Spalding County Assistant County Manager Eric Mosley hired to fill Troup County leadership position

SHEILA A. MATHEWS ::: It has been announced that Spalding County Assistant County Manager Eric Mosely has been hired to fill the newly-created and short-term position of assistant county manager in Troup County. This position is temporary as an interim step to assuming the position of county manager upon the November 2018 retirement of current […]

Pike County man arrested after two shooting incidents

STAFF REPORT ::: According to the office of Pike County Sheriff Jimmy Thomas, one man was arrested Monday and charged in connection to two separate alleged shooting incidents.  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 […]

Five arrested in connection with brutal 1983 murder of Timothy Coggins

STAFF REPORT ::: The Spalding County Sheriff’s Office, Georgia Bureau of Investigation and Griffin Judicial Circuit District Attorney’s Office announce that arrests have been made in the 1983 murder of Timothy Coggins. Coggins was murdered in October 1983 on Manley Road. He suffered multiple forms of trauma that resulted in his death. Brutally murdered, his […]

Former GPD officer’s pre-hire tests raised concerns

SHEILA A. MATHEWS ::: Pre-employment testing records for former GPD Officer Tyler Cooper indicate some portions raised questions regarding whether he should have been hired to police the city of Griffin. As part of the hiring process, the GPD administers an examination called the Personnel Evaluation Profile (PEP), which is commonly referred to as a […]

The GRIP responds with objection to subpoena demanding production of records in federal trial

SHEILA A. MATHEWS ::: The GRIP has responded to a subpoena in a federal civil rights trial demanding Publisher Sheila Mathews produce work product associated with multiple investigative reports primarily involving the Spalding County Sheriff’s Office. The subpoena was issued as part of Civil Action No. 3-15-CV-163-TCB – Jessica Kelley, et al. v. Captain David […]

Cowan Road Elementary School principal on administrative leave

SHEILA A. MATHEWS : : :  The principal of Cowan Road Elementary School has been placed on administrative leave. Griffin-Spalding County School System Executive Director of Communications and Partnerships Kimberly Green stated, “Griffin-Spalding County School System can confirm that the principal of Cowan Road Elementary School is on leave. This is a personnel matter.” A […]

Alleged teacher-student altercations on Australia trip not investigated by GSCSS

SHEILA A. MATHEWS ::: Two employees of the Griffin-Spalding County School System (GSCSS) – Spalding High School Principal Lindy Pruitt and Kristie Hall, a Cowan Road Elementary School Pre-K teacher – were suspended for drinking alcoholic beverages in the presence of students while on a student trip to Australia. Elise Heaton, who resigned from the […]

Orrs Elementary student allegedly brought knife to school

STAFF REPORT ::: An Orrs Elementary School student on Friday, Sept. 29, was allegedly in possession of a knife on the school bus. According to a letter to parents issued by Griffin-Spalding County School System Communications and Partnerships Executive Director Kimberly Willis Green, another student brought the alleged incident to administrators’ attention. “A student aboard […]

Further the kingdom of Christ by providing hope that humanity is still present in the world

This editorial column written by Maria McCoy was previously published in the print edition of The GRIP. The United States has been severely impacted by Hurricane’s Harvey and Irma. We watched in horror as the deadly hurricane pulverized cities and caused massive flooding throughout the affected areas. We have watched as horrific fires threatened homes […]

The answer, my friend, is blowin’ in the wind

This column written by Dr. Bob Hayden was previously published in the print edition of The GRIP. That title is not original with me. You may recognize it from Bob Dylan’s song of 1962. Originally penned as a war protest piece, it asks searching questions about why things happen. Events of the past few days […]

Whatever you do, DON’T. GIVE. IN.

This editorial column written by Dusty Takle was previously published in a print edition of The GRIP. For the past six months, I’ve watched a very close family friend navigate through his third bout with cancer….his second with bone cancer. For those of you who’ve experienced or watched someone go through this kind of pain, […]

SCSO identifies deputy involved in fatal shooting; POST records detail training history

SHEILA A. MATHEWS ::: The Spalding County Sheriff’s Office has identified the officer involved in Wednesday’s fatal shooting incident as Bryan Head, a three-year veteran of the agency. While responding to a call requesting a welfare check at the residence of Guy Lynn Scott Jr., Head fired two shots, with both striking Scott. According to […]

Woman runs over multiple people during street brawl

  SHEILA A. MATHEWS ::: Five people were injured Wednesday night – two critically –in what authorities say was a hit and run on Quilly Street. According to Sgt. 1st Class Kendrick Lowe, the Georgia State Patrol-Griffin Post commander, the incident was precipitated by a street fight involving numerous people. “We were called out by the […]

Sheriff: Man killed in officer involved shooting was armed in back of his residence

SHEILA A. MATHEWS ::: A Spalding County man, Guy Lynn Scott Jr., age 48, was shot and killed at his residence Wednesday night by a deputy of the Spalding County Sheriff’s Office. Scott was previously employed by Spalding County, having worked between the Correctional Institution and the Detention Center from approximately 1991 to 2000. He […]

Sheriff: One person killed in officer involved shooting

SHEILA A. MATHEWS ::: The GRIP has confirmed one person was shot and killed Wednesday night by a deputy of the Spalding County Sheriff’s Office. According to Sheriff Darrell Dix, the deputy involved in the shooting was uninjured in the incident. Neither the decedent nor the deputy have been identified. Dix has requested the Georgia […]