Friday, October 19, 2018

DRUG DEALER 10 YEARS IN PRISON/$200,000 FINE

A THOMASTON MAN IS CHECKING INTO THE GRAY BAR HOTEL FOR AN EXTENDED STAY AFTER ENTERING A GUILTY PLEA FOR TRAFFICKING METH IN UPSON SUPERIOR COURT, THURSDAY.

JUDGE FLETCHER SAMS SENTENCED CAREY JEROME DANIEL TO 30 YEARS---10 TO SERVE IN PRISON , THE REMAINDER ON PROBATION AND A FINE OF $200,000.


JURORS REPORT TO THE UPSON COUNTY COURTHOUSE MONDAY FOR A TRIAL CALENDAR.

CANDIDATES FORUMS MONDAY AND WED. ON ZOOM RADIO

ZOOM RADIO HAS INVITED THE TWO CANDIDATES FOR UPSON COUNTY COMMISSION DISTRICT 4 TO A POLITICAL FORUM MONDAY AT 6PM---AARON DAWSON AND BENJAMIN WATSON ARE ON THE BALLOT FOR THE SEAT HELD BY VETERAN COMMISSIONER FRANK SPRAGGINS WHO IS RETIRING.


A 2ND CANDIDATES FORUM WILL AIR WEDNESDAY AT 6PM ON 105-9/101-1 FEATURING THE TWO CANDIDATES FOR STATE HOUSE DISTRICT 131. DEMOCRAT CHRIS BENTON AND REPUBLICAN KEN PULLIN.  

TWO NEW FINALISTS FOR PIKE COUNTY MANAGER

PRESS RELEASE Pike County Board of Commissioners announces Ron E. Alexander and James Robert Bickley as finalist for the County Manager Position for Pike County. Pursuant to law the candidate for the position will be decided after 14 days of this notice, which will be after November 2, 2018.

Thursday, October 18, 2018

TWO SCHOOL SUPERINTENDENT'S HONORED

AT THE GA. SCHOOL SUPERINTENDENT'S ASSOCIATION 2018 FALL BOOTSTRAP CONFERENCE IN ATHENS—TWO FROM THIS PART OF GA. ARE NOMINATED FOR GA. SUPERINTENDENT OF THE YEAR.--TO BE ANNOUNCED IN DECEMBER.

DR. MICHAEL DUNCAN, SUPERINTENDENT OF THE PIKE COUNTY SCHOOLS AND DR. CURTIS JONES BIBB COUNTY SCHOOL SUPERINTENDENT , AND FORMER SUPERINTENDENT OF THE GRIFFIN-SPALDING COUNTY SCHOOLS , ARE AMONG THE FOUR NOMINATED.

IN ADDITION , DR. DUNCAN WAS NAMED THE 2018 RECIPIENT OF THE BILL BARR LEADERSHIP AWARD-NAMED FOR AND DESIGNED IN HONOR OF THE FIRST EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR OF THE GSSA AND AMONG THE MOST COVETED RECOGNITIONS IN GA. PUBLIC EDUCATION.



GA. LOTTERY RECORD AMOUNT

ATLANTA – Mega Millions continues its record climb. As a result of strong sales, Friday’s Mega Millions jackpot has been bumped from $900 million to $970 million – the largest in the game’s history and second largest in U.S. history. The Mega Millions cash option is $548 million.

At the same time, Saturday’s Powerball jackpot has grown to $430 million, combining with Mega Millions for more than $1.4 billion in jackpot prizes. The Powerball cash option is $248 million.

Georgia Lottery players continue to win big. In Tuesday’s Mega Millions drawing, one ticket in Macon won $1 million, one ticket in Clayton won $50,000, and three tickets won $10,000 each in AlpharettaFort Valley andRossville. In Wednesday’s Powerball drawing, two tickets won $50,000 each in Cumming and McDonough.

“Our players across the state are winning and having fun,” Georgia Lottery President and CEO Gretchen Corbin said. “Most importantly, Georgia’s students are winning with each ticket purchased. Mega Millions and Powerball are both great contributors to lottery-funded HOPE scholarships and grants, including the Zell Miller Scholarship, as well as lottery-funded Pre-K.”

Mega Millions and Powerball tickets are $2 each. For an additional $1 per play, Mega Millions players can multiply prizes with the Megaplier option, and Powerball players can multiply prizes with the Power Play option. Mega Millions also offers an optional $3 wager Just the Jackpot that allows players to receive two entries for a chance to win the game’s jackpot prize only.

Mega Millions and Powerball tickets can be purchased at Georgia Lottery retailers statewide. Georgia residents also can purchase tickets via the Georgia Lottery app or online at www.galottery.com.

As with all other Georgia Lottery games, proceeds from Mega Millions and Powerball will benefit education in the state of Georgia.

Wednesday, October 17, 2018

AID HURRICANE VICTIMS AT THOMASTON FORD

THOMASTON FORD IS A COLLECTION POINT FOR ITEMS NEEDED BY HURRICANE MICHAEL VICTIMS. GO TO THE THOMASTON FORD FACEBOOK PAGE FOR A LIST.


ROCK SPRINGS CHURCH IS ALSO TAKING DONATIONS ON ITS WEBSITE.

Tuesday, October 16, 2018

D.A. BEN COKER TO SPEAK IN GRIFFIN OCT. 23, 6PM

GRIFFIN CIRCUIT DV TASK FORCE HOSTS ANNUAL CANDLELIGHT VIGIL The Griffin Judicial Circuit Domestic Violence Task Force will be hosting its annual Candlelight Vigil to recognize victims of domestic violence on Tuesday, October 23, 2018 at 6:00 p.m. at Park at Sixth, 204 Solomon St, Griffin, Georgia. October is National Domestic Violence Awareness Month and each year the Griffin Judicial Circuit Domestic Violence Task Force plans a Candlelight Vigil. The purpose of the Vigil is to remember those members of our community that have been lost to domestic violence as well as to celebrate those who have survived. The Vigil is an opportunity to unite our community to end domestic violence. This year, the vigil is being held in Spalding County. The keynote speaker is Ben Coker, District Attorney - Griffin Judicial Circuit. The vigil will also feature a story from the family of a murder/suicide. The Griffin Judicial Circuit Domestic Violence Task Force is a non-profit organization which provides leadership to the four (4) counties in the Griffin Judicial Circuit (Fayette, Pike, Spalding, and Upson) to better respond to the risk and prevention of domestic violence. Our mission is to provide a coordinated community response to domestic violence. Our objectives are to educate and provide leadership to the Griffin Judicial Circuit to effectively respond to the issues associated with domestic violence. Our commitment is to provide support and assistance to victims of abuse and to ensure that they have access to resources and other useful information. The Candlelight Vigil is FREE and open to the public. Light refreshments will be provided following the Vigil.

Monday, October 15, 2018

SEWAGE SPILL IN THOMASTON

During Hurricane Michael, ESG responded to a SCADA alarm that indicated a power failure at the Industrial Lift Station. This location is not equipped with an emergency generator in the event of power outages. ESG mobilized a portable generator to power the station. Once the problem was determined, Georgia Power was notified that an emergency repair was needed. They were unable to respond in a timely manner with the chaos caused by Hurricane Michael. The power was restored with the portable generator but not before the station overflowed.

The release started at 9:10 am and stopped one hundred and twenty one (121) minutes later at 11:11 am. There was approximately 3,630 gallons of wastewater released into a tributary of Potato Creek. The leak was estimated at 30 gpm. Georgia power was able to restore power to the station at 4:40 pm. The site was cleaned, debris was removed and signs were posted at the site.

The Georgia Department of Natural Resources has been notified and the affected area has been treated within the regulations of the Georgia Department of Natural Resources.

Thursday, October 11, 2018

SHERIFF DAN KILGORE LITTER DETAIL

Litter continues to be a problem on Upson County’s roadways.  In an effort to address this issue, the Upson County Sheriff’s Office assumed supervision of the Community Service program in September 2017. We operate a litter detail every Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday. In the first twelve months of operation we supervised pick up of litter on 806 county roads and city streets totaling 4406 bags of trash weighing more than 23,220 pounds.
We will continue to work on this project in an effort to keep our community clean.

HILL ST/S. GREEN NEIGHBORHOOD WATCH MEETING

FOLLOWING A SERIES OF HOME BURGLARIES IN THE HILL STREET/SOUTH GREEN STREET /THURSTON AVE . AREA— THE THOMASTON POLICE DEPARTMENT HAS SCHEDULED A NEIGHBORHOOD WATCH MEETING TUESDAY, OCT. 16TH AT 6PM IN THE FRONT YARD OF 700 ANDREWS DRIVE AT THE CORNER OF ANDREWS DRIVE AND HILL STREET.


THOMASTON POLICE CHIEF MIKE RICHARDSON AND SEVERAL OF HIS OFFICERS WILL OFFER ADVICE ON KEEPING THE NEIGHBORHOOD SAFE.

UPSON CO. RAINFALL FROM THE STORM

ACCORDING TO THE UPSON EMA RAIN GAUGE UPSON COUNTY RECORDED FOUR AND A HALF INCHES OF RAIN FROM HURRICANE MICHAEL ON WEDNESDAY.

Wednesday, October 10, 2018

UPSON UNDER A TORNADO WARNING TUES AFTERNOON

SOUTHERN UPSON COUNTY NEAR THE SALEM COMMUNITY WAS UNDER A TORNADO WARNING AROUND 2;30PM WEDNESDAY.


NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE RADAR TRACKED SOME STORM DEBRIS IN CRAWFORD COUNTY HEADED TOWARD UPSON COUNTY AT 10,000 FEET BUT IT NEVER REACHED UPSON COUNTY. SEVERAL COUNTIES INCLUDING UPSON, PIKE, SPALDING, LAMAR, AND HENRY UNDER A TORNADO WATCH TILL 2AM THURSDAY.