Susan Collier, owner of the “Griffin Mud Dogs” was sentenced in Spalding County Magistrate Court yesterday to sixty days in the Spalding County Jail for 34 counts of dogs kept in unsanitary conditions.

Ms. Susan Collier, entered a plea of guilty to charges of 34 counts of dogs kept in unsanitary conditions, 15 counts of failure to provide fresh water, 34 counts of more the four animals on her premises. Ms. Collier was sentenced to sixty days in the Spalding County Jail and was fined in excess of $4,000 dollars. All but $353.00 of the fines will be suspended if the remaining animals are placed in the care of a certified rescue group by August 14, 2015 and the animals remaining at the residence are spayed or neutered by August 31, 2015.

“Spalding County takes Animal Care and Control very serious”, said Eric Mosley, Assistant County Manager. “The County has worked very hard to resolve this before it was escalated to this judgement in court”. Further help is still needed and if anyone is interested in providing a home for one of the many animals please contact the Spalding County Animal Control office at (770) 467-4772.

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About 1:15 kWednesday afternoon units of the Griffin Police Department, Spalding Regional EMS, and Griffin Fire Rescue responded to South Ridge Circle to the South Ridge Apartment Complex on South Hill Street across form the Griffin Airport. The initial 911 call indicated that an 11 year old had drowned in a pool. The incident occurred about 1:15 Wednesday afternoon.  

Police indicated that the 11 year old, a 10 year old and a 4 year old, managed to climb over a locked gate at the Pool at the Apartment Complex.  The 11 Year old went into the pool at the deep end and went to the bottom.  The 10 year old ran for help. According to Police Investigators, a mail man in the area responded and began administering CPR to the 11 year old and was assisted by Corporal Fletcher of the Griffin Police Department, until Spalding Regional EMS Personnel arrived on the scene. A small, pulse was found and EMS personnel rushed the 11 year old to the Hospital where she was later air-lifted by Emory Air Flight based at the Griffin Spalding Air port to Egleston Hospital in Atlanta in critical condition.   The incident is still under investigation by the Griffin Police Department.

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Kiwanis of Griffin Center – Tuesday, July 28, 2015
1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Public is Invited

Business Expo 2015 is being sponsored by the Griffin-Spalding Chamber of Commerce at the Kiwanis of Griffin Center, 1025 South Hill Street, Griffin, on Tuesday, July 28th, from 1:00 until 4:00 p.m.
This is a great opportunity for businesses to showcase their products and/or services to the general public and for the citizens of the community to visit and see what is here in Griffin-Spalding County and the immediate area.
Take advantage of this time to come out and meet face to face business owners and learn more about what they offer and the variety of services/products available right here in your own community.
For more information or to register as a vendor, please contact the Chamber office at 770-228-8200 or follow us on Facebook at Griffin/Spalding Chamber of Commerce to for updates about the event.
Remember: Shop Local, support your area merchants and let’s work to make our economy strong.



Sheriff Wendell Beam has advised WKEU news that about 10:30 units of the Spalding Sheriffs Department, and Spalding Regional EMS responded to the Dollar General on Zebulon Road to a 911 armed robbery call. A Black male wearing all black and wearing a black ski mask entered the store with a gun and demanded money.  The clerk at the store was hit in the had with the gun. A lookout was placed for the male suspect, and for a Black Dodge Avenger.  The injured victim was treated at the scene by Spalding Regional EMS and transported to the hospital for further observation. The incident remains under investigation by the Spalding Sheriffs Department.

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School opens August 3 for Griffin-Spalding County School System’s students, faculty and staff.

GSCS hired over 140 new teachers for the 2015-16 school year. Pre-planning for GSCS teachers and administrators will be the week of July 27 – 31. The annual Education Celebration will be held on July 29.

All GSCS schools will host an Open House on July 30 from 3 pm – 7 pm. This open house gives families a chance to tour their school, meet teachers and administrators, ask questions and get any needed information. The first day of school for students will be August 3. School times will remain the same as last year (elementary: 8 am – 2:50 pm; middle: 8:30 am – 4:00 pm; High: 7:40 am – 3:20 pm).

Other key dates for the 2015-2016 school year include:

  • Aug. 25: Elementary Curriculum Night
  • Sept. 3: High School Curriculum Night
  • Sept. 7: Labor Day holiday
  • Sept. 10: Middle School Curriculum Night
  • Sept. 30: Early Release
  • Oct. 12 – 16: Fall break
  • Oct. 19: Report Cards
  • Nov. 23-27: Thanksgiving break
  • Dec. 21-Jan. 4: Christmas break
  • Jan. 6: Report Cards
  • Feb. 12-19: Winter break
  • March 9: Early Release
  • March 22: Report Cards
  • April 18-22: Spring break
  • May 26: Last day of school
  • May 26: A. Z. Kelsey Academy Graduation, 9:30am, Griffin Auditorium
  • May 26: Spalding High Graduation, 7pm, Memorial Stadium
  • May 27: Griffin High Graduation, 7pm, Memorial Stadium

Visit the Back to School section on our website at  to see the complete GSCS 2015-16 school year calendar. This section also includes:


2015-16 School Supply List

  • Student Testing Schedule
  • Transportation Information
  • School Meal Prices
  • Free/Reduced Meal Application
  • Registration Information and Required Documents


Parents or Guardians of students that have moved into Spalding County or moved within Spalding County are required to register for school at Central Registration.  Avoid lines and delays by registering early. Early registration will be held July 13 – 23, Monday through Thursday from 8 am – 4 pm at the Parent Services Center, 234 E Taylor Street. Complete the registration forms online prior to visiting the Parent Service Center at

Current research shows that when schools, families and the community must work together to support learning. Students like school more, do better in school and stay in school longer when families are involved in student’s education.


“The Griffin-Spalding County School System has planned another year of teaching, learning and student success,” said Jim Smith, school superintendent.




Parks and Recreation will begin accepting football registrations on Saturdays, July 11 through August 1 at City Park Community Center from 10:00am to 2:00pm. Final date to register is August 1st. Avoid long lines and register early or register online at!

 All players must bring a birth certificate to register. The age control date is the player’s age as of September 1, 2015.

 Player registering must be accompanied by their parent or guardian.

 Tackle leagues for ages 7-12 is $125.00.*

 Flag Football league for ages 5-6 is $60.00.*

 Football equipment will be issued during registration hours.

*-Cash, Credit and Debit payments are accepted. *-Players who live outside of Spalding County will pay an additional $30.00 out of county fee at registration.

All interested in coaching football must complete the following:

(1) Coach Application;

(2) Pass the background check screening;

(3) Have current NYSCA Coach Certification; and Present proof of NYSCA Concussion Training before being permitted to coach or work with teams.

For further information please contact Robby Milner at 770-467