Oliver Quimby Melton, Jr., of Griffin died peacefully at his home Feb. 7, 2013 just five days before his 91st birthday. He was a leader in Griffin and the State of Georgia. He was a newspaperman, legislator, historian, World War II veteran, avid horseman and devoted husband and father.
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Oliver Quimby Melton Jr., died February 7 at his home just five days before his 91st birthday. He is survived by his wife of 69 years, May Melton; a son, Quimby Melton III; three daughters, Mary Forehand, Laura Geiger, co-publisher of The Herald-Gazette in Barnesville and The Journal-Reporter in Zebulon, and Leila Stone.
UPDATED ARRANGEMENTS: Visitation Saturday, February 9 from 3-5 p.m. at the Melton home at 1940 South 6th Street in Griffin or Sunday, February 10 from 2-3 p.m. in the Fellowship Hall of First United Methodist Church in Griffin with a memorial service following at 3 p.m. in the church sanctuary.
Melton was the longtime editor and publisher of the Griffin Daily News which his father purchased on February 1, 1925. [Full story »]
Spalding County authorities have made several arrests in two separate shooting incidents.
With the assistance of the community, officers located and arrested Patrick John Douglas without incident during a traffic stop. At the time of the stop he was found to be in possession of a firearm. He was wanted for questioning for his involvement in a shooting that occurred on 5th Street in East Griffin on Saturday, Jan. 26 as a result of a drug related argument. During the argument Christopher John Henry Zickefoose 20 years old of 6th Street Griffin, shot Patrick John Douglas in the chest.
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Sheriffs Jimmy Thomas, Wendell Beam, Dan Kilgore and Barry Babb of the Griffin Judicial Circuit met and have unanimously agreed with the Georgia Sheriffs' Association’s stance on gun control.
The sheriffs took an oath to support the Constitution and will stand by the 2nd Amendment. The sheriffs will aggressively oppose federal or state legislation which infringes upon law abiding citizens’ right to bear arms.
The sheriffs further agree to support any legislation that would effectively penalize criminals who use firearms in the commission of crimes.