Governor Kemp announces statewide shelter in place executive order

Governor Brian Kemp on Wednesday afternoon announced he will be signing an executive order requiring all Georgians to shelter in place. Kemp also declared all public schools K through 12 are closed for the duration of the 2019-2020 school term. Kemp’s address can now be read below in its entirety. “I’m joined today by Department […]

Kemp: Public schools closed remainder of school year; statewide shelter in place order issued

SHEILA A. MATHEWS ::: Governor Brian Kemp today announced that all public schools for grades K-12 will remain closed for the remainder of the 2019-2020 school year. Kemp also announced an executive order requiring all Georgia residents to shelter in place. The shelter in place order will take effect Friday, April 3 and remain in […]

GSCSS Superintendent to seniors: We’re on your side; proms, graduation not cancelled

STAFF REPORT ::: Griffin-Spalding County School Superintendent Jim Smith has released a video message to high school seniors, a message in which Smith warmly recalls his own experiences as a high school senior before addressing students whose senior year has been so distinctly affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. As he recounted his own momentous life […]

Kemp: Georgia public schools closed through April 24

STAFF REPORT ::: Public elementary and secondary schools have been closed through April 24 by executive order of Governor Brian Kemp. This closure applies to in-person instruction. “I am deeply grateful to State School Superintendent Richard Woods, the Georgia Department of Education, superintendents and parents for keeping us informed and helping us make the right […]

Local high school graduation ceremonies have not been cancelled

SHEILA A. MATHEWS ::: Rumors circulating that local high school graduation ceremonies have been cancelled are just that – rumors. Officials of the Griffin-Spalding County School System say that decision has not been made. “We haven’t made a decision on graduation. We have not decided anything on graduation ceremonies as of yet,” said GSCSS Executive […]

Governor signs executive order closing all public schools through March 31

STAFF REPORTS ::: Governor Brian Kemp has ordered closed all Georgia public elementary, secondary and post-secondary public schools from March 18 through March 30. “To keep our students, teachers and administrators safe and mitigate the spread of COVID-19, I am ordering the closure of all public elementary, secondary and post-secondary schools in Georgia from March […]

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 […]

Griffin-Spalding School System announces closure

STAFF REPORT ::: The Griffin-Spalding County School System (GSCSS) has announced that in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, system offices and schools will be closed from Monday, March 16 through Friday, March 20. In a written statement released to parents and the press, Superintendent James Smith explained this is a precautionary measure and stated, “This […]

Two Gordon State College students quarantined after possible exposure to COVID-19

STAFF REPORT ::: Two Gordon State College students may have been exposed to COVID-19 at an off-campus work location. The Georgia Department of Public Health is expediting testing on the students to determine if they have acquired the viral infection. According to a statement from GSC President Kirk A. Nooks, the students are currently quarantined […]

Gordon State College presents Thornton Wilder’s Our Town

BRITTANY TENNANT ::: Gordon State College Communications Specialist Through the voices of ordinary people in early 20th century America, Our Town is a timeless tale that reveals our societies fundamental struggles. Gordon State College Fine and Performing Arts presents Our Town, a play that was first produced in 1938 and rebelled against the saccharine, showy […]

Dr. Rochelle Lowery appointed GHS interim principal

STAFF REPORT ::: The Griffin-Spalding County Board of Education has appointed Dr. Rochelle Lowery as interim principal of Griffin High School. Lowery currently works for the Dekalb County School District. Lowery will serve as interim principal for the remainder of the 2019-2020 school year while officials being the search for a permanent GHS principal. Dr. […]

Elijah Jackson named GSCSS Spelling Bee champion

STAFF REPORT ::: Elijah Jackson, a student of Moreland Road Elementary School, won the 2020 Griffin-Spalding County School System Scripps Spelling Bee that was held Jan. 9. Jackson, a fifth-grade student who participates in the Program Challenge gifted program, became champion by correctly spelling the word “influenza.” The runner-up, A.J. Fulton, is a sixth-grade student […]

Doss, Holmes re-elected to serve as BoE chair, vice-chair

STAFF REPORT ::: Members of the Griffin-Spalding County Board of Education have re-elected Will Doss and Zachary Holmes as its chair and vice-chair, respectively. The vote was taken during the BoE’s Jan. 7, meeting held at Cowan Road Middle School. Holmes was first elected to the Board of Education in 2001, and Doss was elected […]

Spalding 4-H’ers earn Master status

STAFF REPORT ::: Spalding County 4-H members on Nov. 9, participated in the Food Showcase competition at the Rock Eagle 4-H Center in Eatonton. The nine local participants practiced weekly since the summer to gain knowledge in food safety, health, nutrition, My Plate and serving sizes. They joined 80 4-H members from across the state […]

Local high school students compete in Skills Competition

STAFF REPORT ::: Students from Griffin and Spalding high schools and the Griffin Regional College & Career Academy recently participated in the Central Georgia & Southern Crescent Workforce Development Alliance Skills Challenge held in Macon. The Associated General Contractors of Georgia (AGC Georgia) joined forces with Sheridan Construction and Swofford Construction to host construction students from 19-area high […]