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 […]

Further the kingdom of Christ by providing hope that humanity is still present in the world

This editorial column written by Maria McCoy was previously published in the print edition of The GRIP. The United States has been severely impacted by Hurricane’s Harvey and Irma. We watched in horror as the deadly hurricane pulverized cities and caused massive flooding throughout the affected areas. We have watched as horrific fires threatened homes […]

Griffin Fire-Rescue’s Annual Toy Round-Up now underway

SUBMITTED ::: Griffin Fire-Rescue’s Annual Toy Round-Up has gotten off to a great start. Hundreds of toys have already been collected, however more toys are needed for the drive that ends Dec. 20. The toys will be divided between the local Department of Family and Children Services (DFACS) and the Salvation Army, which will distribute […]

Former Salvation Army finance manager pleads guilty to embezzlement of charitable funds

STAFF REPORT ::: Gary Hilliard has pleaded guilty to embezzling more than $272,000 from the Salvation Army Metro Atlanta Area Command while serving as its finance manager. “The Salvation Army provides a wide range of charitable programs and services to needy citizens in our community,” said U.S. Attorney John Horn. “Unfortunately, Mr. Hilliard chose to […]

Police chief: prohibiting all panhandling would be unconstitutional

SHEILA A. MATHEWS ::: Griffin Police Chief Steve Heaton said despite some citizen complaints regarding panhandling, the city does not have a significant problem with the issue. “What we’ve had is centralized complaints of homeless folks sitting, standing and approaching people in the downtown area and at Wal-Mart. I don’t think I’d characterize it as […]

Little girl’s selflessness spreads Christmas cheer to hospitalized children

CASSIE BARROW ::: Selfless acts of kindness are part of Christmas, with strangers wishing every one holiday cheer in many different forms. The radio and television stations are full of individuals randomly singing Christmas carols to unknown individuals, paying for the person behind you in the drive thru, or even settling a layaway debt for […]