2017 ELECTION SPECIAL

PUBLISHER’S NOTE – As a service to its readers, The GRIP once again contacted candidates running for local office and requested their participation in a question and answer forum. The questions were sent in a group email to ensure no candidate had an unfair advantage in the length of time they had to respond. Candidates […]

ESPLOST passes; referendum costs estimated to be at least $10,000

SHEILA A. MATHEWS ::: The Griffin-Spalding County School System ESPLOST referendum has passed. With a turnout of only 8.4 percent, 68.38 percent of the voters, or 1,981, supported the referendum while 31.62 percent, or 916 voters opposed it. Spalding County Election Supervisor Terry Colling said the final cost of the single issue countywide referendum is […]

Spalding Board of Commissioners votes to move forward with new airport

SHEILA A. MATHEWS The Spalding County Board of Commissioners has voted to enter into an intergovernmental agreement (IGA) with the city of Griffin and the Griffin-Spalding County Airport Authority that will allow the proposed new airport to move forward. Once the IGA has also been approved by the Griffin Board of Commissioners and the Airport […]

County BoC tables new airport bond referendum; potential “alternative funding source” referenced

SHEILA A. MATHEWS ::: The Spalding County Commission has tabled its vote on a referendum calling a general obligation bond that was to appear on the November general election ballot. Cited as the reason for postponing action on the bond was a potential alternate funding source. No specific details were provided regarding that funding source, […]

Approved airport referendum will not be on November ballot

SHEILA A. MATHEWS ::: The Grip has confirmed there will be no yes-or-no referendum regarding the proposed new Griffin-Spalding County airport on the November general election ballot. During the airport discussion at the April 7 Spalding County Board of Commissioners meeting, Commissioner Raymond Ray expressed concern, citing public comments made that evening indicating residents felt […]

Airport referendum will not be on November ballot

SHEILA A. MATHEWS ::: The Grip has confirmed there will be no yes-or-no referendum regarding the proposed new Griffin-Spalding County airport on the November general election ballot. The full article on this issue will be posted online tonight.