Tuesday, October 23, 2018

NEIGHBORHOOD WATCH MEETING ON HILL STREET

THOMASTON POLICE CHIEF MIKE RICHARDSON TOLD ZOOM RADIO NEWS TUESDAY—INVESTIGATORS ARE LOOKING AT A MALE SUBJECT RECENTLY ARRESTED ON SHOPLIFTING CHARGES AT WAL MART IN CONNECTION WITH RECENT HOUSE BURGLARIES IN THE HILL STREET, THURSTON AVE. , SOUTH GREEN STREET AREA.


CHIEF RICHARDSON TOLD US HE APPRECIATED CITIZENS OF THAT AREA ATTENDING A NEIGHBORHOOD WATCH MEETING LAST WEEK. THE MESSAGE FROM THE P.D. , IF YOU SEE SOMETHING, CALL 911 

FIVE LOAVES AND TWO FISHES PANTRY NEEDS DONATIONS

Five Loaves and Two Fish Food Pantry provides groceries for families in need, but they are requesting your help, especially before Thanksgiving, when the demand is the greatest. Wouldn't it be comforting to know when you sit down to Thanksgiving dinner that others in your community would be able to do the same, and have a happy Thanksgiving? Please help make this happen by donating a frozen turkey or hen, or making a monetary donation, so the Food Pantry can provide those in need with groceries this Thanksgiving.
Frozen turkeys (must be frozen) need to be delivered to Five Loaves & Two Fish Food Pantry between Monday, November 12th and Friday, November 15th anytime between 8:00am and 12:00pm. They are located in the same building (at the rear) as Hope Health Clinic at Solomon Street and 10th Street, in downtown Griffin. Their address is: 412 W. Slaton Avenue, Griffin, GA 30223. Donations (checks please, no cash) are also welcome and can be mailed or delivered to the same address. For more information, call (678) 603-1238.
 

Monday, October 22, 2018

WOW $ 1.6 BILLION GA. LOTTERY MEGA MILLIONS

ATLANTA – Mega Millions continues its record run. Tuesday’s jackpot has ballooned to $1.6 billion – the largest in U.S. history. The Mega Millions cash option is 904 million.

Meanwhile, Powerball is making a run of its own. Wednesday’s Powerball jackpot has grown to $620 million – the third largest Powerball jackpot and the sixth largest jackpot in U.S. history. The Powerball cash option is $354 million.

“This is an incredibly exciting time for Georgians,” Georgia Lottery President and CEO Gretchen Corbin said. “Our players are having a lot of fun, and students across the state benefit with each Mega Millions and Powerball ticket purchased in Georgia.”

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.

DEM CAND. FOR GOV. STACEY ABRAMS IN THOMASTON WED.

DEMOCRAT CANDIDATE FOR GA. GOVERNOR STACEY ABRAMS WILL BE IN THOMASTON WEDNESDAY TO SPEAK AT ST. MARY'S AME CHURCH 605 HIGHTOWER STREET. ABRAMS AND OTHER CANDIDATES WILL ADDRESS THE VOTERS AT 10;30AM SPONSORED BY THE UPSON DEMOCRATIC PARTY AND ST. MARY'S AME CHURCH. PLEASE BE SEATED BY 10;30AM.




THE REPUBLICAN CANDIDATE FOR GOVERNOR BRIAN KEMP WAS IN UPSON COUNTY FOR A LABOR DAY BAR B Q.

5 INJURED SAT. NIGHT WRECK IN THOMASTON

ACCORDING TO POST 26 GA. STATE PATROL IN THOMASTON A ONE YEAR OLD CHILD WAS AIRLIFTED AND 4 OTHERS TRANSPORTED TO THE E.R. AFTER A THREE VEHICLE ACCIDENT ON 19 NORTH NEAR LA FESTA RESTAURANT—SATURDAY NITE AT 9PM. IT COULD BE ALCOHOL RELATED.

THE GSP REPORT SAID THE CHILD , ALEXANDER O'STEEN OF YATESVILLE WAS TAKEN BY AIR AMBULANCE TO CHILDREN'S HEALTHCARE OF ATLANTA. OTHER PASSENGERS IN THE SAME CAR, INFANT ARABELLA O'STEEN TAKEN TO MACON MEDICAL CENTER, AND LINDSEY BROOKE O'STEEN , AGE 26 AND THE DRIVER SAMUEL O'STEEN, 26 , BOTH OF YATESVILLE WERE UNINJURED.

THE DRIVER APPARENTLY AT FAULT—JOVARIS LAMON FULLER, AGE 32 OF JONESBORO WAS TAKEN TO URMC , A PASSENGER BRANDON ANDERSON, AGE 26 OF DETROIT WAS TRANSPORTED TO WELLSTAR SPALDING REGIONAL HOSPITAL, , AND THE DRIVER OF THE THIRD VEHICLE —GARY WAYNE SHAFFER, AGE 65 OF FAIRBURN ,WAS ALSO TAKEN TO UPSON REGIONAL.

FULLER HAS BEEN CHARGED WITH DUI, RECKLESS DRIVING, SERIOUS INJURY BY VEHICLE, AND POSSESSION AND DISTRIBUTION OF CONTROLLED SUBSTANCES OR MARIJUANA.

FULLER WAS DRIVING A 2018 PORSCHE MACAN S NORTHBOUND ON 19 AND STRUCK THE O'STEEN 2007 CHEVROLET UPLANDER IN THE REAR, THEN HIT THE SHAFFER CAR , HEAD-ON, A 2016 SUBARU IMPREZA —AS IT TRAVELED SOUTHBOUND ON 19.



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.

WEATHER MEMO SOUTHERN RIVERS ENERGY

 Southern Rivers Energy is prepared to respond to outages in the wake of Hurricane Michael but this will likely cause more damage than Irma which was a four-day event. We have additional crews on standby from Arkansas, Kentucky and Tennessee so we will have additional help but it will still take time. We urge everyone to have a plan in place and be prepared for power outages to last several days.
>> Anyone with medical needs that require electricity must have a back up plan. Please report outages using the Outage Hotline 866-244-4890 but be advised that you may not get through immediately due to the high volume of calls. Stay away from any downed power lines and trees or limbs that may be touching them. SRE members can find updates at southernriversenergy.com as well as Facebook and Twitter. 

WEATHER CLOSINGS

WEATHER RELATED CLOSINGS

QUAD GRAPHICS CLOSED WED. 7PM REOPEN THURSDAY 7PM

TENCATE ZEBULON, MOLENA—3RD SHIFT NO REPORT, RESTART 10AM THURSDAY.

THOMASTON-UPSON CIVIC CENTER CLOSED TILL 10AM THURSDAY. ALL CITY OF THOMASTON AND COUNTY OF UPSON OFFICES OPEN THURSDAY 10AM.

URMC WELLNESS CENTER CLOSED WED 6PM REOPEN THURSDAY 9AM.

UPSON CO SENIOR CENTER CLOSED

FAITH BAPTIST CHURCH, ALL SERVICES CANCELLED, CLOSED THURSDAY.

SOUP KITCHEN SILVERTOWN BAPTIST CHURCH CLOSED THURSDAY


GORDON STATE COLLEGE BARNESVILLE CLOSED TILL MONDAY.

GRIFFIN-SPALDING CO. SCHOOLS WEATHER INFO

Due to inclement weather conditions from Hurricane Michael, and the safety of our employees, GSCS will have a delayed start time of 10 a.m. on Thursday, October 11, for all employees. All essential staff members who may be required to report to work earlier will be contacted by their direct supervisor.

So far, GSCS has cancelled two athletic events this afternoon, and will make decisions about other activities scheduled for tomorrow as needed. GSCS will continue to monitor weather conditions and keep you updated if there are any changes. You may also want to monitor the district's web site, Twitter, Facebook and Instagram accounts for updates as well.

PIKE CO PLAYER'S DEATH ACCIDENTAL

IN HIS REPORT PIKE COUNTY CORONER TERRELL MOODY HAS RULED THAT THE DEATH OF FOOTBALL PLAYER DYLAN THOMAS WAS ACCIDENTAL. THE OFFICIAL CAUSE OF DEATH IS CARDIAC ARREST DUE TO OR AS A CONSEQUENCE OF TRAUMATIC BRAIN INJURY, DUE TO OR AS A CONSEQUENCE OF A CLOSED HEAD INJURY.


DYLAN THOMAS, 16 , DIED AT GRADY HOSPITAL ON THE SUNDAY FOLLOWING THE PEACH COUNTY GAME ON FRIDAY, WHEN HE WAS LIFE FLIGHTED DUE TO INJURY.  

WRECK TUES WAYMANVILLE ROAD, ONE INJURED

A FEMALE THOMASTON MOTORIST WAS TRANSPORTED TO THE MACON MEDICAL CENTER WITH MULTIPLE INJURIES AFTER HER SUV FLIPPED SEVERAL TIMES TUESDAY AFTERNOON 4PM ON WAYMANVILLE ROAD AT DALLAS DRIVE.


ACCORDING TO POST 26 GA. STATE PATROL, 53 YEAR OLD MARY EUBANKS GIBSON OF POPLAR DRIVE IN THOMASTON WAS DRIVING A 2004 CHEVY TRAILBLAZER-- DRIFTED ON THE ROAD—OVERCORRECTED AND TURNED OVER SEVERAL TIMES.  

Tuesday, October 9, 2018

STORM PREP IN THOMASTON/UPSON

THOMASTON MAYOR J.D. STALLINGS TOLD THOMASTON KIWANIS TUESDAY—ALL CITY VEHICLES ARE FUELED-UP AND CREWS ARE ON STAND-BY FOR THE STORM . AT TUESDAY NITE'S MEETING COMMISSION CHAIRMAN NORMAN ALLEN URGED THE PUBLIC TO BE CAUTIOUS AND TRACK THE STORM THRU THE MEDIA—AND HE SAID EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT AND COUNTY CREWS ARE ON THE READY.


SPALDING COUNTY MANAGER WILLIAM WILSON WAS ON HOLIDAY FOR A FEW DAYS IN PANAMA CITY BEACH—BUT HE TOLD US HE WAS PART OF THE FORCED EVACUATION AND HAD TO CUT HIS VACATION SHORT AND WAS BACK IN THE OFFICE TUESDAY.  

SPALDING COUNTY HIRES ASST. CO. MANAGER

MICHELLE IRIZARRY NAMED SPALDING COUNTY’S NEW ASSISTANT COUNTY MANAGER Spalding County Manager William P. Wilson Jr. announced today the appointment of Michelle Irizarry as Spalding County Assistant County Manager. The appointment, effective December 4, 2018, concludes an exhaustive search that identified several competitive and qualified candidates. Ms. Irizarry has over 17 years of government experience with property tax, accounting, budget preparation, Community Development, GDOT, MARTA, ARC, grant administration and City Management. “Irizarry’s government experience combined with her Human Resources skills, financial management knowledge, economic development and public engagement skills make her the ideal candidate for this position” said Wilson. Irizarry comes to this position from the City of Statham where she currently serves as the City Administrator. In her current position, Irizarry oversees the daily management of the City, supervises and works closely with Police, Public Works, Water/Sewer, Finance, and Building Departments, manages Human Resources, Tax and Utility billings, administers Economic Development program, conducts elections, and represents the City, Mayor and City Council at public functions. Ms. Irizarry received her Bachelor of Science Degree in Business Management from Shorter University in Rome, Georgia where she graduated with honors in 2008. Ms. Irizarry and her family will be relocating to Spalding County and they look forward to becoming a part of our community. # #

Monday, October 8, 2018

BOTH FINALISTS FOR PIKE CO MANAGER WITHDREW

ACCORDING TO THE CHAIRMAN OF THE PIKE COUNTY BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS BRIAN JOHNSON —BOTH FINALISTS FOR COUNTY MANAGER HAVE WITHDRAWN THEIR NAMES FROM CONSIDERATION.

MICHELLE ARIZARRY, OF AUBURN, GA. , CITY ADMINISTRATOR OF STATHAM, GA. WITHDREW MONDAY AND TOLD PIKE OFFICIALS SHE IS TAKING A POSITION WITH SPALDING COUNTY, APPARENTLY ASSISTANT COUNTY MANAGER.

THE OTHER FINALIST, JAMES HEDGES WHO WORKED RECENTLY AS CITY MANAGER OF PELHAM, GA. WITHDREW LAST WEEK, AMID REPORTS HE IS TOP CHOICE TO BE THE NEW COUNTY MANAGER OF MONROE COUNTY.

CHAIRMAN JOHNSON TOLD ZOOM NEWS MONDAY, THE BOARD WILL DISCUSS THEIR OPTIONS IN EXECUTIVE SESSION AT WEDNESDAY'S MEETING —BUT IT APPEARS THEY WILL HAVE TO GO BACK TO THE DRAWING BOARD AND START ALL OVER ON HIRING A NEW COUNTY MANAGER.


DUE TO SOME MEMBERS CONFLICTS THE PIKE COMMISSIONERS HAD DELAYED AN ANNOUCEMENT OF HIRING A NEW MANAGER UNTIL OCT. 18TH.   

TRAFFIC FATALITY SUNDAY IN THOMASTON

A THOMASTON WOMAN DIED OF INJURIES FROM AN AUTO ACCIDENT SUNDAY AFTERNOON AROUND 5PM AT THE SILVERTOWN TRAFFIC LIGHT AND THE OTHER MOTORIST INVOLVED HAS BEEN ARRESTED.

POLICE CHIEF MIKE RICHARDSON SAID THE VICTIM , 60 YEAR OLD MATTIE WILLIAMS OF WEST GOODRICH AVE. WAS DRIVING A 1995 BUICK LA SABRE THAT WAS T-BONED BY A 2009 GMC SUV DRIVEN BY 38 YEAR OLD CHRIS LAMBERT OF MATHIS LAKE ROAD. LAMBERT . ALLEGEDLY RAN THE RED LIGHT AT THE INTERSECTION—THE CHIEF TOLD ZOOM NEWS.

MS. WILLIAMS VEHICLE WAS STRUCK IN THE DRIVERS SIDE DOOR AT NORTH CHURCH AND GOODRICH AVE. AND SHE DIED OF INJURIES A SHORT TIME LATER.

THE GSP HAS CHARGED LAMBERT WILL FELONY VEHICULAR HOMOCIDE, DUI DRUGS, DRIVING WITH SUSPENDED LICENSE, AND RUNNING A TRAFFIC LIGHT , AND HE IS IN THE UPSON COUNTY JAIL.

THE GA. STATE PATROL IS INVESTIGATING THE ACCIDENT.



Friday, October 5, 2018

PROBLEMS FRIDAY WITH GA. DRIVER SERVICES SYSTEM

THE GA. DEPARTMENT OF DRIVER SERVICES HAD A SYSTEM PROBLEM FRIDAY AND COULD NOT ISSUE DRIVERS LICENSES . SGT. MAURICE RAINES POST COMMANDER LAGRANGE GSP SAID THOMASTON DDS WILL BE CLOSED UNTIL TUESDAY , BUT GRIFFIN, NEWNAN, AND FAYETTEVILLE , WARNER ROBINS AND PERRY WILL BE OPEN 8 TO NOON SATURDAY AND 8 TO 1 MONDAY—BUT NO ROAD TESTS SATURDAY AND YOU MUST HAVE A RESERVATION TO HAVE A ROAD TEST MONDAY—WHICH IS A HOLIDAY—COLUMBUS DAY—BUT THOSE OFFICES WILL BE OPEN TO ACCOMIDATE DRIVERS LICENSE CUSTOMERS.

FUNERAL SERVICE FOR DYLAN THOMAS, 16

IT WAS STANDING ROOM ONLY THURSDAY AT OAK HILL BAPTIST CHURCH IN WILLIAMSON—A CHURCH THAT HOLDS 1700—FOR THE FUNERAL SERVICE OF PIKE COUNTY FOOTBALL PLAYER DYLAN THOMAS, 16.

DYLAN DIED OF INJURIES IN THE PEACH COUNTY GAME—AND TEAMATES AND MEMBERS OF THE JUNIOR VARSITY TEAM WORE THEIR RED JERSEYS -- HIS NUMBER 32 WAS SCRAWLED IN RED ON CAR WINDOWS IN THE CHURCH PARKING LOT—SOME ACCOMPANIED BY THE WORDS DYLAN STRONG.


PLAYERS FROM PEACH COUNTY ALSO ATTENDED THE SERVICE WEARING THEIR GRAY JERSEYS

Thursday, October 4, 2018

UPSON CO. FIRE FATALITY

ACCORDING TO UPSON COUNTY SHERIFF DAN KILGORE A MOLENA MAN DIED IN A HOUSE FIRE EARLY THURSDAY AT 278 THUNDERING SPRINGS ROAD.

THE BODY OF THE VICTIM, 62 YEAR OLD JAMES MORELAND STRICKLAND WAS FOUND AT THE REAR OF THE HOUSE NEAR A DOORWAY. MR. STRICKLAND LIVED ALONE , ACCORDING TO THE SHERIFF.

FIRE DEPARTMENTS FROM UPSON COUNTY AND PIKE COUNTY RESPONDED TO A FULLY INVOLVED FIRE AT 6;30AM THURSDAY, THE RESIDENCE WAS REDUCED TO RUBBLE.


SHERIFF KILGORE SAID THE BODY WAS SENT TO THE GBI CRIME LAB FOR AUTOPSY AND THE STATE FIRE MARSHALL'S OFFICE WILL INVESTIGATE THE CAUSE.

Wednesday, October 3, 2018

HOUSE FIRE 103 D. STREET.

CITY OF THOMASTON FIRE CHIEF RENEE HARRIS SAID A HOUSE WAS DESTROYED BY FIRE AT 103 D. STREET—WEDNESDAY AROUND 11AM AND TWO FAMILY PETS PERISHED IN THE FLAMES, TWO DOGS—THE RESIDENCE OF SHIRLEY ANN HUCKABY. HER 21 YEAR OLD GRANDSON WAS THE ONLY PERSON AT HOME AT THE TIME, BUT WAS UNHARMED.

ACCORDING TO THE CHIEF WHEN UNITS ARRIVED, FLAMES WERE THROUGH THE ROOF. CAUSE UNKNOWN.



DR. EARL STEWERT JR. RECOGNIZED BY GA. TREND

THOMASTON INTERNAL MEDICINE PHYSICIAN DR. EARL STEWERT JR. AGE 31 IS RECOGNIZED IN THE LATEST ISSUE OF GA. TREND MAGAZINE AS ONE OF THE 2018 40 GEORGIANS UNDER 40 NOMINATED FOR THEIR CAREER ACHIEVEMENTS AND POSITIVE INFLUENCE ON THE LIVES OF OTHERS.


ACCORDING TO GA. TREND , IN HIS PRACTICE IN THOMASTON DR. STEWERT IS HELPING RESPOND TO THE OPIOID CRISIS, STARTING A TREATMENT PROGRAM WITH MORE THAN 20 PATIENTS ENROLLED AND HIS DR. EARL STEWERT JR. FAMILY FOUNDATION PROVIDES SCHOLARSHIPS TO DESERVING COLLEGE-BOUND AFRICAN-AMERICAN STUDENTS.

TWO STRUCTURE FIRES IN UPSON CO.

ROCK HILL AND YATESVILLE FIRE DEPARTMENTS RESPONDED TO A HOUSE IN FLAMES AT 59 JOHNSON STREET, THE RESIDENCE OF CAROLYN TEAL.

MS. TEAL TOLD UPSON S.O. SHE WAS WATCHING TV AND HEARD A LOUD BANG IN THE BACK OF THE HOUSE CHECKED AND FOUND A BACK ROOM ON FIRE. A FREEZER WAS HOUSED IN THAT AREA. THE BOOM COULD HAVE BEEN FROM AEROSOL CANS IN THE ROOM.

YATESVILLE FIRE CHIEF BILLY LEE SAID THE CAUSE IS UNDETERMINED.


THE ROCK HILL DEPARTMENT DISPATCHED TO ANOTHER STRUCTURE FIRE AT 110 JOHN HUTCHERSON DRIVE, A STORAGE SHED ON FIRE. CALVIN PENNYMAN SAID HE BOUGHT SOME ITEMS AT AN ESTATE SALE AND PLACED THEM IN THE SHED, AND THEY MIGHT HAVE CONTAINED CHEMICALS THAT CAUGHT FIRE.  

UPSON COUNTY JAILER TERMINATED

NEWS RELEASE

On October 2, 2018 a Jail Officer at the Upson County Jail , Keytric Jones, 32, of Fort Valley Ga was arrested and charged with Sexual Assault against a person in custody and violation of Oath of Office. Jones, who had been employed since February 2018, was terminated effective immediately. Investigation revealed that Jones inappropriately touched a male inmate in a sexual manner between July and September 2018. 
Jones remains in custody pending warrants and bond.
This investigation is active and ongoing.

Dan Kilgore, Sheriff
October 3, 2018

Tuesday, October 2, 2018

FUNERAL SERVICES FOR PIKE PLAYER DYLAN THOMAS,16

Mr. Dylan Michael Thomas, age 16, of Hollonville, passed away September 30, 2018.  Dylan was a Junior at Pike County High School. He loved all sports, but football was his favorite. He was a linebacker and running back for the Pike County Pirates. When he was younger, he played second base, catcher and shortstop for Pike County recreational baseball.  He was passionate about the outdoors, and a skilled fisherman and hunter. He especially enjoyed deer, turkey and duck hunting.  He was also an excellent marksman. 
Dylan lived life to the fullest.  He was a true friend, who never met a stranger. He was a loving son and brother.
He is survived by his parents: Darren and Shannon Thomas; sister: Ashley Westbrook of Hollonville, and a 2007 Pike County High School graduate; grandparents: Delcie Thomas of Davie, FL, Tom Thomas of Live Oak, FL, and Sheryl Burgess of Williamson; numerous aunts, uncles, cousins and friends who loved him dearly.
Friends may visit the family on Wednesday, October 3, 4-7 p.m., at the funeral home.  Funeral service will be held on Thursday, October 4, 4 p.m., at Oak Hill Baptist Church, 100 Lakeside Drive, Williamson, with Dr. David Couch and Pastor Stephen Dervan officiating.  Burial will follow in Moody Memorial Gardens.
The family would like for all football players (no matter which school) to wear their jerseys to the service.
In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to a scholarship fund that is being established in honor of Dylan. For more information, please contact the funeral home 770-567-8642. 

GHSA STATEMENT ON PIKE COUNTY PLAYER DEATH


GHSA Executive Director Dr. Robin Hines met with the Superintendent of Pike County Schools, Dr. Mike Duncan, and the Athletic Director of Pike County High School, James Stanford, on Tuesday to review the incident of Dylan Thomas’ tragic death this past weekend. Below are the findings of the investigation into his death.
In reviewing the game film, there is no indication of an injury occurring in the second quarter of the game, nor did the player or anyone else report a possible injury at that time.
In the third quarter, the player fell while attempting to pursue a play and reported a problem with the feeling in his leg. A certified trainer was called onto the field immediately and the player was helped off the field with what appeared to be a leg injury.
He was met at the bench by an orthopedic surgeon who was on the sideline along with the Pike County certified trainer.
The student was wearing a 2018 model Riddel Flex helmet (brand new). This is the highest-rated helmet that Riddel manufactures.
It also should be noted that Pike County coaches (like all GHSA certified coaches) are required to renew the concussion protocol offered by the GHSA each year.
There is no indication of any negligent action by anyone associated with Pike County in this incident. The coaches had taken every precaution to prepare for potential injuries and went beyond the required standards when working within the concussion protocol.

Sunday, September 30, 2018

Pike County Football Player Succumbs To Injury

A prayer vigil attended by hundreds was held Sunday evening for a Pike County football player that was injured during the Pirates game with Peach County Friday night. Shortly afterward, the family of 16 year old Dylan Thomas of Williamson announced that he had died from the injury.

Thomas, a linebacker for the Pirates, collapsed during the game in Zebulon and was transported to Grady Memorial Hospital in Atlanta where he underwent surgery to relieve pressure on his brain.

Coaches and players from both teams huddled together on the field as Thomas was attended to. 

Thursday, September 27, 2018

PIKE COUNTY TIMBER FIRM UNDER PROBE

A Pike County timber company is under investigation for racketeering and elder abuse is alleged fraud that spanned 16 counties including Lamar.

Bibb circuit district attorney David Cooke said the allegations involved Cox Land & Timber Inc. of Pike County and six co-conspirators.

Two people were arrested Tuesday as a part of the probe. John Barnhart Cox, 49, was charged with theft by deception. Jack Uselton Jr., 49, was charged with misrepresenting the origin or ownership of timber.

The investigation was begun by the Georgia Forestry Commission. It involved 28 landowners in 16 counties. At least, 17 of the landowners were elderly, Cooke said. The 16 counties are Bibb, Baldwin, Dodge, Fayette, Green, Hancock, Henry, Jasper, Lamar, Meriwether, Monroe, Newton, Pike, Spalding, Talbot and Taliaferro.

The defendants allegedly misrepresented the type and amount of timber harvested so they could pay the landowners less than what it was worth.

Wednesday, September 26, 2018

PLANT VOGTLE NUCLEAR EXPANSION MOVING FOWARD

IT APPEARS THE FINANCIALLY-TROUBLED PLANT VOGTLE NUCLEAR EXPANSION NEAR AUGUST WILL MOVE FOWARD AFTER THE PARTNERS STRUCK A DEAL WEDNESDAY TO KEEP THE MULTI-BILLION DOLLAR PROJECT ALIVE.

THE BIG PLAYERS SOUTHERN COMPANY/GA. POWER, THE MUNICIPAL ELECTRIC AUTHORITY OF GA----ME-AG--AND THE EMC ASSOCIATED—OGLETHROPE POWER HAVE COME TO THE TABLE.

THE BOARD OF OGLETHROPE POWER—THE PROJECTS 2ND BIGGEST OWNER HAD EARLIER DEMANDED A COST CAP TO CURB SOARING COSTS AND HAD INSISTED THAT GA POWER'S PARENT COMPANY—SOUTHERN COMPANY—EVENTUALLY TAKE-ON THE ADDITIONAL FINANCIAL RISK IF IT CONTINUES COSTLY SLIP-UPS.

DETAILS OF THE AGREEMENT HAVE NOT BEEN DISCLOSED—BUT INVESTORS INCLUDE THE CITY OF THOMASTON, GRIFFIN, BARNESVILLE, JACKSON, FORSYTH AND DOZENS OF OTHERS PLUS EMC'S AROUND THE STATE BUT NOT UPSON EMC.



TRAFFIC DEATH IN UPSON CO.

UPSON COUNTY SHERIFF DAN KILGORE HAS REQUESTED THE GA. STATE PATROL CONTINUE THE INVESTIGATION INTO A SINGLE VEHICLE ACCIDENT WITH A FATALITY EARLY SUNDAY, SEPT. 23, ON PLEASANT VALLEY ROAD.


THE VICTIM—24 YEAR OLD CHARLENE SEWELL OF PLEASANT VALLEY ROAD WAS PARTIALLY EJECTED FROM THE 2001 FORD EXPEDITION SHE WAS DRIVING AND WAS PRONOUNCED DECEASED AT THE SCENE.

UPSON GARBAGE COLLECTION RATE GOES UP JAN IST

UPSON COUNTY CUSTOMERS WILL PAY 53-CENTS MORE PER MONTH FOR GARBAGE COLLECTION SERVICE EFFECTIVE JAN. IST, 2019—A 3.8% INCREASE.

THE UPSON COUNTY COMMISSIONERS APPROVED THE INCREASE AT TUESDAY'S MEETING—SOMETHING IN THE CONTRACT WITH VENDOR TRANS WASTE THAT ALLOWS AN INCREASE BASED ON THE CONSUMER PRICE INDEX.

GARBAGE COLLECTION SERVICE IS BILLED QUARTERLY BY THE COUNTY GOVERNMENT.

HERE'S THE NEW BREAK-DOWN -- REGULAR SERVICE MONTHLY GOES FROM 13.90 TO 14.43 AND THE QUARTERLY CHARGE WILL BE 43.29 INSTEAD OF 41.70.

THERE WAS SOME COMMENT FROM THE BOARD TO GO BACK TO THE MARKET NEXT YEAR AND TAKE BIDS.


COUNTY MANAGER JASON TINSLEY SAID THE COUNTY IS AT 5 YEARS IN A 10 YEAR CONTRACT WITH TRANS WASTE BUT THERE IS A 90 DAY OUT.

CO COM CHAIR ALLEN RESPONDS TO FMR CHAIR BLACKSTON

At this board’s last meeting on September 11th we received a request during public comments from Mr. Rusty Blackston which he asked the Board to publically respond to several questions he had at our next meeting.  At this time I offer this response to the issues he presented.
This Board has been made aware of current operational shortcomings and public safety concerns regarding our current judicial facilities.  Issues such as needed repairs to the existing building and facilities, potential security vulnerabilities, inmate handling concerns, overcrowding and the need for expanded office space and public access for court filings are just some of the issues expressed to the Board.  These concerns have been brought forth from nearly every elected and appointed official responsible for the public safety and our courts.  
These are the very same concerns previous leadership was presented with and I am sure is what lead to the earlier study provided from Precision Planning.   This Board decided to listen to our elected and appointed officials responsible for our public safety and court interest as well as citizens serving on our Grand Jury and made the decision to have the existing plans updated, after all a lot can and has changed since 2018.  
To the question of this Board’s use of 2016 SPLOST funds to pay for an updated study from Precision Planning.  In our April 24, 2018 regular meeting the Board was presented a proposal from the company for conceptual design updates from the previous designs from August 2015.  Also included in this proposal was site planning and cost estimating as well as renderings and final reporting.   
We carefully evaluated our funding options and concluded that the most appropriate funding source is  2016 SPLOST rather than fund through the General Fund.  Included in the 2016 SPLOST was “improvement to public buildings” where the $160,000 is budgeted for the courthouse.  
Mr. Blackston expressed his concerns about the equitable distribution of resources to every county park.  Every county park received new and safe playground equipment.  As other needs arise the staff and leadership will work to provide resources where needed, regardless of location, as it is our responsibility to provide for safe and enjoyable activities at every park.   
Funding for the Logtown Community Park which was included in 2011 SPLOST.  The amount of $50,000 was allocated for this project.  Budgets for proposed projects are estimates of the cost at the time the budget and referendum is prepared.  It is not unusual for projects to exceed the estimates largely in part due to the length of time from budget estimating to project completion which in some cases may take years.  
In this case the park project had begun as land was acquired and cleared, a basketball court and walking trail were installed and that was it.  There was no design plan or detailed project budget in place for this project.  This Board could not let this park stand in the condition it was in so we decided to come up with a plan to finish this park and turn it into something most citizens would use and be happy with.  This work consisted of building a covered pavilion with adequate restroom facilities and completing grade work, installation of ADA compliant sidewalks, installation of playground equipment, and cleaning up the landscaping.  
The final cost for this project was approximately $110,000  and the money came from 2011 and 2016 SPLOST.  
We recognize the significance of SPLOST dollars and in no way consider these tax dollars to be a “pot of gold”.  When this Board assumed office in January 2017 we recognized the need to assume greater oversight of SPLOST spending and accountability which is why we currently review every proposed SPLOST expenditure during an open meeting.  This is not a typical practice; however this Board is committed to the efficient and transparent use of SPLOST dollars.  
I appreciate Mr. Blackston’s concerns and I encourage him and others to feel free to contact the Commissioners or the County Manager anytime questions or concerns arise.  Thank you.

Tuesday, September 25, 2018

SEPTEMBER UPSON CO. GRAND JURY TRUE BILL LIST

2018 SEPTEMBER TERM GRAND JURY
SEPTEMBER 17, 2018

TRUE BILL LIST


JOHNNY CLARENCE ALFORD CT. 1:  AGGRAVATED BATTERY
CT. 2:  ROBBERY BY SUDDEN
SNATCHING
DELONZO DESHUN ALLEN CT. 1:  CRIMINAL TRESPASS
CT. 2:  SIMPLE BATTERY
CT. 4:  THEFT BY TAKING

DELONZO DESHUN ALLEN CT. 1:  SIMPLE ASSAULT
CT. 2:  OBSTRUCTION OF AN OFFICER
WESLEY GEORGE BAILEY CT. 1:  SMASH AND GRAB BURGLARY
            
NATASHA MERIAH BARFIELD CT. 1:  BURGLARY 1ST DEGREE

DUSTIN JOEL BATES CT. 1:  TRAFFICKING METHAMPHETAMINE

TROY EUGENE BLOUNT, JR CT. 1:  VANDALISM TO PLACE OF
WORSHIP

MONTERIO DURRELL BROWN CT. 1:  POSSESSION COCAINE WITH
INTENT TO DISTRIBUTE
CT. 2:  THEFT BY RECEIVING STOLEN
PROPERTY
CT. 3:  POSSESSION OF FIREARM
DURING COMMISSION OF A
FELONY
CT. 4:  POSSESSION MARIJUANA LESS
THAN OUNCE
CT. 5:  POSSESSION FIREARM BY
CONVICTED FELON
CT. 6:  WINDOW TINT VIOLATION

ECTAVIEA SEMAJ BRYANT CT. 1:  THEFT BY RECEIVING STOLEN
PROPERTY
CT. 2:  VIOLATION OF STREET GANG
TERRORISM AND PREVENTION
ACT


QUINTRELL COLBERT CT. 1:  CRIMINAL ATTEMPT TO COMMIT A
FELONY
CT. 2:  POSSESSION OF FIRARM DURING
COMMISSION OF A FELONY
CT. 3:  CARRYING A WEAPON WITHOUT A
LICENSE
CT. 4:  CRIMINAL USE OF AN ARTICLE WITH
AN ALTERED IDENTIFICATION MARK

BRYAN LAMONTE COLLIER CT. 1:  AGGRAVATED BATTERY

JONATHAN ALAN COPPERSMITH CT. 1:  POSSESSION OF METHAMPHETAMINE
WITH INTENT TO DISTRIBUTE
CT. 2:  POSSESSION OF ILLEGAL WEAPON
CT. 3:  POSSESSION OF FIREARM BY
CONVICTED FELON
CT. 4:  ILLEGAL USE OF SPECIFIC WEAPON
DURING CRIME
CT. 5:  VIOLATION OF STREET GANG
TERRORISM AND PREVENTION

JONATHAN ALAN COPPERSMITH CT. 1:  INTERFERENCE WITH GOVERNMENT
PROPERTY

DANIEL RAY CULVERHOUSE CT. 1:  CRUELTY TO ANIMALS

RODNEY DUCKWORTH CT. 1:  SEXUAL BATTERY AGAINST A CHLD
UNDER 16

KRISTOPHER MARK HUNT CT. 1:  POSSESSION OF METHAMPHETAMINE
CT. 2:  CROSSING THE GUARD LINE WITH
CONTRABAND

BRANDON HEATH JOHNSON CT. 1:  VIOLATION OF GEORGIA
EMPLOYMENT SECURITY LAW

JOSHUA RYAN KENNEDY CT. 1:  THEFT BY RECEIVING STOLEN
PROPERTY

HOLDEN SPENCER KNIGHT CT. 1:  CRIMINAL DAMAGE TO PROPERTY
2ND DEGREE

DAVID HENRY MCCONNELL CT. 1:  CHILD MOLESTATION

DAYSHA NICOLE MCDANIEL CT. 1:  AGGRAVATED ASSAULT


RODRECIUS LAPELLE MILLER CT. 1:  SIMPLE ASSAULT
CT. 2:  SIMPLE ASSAULT

AIMEE LYNN MOSLEY CT. 1:  ENTERING AN AUTOMOBILE
CT. 2:  BURGLARY 1ST DEGREE

BRITTANY NICOLE POWELL CT. 1:  AGGRAVATED ASSAULT

MITAVIUS LEE ROBINSON CT. 1:  BURGLARY 1ST DEGREE

KATELYN ROSE SMITH CT. 1:  CRUELTY TO CHILDREN 1ST DEGREE

PAUL ROBERT SMITH, JR. CT.1:  ENTICING A CHILD FOR INDECENT
PURPOSES
CT. 2:  ELECTRONICALLY FURNISHING
OBSCENE MATERIAL TO MINORS

JOSEPH CHARLES STEPHENSON CT. 1:  POSSESSION OF ILLEGAL WEAPON
CT. 2:  POSSESSION OF FIREARM BY
CONVICTED FELON
CT. 3:  DRIVING ON IMPROPER
REGISTRATION

THOMAS FRANKLIN STOREY CT. 1:  AGGRAVATED ASSAULT
CT. 2:  BATTERY, FAMILY VIOLENCE
CT. 3:  AGGRAVATED ASSAULT, FAMILY
VIOLENCE

KELSEY LAMAR WALKER CT. 1:  CRIMINAL DAMAGE TO PROPERTY
2ND DEGREE
CT. 2:  CRIMINAL DAMAGE TO PROPERTY
2ND DEGREE
CT. 3:  CRIMINAL DAMAGE TO PROPERTY
2ND DEGREE
CT. 4:  CRIMINAL DAMAGE TO PROPERTY
2ND DEGREE

KELSEY LAMAR WALKER CT. 1:  CRIMINAL DAMAGE TO PROPERTY
2ND DEGREE


OSWALD B. WILLIAMS CT. 1:  AGGRAVATED ASSAULT
CT. 2:  AGGRAVATED ASSAULT
CT. 3:  AGGRAVATED ASSAULT
CT. 4:  AGGRAVATED ASSAULT
CT. 5:  AGGRAVATED ASSAULT
CT. 6:  AGGRAVATED ASSAULT
CT. 7:  AGGRAVATED ASSAULT

ALEXUS SAMONE WILLIS CT. 1:  AGGRAVATED ASSAULT
CT. 2:  AFFRAY

CHANDRA SHANEU WILLIS CT. 1:  VIOLATION OF GEORGIA
EMPLOYMENT SECURITY LAW

RONTEREK AKEEM WILLIS CT. 1:  AGGRAVATED BATTERY
CT. 2:  CRIMINAL TRESPASS
CT. 3:  HINDERING EMERGENCY
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