Board of Education appoints three new administrators

STAFF REPORT ::: The Griffin-Spalding County Board of Education has appointed three new administrators. The action was taken at the Board’s Tuesday night meeting. According to a press release issued by the school system, one of the appointments is a new position created based on the curriculum audit recommendation. Michele Purvis, who was appointed school […]

Autopsy did not reveal cause of death in case of man’s body located Friday night

SHEILA A. MATHEWS ::: The Georgia Bureau of Investigation Crime Lab has conducted an autopsy on the body located in north Griffin Friday night, but that forensic examination did not reveal a cause of death. According to Spalding County Coroner Sonny Foster, the autopsy revealed no trauma or evidence of foul play in the man’s […]

Like life to be a well digger

An editorial column by Dusty Takle We live on a farm in a very rural area. We have satellite internet (oh, the humanity); we have dirty cars because of dirt roads; and we have a well. I’ve adjusted fairly well to rural living and often remind myself that the reward is greater than any inconveniences […]

Man’s body located in field will be sent to crime lab for autopsy

SHEILA A. MATHEWS ::: Authorities are investigating a death reported when a body was located Friday night in a grassy area near the Griffin Crossroads shopping center. According to Spalding County Coroner Sonny Foster, the man has not been identified. “He was found over there behind Brian’s, between Brian’s and the theater, we found a gentleman […]

Formal complaint filed against Pike County teacher accused of inappropriate contact with student

The Pike County School System has filed a formal complaint against teacher Brian Crow with the Georgia Professional Standards Commission. This complaint follows an allegation that a fellow teacher witnessed Crow engaged in inappropriate contact with a female student. For additional information on this developing story, please visit http://www.pikecountytimes.com/secondary/BREAKINGNEWSschool5.23.17.html#.WUvHyBEUjmI The GRIP appreciated The Pike County […]

Felony drug cases result in lengthy prison sentences, banishment

STAFF REPORT ::: The Spalding County District Attorney’s Office has concluded the first week of a two-week trial calendar in front of the Honorable W. Fletcher Sams. According to a press release issued by Griffin Judicial Circuit District Attorney Ben Coker, the calendar began with 77 cases. Altogether this week were 22 guilty pleas and […]

Former GHS teacher arrested on new charges involving juveniles; original bond revoked

SHEILA A. MATHEWS ::: Brandy Lynn Nickels, the former Griffin High School teacher charged with numerous sex crimes involving students, is being held without bond in the Spalding County Jail after her bond was revoked following a second arrest. The GRIP was the only media present in the courtroom to hear arguments in the bond […]

Saturday murder suspect remains at large

STAFF REPORT ::: Authorities are investigating the Saturday murder of a Griffin man, Jontavian Davis. According to a press release issued by the Griffin Police Department, the incident occurred at approximately 1:11 a.m. Saturday at 828 Scales St. Details of the incident are still being investigated, but authorities have confirmed Davis sustained multiple gunshot wounds from a […]

City of Griffin, GPD Chief Yates refuse to release records on officer allowed to resign in lieu of termination

SHEILA A. MATHEWS ::: The city of Griffin and Griffin Police Department Chief Mike Yates are refusing to release for review certain records pertaining to Tyler Cooper, formerly of the GPD, that were requested by The GRIP under the Georgia Open Records Act. The original request was made Feb. 3, and repeated efforts to obtain […]

David Gibson’s friends, family speak out at plea hearing; judge expounds on sentence

SHEILA A. MATHEWS ::: David Gibson, formerly of the Spalding County Sheriff’s Office, has plead guilty to two felony counts of violating his oath of office. Gibson on Thursday afternoon appeared before Superior Court Judge Robert M. Crawford and entered a blind plea, which means his guilty plea was entered without prior knowledge of the […]

Woman pleads guilty to murder in death of paraplegic man abandoned in woods

STAFF REPORT ::: Ruby Kate Coursey has plead guilty to murder in the death of Troymaine Johnson, a paraplegic who died after being abandoned in a wooded area. According to a press release issued by Griffin Judicial Circuit District Attorney Ben Coker, the guilty plea before Judge Christopher Edwards was entered Tuesday in Upson County […]

Don’t underestimate your value

The following is an editorial column by Maria McCoy that appeared in the last print edition of The GRIP. This is going to sound harsh. I don’t intend for it sound that way but I DO hope to get through to someone. I see and hear it every day. Most of the time it’s a […]

Last weekend to catch Main Street Player’s “Nunsense Boulevard”

SUBMITTED ::: Get ready to laugh your habit off with Main Street Players’ new production of “Nunset Boulevard,” the final show of the 2016-2017 season. This riotously funny musical comedy features catchy songs, memorable characters and even some audience participation. The play is one of many sequels to the popular Broadway musical “Nunsense,” which introduced […]

Exclusive Breaking News – David Gibson pleads guilty, sentenced to prison

SHEILA A. MATHEWS ::: David Gibson, formerly of the Spalding County Sheriff’s Office, today plead guilty to two felony counts of violating his oath of office. Gibson on Thursday afternoon appeared before Superior Court Judge Robert M. Crawford and entered a blind plea, which means his guilty plea was entered without prior knowledge of the […]

JRE Market Day teaches real world economics

SHEILA A. MATHEWS ::: For nearly a decade, third grade Jackson Road Elementary School students have been receiving a hand-on experience in economics by becoming entrepreneurs in their own straw market on Market Day. JRE teacher Amy Nelms Brown said Market Day is an opportunity for the students to learn outside of workbooks. “The third […]