Spalding County Homeland Security to offer Community Emergency Response Training and CERT refresher course

STAFF REPORT ::: The Spalding County Office of Homeland Security, in conjunction with the Spalding County Fire Department, will offer training to Spalding County citizens through the Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) program. This program is designed to promote understand and cooperation between emergency services and the people they serve. The CERT Program educates individuals […]

Sheriff: At least one seriously injured in warehouse explosion; first responders remain on scene

SHEILA A. MATHEWS ::: At least one person has been seriously injured in a reported explosion at ARI, an aerosol product manufacturing facility located at 2523 S. McDonough Road. According to Spalding County Sheriff Darrell Dix, the incident was reported as an explosion with a fire at 4:24 p.m. “It appears that there was some […]

Deputy Chief Glenn Polk named Spalding EMA director

STAFF REPORT ::: Spalding County Deputy Fire Chief Glenn Polk has been named director of the Spalding County Emergency Management Agency. According to a press release, Polk’s appointment as deputy was on May 2, approved by the Georgia Emergency Management Agency/Office of Homeland Security. In that position, Polk will be responsible for performing technical and […]

Wreck causes damage, gas pump fire at Ringgold Superette

SHEILA A. MATHEWS ::: A single vehicle wreck has damaged and caused a fire at Ringgold Superette located on Jackson Road. According to Capt. Dwayne Jones, of the Spalding County Sheriff’s Office, preliminary reports indicate the wreck does not appear to have damaged the building. “It appears a vehicle jumped the curb at Ringgold’s Superette […]

Missing elderly man safely located in wooded area

STAFF REPORT ::: After many hours of searching, a missing elderly Spalding County man has been located. According to a press release issued by Spalding County Sheriff Darrell Dix, 82-year-old Eddie Owens was reported missing at approximately 7 p.m. Saturday night. Deputies responded to the area of Owens’ West Ellis Road residence, and a search […]

Spalding County Fire Department Chief Kenny West retires

STAFF REPORT ::: Spalding County Fire Department Chief Kenny West has retired. According to a press release issued by Spalding County, West submitted his notice of retirement last week, and Wednesday, March 21, was his last date in service. County officials say the process of transition will begin in an expeditious manner, and that the […]

Missing elderly man located with teamwork and technology

SUBMITTED ::: On Wednesday November 15, 2017 the Spalding County Sheriff’s Office was notified that Eddie Owens, 81 years of age, who was suffering from dementia, was missing and had not been seen since approximately 5 p.m. Nov. 14. Units from the Sheriff’s Office, Spalding County Fire and the Georgia Piedmont K-9 Search and Rescue team responded […]

Local hotel owner arrested in connection to multiple alleged safety violations

SHEILA A. MATHEWS ::: The Country Inn and Suites located at 1900 North Expressway remains closed after officials allege numerous safety violations were not resolved. Furthermore, the owner, Hibbet Thacker, has been arrested on 17 outstanding warrants. The action to close the local hotel followed an annual fire inspection conducted by the Spalding County Fire […]

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 […]

Cause of fatal Saturday morning fire determined

SHEILA A. MATHEWS ::: Officials have determined the cause of a Saturday morning fire at 408 E. McIntosh Road that claimed the lives of two – 44-year-old Christie Lewis and six-year-old Zachaury Sevenstar. Authorities say an investigation conducted by Spalding County Fire Marshal Harold Williams and State Fire Marshal Mickey Hunt determined the fire originated […]

Woman killed, young boy critically injured in fire

SHEILA A. MATHEWS ::: A Spalding County woman lost her life and her six-year-old son was critically-injured in a Saturday morning fire. Christie Lewis, 44, and her son, six-year-old Zachaury Sevenstars, were the only family members home when the blaze began in their 408 E. McIntosh Road residence. Lewis’s husband left for work in the […]

Monday storms leave behind moderate to severe damage; no injuries reported

SHEILA A. MATHEWS ::: A number of Griffin-Spalding County residents are cleaning up after storms damaged property early Monday afternoon. As of early evening, no official determination had been made regarding what caused that damage. “Nobody has confirmed that there actually was one (a tornado), but something went through over there around Herndon,” said Griffin […]

City and county fire departments respond to reports of weather damage

SHEILA A. MATHEWS ::: City of Griffin and Spalding County first responders are working calls related to this afternoon’s weather. According to Griffin Fire-Rescue Chief Tommy Jones, his personnel has responded to a few calls, but nothing serious. Jones said reports of people being trapped in a residence in Griffin are false. Spalding County Fire […]

An unexpected furry heroine

SHEILA A. MATHEWS ::: It has long been said that dog is man’s best friend, but for one Griffin woman, the family pup proved to be more – much more – than her best friend. Domino became her unexpected hero. Dana Ogle’s day seemed a typical one. She finished her night shift at work, returned […]

Two families lose homes to fire

SHEILA A. MATHEWS ::: Two Spalding County families lost their homes this week as a result of devastating structure fires. The fires occurred within hours of each other Tuesday morning and required responses from both city and county fire departments. The first call was received by the Spalding County Fire Department (SCFD) at 9:53 a.m. […]