Sheriff Wendell Beam has advised WKEU that on Wednesday, October 22, 2014 at approximately 2:25 p.m. Deputies from the Spalding County Sheriff’s Office received a report of a gunshot victim at Cole’s Corner Convenience Store located at 7051 Newnan Road, Spalding County. Deputies were informed the male victim entered the store and told employees he had been shot. The male was treated for injuries to his face and leg at the scene by Spalding Regional Emergency Medical Technicians. The victim was flown by Emory Life Flight to the Atlanta Medical Center. The investigation is continuing into the incident by the Spalding County Sheriff’s Office Criminal Investigation Division.
The Spalding Commissioners Met Tuesday night October 20th.
The first order of business the Commissioners aproved a Proclamation declaring “Make A Difference Day in Spalding County”, “Make a Difference Day” focuses on unifying the community and building pride throughout the County.
The Commissioners approved on second reading an Ordinance amending the FY 2015 Budget Ordinance to provide for the 2015 tax levy.
Approved by a 4/1 vote the Memorandum of Agreement between the FAA, the City of Griffin, Spalding County and the Griffin-Spalding County Airport Authority for replacement of the Griffin-Spalding County Airport.
Approved a request of the Spalding County Sheriff’s Office to allow the Sheriff’s Junior Deputy Program to utilize 837 Memorial Drive from November 17th – 22nd for storage and distribution of fruit for their annual fruit box fundraiser.
Approved a contract with S.A.F.E., Inc. to provide Veterinary Services for the Animal Shelter to comply with the Spay/Neuter before adoption ordinance.
The commissioners tabled for further discussion eliminating the Tobacco Surcharge for County Employees scheduled to go into effect on January 1. 2015.
On a request from Commissioner Flowers-Taylor the commissioners discussed the Conservation Use Valuation Assessment and how it relates to the zoning of properties. Some county residents had been given misinformation about eligibility to the zoning of their property. The Board of Assessors are the only group that can deny or approve Land Unit Conservation.
On a request from Commissioner Flowers-Taylor a workshop was scheduled to address changes to the Future Land Use Map and Overlay Zones. She feels that growth trends in the county are not going as originally mapped.
On a request from Commissioner Flowers-Taylor the commission discussed departmental dress codes and the County-Wide dress code in the Spalding County Personnel Ordinance. A workshop for further discussion was set up for November 8th.
The commissioners canceled: the Board of Commissioners November 17 and December 15 due to the holiday season and people traveling during this period of time.
The 2014 cross town rivalry between the Griffin Bears and Spalding Jaguars took place at Memorial Stadium on Friday night at 7:30. WKEU AM 1450 and The Rock 88.9 FM broadcast the event with WKEU’s Sports Director Tony Broski with the play by play and Ted Harris with the color commentary.
The Griffin Bears won the contest 46 to 13 over the Spalding Jaguars.
With a roll up of the game with Tony Broski click here:
WKEU’s Voice of the Bears Ted Taylor was out of town for the Friday Bears and Jaguars game but he will be back next Friday night. When the Bears will travel to Pike County to take on the Pike Pirates in Zebulon. Game time is 7:30 with the Pre game show at 6 pm. Also the Spalding Jaguars will be at Memorial Stadium to host the Riverdale Raiders Kickoff is set for 7:30 with the Tail Gate show at 6 pm. Both games will also be streamed on the world wide web from our website wkeuradio.com
On October 6, 2014, the Griffin Police Department received a theft report from the Georgia Department of Transportation regarding the theft of several guard rails from their construction site on the highway 16 bridge over Georgia 3. The guard rails were estimated to be valued over ten thousand dollars. Later that same week on October 10th the Police Department received a theft report from Boney Aviation located on Kalamazoo Road regarding the theft of thirty aluminum storage containers valued over twelve thousand dollars.
As Investigators from the Property Division of the Criminal Investigations Division began investigating the cases they were able to locate several of the stolen items at a nearby scrap yard. With cooperation from the scrap yard they were able to determine that it was the same suspect that scrapped the stolen items from both cases. Investigators were able to obtain his identity from the scrap metal company records. He was identified as Jerry Randall Keye, age 50. Mr. Keye used an Alabama ID when he sold the items to the scrap yard. Through further investigation the Investigators discovered that Mr. Keye was living at 627 Ellis Street in Griffin.
On October 13, 2014, Investigators went to 627 Ellis Street at which time they located Mr. Keye and a second suspect later identified as Michael Burleson, age 46. They took both Keyes and Burleson into custody without incident. While at the residence on Ellis Street Investigators located additional stolen items that belonged to both the DOT and Boney Aviation. Both Jerry Randell Keye and Michael Burleson admitted to the thefts during an interview with Investigators. They were each charged with Felony Theft by Taking.
While interviewing the suspects it was also discovered that they were responsible for two additional thefts that occurred in Spalding County and two in Henry County. Both agencies were notified and additional charges may be pending.
The Griffin Branch NAACP will be conducting an extensive, non-partisan “Get- Out-The-Vote” activity on Saturday, October 25, 2014. called “Souls to the POLLs”. Members of the NAACP and other community organizations will be knocking on doors encouraging persons to vote. Personal vehicles and church vans will be transporting persons to and from the polls. NAACP identifications will be used by all individuals and vehicles. Any person interested in a ride may call the Eighth Street Baptist Church at 770-228-1545 between the hours of 10 A.M. and 3 P.M
A Dance to support the re-roofing of the Historical R.F.Strickiland Cmpany Building in Concord is palned for October 18th.
The Dance will feature music of the Roaring Twentys performed by Night Train Express, a ten piece band with rhythm banjo and violinist in down town Concord Georgia Saturday, October 18th. The event starts at 6:30 pm and offers a free Charleston Lesson, the dance follows from 7:00PM until 10:00PM. Suggested donation is $5. If you don’t dance, bring a lawn chair and listen to the sounds of the great NightTtrain Express and music of the great times. All proceeds help replace the roof of the Historic R. F. Strickland Building. For further info call Bobby at (770) 584-3094