but now reports a contusion to his left shoulder. The claim has been filed with GIRMA which is investigating.
Approved:  an Ordinance repealing regulations pertaining to taxicabs in the City Code of Griffin.   (HB 225) of the 2015-2016 Regular Session of the General Assembly preempts all local administration and regulation of vehicles for hire, including taxicabs, and places regulation exclusively in the Department of Public Safety, effective July 1, 2015. The City loses the right to regulate taxicabs and the regulatory fees and charges imposed thereon. 
Approved:   the engagement letters for audit services with Mauldin & Jenkins, Certified Public Accountants (independent auditors) for the City of Griffin to begin work on the annual audit for the fiscal year ended June 30, 2015.
Approved:  a Service Agreement with Manley Acquisition Services, LLC for the acquisition of City easements and properties on Intersection #2 Hill Street at Northside Drive & Tuskegee Avenue Improvement Project for Public Works and Utilities Department. This project is jointly sponsored by the City of Griffin and Spalding County. Each will pay for their respective  land acquisitiion easements costs but the construction costs will be split 50/50.
Approved:  a Task Order to Paragon Consulting Group for the Construction Management of Intersection #2 Northside Drive and Tuskegee Avenue SPLOST project in the amount of $138,085.00.  Griffin is the lead project manager of construction on this joint project. Spalding County is responsible for 50% of the cost of construction.
Approved:  to purchase Hach 900 Flow Logger from Water Resource Technologies in the amount of $18,637.00 for the Water and Wastewater Department. Includes rain gauge, antennae, cellular option, permanent structure and installation. 
Approved:   the purchase of 2 (two) Dodge Chargers in the amount of $25,105.75 each from Akin’s Ford Dodge Government Sales, a State-wide Contract Dealer; and additional equipment and installation by TransComm Services in the amount of $1,845.00 per vehicle; and amend the budget for Criminal Investigations Division accordingly with appropriations from the Confiscated Assets Fund.   
Vehicle purchases are scheduled as part of the City’s Fleet Services lifecycle management program. To purchase vehicles from State Contract the vehicles must be ordered from the factory. To receive 2015 pricing, orders must be placed before July 31st.  Orders placed after July 31st will be at 2016 prices. About $3000 to $4000 increase per vehicle.
The commissioners aapproved submitting agreements to purchase from state contract with Speedway Ford the following: Purchases will be scheduled throughout the year as cash flow allows.
The purchase two Ford F150 Transport Vans in the amount of  $58,848.00  to Speedway Ford for Solid Waste Utility inmate transportation needs at the Transfer Station and Landfill. 
Three (3) Ford F350′s in the amount of $111,690.00 from Speedway Ford. The vehicles will replace high mileage vehicles in the departments of Public Works-Streets; Solid Waste-Residential; and Water-Distribution Division. A 1992 Ford F350; a 1999 Dodge 1500; and a 2003 Dodge 3500 will be declared surplus.  
Approved:  to purchase of one Ford F750 with 10′ dump body in the amount of  $68,489.00 from Speedway Ford and declare surplus a 1986 Ford F700.  Vehicle will be assigned to Public Works – Streets Department.  
Approved:  to purchase of four (4) Ford F250s in the amount of $100,820.00 from Speedway Ford. Vehicles will be assigned to the following departments: 
*Animal Control 2 units and declare surplus a 2004 Dodge Ram 1500 and a 2008 Dodge Ram 1500. 
*Facilities Maintenance 1 unit transfer a 2001 Ford F250 to Solid Waste Residential Collection for continued service. 
* Water-Distribution Division  1 unit and declare surplus a 2001 Dodge 2500.
Approved:  to purchase seven (7) Ford F150s in the amount of $161,716.00 to Speedway Ford. The vehicles will be assigned to the following departments: 
*Code Enforcement 1 unit and declare surplus a 2001 Chevrolet 1500. 
* Golf Course  1 unit and declare surplus  a 1987 GMC 1500. 
*Electric – Technical Services (2) units and declare surplus a 2003 F250 Super Duty and a 2001 Dodge 1500.  
*Stormwater 1 unit and declare surplus a 1991 Ford F150. 
* Water-Distribution Division 1 unit and declare surplus  a 1995 Ford F150. 
*Water-Meter Division 1 new unit needed for the Meter Division. 
Approved:   to  purchase one E350 Cube Van in the amount of  $31,306.00 from Speedway Ford and declare surplus a 1998 Chevy 3500 Cube Van. The new Van will be assigned to Public Works – Sign Shop. 
Approved:  to purchase of two (2) Ford Expedition SUVs from Speedway Ford in the amount of $54,505.42 for Police Department Crime Scene Unit.   Approve additional equipment and installation by TransComm Services in the amount of $8,000.00 and declare surplus two old vans: a 2003 Dodge Ram van, and a 2005 Dodge Sprinter van.
The commissioners:
Approved:  The renewal of a one year Contract for the provision of Indigent Defense for the Municipal Court of Griffin  with the law firm of Sullivan & Ogletree, PC. who has provided the Indigent Defense legal services to the Municipal Court of the City of Griffin since 2005.
Approved:  a request from Honor our KIA to mount two (2) plaques on the exterior of One Griffin Center and two (2) plaques on the Imperial Theater facade.  
Approved:  the renewal of Standard Office Lease between the City of Griffin and Tru-Check, Inc. for Suite 114, One Griffin Center, in the amount of $6,837.48 per year. 
Approved:  an Amendment to the 1996  Intergovernmental Contract between the City of Griffin and Three Rivers Regional Commission to provide for early termination of the rental of property located at 120 North Hill Street. 
Said amended agreement was for thirty (30) years, with a termination date and $1 buyout on June 30, 2017. Due to necessary repairs needed to the structure and the cost of those repairs, this amendment allows for a one year earlier termination and buyout so that the $30,000 annual rent payment for 2016 – 2017 can be put toward structural repairs by TRRC.  
Approved:  a Resolution of the Board of Commissioners of the City of Griffin authorizing the execution of an Intergovernmental Contract between the City of Griffin, Spalding County and other qualified municipalities in Spalding County, requesting that the Board of Commissioners of Spalding County include in its resolution imposing a special one percent sales and use tax within Spalding County subject to referendum approval, provisions for the issuance of bonds by the City of Griffin, declaring Griffin’s official intent to issue bonds, and for other purposes.
If the SPLOST referendum is approved, City projects are estimated at $22,344,000. The City intends to bond an amount not to exceed $10,570,000 in eligible projects, with a bond issuance likely in January 2016. Repayment will come from the City’s share of SPLOST proceeds.

The Proposed Draft of the SPLOST 2015 Projects for Spalding County, City of Griffin, Orchard HIll, Sunny Side.

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As has been rumored for several weeks, and longer, Spalding Regional Hospital parent company Tenet Health care has entered into negotiations with WellStar Health System of Marietta to purchase Spalding Regional Medical Center in Griffin, Sylvan Grove Hospital in Jackson and other health care facilities in the region.


Tenet and its Southern Region have entered into exclusive talks with WellStar Health System about a potential sale of Tenet’s Atlanta-area hospitals and their associated businesses, including physician practices and outpatient centers. The other hospitals involved include North Fulton Hospital, Atlanta Medical Center and its South Campus.

“WellStar shares Tenet’s commitment to delivering high-quality, low-cost, patient-centered care. It is one of Georgia’s leading healthcare systems, with five hospitals, two health parks, a pediatric center, eight urgent care centers, 160 physician office locations and employs more than 14,000 associates,” those affiliated with Tenet were told an an e-mail this week.
Several other Health Care Facilities like Emory, and Piedmont were either in negotiations, or showed interest, several months ago but there were no developments. 
A reliable source indicated that they felt the WellStar deal will probably be consummated soon.  

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This Fall the First Baptist Church of Zebulon will open its laymen’s Bible institute.  Adults who have always wanted to go deeper in their knowledge of the Bible and theology are encouraged to enroll in our Grace Biblical Institute.  Each semester adult students may take up to two classes on Tuesday evenings for one hour each.  Classes being offered for the Fall 2015 semester are New Testament Survey and Introduction to Greek.  The institute is co-sponsored by Grace Biblical Seminary from which credit hours can accrue toward the completion of a bachelor’s degree.

Dr. Ed Hoard, pastor at First Baptist said, “We are excited about the addition of the Bible Institute to our community ministry.  Serious Christians need and want more than they can get through Sunday School and these college-level courses will enrich the lives of all who study with us.”
Classes will be held on Tuesday nights from 6:00-8:00 PM with semesters lasting 13 weeks.  Preregistration is required.  The first classes will commence on Tuesday, September 1.For more information or to preregister phone 678-920-8986.  First Baptist is located in downtown Zebulon beside City Pharmacy.

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A Forest Park man was killed and multiple others injured Saturday night in a wreck that followed a concert at a High Falls Park Road horse park in northeast Lamar County.
Sheriff Brad White reported a vehicle trying to pass a truck pulling a horse trailer hit a car in the oncoming lane of traffic head on near the High Falls Park-English Road intersection. The back seat passenger in the car hit by the passing vehicle was killed. He was identified as Rafael Sandovel, 40, of a Morrow Road address in Forest Park.

Lamar County Commissioner Nancy Thrash told the Walter Geiger of the Barnesville Herald Gazette that the crash followed a concert at Rancho de Centenario that attracted over 2000 people. 

Eyewitnesses said four ambulances and Emory life flight based at the Griffin Spalding Airport were called to the scene. Thrash said EMS personnel from Monroe County was also called in to assist.

The Georgia State Patrol  Accident Reconstruction Unit is investigating th accident.
Special Thanks to Walter Geiger and the Barnesville Herald Gazette for their assistance in this news story. To subscribe to the Herald Gazette on line go to



The Monroe County Sheriffs Department asks the public to help with information that may help identify a man found dead in the Ocmulgee River on Saturday, July 25, 2015.

The man was found floating in the river by a boater on Saturday who contacted local law enforcement.  Bibb County Coroner Leon Jones discovered during the autopsy that the man was wearing a black and gold rubber bracelet printed with the words “Mary Persons Prom 2015” on it. There were no clothes, tattoos or other identifying marks found on the man and the body was in an advanced stage of decomposition.

No one has been reported missing to the Monroe County Sheriff’s Office that meets the description of the man. Anyone with any information about this case is asked to contact Monroe County Sheriff’s Office investigators at 478-994-7043.