Two teens charged in numerous Griffin entering auto cases

STAFF REPORT ::: After responding to a report of suspicious persons, officers of the Griffin Police Department’s Uniform Patrol Division on Sunday night arrested two individuals in the area of Tilney Avenue and 6th Street in connection to alleged entering auto cases. According to a press release issued by the GPD, other officers in the […]

SCSO investigation leads to multi-jurisdictional heroin case

STAFF REPORT ::: A month-long investigation into heroin distribution in Griffin-Spalding County resulted in the arrest of William Patrick Flanagan, who authorities say was involved in a multi-jurisdictional narcotics ring. According to a press release issued by Sheriff Darrell Dix, Flannagan, age 48, was arrested March 14. “In the past few months Flanagan’s name, along […]

GPD apprehends four home invasion suspects

STAFF REPORT ::: The Griffin Police Department on Thursday apprehended four suspects after receiving a report of a home invasion in progress. According to a press release issued by the GPD, personnel of the Uniform Patrol Division responded at approximately 1:09 p.m., with officers both making contact with the victim and saturating the area. Officials […]

“Deplorable” conditions at Roseview Apartments leave 55 residents displaced

SHEILA A. MATHEWS ::: With the revocation of its certificate of occupancy, 55 residents of the Roseview Apartments, located 519 McKneely St., have been displaced. City of Griffin Chief of Staff Jessica O’Connor said the deadline for residents to move out was 4 p.m. Friday, but the legal saga leading up to that outcome was […]

Beleaguered deputy resigns from SCSO

This photo of Terry Belvin, right, and Spalding County Sheriff Darrell Dix was released on social media by the SCSO upon Belvin’s swearing in as a deputy. Belvin has now resigned his post. SHEILA A. MATHEWS ::: Terry Belvin, whose employment with the Spalding County Sheriff’s Office was met with strong criticism from some in […]

Spalding deputy sustains minor injuries in vehicular aggravated assault; suspect remains at large

SHEILA A. MATHEWS ::: A Spalding County deputy sustained minor injuries when he was drug by a vehicle during a Thursday afternoon traffic stop. The incident occurred at the Zetella Express on Newnan Road. “The deputy is okay. He had some scrapes and possibly bruises, but he declined medical treatment,” said Capt. Dwayne Jones, of […]

Reports of local student arrests for participating in walk out are false

SHEILA A. MATHEWS ::: Reports circulating on social media alleging Spalding High School students who participated in today’s school walk out are being arrested are false. According to Spalding County Sheriff Darrell Dix, his agency has made no associated arrests. “No, nobody has been arrested. No arrests have been made. There was a protest over […]

Griffin Watershed Protection Specialist named statewide trainer of the year

SHEILA A. MATHEWS ::: City of Griffin Watershed Protection Specialist Alexa Robinson has been selected as the 2017 Adopt-a-Stream Trainer of the Year. The Adopt-a-Stream program is the environmental education arm of the Georgia Environmental Protection Division, and the award represents Robinson’s efforts to teach classes, certify volunteers and monitor and participate in the crucial […]

Griffin Choral Arts to present Handel’s Messiah

STAFF REPORT ::: Griffin Choral Arts (GCA) will present Handel’s “Messiah,” Parts 2 and 3 on 7:30 p.m. March 15. Sixty area artists will perform this work. Handel’s oratorio “Messiah” stands as a pillar of the choral-orchestral repertoire. GCA will present the second and third parts, which illuminate the suffering, death and resurrection of Christ, […]

Parents of sick kids: You are not alone

This editorial column by Maria McCoy previously appeared in the print edition of The GRIP. I have previously written about those who suffer their disability in silence, but I want to touch on a subject with which I am incredibly familiar. I want to talk to the parents of the sick kids. I want you […]

Learn to love yourself

This editorial column by Dusty Takle previously appeared in the print edition of The GRIP. Matthew 22:36-40 36 “Teacher, which is the greatest commandment in the Law?” 37 Jesus replied, “‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.’ 38 This is the first and […]

GSCS 2018-19 Pre-K registration and parent meeting upcoming

STAFF REPORT ::: Parents or guardians of prospective Griffin-Spalding County School System (GSCS) Pre-Kindergarten students are invited to attend a parent meeting at 6 p.m. Tuesday, March 13, in the Griffin Auditorium located at 233 E. Taylor St. During the information session, families will learn about the Pre-K program, the registration process and will receive […]

GBI: Wendell Beam denied David Gibson used knowledge of infidelities as blackmail leverage

SHEILA A. MATHEWS ::: During its 2015 investigation of David Gibson, the Georgia Bureau of Investigation, interviewed Wendell Beam, the former Spalding County Sheriff, in part seeking to determine if Gibson was blackmailing Beam using sexual infidelity as leverage. In records maintained by GBI Special Agent Jared Coleman, he wrote, “Agent Coleman asked Sheriff Beam […]

Dix says there will be no investigation of Beam, narcotics tracker operation

SHEILA A. MATHEWS ::: Spalding County Sheriff Darrell Dix has weighed in on a proffer agreement that was part of the Georgia Bureau of Investigation of David Gibson. The GBI refused to release those specific records, but The GRIP obtained the proffer through the email account of former Griffin Judicial Circuit District Attorney Scott Ballard. […]

Local Forestry Service professionals named Outstanding Agency of the Year

STAFF REPORT ::: Six area professionals with the Georgia Forestry Commission (GFC) have received special recognition for their exemplary performance with the state agency. Ranger Jonathan Butts and Ranger Adam Edmondson, of Thomaston, Ranger Geoffery Dean, of Yatesville, Ranger Tyler Mameli, of Williamson, Ranger Kolby Lynch and Chief Ranger Jeffery Kenerly, both of Zebulon, are […]