Friday, November 16, 2018

ABRAMS SAID SHE HAS NOT CONCEDED KEMP SAYS SHE HAS

SPEAKING TO THE MEDIA FRIDAY AFTERNOON FOR THE FIRST TIME SINCE ELECTION DAY , DEMOCRAT STACEY ABRAMS SAID SHE KNOWS REPUBLICAN BRIAN KEMP WILL BE DECLARED GOVERNOR BUT SHE REFUSED TO CONCEDE THE ELECTION.


KEMP RESPONDED-- THAT ABRAMS HAD CONCEDED THE RACE AND OFFICIALLY ENDED HER CAMPAIGN FOR GOVERNOR.

TU SPORTS HALL OF FAME 2019

Thomaston-Upson Sports Hall of Fame

2019 Radio Inductee Profiles



The first member of the 2019 class of the Thomaston-Upson Sports Hall of Fame is Danny Kelly.  Kelly is a 1966 graduate of Yatesville High School where he was a member of the Yellow Jackets basketball team that won the 1965 Class C state championship.  He has been a Georgia High School basketball official for 45 years and has also umpired high school baseball and softball.  He has officiated region and state tournaments in basketball, baseball, and softball.

The second member of the 2019 class of the Thomaston-Upson Sports Hall of Fame is Tommy Parks.  Parks is a 1990 graduate of R.E. Lee Institute where he was a starter and major contributor in both football and baseball.  He went on to play baseball at Wallace Junior College and Berry College.  He was an All-Conference pitcher at Berry and later served as their pitching coach for one season.  He was baseball coach at Andalusia High School in Alabama and Harris County High School.  He also coached football at Manchester High School and Harris County.  His teams won three region championships in baseball and two region titles in football.  He was head football coach at Upson-Lee High School from 2014-16 and had a 21-11 record.

The third member of the 2019 class of the Thomaston-Upson Sports Hall of Fame is Helen Middlebrooks Smith.  Smith is a 1964 graduate of R.E. Lee Institute where she was a three-year starter for the Lady Rebels basketball team.  She was a vital member of the Lee teams that won 59 straight games during the 1963 and 1964 seasons.  She was named honorable-mention AAA All-State in 1963 and was selected as the Most Valuable Player on Lee’s 1963 State Championship team.





The fourth member of the 2019 class of the Thomaston-Upson Sports Hall of Fame is Rick Rawlins.  Rawlins is a 1972 graduate of R.E. Lee Institute where he was a four-year letterman and starter for the Rebel football team.  He received the Most Promising Player Award in 1968 and was named Outstanding Offensive Lineman in 1971.  He received honorable-mention on the 1971 AAA All-State team and played in the Georgia High School All-Star game in 1972.  Rawlins then received a football scholarship to Georgia Tech where he was a starter in 1973 as a defensive nose guard.

The fifth member of the 2019 class of the Thomaston-Upson Sports Hall of Fame is Ben Daniel.  Daniel is a 1962 graduate of R.E. Lee Institute where he was a three-year starter on the Rebel football team.  He received the Most Outstanding Lineman Award on the 1961 Lee team that finished 2nd in the state.  He received honorable-mention on the 1961 AAA All-State team and played in the 1962 Georgia High School All-Star game.  He received a football scholarship to The Citadel where he played for four years.

The team member of the 2019 class of the Thomaston-Upson Sports Hall of Fame is the 1979 Upson High School boys’ basketball team.  Coached by John Thrower, the Yellow Jackets had a season record of 27-4.  Along the way they won the Troup Holiday Class and the Region 4AAA championship.  Behind the scoring of Glenn Ferguson and Robert Caldwell, Upson went on to finish 2nd in the AAA state tournament, losing by one point in the state finals.  

Thursday, November 15, 2018

CAR BREAK-IN ARREST SPALDING COUNTY

During the latter part of October, Spalding deputies responded to multiple reports of vehicles that had been entered. The majority of these incidents were localized in the southern portion of the county. Spalding investigators were able to obtain video footage from a homeowner and post the footage on social media. Investigators were able to link a vehicle and a possible suspect to the events. A search warrant was obtained for a 2017 Nissan Altima that was placed at the scene. Multiple stolen items were recovered from the Nissan that were associated with reports in Pike and Spalding County. Griffin Police officers also recovered two stolen handguns that were reported stolen in earlier reported entering auto cases. The weapons are currently being processed for prints. The primary suspect in this case is 19 year old Domon Chrishone Kendrick. Kendrick has been charged with 9 counts of theft by receiving stolen property. Kendrick was arrested and posted bond on the initial 8 charges. An additional warrant was obtained for theft by receiving and he is being sought by Spalding deputies. Sheriff Darrell Dix stated “We would like to thank the Griffin Police Department and the Pike County Sheriff’s Office for their timely assistance. Griffin PD officers actually recovered two of the weapons that were reported stolen. Pike County deputies were instrumental in assisting and worked with our investigators in discussing incidents in Pike County”. The investigation continues and additional arrests are possible.

Wednesday, November 14, 2018

PIKE COUNTY'S AMAZON, A VETERANS MEDICAL CLINIC

BUTCH ARMISTEAD-- AGENT FOR TWO TRACTS OF PROPERTY WHERE A VETERANS ADMINISTRATION MEDICAL CLINIC COULD LOCATE ON U.S. 19 NORTH OF ZEBULON—TOLD THE COUNTY BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS— WEDNESDAY ----THIS IS PIKE COUNTY'S AMAZON. A PROJECT THAT COULD MEAN 350 TO 400 NEW JOBS. AMAZON FLIRTED WITH ATLANTA AND OTHER CITIES FOR ITS NEW HEADQUARTERS BUT CHOSE NORTHERN VIRGINIA AND NEW YORK FOR 50,000 NEW JOBS, THIS WEEK. THE STATE OF GEORGIA REPORTEDLY OFFERED AN INCENTIVE PACKAGE OF $2 BILLION TO LURE AMAZON.

DURING TWO PUBLIC HEARINGS WEDNESDAY , MEMBERS OF THE EDWARDS FAMILY GOT REZONING APPROVAL FOR TWO TRACTS OF 30 AND 16 ACRES SIDE-BY-SIDE FROM A-R TO P-I PROFESSIONAL AND ANOTHER PUBLIC HEARING IS SCHEDULED IN DECEMBER FOR A TRACT OWNED BY JERRY COLWELL AT U.S. 19 AND OLD ZEBULON ROAD, SOUTH OF ZEBULON.

PIKE COUNTY'S PLANNING AND ZONING DIRECTOR BRAD VAUGHN TOLD ZOOM NEWS AFTER THE MEETING , ALL THREE TRACTS FIT THE COUNTY'S OVERLAY PLAN FOR THE PROJECT THAT COULD OPEN IN 2021 OR 2022.



UPSON S.O. DRUG BUST COLQUITT STREET

UPSON SHERIFF'S DEPUTIES ARRESTED A GRIFFIN MAN AND A THOMASTON WOMAN ON DRUG CHARGES ON COLQUITT STREET.

38 YEAR OLD TIMOTHY DANIEL CREAMER OF RHODES LANE-GRIFFIN BOOKED FOR POSSESSION OF SCHEDULE PILLS AND 44 YEAR OLD STEPHANIE PITTS OF EAST PEACHTREE STREET-THOMASTON CITED FOR POSSESSION OF METH.


DEPUTIES WENT TO THE RESIDENCE TO SERVE A WARRANT AFTER NEIGHBORS HAD REPORTED HIGH TRAFFIC COUNT LATE AT NIGHT AT THE RESIDENCE.

HEAVY RAIN DAMAGES UPSON CO. COURTHOUSE

AT TUESDAY'S MEETING , COUNTY MANAGER JASON TINSLEY REPORTED TO THE UPSON COUNTY COMMISSIONERS THAT RECENT RAINS HAVE CAUSED DAMAGE TO THE COURTHOUSE AND TO A COUPLE OF OFFICES IN THE GOVERNMENT COMPLEX.

CREWS HAVE BEEN BUSY REMOVING WATER FROM THE C ARPET AND PADDING IN THE MAIN COURTROOM THIS WEEK AND ONE COMMISSIONER SAID IT APPEARS THE WOOD AROUND THE STAIN GLASS CEILING IS ROTTING DUE TO THE LEAKS. NO SUPERIOR COURT WAS SCHEDULED THIS WEEK.


COUNTY MANAGER TINSLEY TOLD THE BOARD THE WATER PROBLEM NEEDS A LONG TERM FIX,

Monday, November 12, 2018

PIKE CO PUBLIC HEARINGS ON VETERANS CLINIC

THE PIKE COUNTY BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS WILL HOLD TWO PUBLIC HEARINGS WEDNESDAY 9AM RELATED TO LOCATION OF A VETERANS ADMINISTRATION MEDICAL CLINIC IN ZEBULON.

BOTH REQUESTS FOR REZONING FROM AR TO P-1 PROFESSIONAL/INSTITUTIONAL.

JOHN W. EDWARDS JR., ALLIE E ARMISTEAD, AND LAURIE FISHER, 30 ACRES OFF HIGHWAY 19 NORTH ACROSS ROAD FROM FRESHWAY NORTH OF ZEBULON.

THE OTHER REQUEST FROM THE EDWARDS FAMILY/JAASEE HOLDINGS/ 16 ACRES THAT ADJOINS THE OTHER TRACT.

BOTH WOULD ALLOW A DRUG TREATMENT CENTER ON THE PROPERTY WHICH COULD BE A PART OF THE VETERANS CLINIC.

THIS IS THE 2ND PUBLIC HEARING ON THE EDWARDS FAMILY PROPERTY— THE FIRST WAS RECOMMEND BY STAFF. STATE LAW REQUIRES A 6 MONTH LAPSE FOR A 2ND PUBLIC HEARING IF A DRUG TREATMENT CENTER IS INVOLVED.

JERRY COLWELL IS ALSO REQUESTING A REZONING FOR THE VETERANS CLINIC FOR HIS PROPERTY AT U.S 19 AND OLD ZEBULON ROAD—BUT THE CLOCK IS STILL RUNNING FOR HIS
A 2ND PUBLIC HEARING. THE FIRST WAS ALSO RECOMMENDED



ALSO ON THE PIKE COMMISSIONEERS AGENDA—EXECUTIVE SESSION RELATED TO COUNTY MANAGER—THOMASTON BUSINESSMAN BOBBY BICKLEY HAS BEEN HIRED FOR $72,000 ANNUALLY, REPORTS DEC. 10TH. 

PIKE CO. S.O. ARRESTS THOMASTON MAN FOR SCAM

Investigators have arrested Justus Hughley , 22 years of age, for the charge of Computer Theft after a report of a fraudulent go fund me account that was accepting money on behalf of the family of Dylan Thomas. 

The investigation was lengthy as several subpoenas had to be served throughout the country to gather the needed information to identify the perpetrator. A bank account in Iowa was used by the suspect to attempt to transfer the money from go fund me to his personal account. 

Fortunately the transaction was reported as fraudulent and no money was received by Hughley. Computer IP addresses and banking information provided by the suspect to go fund me and a bank were used to locate the suspect in Upson County. He is currently in the Pike County Jail awaiting a bond hearing.

Friday, November 9, 2018

UL'S TYE FAGAN FEATURED IN UGA RED AND BLACK NEWSPAPER

Wednesday, November 7, 2018

STORM ROLLS THROUGH UPSON/LAMAR WED 5PM

A SQUALL LINE ROLLED THROUGH UPSON AND LAMAR COUNTIES AROUND 5PM WEDNESDAY AND DUMPED SEVERAL INCHES OF BLOWING RAIN ON THE AREA.

UPSON EMC PRESIDENT/CEO NEAL TRICE TOLD ZOOM RADIO NEWS A GA. POWER UTILITY POLE FELL ACROSS EMC LINES NEAR THE GILMORE CENTER AND KNOCKED OUT SERVICE TO UPSON-LEE HIGH SCHOOL. HE REPORTED SOME SCATTERED POWER OUTAGES.


A MOTORIST CALLED US FROM LAMAR COUNTY AND SAID TRAFFIC WAS PULLING OFF HIGHWAY 36 TO WAIT TILL THE STORM SYSTEM MOVED THROUGH.    

LIFE IN PRISON FOR A SEXUAL BATTERY CONVICTION

BENJAMIN D. COKER
DISTRICT ATTORNEY
Griffin Judicial Circuit


11/7/18


PRESS RELEASE

Yesterday, an Upson County Jury returned a verdict of guilty in the State vs. Marcus Slaton. Slaton was convicted of Aggravated Sexual Battery. The Honorable W. Fletcher Sams sentenced the defendant to Life in prison. The case was tried by Assistant District Attorney Mark Irvin and Chief Assistant District Attorney Marie Broder. Slaton was convicted of molesting an 8 year old child.

District Attorney Coker said of the verdict, “I would like to thank my Upson office, law enforcement, and the Crescent House for their testimony. I would also like to thank the jurors for believing this little girl. Yesterday, this child’s received justice. Together, we will continue to work diligently to keep the children of Upson County safe from those that seek to do them harm.”


TPD - BOND GRANTED IN INFANT DEATH CASE

DURING A HEARING WEDNESDAY MORNING, UPSON COUNTY CHIEF MAGISTRATE JUDGE JAN STREETMAN GRANTED BOND OF $25,000 TO JULICIA HOLMES ARRESTED AFTER HER THREE MONTH OLD INFANT WAS FOUND DECEASED ON WEST COUNTY ROAD, OCT. 20.

AFTER THOMASTON POLICE FOUND THE CHILD UNRESPONSIVE HOLMES WAS PLACED IN THE UPSON COUNTY JAIL ON CHARGES OF CONCEALING A DEATH AND MAKING FALSE STATEMENTS, AND CONCEALING FACTS.


POLICE INVESTIGATIONS SGT. GEORGE LITTLE TOLD ZOOM RADIO NEWS THERE COULD BE ADDITIONAL CHARGES ONCE THE AUTOPSY REPORT IS RELEASED FROM THE GBI CRIME LAB. THE POLICE REPORT SAID OFFICERS WERE CONTACTED 3 OR 4 HOURS AFTER THE BABY REPORTEDLY WAS NOT BREATHING AND IT WAS TRANSPORTED TO THE E.R. TWO OTHER CHILDREN WERE IN THE HOME AT THE TIME.

UPSON NATIVE WILL BENTLEY TO TOP STATE POST

Mr. Will Bentley has agreed to become the President of the Georgia Agribusiness Council.. Will served as the Executive Vice President of the 5,500-member Georgia Cattlemen’s Association and the Georgia Beef Board. In these roles, he has been extremely active in local, state and federal policy formulation and advocacy, and has direct lobbying experience in our Capital. He is well known in Georgia by our Elected officials and within the Agribusiness community.
Bentley is originally from Thomaston, GA., where he and his family own and operate Bentley Farms. He is a Shorter College graduate with a major in business marketing and a minor in communications. Will serves on the University of Georgia College of Veterinary Medicine Advisory Council. He is also a member of the UGA AgriAbility Board, the Macon Civic Club, the Advancing Georgia’s Leaders in Agriculture Board, and is a member of Leadership Georgia class of 2017.
Will is married to Ember Bishop Bentley and the couple lives in Macon, GA with their dog, Gordon. The Bentley’s attend Vineville United Methodist Church.

WINNERS IN TUESDAY'S ELECTION

IN TUESDAY'S ELECTION BENJAMIN WATSON ELECTED DISTRICT 4 UPSON COUNTY COMMISSIONER, KEN PULLIN WON STATE HOUSE 131, MARTY HARBIN WON GA. SENATE 16, RUN-OFF FOR MONROE COUNTY SHERIFF-- LAWSON BITTICK AND BRAD FREEMAN, STOCKBRIDGE WON—NO CITY OF EAGLE'S LANDING IN HENRY COUNTY. VIRLON RACHELS WON MAYOR MEANSVILLE.
EARLY SUNDAY ALCOHOL SALES APPROVED SPALDING/GRIFFIN.

BITTICK, FREEMAN RUN-OFF MONROE CO SHERIFF

DEC. 4TH RUN-OFF FOR MONROE COUNTY SHERIFF BETWEEN TOP VOTE GETTER LAWSON BITTICK AND BRAD FREEMAN.


IN A 6 MAN RACE BITTICK GOT 31% 3937, FREEMAN POLLED 24% OR 2974. BITTICK HOPING TO SUCCEED HIS FATHER JOHN CARY BITTICK WHO LEFT TO BECOME U.S. MARSHALL MIDDLE DISTRICT OF GA.

Tuesday, November 6, 2018

KEN PULLIN ELECTED STATE HOUSE 131

DISTRICT-WIDE IN UPSON, PIKE, AND LAMAR, REPUBLICAN KEN PULLIN ELECTED IN STATE HOUSE DISTRICT 131, WITH 73% OF THE VOTE . PULLIN GOT 16,308 VOTES, DEMOCRAT CHRIS BENTON 26%--5808 VOTES.

WATSON PULLIN KEMP FERGUSON WIN BIG IN UPSON

OVER 66% VOTER TURN-OUT IN UPSON COUNTY IN TUESDAY'S ELECTION AND BENJAMIN WATSON WON DISTRICT 4 UPSON COUNTY COMMISSIONER WITH ALMOST 59% OF THE VOTE. REPUBLICAN WATSON POLLED 1389 VOTES TO AARON DAWSON'S 977 OR 41.29%.

STATE HOUSE DISTRICT 131, GOP'S KEN PULLIN, 7047, 67.80% TO CHRIS BENTON 3337, 32%.

IN THE GOVERNOR'S RACE REPUBLICAN BRIAN KEMP GOT 66.81%, 7057 VOTES TO DEMOCRAT STACEY ABRAMS 3439 OR 32.56%.

LT. GOV. REPUBLICAN DUNCAN 68.32%, AMICO 31.62%.

SEC. OF STATE RAFFENSPERGER 65.80%, BARROW 32.89%.

ATTORNEY GENERAL CHRIS CARR—66.78% BAILEY 33.20%.

U.S. CONGRESS, 3RD DISTRICT, DREW FERGUSON REELECTED 67.97% TO ENDERLINE 32%.



BOBBY BICKLEY OF THOMASTON NEW PIKE CO. MANAGER

THOMASTON BUSINESSMAN BOBBY BICKLEY WAS HIRED AS COUNTY MANAGER BY THE PIKE COUNTY BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS AT A CALLED MEETING SATURDAY. CHAIRMAN BRIAR JOHNSON TOLD ZOOM RADIO NEWS FOLLOWING THE MEETING, THE BOARD WILL BE MEETING WITH BICKLEY SOON TO ESTABLISH HIS CONTRACT.


IT WAS A 3-2 VOTE, COMMISSIONERS JAMES JENKINS AND TOMMY POWERS OPPOSED.

Monday, November 5, 2018

T-SPLOST VOTE IN SPALDING CO. NOV. 2019

AT A WORKSHOP MONDAY AFTERNOON—THE SPALDING COUNTY BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS DECIDED TO HOLD A TRANSPORATION SPLOST IN NOVEMBER OF 2019 AND A COMMITTEE WILL BE FORMED TO DECIDE PRIORITIES FOR PROJECTS AND TO PROMOTE THE VOTE.

THE BOARD HEARD THREE SUGGESTIONS FOR THE SITE OF A NEW $4.6 MILLION IN-DOOR AQUATIC CENTER TO BE BUILT WITH SPLOST FUNDS —THE LAKES AT GREEN VALLEY INDUSTRIAL PARK, THE FORMER DUNDEE MILLS SITE ACROSS FROM UGA GRIFFIN AND THE CITY PARK.

IT WOULD BE 8 LANES WITH PROFESSIONAL DIVING BOARDS.


THE BOARD INSTRUCTED COUNTY MANAGER WILLIAM WILSON TO SECURE PROPOSALS AND DRAWINGS FOR THE AQUATIC CENTER BY A RETREAT IN LATE JANUARY 2019.

CONGRESSMAN FERGUSON IN THOMASTON MONDAY

SPEAKING TO CHAMBER OF COMMERCE OFFICALS MONDAY IN THOMASTON, 3RD DISTRICT CONGRESSMAN DREW FERGUSON WAS GUARDED IN PREDICTING REPUBLICANS CAN KEEP THE HOUSE ON TUESDAY, BUT HE PROJECTED THE GOP WILL RETAIN THE SENATE.


FERGUSON WAS PRESENT AT THE MACON AIRPORT SUNDAY AS PRESIDENT DONALD TRUMP RALLIED FOR REPUBLICAN CANDIDATE FOR GOVERNOR BRIAN KEMP AND HE ESTIMATED THE CROWD AT 70,000. FERGUSON SAID THE CROWD SEEMED TO BE OF ALL AGES AND ALL WALKS OF LIFE.

Thursday, November 1, 2018

UL'S WALKER SELECTED FOR ALL AMERICAN BOWL

UPSON LEE'S TRAVON WALKER HAS BEEN SELECTED TO PLAY IN THE HIGH SCHOOL ALL AMERICAN BOWL SATURDAY, JAN. 5TH, 2019 IN THE ALAMO DOME IN SAN ANTONIO, TEXAS.

THE UGA-BOUND WALKER—WAS PRESENTED HIS JERSEY BY GAME OFFICIALS AT CEREMONIES AT THE HIGH SCHOOL THURSDAY.

THE BEST 90 HIGH SCHOOL PLAYERS IN THE U.S. ARE SELECTED FOR THE GAME ANNUALLY. 

JUDGE CRAWFORD WILL REMAIN ON THE BENCH

VIRGIL BROWN—ATTORNEY FOR SUPERIOR COURT JUDGE ROBERT MACK CRAWFORD—INDICTED WEDNESDAY BY THE PIKE COUNTY GRAND JURY FOR VIOLATION OATH OF OFFICE AND THEFT BY TAKING—TOLD ZOOM NEWS AT THE PIKE COUNTY COURTHOUSE— JUDGE CRAWFORD WILL REMAIN ON THE BENCH UNTIL ANOTHER RULING IS POSSIBLY ISSUED. ATTORNEY BROWN CONTENDS JUDGE CRAWFORD IS INNOCENT OF CHARGES INVOLVING $15,000 IN WHAT CRAWFORD CLAIMS ARE LEGAL FEES HE EARNED WHILE A PRACTICING ATTORNEY.

AN ETHICS CASE BEFORE THE STATE JUDICIAL QUALIFICATIONS COMMISSION IS STILL PENDING BUT J.Q.C. DIRECTOR BEN EASTERLIN SAID WEDNESDAY—THE INDICTMENTS HAVE NO EFFECT ON THE PENDING J.Q.C. PROCEEDINGS. CRAWFORD'S HEARING BEFORE THE J.Q.C. WILL BE IN JANUARY.


FORMER GA. GOVERNOR ROY BARNES IS REPRESENTING JUDGE CRAWFORD IN THE J.Q.C. PROCEEDINGS—BUT COULD NOT SERVE AS LEGAL COUNSEL IN THE CRIMINAL MATTER—BECAUSE ITS BEING PROSECUTED BY THE STATE ATTORNEY GENERAL'S OFFICE—AND BARNES HAS BEEN RETAINED BY THE STATE IN AN OPIOID CASE.