BREAKING NEWS: Spalding County deputy killed in Sunday morning vehicular accident

STAFF REPORT ::: A Spalding County Sheriff’s Office deputy was killed early Sunday morning in a single-vehicle accident. Authorities say Deputy Jamie Reynolds died at approximately 5:30 a.m. when a pine tree fell and struck his patrol unit. “Deputy Reynolds was east bound on Georgia Highway 16 when a large pine tree fell on his […]

Additional criminal and constitutional violations alleged against Smart Web referred to GBI

SHEILA A. MATHEWS ::: Spalding County Sheriff Darrell Dix says his request for a GBI investigation of former Spalding County Marshal Smart Web includes further allegations of both criminal and constitutional violations in addition to the June 14 Maloy Circle incident in which Web shot and killed a dog. Dix said Spalding County Sheriff’s Office […]

BREAKING NEWS: Sheriff Darrell Dix requesting GBI investigation of Smart Web incident; apparent body worn camera video release

SHEILA A. MATHEWS ::: The GRIP has confirmed that Spalding County Sheriff Darrell Dix is requesting a GBI investigation involving Smart Web. When asked Thursday morning if that request had been made, Dix said, “Right now. I contacted Marie Broder yesterday afternoon and conferred with her, and she agreed that the involvement of the GBI […]

Man arrested Monday night after protesting outside Smart Web’s Upson County home

SHEILA A. MATHEWS ::: Keegan Prescott, a vocal critic of Smart Web, the former Spalding County marshal whose deputization was on Monday revoked by Spalding County Sheriff Darrell Dix, was arrested Monday night in Upson County after protesting outside Web’s Atwater Road residence. Prescott stood in the right-of-way shouting toward Web’s home, referring to the […]

BREAKING NEWS: Smart Web deputization revoked; no longer employed by Spalding County

SHEILA A. MATHEWS ::: Smart Web is no longer employed by Spalding County. The change in Web’s employment status was announced during the Monday night Board of Commissioners meeting. Web, who headed up the newly-established Marshal’s Office, County Manager Steve Ledbetter and other officials have been subjected to community criticism since a June 14 incident […]

Jeremy Stratton named director of Griffin Economic Development Department

STAFF REPORT ::: Jeremy Stratton has been selected as the director of the Griffin Economic Development Department.Stratton previously served as the chief executive officer of the Clayton County Chamber of Commerce and has governmental experience with the cities of Danville, Va., and Aiken S.C. In addition to serving as Economic Development director, Stratton will also […]

GRIP Exclusive: Spalding County Marshal Smart Web currently under GBI investigation

SHEILA A. MATHEWS ::: Spalding County Marshal Smart Web is currently under criminal investigation by the Georgia Bureau of Investigation. The investigation was initiated prior to Web being hired to head up the newly created Spalding County Marshal’s Office. In response to an Open Records request, the city of Woodbury confirmed Web is a subject […]

County BoC will meet in Savannah to discuss possible stormwater utility, budget, taxes, zoning

SHEILA A. MATHEWS ::: The Spalding County Board of Commissioners will be holding a workshop this weekend in Savannah during the annual Association County Commissioners of Georgia conference. The workshop will begin at 4:30 p.m. Saturday and will be held in the Savannah Conference Center. The agenda lists three subjects to be discussed – the […]

Griffin Police Department FCC license renewed; speed detection devices may again be used

SHEILA A. MATHEWS ::: The Griffin Police Department’s Federal Communications Commission (FCC) license has been renewed and the agency is once again able to use speed detection devices. The GPD’s previous FCC license expired March 26. Chief Mike Yates learned on March 28 that the license had expired. Officers were instructed to cease using the […]

SCSO initiates school zone speed safety program using camera system from Verra Mobility

STAFF REPORT ::: The Spalding County Sheriff’s Office on April 5 initiated a school zone speed safety program that will utilize an automated camera system to capture photographs of vehicles that exceed the speed limit in school zones. The cameras will be operational one hour before school hours, throughout the school day and will extend […]

Griffin PD temporarily unable to use speed detection devices due to FCC license expiration

SHEILA A. MATHEWS ::: The Griffin Police Department (GPD) is temporarily unable to use speed detection devices due to the expiration of its Federal Communications Commission (FCC) license. GPD Chief Mike Yates said the license expired at midnight March 26, 2022. He learned of the license expiration March 28, and all officers were then notified […]

Facebook content related to the Griffin Police Department now the basis of two investigations

SHEILA A. MATHEWS ::: Only four weeks after a press release posted on the City of Griffin Police Department Facebook page was deleted under mysterious circumstances, a second post related to the Griffin Police Department was deleted from a local community forum Facebook page. The latest deleted social media content involves a March 22 post […]

Georgia suspends motor fuel excise tax through May 31

STAFF REPORT ::: Temporary relief at the pumps has arrived with a temporary reduction in Georgia’s motor fuel sales tax. Governor Brian Kemp on Friday signed House Bill 304, which suspended the tax through May 31. The tax suspension took effect at 5 p.m. Friday. This sales tax reprieve applies to gasoline, clear diesel, aviation […]

Griffin PD’s bias against The GRIP confirmed; “aggressive” news gathering identified as cause

SHEILA A. MATHEWS ::: After years of denying The GRIP Publisher Sheila Mathews’ assertions that she has been subjected to unequal, detrimental treatment by Griffin Police Department Chief Mike Yates, former City Manager Kenny Smith acknowledged a “difference” in her professional relationship with the Griffin Police Department. The November 2020 meeting during which these statements […]

City pursuing Facebook subpoena related to deletion of Griffin PD press release

SHEILA A. MATHEWS ::: The city of Griffin is inquiring into the removal of a press release from the official City of Griffin Police Department Facebook page. Officials say they will be looking into the possibility of fraudulent use of the GPD social media account. The press release, posted Thursday, Feb. 24, was related to […]