Friday, April 21, 2017

SCTC GROUNDBREAKING IN GRIFFIN APRIL 26 10AM

Southern Crescent Technical College has just announced plans to hold a Groundbreaking Celebration for the Education and Training Complex at Ellis Crossing to be held on April 26, 2017 at 10am.
The Education and Training Complex was made possible through funds raised in the 2008 Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax (SPLOST) for Spalding County.   In 2015, the property was purchased and work on the redesign began shortly thereafter.
Lord, Aeck, & Sargent Architects redesigned the nearly 45,000 square feet in the first phase of the property which consisted of an abandoned grocery store and several retail locations to house the Southern Crescent Technical College Film Technology programs, classrooms and labs. Eventually, the additional 20,000 square feet will be renovated to house the Economic Development and Adult Education programs at the College although the infrastructure, mechanical and electrical improvements for the second phase will be completed during initial construction.  Parrish Construction Group began demolition in early March and they estimate that construction will be completed near the end of 2017.  The first classes will be held in the space Spring Semester 2018.
The Education and Training Complex at Ellis Crossing has been a collaborative project many years in the making between Southern Crescent Technical College, Southern Crescent Technical College Foundation, and the governments and citizens of the City of Griffin and Spalding County. In addition, Southern Crescent Technical College is one of a select few partner schools offering Georgia Film Academy courses which will be taught at this new location.
Southern Crescent Technical College President, Dr. Alvetta Thomas stated, “A project of this magnitude with multiple partners requires much planning and collaboration. We are beyond excited to finally see the construction underway on this important asset to our community.  We cannot thank the citizens of Griffin and Spalding County enough for creating this opportunity for our students and our community, for they will be the true winner with this addition.”

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

NOTICE FOR UPSON CO. PROPERTY OWNERS

ALL PROPERTY OWNERS IN UPSON COUNTY WILL BE RECEIVING THEIR 2017 ASSESSMENT NOTICE THIS WEEK. MOST PROPERTIES WILL SHOW AN INCREASE IN VALUE DUE TO A RISE IN SALE PRICES OVER THE PAST COUPLE OF YEARS.


PROPERTY OWNERS HAVE 45 DAYS IN WHICH TO APPEAL THE VALUE ON THEIR PROPERTY WITH THE LAST DAY BEING JUNE IST. TO FILE AN APPEAL GO BY THE TAX ASSESSORS' OFFICE IN THE COURTHOUSE ANNEX OR MAIL IN A WRITTEN APPEAL.

PIKE CO. FAMILY DIES IN FLA PLANE CRASH

ACCORDING TO THE GAINESVILLE FLORIDA SUN NEWSPAPER---MORE THAN 20 PILOTS FLEW OUT OF THE WILLISTON, FLORIDA AIRPORT BEFORE ONE OF THEM NOTICED THE WRECKAGE OF A PLANE THAT KILLED A PIKE COUNTY COUPLE AND THEIR TWO SMALL CHILDREN SATURDAY AFTERNOON.

NATHAN ENDERS AN AIR TRAFFIC CONTROLER , HIS WIFE LAURA AND THEIR TWO SMALL KIDS PERISHED IN THE CRASH OF A VINTAGE CESSNA THAT WAS DISCOVERED 21 HOURS AFTER IT WENT DOWN. AN OLDER SON WAS NOT WITH THEM ON THE TRIP.

THE AIRPORT HOSTED A BAR B Q FLY-IN EVENT SATURDAY AFTERNOON AND POLICE SAID THE PLANE ATTEMPTED TO TAKE OFF AT 3;10PM AND CRASHED ABOUT 150 FEET BEFORE THE TREE LINE AT THE NORTH END OF THE TAXIWAY.

BETWEEN 20 AND 30 AIRCRAFT TOOK OFF FROM THE AIRPORT AFTER THE CRASH SATURDAY BUT IT WAS A JET PILOT LEAVING THE AIRPORT SUNDAY AFTERNOON WHO FIRST ALERTED AUTHORITIES.

ACCORDING TO THE NTSB---THE CESSNA WAS EQUIPPED WITH AN EMERGENCY LOCATOR TRANSMITTER THAT CONTINUED TO SEND A RADIO SIGNAL THAT SHOULD HAVE BEEN NOTICED BY PILOTS WITHIN 2 OR 3 MILES EVEN IF THE ANTENNA WAS DAMAGED.

IT WILL BE A WEEK OR SO BEFORE THE PRELIMINARY REPORT ON THE CRASH IS AVAILABLE FROM THE NTSB—BUT WEATHER CONDITIONS WERE GOOD AT THE TIME OF THE CRASH.

NATHAN ENDERS IS A FORMER FLIGHT INSTRUCTOR



CITY OF THOMASTON SEWER OVERFLOW

Public Notification Sanitary Sewer Overflow at Collection System 408 Barnesville Highway County: Upson Date of Release: 4/17/2017, 1:03 pm Contact Person: Brian Kelly Phone: 706-646-8031 Mailing Address: 340 N Center Street City: Thomaston Zip: 30286 ESG responded to an odor complaint. As part of our investigation we walked the sewer line and discovered sewer leaking from an abandoned sewer tap due to a line blockage. The leak was discovered at 1:03 pm and ceased at 1:48 pm when our crews cleared the blockage. There was approximately 675 gallons of waste water released. The sewage discharged into a storm water runoff ditch that flows to Bell Creek. The leak was estimated at 15 gpm from the time it was discovered. There is evidence that the leak had happened prior to our finding but we have no way to calculate the amount. 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. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to call the above listed contact persons.

Friday, April 14, 2017

SENIORS HONORS AT UL HIGH

Upson-Lee High School has announced honor seniors from the Class of 2017, and the highest honor goes to Natalie Elizabeth Miller, Upson-Lee High School’s 2017 Valedictorian. Natalie is the daughter of Judge and Mrs. Ben Miller Jr.

Valedictorian is the honor graduate with the highest overall numeric grade point average who has also completed all available Honors courses. In addition, at least three of the Advanced Placement (AP) courses in different core areas must also be completed. 


Hannah Kaitlyn Giles has earned the second highest honor as the 2017 Salutatorian, she is the daughter of Angela Fulcher and Lee Giles. 


Salutatorian is the honor graduate with the second highest overall numeric grade point average who has completed the same courses described for eligibility of the Valedictorian. 

Tuesday, April 4, 2017

A POSSIBLE TORNADO IN UPSON CO. MONDAY

UPSON, LAMAR, SPALDING, MONROE, MERIWETHER AND HENRY COUNTIES WERE UNDER A TORNADO WARNING MONDAY AT LUNCHTIME . UPSON EMA DIRECTOR MARTHA ANN MCCARTY SAYS ACCORDING TO THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE, A TORNADO MIGHT HAVE TOUCHED DOWN IN SOUTHERN UPSON COUNTY . DAMAGE REPORTED ON JOHN B. GORDON ROAD, PO BIDY ROAD, LOGTOWN ROAD, KENDALL ROAD, BENTLEY ROAD, PLEASANT GROVE ROAD, AND YATESVILLE HIGHWAY COINCIDE WITH THE STORM TRACK.

MOST OF THE DAMAGE APPEARS TO BE DOWNED TREES AND POWER LINES, NO INJURIES WERE REPORTED. THE STORM MOVED INTO MONROE COUNTY WHERE A TORNADO TOUCHDOWN WAS SUSPECTED EAST OF FORSYTH, AND POSSIBLY A TOUCHDOWN NEAR JACKSON.

EMA DIRECTOR MCCARTY SAYS PREPARATIONS ARE UNDERWAY FOR A SECOND ROUND OF STORMS EARLY WEDNESDAY MORNING AND ANOTHER STORM CELL , POSSIBLY LATER IN THE DAY.



SIGN-UP FOR WEATHER ALERTS

UPSON EMA ENCOURAGES THE PUBLIC TO SIGN-UP FOR -- UPSON ALERTS -- TO BE NOTIFIED BY PHONE, TEXT, OR E-MAIL OF SEVERE WEATHER OR OTHER EMERGENCIES.

GO TO THE COUNTY WEBSITE—upsoncountyga.org AND CLICK-ON CITIZENS ALERTS.

IF YOU DON'T HAVE A COMPUTER—PHONE 706-741-1407





Monday, April 3, 2017

CHARGES FILED IN FT. VALLEY DEATH IN UPSON CO.

On April 3, 2017 we received information from the GBI State Crime Lab in reference to the death of Troymaine Johnson. The GBI Medical Examiner declared the cause of death to be homicide as a result of hypothermia. 

Ruby Kate “Katie” Coursey, 27, of Thomaston will charged with Neglect of a Disabled Adult (felony) and Felony Murder. 

Johnson who was a paraplegic was last seen with Coursey on March 14, 2017. Johnson was found deceased around 1:30 a.m. on March 17 off of Triune Mill Road in southern Upson County. During the investigation Coursey stated she “put Johnson out of her car and left him in the woods” 

Deputies, assisted by Thomaston police, were able to determine an approximate location and locate Johnson’s body.  Coursey has been in custody since March 17 on unrelated Probation Violation charges and will remain in the Upson County jail.

I wish to thank District Attorney Ben Coker and staff along with GBI Director Vernon Keenan for their assistance with this investigation.

Dan Kilgore, Sheriff
Upson County Ga.

Tuesday, March 28, 2017

DEFENDANT SENTENCED TO 40 YEARS ON METH CHARGES

IN UPSON SUPERIOR COURT TUESDAY--- JUDGE FLETCHER SAMS SENTENCED REGINALD BLACKMON, AGE 45 TO 40 YEARS IN PRISON AND A $200,000 FINE FOR TRAFFICING METH AND POSSESSION MARIJUANA WITH INTENT TO DISTRIBUTE. HE HAD DONE TIME BEFORE FOR MARIJUANA.

ACCORDING TO PROSECUTOR MICHAEL ROGERS---THE JURY STAYED OUT ABOUT 45 MINUTES.


OPENING STATEMENTS IN COURT LATE TUESDAY FOR THE ARMED ROBBERY TRIAL OF DEMARCUS GRIGGS CHARGED WITH A STICK-UP AT THE MINI MARKET ON BETHEL STREET.

Thursday, March 23, 2017

GRIFFIN MAN ARRESTED FOR DRUGS IN UPSON CO.

On March 23, 2017 at noon Deputies from the Upson County Sheriff's Office responded to Flash Foods to assist DNR Cpl. Will Smith. 

Cpl. Smith entered the store and noticed Keith Duane Underwood, 26, of Griffin Ga. playing the video poker machines in the store. Cpl. Smith suspected that Underwood was the individual he had received a lookout on earlier in the day as being wanted from Spalding County. When the officers approached Underwood he initially gave a false name. His identity was confirmed and he was arrested. 

While being searched after the arrest 7.3 grams of marijuana ,18.7 grams of methamphetamine and $753 in cash were located in Underwood's pocket. 
Underwood was arrested and transported to the Upson County Jail. He faces charges of Possession of Marijuana less than one ounce and Possession of Methamphetamine with the intent to Distribute.

Underwood remains in the Upson County Jail.

Dan Kilgore, Sheriff
Upson County

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

D.A. COMMENTS ON FOUND BODY OF FT. VALLEY MAN

GRIFFIN CIRCUIT DISTRICT ATTORNEY BEN COKER TOLD ZOOM NEWS WEDNESDAY-- CHARGES WILL BE FORTHCOMING RELATING TO THE DEATH OF A WHEEL-CHAIR BOUND MAN FROM FT. VALLEY, 33 YEAR OLD TROY-MAIN JOHNSON---WHO WAS LEFT AT A HUNTING CAMP MARCH 14TH OFF TRIUNE MILL ROAD. HE WAS FOUND DECEASED LAST FRIDAY.

THE D.A. SAID HIS OFFICE, UPSON S.O.AND THE GBI ARE AWAITING TEST RESULTS FROM THE STATE CRIME LAB—BUT AT THIS TIME HE IS UNCERTAIN OF THE SCOPE OF ANY CHARGES .


THE THOMASTON WOMAN WHO SAID SHE LEFT JOHNSON IN THE WOODS—27 YEAR OLD RUBY KATE COURSEY IS BEING HELD IN THE UPSON COUNTY JAIL ON UNRELATED CHARGES FOR PROBATION VIOLATION.