Mumps case confirmed at Spalding County school

SHEILA A. MATHEWS ::: The Spalding County Health Department on Thursday received confirmation that a Beaverbrook Elementary School student has been diagnosed with the mumps. Health Department officials then took necessary steps to inform the Griffin-Spalding County School System so that parents can be notified. Parents of Beaverbrook Elementary School students will receive a letter […]

Search underway for missing special needs teenager

STAFF REPORT ::: An active search is underway for a missing special needs Spalding County teenager last seen at approximately 8:30 p.m. Thursday. The Spalding County Sheriff’s Office reports that Darrin Allen, a 14-year-old white male who is five feet nine inches tall and weighs approximately 200 pounds, was last seen wearing a blue jacket […]

Missing homeless man being sought

STAFF REPORT ::: Investigators of the Spalding County Sheriff’s Office are requesting the public’s assistance in locating a homeless man last seen in Spalding County. According to Investigator Phil Hammond, Joseph Miller Jr. was last seen Dec. 11. Miller is described as a black male with short black hair and brown eyes. He stands five […]

SCSO searching for missing person

STAFF REPORT ::: The Spalding County Sheriff’s Office is seeking the public’s assistance in locating a missing Griffin man, Timothy Allen Johnson. Johnson was last seen Dec. 5. Investigators actively working this missing person case report they have no clothing description, but say Johnson stands 5 feet nine inches tall and weighs approximately 178 pounds. […]

BREAKING NEWS: Governor suspends Spalding Clerk of Court Marcia Norris

SHEILA A. MATHEWS ::: Georgia Governor Nathan Deal has issued an executive order announcing the 60-day suspension of Spalding County Clerk of Court Marcia Norris. According to Deal, Norris willfully failed to fulfill her duties, therefore committing misconduct in office. Deal on Aug. 30 issued an executive order appointing members to a committee with the […]

Armed robbery at First National Bank under investigation

SHEILA A. MATHEWS ::: The Griffin Police Department and the Federal Bureau of Investigation are conducting a joint investigation of a bank robbery that occurred Wednesday morning. According to information released by GPD Chief Mike Yates, officers responded to the First National Bank branch located at 1475 W. McIntosh Road at approximately 9:15 a.m. in […]

Homeowner interrupts residential burglary

STAFF REPORT ::: Three arrests have been made in connection to an alleged residential burglary that was interrupted by the homeowner. According to a press release issued by Spalding County Sheriff Darrell Dix, the incident was reported Dec. 12, and occurred at 308 Sunset Drive Extension. Upon arrival at that location, deputies found the homeowner […]

Identities of shooting victim, suicide released

STAFF REPORT ::: The Spalding County Sheriff’s Office is continuing its investigation into what authorities say was an attempted murder/suicide. According to a press release issued by Sheriff Darrell Dix, deputies at 9:18 a.m. Tuesday responded to a report of shooting at a residence in the 600 block of Cheatham Road. Authorities say as the […]

Armed person reported at local industrial area

SHEILA A. MATHEWS ::: The Spalding County Sheriff’s Office on Tuesday responded to a threat of an armed man in a local industrial area. According to Capt. Dwayne Jones, the incident was reported at Perkins Shibaura Engines located at 325 Green Valley Road. “There was actually a threat made over at Perkins, which is over […]

BREAKING NEWS: One dead, one wounded in suspected murder/suicide attempt

SHEILA A. MATHEWS ::: The Spalding County Sheriff’s Office is currently investigating what officials say appears to be a murder/suicide. According to Capt. Dwayne Jones, one person is confirmed dead and a second wounded in the Spalding County shooting. “We responded to a Cheatham Road address to a report of a shooting,” Jones said. “Preliminarily, […]

Remember that every disappointment in life is an appointment with God

This editorial column written by Dusty Takle was previously published in the most recent edition of The GRIP. It is honestly hard to be as raw and real as this post will be. Because, I am a positive girl. I take captive thoughts that drain me, that aren’t good for me, and I’m usually really […]

Don’t fear falling to the ground, for what is broken can be rebuilt

This editorial column by Maria McCoy was originally published in the most recent print edition of The GRIP. I can’t say that I have suffered depression my entire life. I have had events occur in which I needed some sort of anxiety or depression medication for a short while, like the death of my father, […]

District Attorney, GBI emails detail possible crimes at SCSO

SHEILA A. MATHEWS ::: During the Georgia Bureau of Investigation case involving David Wayne Gibson, formerly the captain of the Spalding County Sheriff’s Office Uniform Patrol Division, discussions of allegations of other criminal activities were held involving Gibson, his attorney, Larkin Lee, then Griffin Judicial Circuit District Attorney Scott Ballard and GBI Special Agents Jared […]

Griffin BoC retirement vote in accord with city charter, state law

SHEILA A. MATHEWS ::: The city of Griffin Board of Commissioners (BoC) has approved a resolution that provides for the inclusion to the city’s retirement plan for individuals who serve eight or more years on that governing body. Originally discussed early this year at the BoC’s annual Goals Workshop, the second and final vote took […]

Domestic violence trial ends with life sentence

STAFF REPORT ::: Royce Robinson was tried and convicted this week on charges related to a domestic violence incident. According to a press release issued by the office of Griffin Judicial Circuit District Attorney Ben Coker, Robinson was convicted of kidnapping with bodily injury, false imprisonment and battery. He was acquitted of aggravated assault and […]