Memorial service honors Henry County PD K-9 Thorr

STAFF REPORT ::: The Henry County Police Department said its final goodbyes to one of its own Friday morning as K-9 Thorr was honored in a memorial service. Public safety employees and citizens from the area gathered at Cannon Cleveland Funeral Home to pay respect to Thorr, who died as a result of injuries he […]

City of Griffin names Jessica O’Connor deputy city manager

SHEILA A. MATHEWS ::: The city of Griffin has promoted Jessica Whatley-O’Connor to the newly created position of deputy city manager. She was promoted from her previous position of chief of staff/staff attorney, a position she has held since July 2016. O’Connor says her new position will assist in further streamlining city operations. “The reporting […]

Second suspect arrested in Ringgold Grocery armed robbery case

STAFF REPORT ::: A second arrest has been made in connection to the Nov. 18, 2019, robbery of Ringgold Grocery Store located at 4243 Jackson Road. The Spalding County Sheriff’s Office reports that 19-year-old Elijah Jeremiah Williams was arrested Jan. 14, and has been charged with two counts of armed robbery. “We knew that at […]

Sheriff: Felony suspect fought arrest while trying to acquire firearm

STAFF REPORT ::: Michael Shane Pierce has again been arrested by the Spalding County Sheriff’s Office, with the latest case involving numerous charges resulting from a theft investigation. A press release issued by Sheriff Darrell Dix describes Pierce as “well known to law enforcement in the area,” and describes his Jan. 9 arrest culminating from […]

Spalding woman arrested after six dead animals located at residence

SHEILA A. MATHEWS ::: A Spalding County woman, 27-year-old Ashley Gresham, has been arrested and charged with six counts of felony animal cruelty after numerous deceased animals were located at her residence. Deputy Corey Waddell, of the Spalding County Sheriff’s Office, on Monday responded to 640 Tri County Road, where he met with Michelle Wesolowski […]

Dr. Rochelle Lowery appointed GHS interim principal

STAFF REPORT ::: The Griffin-Spalding County Board of Education has appointed Dr. Rochelle Lowery as interim principal of Griffin High School. Lowery currently works for the Dekalb County School District. Lowery will serve as interim principal for the remainder of the 2019-2020 school year while officials being the search for a permanent GHS principal. Dr. […]

Elijah Jackson named GSCSS Spelling Bee champion

STAFF REPORT ::: Elijah Jackson, a student of Moreland Road Elementary School, won the 2020 Griffin-Spalding County School System Scripps Spelling Bee that was held Jan. 9. Jackson, a fifth-grade student who participates in the Program Challenge gifted program, became champion by correctly spelling the word “influenza.” The runner-up, A.J. Fulton, is a sixth-grade student […]

Spalding County inmates graduate Serve Safe program

STAFF REPORT ::: Five inmates of the Spalding County Jail have graduated from the Serve-Safe Program, an initiative of the Spalding County Sheriff’s Office and Aramark Food Services. The Jan. 9 graduation marks the third successful class since the programs inception. Designed to teach potential restaurant employees the skills necessary to safely and properly prepare […]

Downtown Griffin 2nd Saturday Chili Crawl is tonight

STAFF REPORT ::: If you are looking for some great Saturday entertainment, you need look no farther than downtown Griffin’s 2nd Saturday Chili Crawl. Tonight from 5 to 8 p.m., the Downtown Council and Griffin Main Street Program are hosting this free event to help you shake off those winter blues. “Crawl” around downtown Griffin […]

Henry County PD K-9 killed in I-75 wreck

SHEILA A. MATHEWS ::: A Henry County Police Department K-9 was killed in a Thursday night wreck on I-75. The wreck involved an HCPD K-9 Unit and a tractor trailer. According to Capt. Randy Lee, Officer T. Pilgrim and Officer W. Neville were conducting traffic enforcement near the 208 mile marker when their patrol unit […]

Serious wreck shuts down all northbound lanes of I-75

SHEILA A. MATHEWS ::: All northbound lanes of Interstate 75 are closed following a wreck involving a Henry County police officer and a tractor trailer. The wreck occurred at mile marker 207, and the Georgia State Patrol is on scene. According to Maj. Dwayne Jones, of the Spalding County Sheriff’s Office, the police officer did […]

Griffin City Attorney Drew Whalen submits false statement to Attorney General’s Office

SHEILA A. MATHEWS ::: Griffin City Attorney Drew Whalen submitted a false statement to the Georgia Attorney General’s Office in response to a criminal complaint filed by The GRIP Publisher Sheila Mathews. Following multiple refusals to release a public record over a period of several months, Mathews in November filed a complaint with the Griffin […]

Chick-fil-A cashier victim of short-change scam

STAFF REPORT ::: The Griffin Police Department is investigating a theft at the Taylor Street Chick-fil-A after an employee was the alleged victim of a short-change scam. According to Officer Ahlesltia Smith, of the GPD Uniform Patrol Division, Chick-fil-A Manager Sean Ivey reported an employee was fraudulently manipulated out of cash. The cashier, who is […]

Doss, Holmes re-elected to serve as BoE chair, vice-chair

STAFF REPORT ::: Members of the Griffin-Spalding County Board of Education have re-elected Will Doss and Zachary Holmes as its chair and vice-chair, respectively. The vote was taken during the BoE’s Jan. 7, meeting held at Cowan Road Middle School. Holmes was first elected to the Board of Education in 2001, and Doss was elected […]

Pike County S.O.: Man who claimed attack set himself on fire

STAFF REPORT ::: The Pike County Sheriff’s Office says a man who reported he was attacked and set afire is responsible for his injuries. According to a press release issued by Sheriff Jimmy Thomas, investigators on Saturday night received a report from WellStar Spalding Regional Hospital of a man, 26-year-old Michael May, who had been […]