Chief Superior Court Judge Christopher Edwards announces pending retirement from bench

STAFF REPORT ::: Griffin Judicial Circuit Chief Superior Court Judge Christopher Edwards announced today that he will be retiring from the bench prior to the completion of his current term ending Dec. 31, 2022. Upon the end of his 22-year judgeship – at a date not yet determined – Edwards will resume practicing law as […]

Griffin civil rights group says race is basis of calls for election supervisor’s resignation

STAFF REPORT ::: The Urban Outreach Association (UOA), a self-described non-partisan civil rights organization, is calling for the resignation of Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger after Raffensperger on Tuesday called for the resignation of Spalding County Election Supervisor Marcia Ridley. In a press release issued Tuesday afternoon, Raffensperger stated that he and the Spalding […]

Spalding Election Supervisor Marcia Ridley responds to calls for her resignation; denies wrongdoing

STAFF REPORT ::: Spalding County Election Supervisor is responding to calls for her resignation made public today by Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger and the local legislative delegation including Sen. Marty Harbin, Rep. David Knight and Rep. Karen Mathiak. Ridley denies allegations that she acted outside the law, claiming instead that she and her […]

BREAKING NEWS: Secretary of State, legislative delegation call for resignation of Spalding Election Supervisor Marcia Ridley

STAFF REPORT ::: Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger and the Spalding County legislative delegation including Sen. Marty Harbin, Rep. David Knight and Rep. Karen Mathiak are calling for the resignation of Spalding County Election Supervisor Marcia Ridley. The call for Ridley’s resignation follows what Raffensperger’s office calls “serious management issues and poor decision making” […]

Voting machine glitch not caused by software update; investigation ongoing

SHEILA A. MATHEWS ::: The election day malfunction of Spalding County voting machines was not caused by a software update as officials previously cited. Spalding County Election Supervisor Marcia Ridley on Thursday night confirmed the original information provided to her office and the Spalding Board of Elections was incorrect. The erroneous information was reported to […]

SWAT standoff leads to investigation of Spalding assistant county manager, arrest of former Code Enforcement officer

SHEILA A. MATHEWS ::: Spalding County Code Enforcement Officer Steven Arnold was on Saturday arrested after a standoff at his residence involving the Griffin Police Department SWAT Team and Uniform Patrol Division personnel. Police initially responded to Arnold’s Sylvan Lane residence in response to a 911 call reporting a suicide threat. The caller, later identified […]

Sheriff: Election Office dumpster contained no ballots

SHEILA A. MATHEWS ::: Spalding County Sheriff Darrell Dix has confirmed what The GRIP report Thursday night – that no ballots were found among the documents and other paperwork located in a dumpster in the Spalding County Elections and Voter Registration parking lot. The Sheriff’s Office on Friday issued a press release in response to […]

BREAKING NEWS: Spalding County polls will remain open until 9 p.m.

SHEILA A. MATHEWS ::: Spalding County polls will remain open until 9 p.m., two hours after Georgia they were scheduled to close, due to what has been described as “a glitch” caused by a software update. Griffin Judicial Circuit Superior Court Judge Fletcher Sams ruled Tuesday afternoon that polls were to remain open two extra […]

Spalding voting machine “glitch” under investigation by Secretary of State

SHEILA A. MATHEWS ::: Spalding County voting machines are now functional after an alleged software glitch caused the machines to fail during the early hours of Election Day voting. Spalding County Board of Elections Chairman Margaret Bentley said a representative of Dominion – the company responsible for Georgia’s new voting machines – was responsible for […]

GBI investigating “possibility” of missing city of Griffin equipment

SHEILA A. MATHEWS ::: The Georgia Bureau of Investigations has been requested to investigate to determine if certain city of Griffin equipment is missing. Griffin City Manager Kenny Smith requested the investigation approximately two weeks ago. “We have the GBI investigating some – the possibility – of some missing equipment, not necessarily focused on any […]

BREAKING NEWS: Don Hawbaker indicted on eight felony charges

STAFF REPORT ::: Spalding County Commissioner Don Hawbaker has been indicted by a grand jury on eight felony charges. The charges relate to a Feb. 4 incident at his Satilla Court residence. The grand jury today true billed one count of aggravated assault under the Georgia Family Violence Act, two counts of possession of a […]

Griffin BoC to consider compromise in Camellia Hill rezoning request

SHEILA A. MATHEWS ::: Griffin officials and at least one resident have proposed compromises with developers seeking a rezoning request that would permit the construction of 15 houses on an approximately four-acre lot on South Hill Street. If approved, the request would see the property at 670 S. Hill St. – known locally as Camellia […]

Federal judge recommends dismissal of Hawbaker lawsuit against Sheriff and jail administration

SHEILA A. MATHEWS ::: Don Hawbaker, the Spalding County commissioner who has been held without bond in the Spalding County Jail since his Feb. 4, 2020 arrest, has filed a lawsuit against Spalding County Sheriff Darrell Dix, Maj. Robert Sowell and Capt. Kyle Phillips. Sowell is the jail administrator and Phillips is the assistant jail […]

Tractor trailer wreck blocks downtown traffic; city manager predicts ongoing problems

SHEILA A. MATHEWS ::: Downtown traffic came to a standstill at the intersection of Hill and Taylor streets Wednesday afternoon when a tractor trailer struck a brick planter that constructed as part of the city of Griffin Livable Centers Initiative (LCI) project. Griffin Police Department Chief Mike Yates said traffic was obstructed while waiting for […]

Superior Court Judge Fletcher Sams appointed to state’s Judicial Council

STAFF REPORT ::: Griffin Judicial Circuit Superior Court Judge W. Fletcher Sams has been selected to serve as administrative judge for the Sixth Judicial District of Georgia. Sams, who was sworn in July 6, is the Griffin Judicial Circuit’s first representation on Georgia’s Judicial Council in more than 20 years. He will continue to serve […]