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City calls for RR to maintain crossings

Cairo city councilmen want the CSX railroad to make repairs to railroad crossings within the city before motorists begin sending the city bills for cut tires.
Councilman Ernest Cloud complained Monday night that the crossing at Fourth Street N.W. has spikes that stick up and could cut tires of vehicles crossing the railroad track.
The Messenger found other crossings with similar issues including the crossing at Fourth Street S.E.

City continues to struggle with cash flow issues

The July 2014 financial statement for the city of Cairo continues to show that some city bank accounts were overdrawn as of July 31 and the chairman of the city council's finance committee pledged this week "to stay on top" of the cash flow issues until they are solved.
Last month, the city withdrew $1.2 million from its reserves to cover over $1.2 million in accounts payable checks that had not been distributed to vendors who do business with the city.

County opts for savings, eliminates sea wall

Grady County commissioners held a special called meeting last Thursday to participate in a conference call with Joseph S. Monroe, senior associate with Schnabel Engineering to discuss issues regarding the construction of the Tired Creek Lake dam.
County officials were notified recently that it is unlikely there will be sufficient, suitable soil to complete the dam from the borrow pit originally identified by Schnabel Engineering. The designers of the dam have requested the county authorize the opening of a second borrow pit on the east side of the dam to complete the project.

Local pilot and city council remain at odds

The Cairo city council earlier this year attempted to suspend the flying privileges of a Grady County aerobatic pilot at the Cairo Municipal Airport, but the pilot is continuing to fly at the airport and complaint phone calls continue to be fielded by city officials.
The city council voted unanimously in April to suspend the flying privileges of Chris Rudd, 238 Smith Road, but the pilot has continued to fly and says that his practicing his aerobatic maneuvers is not illegal.

Syrup Pitcher on the line Friday Night

It's that time! Time for Syrupmaker football once again as the Syrupmakers (0-0) and Thomasville Bulldogs (0-1) tie up for the 71st time in a series dating all the way back to 1922. The Bulldogs snapped an 8-game losing streak to the Syrupmakers with a 21-10 win last year in Thomasville. The rivalry, one of the oldest in the state of Georgia, also decides who takes possession of the coveted Syrup Pitcher, donated in the 50s by the late Julien B. Roddenbery.

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