New partnership will bring high-speed internet to 18 middle-Georgia counties

STAFF REPORT ::: Spalding, Pike, Lamar and Upson counties are among those that will benefit from a new partnership that will invest more than $210 million to provide high-speed internet to 18 middle-Georgia counties. Announced today, the partnership includes Central Georgia EMC in Jackson and Southern Rivers Energy in Barnesville who will form a new […]

Drew Ferguson speaks out against removing Marjorie Greene from committee assignments

STAFF REPORT ::: U.S. Congressman Drew Ferguson (R-GA) has released a statement regarding his vote opposing House Resolution 72, which sought to strip Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene, a freshman Republican representing Georgia’s 14th congressional district, of her committee appointments. “As I have said before, I do not and cannot condone any of the previous statements […]

Dutton ethics complaint died in tied vote

SHEILA A. MATHEWS ::: The ethics complaint filed against Spalding County Commissioner James Dutton by Sharon Royl will not move forward due to a tied two-two vote during the Monday night Board of Commissioners meeting. In discussion prior to the vote, potential changes to the current ethics code were cited as a reason to table […]

Ethics complaint against Spalding Commissioner James Dutton dead on table

SHEILA A. MATHEWS ::: The ethics complaint filed against Spalding County’s District 2 Commissioner James Dutton will  not move forward to a formal hearing. The complaint, which alleged Dutton violated two provisions of the county’s Code of Ethics, was filed by Sharon Royl.__________________________________________________________________________________________________________________Read about Royl’s ethics complaint against Dutton here: https://the-grip.net/2021/02/01/spalding-boc-to-discuss-ethics-complaint-against-commissioner-james-dutton/__________________________________________________________________________________________________________________The complaint was considered during […]

Spalding BoC to discuss ethics complaint against Commissioner James Dutton

SHEILA A. MATHEWS ::: An ethics complaint against Spalding County Commissioner James Dutton will be discussed during the Board’s Monday night meeting and a date and time will be set to determine if there exists a prima facia violation of the county’s Code of Ethics. The ethics complaint was filed Jan. 14 by Sharon Royl, […]

Ongoing COVID-19 vaccine distribution planned for every Friday until further notice

STAFF REPORT ::: The next phased rollout of the COVID-19 vaccine will take place from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday, Jan. 15, with vaccines provided only to those with scheduled appointments. The vaccination effort is being provided by District 4 of the Georgia Department of Public Health, the Spalding County Health Department and the […]

Griffin City Manager Kenny Smith announces retirement

STAFF REPORT ::: Griffin City Manager Kenny Smith has announced he will retire effective March 31. A letter announcing his pending retirement was presented to the Griffin Board of Commissioners during its Jan. 12 meeting. “March 15 will conclude seventeen years as your City Manager and more than 38 years of local government service,” Smith’s […]

Security footage refutes allegation BoE members, Election Supervisor violated Sunshine Law

SHEILA A. MATHEWS ::: Security footage from inside the Spalding County Elections Office confirms that the allegation an illegal meeting involving three members of the Board of Elections and Election Supervisor Marcia Ridley are false. The allegation was made during the Dec. 28 Board of Elections meeting as several members of the audience complained that […]

Griffin City Hall temporarily closing to the public

STAFF REPORT ::: In response to a surge in COVID-19 cases and the critical level of patients in local hospitals, Griffin City Hall will be closed to the public beginning at noon Monday, Jan. 11. The Customer Service lobby will be open from 8 a.m. to noon Monday and the drive-thru will be open from […]

Election supervisor responds to report of baggage brought into Spalding Election Office

SHEILA  A. MATHEWS ::: Spalding County Election Supervisor Marcia Ridley has responded to reports of people with baggage resembling suitcases entering and leaving the Elections and Voter Registration Office throughout the day Tuesday. The GRIP received three videos from a reader who questioned why people would be taking baggage into the Elections Office. After viewing […]

GBI arrests Pike Board of Education member on six counts of felony theft by deception

STAFF REPORT ::: Ryan Edge, a former employee of The Southern Credit Union, has been arrested by the Georgia Bureau of Investigation on six counts of felony theft by deception. The GBI began its investigation of Edge after receiving a request from the Griffin Police Department on March 19, 2020. The Griffin Police Department sought […]

BREAKING NEWS: Faulty outlet cited as cause of today’s voting delay at one Spalding precinct

SHEILA A. MATHEWS ::: Voters at one Spalding County polling location – Sunnyside United Methodist Church – experienced a delay in casting their ballots this morning when the precinct’s voting machines did not start at 7 a.m. when the poll opened. According to Spalding County Election Supervisor Marcia Ridley, the problem was not associated with […]

Bomb threat against Spalding Elections Office, local polling locations under GBI investigation

SHEILA A. MATHEWS ::: Spalding County Election Supervisor Marcia Ridley on Saturday received an email threatening acts of violence against the Elections Office and local polling sites. A report was made to Spalding County Sheriff Darrell Dix, who in turn contacted state officials. “I was notified of it and I immediately contacted the Georgia Bureau […]

Governor suspends Don Hawbaker from office as Spalding County commissioner

STAFF REPORT ::: Georgia Governor Brian Kemp has suspended from office Spalding County Commissioner Don Hawbaker. An executive order announcing Hawbaker’s suspension was issued Wednesday. Hawbaker was indicted on Oct. 29 indicted on one count of aggravated assault under the Georgia Family Violence Act, five counts of aggravated assault on a peace officer and two […]

Board of Elections to hold rescheduled meeting to discuss elector challenge

SHEILA A. MATHEWS ::: The Spalding County Board of Elections has scheduled a special called meeting for 10 a.m. today. This latest meeting has only one agenda item – to discuss a legal challenge of 181 electors. The challenge was filed by Michelle Knight, who claims the 181 people currently registered to vote in Spalding […]