Wednesday, December 13, 2017

A NEW SIT DOWN RESTAURANT FOR THOMASTON?

AN ATLANTA DEVELOPER SUBMITTED THE ONLY BID TO THE CITY OF THOMASTON FOR THE TRIANGLE OF PROPERTY AT THE CORNER OF WEST GOODRICH AVE. AND U.S. 19—HALF A MILLION DOLLARS.

THE UPSON BEACON REPORTS---CHARLES MIXON/ROB BEAUCHAMP PROPERITIES OF ATLANTA PROPOSE A SIT DOWN RESTAURANT AT THE SITE.

FOR IT TO WORK—CITY HALL WOULD HAVE TO CLOSE PARK DRIVE—AND THE 1.179 ACRES MUST BE REZONED COMMERIAL AND COULD BE COMBINED WITH THE ROGERS PROPERTY THAT FRONTS ON PARK DRIVE. CITY OF THOMASTON GOT THE PROPERTY IN AN EXCHANGE WITH THE BF GOODRICH COMPANY YEARS AGO.

KAY HIGHTOWER—CHAIR OF THE GREATEST GENERATION MEMORIAL PARK COMMITTEE —EXPRESSED RESERVATIONS ABOUT SELLING THE TRACT AT A RECENT MEETING---INSTEAD SUGGESTING IT REMAIN A GREEN SPACE ENTRANCE TO THE PARK.

CITY OFFICIALS TOLD HER THE INTENT IN SELLING THE SITE IS TO PROMOTE COMMERCIAL GROWTH—THE HIGHEST AND BEST USE FOR THE SITE.


THE ITEM IS EXPECTED TO BE ON NEXT TUESDAY'S CITY COUNCIL AGENDA.

Tuesday, December 12, 2017

EX-STATE HOUSE MEMBER JOHN YATES HAS DIED

Mr. John Yates, age 96 of Griffin, Georgia passed away on Monday, December 11, 2017 after several months of declining health.

A visitation for Mr. John P. Yates will be on Saturday, December 16, 2017 from 12:00 PM until 2:00 PM at Conner-Westbury Funeral Home. Following the visitation, a funeral service will be conducted at 2:00 PM in the Chapel of Conner-Westbury Funeral Home. Reverend Gene Walton will officiate. Interment will follow at Griffin Family Cemetery.

Friday, December 8, 2017

INTERIM PRESIDENT NAMED GORDON STATE COLLEGE

University System of Georgia Chancellor Steve Wrigley has named Dr. Stuart Rayfield interim president of Gordon State College.
Rayfield has been serving as the interim president of Bainbridge State College since June 1, 2016. She will assume her post at Gordon State on January 1, 2018, replacing President Max Burns who has previously announced his plans to retire, effective December 31, 2017.
“Dr. Rayfield has done an outstanding job leading Bainbridge State through a period of significant change over the past year and a half,” said Chancellor Wrigley. “As we move forward with the consolidation of Bainbridge State College and Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College, I am grateful to Dr. Rayfield for her willingness to shift her focus, qualifications and expertise to the deserving students, faculty and extended community at Gordon State College.”
Prior to her role as interim president at Bainbridge State, Dr. Rayfield served as the Frank D. Brown Distinguished Chair in Servant Leadership, associate professor and director of the Servant Leadership Program at Columbus State University.
Rayfield previously served as interim associate provost for Undergraduate Education at Columbus State in 2015. In this role, her areas of responsibility included the Academic Center for Excellence, dual enrollment, Faculty Center for the Enhancement of Teaching and Learning, and co-leadership of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges accreditation reaffirmation.
She has previously served as an instructional designer at TSYS and student affairs consultant at Auburn University in Alabama. Prior to her service at Auburn University, she held positions at Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Tenn., Middle Tennessee State University in Murfreesboro and the University of Alabama in Tuscaloosa.
Rayfield earned a doctorate in leadership, policy and organizations from Vanderbilt University, a master’s in higher education administration, student affairs from the University of Alabama and a bachelor’s degree in political science from Rhodes College in Memphis, Tenn.

Thursday, December 7, 2017

RAIN, SNOW MIX POSSIBLE OVERNIGHT THURSDAY

MARTHA ANNE MACARTY—UPSON E.M.A. DIRECTOR SAID THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IS WARNING OF POSSIBLE SNOW SHOWERS OVERNIGHT, BUT GROUND TEMPERATURES SHOULD REMAIN ABOVE FREEZING, SO ANY FROZEN PRECIPITATION SHOULD MELT AWAY.


MARTHA ANNE SAID ONE CONCERN IS BLACK ICE ON ROADWAYS FRIDAY NIGHT. ANY WET PATCHES COULD FREEZE AND CAUTIONED MOTORISTS TO BE CAREFUL.

THOMASTON'S CITY MANAGER SEEKS GUIDELINES

AT TUESDAY'S MEETING----THOMASTON'S CITY MANAGER RUSSELL THOMPSON ASKED THE MAYOR AND COUNCIL FOR SOME GUIDELINES ON FREE ALCOHOL AS A HOSPITALITY GESTURE BY A RETAIL BUSINESS .

LAST WEEK HE DISPATCHED CODE ENFORCEMENT OFFICER BOBBY ELLINGTON TO A DOWNTOWN BUSINESS—RESCUE ME MARKET—TO STOP IT FROM SERVING FREE SAMPLES OF GA. CRAFT BEER AND GA. WINE -- AT A FARM TO TABLE HOLIDAY EVENT. THE OWNERS SAY NONE WAS SERVED .

TURNS OUT—CITY HALL HAS NOTHING ON THE BOOKS AGAINST IT—AND COUNCIL ATTORNEY JOEL BENTLEY SAYS STATE LAW IS VAGUE AND NOT WELL DEVELOPED.

THE MAYOR AND COUNCIL DIRECTED THE MANAGER, ATTORNEY AND SOLICITOR MARK IRVIN TO COME-UP WITH SOME REGULATIONS TO LIMIT FREQUENCY.


THERE WAS TALK OF A $25 PERMIT THAT WOULD ALLOW A RETAIL BUSINESS WITHOUT AN ALCOHOL LICENSE TO SERVE IT FREE ONCE OR TWICE A YEAR.

Friday, December 1, 2017

JERRY BISHOP OF THOMASTON WON A MILLION IN THE GA. LOTTERY

THE GA. LOTTERY HAS ANNOUNCED THE WINNER OF THE MILLION DOLLAR TICKET SOLD AT THE SUNOCO ON THE BARNESVILLE HIGHWAY—JERRY BISHOP OF THOMASTON CLAIMED A $1,087,219 PRIZE FROM THE NOV. 17 FANTASY 5 DRAWING.


FEW DETAILS ARE KNOWN, A LOTTERY SPOKESMAN SAID BISHOP DECLINED PUBLICITY.

Thursday, November 30, 2017

TWO DEFENDANTS BOUND OVER TO SPALDING CO. GRAND JURY

TWO DEFENDANTS CHARGED IN A 34 YEAR OLD RACIALLY CHARGED MURDER CASE IN GRIFFIN WERE BOUND OVER TO THE SPALDING COUNTY GRAND JURY ON MURDER CHARGES—THURSDAY—FRANK GEBHARDT AND WILLIAM MOORE SR.

THE VICTIM—TIMOTHY COGGINS WAS STABBED TO DEATH AND HIS BODY DRAGGED BEHIND A TRUCK WITH A LOGGING CHAIN IN SPALDING COUNTY IN 1963. THE MURDER CASE WENT COLD FOR DECADES UNTIL OCTOBER WHEN NEW WITNESSES CAME FOWARD—A MURDER COMMITTED ALLEGEDLY BECAUSE COGGINS, A BLACK MAN, WAS SOCIALIZING WITH A WHITE WOMAN.

GRIFFIN CIRCUIT DISTRICT ATTORNEY BEN COKER CALLED ONLY ONE WITNESS DURING THE PRELIMINARY HEARING BEFORE SPALDING COUNTY CHIEF MAGISTRATE JUDGE RITA CAVANAUGH---GBI SPECIAL AGENT JARED COLEMAN WHO TESTIFIED THEY HAD BRAGGED ABOUT THE MURDER FOR YEARS.


D.A. COKER SAID GEBHARDT AND MOORE COULD GO TO TRIAL IN THE SUMMER OF 2018.

THREE OTHERS WERE ARRESTED IN CONNECTION WITH THE CRIME—GREGORY HUFFMAN,LAMAR BUNN AND HIS MOTHER SANDRA BUNN.



S.C.T.C. GOAL WINNER

THE GRIFFN EXCHANGE CLUB HOSTED THE ANNUAL GOAL LUNCHEON AT SOUTHERN CRESCENT TECHNICAL COLLEGE AND A STUDENT FROM SPALDING COUNTY --- CHANEL NICHOLSON—A PARAMEDICINE STUDENT WAS SELECTED FOR THE GA. OCCUPATIONAL AWARD OF LEADERSHIP.

SHE W AS NOMINATED BY HER INSTRUCTOR JAMIE ANDERSON.

A SCREENING COMMITTEE OF S.C.T.C. ADMINISTRATORS SELECTED THE 4 GOAL FINALISTS FROM THE 33 NOMINATED AND A COMMITTEE OF COMMUNITY LEADERS CONDUCTED THE INTERVIEWS OF THE FINALISTS.



Wednesday, November 29, 2017

DAVID SCOTT BATCHELOR INDICTED ON 30 COUNTS

ACCORDING TO GRIFFIN JUDICIAL CIRCUIT DISTRICT ATTORNEY BEN COKER—THIS WEEK THE UPSON COUNTY GRAND JURY RETURNED INDICTMENTS FOR 30 COUNTS OF SEXUAL EXPLOITATION OF CHILDREN ON DAVID SCOTT BATCHELOR— RELATED TO IMAGES ON HIS COMPUTER--27 OF THE COUNTS BY SPECIAL PRESENTMENT .

BATCHELOR—AT THE TIME OF HIS ARREST IN FEBRUARY WAS REGION 4 VICE-PRESIDENT OF THE ADOPTIVE AND FOSTER PARENT ASSOCIATION OF GEORGIA.

HE WAS FREED AFTER HE POSTED BOND OF $15,000 BUT SUPERIOR COURT JUDGE FLETCHER SAMS REVOKED HIS BOND AFTER AN INVESTIGATION INTO HIS I-CLOUD ACCOUNT SHOWED HE HAD TRIED TO VIEW OTHER IMAGES.

D.A. COKER SAID ARRAIGNMENT FOR BATCHELOR WILL PROBABLY BE SCHEDULED DEC. 11TH IN UPSON SUPERIOR COURT.



Friday, November 24, 2017

CHRISTMAS FESTIVAL SAT. NOV. 25

CITY OF THOMASTON PRESENTS THE ANNUAL CHRISTMAS FESTIVAL AND PARADE SATURDAY 5 TO 9PM DOWNTOWN.


PARADE STARTS AT 7PM. THE FESTIVAL FEATURES LIVE MUSIC, CONTESTS, CRAFTS, VENDORS BOOTHS , INCLUDING FOOD AND OF COURSE SANTA

Wednesday, November 22, 2017

THOMASTON MUSIC LEGEND WAYNE COCHRAN HAS DIED

THOMASTON MUSIC LEGEND WAYNE COCHRAN DIED IN MIAMI TUESDAY FOLLOWING AN ILLNESS.

HE ROSE FROM GARBAGE COLLECTOR IN THOMASTON TO THE HEIGHTS OF FAME ON NETWORK TV AND ON STAGE AT THE LAS VEGAS CASINOS AS WAYNE COCHRAN AND HIS BAND THE C C RIDERS.

AFTER HE RETIRED FROM SHOW BUSINESS HE WENT INTO THE MINISTERY AND HAD PREACHED IN THOMASTON IN THE PAST.

WAYNE GOT HIS START PLAYING GIGS AT THE NATIONAL GUARD ARMORY ON SATURDAY NITE IN THOMASTON, WROTE AND PERFORMED A SONG CALLED “ LAST KISS”—ABOUT A FATAL TRAFFIC ACCIDENT—THAT HIT THE CHARTS AND HIS CAREER WAS OFF AND RUNNING.


LATER, HE MET FAMED ACTOR JACKIE GLEASON IN MIAMI AND APPEARED ON HIS NETWORK TV SHOW ON A REGULAR BASIS. THAT ASSOCIATION LEAD TO ANOTHER BIG HIT—“GOING BACK TO MIAMI. “ 

Monday, November 20, 2017

BIG LOTTERY WINNER IN THOMASTON

A convenience store in Thomaston sold a jackpot ticket worth $1,087,219 in the Nov. 17 Fantasy 5 drawing.

Sunoco Food Mart, located at 2235 Barnesville Highway in Thomaston, sold the jackpot ticket.

Winning numbers from the Nov. 17 Fantasy 5 drawing were: 8-13-14-16-39.

A winner has not yet come forward.

The winner has 180 days from the draw date to claim the prize.

Since its first year, the Georgia Lottery Corp. has returned more than $19 billion to the state of Georgia for education. All Georgia Lottery profits go to pay for specific educational programs, including Georgia’s HOPE Scholarship Program and Georgia’s Pre-K Program. More than 1.8 million students have received HOPE, and more than 1.6 million 4-year-olds have attended the statewide, voluntary prekindergarten program.