Murder suspect identified, being sought by authorities

STAFF REPORT ::: The Thomaston Police Department has identified a suspect in a Dec. 1, 2020 murder and investigators are seeking the public’s assistance in locating this individual. Authorities say 26-year-old Jakari Daniel, also known as “Byrd,” is wanted in connection with the murder of Michael Gates. According to investigators, Gates was shot and killed […]

Keith Simmons named superintendent of Griffin-Spalding County School System

STAFF REPORT ::: Keith Simmons, the former principal of Griffin High School, has been named superintendent of the Griffin-Spalding County School System. Simmons’ appointment was announced during a Tuesday afternoon special called meeting of the Spalding County Board of Education. Simmons is a veteran educator, having served as a teacher, coach, dean of students, assistant […]

Spalding County registered sex offender arrested for sexual exploitation of children

STAFF REPORT ::: A Spalding County registered sex offender has been arrested by the Georgia Bureau of Investigation’s on a new charge of sexual exploitation of children for allegedly possessing child sexual abuse material. Timothy Woodard, age 44, was arrested Tuesday by the GBI’s Child Exploitation and Computer Crimes (CEACC) Unit. The CEACC Unit began […]

Ongoing COVID-19 vaccine distribution planned for every Friday until further notice

STAFF REPORT ::: The next phased rollout of the COVID-19 vaccine will take place from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday, Jan. 15, with vaccines provided only to those with scheduled appointments. The vaccination effort is being provided by District 4 of the Georgia Department of Public Health, the Spalding County Health Department and the […]

Death investigation underway after man’s body located following vehicle fire

STAFF REPORT ::: The Griffin Police Department (GPD) and Griffin Fire-Rescue (GFR) are conducting a joint investigation after a man’s body was discovered in the remains of a burned vehicle. The GPD Uniform Patrol Division and GFR personnel on Jan. 12 responded at approximately 3:30 a.m. to a report of the vehicle fire at 735 […]

Griffin City Manager Kenny Smith announces retirement

STAFF REPORT ::: Griffin City Manager Kenny Smith has announced he will retire effective March 31. A letter announcing his pending retirement was presented to the Griffin Board of Commissioners during its Jan. 12 meeting. “March 15 will conclude seventeen years as your City Manager and more than 38 years of local government service,” Smith’s […]

Security footage refutes allegation BoE members, Election Supervisor violated Sunshine Law

SHEILA A. MATHEWS ::: Security footage from inside the Spalding County Elections Office confirms that the allegation an illegal meeting involving three members of the Board of Elections and Election Supervisor Marcia Ridley are false. The allegation was made during the Dec. 28 Board of Elections meeting as several members of the audience complained that […]

Griffin City Hall temporarily closing to the public

STAFF REPORT ::: In response to a surge in COVID-19 cases and the critical level of patients in local hospitals, Griffin City Hall will be closed to the public beginning at noon Monday, Jan. 11. The Customer Service lobby will be open from 8 a.m. to noon Monday and the drive-thru will be open from […]

School officials extend at-home learning at least two additional weeks

STAFF REPORT ::: The Griffin-Spalding County School System has extended at-home learning two additional weeks. School system officials say this decision was based on increasing COVID-19 numbers in the Griffin-Spalding County community, which have resulted in hospitals filling and diverting patients elsewhere. GSCSS district leaders on Friday met with a regional epidemiologist from the Georgia […]

Pike BoE chairman booked into Spalding County Jail

SHEILA A. MATHEWS ::: Spalding County Sheriff’s Office Maj. Dwayne Jones has confirmed that Ryan Edge, age 41, of Williamson, was booked into the Spalding County Jail after being arrested by the Georgia Bureau of Investigation. Edge, who for four years has served as the chairman of the Pike County Board of Education, was arrested […]

Election supervisor responds to report of baggage brought into Spalding Election Office

SHEILA  A. MATHEWS ::: Spalding County Election Supervisor Marcia Ridley has responded to reports of people with baggage resembling suitcases entering and leaving the Elections and Voter Registration Office throughout the day Tuesday. The GRIP received three videos from a reader who questioned why people would be taking baggage into the Elections Office. After viewing […]

GBI arrests Pike Board of Education member on six counts of felony theft by deception

STAFF REPORT ::: Ryan Edge, a former employee of The Southern Credit Union, has been arrested by the Georgia Bureau of Investigation on six counts of felony theft by deception. The GBI began its investigation of Edge after receiving a request from the Griffin Police Department on March 19, 2020. The Griffin Police Department sought […]

BREAKING NEWS: Faulty outlet cited as cause of today’s voting delay at one Spalding precinct

SHEILA A. MATHEWS ::: Voters at one Spalding County polling location – Sunnyside United Methodist Church – experienced a delay in casting their ballots this morning when the precinct’s voting machines did not start at 7 a.m. when the poll opened. According to Spalding County Election Supervisor Marcia Ridley, the problem was not associated with […]

Bomb threat against Spalding Elections Office, local polling locations under GBI investigation

SHEILA A. MATHEWS ::: Spalding County Election Supervisor Marcia Ridley on Saturday received an email threatening acts of violence against the Elections Office and local polling sites. A report was made to Spalding County Sheriff Darrell Dix, who in turn contacted state officials. “I was notified of it and I immediately contacted the Georgia Bureau […]

BREAKING NEWS: All Griffin-Spalding public school in-person learning cancelled

STAFF REPORT ::: The Griffin-Spalding County School System will revert to at-home distance learning following the Christmas break. According to Interim Superintendent Donald Warren, this change is due to an increase in Spalding County COVID-19 cases. “Out of an abundance of caution, due to the current increase in COVID-19 cases in Spalding County, GSCS students […]