Friday, November 17, 2017

THOMASTON CHRISTMAS FESTIVAL SAT NOV. 25

THOMASTON POLICE CHIEF MIKE RICHARDSON SAYS GA DOT HAS GRANTED PERMISSION TO CLOSE OFF STATE ROUTES 36 AND 74—WEST GORDON STREET, FROM SOUTH CHURCH ST. TO SOUTH CENTER STREET—SATURDAY NOV. 25TH FOR THE CITY OF THOMASTON CHRISTMAS FESTIVAL.

THE STREETS WILL BE CLOSED FROM 3;30 UNTIL 9PM—THE FESTIVAL BEGINS AT 5 THE CHRISTMAS PARADE AT 7PM.


SANTA CLAUS AGAIN WILL BE ON THE SQUARE THANKSGIVING NIGHT AND WILL GREET CHILDREN TO HEAR THEIR CHRISTMAS WISHES AT THE UPSON COUNTY COURTHOUSE.

Thursday, November 16, 2017

UPDATE ON MANAGER HELP FOR UPSON CO.

UPSON COUNTY COMMISSION CHAIRMAN NORMAN ALLEN SAYS ITS BACK TO SQUARE ONE IN THE SEARCH FOR SOME MANAGEMENT HELP—WITH COUNTY MANAGER JIM WHEELESS OUT ON MEDICAL LEAVE PROBABLY TILL NEXT YEAR.

THE CHAIRMAN CONTACTED AN INDIVIDUAL RECOMMENDED BY THE ASSOCIATION OF COUNTY COMMISSIONERS—BUT HE BACKED-OFF WHEN HE LEARNED IT WAS A 3-2 VOTE TO PURSUE HIM.

THE MAN HAS A WEALTH OF EXPERIENCE AS A COUNTY MANAGER AND CITY MANAGER—BUT HE TOLD THE CHAIRMAN HE WANTS TOTAL BUY-IN BY ALL MEMBERS OF THE BOARD IF HE COMES TO UPSON COUNTY ON AN INTERIM BASIS.

TWO MEMBERS OF THE COMMISSION -- FRANK SPRAGGINS AND LORENZO WILDER VOTED AGAINST THE MOTION BY COMMISSIONER JAMES ELLINGTON TO TALK WITH THE PERSON ABOUT WORKING FOR UPSON COUNTY.


CHAIRMAN ALLEN SAYS HE HAS REACHED OUT TO ACCG AGAIN TO SEE IF HE CAN GET ANOTHER RECOMMENDATION.  

SHERIFF DIX CALLS IT A MIRACLE

SPALDING COUNTY SHERIFF DARRELL DIX IS CALLING IT A MIRACLE—AN 81 YEAR OLD MAN, EDDIE OWENS WAS LOCATED AFTER BEING IN THE ELEMENTS FOR 26 HOURS—USING THE DEPARTMENTS NEW INFRA-RED CAMERA DRONE. HE WAS TRANSPORTED TO THE HOSPITAL SUFFERING FROM DEHYDRATION AND EXPOSURE TO THE COLD—AND WAS EXPECTED TO BE RELEASED OVERNIGHT.

MR OWENS –WHO SUFFERS FROM DEMENTIA -- DISAPPEARED FROM HIS HOME AROUND 5PM TUESDAY—AND A GROUND SEARCH WAS CONDUCTED WITH 30 TEAM MEMBERS AND THE GA. PIEDMONT K-9 UNIT.

A STRONG HEAT SIGNATURE WAS LOCATED BY THE DRONE ABOUT A HALF MILE FROM MILLER'S RESIDENCE—AND MR. OWENS WAS FOUND LYING IN A LOW AREA OF UNDERGROWTH.


SHERIFF DIX SAID THE DRONE WAS PROVIDED FOR FREE IN MARCH AS PART OF A CONTRACT WITH A JAIL VENDOR AND INVESTIGATOR ERASTE TREHAN HAS BEEN TRAINING TO PILOT THE UNIT. THE S.O. HAS BEEN GOING THROUGH THE PROCESS OF FAA LICENSING AND THIS WAS THE FIRST TIME IT WAS DEPLOYED.  

TECH COLLEGE SYSTEM HONORS FOR SCTC


Reports compiled and recently released by the Technical College System of Georgia (TCSG) examining graduate and placement rates for its 22 institutions revealed that Southern Crescent Technical College (SCTC) led the System in the percentage increase in graduating students for the academic year 2017.
TCSG’s Graduates and Placement Academic Year (AY) 2017 Report gathered by its Data, Planning, and Research Center is a system-wide glance at graduates, year-to-year comparisons, and placement rates. The AY 2017 version indicates that SCTC led the state with at 26.5 percent increase of the total number of unduplicated graduates, as well as a 33 percent increase in the number of associate degrees, diplomas and Technical Certificates of Credit (TCC) awarded. By comparison, the state average among all the technical colleges in Georgia for unduplicated graduates was 0.3 percent and awards conferred was 1.6 percent. In AY 2017 SCTC accounted for 1,740 graduates receiving 3,251 awards.
In addition, job placement rates among recent graduates were also analyzed in the report which showed that SCTC achieved a total of 98.4 percent in overall placement of graduates. Total placement and in-field placement rate calculate the number of students who graduate and are employed, choose to enter the military or continue their education, and the number of students who are employed directly in their field of study, respectively. These graduation and placement rates continue to have a significant impact on the College’s enrollment. Students are enrolling in programs to receive the hands-on training needed to successfully enter the area’s workforce.
SCTC’s current Fall semester is its largest semester enrollment in recent years with a credit enrollment of 4,766. Overall enrollment is up as well as the enrollment at our Jasper and Henry Centers and at our Flint River Campus.  High school dual enrollment is at an all-time high with 857 student enrolled this Fall.  The enrollment increase is attributed to several factors including the growth of high school dual enrollment programs, a strong commitment to service by faculty and staff, and the expansion of programs and facilities, as well as over 27 transfer courses with the University System of Georgia”   according to vice president of Student Affairs, Dr. Xenia Johns.
“Our mission at Southern Crescent Technical College is workforce development and it is evident that we are responding to the needs of our community.  When the numerous career options available in our region for graduates with the skills offered by SCTC are coupled with the low cost of attendance, there is no doubt why Southern Crescent Technical College continues to make such an impact on this area’s workforce," said SCTC President Dr. Alvetta Thomas. "It is encouraging to see more students taking advantage of the tremendous opportunities afforded because of the Hope Career Grant and increased financial aid options.  Additionally, with a job placement rate of 98.4% and the demand for SCTC graduates far exceeding supply, we are extremely optimistic that this enrollment growth will continue.”
The statewide Technical College System of Georgia encompasses 22 colleges with 85 campus locations and more than 600 degree, diploma and certificate programs.
About Southern Crescent Technical College:
Southern Crescent Technical College is a multi-campus unit of the Technical College System of Georgia and serves the workforce and community needs of Butts, Fayette, Henry, Jasper, Lamar, Pike, Spalding, and Upson counties. The College is a public, accredited, two-year post-secondary institution serving a diverse student population by offering academic credit programs and services, adult education, continuing education and programs customized for business and industry.  Southern Crescent Technical College is committed to excellence and is characterized by outstanding instruction, a comprehensive commitment to state-of-the-industry training and workforce development, and a close connection to the community. As the College grows, Southern Crescent Technical College will continue to expand its educational programs and facilities to provide students with enhanced opportunities for career success. For more information on Southern Crescent Technical College or its offerings, please visit www.sctech.edu.

Wednesday, November 15, 2017

UPSON CO. MANAGER WHEELESS ON MEDICAL LEAVE

C OUNTY MANAGER JIM WHEELESS TOOK MEDICAL LEAVE LAST WEEK—AND UPSON COUNTY COMMISSION CHAIRMAN NORMAN ALLEN INDICATED HE COULD BE OUT UNTIL SOMETIME NEXT YEAR.

AT TUESDAY'S MEETING—CHAIRMAN ALLEN AND COMMISSIONER LORENZO WILDER WERE APPOINTED TO HIRE SOME MANAGER HELP DURING THAT PERIOD. THE CHAIRMAN SAID ACCG HAS RECOMMENDED AN EXPERIENCED INDIVIDUAL—THEY PLAN TO INTERVIEW ABOUT A CONTRACT TO HANDLE MANAGER DUTIES FOR NOW. HE HAS BEEN BOTH A COUNTY AND CITY MANAGER DURING HIS CAREER.

THAT CAME ON A 3-2 VOTE—WITH FRANK SPRAGGINS AND WILDER VOTING AGAINST THE MOTION

THEY WANTED TO HIRE SOMEONE LOCAL.

THE BOARD WANTED NO PART OF TRYING TO HANDLE MANAGEMENT DUTIES THEMSELVES. SPRAGGINS SAID THAT HAD BEEN TRIED BEFORE WITHOUT SUCCESS.

CHAIRMAN ALLEN SAID THE BOARD NEEDS HELP --- THINGS HAVE NEVER BEEN BUSIER WITH 2018 BUDGET PREPARATION, , CLOSING OUT THE 2017 BUDGET, AND THE EMPLOYEE SALARY STUDY ON THE TABLE.



CHAIRMAN ALLEN ADDED THE ACTION DOES NOT REFLECT ON COUNTY MANAGER WHEELESS --- HE STILL HAS A JOB AND HE'S WISHED A SPEEDY RECOVERY.

THE COMMISSIONERS ALSO APPROVED A HIRING FREEZE FOR COUNTY DEPARTMENTS FOR THE TIME BEING.



Tuesday, November 14, 2017

WED. NOV. 15 DEADLINE FOR UPSON AND LAMAR TAXES

WEDNESDAY NOVEMBER 15TH IS THE DEADLINE TO PAY PROPERTY TAXES WITHOUT PENALTY IN UPSON AND LAMAR COUNTIES.

UPSON COUNTY TAX COMMISSIONER ANDY CHASTAIN SAID THE COUNTY MAILED-OUT 18 AND A HALF MILLION DOLLARS IN TAX BILLS AND HIS GOAL FOR COLLECTION IS 85%. THE COUNTY SETS ITS BUDGET BASED ON 82% COLLECTIONS. THERE HAVE BEEN LINES AT HIS OFFICE FOR SEVERAL DAYS—FOLKS PAYING THEIR TAX BILLS AT THE UPSON COUNTY COURTHOUSE ANNEX.

COMMISSIONER CHASTAIN SAID AS OF TUESDAY $11.9 MILLION HAS BEEN COLLECTED AND THRU OCTOBER $950,000 IN DELIQUENT TAXES HAS BEEN COLLECTED AND BY THE END OF NOVEMBER HE EXPECTS THAT FIGURE TO BE A MILLION DOLLARS.


HE HAS SCHEDULED ADDITIONAL TAX SALES DEC. 5TH AND FEB. 6TH. ON PROPERTY WITH TAXES OWED.

Friday, November 10, 2017

ONE MAN WOUNDED IN A SHOOTING THURSDAY

THOMASTON POLICE CHIEF MIKE RICHARDSON SAID TWO SUSPECTS ARE IN CUSTODY FOR A SHOOTING INCIDENT THURSDAY AFTERNOON AT 427 G. STREET.

THE VICTIM, ERICK ATWATER OF THAT ADDRESS WAS WOUNDED IN THE ABDOMEN AND DROVE HIMSELF TO THE E.R. HE IS EXPECTED TO RECOVER.

A WOODBURY MAN WILL BE CHARGED WITH SHOOTING ATWATER AND A MOLENA WOMAN WAS BOOKED FOR DRIVING AWAY WITH THE ALLEGEDLY SHOOTER.


POLICE SAID THE TWO HAD A DISAGREEMENT AND THE SHOOTER PULLED TWO PISTOLS FROM HIS WAISTBAND AND FIRED THREE SHOTS.

DISTURBANCE ARREST AT VETERANS PROGRAM

UPSON COUNTY SHERIFF DAN KILGORE SAYS A MAN WAS ARRESTED AND CHARGED AFTER HE CREATED A DISTURBANCE AT THE UL ELEMENTARY VETERANS DAY PROGRAM, THURSDAY AT THE FINE ARTS CENTER.

THE SUSPECT—20 YEAR OLD CHANTZ ROCKEMORE OF 188 KENNEDY STREET WAS JAILED ON CHARGES OF DISRUPTING A PUBLIC SCHOOL.

THE SHERIFF TOLD ZOOM NEWS—ROCKEMORE STOOD-UP AND ADDRESSED THE CROWD WITH SOME INAPPROPRIATE REMARKS.

HE WAS GIVEN A PROVISIONAL BOND OF $5000 WITH THE STIPULATION HE STAY OFF SCHOOL PROPERTY.

ROCKEMORE REPORTEDLY HAD A RELATIVE IN THE PROGRAM.


SHERIFF KILGORE TOLD US THE SAFETY OF SCHOOL CHILDREN IS A TOP PRIORITY WITH HIS DEPARTMENT.

Thursday, November 9, 2017

HONORS FOR RHONDA GULLEY UL MIDDLE SCHOOL PRINCIPAL

Rhonda Gulley, Principal of Upson-Lee Middle School, received the Jerry Davis Georgia Distinguished Principal Award at Georgia Association of Middle School Principals (GAMSP) fall conference awards luncheon November 6 in Savannah, Georgia. 

This award is presented to a Georgia middle school principal who demonstrates strong leadership in guiding his or her school as an effective middle school, as defined by state and national standards. 

In addition, Upson-Lee Middle School received the Dr. Bob Puckett Effective Middle School Education Program designation, a three-year designation effective 2017-2020, and the Linda Hopping National Merit Award. 

Gulley, now in her fifth year as Principal of ULMS, recently led the school to its fourth re-designation as a Georgia Lighthouse School to Watch, a 3-year designation that extends through 2019. Gulley and ULMS were recognized at the GAMSP conference for this honor, as well.

MATT BENTLEY TU TEACHER OF THE YEAR

Congratulations to Matt Bentley, who was selected as the Thomaston-Upson School System's 2018-19 Teacher of the Year. Superintendent Dr. Maggie Shook made the announcement today (November 9). 

Bentley teaches social studies at Upson-Lee High School, where he also serves as Assistant Athletic Director and head coach of the boys' varsity soccer team. 

The System Teacher of the Year is selected from among the individual schools' Teachers of the Year by a panel of community and school district judges. Judging is based on an application packet submitted by the teacher, a classroom observation, and a teacher interview. 

Bentley will now represent the Thomaston-Upson School System in the Georgia Teacher of the Year competition. 

Wednesday, November 8, 2017

ISO RATING CITY OF THOMASTON FIRE DEPARTMENT

The Insurance Services Office (ISO) recently announced that the Thomaston Fire Department has received a much improved Public Protection Classification for underwriting and calculating fire insurance premiums for residential, commercial, and industrial properties.
The ISO analysis of the structure fire suppression delivery system serving the City of Thomaston resulted in a classification of Class 3/3X.  The Fire Department’s former classification was a Class 4/9.
The Public Protection Classification was assigned after a comprehensive review of our communities’ fire department, communication system and water supply.  The ISO Field Representative spent a full day reviewing the fire department, water department and Upson County Communications.
The new grading could result in a substantial savings to area homeowners and businesses with respect to what they currently pay for fire insurance.  Chief Renee Harris encouraged all homeowners and businesses to at least contact their insurance providers to inform them of the new classification.
I’m very proud of Thomaston Fire Department’s Officers and Firefighters for their efforts in obtaining such a positive reduction in the fire protection grading.   The fire department will continue to work diligently to make improvements necessary for the Citizens of Thomaston.

UL ELEMENTARY VETERAN'S DAY PROGRAM THURS.

Upson-Lee Elementary School would like to invite all veterans, active-duty military, their families, and the entire community to join them at the Upson-Lee Fine Arts Center on Thursday, November 9, at 6 PM for their annual Veteran’s Day program. 

Fifth grade students will recognize our community’s heroes with a collection of patriotic songs and words of appreciation. The event is FREE of charge, and the community is encouraged to join ULES staff and students for this very special patriotic program. All veterans and active duty service men and women in attendance will be recognized and celebrated during the program. 

The Upson-Lee Fine Arts Center is located at 268 Knight Trail on the campus of Upson-Lee High School.

Tuesday, November 7, 2017

UPSON CO. JOBLESS RATE SEPT. 5.1%

THE GA. DEPARTMENT OF LABOR HAS ISSUED THE UNEMPLOYMENT REPORT FOR SEPTEMBER .

COWETA COUNTY AND FAYETTE COUNTY HAD THE LOWEST JOBLESS RATE IN THE AREA 3.7%.

PIKE COUNTY 4.3%, 4.4 IN BUTTS AND HENRY COUNTY, 5 PER CENT IN MERIWETHER COUNTY. 5.1 IN UPSON COUNTY, 5.2 IN LAMAR COUNTY AND 5.6 PER CENT IN SPALDING COUNTY.

GEORGIA'S UNEMPLOYMENT RATE 4.2% AND THE NATIONAL RATE 4.1.



Monday, November 6, 2017

NEW RULES DOWNTOWN THOMASTON PARKING

Beginning November 6, 2017, the Thomaston Police Department will be enforcing the City parking ordinance in the down town area of the court house. 

If you are attending court please DO NOT park in the two hour parking areas or fifteen minute parking areas around the square. They are intended for customer use for businesses located on the square. Alternative court parking will be allowed in the First Baptist parking lot near Howell Street. 

Two hour and fifteen minute parking areas will be enforced.

Friday, November 3, 2017

BIG DRUG BUST IN SPALDING COUNTY

The Spalding County Sheriff’s Office, Special Operations Division, working in conjunction with the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, concluded an in-depth investigation that lead to the arrest of two Spalding County residents.

On November 1, 2017, members of Special Operations and agents from Homeland Security arrested Cupertino Mendoza and Lartina Alvizo Zapata of 3812 High Falls Road, Griffin.

As a result of the investigation, 21 kilograms (approximately 54 pounds) of cocaine was seized. The cocaine has an estimated street value $1,500,000.00. Agents with Homeland Security also seized $532,190.00 in cash. During the investigation, members of Special Operations executed two search warrants. One search warrant was executed at 3812 High Falls Road, and the other was executed at 61 Head Road, a 96 acre farm. As a result of the search warrants, agents seized 4 vehicles, a skid steer and a cattle trailer. These items were found to be involved in the distribution of illegal narcotics.

Mendoza and Zapata are both being held in the Spalding County jail and are charged as follows: trafficking cocaine, possession of cocaine with intent to distribute, possession of cocaine, and possession of a vehicle with a false compartment. Both are awaiting their first appearance hearing.

The Spalding County Sheriff’s Office will continue to fight the war on drugs in every capacity. Sheriff Dix said, "We will continue to work cooperatively with local, state, and federal agencies to eradicate drugs from our county." If you are drug dealer in Spalding County, we look forward to seeing you soon.

Tuesday, October 31, 2017

SEWER OVERFLOW AT WALMART LIFT STATION

Public Notification Sanitary Sewer Overflow at Collection System Walmart Lift Station Force Main County: Upson Date of Release: 10/28/2017 Contact Person: Brian Kelly Phone: 706-646-8031 Mailing Address: 340 N Center Street City: Thomaston Zip: 30286 On October 28, 2017 ESG responded to a call from a customer stating there was a sewage leak behind the Walmart department store. After investigating we found the pipe leaving the Walmart lift station was compromised allowing sewage to leak when the pumps were running. We shut the lift station down and started repairs at 2:50 pm. We contacted Upson County Water and Sewer department asking if they could shut down their lift station that feeds the Walmart lift station to reduce the incoming flow to the lift station. They were able to comply. The repairs were made and the station was brought back on line at approx. 5:40 pm. Thanks to diligent work and cooperation from the County we were able to make the repairs without having an overflow at the Walmart lift station. There was a release of 2500 gallons due to the broken force main pipe with 2000 gallons reaching a tributary of Potato Creek and 500 gallons were able to be remediated. A spill notice sign has been 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. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to call the above listed contact persons.

UPSON HISTORICAL SOCIETY VETERANS PROGRAM

PUBLIC INVITED TO THE UPSON HISTORICAL SOCIETY VETERANS PROGRAM SATURDAY NOV. 4TH 11AM AT THE THOMASTON UPSON SENIORS CENTER.


NATIONAL GUARD VETERAN OFFICER DAVID MCDONALD WILL BE THE GUEST SPEAKER ON THE HISTORY OF THE LOCAL NATIONAL GUARD.

Tuesday, October 24, 2017

30 NEW JOBS FOR THOMASTON UPSON

AT OCTOBER'S MEETING OF THE THOMASTON-UPSON IDA --TUESDAY--- THE INDUSTRIAL AUTHORITY ANNOUNCED ITS AGREED TO SELL THE SPEC BUILDING IN THE CENTRAL GA. BUSINESS AND TECHNOLOGY PARK NEAR THE AIRPORT FOR $600,000 TO GOLDEN STAR , A FIRM BASED IN OVERLAND PARK, KANSAS .

THE IDA APPROVED THE CONTRACT DURING THE MEETING TUESDAY AND THE DEAL IS SCHEDULED TO CLOSE IN 30 DAYS, A DEAL THAT INCLUDES 25 ACRES IN THE PARK.

GOLDEN STAR PLANS TO INVEST ABOUT $5 MILLION TO BUILD OUT THE FACILITY AND PURCHASE MACHINERY AND INITIALLY HIRE 30 EMPLOYEES. THE COMPANY MANUFACTURES INDUSTRIAL CLEANING SUPPLIES SUCH AS WET MOPS, DUST MOPS AND TEXTILE CLEANING SYSTEMS—A COMPANY IN OPERATION SINCE 1908.


THE SPEC BUILDING, BUILT IN 2004 HAS NEVER BEEN OCCUPIED-- AND THOMASTON MAYOR J.D. STALLINGS TOLD ZOOM NEWS HE'S DELIGHTED TO FINALLY GET IT ON THE TAX BOOKS. 

Wednesday, October 18, 2017

GUN FIGHT AT THOMASTON CONVIENCE STORE

A MAN WANTED IN THOMASTON AND ZEBULON IS ON THE RUN AFTER A GUN BATTLE WITH ANOTHER MAN OCT. 10TH AT THE QUICK MART ON TRIUNE MILL ROAD.

THOMASTON POLICE CHIEF MIKE RICHARDSON SAID 29 YEAR OLD TEREL MAURICE KING OF G. CIRCLE SHOT ANOTHER MAN, 37 YEAR OLD MARKEITH DERRELL REVIERE OF BUCKLES ROAD IN THE ABDOMEN, THEN FLED THE SCENE.

REVIERE WAS TRANSPORTED TO THE E.R. BY EMS AND UNDERWENT SURGERY AT URMC, AND ITS BELIEVED KING W AS SHOT IN THE LEG.

ACCORDING TO THE CHIEF, KING ALLEGEDLY REACHED IN REVIERE'S POCKET AND ROBBED HIM OF ABOUT $50 AND THAT TRIGGERED THE ALTERCATION--- BOTH FIRED HANDGUNS. A STRAY ROUND HIT A NEAR-BY CAR.

KING HAS OVER A DOZEN CRIMINAL WARRANTS FOR HIS ARREST IN THOMASTON AND ZEBULON—EVERYTHING FROM DRUG VIOLATIONS TO FIREARMS CHARGES.


CHIEF RICHARDSON SAID ANYONE WITH INFORMATION ABOUT KING'S LOCATION SHOULD CONTACT THE P.D.

TWO ARRESTED FOR FUENTES MURDER

ALBANY POLICE HAVE ARRESTED TWO SUSPECTS IN THE SHOOTING DEATH OF 27 YEAR OLD TOBY FUENTES OF THOMASTON AT AN ALBANY MOTEL, SATURDAY NIGHT.

CHARGED WITH MURDER---19 YEAR OLD DAVID QUIMBY AND 21 YEAR OLD COURTLAND HUGHLEY, IN WHAT POLICE ARE CALLING A DRUG DEAL GONE BAD.

A COMPANION OF FUENTES, 21 YEAR OLD KEDRAVIOUS WEB OF THOMASTON WAS ARRESTED FOR FELONY TAMPERING WITH EVIDENCE.

ALBANY P.D. SAID FUENTES WAS SHOT IN FRONT OF THE QUALITY INN IN NORTHWEST ALBANY SATURDAY NIGHT AROUND 7;30PM.


WITNESSES SAID THEY SAW A WHITE CHEVROLET IMPALA LEAVE THE SCENE MOMENTS AFTER SHOTS WERE FIRED AND THE CAR WAS FOUND ON THE CAMPUS OF ALBANY STATE COLLEGE THE NEXT DAY.

Tuesday, October 17, 2017

MAN ARRESTED FOR SHOOTING AT PIKE DEPUTIES

Pike County Deputies responded yesterday afternoon to a report of a citizen’s car being shot on Bankston Road. Upon arrival it was learned that the victim had sustained a flat tire while driving on the roadway and had pulled over to change the tire on her vehicle. While outside of the vehicle gunshots were heard by the victim and a bullet struck her car going through a window and in to the interior of the car.

Investigators were able to narrow down the location from which the gun had been discharged to the area of 1927 Bankston Road. Initial attempts to contact anyone at this residence were unsuccessful. Several hours later two Deputies returned to the address to follow up on the initial complaint. 

Deputies observed a door standing open to the residence and tried to contact anyone inside the residence through the open door. During this time the resident , Timothy Jones (60 years of age), began to verbally threaten the Deputies and fired a rifle at the Deputies narrowly missing them.

The Deputies were able to get to a safer location and request for additional personnel to assist them. A stand off ensued during which Jones refused to come out of the residence and told Deputies that he was armed and ready to fight.

Jones eventually came out on to the front porch of his residence at which time Deputies were able to deploy a taser and incapacitate him. He was taken into custody and transported to the Pike County Jail.

A search warrant conducted in the residence resulted in numerous firearms being recovered. Several spent shell casing were recovered that are believed to be from Jones shooting the vehicle earlier in the day and at the Deputies.

Charges for Timothy Jones include the following : two counts of aggravated assault on law enforcement , aggravated assault and possession of a firearm during commission of a crime

Monday, October 16, 2017

TWO INJURED IN MONDAY ACCIDENT S. CHURCH

TWO FEMALE MOTORISTS INJURED, ONE TRANSPORTED TO THE E.R. AFTER A TWO VEHICLE ACCIDENT, AT LUNCHTIME MONDAY ON SOUTH CHURCH STREET, JUST PAST SOUTHSIDE BP.

THOMASTON FIRE CHIEF RENAY HARRIS SAID ONE CAR WAS ON ITS SIDE AND THE DRIVER WAS PULLED FROM THE WRECKAGE BY SOMEONE PASSING-BY. THAT FEMALE MOTORIST WAS TRANSPORTED TO THE E.R. BY EMS.

THE OTHER DRIVER WAS TREATED AT THE SCENE BY EMT'S.

THOMASTON POLICE, THE FIRE DEPARTMENT, AND EMS RESPONDED.


THE ACCIDENT IS UNDER INVESTIGATION BY THOMASTON P.D.  

A THOMASTON MAN SHOT TO DEATH IN ALBANY

A   THOMASTON  MAN  DIED  OF  GUNSHOT  WOUNDS  AT  AN  ALBANY  MOTEL  SATURDAY  EVENING  AND POLICE ARE  LOOKING FOR  THE   SHOOTER.

ACCORDING  TO  ALBANY  POLICE , ZEMAL  TOBEY  FUENTES, AGE   27  DIED  AT  THE  HOSPITAL  AFTER  THE  SHOOTING  AROUND  7;30PM  SATURDAY NIGHT  AT  THE  QUALITY  INN  IN  NORTHWEST  ALBANY.

HOTEL  GUESTS  SAID  THEY  HEARD  TWO  OR  THREE  GUNSHOTS  AND  WERE  NOT  ALLOWED  TO  LEAVE  THE  INN  FOR  TWO  HOURS  SATURDAY  NIGHT,  AS  POLICE   INVESTIGATED  THE  CASE.

POLICE SAID FUENTES  WAS  VISITING  FOR THE  HOMECOMING OF  ALBANY  STATE  COLLEGE.
A  THOMASTON  COMPANION, KEDRAVIOUS  DARNELL  WEBB,  AGE  21  IS   LISTED  IN  THE  ALBANY  JAIL  ON  CHARGES  OF  FELONY  TAMPERING  WITH  EVIDENCE.

THE  SUSPECTED  GET A  WAY  CAR,  A  LATE  MODEL  CHEVROLET  IMPALA  WAS  LOCATED  BY  POLICE  LATER  THAT  NIGHT  ON  THE  CAMPUS  OF  ALBANY  STATE.

  IN  HIGH  SCHOOL  TOBEY  FUENTES   PLAYED  FOOTBALL  FOR  UPSON-LEE.


Tuesday, October 10, 2017

TWO CONVICTED OF MURDER IN SPALDING CO.

BENJAMIN D. COKER
DISTRICT ATTORNEY
Griffin Judicial Circuit

October 10, 2017

PRESS RELEASE

On October 3, 2017, the State began trying a murder case against two defendants, William Moore and Todd Jones, in front of the Honorable W. Fletcher Sams. Both defendants were charged with Malice Murder, Felony Murder, Armed Robbery, Aggravated Battery, two counts of Aggravated Assault, and Possession of a Knife During the Commission of a Crime. On October 10, 2017, a Spalding County jury returned a verdict of guilty on all 7 counts against both defendants. Judge Sams sentenced the defendants to two sentences of life without the possibility of parole plus 25 years in prison. Moore and Jones will serve the rest of their lives in prison under this sentence.
The State in the case was represented by District Attorney Benjamin D. Coker and Chief Assistant District Attorney Marie Broder. The State tendered 296 exhibits over the 6 day trial. The jury deliberated for over two hours before reaching the guilty verdict, today.
The jury convicted Moore and Jones for brutally murdering Kevin Harmon in a vacant lot of Runaway Lakes subdivision back on February 14, 2011. According to testimony during trial, the victim sustained 58 injuries, 40 to his head and face. Moore and Jones used a knife and baseball bat to kill Harmon. Both defendants were convicted at a previous trial in front of a different judge. A new trial was ordered on July 13, 2017 after legal issues with the first trial became obvious. Moore and Jones were retried over the past several days. Cody Tuggle, another defendant was also convicted at a prior trial. His motion for new trial is pending in front of Judge Sams.
District Attorney Coker said of the verdict, “the retrial of Moore and Jones was a difficult task for my office, and I am proud of the way that they handled it. The Spalding County District Attorney’s Office proved to its community that despite adversity, it would stand strong, press on, and continue to fight against those that insist upon doing evil. We would like to thank law enforcement for their hard work, the citizens that testified, and the jury for what was a difficult trial and verdict. Together, we ensured that justice and good prevailed today. We will continue to fight for justice, every day, in Spalding County and throughout the circuit. Our hearts are with the Harmon family.”

Thursday, October 5, 2017

OFFICERS FOR THOMASTON KIWANIS 17-2018

Kiwanis Club of Thomaston
Officers and Directors


President Frank King

Vice President Ed Searcy, II

Secretary Mike Jones

Treasurer Mike Jones

Past President Mark Cotney


    Directors 2017-2018

Glenn Gilstrap

Jerry Helms
James McGill

Directors 2017-2019

     Ruth Hatchett
Ted Kandler
Lynwood Pressley


  



CONGRESSMAN FERGUSON VOTES FOR THE BUDGET

WASHINGTON D.C. –Congressman Drew Ferguson (R-Ga.), a member of the House Committee on the Budget, released the following statement after voting in support of the Fiscal Year 2018 budget resolution:

“This budget is a critical step to getting our economy growing and our national debt under control. Not only does it balance in ten years, provide an increase in funding to our nation’s military and put our country on the path to fiscal stability, it also lays the groundwork for tax reform. By passing this budget today, we are demonstrating that it is possible to have fiscal discipline and keep our promises to the American people.”

“We can no longer continue to kick the can down the road on our mandatory spending crisis. We are accumulating more and more debt for our children and grandchildren, and it is morally wrong. This budget doesn’t solve our mandatory spending crisis overnight, but it begins that process by calling for $203 billion in mandatory spending savings. Passing this budget also moves us one step closer to reforming our broken tax code. Meaningful economic growth is key to solving our budgetary challenges, and the best way to promote sustained economic growth and restore our fiscal health is comprehensive tax reform. I was excited to support this budget to build a better America.”

The budget resolution passed by a vote of 219-206.


ZEBULON P.D. NABS TWO THIEVES

On October 4, 2017 at approximately 4:00pm Officers with the Zebulon Police Department responded to a Theft in progress call at Eye Can See 2 located at 16004 Barnesville Street located on the square in Zebulon Georgia.  Pike County Dispatchers advised responding officers that a black male and black female had just fled the store and had taken approximately $2000.00 dollars in glasses from the store without permission of the owners and had fled the store in a Silver Crown Victoria and was headed out Highway 18 East towards Lamar County.  Lamar County Sheriff Department was notified on the radio and was advised of the incident and that the suspects were traveling on Hwy 18 towards Lamar County.  PFC Trustin Brazier and Officer Chad Morris caught up with the suspects about two miles inside of Lamar County on Highway 18 and initiated a traffic stop on the vehicle and was able to apprehend both subjects.  Lamar County Deputies was immediately on the scene and assisted the officers in the search of the suspect’s vehicle.   Five pair of sunglasses was recovered in the clothes of the female passenger by Sgt. Laura Clark with the Lamar County Sheriff Department.  Both subjects were placed under arrest at the scene and were transported back to the Zebulon Police department.  At the department they were identified and both gave a written confession to the incident and were charged with felony theft by taking.  The driver of the vehicle was Walter Lee Harden of Macon Georgia and the female passenger was Carolyn Stapleton of also of Macon Ga.  Due to such a timely response of the Zebulon Police Department and the Lamar county Sheriff Department both subjects was taken in custody just minutes after the crime was committed. 

Sincerely,
Chief Jonathan Hemphill

Tuesday, October 3, 2017

UPSON LEE GRAD RATE RISING

ULHS Graduation Rate Continues to Rise - T-U Among Highest in Griffin RESA District

The Georgia Department of Education has released graduation rate data for the class of 2017, and Upson-Lee High School has exceeded the state average for the third consecutive year. Upson-Lee High School posted a rate of 87.4%,significantly higher than the state of Georgia overall graduation rate average of 80.6%. Thomaston-Upson School System’s 2017 graduation rate came in as the third highest in our Griffin RESA district, with only Fayette County (89.3%) and Lamar County (87.9%) scoring higher.

Other 2017 graduation rates in the Griffin RESA District are:

Henry 86.3%
Butts 84.4%
Newton 83.5
Pike 83.3
Griffin/Spalding 81.5%

Monday, October 2, 2017

59 Dead 527 Injured

A shooter on the 32nd floor of the Mandalay Bay Casino in Las Vegas opened fire with an automatic weapon on the crowd at a Jason Aldean concert Sunday night.

The shooter, 64-year-old Stephen Paddock of Mesquite, Nevada, was identified by local police. Mesquite is located 82 miles northeast of Las Vegas along Interstate 15. More than ten weapons were discovered in the hotel room along with Paddock's body. Police have stated that reports of multiple shooters and explosives being involved are false.

The crowd was estimated at over 30,000 as the first rounds of fully automatic fire started. Witnesses stated that the shooting lasted approximately ten minutes as the shooter reloaded several times.

Aldean was on stage performing at the time of the shooting, he later tweeted that he and his crew were safe.

The FBI is assisting with the investigation that is now the deadliest mass shooting in American history.

This story is updated as information is released by local law enforcement.

Friday, September 29, 2017

T.P.D. METH TRAFFICING ARREST

ACCORDING TO POLICE CHIEF MIKE RICHARDSON---KELCEY ROCKEMORE , WHO HAS FILED A MILLION DOLLAR LAW SUIT AGAINST THE CITY OF THOMASTON OVER AN ARREST BY EX-OFFICER PHILLIP TOBIN , HAS BEEN ARRESTED FOR TRAFFICING IN METH.

EARLY WEDNESDAY, ROCKEMORE , AGE 31---WAS INVOLVED IN A RUMBLE WITH SEVERAL OTHER INDIVIDUALS AT FARVIEW APARTMENTS ON AVE. F. AND BOLTED OUT THE DOOR WHEN POLICE ARRIVED.

HE WAS CHASED DOWN AND ARRESTED AND 34 GRAMS OF SUSPECTED METH WAS FOUND IN SEVERAL PLASTIC BAGS.

HE FACES SEVERAL CHARGES INCLUDING OBSTRUCTION OF AN OFFICER. SEVERAL YEARS BACK , OFFICER TOBIN WAS TRYING TO ARREST ROCKEMORE ON DRUG CHARGES WHEN ROCKEMORE CONTENDS HE WAS ROUGHED-UP BY THE COP.

CHIEF RICHARDSON SAYS ROCKEMORE HAS ALWAYS CONTENDED HE IS NOT A DRUG DEALER.



OFFICER-INVOLVED SHOOTING IN SPALDING CO.

ACCORDING TO SPALDING COUNTY SHERIFF DARRELL DIX A DEPUTY INVOLVED IN AN OFFICER-INVOLVED FATAL SHOOTING IS ON PAID ADMINISTRATIVE LEAVE AS THE GBI INVESTIGATES THE INCIDENT WEDNESDAY ON COLLIER DRIVE OFF BIRDIE ROAD.

THE DEPUTY—BRYAN HEAD HAS BEEN WITH THE DEPARTMENT SINCE 2014 AND HAS HAD TRAINING IN CRISIS INTERVENTION. THE VICTIM—49 YEAR OLD GUY LYNN SCOTT JR. REPORTEDLY WAS THREATENING SUCIDE--- HAD A GUN –AND POINTED IT AT THE DEPUTY.


SCOTT ONCE WORKED AT THE SPALDING COUNTY JAIL 

UPSON SO; TEEN TREATED FOR METH O.D.

ACCODING TO THE UPSON COUNTY SHERIFF'S DEPARTMENT EMS RESPONDED TO A REPORT OF A JUVENILE DRUG OVERDOSE ON ROSE CREEK ROAD—AND THE TEEN WAS CHARGED WITH POSSESSION OF METH.

THE SUSPECT---17 YEAR OLD MATTEW TRENTON DANIEL ,THE ROCK --- WAS TREATED AT THE E.R. FOR CRAMPS TO HIS HANDS—AND DEPUTIES SAID HIS BEHAVIOR INDICATED METH USE. ANOTHER UN-NAMED MALE JUVENILE WAS APPARENTLY PRESENT.

A SEARCH OF THE HOUSE TURNED-UP , A GLASS SMOKING PIPE, SOME METH AND TWO MARIJUANA GRINDERS.

ONE OF THE TWO WHITE MALES SAID THEY HAD BEEN SNORTING METH FOR 3 DAYS.



Thursday, September 28, 2017

NEW VA HEALTH CLINIC FOR PIKE COUNTY


WASHINGTON D.C. –Congressman Drew Ferguson (R-Ga.) applauded the announcement by the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) of its plans to build a new clinic in Pike County, Georgia to bring care to veterans in the Third District. Ferguson supported Congressional authorization for the new clinic that was included in the VA Choice and Quality Employment Act of 2017, passed by the House on July 28. He released the following statement:

“Our veterans sacrificed so much for our country, too often including their own health. We should work to ensure they have timely accessible care in their own communities. I was proud to vote to authorize funding for this new clinic.”

The new facility would provide VA outpatient primary care and mental health services to eligible veterans. Officials plan to lease a new, approximately 49,000 square foot building with about 350 parking spaces.


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Tuesday, September 26, 2017

HONORS FOR A UL STUDENT

Jaquarius Raglin, a senior at ULHS, has been chosen for the National Society of High School Scholars Ambassador Leadership Program. NSHSS Ambassadors are student leaders within their high schools who exhibit academic excellence and strong commitment to community service. A role model to peers, Jaquarius, who is the son of Beverly Cromer and Octavius Raglin, was selected out of hundreds of applicants for demonstrating strong academic achievement and a commitment to community service.

Thursday, September 21, 2017

UPSON GRAND JURY RETURNS MURDER INDICTMENT

MONDAY THE UPSON COUNTY GRAND JURY RETURNED A MURDER INDICTMENT AGAINST BLAKE ASHLEY HANCOCK FOR THE SHOOTING DEATH OF HIS HALF-BROTHER TALVIN HAROLD ROBBINS ON B. STREET.

THOMASTON POLICE SAID A FAMILY DISAGREEMENT LEAD TO THE SHOOTING.


HANCOCK WAS TRUE BILLED FOR MALICE AND FELONY MURDER, AGGREVATED ASSAULT AND POSSESSION OF A FIREARM IN THE COMMISSION OF A CRIME.  

DR. RANDALL PETERS NEW CHAIR AIRPORT AUTHORITY

AT THE SEPTEMBER MEETING OF THE GRIFFIN-SPALDING AIRPORT AUTHORITY—WEDNESDAY NIGHT, CHAIRMAN DICK MORROW RESIGNED BUT WILL REMAIN ON THE BOARD, AND DR. RANDALL PETERS—RETIRED PRESIDENT OF SOUTHERN CRESCENT TECHNICAL COLLEGE WAS ELECTED CHAIRMAN..

MORROW SAID HE IS NOT SEEKING RE-ELECTION TO THE GRIFFIN CITY COMMISSION AND ALSO HIS SEAT ON THE AIRPORT AUTHORITY
EXPIRES DEC. 31ST SO IT WAS DECIDED TO MAKE THE TRANSITION NOW SO HE CAN MENTOR DR. PETERS ON THE PROCESS OF BUILDING THE NEW AIRPORT.

MORROW NOTED DR. PETERS KNOWS GOVERNMENT PROCEDURES AND METHODS FROM HIS EDUCATION AND MILITARY BACKGROUND AND ACTUALLY HAS SOME CONTACTS WITHIN THE GA. DOT AVIATION DIVISION.

CARL PRUETT WAS ELECTED SECRETARY-TREASURER REPLACING DR. PETERS IN THAT POSITION.


AUTHORITY MEMBERS PRAISED DICK MORROW FOR HIS SERVICE AND WITH G-DOT APPROVAL OF THE NEW AIRPORT LAY-OUT PLAN—THE FAA SHOULD O.K. THE A.L.P. IN THE NEXT 30 DAYS WHICH WILL STEP-UP THE FLOW OF FEDERAL DOLLARS.  

Wednesday, September 20, 2017

UL HOMECOMING PARADE THURSDAY AT 5PM

THE UPSON-LEE HOMECOMING PARADE IS THURSDAY AT 5PM THROUGH DOWNTOWN THOMASTON -- AFTER FORMING AT MATTEWS FIELD. THE KNIGHTS PLAY JORDAN FRIDAY NIGHT AT 7;30 ON THE ZOOM. -- WITH THE HOMECOMING QUEEN AND PRINCESSES TO BE CROWNED AT HALFTIME.

GA DOT EXPLORES BROADBAND

Increasingly, the world is dependent on high-speed internet and reliable cell phone service. But many throughout Georgia rely on spotty or inconsistent cellular and slow internet.

Better days may be ahead as Georgia DOT explores two initiatives—broadband and wireless—that use the state-owned right-of-way (ROW) to expand the 511 Navigator system statewide, as well as enhance telecommunications for all Georgians.

“We are looking at the potential to use cutting-edge technology to improve the everyday lives of Georgians - not only by expanding and enhancing statewide traffic communications, but also by improving cell phone and broadband internet options for the public,” GDOT Division Director of Operations John Hibbard, P.E. explained today in a presentation to the State Transportation Board. “Georgia DOT has no desire to get into the utility business. These are public-private partnerships—P3s—that would be financed, developed, managed and maintained by private contractors on state-owned property.”

The department is reviewing responses from the broadband and cellular industries to Georgia DOT’s requests for information (RFI) about two potential programs.

  • The broadband initiative would install conduit on the ROW along all Georgia interstates. The developer would sell or lease the conduit space to others who would install fiber-optic cable for private use. Fiber-optic technology transmits data through durable thin glass strands that carry a tremendous amount of data at exceptionally fast speeds. Installing this fiber would provide improved statewide internet coverage to meet the internet needs of rural communities while enabling GDOT to better connect all offices and improve traffic management throughout Georgia. 

    “80 percent of Georgians live within 20 miles of an interstate,” Hibbard said. “Installing this technology along the interstates should result in tremendous benefits for all Georgians, especially those in rural regions.”

     
  • The wireless initiative would utilize “small cell” poles on the ROW of state routes to facilitate the change from 4G technology to 5G, which offers far greater speed and capacity. The developer would sell or lease space on the poles for use by wireless communications providers. Existing poles would be used when possible. Where a new pole must be installed, its placement along the ROW would be carefully considered, with public safety being the primary consideration. While small cell poles are much shorter than traditional cell phone towers—50 feet versus 250 feet—more are required because 5G travels shorter distances. This technology would meet the wireless communications needs of Georgia DOT, as well as those of the public.
“The potential benefits are enormous, not only for transportation management in Georgia, but also for people in their homes and businesses, and for the economic development that could result from increased connections,” Hibbard said. “Several states have had varying degrees of success with similar programs. We are looking at all angles to come up with just the right model for Georgia.”

Gov. Nathan Deal and state legislators are supportive of initial concepts. The next step, after the first of the year, would be for Georgia DOT to solicit proposals.
 

Georgia Department of Transportation is committed to providing a safe, seamless and sustainable transportation system that supports Georgia’s economy and is sensitive to its citizens and its environment.

PIKE CO. SHERIFF'S OFFICE WARNS OF SCAM

We have received a complaint of an individual calling local residents and soliciting money on behalf of the Pike County Sheriff's Office. The number that was reported to appear on the caller id appeared to be from a legitimate Sheriff's Office number. The Sheriff's Office does not call citizens to solicit any money.

This appears to be a case of number spoofing in which computers and/or phone apps can be used to disguise the real number of the location being used. We have seen this becoming more common in fraud cases involving the use of a phone as it makes it difficult to track the original number. 

If you receive a call of this nature we suggest that you not engage in conversation with the other party and terminate the phone call.

2ND SUSPECT ARRESTED IN NSIDE BURGLARY

THOMASTON POLICE HAVE ARRESTED A 2ND SUSPECT IN A BURGLARY EARLY MONDAY AT HIBBETT SPORTING GOODS IN NORTHSIDE.

17 YEAR OLD WESLEY BAILEY IS IN THE UPSON COUNTY JAIL.

OFFICERS ARRESTED 17 YEAR OLD JERMARION SPARKS OF WEST MAIN STREET—AT THE SCENE OF THE CRIME—AS HE EXITED THE STORE AFTER THE SECURITY ALARM TRIPPED WHEN A BRICK WAS THROWN THROUGH THE GLASS DOOR.

THE 2ND SUSPECT ESCAPED FROM POLICE BUT FELL DOWN AND LOST HIS STOLEN MERCHANDISE , SOME NIKE SHOES AND PANTS.


THE POLICE REPORT SAID THE TWO HAD BACK PACKS HIDDEN BEHIND THE VERIZON STORE—TO CARRY STOLEN MERCHANDISE.

Tuesday, September 19, 2017

THOMASTON MAN INJURED IN PIKE WRECK

Pike County Sheriff's Deputies responded to a vehicle collision involving a motorcycle on Highway 19 near the teen challenge complex this morning. A motorcycle rider, Christopher Lambert ,from Thomaston, was found to have serious injuries and was air lifted to Grady Hospital. The motorcycle had struck the rear of a Coca Cola eighteen wheeler that was driven by Kenneth Bronson from Macon.

Witnesses to the incident told Deputies that the motorcycle had been traveling at a high rate of speed and passing other vehicles just before the collision occurred. The investigation is on going and any necessary charges will be made at a later date.

Monday, September 18, 2017

TU SCHOOLS TEACHERS OF THE YEAR

Thomaston-Upson Schools have announced their 2018-19 Teachers of the Year. Congratulations to Matt Bentley, Upson-Lee High School; Sarah McLane, Upson-Lee Middle School; Matthew Whatley, Upson-Lee Elementary School; and Stacy Patterson, Upson-Lee Primary School.

Matt Bentley teaches social studies and serves as head boys' soccer coach and assistant athletic director. Sarah McLane teaches 7th grade English/Language Arts. Matthew Whatley teaches 4th grade English/Language Arts and Social Studies, and Stacy Patterson teaches Special Education. These teachers, selected by her peers, will advance to the Thomaston-Upson School System Teacher of the Year competition, which includes a written application, personal interview, and classroom teaching observation. The 2018-19 Thomaston-Upson School System Teacher of the Year will be selected in November, and the winner will represent T-U Schools in the state competition.
 
Congratulations to Mr. and Miss Upson-Lee High School 2017: Tavias Fagan and Amaya Kendall. Mr. and Miss ULHS are nominated and voted on by their peers. 

Amaya is the daughter of Tamara and Anthony Kendall, and Tavias is the son of Kendra Fagan.

Congratulations to the 2017 ULHS Homecoming Queen Court: Lauren Adams, Laila Fallin, Yasia Gray, Sarah Harrell, Ashley Hobbs, Haylee Hood, Amaya Kendall, Janiah Meadows, Kimberly Quiller, Sarah Ward, Cierra Williams, and Quadesha Williams. The 2017 Homecoming Queen Court is nominated and selected by the senior class. The 2017 Queen will be announced during halftime festivities at the annual Homecoming game on Friday, September 22.

BURGLARY AT HIBBETT SPORTS

ACCORDING TO THOMASTON POLICE—ONE SUSPECT IN CUSTODY---ONE ON THE RUN AFTER AN ATTEMPTED BURGLARY AT HIBBETT SPORTS AT THE WAL MART SHOPPING CENTER MONDAY AT 4AM.
CHIEF INVESTIGATOR MONICA SNIPES TOLD ZOOM NEWS---THE GLASS DOOR TO THE BUSINESS WAS SMASHED WITH A BRICK TO GAIN ENTRANCE—BUT THE SECURITY ALARM SOUNDED AND ALERTED POLICE.

ONE SUBJECT FLED WITHOUT ANY MERCHANDISE—ARRESTED WAS 17 YEAR OLD JERMARION SPARKS OF WEST MAIN STREET—AS HE TRIED TO LEAVE THE STORE.

THE CASE IS STILL UNDER INVESTIGATION.

CHIEF INVESTIGATOR SNIPES SAID A SOUTH CAROLINA MAN WAS ARRESTED FOR CAR THEFT—ON SEPTEMBER 14TH—FOR ALLEGEDLY STEALING A PICK-UP TRUCK BELONGING TO THE THOMASTON-UPSON SCHOOL SYSTEM.


33 YEAR OLD MICHAEL GREEN OF WEST COLUMBIA, SOUTH CAROLINA WAS ARRESTED AT THE LAKESIDE PLANT AND HE WAS DRIVING THE TRUCK. IT HAD EXTENSIVE DAMAGE TO THE STEERING COLUMN. POLICE SAID THE TRUCK WAS PARKED AT MATTEWS FIELD BUT THE KEYS WERE NOT INSIDE—HE APPARENTLY HOT WIRED-IT AND REPORTEDLY CRASHED THROUGH THE GATE.

Friday, September 15, 2017

ONE STOP OWNER HAS REDUCED ICE PRICE

THE OWNER OF THE ONE STOP CONVIENCE STORE AT 19 NORTH AND ATWATER ROAD IN THOMASTON—TOLD ZOOM NEWS ON THE AIR THURSDAY—HE HAS DROPPED THE PRICE OF ICE TO 50 CENTS AFTER A FIRESTORM OF CRITICISM-- OVER THE PRICE.

TWICE THE ICE OWNER STEVE BENNETT REDUCED THE PRICE OF HIS ICE TO 50-CENTS A BAG POST IRMA TO HELP THE PUBLIC—AND THE ONE STOP OWNER LOADED-UP FOR HIS STORE AND PRICED IT AT $1.50.

HE TOLD US HIS ICE MACHINE HAS BEEN DOWN FOR A MONTH SO HE HAD BEEN BUYING HIS ICE FROM TWICE THE ICE—BUT THE JACK-UP IN PRICE ANNOYED THE PUBLIC AND THEY TOOK TO SOCIAL MEDIA TO BLAST THE BUSINESS.



Thursday, September 14, 2017

A THOMASTON BUSINESS HELPS IRMA RELIEF

A THOMASTON BUSINESS HAS BEEN AN IRMA RELIEF CENTER---ADVANTAGE RELOCATION AT THE OLD LAKESIDE PLANT HOUSING 100 TRUCKS FOR GENERATORS AND FUEL FOR T-MOBILE AND VERIZON AND 60 MORE TRUCKS ARE EXPECTED OVER THE WEEKEND.


LACY GREEAR CRAIN, G.M. SAYS ABOUT 80 VISITORS FROM OUT OF TOWN HAVE BEEN AT THE DISTRIBUTION CENTER/WAREHOUSE THIS WEEK AND MORE ARE EXPECTED. THE FIRM HIRED 33 TEMPORARY EMPLOYEES IN ONE DAY TO HELP WITH IRMA PREPARATION AND RELIEF. SHE SAYS THE COMPANY HOPES TO CONTINUE TO CONTRIBUTE TO THE LOCAL ECONOMY. 

Wednesday, September 13, 2017

UPDATE; CAR CRASH INTO FLASH FOODS 19 N.

THE UPSON COUNTY SHERIFF'S OFFICE HAS RELEASED THE NAMES OF THREE PERSONS INJURED WHEN A LINCOLN TOWN CAR CRASHED THROUGH THE FLASH FOODS STORE AT 19 NORTH AND JEFF DAVIS ROAD—SUNDAY MORNING—CAUSING HEAVY DAMAGE.

THE DRIVER---ANTONIO BERNARD LITTLE OF OAK STREET—POSSIBLY SUFFERED A MEDICAL EMERGENCY—AND WAS TRAPPED IN THE CAR—WHICH APPARENTLY STARTED A FIRE IN THE STORE.

NORTHSIDE FIRE DEPARTMENT DOUSED THE FIRE AND LITTLE WAS FREED AND TRANSPORTED TO THE MEDICAL CENTER IN MACON BY EMS.


TWO CUSTOMERS WERE INJURED AND TRANSPORTED TO URMC BY EMS---20 YEAR OLD VICTORIA MURRAY OF FT. VALLEY WHO RECEIVED A SEVERE MOUTH LACARATION AND 38 YEAR OLD DARRELL GRESHAM WHO HAD A LACARATION TO HIS FOOT.

Tuesday, September 12, 2017

TU-PIKE,LAMAR, SPALDING, HENRY CLOSED SCTC OPEN LATER

SCHOOL SYSTEMS IN THE AREA WILL BE CLOSED AGAIN WEDNESDAY DUE TO ROAD CONDITIONS AND POWER OUTAGES RELATED TO IRMA.


THE THOMASTON-UPSON SCHOOLS, GRIFFIN-SPALDING SCHOOLS, PIKE, LAMAR, AND HENRY COUNTY SCHOOLS --GORDON STATE COLLEGE WILL BE CLOSED—SOUTHERN CRESCENT TECHNICAL COLLEGE WILL BE OPEN WED. BUT HOLD CLASSES WITH A LATER START TIME AT 10AM. THE CHILD CARE CENTER ON THE FLINT RIVER CAMPUS IN THOMASTON WILL OPEN AT THE REGULAR TIME.

OUTAGE UPDATE-UPSON EMC, CITY OF THOMASTON, YATESVILLE

POWER OUTAGE UPDATE—NEAL TRICE AT UPSON EMC REPORTS 1334 MEMBERS STILL OUT—COULD BE WEDNESDAY OR LATER BEFORE ALL ARE RESTORED.

CITY OF THOMASTON ELECTRICAL SUPERINTENDANT NEAL IVY REPORTS ABOUT 200 CUSTOMERS WITHOUT SERVICE. A BIG TREE FELL ON GREENWOOD ROAD AND THAT'S CREATING PROBLEMS AT BIRDSONG AND GREENWOOD.

THE ENTIRE CITY OF YATESVILLE IS WITHOUT POWER—SERVED BY GA. POWER— THEY STARTED THE DAY WITH ABOUT A MILLION CUSTOMERS WITHOUT SERVICE.


SOUTHERN RIVERS ENERGY REPORTS 3000 WITHOUT POWER IN PIKE COUNTY AND SYSTEM WIDE 11,800 STILL OUT BUT 40 MORE LINEMAN ARE ARRIVING TO HELP.

PIKE ROADS REPORT FROM CO. MAN JOHN HANSON

Patton Road, Chapel Hill Road, Millwood Road and Roberts Quarters Road (at the City Limits Concord) closed because of power lines down.

THOMASTON-UPSON SCHOOLS CLOSED WED.

Below is the call that went out to parents and staff today and was posted on Facebook:

SCHOOLS CLOSED WEDNESDAY: Thomaston-Upson School System administration has been in close communication with county government officials and the Upson County Sheriff’s Department monitoring power outages and road closures within our community. Currently, 3,000 homes, including the entire city of Yatesville, are without power, and a number of roads are inaccessible by our school buses due to road closures. While we are very thankful that our community was spared the massive destruction experienced by so many in this storm’s path, we still have teachers, staff, and students without power and without access to roads. Due to these reasons, all Thomaston-Upson Schools will remain closed on Wednesday, September 13. Our intent is to return to school on Thursday. Hopefully, by this time, power will have been restored to most of our students and staff and roads will have been cleared. Please stay safe, and thank you for your support of Thomaston-Upson Schools.