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GA Hwy. 112 to be resurfaced

Turn lanes
at Gainous Rd.
to be constructed
Grady County officials learned this week that a major north/south route in the county is to be resurfaced and new turning lanes constructed.

JDA whittling down long-term debt

The Grady County Joint Development Authority received a positive audit report from its auditor Tuesday.
Auditor Marc Davis of Tucker, Plymel and Davis of Moultrie presented the audited financial statement for the 2015 fiscal year.

Scouts add color to courthouse lawn

Boy Scouts from Whigham Troop 383 and other volunteers lead by Scout Isaac Bivins braved the hot temperatures Saturday to complete a landscaping project at the Grady County Courthouse.
The landscaping effort was Bivins' Eagle Scout service project and Grady County administrator Carlos Tobar reports the project was a huge success.

County votes 3-2 to fund 20th St. project

Grady County Joint Development Authority members are applauding the Grady County Commission's recent action to proceed with the full depth reclamation of 20th Street S.E.
County commissioners met last week and reversed course on the project, voting 3-2 to invest an additional $65,000 in Local Maintenance and Improvement Grant (LMIG) funds from the state on the project.

Sellers and Stuckey seek seats on Grady EMC board

Two longtime members of Grady Electric Membership Cooperative are working to make sure their names appear on the ballot for the upcoming election of directors to represent two of the EMC's seven districts.
Ronald Sellers and Earl Stuckey announced this week their intentions to run for election to the EMC board.

EMC annual meeting moving to Family Worship Center

When members of Grady EMC gather this fall for the cooperative's annual membership meeting, it will be at a new venue.
Grady EMC President and General Manager Bo Rosser announced this week that the Oct. 21 annual meeting will not be held at the EMC headquarters, but down the street at Family Worship Center, 1760 U.S. Hwy. 84 West.

School system ended last fiscal year with budget surplus

With only minor adjustments left to be made, Grady County School System finance officer Dan Broome reported this week the school system ended fiscal year 2015-2016 with an operating surplus of approximately $870,000.
"I'm a big believer in budgets and I use the budget to see how good a job we did at predicting our costs," Broome said.

Tobar makes case to commissioners today for 20th Street S.E. project

The Cairo City Council is committed to moving forward with improvements to its portion of 20th Street S.E. and as The Messenger went to press Wednesday it was unclear if Grady County Commissioners would reverse course and commit additional money to the project.
The city, county and Joint Development Authority had come to together to apply for a state grant for the full depth reclamation of the street, which serves Woodhaven, one of the county's largest employers as well as other tenants in Milestone Industrial Park and the surrounding area.

Commissioners balk on 20th Street project

After having lost out on obtaining a grant to pay for a large portion of major road work on 20th Street S.E., both inside the city limits of Cairo and in unincorporated Grady County, the Grady County Commission on Tuesday voted to table approval of the 2017 Local Maintenance And Improvement Grant project report.
A majority of the four commissioners present Tuesday want the 20th Street project stripped out of the 2017 LMIG project list and postponed until the county has access to more money for transportation improvements.

Scouts to spruce up courthouse grounds

Scouts to spruce up courthouse grounds
Years of neglect have taken a toll on the landscaping at the Grady County Courthouse and surrounding square, but some improvements to the grounds will soon take place.
As part of his Eagle Scout service project, Boy Scout Isaac Bivins of Whigham Boy Scout Troop 383 will lead a team of scouts and other volunteers in planting new plants to replace diseased shrubs and add color to the landscape of the courthouse and the new Board of Registrars office in the former Wind duplex.

Local Archway Professional to take part in leadership program

Grady County Archway professional Betsy McGriff has been selected to participate in a statewide leadership program, Young Gamechangers. The program is sponsored by GeorgiaForward, an organization that works with people around the state to create “innovative solutions to our state’s challenges.” People selected to participate in the Young Gamechangers program must be under the age of 40 and submit an application for consideration.

No outcry from public about taxes

Two public hearings down and one to go for Grady County Commissioners.
The county hosted two hearings Tuesday and no one spoke out against the proposed tax increase at either hearing.
A third and final hearing is set for Aug. 16 at 6 p.m.

Draft of county audit is received

Grady County administrator Carlos Tobar said this week he has received a draft of the county's 2015 audited financial statements, but that he has not completed his review of the document.

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.

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.

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