Stepping Stones employee charged with simple battery, reckless conduct after child is injured

SHEILA A. MATHEWS ::: An employee of Stepping Stones Educational Therapy Center – Jennis Phillips Rooks, also known as Mary Jeanell Rooks – has been arrested on charges of simple battery and reckless conduct in relation to an incident involving a student. According to the Spalding County Sheriff’s Office, Deputy S.D. Williamson on Tuesday made […]

Suspect arrested in string of southside Griffin burglaries

STAFF REPORT ::: The Griffin Police Department has arrested the person accused of committing multiple burglaries on the southside of the city of Griffin. According to a press release issued by the GPD, Nickolas Creswell was on Nov. 15, at approximately 10:30 p.m. arrested in Locust Grove by Detective Corporal Cary Jackson and Detective Corporal […]

https://the-grip.net/2017/11/16/5498/

Missing elderly man located with teamwork and technology

SUBMITTED ::: On Wednesday November 15, 2017 the Spalding County Sheriff’s Office was notified that Eddie Owens, 81 years of age, who was suffering from dementia, was missing and had not been seen since approximately 5 p.m. Nov. 14. Units from the Sheriff’s Office, Spalding County Fire and the Georgia Piedmont K-9 Search and Rescue team responded […]

GPD investigation nets many arrests on prostitution, bath salts, meth, additional drugs, weapons and other charges

STAFF REPORT ::: An extended investigation of the Griffin Police Department’s Criminal Apprehension Gang Enforcement Unit and Special Investigations Unit has resulted in multiple arrests on a variety of charges including participating in criminal gang activity, the Georgia Controlled Substance Act, prostitution and keeping a place of prostitution. In the last month, 50 Gang Act […]

Brutal domestic violence cases concluded during Superior Court trial week

STAFF REPORT ::: The Spalding County District Attorney’s Office recently completed a trial week with the Superior Court Judge Christopher Edwards. This trial week was the first of three weeks before Edwards. According to a press release issued by the office of District Attorney Ben Coker, Assistant District Attorneys Donna Gopaul and Kathryn Lenhard represented […]

Free GED classes to be offered at Fairmont

SUBMITTED ::: The Fairmont Community Center is partnering with Southern Crescent Technical College to offer free GED classes. Pre-registration is required. Classes will be offered during the evening on weeknights. Saturday morning tutorials will also be offered from 10 a.m. to noon. To register or for additional information, please contact Rena Simon at the Fairmont […]

Sheriff: Violent assault of C.A.G.E. investigator results in one arrest

STAFF REPORT ::: Authorities say a recent wreck resulted in the assault on a law enforcement officer and the arrest of one individual. According to a press release issued by Spalding County Sheriff Darrell Dix, the incident occurred at approximately 8 p.m. Nov. 8, at the intersection of Elm Street and Railroad Avenue. Officials say […]

Five Loaves & Two Fish needs Thanksgiving donations

ELAINE KRUGMAN ::: Special Contributor to The GRIP Five Loaves and Two Fish Food Pantry provides groceries for families in need, but they are requesting your help, especially before Thanksgiving, when the demand is the greatest. Would it not be comforting to know when you sit down to Thanksgiving dinner that others in your community […]

Rushton’s Hope serves the least among us in the community, giving love and grace

RON COOK ::: Special Contributor to The GRIP I don’t know what to do! I don’t know where to go! I don’t know who to turn to! I am at the end of my rope! You’re my last hope! For the last 10 years, Rushton’s Hope has been responding to statements such as these, and […]

Investigation of CRES principal cites inappropriate relationships, sexual innuendo, foul language and mismanagement

SHEILA A. MATHEWS ::: The Griffin-Spalding County School System investigation that resulted in the resignation Alecia McCray, principal of Cowan Road Elementary School, documented numerous concerns dating back to early 2017. According to the investigation’s summary, there is a broad range of allegations including, but not limited to, fraudulent use of Title I funds, the […]

https://the-grip.net/2017/11/09/5422/

Learn to recognize the signs of domestic violence, and grow to care enough to help

This editorial column written by Maria McCoy was published in the most recent print edition of The GRIP. October is Breast Cancer Awareness month and that is a wonderful, worthy cause. I also want you to be aware that it is also Domestic Violence Awareness Month. This week, a group of us came together to […]

“As the twig is bent, so grows the tree”

This editorial column written by Dr. Bob Hayden was published in the most recent print edition of The GRIP. Someone once said, “As the twig is bent, so grows the tree.” Well, I think someone said that. If no one said it, consider it said now because it’s clever. It also has much to do […]

2017 ELECTION SPECIAL

PUBLISHER’S NOTE – As a service to its readers, The GRIP once again contacted candidates running for local office and requested their participation in a question and answer forum. The questions were sent in a group email to ensure no candidate had an unfair advantage in the length of time they had to respond. Candidates […]