Beleaguered deputy resigns from SCSO

This photo of Terry Belvin, right, and Spalding County Sheriff Darrell Dix was released on social media by the SCSO upon Belvin’s swearing in as a deputy. Belvin has now resigned his post. SHEILA A. MATHEWS ::: Terry Belvin, whose employment with the Spalding County Sheriff’s Office was met with strong criticism from some in […]

Griffin Watershed Protection Specialist named statewide trainer of the year

SHEILA A. MATHEWS ::: City of Griffin Watershed Protection Specialist Alexa Robinson has been selected as the 2017 Adopt-a-Stream Trainer of the Year. The Adopt-a-Stream program is the environmental education arm of the Georgia Environmental Protection Division, and the award represents Robinson’s efforts to teach classes, certify volunteers and monitor and participate in the crucial […]

GBI: Wendell Beam denied David Gibson used knowledge of infidelities as blackmail leverage

SHEILA A. MATHEWS ::: During its 2015 investigation of David Gibson, the Georgia Bureau of Investigation, interviewed Wendell Beam, the former Spalding County Sheriff, in part seeking to determine if Gibson was blackmailing Beam using sexual infidelity as leverage. In records maintained by GBI Special Agent Jared Coleman, he wrote, “Agent Coleman asked Sheriff Beam […]

Dix says there will be no investigation of Beam, narcotics tracker operation

SHEILA A. MATHEWS ::: Spalding County Sheriff Darrell Dix has weighed in on a proffer agreement that was part of the Georgia Bureau of Investigation of David Gibson. The GBI refused to release those specific records, but The GRIP obtained the proffer through the email account of former Griffin Judicial Circuit District Attorney Scott Ballard. […]

Local Forestry Service professionals named Outstanding Agency of the Year

STAFF REPORT ::: Six area professionals with the Georgia Forestry Commission (GFC) have received special recognition for their exemplary performance with the state agency. Ranger Jonathan Butts and Ranger Adam Edmondson, of Thomaston, Ranger Geoffery Dean, of Yatesville, Ranger Tyler Mameli, of Williamson, Ranger Kolby Lynch and Chief Ranger Jeffery Kenerly, both of Zebulon, are […]

Department of Revenue questions Spalding County tax appeals process

SHEILA A. MATHEWS ::: Georgia Department of Revenue Commissioner Lynette Riley has contacted Spalding County officials to express concern that local property owners may not be receiving their due process rights with regard to the appeal of property taxes. In a letter addressed to William Norris, whose service as the chairman of the Spalding County […]


PUBLISHER’S NOTE – As a service to its readers, The GRIP once again contacted candidates running for local office and requested their participation in a question and answer forum. The questions were sent in a group email to ensure no candidate had an unfair advantage in the length of time they had to respond. Candidates […]

Spalding County Assistant County Manager Eric Mosley hired to fill Troup County leadership position

SHEILA A. MATHEWS ::: It has been announced that Spalding County Assistant County Manager Eric Mosely has been hired to fill the newly-created and short-term position of assistant county manager in Troup County. This position is temporary as an interim step to assuming the position of county manager upon the November 2018 retirement of current […]

Local partnership funds improvements to Civil War Camps Stephens and Milner

SUBMITTED ::: The Griffin-Spalding Chamber of Commerce Tourism Committee partnered with Spalding Parks, Public Grounds and Leisure Services for improvements at Civil War Camp Stephens. Improvements include directional signs and information kiosks. The Tourism Committee provided funds for materials with Parks, Grounds and Leisure Services providing the labor for the needed repairs. Camp Stephens on […]

Standing room only for county BoC sanitation, SPLOST public hearing

SHEILA A. MATHEWS ::: The Spalding County Board of Commissioners is hearing from dozens of residents during its Saturday morning public hearing on the issues of the county’s refuse and recycling centers and the upcoming 2015 SPLOST referendum. The first several residents to speak expressed opposition to the closure of the collection centers. The Grip […]

Police chief: prohibiting all panhandling would be unconstitutional

SHEILA A. MATHEWS ::: Griffin Police Chief Steve Heaton said despite some citizen complaints regarding panhandling, the city does not have a significant problem with the issue. “What we’ve had is centralized complaints of homeless folks sitting, standing and approaching people in the downtown area and at Wal-Mart. I don’t think I’d characterize it as […]

Spalding County announces recycling change

STAFF REPORTS ::: Southeastern Paper Recyclers has notified Spalding County that they will no longer be servicing the Spalding County area. However, the county will continue to collect and recycle phonebooks, newspapers and magazines. The only change will be where you will deposit these recyclables. Effective immediately, all phonebooks, newspapers and magazines are to be […]

Input sought for transit study

UPDATE: Due to the inclement weather, this workshop is now scheduled for Thursday, February 13, 2014 from 6 to 8 p.m. in the Griffin City Hall in the Municipal Courtroom located at 100 S. Hill Street in Griffin. STAFF REPORTS ::: A second workshop is scheduled for the Griffin-Spalding Transit Feasibility Study which is being conducted to […]

Griffin Code Enforcement statistics indicate low ratio of citations to warnings

SHEILA MATHEWS ::: Griffin’s Code Enforcement initiative doubling to four the number of officers enforcing city ordinances will begin Feb. 1. Citing the Broken Window theory, which is frequently associated with community oriented policing, officials have promoted the increased effort as a plan that will reduce crime. “If the first broken window in a building […]

Preliminary SPLOST project list set; met with some opposition

SHEILA MATHEWS ::: Voters now have their first glimpse of the first potential project list for the upcoming 2014 Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax (SPLOST) referendum that local officials have approved for the Nov. 4 General Primary ballot. Discussed at the Dec. 16 Spalding County Board of Commissioners meeting, the county’s preliminary list includes […]