Griffin Fire-Rescue Chief Tommy Jones to retire after 32 years of service

STAFF REPORT ::: Griffin Fire-Rescue Chief Tommy Jones has announced his retirement after 32 years of service. Jones joined the department Aug. 2, 1987, at the rank of firefighter. For the first three years of his career, Jones served in the old Station 1 – the historic Griffin City Hall – and rode on the […]

Hawbaker: Bond denied

SHEILA A. MATHEWS ::: Spalding County Senior Magistrate Judge Rita Cavanaugh has denied bond to Commissioner Don Hawbaker on five felony counts of aggravated assault of a law enforcement officer. Bond was granted on five separate misdemeanor charges. The GRIP will publish a detailed article of the bond hearing later in the day.

BREAKING NEWS: Judge Robert “Mack” Crawford pleads guilty to theft by taking

SHEILA A. MATHEWS ::: ZEBULON – A hearing is underway in Pike County Superior Court in which Griffin Judicial Circuit Superior Court Judge Mack Crawford will plead guilty to one count of misdemeanor theft by taking. Crawford was originally charged with felony theft by taking and two counts of violating his oath of office. The […]

Hawbaker retains all rights as duly elected county commissioner

SHEILA A. MATHEWS ::: Don Hawbaker, who is currently being held without bond in the Spalding County Jail, remains a member of the Spalding County Board of Commissioners. Under Georgia law, governmental action to remove a commissioner may not be initiated prior to the official being indicted by a grand jury on a felony charge. […]

Hawbaker denied bond; now facing four counts of aggravated assault against LEO

SHEILA A. MATHEWS ::: Don Hawbaker was on Wednesday denied bond at his first appearance hearing before Spalding County Chief Magistrate Judge Rita Cavanaugh. The Spalding County Sheriff’s Office on Tuesday obtained four misdemeanor arrest warrants against Hawbaker – one for simple assault alleging he pointed a pistol towards his wife, Gayle Hawbaker and three […]

Spalding Commissioner Don Hawbaker facing multiple felony charges

SHEILA A. MATHEWS ::: Don Hawbaker, the Spalding County commissioner who allegedly initiated a standoff with the Spalding County Sheriff’s Office SWAT Team will soon face additional felony charges related to claims he fired shots at deputies. The incident began when SCSO personnel arrived at Hawbaker’s 1121 Satilla Court residence to serve four warrants for […]

County BoC reached consensus for 2021 SPLOST and TSPLOST referendums

SHEILA A. MATHEWS ::: The Spalding County Board of Commissioners (BoC) has reached a consensus for the dates for two separate upcoming Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax (SPLOST) referendums. The SPLOST and TSPLOST referendums were discussed at length during the BoC’s annual retreat held Jan. 25 at the Spalding County Senior Center and was […]

City of Griffin names Jessica O’Connor deputy city manager

SHEILA A. MATHEWS ::: The city of Griffin has promoted Jessica Whatley-O’Connor to the newly created position of deputy city manager. She was promoted from her previous position of chief of staff/staff attorney, a position she has held since July 2016. O’Connor says her new position will assist in further streamlining city operations. “The reporting […]

Griffin City Attorney Drew Whalen submits false statement to Attorney General’s Office

SHEILA A. MATHEWS ::: Griffin City Attorney Drew Whalen submitted a false statement to the Georgia Attorney General’s Office in response to a criminal complaint filed by The GRIP Publisher Sheila Mathews. Following multiple refusals to release a public record over a period of several months, Mathews in November filed a complaint with the Griffin […]

Spalding County awarded grant from ACCG Insurance Programs

STAFF REPORT ::: Spalding County has been awarded an Employee Safety Grant from the Association County Commissioners of Georgia-Self Insurance Workers’ Compensation Fund (ACCG-GSIWFC). The grant program is available to Fund members that are fostering a culture of workplace safety through additional training, equipment or services. “We are pleased to provide this newly created grant […]

Spalding County Parks staff receives top honors at annual GRPA business meeting

Felicia Camp received the Administrative Network Distinguished Professional Award for the state. Photo courtesy of Spalding County Parks STAFF REPORT ::: Spalding County Parks staff was recently honored with two of the four Georgia Recreation and Park Association (GRPA) Distinguished Professional Awards. The staff was recognized for outstanding work and dedication to Spalding County Parks […]

Recount in Griffin mayoral race shows numbers unchanged

SHEILA A. MATHEWS ::: The recount conducted today in the city of Griffin mayoral race between Doug Hollberg and Daa’ood Amin concluded with the same vote count originally reported. The results of the election and recount indicate Hollberg is the victor with 1,374 votes to Amin’s 1,359. There were also five write-in votes. According to […]

Griffin mayoral candidate seeks recount

SHEILA A. MATHEWS ::: Griffin Mayoral candidate Daa’ood Amin has requested a recount in the Nov. 5 race in which the uncertified result shows he trailed his Republican opponent, Doug Hollberg, by 15 votes “He (Amin) did request a recount,” said Spalding County Election Supervisor Marcia Ridley, who explained the requirements to initiate the process. […]

Hawbaker: Disobedience of traffic laws in Sun City Peachtree is “unbelievable”

SHEILA A. MATHEWS ::: Spalding County Commissioner Don Hawbaker – who described the disobedience of traffic laws in Sun City Peachtree as “unbelievable” – has requested to have every street in gated community approved for the use of speed detection devices. Hawbaker’s request was made during the Oct. 21, Board of Commissioners meeting as officials […]

Investigative report leads to The GRIP’s removal from Griffin PD’s press lists

SHEILA A. MATHEWS ::: The recent publication of an article reporting Griffin Police Department Chief Mike Yates, in his official capacity, fabricated and released a false document targeting a private citizen resulted in the removal of The GRIP from all GPD press lists. Those lists from which Mathews was removed are used to disseminate information […]