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Early voting ends Friday

This is the final week of early voting in the run-off to elect a new superior court judge for the South Georgia Judicial Circuit, and election officials say turnout here remains low.
The final day to cast an early vote is Friday by 5 p.m. Tuesday, July 26, is election day across the circuit and the county's 13 polling places will be open from 7 a.m. until 7 p.m.

Sheriff’s Office busts up underage drinking soiree

Grady County sheriff’s deputies report breaking up a late-night party in Whigham where an estimated crowd of 50 people aged 14 to 23 had gathered, some drinking alcohol, last weekend.
Three young adults were arrested on misdemeanor charges, including the 18-year-old girl who lived in the house where the party took place on Providence Road.

Commissioners eye small tax hike

Slight growth in the county's tax digest of just under $4,000,000 is allowing Grady County Commissioners to propose a modest tax increase for 2016.
Commissioners Tuesday night unanimously adopted a tentative millage rate of 13.653 mills, up from 13.265 in 2015, or a 3.02 percent increase in ad valorem taxes.

Tentative trial date set for discrimination suit against Tobar

A federal lawsuit against Grady County Administrator Carlos Tobar is progressing and county commissioners on Tuesday night voted to approve payment of $2,735.10 in legal fees for Tobar's defense.
The legal fees were for services rendered through May 25 and according to federal court documents, a jury trial has tentatively been set for April 3, 2017 at 8:30 a.m. before U.S. District Judge W. Louis Sands in Albany.

Lake level is up four feet as of Tuesday

Recent rains have helped in the filling of the 960-acre Tired Creek Lake.
Grady County Lake Authority executive director Mike Binion reported this week that the lake level has risen four feet since the gates on the dam were closed late last month.

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