GACA announces upcoming 2017-18 concert lineup

STAFF REPORT ::: The Griffin Area Concert Association has announced its lineup of performers for the 2017-18 concert season. The upcoming season will consist of four concerts featuring internationally acclaimed performers in a variety of genres. All concerts will be held at the Griffin Auditorium located at 234 E. Taylor Street. Back by popular demand […]

SCFD Fire Marshal’s Office shuts down local hotel

STAFF REPORT ::: The Spalding County Fire Department has issued a cease and desist letter to Country Inn and Suites located at 1900 North Expressway, shutting down the local hotel.   According to a press release issued by Spalding County, this action resulted from a failure to correct “numerous violations.” All occupants of the establishment […]

Gray hair in medicine: Declining doctors

This editorial column written by Dr. Bob Hayden previously appeared in the print edition of The GRIP. You may have heard the expression, “Choose your doctors young, and your lawyers older.” I think that means that medical knowledge was (hopefully) continuously advancing, so doctors less distant from graduation would be more in tune with the […]

A health care solution must be found

This editorial column written by Maria McCoy previously appeared in the print edition of The GRIP. In the days prior to my Dad’s unexpected death, he spent five days in ICU at a hospital in Florida. You see, my dad had a heart attack on Monday, June 26. It was allegedly a “minor” heart attack. […]

Live around the banquet table

This is an editorial column written by Dusty Takle that previously appeared in the print edition of The GRIP. The church I attend and serve has focused the entire year around the banquet table. Our initial scripture that inspired the theme was from Luke 14:23, So his master said, ‘Go out into the country lanes and behind the […]

Spalding County pickleball facility nearing completion

SHEILA A. MATHEWS ::: The Spalding County pickleball facility will soon be in service again for a tournament, and is nearing completion for public use. Although construction has not yet been finalized, the Doc Holliday Shootout – a tournament sponsored by the Spalding County Pickleball Association – will take place Saturday, Aug. 12. Officials also […]

Internet purchase, child custody exchange location now available at Sheriff’s Office

STAFF REPORT ::: The Spalding County Sheriff’s Office now has areas designated as “Internet Purchase Exchange Locations”. “We have had several inquiries about a designated location at the Spalding County Sheriff’s Office for internet purchase exchanges, and use as child custody exchange sites. Within the last few days we have upgraded our video system to […]

BREAKING NEWS: Local karate instructor charged with child molestation

SHEILA A. MATHEWS ::: A local karate instructor has been arrested by the Griffin Police Department and charged with child molestation and enticing a child for indecent purposes. According to Griffin Police Department Chief Mike Yates, Daniel George has been arrested and charged in connection to a complaint filed by a parent. Filed by former […]

BREAKING NEWS: Investigators on scene of child drowning

SHEILA A. MATHEWS ::: The GRIP has confirmed that personnel of the Spalding County Sheriff’s Office and Spalding County Coroner Sonny Foster are on the scene of the drowning of a four-year-old child. Responding to a phone call seeking information, SCSO Capt. Dwayne Jones stated, “Investigators are on the scene of a drowning involving a child […]

Griffin PD officers scheduled hours reduced by change to 10-hour shifts

SHEILA A. MATHEWS ::: After being contacted by concerned individuals and upon receipt of a letter from a “concerned citizen,” all of which pertained to a schedule change for officers of the Griffin Police Department’s Uniform Patrol Division, The GRIP reached out to Chief Mike Yates seeking information on the issue. Of concern to some […]

Second agency had concerns about officer later hired by GPD

SHEILA A. MATHEWS ::: Prior to his employment with the Griffin Police Department, Tyler Cooper worked for three other agencies – the Georgia Department of Corrections, the Henry County Sheriff’s Office and the Butt’s County Sheriff’s Office. The GRIP previously reported multiple incidents allegedly involving Cooper at the Butt’s County Sheriff’s Office that culminated with […]

Parenting. It only gets better.

This editorial column was written by Dusty Takle, and previously appeared in print. Before I began parenting during the teen years, some parents told me, “Just wait. You think parenting is hard now…..” I always wanted to respond, “Do you not remember what it is like parenting two- and three-year-olds? That’s hard.” I never responded, […]

GPD confirms second officer under investigation

SHEILA A. MATHEWS ::: The GRIP has confirmed that Sgt. Dwayne Hancock, of the Griffin Police Department, is the subject of an Internal Affairs investigation. This follows a report two days ago that Lt. Curtis Keys is under formal investigation. Upon receiving information pertaining to this investigation, an Open Records request was submitted to the […]

Griffin Police Department now equipped with Narcan

SUBMITTED ::: The Griffin Police Department has announced receipt of Narcan, which officials describe as a “lifesaving drug.” Narcan is used to help save the life of a victim of an opioid overdose. Authorities say Narcan will only reverse the effects of a person having an opioid overdose. The rescue kits that will be utilized […]

Three arrested in case of felony animal cruelty

STAFF REPORT ::: The Spalding County Sheriff’s Office Fugitive Apprehension Unit, while in the process of executing an arrest warrant, uncovered a case of alleged animal cruelty that resulted in the arrest of three individuals. According to a press release issued by Sheriff Darrell Dix, at approximately 9:46 on Aug. 2, deputies with the Spalding […]