Friday, February 22, 2019

UL RUNNING KNIGHTS ELIMATED

A THREE-PEAT AS STATE CHAMPIONS WON'T HAPPEN FOR THE UL RUNNING KNIGHTS—LOSING TO AMERICUS-SUMTER 59-53 THURSDAY NIGHT ON ZOOM RADIO —BUT THEY COMPILED A RECORD OF 107 WITH ONLY 3 LOSSES SINCE THE 2015-16 SEASON.

AMERICUS-SUMTER MOVES ON TO PLAY AT ST. PIUS THE TEAM THE UL KNIGHTS BEAT TWICE FOR THE STATE TITLE.


THE GRIFFIN LADY BEARS AND STATE CHAMPS SPALDING LADY JAGS BOTH ADVANCE TO THE QUARTERFINALS NEXT WEEK.  

EARLY VOTING T-SPLOST AND E-SPLOST BEGINS FEB. 25

EARLY VOTING BEGINS THIS MONDAY FEB. 25TH FOR THE MARCH 19TH CITY OF THOMASTON, CITY OF YATESVILLE, COUNTY OF UPSON TRANSPORTATION SPLOST AND THE MARCH 19TH EDUCATION SPLOST OF THE THOMASTON-UPSON SCHOOL SYSTEM.

EARLY VOTING MONDAY - FRIDAY 8;30AM TILL 4;30 PM AT THE CIVIC CENTER THROUGH MARCH 15TH BOTH ITEMS WILL BE ON THE SAME BALLOT.


A 5 YEAR $17 MILLION T- SPLOST AND A 5 YEAR $15 MILLION CONTINUANCE OF THE CURRENT E-SPLOST.

GORDON STATE SENIOR HONORED

Gordon State College senior and English major Angela Knight was recognized Tuesday by the Board of Regents of the University System of Georgia during the annual Academic Recognition Day.

Academic Recognition Day began in 1987 to celebrate individual academic achievement of outstanding scholars in the University System of Georgia.

“I am surprised and humbled by this recognition,” Knight said. “I worked very hard to make A’s and to prove to myself that I could get into college and graduate.”

Knight decided to attend Gordon after prodding by her daughter, Ashley Smith, who graduated the Early Childhood Education program in 2016.

“In fact, she filled out the application for me,” Knight said. “We even had two classes together.”

Knight admits that being in a classroom with students her daughter’s age was, at first, terrifying.

“I felt awkward at first, a little out of place,” she said. “But I found the Honors Program, made some friends and began to feel more comfortable.”

Knight, a veteran of the U.S. Army who also owns a business in Griffin, is so comfortable in a classroom that she plans to continue her education, earning a Master’s degree and then a Ph.D. in English. She wants to teach and in her spare time tending to the orchids she likes to grow.

“Students like Angela personify what the Highlander EDGE is all about - Engaged innovators, Dedicated scholars, Gifted communicators, and Ethical leaders,” said GSC President Kirk A. Nooks. “We salute Angela’s commitment to completing her education and pursing a teaching career.”

Dr. David Janssen, professor of English and Honors Program Coordinator, calls Knight an exemplary student.

“I am thrilled that Angela was chosen as this year’s GSC Outstanding Scholar,” Janssen said. “She is truly exemplary. Angela was a student in two of my English classes, and she is also a member of our Honors Program. She developed one of her papers from my ENGL 2121 class on John Milton’s Paradise Lost and presented it at the Gordon Collegiate Honors Council Conference and our own Undergraduate Research Symposium in 2017.”

“I know she is considering graduate school in English, and if she chooses to go that route, I know she will become an outstanding professor,” Janssen continued. “I am proud that

I have had the opportunity to work with and get to know her.

JQC HEARING FOR JUDGE CRAWFORD MONDAY 9AM

AN ETHICS HEARING FOR SUPERIOR COURT JUDGE ROBERT MACK CRAWFORD BY THE STATE JUDICIAL QUALIFICATIONS COMMISSION POSTPONED TWICE -- HAS BEEN RE-SET FOR MONDAY AT 9AM AT THE HENRY COUNTY JUDICIAL COMPLEX.


A THREE MEMBER PANEL SUSPENDED JUDGE CRAWFORD IN DECEMBER AND MONDAY'S HEARING IS AIMED AT REMOVING CRAWFORD FROM OFFICE AFTER HE WAS INDICTED BY THE PIKE COUNTY GRAND JURY FOR THEFT OF $15,000 FROM THE REGISTRY OF PIKE SUPERIOR COURT—FUNDS JUDGE CRAWFORD CLAIMS WERE HIS LEGAL FEES FROM A REAL ESTATE CASE WHEN HE WAS A PRACTICING ATTORNEY.  

Thursday, February 21, 2019

UPSON S.O. MOTORCYCLE CHASE

A MAN OUT OF JAIL ON BOND FOR DISTRIBUTION OF METH IS BACK IN THE GRAY BAR MOTEL—AFTER A CHASE WITH THE UPSON S.O. WEDNESDAY AFTERNOON.

A MOTORCYCLE RIDER, 35 YEAR OLD JAMES BUD RICE OF FLINT RIDGE ROAD IN UPSON COUNTY FACES NUMEROUS TRAFFIC CHARGES INCLUDING ATTEMPTING TO ELUDE PLUS HE HAD A SUSPECTED 8 BALL OF METH ON HIS PERSON.

SHERIFF DAN KILGORE SAID RICE WAS OBSERVED SPEEDING ON THE WOODLAND ROAD AND A DEPUTY GAVE CHASE. ONCE IN TOWN RICE TURNED ONTO THURSTON AVE. LAID HIS BIKE DOWN AND TRIED TO FLEE ON FOOT, BUT WAS CAPTURED.


ACCORDING TO THE SHERIFF , RICE IS IN JAIL ALSO CHARGED WITH THEFT BY RECEIVING---THE MOTORCYCLE WAS REPORTED STOLEN OUT OF HENRY COUNTY, PLUS IT HAD A STOLEN TAG.

FORMAL CHARGES FILED FOR ANIMAL CRUELTY

UPSON COUNTY SHERIFF DAN KILGORE SAYS FORMAL CHARGES OF CRUELTY TO ANIMALS HAVE BEEN LODGED AGAINST A MOTHER AND DAUGHTER WHO HAD OVER TWO DOZEN DOGS AND CATS AT 1178 ATWATER ROAD—MANY LIVING IN THE HOUSE.

19 COUNTS AGAINST THE MOTHER, 62 YEAR OLD SUSAN F. COLEY AND 8 COUNTS AGAINST THE DAUGHTER JAMIE N. COLEY, AGE 30.

BOND SET AT $28,000 FOR SUSAN COLEY, $12,000 BOND FOR JAMIE COLEY—BOTH SURRENDERED AT THE JAIL AND WERE BOOKED.


THE HOUSE REPORTEDLY HAS BEEN CONDEMNED AS UNLIVEABLE BY UPSON'S BUILDING OFFICIAL BECAUSE THE FLOOR IS COVERED WITH ANIMAL WASTE.

T-U SPORTS HALL OF FAME BANQUET

The Thomaston- Upson Sports Hall of Fame will hold their 15th annual induction banquet Saturday night, 6PM, at the Upson-Lee High School cafeteria.

Five individuals will be inducted - Ben Daniel, Danny Kelly, Helen Smith, Rick Rawlins, and Tommy Parks - and one team - the 1979 Upson High Boys basketball team.

Tickets are $20 and can be purchased from any board member or at the door.

THOMASTON, UPSON T-SPLOST TOWN HALL MEETING

THE UPSON COUNTY BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS AND THOMASTON MAYOR AND COUNCIL HELD A TOWN HALL MEETING ON THE MARCH 19TH VOTE ON A $17 MILLION TRANSPORTATION SALES TAX MEASURE, WEDNESDAY—BUT ON A DAMP, CHILLY NIGHT—MOST OF THE TOWN STAYED HOME.

THERE WERE MORE ELECTED OFFICIALS AT THE MEETING THAN CITIZENS BUT THE 5 OR 6 WHO DID ATTEND GOT A HOUR'S WORTH OF INFORMATION ABOUT THE T-SPLOST.

CITY AND COUNTY OFFICIALS MADE A POINT THAT CURRENT REVENUES FROM THE STATE AND WHAT THEY GENERATE FALLS WAY SHORT OF WHAT'S NEEDED TO KEEP UP WITH PAVING WORK.

IF IT PASSES, THE COUNTY OF UPSON WILL GET $9.5 MILLION, THE CITY OF THOMASTON $7.3 MILLION AND CITY OF YATESVILLE $170,000. THE COUNTY COMMISSIONERS ARE ALSO SEEKING APPROVAL ON THE BALLOT FOR A $6 MILLION BOND TO GET MONEY UP FRONT TO BEGIN PAVING ROADS.

THE CITY OF THOMASTON WILL GET ITS MONEY—PAY AS YOU GO—AND YATESVILLE WILL GET THE FIRST $170,000—THAT COULD BE USED FOR SIDEWALKS.

IF VOTERS APPROVE THE PENNY SALES TAX MEASURE COLLECTIONS WILL BEGIN JULY IST.

OFFICIALS POINTED OUT THAT OUT OF COUNTY SHOPPERS WILL HELP TO PAY THE SALES TAX—FOR SMALLER REGIONAL SHOPPING HUBS LIKE THOMASTON THAT USUALLY IS ABOUT 35%.

EARLY VOTING FOR THE T-SPLOST AND AN EDUCATION SPLOST ALSO ON THE BALLOT FOR THE THOMASTON-UPSON SCHOOLS

BEGINS MONDAY-THROUGH FRIDAY AT THE CIVIC CENTER 8;30 TO 4;30 ENDING MARCH 15TH. 

SPALDING HIGH HAS A NEW HEAD FOOTBALL COACH

The Griffin-Spalding County Board of Education voted 4-0 to approve the recommendation of Jeffery Hammond as head football coach of Spalding High School during a special called meeting February 21. Board Member Barbara Jo Cook was not present to vote during the meeting.

Hammond is currently the offensive coordinator at Colquitt County High School in Moultrie, GA and a certified math and physical education teacher. Under his leadership, the team went to the GHSA 7A semifinals playoffs in 2018 with a 43 point scoring average. Hammonds’ has had six semifinal appearances along with two final appearances during his 14 years as an offensive coordinator with three different schools. Previously, Hammond served as a coordinator at Early County High School, Foley High School and twice at Colquitt County High School. He has also served as a head coach in baseball, golf, weightlifting, and track in Alabama, Florida and Georgia public schools, as well as a football restrictive earnings coach junior varsity defensive coordinator at Troy State University.

Hammond holds a bachelor’s degree in Mathematics from Troy State University, a master’s degree in Integrating Technology Into the Classroom and a specialist degree in Educational Technology from Walden University.

“I am excited about the experience and energy Coach Jeff Hammond will be bring to our program at Spalding High School. I feel confident in the knowledge, ability, and skills that he possesses,” said Spalding High School Principal Lindy Pruitt. “I feel certain he will work hard with our students, parents and staff to enhance and sustain the football program and overall athletic program at Spalding. I am ready for spring football and to see what the future holds!”

Nick Davis resigned as head football coach at Spalding High School last month to accept the head football coach position at Fayette County High School.

Wednesday, February 20, 2019

UPSON SO--POSSIBLE RABID FOX ON THOMPSON LANE

ON THOMPSON LANE---THE UPSON COUNTY SHERIFF'S DEPARTMENT HAD TO PUT DOWN A POSSIBLE RABID FOX THAT WAS HANGING AROUND A POSTAL VEHICLE—AND DIDN'T SEEM TO BE AFRAID OF HUMANS.


THE REPORT FROM SGT. NEILL SANDERS SAID THE FOX WAS ACTING UNNATURALLY AND ITS REMAINS WERE REMOVED BY ANIMAL CONTROL TO BE SENT OFF FOR TESTING.

Tuesday, February 19, 2019

UPDATE; OVER 3 DOZEN DOGS AND CATS ON ATWATER RD.

UPSON COUNTY SHERIFF DAN KILGORE SAYS HIS DEPARTMENT HAS AN ON-GOING INVESTIGATION INTO THE MOTHER AND DAUGHTER RESIDENTS AT 1178 ATWATER ROAD—THAT HAD OVER THREE DOZEN DOGS AND CATS, MANY LIVING INSIDE THE HOUSE—A DWELLING THAT HAS REPORTEDLY BEEN CONDEMNED AS UNLIVEABLE BY UPSON COUNTY BUILDING OFFICIAL PHIL ELLERBEE -- AS THE ENTIRE RESIDENCE WAS COVERED WITH ANIMAL POOP.

SHERIFF KILGORE TOLD ZOOM NEWS HIS OFFICE IS PREPARING CRIMINAL WARRANTS AGAINST THE TWO WOMEN WHO ARE LIVING ELSEWHERE AND CODE ENFORCEMENT OFFICER JEREMY BLOUNT SAYS HE CITED THEM FOR CARE OF PREMSIS AND HAVING 4 OR 5 JUNK VEHICLES AT THE HOUSE.

WE WERE TOLD, AN UPSON COUNTY DEPUTY AND AN ANIMAL CONTROL OFFICER WORE HAZMAT SUITS AS A PRECAUTION WHEN THEY ENTERED THE RESIDENCE TO CHECK IT OUT.



THE DOGS AND CATS , LIVING IN SQUALID CONDITIONS WERE TRANSPORTED TO THE ANIMAL SHELTER WHEN AUTHORITIES DISCOVERED THE HOUSE LAST THURSDAY.

HEAD FOOTBALL COACH ANTONIO ANDREWS LEAVING GRIFFIN HIGH

Coach Antonio Andrews, head coach of the Griffin High School Football program and Griffin High School have mutually agreed to part ways effective February 19, 2019.

“We truly appreciate Coach Andrews’ hard work and efforts toward our football program during his tenure as an assistant coach and head coach,” stated Griffin High School Athletic Director Kennedy Holt

Griffin High School Principal Dr. Darrell Evans stated, “We appreciate the leadership and commitment Coach Andrews has dedicated to our student athletes at Griffin High School. However, our goal is to continue to put students first by providing new leadership that focuses on academics, discipline, accountability and cultivating community partnerships.”

Evans added the recruitment process for a new head football coach will take place over the next few weeks.

PLANE WITH SMOKE,SPARKS IN COCKPIT LANDS SAFELY IN GRIFFIN

GRIFFIN-SPALDING AIRPORT MANAGER ROBER MOHL IS SAYING THANKS TO FIRST RESPONDERS AFTER A SINGLE-ENGINE PLANE WAS LANDING WITH SPARKS AND SMOKE IN THE CABIN JUST BEFORE 1PM TUESDAY.

THE PILOT LANDED SAFELY WITH PROBABLY SOME SORT OF ELECTRICAL SHORT IN THE COCKPIT.


UNITS FROM EMS , SPALDING COUNTY AND CITY OF GRIFFIN FIRE DEPARTMENTS, AND LAW ENFORCEMENT RESPONDED TO THE AIRPORT.    

BAD WRECK DOWNTOWN THOMASTON TUES 2;30PM

FIRST RESPONDERS ON THE SCENE OF A SERIOUS TRAFFIC ACCIDENT AT THE CENTER STREET/LEE STREET INTERSECTION—DOWNTOWN THOMASTON. ZOOM RADIO WAS AT THE SCENE AND IT APPEARS THERE ARE MULTIPLE INJURIES, INCLUDING AT LEAST ONE CHILD.

A WHITE SUV CAME TO REST ON THE SIDEWALK AGAINST THE HEALTH SPA.

A BLACK INFINITE THE OTHER VEHICLE INVOLVED.

MOTORISTS SHOULD AVOID THE CENTER/LEE STREET INTERSECTION WHILE THOMASTON POLICE AND EMS ARE WORKING THE SCENE.



PERHAPS SPALDING CO. WILL GET A NEW ANIMAL SHELTER

A CHANGE OF PLANS FOR REHABBING THE CURRENT ANIMAL SHELTER IN SPALDING COUNTY. AT MONDAY'S MEETING THE BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS LIKED AN IDEA TO BUILD A NEW ONE—AFTER A RECOMMENDATION BY ARCHITECT RUSTY MCCALL.

THE ARCHITECT SAYS THE CURRENT ANIMAL SHELTER IS TOO FAR GONE TO TURN AROUND AND WITH THE $1.4 MILLION IN SPLOST MONEY AVAILABLE—PLANS APPEAR TO BE TEARING DOWN THE OLD YDC BUILDING NEAR-BY AND BUILDING A NEW FACILILTY ON THAT FOOTPRINT—IT ALREADY HAS A PARKING LOT.

THAT WOULD SOLVE A PROBLEM ON WHERE TO PLACE ANIMALS WHILE THE CURRENT SHELTER WAS BEING UPGRADED. A FORMAL VOTE ON BUILDING A NEW SHELTER WILL BE ON THE MARCH 4TH AGENDA.

COUNTY MANAGER WILLIAM WILSON GOT PERMISSION TO SPEND $22,000 TO REMOVE THE ASBESTOS FROM THE OLD YDC—WHICH WAS GOING TO BE TORN-DOWN ANYWAY.

IF IT ALL WORKS OUT WILSON SAID WHEN THE NEW SHELTER IS FINISHED THE OLD SHELTER WILL BE USED TO HOUSE GRAVEL AND SALT FOR THE ROADS DEPARTMENT—WHEN THERE'S ICEY ROADS.


THE ANIMAL ADVISORY BOARD WANTS A NO KILL SHELTER STATUS FOR SPALDING COUNTY.  

T-U SCHOOL SYSTEM E-SPLOST FORUM MOVED TO FEB. 25

The Thomaston-Upson School System's ESPLOST Community Forum, originally scheduled for Thursday, February 21, has been rescheduled for Monday, February 25, at 6 PM at the Upson-Lee Fine Arts Center. The UL Fine Arts Center is located on the campus of Upson-Lee High School at 268 Knight Trail.

Monday, February 18, 2019

U-L HIGH PRINCIPAL TO RETIRE

UPSON-LEE HIGH SCHOOL PRINCIPAL TRACY CALDWELL HAS ANNOUNCED HIS RETIREMENT AT THE END OF THIS SCHOOL YEAR. HE WILL HAVE SERVED IN THE POSITION FOR 8 YEARS AT THE END OF THE SCHOOL TERM.


THE BOARD OF EDUCATION HAS POSTED THE POSITION.

WOMAN'S BODY FOUND SATURDAY, UPSON S.O.

UPSON COUNTY SHERIFF DAN KILGORE SAYS THE BODY OF A DECEASED WHITE FEMALE IN HER 50'S WAS FOUND IN A CAR IN A WOODED AREA OFF REID PLACE ROAD, SATURDAY.

THE WOMAN HAD BEEN MISSING SINCE JANUARY 9, ACCORDING TO HER FAMILY.

THE SHERIFF SAID IT APPEARS SHE DIED FROM A SELF-INFLICTED GUNSHOT WOUND, BUT THE BODY WAS SENT TO THE GBI CRIME LAB FOR AUTOPSY TO DETERMINE THE CAUSE OF DEATH.

AGENDA THOMASTON MAYOR AND COUNCIL

MEETING OF THE MAYOR AND CITY COUNCIL – AGENDA
FEBRUARY 19, 2019 – 7:00 P.M.
City-County Meeting Room, Main Floor, R. E. Lee Building

A. Call Meeting to Order / Invocation / Pledge Allegiance to the Flag.

B. Approval of Minutes of February 5, 2019.

C. Adoption of Agenda.

D. Public Comment and Announcements.

E. City Attorney’s Report.

F. Assistant City Clerk’s Report.

G. City Engineer’s Report.

H. City Manager’s Report.

1. Approval of Appointments of Individuals to Serve on the City Committees and Joint Committees – Thomaston Tree Board – Thomaston Zoning Commission – Downtown Development Authority.

2. Downtown Development Authority Oath of Office.

3. Approval of Engineering Professional Services Agreement – Community Development Block Grant.

4. Approval of GEFA Modification Loan CW2017006.

5. Approval of Resolution Amendment No. 3 to Electric Cities of Georgia Intergovernmental Participant Contract – Pole Attachment Services.

I. Other Business.

J. Executive Session.

K. Adjournment.

Friday, February 15, 2019

TORNADO IN HENRY CO. TUESDAY

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE REPORTS A TORNADO TOUCHDOWN IN LOCUST GROVE IN HENRY COUNTY TUESDAY 2;12 TO 1;14PM AND ONE HOME WAS DAMAGED—BUT NO INJURIES.

THE DAMAGE ASSESSMENT, AN EF-ZERO TORNADO WITH PEAK WINDS OF 75 MILES PER HOUR FOR POINT-9 MILES AND 100 YARDS WIDE.


PREVIOUSLY A TORNADO TOUCHDOWN CONFIRMED IN CLAYTON COUNTY IS RIVERDALE.  

Thursday, February 14, 2019

UPSON S.O. INVESTIGATING CASE OF ANIMAL CRUELTY

On Thursday February 14, 2019 Upson Sheriff’s Deputies and Upson Animal Control officers responded to 1178 Atwater Rd, Thomaston, in reference to an animal cruelty investigation. A total of 29 cats and 17 dogs were seized from the location and placed at the Upson Animal Shelter.

Nine dogs and 24 cats were found to be living inside the residence in extremely unsanitary conditions. The animals were watered and fed; however, there was an extreme amount of animal feces and urine covering the entire floor throughout the residence.

Seven dogs were found in a pen outside the residence. The pen was also filthy and there was no water present for the dogs.

Five cats were located in a pen outside the residence. They had food and water; but, were living in an extreme amount of animal excrement.

Two females, a mother and daughter, who reside at the address claimed responsibility for the animals. Both are expected to be charged with Cruelty to animals as the investigation progresses.

Upson County has served notice to both females that the residence is unsuitable for human habitation.

This investigation is active and ongoing.

A NEW ROOF FOR UPSON CO. CTHOUSE-$700,000?

THE UPSON COUNTY COURTHOUSE COULD BE GETTING A NEW ROOF THAT COULD COST $700,000—ACCORDING TO COMMENTS BY COUNTY MANAGER JASON TINSLEY AT TUESDAY'S MEETING OF THE COUNTY COMMISSIONERS.

THE BOARD VOTED TO SPEND $84,000 FOR DESIGN AND ENGINEERING OF A NEW ROOF, AN 8 WEEK PROJECT—DURING MID-SUMMER THAT COULD DISPLACE SOME OFFICES AND COURT—ACCORDING TO CHAIRMAN NORMAN ALLEN. HE INDICATED SPLOST FUNDS ARE AVAILABLE FOR THE PROJECT, BUT SOME ROAD PAVING MIGHT HAVE TO BE PUT ASIDE.

THE COURTHOUSE ROOF HAS BEEN LEAKING FOR YEARS, BUT THE HEAVY RAINFALL OVER THE PAST SEVERAL MONTHS —HAS BROUGHT THE PROJECT TO THE FOREFRONT. COMMISSIONER JAMES ELLINGTON SAID PATCHING IS NOT WORKING, A NEW ROOF IS NEEDED—WITH A SOLID WARRANTY.


CHAIRMAN ALLEN WANTS PUBLIC INPUT INTO THE TYPE OF ROOF—SINCE ITS A HISTORIC BUILDING.

TRAFFIC FATALITY IN PIKE COUNTY THURSDAY

Pike County Deputies responded to a vehicle accident on Highway 19 at Rosehill Road today at 1:00 p.m.. A Nissan Frontier pick up truck that was trying to enter Highway 19 failed to yield to a Chevrolet truck that was traveling northbound on Highway 19. The driver of the Nissan, William Jones , 84 years of age, was deceased at the scene.

Traffic investigators will continue to look into the cause of this accident.

Wednesday, February 13, 2019

SCTC EMS INSTRUCTOR TONIE BILES NOMINATED


Tonie Biles
Tonie Biles, Emergency Medical Services Instructor at Southern Crescent Technical College, was recently nominated for the 2018 Georgia EMS Educator of the Year Award given by the Georgia Emergency Medical Services Association.

This award is presented to an EMS Educator who has contributed significantly to EMS education at the community, regional, and/or state level. This person has gone far above and beyond the call of duty, whether in the direct delivery of patient care or in programs offered to the community that enhance the standing of EMS and/or the education of the public.

This award is bestowed by the Georgia EMS Association whose primary mission is EMS advocacy. This award is open to any currently licensed Georgia Level I, Level II, or Level III EMS Instructor who is involved in providing instruction to EMS professionals and others.

Lynnette McCollough, Emergency Medical Services/Paramedicine Program Coordinator at Southern Crescent Technical College said, “We are delighted that one of our own has been nominated and are certainly wishing her the best as her nomination is considered in comparison to the nominations of the other educator candidates. We have a great program at Southern Crescent Technical College and that shows in our commitment to our students and their success.”

All nominees will be recognized and the winner will be announced on Thursday, February 21, 2019 at the 2019 EMS Awards Reception at the Georgia State Capitol.

Upson EMC Service Restored

UPSON EMC REPORTS ALL SERVICE ON ITS SYSTEM WAS RESTORED BY 3AM WEDNESDAY MORNING.

PRESIDENT/CEO NEAL TRICE SAID THE HIGHWAY 109 AREA OF PIKE COUNTY WAS ESPECIALLY HARD HIT BY OUTAGES DURING A STORM THAT BLEW THROUGH THE AREA. 

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IS CHECKING TO SEE IF A TORNADO HIT FOREST PARK AND ELLENWOOD IN CLAYTON COUNTY. TREES DOWNED AND SOME ROOF DAMAGE.

Tuesday, February 12, 2019

UPSON EMC REPORTS SERVICE DOWN

AS OF 4;30PM TUESDAY --UPSON EMC PRESIDENT/CEO NEAL TRICE REPORTED OVER 1200 CUSTOMERS WITHOUT POWER AFTER STORMS ROLLED THROUGH TUESDAY AFTERNOON—MOST IN PIKE COUNTY CLUSTERED AROUND HIGHWAY 109. SOME ON US. 19 , ABOUT 35 CUSTOMERS DOWN IN THE NORTHERN PORTION OF UPSON COUNTY.

PIKE COUNTY S.O. DISPATCHED TO WORK TRAFFIC AT THE UPSON-PIKE LINE EARLIER AFTER TREES FELL ACROSS POWER LINES AND BLOCKED U.S. 19 .

UPSON COUNTY WAS UNDER A SEVERE THUNDERSTORM WATCH FOR ABOUT 30 MINUTES AT 2PM.

IN MERIWETHER COUNTY LANES WERE BLOCKED ON GA. 109 AT DOGWOOD CIRCLE DUE TO POWER LINES DOWN.

CLAYTON COUNTY AND HENRY COUNTY WERE UNDER A TORNADO WARNING EARLY IN THE AFTERNOON AND DAMAGE REPORTED IN FOREST PARK AND ELLENWOOD. CLAYTON COUNTY DELAYED SCHOOL BUS ROUTES DUE TO WEATHER CONCERNS.


SOME ROTATION ON RADAR DETECTED IN FAYETTE COUNTY AS A STORM CELL APPROACHED.

STATE CAPITAL UPDATE REP. KEN PULLIN

Legislative Update - Week Four

RepPullin on the floor this week. 
Tuesday, February 4, marked the start of a very busy fourth week of the 2019 legislative session. The pace of the session is picking up, and this week brought about notable progress as my colleagues and I convened in the House Chamber for four legislative days and voted on the first bills and resolutions of the session. This week, the House passed several pieces of legislation on the House floor, including important measures like the Amended Fiscal Year 2019 budget and an adjournment resolution that sets the legislative calendar for the remainder of the session. 

Additionally, I sponsored House Bill 159 for the City of Molena.  This will move mayor and city council elections to 4 years instead of 2, which will help save the city money because they won't have to have council elections every year.
Aid for South Georgia

A critical item in the HouseAFY 2019 budget includes an additional $10 million for emergency disaster relief to aid our farmers in southwest Georgia who were devastated by Hurricane Michael last October. Our House Appropriations subcommittees came together to include this funding in the AFY 2019 budget to bolster loans for our farmers. This additional funding builds upon the $55 million that was appropriated to the Georgia Development Authority (GDA) during the 2018 special session in November. Since then, the GDA has received 412 loan applications, totaling more than $100 million in assistance requests. Of those 412 applications, 124 have already been approved, and nearly all of the $55 million has been used to secure loans. Southwest Georgia landowners lost $1.6 billion in agriculture commodities, $763 million in forest products and $63 million in agricultural related equipment, and this additional funding will continue to bring much needed relief to hard-working farmers in southwest Georgia. I commend the GDA and the Department of Agriculture for their quick response and helping to secure these loans in less than eight weeks to help our southwest Georgia neighbors. 
School Safety

The House version of the AFY 2019 budget prioritizes the safety and well-being of children at school and state facilities in Georgia by appropriating $69.4 million toprovide school security grants of $30,000 for each of the 2,314 school facilities. These school security grants will establish new safety measures for Georgia schools, including charter schools, college and career academies, GNETS facilities and the three state schools.
Chief Judge Christoper Edwards
 Griffin Judicial Circuit

Chief Judge Christoper Edwards was at the Capitol this week for the passing of House Bill 28, which I co-sponsored.  A new judge will be appointed by Governor Kemp in January of 2020. This will to add a 5th judge to the circuit. We have a huge backlog of cases in our district, and this additional judge will help get those cases settled faster.  
Libby Pullin Under the Gold Dome

Of all the visitors from home this week, I have to admit, my daughter, Libby, was my favorite. It was a treat to have Libby with me on Friday for the day. I am so proud to be her dad. 
Junior League in the Capitol

It was great meeting with Rebeka Hect and other members of the Junior League this week! I was proud to recognize them on the floor of the House on Thursday. 
4-H

4-H from Upson and Pike came to visit on Thursday. There is nothing I enjoy more at the Capitol than having our young adults come and visit. What a great group!
Upson County Senior Center
It was an honor to host a group from the Upson County Senior Center. The men and women are actively involved in the political process and I was grateful for the opportunity to meet with them and hear their concerns. 

UL'S TRAVON WALKER PLAYER OF THE YEAR AWARD

Macon Touchdown Club Annual Spring Jamboree Award Winners

These players will be receiving awards at our Annual Spring Jamboree on February 18th.
Super Seven Players of the Year
Sergio Allen                            Peach County High School
Justin Harris                            Peach County High School
Amarius Mims                         Bleckley County High School
Keilyn Tyus                              Lamar County High School
Zykeivous Walker                   Schley County High School
Daijon Edwards                      Colquitt County High School
Elmo A. Richardson Player of the Year
Travon Walker                        Upson Lee High School
State Coach of the Year
Dean Fabrizio                         Lee County High School

Ortho Georgia Back of the Year
J.T. Hartage                             Mary Persons High School
Ortho Georgia/Bill Turner Co-Lineman of the Year
Marquez Baxter                      Southwest High School
Ortho Georgia/Bill Turner Co-Lineman of the Year
Trey Bonner                            Jones County High School
Ortho Georgia Special Teams Player of the Year
Adam Musolf                          Tattnall Square Academy
Marvin Davis Coach of the Year
Sheddrick Risper                     Westside High School

Bobby Gene Sanders Memorial Scholarship Awards
Micha  Hattaway                    Mount de Sales Academy
Will Ware                                First Presbyterian Day School
Xavier Darden                         Central High School
McKinley Thompson              Stratford Acaedemy
Jonathan Siegel                      Stratford Academy
David Miles Morris                 Tattnall Square Academy

Macon Touchdown Club Annual Spring Jamboree, February 18, 2019

On Monday night, February 18th, the Macon Touchdown Club will be holding its annual Spring Jamboree.
We are fortunate to have University of Georgia Head Coach Kirby Smart as our feature speaker this year.
As always, we will meet at The Methodist Home For Children, in The Rumford Center. The address is 304 Pierce Avenue, and the meeting begins at 6:00 pm.
Guest Fee is $40.00, and includes dinner, club activities, recognition of local and state high school athletes, recognition of local and state high school coaches, and the speaker.
Tickets can be picked up at U Park Em U Sell Em, located at 3306 Vineville Avenue, between the hours of 9:30AM and 6:00PM starting on Monday, February 4th. Tickets will be sold as first come, first serve.
Purchase your tickets from Russ

Monday, February 11, 2019

HOOPS DAWGS GET #1 PLAYER

GREAT NEWS FOR THE GEORGIA BASKETBALL TEAM AND THEY NEED SOME GREAT NEWS—ANTHONY EDWARDS THE #1 RATED PLAYER IN THE U.S. COMMITTED TO THE DAWGS MONDAY HE COULD BE A ONE AND DONE FOR THE NBA—BUT ITS THE FIRST TIME THE HOOPS DAWGS HAVE THE #1 PLAYER.


THE 6-4 GUARD WHO PLAYS FOR A PRIVATE SCHOOL IN ATLANTA CAN SHOOT AND HANDLE THE BALL.

TPD=CONVIENCE STORE MANAGER ROBBED

THOMASTON POLICE INVESTIGATING THE ARMED ROBBERY OF A CONVIENCE STORE MANAGER ON EAST LEE STREET AT 12;30AM LAST WEDNESDAY.


THE VICTIM SAID WHEN HE DROVE-UP TO HIS RESIDENCE—TWO BLACK MALES WEARING MASKS PUT A GUN TO HIS HEAD AND DEMANDED CASH. THEY TOOK $220 FROM HIS PERSON AND $130 FROM THE CONSOLE OF HIS CAR AND ASKED WHERE HE HAD THE STORE BANK BAG—BUT HE TOLD THEM HE DID NOT HAVE IT. THEY STOLE HIS CAR KEYS AND FLED ON FOOT TOWARD DOLLAR GENERAL.

UPSON FEMALE SENTENCED ON MONDAY ARRESTED AGAIN THURS.

 ACCORDING  TO  UPSON COUNTY  SHERIFF  DAN  KILGORE--A  THOMASTON  WOMAN  SENTENCED  TO  FINE  AND  PROBATION  FOR  POSSESSION  OF  METH  LAST  MONDAY  WAS  ARRESTED  AGAIN  THURSDAY  FOR  POSSESSION  OF  METH  WITH  INTENT  TO  DISTRIBUTE—56  YEAR OLD  KATHY  DENISE  MERRILL  OF  BRADSHAW  ROAD.

SHERIFF  KILGORE  SAID  MS. MERRILL  ENTERED  A  GUILTY   PLEA  IN  UPSON  SUPERIOR   COURT  FEB.  4TH  BUT  DEPUTY  MARIO  CROMER  SERVED  A  SEARCH  WARRANT  AT  HER  RESIDENCE  AT  241  BRADSHAW  ROAD,  LOT   24  ON  THURSDAY  AND  SEIZED 16  GRAMS  OF  SUSPECTED  METH  AND  A   SMALL  AMOUNT  OF  MARIJUANA.

Friday, February 8, 2019

UPSON CO PLANNING COMMISSION AGENDA

REGULAR MEETING AGENDA

Thomaston-Upson County Government Administration Complex
106 East Lee Street – R.E. Lee Building
City/County Meeting Room, #140
Monday, February 11, 2019, 5:30 P.M.

1. Call to Order and Roll Call

2. Adoption of Meeting Minutes

* January 14, 2019 Regular Meeting – Minutes Provided

3. Old Business
A. Application for Variance – VAR2018-03, David E. Bailey, 1164 Baker Britt Road,
Parcel #032 021A, From A-R Minimum Street Frontage Requirement – Materials Previously
1. Public Hearing (Rehearing) Provided
2. Commission Discussion
B. Discussion of Backyard Chicken Ordinance – Materials Previously Provided
C. Discussion of Solar Ordinance – Materials Previously Provided

4. New Business
A. Application for Rezoning – REZ2019-02, Phillip T. Harris; 3098 McCorkle’s Curve Road, Parcel #041 060A, 2 Acres - To Remove C-2 Condition – Materials Provided
1. Public Hearing
2. Commission Discussion

B. Application for Special Exception – SPX2019-01, Tommy Wade Holley III/Chad F. Murphy, Echols Circle Parcel #042C 045A, For C-2 Repair Garage – Materials Provided
1. Public Hearing
2. Commission Discussion

5. Other Business

6. Planning Commissioner Issues and Announcements

7. Secretary’s Issues and Announcements
A. Manufactured Home Ordinance and Fortner Rezoning Updates - No Materials
B. Cell Tower (Spider Lily-B, West of US 19, South of Hwy 80) – No Materials
C. 2019 Meeting Schedule – Schedule Provid

UPSON BOC PUBLIC HEARING ON CO. RD REZONE LIKELY POSTPONED

A CONTROVERSIAL REZONING PUBLIC HEARING SCHEDULED BEFORE THE UPSON COUNTY BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS, TUESDAY, FOR JAMES FORTNER AT 1409 COUNTY ROAD WILL LIKELY BE CONTINUED UNTIL APRIL, ACCORDING TO PLANNING AND ZONING DIRECTOR DOUG CURRIER.

THE REZONING REQUEST FROM A-R TO MANUFACTURING CREATED A FIRESTORM FROM NEIGHBORS AT POTATO CREEK HEIGHTS AT THE PLANNING COMMISSION JANUARY MEETING —AND RECOMMENDATION WAS DENIED-- MAINLY BECAUSE SEEPAGE FROM OLD TRUCKS PARKED ON THE BANKS OF POTATO CREEK COULD CONTAMINATE THE CITY OF THOMASTON'S WATER SUPPLY.

PLANNING DIRECTOR CURRIER TOLD ZOOM NEWS FRIDAY, FORTNER HAS RETAINED A GRIFFIN ATTORNEY WHO HAS FILED FOR A CONTINUANCE OF THE HEARING UNTIL APRIL TO GET UP TO SPEED ON THE CASE—AND IT WILL PROBABLY BE GRANTED.

FORTNER RECENTLY DISCOVERED HIS BUSINESS IS ON 7 ACRES ZONED AGRICULTURAL-RESIDENTIAL, BUT HE TOLD THE ZONING BOARD HE'S BEEN PAYING TAXES ON COMMERCIAL PROPERTY . HE OPERATES A TRUCKING AND EQUIPMENT REPAIR BUSINESS AT THE SITE AND SAYS HE HAS ANNUAL PAYROLL OF WELL OVER ONE MILLION DOLLARS.



SUICIDE AT HIGH FALLS STATE PARK

At approximately 7:22pm on Thursday, February 7, 2019, the Monroe County Sheriff’s Office received a call regarding a suspicious vehicle located on Towilaga River Drive, near the Dollar General in High Falls. High Falls State Park Staff reported that the vehicle had been sitting there since approximately 9:30am that morning.

The vehicle, a 2016 Chevrolet Silverado, was found unlocked and abandoned. Upon entrance of the vehicle, a suicide note was discovered on the driver’s seat. A search for the individual was conducted of the immediate area with the assistance of Georgia DNR LED Game Wardens, DNR LED Aviation Unit, DNR Search and Rescue teams, Department of Corrections K-9 teams, High Falls State Park staff and Georgia State Patrol Aviation. K-9’s, helicopters and the Monroe County Sheriff’s Office drones were utilized in the search.

During this time, the driver of the vehicle was identified as Jeffrey Scott Kiff, age 53 of Connecticut. His family told Investigators that Kiff had been missing since November 2018 and that they had not spoken with him since January 2019. Agencies continued the search until late into the night with no success of locating Kiff. The search was resumed early Friday morning. Monroe County Sheriff’s Deputies located Kiff’s body at approximately 9:41am, cause of death was suicide.

KILLER OF SOPHIA BULLARD GETS LIFE IN PRISON

A Henry County man will spend his life in prison without the possibility of parole for killing four people at a bonfire house party.

Jacob Kosky plead guilty but mentally ill today to four counts of malice murder and eight counts of felony murder, along with multiple counts of aggravated assault, possession of a firearm during the commission of a felony, possession of a firearm by a convicted felon and theft by taking.

Henry County Superior Court Senior Judge Arch McGarity sentenced Kosky, 25, to four consecutive life sentences without the possibility of parole, plus an additional five years to serve. Under the plea agreement, Kosky also waived all rights to an appeal.

The investigation revealed on Oct. 26, 2016, Kosky and codefendant Matthew Baker Jr., 21, attended a bonfire party at a home on Moccasin Gap Road in south Henry County. During the night, the two men exited the house, returned with guns and then opened fire.

Matthew Hicks, 18, Keith Gibson, 29, and Sophia Bullard, 20, were found dead inside the home in the early morning hours of Oct. 27, 2016. Destiny Olinger, 20, was found inside the home suffering from at least one gunshot wound. She died two days later at the hospital.

Today, Kosky’s lawyers presented evidence of the defendant’s mental health problems. The judge then ruled that Kosky was responsible for his actions in killing the four victims, but was mentally ill when he opened fire on the victims.

Prior to sentencing, the families of the victims told the judge how much Kosky’s actions impacted their lives and asked the judge to accept the negotiated plea.

“The decision to move forward with this plea was made in conjunction with input from all of the victims’ families,” Henry County District Attorney Darius Pattillo said. “This plea is one step toward closure for the victims’ families by guaranteeing that Jacob Kosky is held accountable for his actions and never gets out of the prison system.”

In 2017, the district attorney’s office filed a notice of intent to seek the death penalty against Kosky and Baker. Under the plea agreement, Pattillo agreed to withdraw the death notice against Kosky in exchange for the life without parole sentence.

Baker’s charges are still pending and he will be prosecuted at a later date.

Thursday, February 7, 2019

D.A. COKER ANNOUNCES A GUILTY VERDICT

This week, in Spalding County, Assistant District Attorneys Morgan Kendrick and Ashton Fallin tried the case of State of Georgia v. Bret Alan Smith. The defendant was charged with aggravated sexual battery, two counts of child molestation, and one count of cruelty to children in the first degree. The evidence showed that the defendant had molested more than one victim for several years and in several different counties, including Spalding County. The jury returned a verdict of guilty on all counts, and the Honorable John C. Carbo sentenced the defendant to a total of life serve 30 years.

District Attorney Coker said of the trial, “children are one of the most vulnerable groups in our community. I am grateful to my office for the hard work that they do to put those that prey upon children behind bars. I am especially thankful to Ashton and Morgan for their work this week, the witnesses that testified, and those from Colquitt County who came up to testify on the case. As a team, they made sure that this predator will never hurt another child.”

SPALDING CO. MAKES A ON 2018 FY AUDIT

THE SPALDING COUNTY BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS GOT AN UPBEAT REPORT ON THE FY 2018 AUDIT MONDAY FROM MILLER EDWARDS OF MAULDIN AND JENKINS— ENDING THE FISCAL YEAR WITH A FUND BALANCE AT $5.8 MILLION ENOUGH TO COVER A COUPLE OF MONTHS OF OPERATION—BUT HE WOULD LIKE TO SEE THREE MONTHS OF BACK-UP.

EDWARDS NOTED SPALDING COUNTY HAS BEEN ADDING TO ITS FUND BALANCE FOR EACH OF THE LAST FIVE YEARS—AND NOTED IT WAS A STRONG FUND BALANCE $10.4 MILLION THAT GOT IT THROUGH THE RECESSION.
REVENUES FROM THE FISCAL YEAR $42.3 MILLION 53.8% FROM PROPERTY TAXES AND EXPENSES OF $42.5 MILLION, AND EDWARDS COMMENDED THE MANAGEMENT TEAM FOR STAYING NEAR THE REVENUE FORECAST DURING THE YEAR, ONLY $68,000 OFF FROM ACTUAL REVENUE—AS HE PUT IT A WELL MANAGED BUDGET.



Wednesday, February 6, 2019

AWARD TO SCTC WELDING INSTRUCTOR CHRIS PATTERSON

Chris Patterson, Welding Instructor at Southern Crescent Technical College, was recently named the 2019 Rick Perkins Award for Excellence in Technical Education at a celebration held on January 23, 2019 on the Griffin Campus. The Rick Perkins Award is the equivalent to being named Instructor of the Year at Southern Crescent Technical College.

Patterson was named the Rick Perkins Award Winner after the original winner, Nursing Instructor Kim Register, was named Dean for Allied Health Programs at Southern Crescent Technical College and was no longer eligible as a candidate for the award. Dr. Alvetta Thomas, President of Southern Crescent Technical College stated, “At Southern Crescent Technical College, we are so fortunate that we have such a talented pool of instructors to draw from for this honor. Once Kim became ineligible, it was an easy decision to award this to our runner-up. Chris is an excellent instructor and truly has his students’ best interest at heart. I know that he is an equally wonderful recipient for this honor.”

Patterson stated that he “was extremely honored to be named the Rick Perkins winner, although he shares this honor with all of the dedicated instructors at the College.”

The Rick Perkins Award for Excellence in Technical instruction is awarded annually and is designed to recognize and honor technical college instructors who make significant contributions to technical education through innovation and leadership in their fields. Instructors are nominated for the Rick Perkins Award by their peers and competition among instructors occurs at the college, regional, and state levels.

Dr. Alvetta Thomas, President of Southern Crescent Technical College, continued, “Mr. Patterson has been recognized as Southern Crescent Technical College’s Rick Perkins winner because of his conscientiousness and genuine commitment as an instructor. I have witnessed his dedication to student learning, high professional standards, and cooperative spirit. His teaching methods and techniques are innovative and he always encourages his students to achieve at their highest level. Chris is an excellent representation of the quality faculty and staff at Southern Crescent Technical College and we wish him well as he goes on to represent the College at the next level of competition.”

In addition to Patterson and Register, finalists for the Rick Perkins Award included Dr. V. Maloof – Biology Instructor; James Peas, Early Childhood Care and Education Instructor; and Tahesha Wade, Business Management Instructor.

Patterson and other nominees were judged by a group of outs

SPALDING COUNTY SELECTS ANIMAL SHELTER ARCHITECT

AT MONDAY'S MEETING THE SPALDING COUNTY BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS SELECTED MCCALL ARCHITECTURE TO DESIGN EXPANSION AND RENOVATION OF THE COUNTY ANIMAL CONTROL SHELTER—A BID OF 7.1% OF CONSTRUCTION COST OR $78,000. WORK SET TO BEGIN MONDAY.

MEMBERS OF THE ANIMAL CARE ADVISORY BOARD RECENTLY VISITED THE SHELTERS IN MERIWETHER COUNTY AND COLUMBIA COUNTY TO GET IDEAS.

THE SPALDING BOC TABLED FOR REVIEW TAKING OVER THE GRIFFIN-SPALDING SPORTS HALL OF FAME— A REVIEW BY THE PARKS AND REC ADVISTORY COMMISSION.


THE HALL OF FAME ASKED THE COUNTY TO TAKE IT OVER LAST YEAR, AS IT WAS RUNNING OUT OF MONEY AND A MEMORANDUM OF AGREEMENT BETWEEN THE COUNTY AND HALL OF FAME IS ON THE TABLE THAT SPELLS OUT THE RESPONSIBILITIES OF EACH PARTY IF THE COUNTY TAKES IT OVER.

T-U IDA MULLS PAD READY SITE

SPEC BUILDINGS WERE ONCE THE RAGE IN ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT BUT NOW PAD -READY SITES HAVE TAKEN OVER TO LURE NEW INDUSTRY—A PAD WHERE A BUILDING COULD BE CONSTRUCTED TO SUIT A COMPANY'S WANTS.

THE THOMASTON-UPSON DEVELOPMENT AUTHORITY HAS AUTHORIZED SOIL BORINGS AT THE ORIGINAL INDUSTRIAL PARK OFF MCINTOSH PARKWAY AND AT THE NEW BIZ/TECH PARK AT THE AIRPORT—AND IT APPEARS A PAD READY SITE NEAR THE AIRPORT IS THE BEST CHOICE.

IDA VICE-CHAIR STEVE RUSH WITH AN ENGINEERING BACKGROUND SAYS EVERYTHING POINTS TO THE NEW PARK AS THE BEST OPTION BECAUSE THERE IS ROCK AT THE OTHER ONE AND MCINTOSH PARKWAY IS IN POOR SHAPE AND WOULD HAVE TO BE REBUILT—BOTH COSTLY VENTURES.

AT THE JANUARY MEETING THE IDA DISCUSSED SALE OF THE 53 ACRES AT THE ORIGINAL INDUSTRIAL PARK AND ITS WAITING ON A SITE DEVELOPMENT PLAN FOR A PAD-READY SITE NEAR THE AIRPORT—2ND QUARTER 2019 TARGET DATE TO HAVE IT ON LINE.


THE IDA SOLD ITS SPEC BUILDING TO A KANSAS COMPANY GOLDEN STAR MANUFACTURER OF DUST MOPS AND SUCH.  

Tuesday, February 5, 2019

PD CHIEF-- NEW LEADS IN NOVEMBER THOMASTON MURDER

THOMASTON POLICE CHIEF MIKE RICHARDSON SAYS HIS DEPARTMENT DEVELOPED SOME NEW LEADS LAST WEEK IN A FATAL HOME INVASION ON 4TH AVE. LAST NOVEMBER AND HOPEFULLY THAT INFORMATION COULD LEAD TO ARRESTS IN THE CASE.

A DISABLED WHITE MALE--67 YEAR OLD STEPHEN EARLES AND HIS WIFE JOYCE EARLES , AGE 65 , WERE SEVERLY BEATEN AND MR. EARLES DIED LATER AT THE HOSPITAL , HIS WIFE WAS HOSPITALIZED IN MACON FOR HER INJURIES, BUT HAS SINCE RECOVERED ACCORDING TO THE P.D.

TWO SUBJECTS WEARING MASKS ENTERED THEIR RESIDENCE AT 5AM AND ATTACKED THEM. CHIEF RICHARDSON SAID INVESTIGATORS BELIEVE THE CASE IS DRUG RELATED , THE EARLES WERE TARGETED, AND ROBBERY WAS THE MOTIVE.

MS. EARLES HAD BEEN ARRESTED ABOUT A MONTH BEFORE THE VIOLENT HOME INVASION AND CHARGED WITH DRUG VIOLATIONS—SHE HAD A STASH OF HER HUSBAND'S PRESCRIPTION DRUGS IN THE HOUSE SHE ALLEGEDLY HAD FOR SALE-- THE CHIEF TOLD US TUESDAY.



DEFENDANT FAINTS IN UPSON SUPERIOR COURT

A DEFENDANT IN UPSON SUPERIOR COURT FAINTED MONDAY WHEN HIS PROBATION WAS REVOKED AND HE WAS SENTENCED TO 2 YEARS, 3 MONTHS IN PRISON.

MARK BLAND WAS CHARGED WITH POSSESSION METH AND POSSESSION OF A FIREARM WHILE A CONVICTED FELON, NEW CHARGES AND JUDGE FLETCHER SAMS REVOKED HIS PROBATION.


EMS RESPONDED TO THE COURTHOUSE AND TRANSPORTED BLAND TO THE E.R. AND HE WAS ADMITTED TO UPSON REGIONAL MEDICAL CENTER, ACCORDING TO SHERIFF DAN KILGORE.

ALL TIME HIGH SPLOST COLLECTIONS SPALDING CO.

TWO BIG ANNOUNCEMENTS FROM COUNTY MANAGER WILLIAM WILSON JR. AT MONDAY'S MEETING OF THE SPALDING COUNTY BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS.

SPLOST COLLECTIONS HIT AN ALL TIME HIGH IN THE LAST MONTHLY REPORT--$935,000--SETTING THE AVERAGE MONTHLY COLLECTION RATE AT $737,000.


MANAGER WILSON SAID SPALDING COUNTY'S I.S.O. RATING HAS DROPPED FROM 5.9 TO CLASS 3/3X EFFECTIVE MAY IST—WHICH COULD MEAN A DROP IN INSURANCE PREMIUMS FOR PROPERTY OWNERS AND BUSINESSES. THE CLASS 3/3X FROM THE INSURANCE RATING SERVICE HAS BEEN ACHIEVED BY ONLY 12% OF COMMUNITIES NATION WIDE AND WILSON SAID IT REFLECTS THE DEDICATION OF THE SPALDING FIRE DEPARTMENT. 

Monday, February 4, 2019

FIRE DESTROYED TWO BARNS

TWO BARNS DESTROYED BY FIRE AT 222 POPLAR GROVE DR. ACCORDING TO UPSON S.O.


CLAY ELLIS RUFFIN SAID HIS DOG'S BARKING WOKE HIM UP AND HE FOUND HIS LARGE BARN WAS ON FIRE AND IT CAUGHT A SMALLER BARN ON FIRE—BOTH WERE EMPTY—BOTH TOTALED.

BOND DENIED FOR CAMERON M. JONES OF THOMASTON

BOND DENIED FOR CAMERON JONES OF THOMASTON, MONDAY IN UPSON SUPERIOR COURT FOLLOWING A HEARING BEFORE JUDGE FLETCHER SAMS. HIS CO-DEFENDANT IN THE MURDER OF RODERICK CRAWFORD OF LAMAR COUNTY, KIERA WILLIAMS, AGE 18 WAS DENIED BOND LAST WEEK.

WILLIAMS AND JONES WERE DENIED BOND AT THEIR FIRST APPEARANCE HEARING IN UPSON MEGISTRATE COURT.

CHIEF ASSISTANCE DISTRICT ATTORNEY MARIE BRODER HANDLED THE BOND HEARING FOR THE STATE AND TOLD ZOOM NEWS CASES AGAINST JONES AND WILLIAMS WILL BE PRESENTED TO THE UPSON COUNTY GRAND JURY NEXT MONTH.


THEY ARE CHARGED WITH THE SHOOTING DEATH OF CRAWFORD AFTER HE MADE CONTACT WITH WILLIAMS ON AN ESCORT WEB SITE. HIS BODY WAS FOUND BEHIND A TRAILER HOME ON GRANTLING STREET IN LINCOLN PARK AFTER HE WENT MISSING FOR A WEEK.

SILVERTOWN ON THE NATIONAL REGISTER OF HISTORIC PLACES?

DURING LAST WEEK'S COMMITTEE MEETING OF THE GREATEST GENERATION MEMORIAL PARK—CHAIR KAY HIGHTOWER INFORMED THE BOARD ABOUT LISTING RESIDENTIAL SILVERTOWN ON THE NATIONAL REGISTER OF HISTORIC PLACES.

SHE HAS ENLISTED HELP FROM LANDSCAPE ARCHITECT DALE JAEGER OF GAINESVILLE WHO HAS VISITED SILVERTOWN AND THINKS IT HAS MERIT TO BE INCLUDED ON THE NATIONAL REGISTER. SHE WAS INVOLVED IN A MILL VILLAGE IN GAINESVILLE BEING LISTED .

COMMITTEE MEMBER GARY SELF HAD RESERVATIONS ABOUT PLACING SILVERTOWN ON THE NATIONAL REGISTER—ASKING HOW IT WOULD AFFECT HOMEOWNERS USE OF THEIR PROPERTY.

HE WAS REASSURED IT WILL NOT IMPACT HOMEOWNERS AT ALL UNLESS FEDERAL DOLLARS WERE USED TO IMPROVE HOUSING OR PROPERTY.


MS. JEAGER SAID BASED ON THE STATE'S 75 DAY REVIEW PERIOD A DECISION ON THE ELIGIBILITY OF SILVERTOWN FOR LISTING IS ANTICIPATED NO LATER THAN TUESDAY, FEB. 19TH.  

SWAT TEAM AT THE UPSON CO. COURTHOUSE MONDAY

NEWS RELASE  - Upson County Sheriff Dan Kilgore

On Monday February 4, 2019 a preliminary hearing and bond hearing was held at the Upson County Courthouse in the Cameron Jones murder case. Jones is charged with the December 2018 murder of Roderick Crawford, of Barnesville, and is being held in the Clayton County Jail.
Late last week Clayton County Sheriff’s officials discovered a plot for Jones to escape  during transport to this morning’s hearing. Jones was soliciting an unnamed individual to shoot  the transporting deputies in the head in order for him to escape.
Sheriff Victor Hill notified me of the threat and offered his S.W.A.T team as a resource. Both agencies worked together to formulate and execute a plan that assured the safety of all law enforcement officers, court personnel and the public.
I extend my thanks to Sheriff Hill on a job well done.
This case is active and ongoing.