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New school term begins Thursday morning

On the eve of the opening of the 2016-2017 school term, Grady County School System officials report that 4,668 students are currently enrolled, which is up from 4,645 on July 19 and 4,627 on the last day of school for the 2015-2016 term.
However, Grady County School Superintendent Dr. Kermit Gilliard predicts that number will drop to around 4,650 once school gets underway.

Neighbors on the outs after underage beer bash

A large party in Whigham nearly two weeks ago apparently spilled onto the property of a neighbor who was not home at the time. The evening after the party, that neighbor returned and was unhappy to find a beer can, truck key and fob and a cell phone on his back porch, according to sheriff’s reports.

School board votes to hold tax rate level

The Grady County Board of Education is planning to hold the school tax rate at 14.2 mills and, even though it technically is a tax hike, the school system is facing a projected $377,969 deficit in its 2016-2017 operating budget.
Because of slight growth of $3,995,624 in Grady County’s net tax digest, a mill of tax generates more money than it did last year. By leaving the school tax rate at 14.2 mills, the system will collect approximately $52,904 more in ad valorem taxes than it did in 2015. This results in a tax increase of less than one percent.

City investing more in sewer plant

The Cairo city council authorized the investment of $221,000 for an upgrade to the wastewater treatment plant in southwest Cairo Monday night.
A new bar screen for the sewer plant is needed, according to city officials, because the current bar screen and grinder are at the "end of their useful life."

“Move over” when approaching utility linemen at work or face fine

Earlier this year, a new state law went into effect and local utilities officials hope that motorists take note.
Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal signed House Bill 767, the "Move Over for Linemen Act" in April, but many motorists may not be aware of it.

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