Federal judge recommends dismissal of Hawbaker lawsuit against Sheriff and jail administration

SHEILA A. MATHEWS ::: Don Hawbaker, the Spalding County commissioner who has been held without bond in the Spalding County Jail since his Feb. 4, 2020 arrest, has filed a lawsuit against Spalding County Sheriff Darrell Dix, Maj. Robert Sowell and Capt. Kyle Phillips. Sowell is the jail administrator and Phillips is the assistant jail […]

Kemp declares state of emergency, activates National Guard to curtail violence in Atlanta

STAFF REPORT ::: Governor Brian Kemp has declared a state of emergency in response to an increase in violent and property crimes in the city of Atlanta. According to a press release issued by Kemp’s office, he made this declaration “following weeks of dramatically increased violent crime and property destruction” including more than 30 Georgians […]

Marie Broder becomes first woman to serve as circuit’s district attorney

SHEILA A. MATHEWS ::: Marie G. Broder was sworn in today as district attorney of the Griffin Judicial Circuit. Broder’s husband held the bible and her little girl looked on during the Wednesday morning ceremony at the Georgia Capitol as Governor Brian Kemp swore her into office. “I am very honored to appoint you to […]

NASCAR 2020 season resumes in Georgia June 7

STAFF REPORT ::: The NASCAR 2020 season will soon resume in Georgia with the Folds of Honor QuikTrip 500 at Atlanta Motor Speedway. Originally scheduled to run March 15, NASCAR, the state of Georgia and Governor Brian Kemp worked with the sanctioning body and AMS to reschedule this race. With a race plan reviewed and […]

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 […]

Ben Miller appointed to fill Superior Court judgeship vacated by Mack Crawford

STAFF REPORT ::: Ben Miller Jr. has been appointed to serve as a Superior Court judge in the Griffin Judicial Circuit. Miller’s appointment by Governor Brian Kemp will fill the judicial vacancy created by the resignation of Mack Crawford. “In a competitive selection process, Ben Miller, Jr. clearly stood out among the candidates, and I […]

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 […]

Kemp outlines plan to reopen Georgia beginning Friday

SHEILA A. MATHEWS ::: Governor Brian Kemp today announced that his executive order requiring Georgia residents to shelter-at-home will be allowed to expire on April 30, his Public Health State of Emergency will expire May 13 and that many businesses he required to close will soon be permitted to reopen. Hospitals that voluntarily elected to […]

Kemp urges Georgians not to attend in-person religious services

STAFF REPORT ::: Governor Brian Kemp is urging Georgians to not attend religious services, including Easter services, even those that are described as “drive-in.” Authorities say law enforcement agencies have received reports that participants of drive-in religious services are not staying in their vehicles, but are instead leaving them to allow children to play, use […]

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 […]

Georgia’s public health state of emergency being extended to May 13

STAFF REPORT ::: Governor Brian Kemp, Lt. Governor Geoff Duncan and House Speaker David Ralston have announced their intention to extend Georgia’s public health state of emergency through May 13. The original state of emergency was set to expire April 13. State law allows for the extension of the emergency declaration, which Kemp sought to […]

Rapid result drive-through COVID-19 testing now available at Georgia Tech

STAFF REPORT ::: Access to rapid COVID-19 testing is expanding today with a drive-through site located at Georgia Tech. The test site will be operated by CVS, with testing offered by Abbott Laboratories. At full capacity, the site will be able to conduct up to 1,000 tests daily. “Increased access to rapid testing remains one […]

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 […]