Griffin curfew lists 12 exemptions; others face $1,000 fine, up to six months in jail

SHEILA A. MATHEWS ::: Griffin City Manager Kenny Smith is responding to citizen concerns regarding the curfew enacted Tuesday night by the Board of Commissioners. According to Smith, the purpose of the curfew is to limit transmission of COVID-19. “Hopefully it will keep people from being out spreading the coronavirus. They just need to stay […]

Kemp: 2,000 National Guard medical support troops activated

STAFF REPORT ::: Governor Brian Kemp has authorized the activation of up to 2,000 members of the Georgia National Guard in order to fight COVID-19. At this time, more than 170 service members are activated in response to the pandemic. They have mobilized to support requests from the Georgia Emergency Management and Homeland Security Agency […]

GPD officer receives corrective action for blaring “The Purge” horn while on patrol

PUBLISHER’S NOTE: Griffin Police Department Chief Mike Yates has identified this officer as Patrolman Josh Holley, of the Uniform Patrol Division. Yates DID NOT attempt to withhold the officer’s name. The GRIP initially failed to ask for that information. I will now climb out of bed and begin to re-caffeinate my blood stream. In all […]

Spalding County imposes curfew; state of emergency

SHEILA A. MATHEWS ::: The Spalding County Board of Commissioners has voted to ratify a declaration of a state of emergency and enacted a curfew. The curfew will be imposed beginning at 9 p.m. Friday, March 27. The resolution was approved by a vote of 3 to 1 with Commissioner James Dutton opposing. The specific […]

Georgia motor vehicle registration deadlines extended through May 14

STAFF REPORT ::: The Georgia Department of Revenue Motor Vehicle Division has extended the deadline for all motor vehicle registrations that expire between March 16 and May 14, 2020. Those registrations have been extended through May 15, 2020. This extension is in response to COVID-19 concerns, and applies to personal passenger vehicles, commercial vehicles and […]

Kemp: Georgia public schools closed through April 24

STAFF REPORT ::: Public elementary and secondary schools have been closed through April 24 by executive order of Governor Brian Kemp. This closure applies to in-person instruction. “I am deeply grateful to State School Superintendent Richard Woods, the Georgia Department of Education, superintendents and parents for keeping us informed and helping us make the right […]

GPD: Two people stabbed in alleged domestic dispute

STAFF REPORT ::: A Thomaston man is being sought in connection with a Tuesday night stabbing that remains under investigation by the Griffin Police Department. Officers of the Uniform Patrol Division responded to a call of a stabbing at 1813 Old Atlanta Road at approximately 10:15 p.m. Upon arrival, officers located two people wounded and […]

DPH confirms 10 confirmed COVID-19 cases in Spalding County

SHEILA A. MATHEWS ::: The Department of Public Health District 4 office has released the latest COVID-19 in its 12-county region. As of 5:30 p.m. March 25, DPH District 4 reported 117 cases in its service area including Butts, Carroll, Coweta, Fayette, Heard, Henry, Lamar, Meriwether, Pike, Spalding, Troup and Upson counties. This includes ten […]

Department of Public Health issues retraction of incorrect COVID-19 data

SHEILA A. MATHEWS ::: The Georgia Department of Public Health District 4 Office has issued a retraction of statistical data released Tuesday. It was reported by District 4 Accreditation and Marketing Coordinator Susie Hammock that Spalding County’s confirmed case count had increased from five to nine, Pike County had its first three confirmed cases and […]

City of Griffin declares state of emergency; curfew enacted

SHEILA A. MATHEWS ::: The city of Griffin Board of Commissioners has approved a declaration of a state of emergency. A curfew is now in effect, beginning at 9 p.m. and ending at 5 a.m. This vote means that utility customers will temporarily NOT have service disconnected due to nonpayment. The GRIP will report in […]

Nine COVID-19 cases confirmed in Spalding County

STAFF REPORT ::: The Department of Public Health is now reporting there are nine confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Spalding County. The most recent update of the DPH daily status report at noon listed five cases. These nine contribute to a total of 184 confirmed cases in DPH District 4, which includes Butts, Carroll, Coweta, […]

Kemp executive order requires some to quarantine; shuts down bars, nightclubs

SHEILA A. MATHEWS ::: Unlike a number of other states across the nation, Georgia Governor Brian Kemp has not issued a shelter in place order that applies to all citizens. Instead, Kemp on Monday issued an executive order specifically targeting “at a minimum” some of the most vulnerable to critical complications of COVID-19 including individuals […]

Spalding County Tax Office to remain closed until further notice

SHEILA A. MATHEWS ::: Spalding County Tax Commissioner Sylvia Hollums is reporting her office will remain closed to the public until further notice. Staff will be in the office to answer phone calls and emails. Those who need to renew tags are encouraged to do so online. Renewals, including payment by check or money order, […]

WellStar Spalding Regional Hospital restricting visitors

STAFF REPORT ::: WellStar Spalding Regional Hospital, along with other facilities in the WellStar Health System, is suspending social visitation. This step is being taken on the recommendation of public health officials. “WellStar understands the importance of access and has approached these changes thoughtfully to minimize disruption,” a statement said. “The health system’s focus is […]

City of Griffin addresses utility customers and residents on COVID-19 changes

STAFF REPORT ::: The city of Griffin seeks to remind customers of the importance of paying utility bills and other important information during the COVID-19 pandemic. A press release issued Thursday expressed appreciation for residents’ patience and perseverance during this unique time in history, and acknowledged employees who are “tenaciously working around the clock to […]