Sheriff Wendell Beam has advised WKEU news that a Spalding County woman was injured in a Saturday shooting.  The incident took place on Highway 41 close to the Williamson Road Intersection.  The Sheriff indicated that the victim sustained a single gunshot wound in the back.

Captain Tony Ranieri, of the Sheriffs Department, said the victim was sitting in the front passenger seat and was shot by a male subject seated in the vehicle’s back seat. The male subject allegedly fired one shot.

The victim was then transported in that same vehicle to the emergency room of Spalding Regional Hospital.

Emory Air Flight Helicopter Air Ambulance, based at the Griffin Spalding Airport transported the victim too an Atlanta hospital trauma unit.

Officers of the Griffin Police Department responded first to the hospital, but upon learning the shooting occurred in the county, the Spalding Sheriffs Department is investigating  initiated the incident.

No arrests have been made in this case, and investigators are continuing to gather information.

The incident remains under Investigation.

Sheriff Beam said the victim was able to briefly speak to investigators prior to being airlifted to Atlanta.

The victim did give investigators a name before she was flown out. Also she identified  other people that were in the car. Investigators are looking for those individuals now so they can interview them and determine if any charges will be filed in this incident, according to Sheriff Beam.

griffin paint day The City of Griffin will host a Paint Recycling Day on Saturday April 25, at the Griffin Regional Recycling Center located at 1515 Industrial Drive.  From 8:00 am until noon, residents will be able to bring their old paint to the center where it will be collected and properly recycled. “It’s inevitable that you always buy more paint than you need.  When you’re done with the job or project, the extra paint just sits in your garage or storage because there’s nothing to do with it.  This event is an opportunity for us to provide a convenient and environmentally safe way to recycle that old paint,” said Phill Francis, Director of Central Services for the City of Griffin.  “We’ve been working hard to increase our recycling efforts across the City, and this event is another step in that direction.” If you’re interested in taking advantage of this opportunity, here are a few guidelines to consider:

  • All paint must be in original containers. No secondary containers will be accepted.
  • This event is for latex paint only. No oil-based paints or stains will be accepted.
  • All paint finishes are acceptable (flat, satin, gloss, semi-gloss, eggshell, etc.)
  • Interior and exterior paints will be accepted.
  • All colors are acceptable.
This event is held in conjunction with the Georgia Municipal Association’s Georgia Cities Week, which is April 19-25, 2015.  According to the Georgia Municipal Association website, “Georgia Cities Week gives cities an opportunity to share information about the valuable services they provide to residents and how cities positively impact their quality of life.”
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  Griffin Choral Arts, under the direction of Dr. Stephen J. Mulder, will present “CELTIC BLESSINGS,” on Thursday, May 7, at 7:30 pm at Griffin First Baptist Church (106 W. Taylor St.).  The season finale features special guest fiddler Jamie Laval performing music inspired by Celtic lands and traditions.  Choral classics, folk songs, and crossover repertoire will conclude our season with a celebration of this musical culture rich in Celtic soulfulness. Tickets are $15 general admission (all ages) at the door or in advance in Griffin at Artistic Flowers and Gifts, Safehouse Coffee Roasters, and First United Methodist Church, in Barnesville at Goggans Florist, and in Zebulon at A Novel Experience bookstore. Griffin Choral Arts is a 50-voice, auditioned community choir known for its innovative and diverse programming. The mission of Griffin Choral Arts is “to bring the best choral music to the community.” For more information about Griffin Choral Arts call 888-SING1-88 (888-746-4188) or visit the GCA website:

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The City of Griffin Fire-Rescue will be conducting its inaugural Citizen’s Fire Academy beginning May 5th.  The Citizen’s Fire Academy is a four-week program designed to educate and inform citizens about fire and emergency services achieving a greater understanding of the inner workings of Griffin Fire Rescue.  Classes will be held at Griffin Fire Rescue Station 2 located at 401 N. Expressway, Griffin, GA 30223. The instruction includes practical demonstrations in which all participants are encouraged to participate.  Due to the voluntary nature of the program, physical limitations of applicants will not be considered a reason for exclusion from the academy.

The Citizen’s Fire Academy is educational in nature and intended to be an informative experience to provide insight into how Fire-Rescue functions and what services they provide.  It is not intended to train participants as firefighters or assistants at any fires.  It is not the Academy’s intent to train participants to a level where it is safe for him/her to involve themselves in any firefighting activity.

Through Citizen’s Fire Academy, citizens and Fire/Rescue Service members have an opportunity to work closely together. Citizens gain a basic understanding of the tactics and strategies of firefighting and rescue operations. Citizens also gain a better understanding of how their Fire/Rescue Service works in order to develop a more safety conscious and informed community.  Our goal is to create an enjoyable, interactive atmosphere in which Fire-Rescue members and citizens can share information and concerns.  It is our belief that this will produce more safety conscious and informed citizens. We hope the graduates of the Citizen’s Fire Academy become more aware and better informed about how the Fire/Rescue Service operates, and will encourage friends, coworkers and families to join Griffin Fire and Rescue in this rewarding program.

The classes are held twice a week on Tuesday and Thursday from 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. Classes are free of charge, but involve a commitment to attend all four weeks.  The Academy will begin May 5 and run for four weeks ending May 28, 2015. The application deadline is May 1, 2015. Potential candidates for the Citizen’s Fire Academy must be at least 18 years of age, live in the City if Griffin, and complete and return the signed application.

Participants will be chosen on a first come, first served basis.  Class sizes are limited to twenty-five students per session. All other applicants will be placed on a waiting list and will be contacted as vacancies become available.

For more information on the Citizen’s Fire Academy, please contact (770) 229-6415. Download and print the application at  Fax your completed application to (770) 229-6453 or mail to Griffin Fire Rescue, 401 N. Expressway, Griffin, GA 30223.



Photo of  Racoon. Is for illustration. NOT either of the animals found in PIke County.

Photo of Racoon. Is for illustration. NOT either of the animals found in Pike County.


A second raccoon has tested positive for rabies in Pike County after a raccoon attacked a miniature poodle at a residence on Oak Grove Path. The home is located off Etheridge Mill Road and the raccoon was confirmed as rabid by Environmental Health County Manager Ben Trotter.


“The raccoon was found in a resident’s yard and evidently it had attacked their pet miniature poodle, The poodle did not suffer any suspected bite wounds but was slightly bruised and injured according to a local vet. The details leading up to the attack are not clear and authorities have asked the dog owner to quarantine the dog for six months.”

Another raccoon was attacked and killed by fenced dogs on Eppinger Bridge Road in Concord. That raccoon was tested and confirmed as rabid March 10. The dogs at the residence had all received rabies vaccinations but are being quarantined. 

The Georgia House passed House Bill 160 which will repeal a provision prohibiting the trapping of raccoons. The bill has been sent to the Georgia Senate for approval. If passed, the bill will lift a 35-year ban on trapping raccoons and would allow for trappers to use steel traps to catch the animals.
Rabid Raccoons were reported last year in the Southern and Griffin area of Spalding County .