Spalding County officials announce actions taken in response to COVID-19

STAFF REPORT ::: The Spalding County Board of Commissioners has announced action and precautions regarding the COVID-19 pandemic, and say local officials are closely monitoring all federal, state and local public health announcements. Out of an abundance of caution, Spalding County will be taking the following necessary precautions to ensure the health and well-being of […]

Hawbaker: Bond denied

SHEILA A. MATHEWS ::: Spalding County Senior Magistrate Judge Rita Cavanaugh has denied bond to Commissioner Don Hawbaker on five felony counts of aggravated assault of a law enforcement officer. Bond was granted on five separate misdemeanor charges. The GRIP will publish a detailed article of the bond hearing later in the day.

Sheriff formally requests Governor Kemp remove Don Hawbaker from office

STAFF REPORT ::: In a letter in which he referred to Commissioner Don Hawbaker as “a threat to the community and menace to society” whose actions “are worse than the actions of a gang member,” Spalding County Sheriff Darrell Dix requested Gov. Brian Kemp take steps to remove from office the elected official who remains […]

Hawbaker retains all rights as duly elected county commissioner

SHEILA A. MATHEWS ::: Don Hawbaker, who is currently being held without bond in the Spalding County Jail, remains a member of the Spalding County Board of Commissioners. Under Georgia law, governmental action to remove a commissioner may not be initiated prior to the official being indicted by a grand jury on a felony charge. […]

Hawbaker denied bond; now facing four counts of aggravated assault against LEO

SHEILA A. MATHEWS ::: Don Hawbaker was on Wednesday denied bond at his first appearance hearing before Spalding County Chief Magistrate Judge Rita Cavanaugh. The Spalding County Sheriff’s Office on Tuesday obtained four misdemeanor arrest warrants against Hawbaker – one for simple assault alleging he pointed a pistol towards his wife, Gayle Hawbaker and three […]

Spalding Commissioner Don Hawbaker facing multiple felony charges

SHEILA A. MATHEWS ::: Don Hawbaker, the Spalding County commissioner who allegedly initiated a standoff with the Spalding County Sheriff’s Office SWAT Team will soon face additional felony charges related to claims he fired shots at deputies. The incident began when SCSO personnel arrived at Hawbaker’s 1121 Satilla Court residence to serve four warrants for […]

BREAKING NEWS: Commissioner Don Hawbaker facing arrest for alleged threat against wife

SHEILA A. MATHEWS ::: The GRIP has confirmed that arrest warrants have been issued for Spalding County Commissioner Don Hawbaker. Hawbaker is facing multiple charges, some related to a domestic dispute with his wife, Gayle Hawbaker. Records The GRIP obtained from Spalding County Magistrate Court indicate Hawbaker is facing charges of simple assault and three […]

County BoC reached consensus for 2021 SPLOST and TSPLOST referendums

SHEILA A. MATHEWS ::: The Spalding County Board of Commissioners (BoC) has reached a consensus for the dates for two separate upcoming Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax (SPLOST) referendums. The SPLOST and TSPLOST referendums were discussed at length during the BoC’s annual retreat held Jan. 25 at the Spalding County Senior Center and was […]

Hawbaker: Disobedience of traffic laws in Sun City Peachtree is “unbelievable”

SHEILA A. MATHEWS ::: Spalding County Commissioner Don Hawbaker – who described the disobedience of traffic laws in Sun City Peachtree as “unbelievable” – has requested to have every street in gated community approved for the use of speed detection devices. Hawbaker’s request was made during the Oct. 21, Board of Commissioners meeting as officials […]

Spalding Co. Commissioner Don Hawbaker arrested for DUI

SHEILA A MATHEWS ::: Spalding County Board of Commissioners Vice Chairman Don Hawbaker was on Monday evening arrested in Fayette County on a charge of driving under the influence. Hawbaker was arrested by the Peachtree City Police Department and booked into the Fayette County Jail at approximately 6:30 p.m. His bond was set at $3,520. […]

Spalding BoC seeking property tax increase

STAFF REPORT ::: The Spalding County Board of Commissioners is seeking to increase the 2019 General Fund property taxes to be levied by 6.81 percent over the rollback millage rate. According to a press release issued by Spalding County, the Board of Tax Assessors is required to annually review the assessed value for property tax […]

Spalding Animal Control to host Clear the Shelter event tomorrow

STAFF REPORT ::: The Spalding County Animal Shelter is participating in a Clear the Shelter event tomorrow. This nationwide event is being hosted by NBC and Telemundo, who are partnering with hundreds of animal shelters across the country. The local Clear the Shelter event will be held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Aug. 17 […]

Commissioner Don Hawbaker responds to ethics complaints and hearing

Publisher’s note: During the Aug. 6, 2018, Spalding County Board of Commissioner’s meeting, Commissioner Don Hawbaker produced a written statement he requested be placed in the public record. This is his complete and unedited response to the Ethics Review Panel hearing regarding three complaints filed against himself, and one filed against Commissioner Gwen Flowers-Taylor. At […]

Ethics Review Panel determines Hawbaker did not violate code

SHEILA A. MATHEWS ::: The Spalding County Ethics Review Panel has determined Commissioner Don Hawbaker did not violate the county’s code of ethics. Hawbaker faced complaints by three individuals who alleged he violated the code in social media discussions. The Ethics Review Panel unanimously voted in favor of Hawbaker in each of the three complaints. […]

Ethics Review Panel determines Flowers-Taylor did not violate code

SHEILA A. MATHEWS ::: It has been determined that Spalding County Commissioner Gwen Flowers-Taylor did not violate the county’s code of ethics. The Spalding County Ethics Review Panel, in a unanimous vote, determined Flowers-Taylor did not violate the code of ethics in a verbal confrontation with resident Bobby Peurifoy during a recess of the May […]