THE CITY OF GRIFFIN IS HOLDING TWO PUBLIC HEARINGS FRIDAY AT 9AM AND 6PM FOR PUBLIC HEARINGS ON INCREASING 2020 PROPERTY TAXES BY 3.51% OVER THE ROLLBACK MILLAGE RATE.
Wednesday, September 30, 2020
When: Saturday, October 3, 2020 from 9:00am to 12:00pm Where: Upson Regional Medical Center 801 W Gordon St, Thomaston, GA 30286 lower parking deck Drive-thru @UpsoncountyDPH4 & @District4Health @d4publichealth @D4publichealth Follow us on Social Media:: FREE COVID-19 TESTING PRE-REGISTRATION IS STRONGLY RECOMMENDED Please Visit covid19.dph.ga.gov/ to register
OFFICE OF VOTER REGISTRATION
Election Supervisor Chief Registrar
Pam W. Releford Kelly L. King
The Upson County Board of Elections is NOT mailing out absentee ballot applications that are affiliated with any party. If a citizen completes, submits, & signs these absentee applications the Elections office will fulfill this request. Citizens may track their absentee ballot at https://georgia.ballottrax.net/voter/ .
Reminders: The last day to register to vote is Monday, Oct. 5th
Ballot Drop box is located in the City utility drive thru and outside the county Elections Office door.
Early Voting begins Oct. 12 – Oct. 30 at the Civic Center
Monday – Friday 8:30am – 5:00pm
Saturday, Oct. 24th 9am – 4pm
LaGrange, Ga. - The Upson County Health Department is now providing seasonal flu vaccine on Monday’s and Wednesday’s by appointment. To make an appointment call 1-800-847-4262.
Tuesday, September 29, 2020
Upson County Georgia
Pike County deputies responded to Ashley Glenn subdivision last night at 2:51 a.m. in reference to two males trying to break into cars. The suspects had fled from the area on foot after realizing that the homeowners had spotted them. A search of the area did not locate the suspects , however a vehicle was found hidden in the rear of the subdivision believed to belong to the suspects. This vehicle has been impounded and forensic evidence will be collected. The car is registered out of Clayton County and Investigators are working to identify the two suspects. Video from home security systems has also been provided by residents.
Thursday, September 24, 2020
SHOOTING On Wednesday, September 23, 2020 at approximately 5:55 pm, Officers with the Griffin Police Department responded to Spalding Wellstar Hospital in reference to a shooting victim. Investigators from the Criminal Investigations Division responded as well and learned that a child had sustained a gunshot wound to the leg and foot. It was determined that the incident occurred at North Hill Street and Kentucky Avenue while the child was left unattended in a parked vehicle (with the gun inside). The caregivers to the child were outside the vehicle when the child accessed the weapon and discharged it striking themselves in the leg and foot. Dequaveon L. Lewis, 21, of Stockbridge, Ga. and Kevon Roydrell Roberts, 22, of Griffin, Ga. (Father of the Child) were arrested and charged with Reckless Conduct and Cruelty to Children given their actions or inactions related to the incident. The investigation is ongoing and further information will be released when available. The child was transported to Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta and is expected to recover.
City Commissioners Announce Proposed Property Tax Increase
Sep 24 – The City of Griffin Board of Commissioners today announces its intention to increase the 2020 property taxes it will levy this year by 3.51 percent over the rollback millage rate.
Each year, the board of tax assessors is required to review the assessed value for property tax purposes of taxable property in the city. When the trend of prices on properties that have recently sold in the city indicate there has been an increase in the fair market value of any specific property, the board of tax assessors is required by law to re-determine the value of such property and adjust the assessment. This is called a reassessment.
When the total digest of taxable property is prepared, Georgia law requires a rollback millage rate must be computed that will produce the same total revenue on the current year’s digest that last year’s millage rate would have produced had no reassessments occurred.
The budget tentatively adopted by the City of Griffin Board of Commissioners requires a millage rate higher than the rollback millage rate; therefore, before the City of Griffin Board of Commissioners may finalize the tentative budget and set a final millage rate, Georgia law requires three public hearings to be held to allow the public an opportunity to express their opinions on the increase.
All concerned citizens are invited to the public hearings at special called meetings on this tax increase to be held at the W. Elmer George Municipal Hall located at 100 South Hill Street, Griffin, Georgia, on October 2, 2020 at 9:00 AM and 6:01 PM and on October 9, 2020 at 9:00 AM. A special called meeting will be held on October 9, 2020 immediately following the public hearing to formally adopt the millage rate.
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Wednesday, September 23, 2020
Dr. Enrique Ralls Appointed Cowan Road Middle School Principal Griffin, GA - The Griffin-Spalding County Board of Education approved the appointment of Dr. Enrique Ralls as principal of Cowan Road Middle School during a virtual called board meeting held September 22, 2020. Dr. Ralls joins the Griffin-Spalding County School System (GSCS) from Gwinnett County Public Schools where he has served as the assistant principal of Minor Elementary School for the last four years. Prior to that role, he served as the assistant principal of Upson-Lee Middle School in Thomaston, Georgia for over four years. Ralls also has six years of middle school teaching experience with Clayton County School System. Dr. Ralls received his bachelor’s degree in Middle Grade Education and his master’s degree, specialist degree and doctorate in Education Leadership from the University of West Georgia. "I am very excited to have Dr. Ralls join GSCS to serve with the students and staff at Cowan Road Middle School,” said GSCS Superintendent James D. Smith. “He impressed me as an instructional leader, relationship builder and visionary which are all characteristics of an excellent administrator. We welcome Dr. Ralls to Griffin and look forward to a great school year." Ralls’s plans to begin his service with GSCS once he is released from Gwinnett County Schools. ### About GSCS The Griffin-Spalding County School System (GSCS) is an award-winning, AdvancED accredited district that serves 10,000 students in 11 elementary schools, four middle schools, two high schools, one alternative high school and the Griffin Regional College and Career Academy. GSCS offers everything a child needs to nurture and grow aca
Coach Thomas "TP" Grant Parks, age 48 passed away Tuesday September 22, 2020 at Brightmoor Hospice in Griffin.
Coach Parks was born on February 15, 1972 in Upson County, GA, to the late Donald Eugene Parks, and the late Sandra Grant Parks. He was an educator and coached high school varsity football and baseball. Coach Parks played college baseball at Lurleen B. Wallace Community College in Andalusia, AL, where he received and Associates of Arts degree. He went on to play college baseball at Berry College in Rome, GA, where he received a BA in Social Science. His first teaching job in 1995 was with Andalusia High School in Andalusia, AL, where he was also the Head Varsity Baseball Coach and Assistant Varsity Football Coach. In 1997 he went to Manchester High School in Manchester, GA, to teach and was also an Assistant Head Varsity Football Coach, Defensive Coordinator and Golf Coach. While at Manchester, he attended Troy State University in Phenix City, AL. and received a Master of Arts in Education/Administration degree. In 2002 he went to Harris County High School in Hamilton, GA. to become the Defensive Coordinator for Varsity Football and was then named Head Varsity Football Coach in 2004. Tommy was also the Head Varsity Baseball Coach from 2005-2009 while at Harris County High School. He went back home in 2014 to Upson-Lee High School in Thomaston, GA to become the Head Varsity Coach. He is preceded in death by his parents, maternal grandparents, Fred and Nelle Grant of Thomaston, and paternal grandparents, Tommy and Roxie Parks of Pulaski, TN.
Survivors include his wife, Carmen Parks of Harris County, daughter, Carson Parks of Thomaston, son, Hunter Paddock of Harris County, sister, Lisa (Jay) Dover of Thomaston, brother, Alan (Lynne) Parks of McDonough, three nephews, three nieces, and all of his brothers and sons that were teammates, fellow coaches, players and friends.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations can be made to the TPStrong Scholarships which include, Upson Lee Varsity Football, Upson Lee Varsity Baseball, Harris County Varsity Football and Harris County Varsity Baseball at F&M Bank and Trust 142 W. Main St. Manchester, GA 31816.
Memorial services will held on Saturday, September 26, 2020 at 11:00 a.m. from Mountain View Baptist Church. Family will receive friends at the conclusion of the service in the sanctuary.
For those who can not attend the service, it will be live streamed on the Mountain View Baptist Church Facebook page, website and YouTube channel.
Coggins Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements!!!!!!!!!!!!!!