Sinister Suites take over historical Griffin Hotel during October

ALEXANDER CAIN ::: A historical Griffin landmark is currently undergoing a transformation into a haunted house for the 2013 Halloween season. Workers have been inside the old Griffin Hotel, 132 W. Solomon St., for more than three months, turning former hotel rooms and hallways into a haunted house experience. We are not going for monsters […]

Zero tolerance does not equal standard disciplinary measures

SHEILA A. MATHEWS ::: Originally printed in the Sept. 12 edition of The Grip In light of the recent rash of weapons brought to school by students, many in the Griffin-Spalding community are wondering what the phrase “zero tolerance” actually means in terms of policy and procedure within the school system. Student handbooks define zero […]

A tale of two knives, two different punishments

SHEILA A. MATHEWS :::  Originally printed in the September 12, 2013 edition of The Grip.  Two children prepared for school on Tuesday, Sept. 3 by purposefully packing knives to take with them.  Both were 12-year-old Griffin-Spalding students and were later caught with the knives, but the similarities of their situations end there. One incident occurred […]

Sheriff’s Office needs help identifying suspected car thief

The Spalding County Sheriff’s Office is asking for the assistance from the public with identifying the subject seen in the attached photograph.  This subject is wanted for questioning for the recent thefts from motor vehicles on the east side of Spalding County.  Anyone with information pertaining to the identity of the subject is asked to […]

City of Griffin searching for Environmental Council members

ALEXANDER CAIN::: The City of Griffin is calling for residents to get involved in the preservation and enhancement of the local environment through the formation of an environmental council, according to James Moore, Deputy Director of the Stormwater Utility Department with the City of Griffin. “As of right now, anybody who is interested can fill […]

Finally coming home

SHEILA MARSHALL ::: More than 62 years after he was killed in action, Pfc. Bobby Byars was finally laid to rest in his hometown, with surviving family members, friends and the community present to honor the Korean War hero. For Charlie Byars, this was the culmination of many years of hopes and prayers that he […]

Call for artists & musicians

JESSICA GREGORY ::: On Friday, April 12 Journey Church in Dovedown will be filled with art and music by local artists. Local photographers Catherine Park and Lisa Housman and Michael Moody of Journey Church are planning an inaugural Art and Music Opening for guests to enjoy amazing local music while mingling and enjoying local art. […]

County general fund down more than $11.3 million since ’07

SHEILA MARSHALL ::: Spalding County officials on Monday, Feb. 18, received a presentation from Miller Edwards, of Mauldin & Jenkins, the certified public accountants who conducted the county’s annual audit. According to Edwards, the process undertaken in Spalding County exceeds that of many comparable areas. “Y’all choose to go to a higher level. There might […]

Healthy Life Community Garden will provide fresh foods for Fairmont Community

SHEILA MARSHALL ::: Residents of the Fairmont community will have an opportunity to come together with their neighbors to raise a community garden. With funding provided by the Griffin Housing Authority (GHA), the Healthy Life Community Garden is being coordinated by the University of Georgia-Griffin Campus, with the Spalding County Extension Service taking the lead […]

Lighthouse Restaurant owner charged with first degree arson

Sheila A. Marshall ::: An arrest has been made in connection to the July 10 fire that destroyed the Lighthouse Restaurant – a local landmark – with its owner, Steven Brehaut, age 37, of Milner, facing a single charge in relation to the blaze. “He was arrested Monday and charged with first degree arson, and […]