Veteran GPD officer succumbs to COVID-19

STAFF REPORT ::: The Griffin Police Department has lost a veteran officer to COVID-19. GPD officials say Sgt. Todd Thomas was hospitalized and died Tuesday morning a result of complications of the coronavirus. Thomas began his law enforcement career in 1999 and was planning to retire in spring 2022.

Elementary students will resume in-person learning Sept. 13

STAFF REPORT ::: Griffin-Spalding County School System elementary school students will resume in-person education Monday, Sept. 13. Middle and high school students will continue in virtual learning mode for at least one more week. These students will not resume in-person education before at least Sept. 20. Officials say the phased approach is being utilized to […]

COVID case count increase sparks mask requirement in Griffin-Spalding schools

SHEILA A. MATHEWS ::: Officials of the Griffin-Spalding County School System today announced a revision to its mask policy, now requiring students and staff to wear masks while on campus and in district offices. This change, effective immediately, is in response to an increase in the number of positive COVID-19 cases this weekend. “I realize […]

Some COVID-19 vaccine passports prohibited by Georgia governor

STAFF REPORT ::: Georgia Governor Brian Kemp has issued an executive order prohibiting state agencies, state service providers and state properties from requiring COVID-19 vaccine passports. The prohibition also outlines that no vaccine passport may be required for entry into the state of Georgia. Additionally, state employers are not permitted to have different rules for […]

Griffin-Spalding County schools to continue distance learning through March 1

STAFF REPORT ::: The Griffin-Spalding County School System will continue distance learning until March 1, when in-person learning will resume. School officials say Spalding County has maintained high COVID-19 counts since before the school system’s Christmas break. Area hospitals remain full and some continue to defer patients elsewhere. Griffin-Spalding County School System (GSCSS) officials on […]

Griffin City Hall temporarily closing to the public

STAFF REPORT ::: In response to a surge in COVID-19 cases and the critical level of patients in local hospitals, Griffin City Hall will be closed to the public beginning at noon Monday, Jan. 11. The Customer Service lobby will be open from 8 a.m. to noon Monday and the drive-thru will be open from […]

School officials extend at-home learning at least two additional weeks

STAFF REPORT ::: The Griffin-Spalding County School System has extended at-home learning two additional weeks. School system officials say this decision was based on increasing COVID-19 numbers in the Griffin-Spalding County community, which have resulted in hospitals filling and diverting patients elsewhere. GSCSS district leaders on Friday met with a regional epidemiologist from the Georgia […]

BREAKING NEWS: All Griffin-Spalding public school in-person learning cancelled

STAFF REPORT ::: The Griffin-Spalding County School System will revert to at-home distance learning following the Christmas break. According to Interim Superintendent Donald Warren, this change is due to an increase in Spalding County COVID-19 cases. “Out of an abundance of caution, due to the current increase in COVID-19 cases in Spalding County, GSCS students […]

GSCSS interim superintendent alters second semester in-person schedule

STAFF REPORT ::: Griffin-Spalding County School System Interim Superintendent Dr. Donald Warren has announced an alteration to the second semester of the 2020-2021 school year that will provide eight learning days for all in-person and remote learning students. The eight days will be asynchronous – on alternating Fridays during the semester – on which all […]

Second local school shuts down in-person learning after COVID-19 outbreak

STAFF REPORT ::: For the second time in as many days, COVID-19 has caused the shutdown of in-person learning in a Spalding County school. The Griffin-Spalding County School System on Tuesday announced that Cowan Road Middle School students will be switching to remote learning for the remainder of this week. All students will resume virtual […]

COVID-19 disrupts Griffin High School in-person learning for remainder of week

STAFF REPORT ::: Positive COVID-19 tests for two Griffin High School staff members has resulted in the closure of the school for the remainder of this week. Griffin-Spalding County School System officials say those two staff members have been in close contact with a number of other staff members. As a precaution, the exposed staff […]

GHS students seen in online sex act will not face criminal charges

SHEILA A. MATHEWS ::: Two Griffin High School students have been administratively disciplined for engaging in a sexual act in online view of other students. Griffin-Spalding County School System (GSCSS) Superintendent Jim Smith described the Tuesday incident as “behavior in violation of the student code of conduct” in an online classroom environment. In a letter […]

Spalding County Jail inmate diagnosed with COVID-19

STAFF REPORT ::: A Spalding County Jail inmate assigned to the kitchen detail has been diagnosed with COVID-19. According to a press release issued by Sheriff Darrell Dix, officials learned of the diagnosis at approximately 12:30 p.m. Tuesday. This marks the first confirmed COVID-19 case at the jail since the outset of the pandemic. “Unfortunately, […]

School officials approve 2020-2021 reopening plan

STAFF REPORT ::: The Griffin-Spalding Board of Education has approved a plan to reopen the school system for the 2020-2021 academic year. The delayed school starting date is Sept. 8 and was presented as Option 1 in a stakeholder survey. The approved plan will allow schools to resume normal operations while also offering a remote […]

Fayette woman pleads guilty to selling unregistered pesticides as COVID-19 treatment

STAFF REPORT ::: A Fayetteville woman has plead guilty in Federal Court to selling unregistered pesticides on eBay as protection against COVID-19. According to a press release issued by the Office of U.S. Attorney Byung J. “BJay” Pak, Rong Sun, who sold an unregistered pesticide as protection against viruses such as COVID-19, has pleaded guilty […]