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Whigham hosting annual Rattlesnake Roundup Saturday

A snake that strikes fear into the hearts of many people will be the center of attention in Whigham Saturday at the 55th Annual Rattlesnake Roundup. Shopping, eating, and kids’ activities are also part of the plans, with sunshine and mild temperatures in the forecast.
Members of Whigham Community Club, which sponsors the roundup as a fund raiser, are planning for a big crowd. "We're hoping everyone will come out and support our event. Most of the money raised at the Roundup goes to the local Boy Scout Troop, Venture Crew and Cub Scout Pack, Whigham School, 4-H, and local burnout victims," says Travis Shepherd, a club member and head of the local Boy Scouts. The Scouts handle parking for the event, and also clean up the grounds afterwards.

Key school positions being vacated

The Grady County School System is currently advertising to employ a new Cairo High School Principal, but so far interest in the job is tepid.
Grady County School Superintendent Lee M. Bailey said this week that currently only five candidates have expressed interest or have made application for the position.

Gov. Deal’s plan would cut insurance benefits for some school system employees

A proposal by Governor Nathan Deal to cut health insurance benefits from school system employees across the state who work 30 hours or less is drawing heat from local school officials.
Grady County School Superintendent Lee M. Bailey said that if the budget is approved by the legislature as presented it would impact 25 of the 42 bus drivers in the local school system.

“American Sniper” proves to be popular at Zebulon too

The popularity of the blockbuster film "American Sniper" has been a boost to Cairo's historic Zebulon Theater.
The movie is on track to earn $300 million at box offices nationwide in the first four weeks since its release.

Parents learned about block schedule at Tuesday meeting

Approximately 40 parents and guardians of Cairo High School students took part in the first of two planned community meetings to discuss a proposed change in the way school classes are scheduled.
The CHS faculty is overwhelmingly in support of moving back to a four x four block schedule, which the school operated under from 1996 until 2010.

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