Thursday, August 16, 2018

NEWS RELEASE FROM D.A. COKER, COLD CASE MURDER

BENJAMIN D. COKER
DISTRICT ATTORNEY
Griffin Judicial Circuit


08/16/2018


PRESS RELEASE

Today in front of the Honorable W. Fletcher Sams, defendant William “Bill” Moore entered a guilty plea for the murder of Timothy Coggins on October 7, 1983. He entered a plea to Voluntary Manslaughter and Concealing the Death of Another. He was sentenced to 20 years to serve, followed by 10 years on probation. He is banished from the Griffin Judicial Circuit. The family of Timothy Coggins and law enforcement were all in agreement with this guilty plea.
Timothy Coggins was killed over 34 years ago in a field off Minter Road. Law Enforcement closed the original investigation after two months. Special Agent Jared Coleman with the Georgia Bureau of Investigation and Captain Mike Morris with the Spalding County Sheriff’s Office opened the case in December of 2016 and conducted hundreds of interviews. These two agencies, along with the Spalding County District Attorney’s Office, and the Fire Department used a Hydrovac system to excavate a well on the defendant’s property. It was the first time in the State of Georgia that such a system was used for well excavation. In the well, a white tank top, shoes, a chain, and a knife were some of the items recovered. Moore’s co-defendant, Franklin Gebhardt, was convicted by a Spalding County jury in June of this year and sentenced to life in prison.
District Attorney Coker said of the result, “[t]oday marks the end of a long and arduous journey for the family of Timothy Coggins. My heartfelt thanks goes out to law enforcement for their work on the case. May Timothy rest in peace, and may his family begin to heal.”   



Wednesday, August 15, 2018

FDR PROGRAM AT GORDON STATE COLLEGE

ON SATURDAY, AUGUST 11, GORDON STATE COLLEGE COMMEMORATED THE 80TH ANNIVERSARY OF THE VISIT OF PRESIDENT FRANKLIN D. ROOSEVELT'S VISIT TO BARNESVILLE TO THROW THE SWITCH FOR THE R.E.A. TO BRING ELECTRICITY TO RURAL LAMAR COUNTY. ZOOM RADIO WILL REPLAY THAT PROGRAM SUNDAY AT 6AM.

UPSON BOC SUPPORTS 5TH JUDGE

AT TUESDAY'S MEETING THE UPSON COUNTY BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS VOTED UNANIMOUSLY TO WRITE A LETTER IN SUPPORT OF A 5TH SUPERIOR COURT JUDGE FOR THE GRIFFIN JUDICIAL CIRCUIT—THE LAST COUNTY IN THE CIRCUIT TO DO IT.

THE BOARD HAD SOME QUESTIONS ABOUT IT—BUT THEY WERE APPARENTLY ANSWERED BY JUDGE FLETCHER SAMS AT A COMMISSIONERS RETREAT LAST WEEK.

ACCORDING TO JUDGE SAMS A 5TH JUDGE WILL COST UPSON COUNTY AN ADDITIONAL $8900—BUT IT INCLUDES 7 STATE-FUNDED POSITIONS.


AUGUST 9TH THE GA. JUDICIAL COUNCIL VOTED TO RECOMMEND ADDITIONAL JUDGESHIPS FOR THE GRIFFIN CIRCUIT AND GWINNETT JUDICIAL CIRCUIT AND SENT THOSE RECOMMENDATIONS TO THE GOVERNOR AND GA. GENERAL ASSEMBLY TO BE CONSIDERED IN THE 2019 SESSION.


A STATE REPORT SAID THE 4 JUDGES IN THE GRIFFIN CIRCUIT WERE DOING THE WORK OF 5.6 JUDGES.  

Thursday, August 9, 2018

AGENDA CITY OF THOMASTON RETREAT AUG 10

CITY OF THOMASTON
Mayor and City Council
2018 Planning Retreat – Thomaston-Upson Senior Center
August 10, 2018 - 8:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

AGENDA
1. Opening of Meeting and Call to Order with Prayer.
2. City Finances/Projections/Amendments.
3. Proposed FY2018 Tax Millage Rate.
4. Service Delivery Strategy Negotiations.
5. Public Safety Complex.
6. Armory/Public Works Facilities Improvements.
7. Street Paving – TSPLOST Transportation Tax.
8. Storm Water Utility – GIS Mapping Progress.
9. Lighting at the Greatest Generation Memorial Park Tennis and Pickleball Courts.
10. Summer Program – Park Street.
11. Discussion of Forming a Youth Council.
12. Recording of City Council Meetings.
13. Changing Meeting Time for Council Meetings.
14. Other Business.
15. Adjournment.

Wednesday, August 8, 2018

GEORGIA HUMANITIES

Georgia Humanities Announces Crossroads: Change in Rural America Host Sites Six communities around the state chosen to host traveling exhibition (Atlanta, GA)— Georgia Humanities is pleased to announce the selection of six communities to host Crossroads: Change in Rural America, an exhibition that examines the evolving landscape of rural America. The sites are: Blue Ridge, Cuthbert, McRae-Helena, Monticello, Summerville, and Thomaston. Between August 2019 and June 2020, Crossroads will be on view for six weeks in each community. This traveling exhibition is part of the Smithsonian Institution’s Museum on Main Street program, a national/state/local partnership to bring exhibitions and programs to rural cultural organizations. Crossroads explores how rural American communities changed in the 20th century. From sea to shining sea, the vast majority of the U.S. landscape remains rural, with only 3.5% of the landmass considered urban. Yet since 1900, the percentage of Americans living in rural areas dropped from 60% to 17%. The exhibition considers that remarkable societal change and how rural Americans have responded. Designed for small-town museums, libraries, and cultural organizations, Crossroads will serve as a community meeting place for conversations about how rural America has changed. With the support and guidance of Georgia Humanities, the host communities will develop complementary exhibits, host public programs, and facilitate educational initiatives to raise understanding about local history, explore the joys and challenges of living rural, examine how change has impacted their community, and prompt discussion of goals for the future. The exhibition is part of Museum on Main Street (MoMS), a unique collaboration between the Smithsonian Institution Traveling Exhibition Service, state humanities councils across the nation, and local host institutions. To learn more about Crossroads and other Museum on Main Street exhibitions, visit www.museumonmainstreet.org. Support for MoMS has been provided by the U.S. Congress. The Georgia tour of Crossroads is presented by Georgia Humanities, the Center for Public History at the University of West Georgia, and Georgia EMC. The schedule for the Crossroads tour will be announced later this year. To get involved with Crossroads, contact Laura McCarty (ltmc@georgiahumanities.org), president of Georgia Humanities, to learn about sponsorship and programming opportunities. About Georgia Humanities Georgia Humanities is a statewide nonprofit organization that gathers, preserves, and shares our state’s distinctive stories through a range of cultural and educational programs and resources. Georgia Humanities partners with scholars and educators across the state to bring people together in learning and conversation. Founded in 1971, Georgia Humanities is the statewide affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities. To learn more, please visit www.GeorgiaHumanities.org.

UPSON SHERIFF DAN KILGORE ANNOUNCES AN ARREST

On August 7th, 2018 Corey Keith Calvert, 19, of Yatesville Ga. was arrested for eight counts of entering auto. Numerous items were stolen including several guns. Some items have been recovered and we are working to recover others. On July 30th 2018 Calvert entered a 1996 Chevrolet S10 truck on Oak Ridge Drive Thomaston, a 2004 Hummer H2 and a 2004 Ford Truck on Pine Ridge Drive in Thomaston. Between July 19th and August 5th 2018 Calvert entered a 2007 Nissan Pathfinder on Glendale St. in Yatesville Ga., A 1995 Chevrolet S-10 truck and a 2002 Ford on Glendale St. Yatesville Ga., a 2008 GMC Acadia on Empire St. Yatesville Ga. , and a 2008 Ford truck in Yatesville. Calvert is currently booked in the Upson County Jail on entering Auto and Probation Violation charges.

Tuesday, August 7, 2018

FLORIDA MAN ARRESTED FOR ROBBERY

THOMASTON POLICE CHIEF MIKE RICHARDSON SAYS A FLORIDA MAN WAS ARRESTED AFTER HE GRABBED THE POCKETBOOK OF A FOOD DELIVERY LADY AT FAIRVIEW APARTMENTS ON AVE. F.

19 YEAR OLD TOMMY LANE OF PALM BAY, FLORIDA MIGHT HAVE BEEN INVOLVED IN A SET-UP. A DELIVERY THE DAY BEFORE WAS A STIFF AND THE NEXT DAY A CALL FROM THE APARTMENTS AND LANE WAS WAITING TO GRAB THE DELIVERY LADY'S POCKETBOOK AND THEN HE FLED.


K-9 RYDER WAS DISPATCHED TO CHASE HIM DOWN AS HE TRIED TO GET OVER A FENCE NEAR THE GA. STATE PATROL POST.

SPALDING CO. SUPPORTS A 5TH SUPERIOR COURT JUDGE

AT TUESDAY'S REGULAR MEETING—THE SPALDING COUNTY BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS VOTED UNANIMOUSLY TO WRITE A LETTER IN SUPPORT OF A 5TH SUPERIOR COURT JUDGE IN THE GRIFFIN JUDICIAL CIRCUIT.

CHIEF JUDGE CHRIS EDWARDS WHO ADDRESSED THE BOARD SAID THE CIRCUIT QUALIFED—AS AN AT NEED CIRCUIT—BECAUSE OF CASELOAD. A 5TH JUDGE WILL COST SPALDING COUNTY $20,000 MORE THAN CURRENTLY FUNDED --- JUST OVER $85,000 BUT THE COURTS WILL OPERATE MORE EFFICIENTLY—HE SAID. THE GA. GENERAL ASSEMBLY WILL MAKE THE FINAL DECISION ON FUNDING A 5TH JUDGE.



COUNTY ATTORNEY JIM FORTUNE REPORTED THE CITIZENS ETHICS COMMITTEE CLEARED BOTH COMMISSIONERS GWEN FLOWERS-TAYLOR AND DON HAWBAKER OF ETHICS VIOLATIONS DURING A RECENT HEARING. FLOWERS-TAYLOR CALLED ON THE BOARD TO REVIEW ITS ETHICS RULES AND DISCUSS THE GROUNDS FOR VIOLATIONS.

Monday, August 6, 2018

INTERFOR ANNOUNCES EXPANSION IN UPSON CO

INTERFOR CORPORATION (“Interfor” or the “Company”), one of North America’s largest lumber manufacturers, announced its Thomaston mill will be part of Phase II of the Southern Investment Strategy approved by its Board today. This announcement builds on Phase I of the Southern Investment Strategy, two strategic capital projects, announced in November 2017, at the Meldrim (Georgia) and Monticello (Arkansas) sawmills. Combining Phases I & II, Interfor is undertaking major modernizations and rebuilds at five sawmills in its US South platform to modernize technology, increase efficiency and boost production. The total combined cost of Phases I & II is expected to be $305 million and the projects are designed to increase production capacity by approximately 425 million board feet per year and enhance product mix and grade outturns.

“Forestry has always been a key economic driver in Georgia, and Interfor’s commitment to our state is significant,” said Georgia Governor Nathan Deal. “Projects like this open the door for more opportunities for our workforce. The impact that Interfor will have in Georgia goes far beyond jobs and investment, and I look forward to their continued growth.” “We are capitalizing on embedded opportunities in the South,” said Duncan Davies, President & Chief Executive Officer at Interfor. “That includes an attractive fiber basket, proximity to major end use markets, a supportive business environment, and sawmills with untapped potential.” This capital investment will also protect and improve jobs in Thomaston and the surrounding area. “Well capitalized and efficient mills are better able to weather changing markets. This capital investment means we’re also investing in our people through internal training programs to build the skilled workforce we need to run these modern and efficient sawmills,” said Davies.

“It’s incredibly exciting that a company of the size and caliber of Interfor would choose our community for such a large and important expansion project,” Kyle Fletcher, Executive Director of the Thomaston-Upson Industrial Development Authority, said. “Interfor’s investment represents Page 2 of 2 one of the single largest investments by a company that our area has ever seen. We are thrilled with the news.” “As a company, Interfor is committed to building value every day—by hiring, partnering and investing in local communities to grow our global business. This investment means the Thomaston sawmill will consume more timber which is good news for local loggers and timberland owners,” said Bruce Luxmoore, Vice President, Southern Operations at Interfor. “We are excited to be investing in Thomaston and look forward to a long and strong partnership with the state and the local community.” “We are proud to have Interfor in our community, and we pledge to do whatever we can to make Interfor-Thomaston a tremendous success,” added Fletcher.

The two other sawmills affected by the announcement are Eatonton (Georgia) and Georgetown (South Carolina) which will also see significant investment. The three projects combined will increase production capacity by approximately 275 million board feet per year, and enhance product mix and grade outturns. This is in addition to the two projects announced last fall at Meldrim (Georgia) and Monticello (Arkansas) sawmills. All capital investment projects are expected to be completed in various phases during 2019-2021

Friday, August 3, 2018

TWO MORE SUSPECTS ARRESTED UNITED BANK ROBBERY

ACCORDING TO THE FBI, TWO MORE SUSPECTS IN THE JUNE 28 ROBBERY AT UNITED BANK IN WOODBURY, WERE ARRESTED FRIDAY MORNING.

D'ASIS SHEFFIELD OF WOODBURY, AGE 20, AND DONTAVIUS PRATHER, 22 ARE APPARENTLY THE FINAL SUSPECTS INVOLVED IN THE STICK-UP USING AN ASSAULT RIFLE.


TWO OTHER SUSPECTS, DERRICK R. SCOTT, 26 OF AUGUSTA AND ANTAVIOUS BRAY, 29 OF GREENVILLE WERE TAKEN INTO CUSTODY HOURS AFTER THE ROBBERY.

Thursday, August 2, 2018

EDWARDS NOMINATED VICE-CHAIR AM BANKERS ASSOC.

THE CEO OF UNITED BANK—JAMES J. EDWARDS JR. IS AMONG THE SLATE OF CANDIDATES FOR AMERICAN BANKERS ASSOCIATION OFFICERS , 2018-19 , FOR ELECTION AT THE ANNUAL CONVENTION OCT. 21-23. IN NEW YORK.

MR. EDWARDS HAS BEEN NOMINATED FOR VICE-CHAIRMAN OF THE BOARD.

JEFFREY M. SZYPERSKI CEO OF CHESAPEAKE BANK NOMINATED FOR PRESIDENT AND LAURA LEE STEWERT OF SOUND COMMUNITY BANK IN SEATTLE NOMINATED FOR CHAIR-ELECT.



BIBLE STUDY FIRST BAPTIST ZEBULON

The Grace Bible Institute, a ministry of First Baptist Church, Zebulon announces its Fall 2018 classes.  Dr. Mike Halsey will teach The Parables of Jesus and Dr. Gene Yancey will teach the Gospel of John.
Classes are held on Tuesday nights at the First Baptist Church, on Concord Street, Zebulon.  The Parables class begins at 6:00 PM and the John class will begin at 7:30.  Classes are 90 minutes in length and can be taken for college or seminary credit or may be audited.  College and seminary credits are earned through Grace Biblical Seminary.
Classes will commence on Tuesday, September 11 and end on Tuesday, December 11.  For more information or to enroll, phone 678-920-8986.