The period for potential candidates to apply for the head football coaching position at Griffin High School, vacated when Jarrett Laws was notified that he would not be retained on December 18, ended at 5:00 PM on January 15. Reports indicated that close to 25 applicants expressed interest in the position.

According to the Griffin-Spalding County Schools website, the preferred criteria for filling the opening included:

3 years of high school or college coaching experience

5 years of teaching experience

a strong football philosophy

and a demonstrated ability to focus on academic and discipline along with the ability to take on a leading role within the community.

The school system also stated in the application process that it preferred that candidates hold at least a Masters degree and have served some time as a head coach with which would include experience in managing staff.

In a previous email issued by Griffin-Spalding County Schools, it is the intent of the administration to decide on finalists from the pool of applicants as quickly as possible so that interviews can be conducted by Superintendent Jim Smith with the desire being to have named the Bears new head coach in February.



                   UGA GRIFFIN CAMPUS

Changes in the Teenage and Adult Driver Responsibility Act (TADRA) Law for teen drivers put parents squarely in the passenger’s seat. It requires that anyone who applies for a permanent driver’s license must have a parent, legal guardian or responsible adult sign a verification form affirming that the candidate has completed 40 hours (with 6 hours at night) of supervised driving experience, if the candidate has successfully completed an approved driver education course.

Most parents don’t feel prepared, or may not know what they need to do, to supervise a new teen driver behind the wheel. But parental involvement is key to reducing teen crashes and fatalities.

Teens want the practice time so they can get their license, but need to know how to communicate with their nervous parents.

There is a FREE course designed to fill this void. The Georgia Traffic Injury Prevention Institute (GTIPI) at The University of Georgia is bringing P.R.I.D.E.—Parents Reducing Injuries and Driver Error—to help Spalding County parents prepare their 14, 15 and 16-year-olds to drive.

“P.R.I.D.E. is an excellent orientation to the driver education process and teen driving laws. It’s designed to help young people become better decision makers, especially as new drivers,” says Frankie Jones, GTIPI’s Director. It will help parents and their new teen drivers learn what they need to do during those 40 hours of driving time,” said Jones. “Our ultimate goal is to reduce risk-taking behavior and youth related car crashes.”

GTIPI and the Griffin Police Department is working with the UGA Griffin Campus to offer the free 2-hour P.R.I.D.E. seminar, a standardized UGA course offered statewide. GTIPI is funded by a grant from the Governor’s Office of Highway Safety.

The Georgia Teens Ride with P.R.I.D.E. classes will:

Help parents and guardians become more aware of their own driving behaviors,
Teach parents and guardians how to help their teens become safe drivers,
Help parents, guardians and teens learn what they need to do during the supervised practice driving time
Alter attitudes and driving behaviors of novice teen drivers.

The course will be offered February 23, 2016 at 6:30pm in Griffin at The UGA Griffin Campus. A teen and at least one parent or guardian must register to attend. Call Lt. Douglas A. Rogers 770-229-6451 Ext 502 or email to register.

On December 01, 2015 at approximately 1:00 o’clock in the morning Lt. Daryl Dix, MPO Chip Johns, and Cpl. Brian Jones were in The Griffin City Park on the Golf course searching for a suspicious vehicle. The officers were on foot after locating what appeared to be fresh tire tracks leading across the golf course toward the wood line that runs parallel to South 9th Street. The officers were using their flashlights checking the wood line when suddenly they heard 4 to 5 gunshots fired at them that appeared to come from South 9th St. Lt. Dix then advised dispatch and had other patrol officers check the area of S 9th St and they were unable to pin point exactly where the shots came from.

Later on the same date several leads began to develop in reference to where the shots came from and possible names of suspects that were involved. From December 1st through December 21st Investigator Stan Phillips conducted a thorough investigation to include the execution of a search warrant which resulted in the recovery of the gun that was used the night of the shooting. There were also drugs recovered at the location of the search. As result of this investigation Demarkis Miller was charged with 3 counts of Aggravated Assault on a Police Officer, Possession of Firearm by a Convicted Felon, Possession of a Firearm During the Commission of a Crime. In addition Devontae Grant, Bernisha Weston, Alexis Newton, Treyvon Payne, Morris Matthews, Recardo Jamal Baldwin were all charged with Obstruction for Hindering the investigation. April Miller was also charged with Possession of Schedule I Controlled Substance, and Possession of Marijuana.

This is still an active investigation in reference to locating additional potential witnesses or additional suspects. Anyone who has information is encouraged to contact Investigator Cpl. Stan Phillips at 770-229-6452 ext. 559

The Spalding County Sheriff’s Office is sponsoring a Fish Fry Benefit for Deputy Jennifer Fuller. Deputy Fuller, a six year employee; received severe burns from a grease fire on December 23, 2015, at her home. Deputy Fuller has had one surgery for a skin graft and possibly will require more surgery. Members of the Spalding County Sheriff’s Office are attempting to raise money to help Deputy Fuller since it appears she will be out of work for an extended period of time.

A fish fry will be held on Friday, January 29, 2016, between 5:00 PM and 8:00 PM, at Masonic Lodge #413, located at 1019 West Solomon Street, Griffin, Georgia (at the corner of 17th Street and West Solomon Street). Fried catfish filets with all the trimmings will be sold for a minimum of a $10.00 donation per plate. The plates will be available for dine in or carry out. Tickets can be purchased at the Sheriff’s Office, Administrative Office; Monday – Friday, 8:00 AM – 5:00 PM, or at the Masonic Lodge on the evening of the event.