Beaverbrook Elementary parking lot shooting appears to be accidental, Sheriff says

SHEILA A. MATHEWS ::: One woman was seriously wounded Monday afternoon in a shooting incident in the parking lot of Beaverbrook Elementary School. The preliminary investigation suggests this appears to be an accidental shooting. “We have one person shot – it’s a female,” Spalding County Sheriff Darrell Dix reported at the scene. “She appears to […]

BREAKING NEWS: SCSO says one wounded in shooting in Beaverbrook Elementary parking lot

SHEILA A. MATHEWS ::: One person was injured in a Monday afternoon shooting in the parking lot at Beaverbrook Elementary School. According to Capt. Dwayne Jones, of the Spalding County Sheriff’s Office, no students or faculty were involved in the incident. Jones said the SCSO was not originally called to the school, but rather to […]

GPD Chief Mike Yates denies The GRIP equal access

SHEILA A. MATHEWS ::: The GRIP’s efforts to provide news coverage of matters involving the Griffin Police Department are being hindered by Chief Mike Yate’s refusal to be interviewed or to allow The GRIP to work with anyone else in the agency, including the recognized public information officer. Most recently, Yates refused to meet with […]

Missing evidence jeopardized felony case against Matthew Boynton, former GPD officer

SHEILA A. MATHEWS ::: Violation of his oath of office – one of two felony charges for which the Griffin Police Department in 2017 arrested Matthew Boynton, one of its own officers – was reportedly at risk of being dismissed because his sworn oath of office, the signed document, could not be located. According to […]

County BoC denies firearm discharge ordinance

SHEILA A. MATHEWS ::: The Spalding County Board of Commissioners by a 4 to 1 vote have denied approval of a firearm discharge ordinance. Commissioners Raymond Ray, who initially proposed the ordinance, Commissioner Don Hawbaker, Commissioner Rita Johnson and Commissioner Bart Miller voted in opposition to the ordinance. Commissioner Gwen Flowers-Taylor opposed the vote denying […]

GBI reports preliminary autopsy findings for Judge Bill Johnston

SHEILA A. MATHEWS ::: The Georgia Bureau of Investigation (GBI) Crime Lab on Thursday conducted an autopsy on Griffin City Court Judge Bill Johnston. According to Nelly Miles, director of the GBI Office of Public Affairs, preliminary autopsy findings indicate Johnston’s death was noncriminal. Miles said the Griffin Police Department initially requested GBI assistance in […]

GBI investigating death of Griffin City Court Judge Bill Johnston

STAFF REPORT The Georgia Bureau of Investigation is conducting an ongoing investigation into the death of Griffin City Court Judge Bill Johnston. According to GBI Director of the Office of Public Affairs Nelly Miles, Johnson, who was 53, was found deceased after having been reported missing. “On May 1, 2018, the Georgia Bureau of Investigation […]

BREAKING NEWS: Griffin City Court Judge Bill Johnston found deceased

SHEILA A. MATHEWS ::: The GRIP has confirmed that Griffin City Court Judge Bill Johnston has died. Johnston was found deceased Tuesday afternoon in his vehicle in the vicinity of Jewel Drive and Pearl Circle. “I can tell you you’re going to have to contact the GBI. I can’t really say anything about a case […]

Children’s wants should never be more important than a family’s needs

This editorial column by Maria McCoy was previously published in the print edition of The GRIP. A few weeks ago, my family decided to eat a little later than normal. We met at Applebee’s and unfortunately, there were only two waitresses there, so the wait for our food was pretty long. Upon leaving, my 16-year-old […]

“I know” always stops the flow

This editorial column by Dusty Takle was previously published in the print edition of The GRIP. “I know.” I can remember growing up responding to my parents with “I know” when they would say something to me. Every time, my dad would say, “Don’t say ‘I know.’ Say, ‘yes, sir’ or ‘yes ma’am.’” I had […]

Last weekend to catch Main Street Players “The Diviners”

NOR NORMA RICHARDSON ::: Main Street Players is proud to present “The Diviners,” its fourth production of the 2017/2018 season. This moving, critically-acclaimed drama is sure to captivate you and touch your heart. The story takes place in the small town of Zion, Indiana, and centers on a mentally challenged boy named Buddy Layman, played […]

Missing Spalding teen Aubrey Carroll returns home

STAFF REPORT ::: Aubrey Jayce Carroll, the Spalding County teen missing since May 2016, has been located and chose to return to his Georgia home. According to a press release issued by Sheriff Darrell Dix, a joint effort of the Spalding County Sheriff’s Office, the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) and the Texas Rangers led […]

We all should fight for social justice

This editorial column written by Maria McCoy previously appeared in a print edition of The GRIP. Why do the problems of social justice and reform belong to us all? After visiting the Civil Rights museum in Atlanta this weekend, I read a quote that really struck a chord. “First, they came for the Socialists, and […]

Updated information released on mistakenly suspended driver’s licenses

UPDATE – Spalding County State Court Judge Josh Thacker has issued a second press release pertaining to errors involving the resubmission of traffic citation dispositions to the Georgia Department of Driver Services. If you received a traffic citation that was processed through Spalding County State Court in the past few years, you could have been […]

Some driver’s licenses erroneously reported as suspended

The following is a press release issued by Spalding County State Court Judge Josh Thacker pertaining to errors involving the resubmission of traffic citation dispositions to the Georgia Department of Driver Services. If you received a traffic citation that was processed through Spalding County State Court in the past few years, you could have been […]