Kemp executive order requiring Georgians shelter in place signed and released

STAFF REPORT ::: The office of Governor Brian Kemp has released his executive order requiring all Georgians to shelter in place in response to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. The order, which details what actions will be permissible and which will be prohibited, can be read in its entirety on Kemp’s website https://gov.georgia.gov/executive-action/executive-orders/2020-executive-orders. It is the […]

High customer volume leaves shoppers waiting in line to enter some stores

SHEILA A. MATHEWS ::: High customer volume in Griffin grocery stores Wednesday afternoon resulted in shopping delays for some customers as they were required to wait to enter stores. Griffin Fire-Rescue Chief John Hamilton said that following Governor Brian Kemp’s Wednesday afternoon address, GF-R personnel drove by local businesses to ensure crowds were  with safety […]

DPH: First COVID-19 death confirmed in Spalding County

SHEILA A. MATHEWS ::: The Georgia Department of Public Health has confirmed the first Spalding County COVID-19 death. State health officials say the deceased patient was a 73-year-old man who did have an underlying medical condition. Spalding County Board of Health Chairman Johnie McDaniel said the board has no additional information, and that due to […]

Governor Kemp announces statewide shelter in place executive order

Governor Brian Kemp on Wednesday afternoon announced he will be signing an executive order requiring all Georgians to shelter in place. Kemp also declared all public schools K through 12 are closed for the duration of the 2019-2020 school term. Kemp’s address can now be read below in its entirety. “I’m joined today by Department […]

Kemp: Public schools closed remainder of school year; statewide shelter in place order issued

SHEILA A. MATHEWS ::: Governor Brian Kemp today announced that all public schools for grades K-12 will remain closed for the remainder of the 2019-2020 school year. Kemp also announced an executive order requiring all Georgia residents to shelter in place. The shelter in place order will take effect Friday, April 3 and remain in […]

Two people seriously injured in Saturday evening motorcycle wreck

SHEILA A. MATHEWS ::: Two people were seriously injured Saturday in a wreck involving a motorcycle and a Griffin Police Department patrol car. The wreck occurred at 6:05 p.m. in the intersection of North Hill and Broadway streets. According to Cpl. R. Youngblood, of the Griffin State Patrol-Griffin Post, the incident occurred when Timothy Atkinson, […]

Kemp: Georgia COVID-19 testing soon to increase to estimated 3,000 tests daily

STAFF REPORT ::: Testing for COVID-19 in Georgia will soon significantly ramp up. According to a press release issued by Governor Brian Kemp announced a laboratory surge capacity plan to quickly increase the availability of polymerase chain reaction (PCR) testing. This initiative leverages the collective laboratory resources under the University System of Georgia, the Georgia […]

DNR will enforce Kemp executive order limiting gatherings of more than 10

STAFF REPORT ::: The Georgia Department of Natural Resources will begin enforcing the executive order issued by Governor Brian Kemp prohibiting public gatherings of groups larger than ten people unless there is six feet of spacing between each person. “Across Georgia, there is a mandatory shelter in place order for medically fragile individuals, and gatherings […]

GSCSS Superintendent to seniors: We’re on your side; proms, graduation not cancelled

STAFF REPORT ::: Griffin-Spalding County School Superintendent Jim Smith has released a video message to high school seniors, a message in which Smith warmly recalls his own experiences as a high school senior before addressing students whose senior year has been so distinctly affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. As he recounted his own momentous life […]

Griffin curfew lists 12 exemptions; others face $1,000 fine, up to six months in jail

SHEILA A. MATHEWS ::: Griffin City Manager Kenny Smith is responding to citizen concerns regarding the curfew enacted Tuesday night by the Board of Commissioners. According to Smith, the purpose of the curfew is to limit transmission of COVID-19. “Hopefully it will keep people from being out spreading the coronavirus. They just need to stay […]

Kemp: 2,000 National Guard medical support troops activated

STAFF REPORT ::: Governor Brian Kemp has authorized the activation of up to 2,000 members of the Georgia National Guard in order to fight COVID-19. At this time, more than 170 service members are activated in response to the pandemic. They have mobilized to support requests from the Georgia Emergency Management and Homeland Security Agency […]

GPD officer receives corrective action for blaring “The Purge” horn while on patrol

PUBLISHER’S NOTE: Griffin Police Department Chief Mike Yates has identified this officer as Patrolman Josh Holley, of the Uniform Patrol Division. Yates DID NOT attempt to withhold the officer’s name. The GRIP initially failed to ask for that information. I will now climb out of bed and begin to re-caffeinate my blood stream. In all […]

Spalding County imposes curfew; state of emergency

SHEILA A. MATHEWS ::: The Spalding County Board of Commissioners has voted to ratify a declaration of a state of emergency and enacted a curfew. The curfew will be imposed beginning at 9 p.m. Friday, March 27. The resolution was approved by a vote of 3 to 1 with Commissioner James Dutton opposing. The specific […]

Georgia motor vehicle registration deadlines extended through May 14

STAFF REPORT ::: The Georgia Department of Revenue Motor Vehicle Division has extended the deadline for all motor vehicle registrations that expire between March 16 and May 14, 2020. Those registrations have been extended through May 15, 2020. This extension is in response to COVID-19 concerns, and applies to personal passenger vehicles, commercial vehicles and […]

Kemp: Georgia public schools closed through April 24

STAFF REPORT ::: Public elementary and secondary schools have been closed through April 24 by executive order of Governor Brian Kemp. This closure applies to in-person instruction. “I am deeply grateful to State School Superintendent Richard Woods, the Georgia Department of Education, superintendents and parents for keeping us informed and helping us make the right […]