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 […]

Local ministry hosts free event tonight

Truth Ministries International invites the community to attend this free event tonight at 7:30 p.m.

Little girl’s selflessness spreads Christmas cheer to hospitalized children

CASSIE BARROW ::: Selfless acts of kindness are part of Christmas, with strangers wishing every one holiday cheer in many different forms. The radio and television stations are full of individuals randomly singing Christmas carols to unknown individuals, paying for the person behind you in the drive thru, or even settling a layaway debt for […]

Local charities benefit from fourth annual Iris City Walk and Roll

BETSY HARRIS ::: On a chilly, but sunny Saturday morning in late October, First United Methodist Church held the fourth annual Iris City Walk and Roll, designed to raise money for selected causes. Including volunteers, approximately 75 people participated in the fundraiser. “We chose five charities this year,” said Forrest Cobb, the chairman of the […]

Griffin to Host Georgia Gourd Society 2013 Gourdfest

DENNIS MCDONALD::: For the second year, Griffin has been chosen as the location for the Georgia Gourd Society’s 2013 annual festival and competition. The Georgia society is the Pi Chapter of the American Gourd Society, an organization promoting interest in all activities relating to gourds, including cultivation, historical uses, gourd show competition, craft work and […]

Darkness to Light: Help prevent child abuse

JESSICA GREGORY::: Statistically, one in four girls will be sexually abused before she turns 18 years old. The Spalding Collaborative has joined the Georgia Center for Child Advocacy in a statewide initiative to curb these numbers by presenting Darkness to Light’s “Stewards of Children” child abuse prevention training. According to the Collaborative, “Stewards of Children” […]

Youth Football Sign-Ups begin this month

FROM STAFF REPORTS::: The Spalding County Parks & Recreation Department will begin accepting football registrations on Saturdays, July 6th through July 27th at the City Park Community Center. Registrations will begin at 10:00 a.m. each Saturday and end at 2:00 p.m. The final day to register is Saturday, July 27th. To avoid long lines, please […]

Spalding Republican Party hosts low country boil

FROM STAFF REPORTS::: The Spalding GOP Independence Day Low Country Boil will be held this weekend, Saturday, July 13 at 6 to  9:00 p.m.  It will be held at the Bailey-Tebault House in Griffin, located at  633 Meriwether Street. Purchase tickets online at www.spaldinggop.com or at the door.  If you already know you will purchase your tickets […]

Free CPR class from Pike County Emergency Services

FROM STAFF REPORTS::: Pike County Emergency Services will be hosting a free Community CPR course at the Zebulon Opportunity Center on Saturday, July 13, 2013, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. The class is free of charge. If you wish to have a card there is, however, a $6 fee. Over 90 percent of cardiac […]

Game Changers ::: Reflections program offers mental stimulation for Alzheimer’s patients

KAY BRUMBELOW::: As our elderly population grows, approximately one in eight Americans over 65 have been or will be diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease. Alzheimer’s is a type of dementia that causes problems with memory, thinking and behavior. Symptoms usually develop slowly and get worse over time, becoming severe enough to interfere with daily tasks. However, […]

City of Griffin searching for Environmental Council members

ALEXANDER CAIN::: The City of Griffin is calling for residents to get involved in the preservation and enhancement of the local environment through the formation of an environmental council, according to James Moore, Deputy Director of the Stormwater Utility Department with the City of Griffin. “As of right now, anybody who is interested can fill […]

The Griffin-Spalding County Library has been hit with Flying Debris

Summer Reading Programs are  well underway at the Griffin-Spalding County Library, 800 Memorial Dr.,  Griffin. The support of the Friends of the Griffin-Spalding County  Library and our local community has enabled us to add more special performers  than ever before. On Thursday, June 20, Todd Key presented his Flying Debris Show to  a large audience of […]

“Sweet” kids invited to diabetic day camp

Past Camp Ivy “Sweeties” EBONI FREEMAN::: This year Skipstone Academy has the fortune of housing Camp Ivy- a day camp for children with Diabetes. Camp Ivy gives children with diabetes, their brothers/sisters and friends a chance to have worry-free fun. From July 15, 2013 to July 19, 2013 Camp Ivy will open its doors to children 3 […]

Staying Savvy at our Local Library

Vincent B. Watkins, JD – Founder and CEO of The Watkins Group Inc. Griffin-Spalding County Library proudly presents Staying Savvy in Tough Economic Conditions, a free seminar by Vincent B. Watkins for businesses and entreprenuers facing difficulties in today’s market economy. Watkins will discuss how to build a winning company, operate a business from home […]

Game Changer: Hopeville Boys Center

Kay Brumbelow::: Five years ago, Clyde Forbes moved to Georgia with hopes of beginning graduate studies at Emory University. Upon moving to Griffin, however, he noticed that the teens in our community had nowhere to go and nothing to do with their time, other than attending school. He realized that this was a key reason […]