City manager stands behind Griffin’s COVID-19 Enforcement Task Force

SHEILA A. MATHEWS ::: Griffin City Manager Kenny Smith stands firmly behind the officers assigned to the city’s COVID-19 Enforcement Task Force. Despite online complaints by some local business owners and residents, Smith said the Task Force has his support in ongoing efforts to mitigate potential negative affect of the novel coronavirus. “I am one […]

Shelter-at-home order for most Georgians expires tonight, but for some, was extended through June

STAFF REPORT ::: The shelter-in-place order covering Georgia residents will expire tonight at 11:59 p.m., but Governor Brian Kemp announced today he has extended that order for some individuals. Kemp urged Georgians to continue staying home “whenever possible” as he thanked all for affording officials the time to bolster the state’s health care infrastructure as […]

City of Griffin establishes COVID-19 Enforcement Task Force

STAFF REPORT ::: The city of Griffin has established a COVID-19 Task Force to enforce Governor Brian Kemp’s “Reviving a Healthy Georgia” executive order that permits many businesses to reopen. Kemp’s order outlines provisions and mandates how certain businesses, corporations, organizations and governments should conduct themselves during the remainder of the Governor’s Public Health State […]

Georgia to expand COVID-19 testing; set up 200 medical pods in World Congress Center

SHEILA A. MATHEWS ::: Describing Georgia’s COVID-19 testing as “unacceptable,” Governor Brian Kemp on Monday announced the state will expand the previously tightly-restricted requirements for the diagnostic tool. “As of noon today, we now have 13,315 COVID-19 cases in Georgia spanning 157 counties with 464 deaths. The state lab has processed 3,750 tests, and commercial […]

Kemp: Shelter-at-home executive order extended through April 30

STAFF REPORT ::: Governor Brian Kemp on Wednesday morning announced he is extending his executive order that declared a public health state of emergency. This order that was originally set to expire on April 13 was extended through May 13. Wednesday afternoon, Kemp announced he is extending his executive order requiring Georgian’s to shelter-at-home. First […]

Pike County Sheriff responds to Kemp shelter-in-place executive order

STAFF REPORT ::: Pike County Sheriff Jimmy Thomas has issued a statement regarding Governor Brian Kemp’s shelter-in-place executive order. “The Sheriff’s Office has received numerous phone calls with questions regarding the recent orders passed down by Governor Kemp. I understand that we all face a trying time that can leave us anxious for answers. All […]

Curfews imposed by city of Griffin, Spalding County no longer in effect

SHEILA A. MATHEWS ::: With the enactment of Governor Brian Kemp’s shelter-in-place executive order, the curfews imposed by the city of Griffin and Spalding County are no longer in effect. As of 6 p.m. Friday, April 3 – the time at which the shelter-in-place order goes into effect – all activities permitted under Kemp’s order […]

Kemp executive order requiring Georgians shelter in place signed and released

STAFF REPORT ::: The office of Governor Brian Kemp has released his executive order requiring all Georgians to shelter in place in response to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. The order, which details what actions will be permissible and which will be prohibited, can be read in its entirety on Kemp’s website https://gov.georgia.gov/executive-action/executive-orders/2020-executive-orders. It is the […]

Governor Kemp announces statewide shelter in place executive order

Governor Brian Kemp on Wednesday afternoon announced he will be signing an executive order requiring all Georgians to shelter in place. Kemp also declared all public schools K through 12 are closed for the duration of the 2019-2020 school term. Kemp’s address can now be read below in its entirety. “I’m joined today by Department […]

DNR will enforce Kemp executive order limiting gatherings of more than 10

STAFF REPORT ::: The Georgia Department of Natural Resources will begin enforcing the executive order issued by Governor Brian Kemp prohibiting public gatherings of groups larger than ten people unless there is six feet of spacing between each person. “Across Georgia, there is a mandatory shelter in place order for medically fragile individuals, and gatherings […]

Kemp executive order requires some to quarantine; shuts down bars, nightclubs

SHEILA A. MATHEWS ::: Unlike a number of other states across the nation, Georgia Governor Brian Kemp has not issued a shelter in place order that applies to all citizens. Instead, Kemp on Monday issued an executive order specifically targeting “at a minimum” some of the most vulnerable to critical complications of COVID-19 including individuals […]

Governor signs executive order closing all public schools through March 31

STAFF REPORTS ::: Governor Brian Kemp has ordered closed all Georgia public elementary, secondary and post-secondary public schools from March 18 through March 30. “To keep our students, teachers and administrators safe and mitigate the spread of COVID-19, I am ordering the closure of all public elementary, secondary and post-secondary schools in Georgia from March […]

Spalding Clerk of Court agrees to retire Dec. 31; will face no further legal action

SHEILA A. MATHEWS ::: Spalding County Clerk of Court Marcia Norris, who was on Dec. 14 suspended for 60 days by Governor Nathan Deal, will retire from office Dec. 31. Norris’s retirement is part of a settlement agreement reached by the beleaguered constitutional officer and Griffin Judicial Circuit District Attorney Ben Coker. It was signed […]