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” […]

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 […]