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 […]

Youth provide input about community

JESSICA GREGORY::: Roughly 20 young community members gave their feedback to local officials and members of the Griffin Comprehensive Plan Steering Committee regarding the community as they see it on Thursday, June 6 at Safehouse Coffee Roasters. Youth ages 13-21 were encouraged to attend to share their favorite place in the community; the worst place […]

Anne Street Earns Funds by Driving For Kids

Cronic Chrysler Dodge Jeep RAM helped raise $1,120 for Anne Street Elementary School during a “Drive For Kids” test drive programat the school earlier this month. A check for that amount was presented to Anne Street principal Evelyn Jones by Lee Howell, advertising director for the Cronic Automotive Group, during brief ceremonies at the school […]

Coca-Cola photography exhibit at Old Coke Building

STAFF REPORTS ::: The Old Coke Building at East Taylor and 4th Street is hosting a retrospective photography exhibit about the omnipresent place of Coca Cola, the brand and the product, in all our lives since the late 1800s until today. The exhibit is set to open June 1 to coincide with Griffin’s June Jam […]

Seeking the lost, discipling the found ::: Game Changer Carmen Caldwell

KAY BRUMBELOW ::: Carmen Caldwell may not have grown up in Griffin, but she certainly has a heart for its citizens, especially the children. A Georgia native, she grew up in Albany and received her undergraduate degree from Albany State. Shortly afterward, she moved to Washington to pursue her Master’s degree in Public Administration from […]

Gorgeous Griffin program to highlight city’s beauty

SHEILA MARSHALL ::: Much effort is being made to address substandard and blighted housing in the city of Griffin, but officials want to do more than focus on the negative; they also want to celebrate what is good in the community. The Gorgeous Griffin initiative, which will run from May through October, seeks to do […]

GPD implements Public Oriented Policing tactics

By Sheila A. Marshall Editor The Griffin Police Department has responded to Board of Commission members’ concerns regarding local crime by implementing a new method of law enforcement – Problem Oriented Policing – which will shift officers’ focus from reactionary to preemptive. Chief Frank Strickland explained that Uniform Patrol officers historically patrolled the city and […]

Colors of Cancer event April 5

On April 5th @ 5:30 p.m. The Cancer Warriors Support Organization will hold their 5thAnnual Fashion Show at Oak Hill Baptist Church.  The event will include Hors d’oeuvres, silent auction and a night of fashion.  All of the models have been touched by cancer in some way. Either they are currently fighting the battle, have won the fight, or they are walking in memory […]

Lifelong Griffin resident’s video shows a glimpse back in time

By Sheila A. Marshall Managing Editor The world around us is constantly changing. Although we may not notice the minutia on a daily basis, over time, the differences can be shocking. Such is the case with a video filmed in 1979 by lifelong Griffin residents David and Reba Baugh. Entitled “A Drive Thru Griffin,” David […]

Community rallies days after 11Alive declares Spalding “unhealthiest” metro county

Griffinites expressing sentiments ranging from outrage to disbelief, sadness to pessimism spread across social media on March 20 regarding an 11Alive news footage reporting that “one cannot find a less healthy county than Spalding.” The report used statistics and ranking complied by the University of Wisconsin (UW) and the Robert Wood Johson Foundation, highlighting a […]

Weekend Review

  What to do this weekend: Main Street Players presents The Cotton Patch Gospel – FINAL WEEKEND! Get on over to downtown Griffin’s Black Box Theatre, home of the Main Street Players and catch their current performance of The Cotton Patch Gospel. Show starts at 7:30 p.m. AS The MainStreet Players website describes the play, […]

Griffin officials, residents to ride and rally for improved bicycle conditions

Members of the community come out to ride in the monthly “SlowSpokes,” starting at Blue Moon Bicycles every second Sunday. For more information, visit http://www.facebook.com/griffinbicyclecoalition The Griffin/Spalding Bike/Ped Committee (BPC) and Griffin Bicycle Coalition (GBC) will on March 26 sponsor an inaugural Griffin Bikes to City Hall event to raise support for the development of […]

Main Street Players to present “Cotton Patch Gospel”

FROM STAFF REPORTS ::: Griffin’s Main Street Players will be presenting “Cotton Patch Gospel,” the beloved work of Georgia native Dr. Clarence Jordan. Jordan is credited with bringing the books of the Bible to life in the 40s with his unique “Cotton Patch” version. Born in 1912, Jordan is a native of Talbatton, but later […]

GPD begins fund-raising for local Special Olympians

From staff reports Officers of the Griffin Police Department are once again working to raise funds for the annual Special Olympics Torch Run. The Law Enforcement Torch Run is the largest statewide grassroots fund-raiser for Special Olympics Inc. Currently, all 50 states and 35 nations participate; it is truly a worldwide movement. The Law Enforcement […]

James B. Hunt speaking at UGA Griffin

FROM STAFF REPORTS ::: The University of Georgia Griffin Campus invites you to the Impact Speaker Series featuring author Dr. James B. Hunt.  Spend an hour going back in time as Hunt reflects on legendary American conservationist John Muir and his walk through the south during the Post-Civil War and Reconstruction era of the South. […]