Hawbaker pleads guilty to five counts of aggravated assault against a peace officer

Don Hawbaker Feb. 4, 2020, booking photo courtesy of the Spalding County Sheriff's Office SHEILA A. MATHEWS :::Don Hawbaker, who has been held without bond in the Spalding County Jail without bond since Feb. 4, 2020, today accepted a guilty plea … Continue Reading

Mother and her boyfriend charged with murder in six-year-old’s violent death

SHEILA A. MATHEWS :::A mother and her boyfriend have been charged with murder in the violent death of six-year-old Jacob Andrew Williams. The Henry County Police Department (HCPD) on Sunday responded to a residence on Belmont Farms Drive in … Continue Reading

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ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT

NASCAR 2020 season resumes in Georgia June 7

STAFF REPORT ::: The NASCAR 2020 season will soon resume in Georgia with the Folds of Honor QuikTrip 500 at Atlanta Motor Speedway. Originally scheduled to run March 15, NASCAR, the state of Georgia and Governor Brian Kemp worked with the … Continue Reading

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COMMUNITY NEWS

Griffin BoC to consider compromise in Camellia Hill rezoning request

Developers are seeking rezoning of the property located at 670 S. Hill St., known locally as Camelia Hill. If the city staff recommendation is approved, 12 homes would be constructed on the 4.296-acre lot. Photo credit: Sheila Mathews SHEILA A. … Continue Reading

GPD seeking assistance to identify suspects in war memorial vandalism

SHEILA A. MATHEWS ::: The Griffin Police Department is seeking the public’s assistance in identifying individuals captured on surveillance footage in Griffin’s Veteran’s Memorial Park the night two war memorials were vandalized. The video was … Continue Reading

Two Griffin war memorials vandalized

SHEILA A. MATHEWS ::: Two memorials in Griffin – one in Veteran’s Memorial Park and the second in the old Confederate Cemetery – were vandalized overnight Friday. Both were damaged with red spray paint with phrases including “F*CK THE POLICE,” … Continue Reading

Protest permit granted for Sunday evening in downtown Griffin

SHEILA A. MATHEWS ::: A permit has been granted for a protest to be held in downtown Griffin Sunday evening. According to city of Griffin Mayor Doug Hollberg, the protest will be held in the Solomon Street Park greenspace beginning at 5 … Continue Reading

Traditional graduation ceremonies will be held for Griffin-Spalding Class of 2020

STAFF REPORT ::: Traditional graduation ceremonies for the Griffin-Spalding Class of 2020 will be held June 25 and 26. The announcement made Wednesday by Griffin-Spalding County School System Superintendent Jim Smith followed the tabulation of … Continue Reading

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