Griffin BoC to consider compromise in Camellia Hill rezoning request

SHEILA A. MATHEWS ::: Griffin officials and at least one resident have proposed compromises with developers seeking a rezoning request that would permit the construction of 15 houses on an approximately four-acre lot on South Hill Street. If approved, the request would see the property at 670 S. Hill St. – known locally as Camellia […]

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 recorded in the area where one of the memorials is located. When asked if these two individuals are considered suspects, […]

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,” “PEOPLE OVER PROPERTY” and “BLM.” Griffin Police Department Public Information Officer Lt. Daniel Jett said […]

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 p.m. “Organizers met with city staff. They’ve asked for permission. They’ve been granted […]

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 results from a graduation survey sent to local seniors and their parents and guardians. The results were presented to school […]

Historic City Hall, Mule Barn and Dundee Cafe honored with preservation awards

STAFF REPORT ::: The Georgia Trust for Historic Preservation on Friday announced awards for the rehabilitation of Griffin’s historic City Hall. Griffin’s City Hall received the Marguerite Williams Award, which is presented annually to the project that has had the greatest impact on preservation in the state. The building also received an award for Excellence […]

Curfews imposed by city of Griffin, Spalding County no longer in effect

SHEILA A. MATHEWS ::: With the enactment of Governor Brian Kemp’s shelter-in-place executive order, the curfews imposed by the city of Griffin and Spalding County are no longer in effect. As of 6 p.m. Friday, April 3 – the time at which the shelter-in-place order goes into effect – all activities permitted under Kemp’s order […]

Griffin-Spalding County Library to close until further notice

SHEILA A. MATHEWS ::: The Griffin-Spalding County Library will be closed to the public beginning Tuesday, March 17. The decision to close the library until further notice was made by the library administration and its Board of Trustees. The Griffin-Spalding County Library averages approximately 450 patrons through the door daily. Library officials say the decision […]

County officials encourage thoughtful giving to homeless

STAFF REPORT ::: Spalding County Parks and Leisure Services is asking residents to utilize organizations that aid the homeless and those in need. According to a press release issued by Spalding County, some leave donated items in areas frequented by the homeless, but that is being discouraged. Officials say anonymous or abandoned packages may be […]

Heritage Park makes Georgia Trust’s 2020 list of state’s ten “Places in Peril”

STAFF REPORT ::: The Georgia Trust for Historic Preservation released today its 2020 list of 10 Places in Peril in the state. “This is the Trust’s fifteenth annual Places in Peril list,” said Mark C. McDonald, president and CEO of the Trust. “We hope the list will continue to bring preservation solutions to Georgia’s imperiled historic resources by highlighting […]

Spalding Animal Control to host Clear the Shelter event tomorrow

STAFF REPORT ::: The Spalding County Animal Shelter is participating in a Clear the Shelter event tomorrow. This nationwide event is being hosted by NBC and Telemundo, who are partnering with hundreds of animal shelters across the country. The local Clear the Shelter event will be held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Aug. 17 […]

Why support Relay For Life?

ANGIE J. LEWIS ::: SPECIAL CONTRIBUTOR TO THE GRIP I was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2011. I left the doctor’s office in a stupor. I couldn’t even remember where I had parked. I sat in my truck and read the report over and over and over. The first person I called was my mother […]

His life counted: Vietnam veteran laid to rest with full military honors

SHEILA A. MATHEWS ::: Replete with a 21-gun salute, the emotionally haunting notes of “Taps” and the presentation of the United States flag on behalf of a grateful nation, Vietnam veteran Thomas Earl Cummings was on Thursday laid to rest with full military honors in Griffin’s Veteran’s Memorial Cemetery. Hundreds of people attended to pay […]

Homeless Vietnam veteran will be laid to rest Thursday morning

SHEILA A. MATHEWS ::: Thomas Earl Cummings, the 70-year-old homeless veteran who died April 10 as a result of injuries he sustained when struck by a vehicle March 24, will be laid to rest at 11 a.m. Thursday, May 2, 2019. Spalding County Coroner Sonny Foster, his staff and Georgia State Patrol Trooper Logan Pryor […]

Jo Dee Messina headlining fund-raiser for local man in fight for life

JOSIE EVANS – SPECIAL CONTRIBUTOR TO THE GRIP ::: Grammy-nominated country music artist Jo Dee Messina is headlining a Sunday, April 28, fund-raiser for Russ Cobb, a local man in the fight for his life. Russ Cobb, co-owner of Zoomies Pet Care, has been diagnosed with an aggressive inoperable cancerous abdominal mass that has limited […]