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 […]

Spalding Board of Elections to consider legal challenge of 181 registered voters

SHEILA A. MATHEWS ::: The Spalding County Board of Elections has scheduled a special called meeting for 10 a.m. today to discuss a legal challenge to 181 Spalding County voters. The challenge was filed by Michelle Knight, who claims the 181 people currently registered to vote in Spalding County are ineligible to cast ballots in […]

Board of Elections to hold special called meeting to discuss Election Supervisor Ridley

SHEILA A. MATHEWS ::: The Spalding County Board of Elections has announced it will hold a special called meeting at 10 a.m. Tuesday, Dec. 15. According to its agenda, the meeting has been called for the purpose of discussing the “Spalding County Legislative delegation and Secretary of State Request for Resignation of Elections Supervisor,” which […]

Attorney General asked to investigate Spalding County Board of Elections

SHEILA A. MATHEWS ::: Representatives David Knight and Karen Mathiak, members of the Spalding County legislative delegation who represent Districts 130 and 73 respectively, have formally requested Georgia Attorney General Chris Carr conduct an investigation of the Spalding County Board of Elections (BoE). In a letter submitted to Carr on Dec. 10, Knight and Mathiak […]

BREAKING NEWS: Spalding Board of Elections votes in private executive session outside public view

SHEILA A. MATHEWS ::: The Spalding County Board of Elections during its Tuesday morning special called meeting held two votes in executive session outside the public view. Those votes were not repeated once the public meeting was resumed as required by the Georgia Open Meetings law. After being called to order at 10 a.m., the […]

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” […]