Spalding County announces selection of citizen engagement specialist

SHEILA A. MATHEWS ::: Spalding County officials on Friday announced the selection of Rachel Conort as citizen engagement specialist. A Spalding County native, Conort has for the past four years worked in Seattle, Wash., as a uniform marketing and logistics specialist for Alaska Airlines. In that role, she has served as a cross-functional marketing and […]

Man identified as Crips member arrested in shooting death of 12-year-old boy

SHEILA A. MATHEWS ::: The Griffin Police Department, with assistance from the U.S. Marshal Service, on Friday morning executed a search warrant at 105 Forrestwood Drive, resulting in the arrest of 21-year-old Octavious Montrell Lyons in connection with Saturday, May 9 shooting death of a 12-year-old boy. The victim in that shooting was playing on […]

NASCAR 2020 season resumes in Georgia June 7

STAFF REPORT ::: The NASCAR 2020 season will soon resume in Georgia with the Folds of Honor QuikTrip 500 at Atlanta Motor Speedway. Originally scheduled to run March 15, NASCAR, the state of Georgia and Governor Brian Kemp worked with the sanctioning body and AMS to reschedule this race. With a race plan reviewed and […]

City of Griffin facilities scheduled to reopen Thursday, May 14

STAFF REPORT ::: Barring further restrictions or guidelines from Governor Brian Kemp, city of Griffin facilities will reopen to the public May 14. Residents will be restricted to lobby areas and social distancing guidelines will be strictly enforced. Drive-thru services, web-based applications and telephone calls should continue to be used to contact city staff and […]

City manager stands behind Griffin’s COVID-19 Enforcement Task Force

SHEILA A. MATHEWS ::: Griffin City Manager Kenny Smith stands firmly behind the officers assigned to the city’s COVID-19 Enforcement Task Force. Despite online complaints by some local business owners and residents, Smith said the Task Force has his support in ongoing efforts to mitigate potential negative affect of the novel coronavirus. “I am one […]

BoE approves appointment of school system chief financial officer

STAFF REPORT ::: Byron Jones has been appointed as chief financial officer (CFO) of the Griffin-Spalding County School System. His appointment was approved by Board of Education members during the May 5 virtual meeting. Jones was previously employed by the Glynn County Board of Education where he served as its CFO for four months. Prior to […]

County lawn waste container erroneously removed; will be returned to Carver Road station

SHEILA A. MATHEWS ::: Spalding County residents will soon be able to resume disposing of yard waste at the Carver Road refuse collection center. The container designated for that use was erroneously removed Sunday. In a Tuesday afternoon interview, County Manager William Wilson initially said it was removed at the wish of the Board of […]

Ben Miller appointed to fill Superior Court judgeship vacated by Mack Crawford

STAFF REPORT ::: Ben Miller Jr. has been appointed to serve as a Superior Court judge in the Griffin Judicial Circuit. Miller’s appointment by Governor Brian Kemp will fill the judicial vacancy created by the resignation of Mack Crawford. “In a competitive selection process, Ben Miller, Jr. clearly stood out among the candidates, and I […]

Shelter-at-home order for most Georgians expires tonight, but for some, was extended through June

STAFF REPORT ::: The shelter-in-place order covering Georgia residents will expire tonight at 11:59 p.m., but Governor Brian Kemp announced today he has extended that order for some individuals. Kemp urged Georgians to continue staying home “whenever possible” as he thanked all for affording officials the time to bolster the state’s health care infrastructure as […]

City of Griffin establishes COVID-19 Enforcement Task Force

STAFF REPORT ::: The city of Griffin has established a COVID-19 Task Force to enforce Governor Brian Kemp’s “Reviving a Healthy Georgia” executive order that permits many businesses to reopen. Kemp’s order outlines provisions and mandates how certain businesses, corporations, organizations and governments should conduct themselves during the remainder of the Governor’s Public Health State […]

BoE approves appointment of new Griffin High principal

STAFF REPORT ::: The Griffin-Spalding County Board of Education on Tuesday night approved the appointment of Dr. Buford Tyrone Kellogg as principal of Griffin High School. Kellogg’s appointment was approved during a virtual special called Board of Education meeting. Kellogg has most recently served as principal of Putnam County High School for two years. Prior […]

Kemp outlines plan to reopen Georgia beginning Friday

SHEILA A. MATHEWS ::: Governor Brian Kemp today announced that his executive order requiring Georgia residents to shelter-at-home will be allowed to expire on April 30, his Public Health State of Emergency will expire May 13 and that many businesses he required to close will soon be permitted to reopen. Hospitals that voluntarily elected to […]

Inconsistent DPH COVID-19 data raises questions

SHEILA A. MATHEWS ::: The GRIP has reached out to the Georgia Department of Public Health seeking clarification regarding significant inconsistencies in its COVID-19 data. The state DPH website has for weeks been updating data at least twice daily – at noon and 7 p.m. At noon Sunday, April 19, the DPH reported there were […]

Historic City Hall, Mule Barn and Dundee Cafe honored with preservation awards

STAFF REPORT ::: The Georgia Trust for Historic Preservation on Friday announced awards for the rehabilitation of Griffin’s historic City Hall. Griffin’s City Hall received the Marguerite Williams Award, which is presented annually to the project that has had the greatest impact on preservation in the state. The building also received an award for Excellence […]

Testing widely expanded for Georgia residents with COVID-19 symptoms

STAFF REPORT ::: All Georgia residents who are symptomatic are eligible for COVID-19 testing. This change, effective immediately, will allow those who were previously denied tests the ability to request the diagnostic procedure. The Department of Public Health is also in the process of increasing the number of specimen collection sites statewide and the criteria […]