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The Cairo Youth Council’s annual Cairo High School Bruty Queen Contest is tonight, Friday, March 20. The newspaper erroneously stated the womanless beauty pageant is Saturday. We regret the error.
Pageant proceeds will go to the council’s non-profit of choice, Cairo Pregnancy Center.
Council members encourage the public to come out tonight and support the high school boys who have put so much work into making this an entertaining evening. Contestants are: Cole Bennett, Titus Butler, Dylan Cox, Mathew Freeman, Orion Frees, Marcus Gaines, E.J. Harrison, Kaleb High, Sheddrick Miller, Timothy Monroe, Jamez Peters, Conner Prince, Ernie Raker, Buster Robinson, Nicholas Smith, Khemion Smith and Kane Stokes.
The pageant begins at 7 p.m. at the Cairo High School auditorium.

Tax office may finally get new server

Grady County commissioners could soon take action to replace a 6-year-old server in the office of Grady County Tax Commissioner Phyllis Gainous. For nearly two years, Commissioner Gainous has reported having trouble with the server.
Grady County Administrator Carlos Tobar told the board of commissioners Tuesday night that he has put out a request for bids to replace the server. According to Tobar, the board will have the bids to review and vote on at its April 7 meeting.

“Taste of the Town” is Saturday

Grady General Support League and the nearly 30 individuals and businesses planning to serve up tasty vittles for Saturday's Taste of the Town, are planning for a big crowd. The fund raiser for the support league takes place at Grady Cultural Center beginning at 6 p.m. The event ends at 8 p.m.
Proceeds from Taste of the Town will be used to purchase a "Vein Finder" and an operating room stretcher for Grady General Hospital.

JDA looking to build corporate hanger at Cairo airport

Members of the Grady County Joint Development Authority are looking to construct a new corporate airplane hanger at Cairo Municipal Airport that could be leased to owners of a Pilatus airplane.
The JDA voted unanimously to construct the corporate hanger contingent on the authority being able to finance the project through the city of Cairo's Employment Incentive Program (EIP) revolving loan fund, according to JDA Executive Director Chadd Mathis.

Monds seeks answers to variety of questions regarding lake project

The chairman of the Libertarian Party of Grady County appeared before the Grady County Commission Tuesday night seeking answers to a number of questions concerning the Tired Creek Lake project.
According to Grady County Clerk Carrie Kines, John Monds told county officials he was making the presentation as an individual and not as a speaker of the Libertarian Party's views, but in a printed list of questions he submitted to commissioners he identified himself as the Libertarian Party of Grady County's chairman.

School board meets in lengthy closed session

The Grady County Board of Education met behind closed doors Tuesday night for just over an hour to discuss personnel issues.
Coming in and out of the meeting were Superintendent Lee M. Bailey, Board Attorney Thomas L. Lehman and Southside Principal Janet Walden.

Mayor Burns calls for more bids on major purchases

After skipping a year and not purchasing new vehicles for the city police department, the Cairo City Council on Monday night voted to approve the purchase of three new vehicles over the objections of Mayor Bobby Burns.
The mayor expressed his belief that the city should solicit bids for the new police vehicles and not request a single bid from only one local dealership.

School board to loan wrestling program $10,000 for new mats

The Grady County School System's wrestling program received lots of attention at Tuesday night's board meeting.
School board members and Superintendent Lee M. Bailey paid tribute to Marcus Gaines for being the first-ever Syrupmaker wrestler to be a state finalist. In the state finals last month, Gaines took on the fourth ranked wrestler in the nation and lost in a tough match.

Unlike some RadioShack stores, Cook Electronics will remain open

Although more than 1,700 RadioShack stores nationwide are closing in the wake of the company's bankruptcy filing, Cairo's local dealer, Cook Electronics, is remaining open. The downtown business is a dealer of RadioShack products, but is not owned by RadioShack. Jerry, Gail and Justin Cook are owners/operators of the business.

Board of Tax Assessors takes issue with Tobar’s actions

Grady County Administrator Carlos Tobar was called onto the carpet Tuesday by members of the Grady County Board of Tax Assessors for actions he took in 2013 against Chief Appraiser Susan Bennett.
Board of Tax Assessors Chairman Prentiss Mitchell and board members Julian Rawls and John Tillis appeared before the county commission Tuesday night.

Historical Society to meet at Cooper Cottage next week

The Grady County Historical Society will gather for its annual meeting at Cooper Cottage, 1721 Stagecoach Road, Spence community, on Tuesday, March 10, at 6:30 p.m. An “Old Fashioned Box Supper” will be served for a donation of $7 per person.  

County thinking long-range with infrastructure projects at Tired Creek Lake

Grady County commissioners are planning for the need for sanitary sewer and drinking water at Tired Creek Lake and on Tuesday night engaged with a consulting engineer for water and sewer pipes to be laid across the bottom of the 960-acre lake.
The pipes to be installed would make water and sewer service available on both sides of the lake once services are established in the future.

Bands prepare for annual competition, concert is Sunday

Each Grady County band is making final preparations for next week's Georgia Music Educators Association “Large Group Performance Evaluation,” commonly referred to as Band Festival.
Next week, March 11-13, 40 Concert Bands from around Southwest Georgia will travel to Cairo to perform in the Cairo High School auditorium before G.M.E.A. judges who will rate their performances.

Tobar’s projected surplus evaporates

Last October, Grady County Administrator Carlos Tobar bragged to members of the Grady County Commission and the Grady County Lake Authority that the county had over $1 million more in cash as of Sept. 30, 2014 than it did the year prior.
Unfortunately, Tobar's "quick and dirty calculation" as he described it last fall has turned out to be false. The county administrator failed to account for grant funds that had been deposited into the county's general fund.

County to hold another closed door meeting Thursday night

Grady County commissioners are planning to meet in a closed door session Thursday at 6 p.m. at the courthouse. This will be the fourth consecutive week that commissioners have met to discuss personnel issues.

Several big ticket items are included in preliminary city budget figures

The Cairo City Council and City Manager Chris Addleton gathered together Monday night to begin discussing priorities for the 2015-2016 operating budget which goes into effect July 1.
"We are moving into budget season and I need for you to let me know your priorities so we can get them in the budget," Addleton said Monday night.

City is buying policemen new body worn cameras

The Cairo Police Department will soon have body worn cameras for all patrol officers as well as investigators.
On the recommendation of Police Chief Keith Sandefur and Cairo City Manager Chris Addleton, the city council Monday night approved the purchase of 20 new body worn cameras from VieVu of Seattle for a total cost of $18,054.


The Cairo High School Syrupmaker cagers continued their winning ways Saturday night advancing to the Elite Eight and moving another step closer to a state championship.
The Syrupmaker Basketball Team, under Coach Isiah Chance, defeated the Monroe Area High School Hurricanes 65-50. Cairo will now travel Wednesday to take on the Lithonia High School Bulldogs.
See Wednesday's edition of The Cairo Messenger for a complete report on Saturday night's victory and a preview of Wednesday night's game in Lithonia, located in DeKalb County and metro Atlanta.

Tobar taken to task by commission chairman

Grady County Administrator Carlos Tobar was on the hot seat Tuesday night for his alleged actions involving Georgia Department of Juvenile Justice officials housed at the Grady County Recreation Department headquarters, which is the former Grady County Sheriff's Office.
Grady County Commission Chairman LaFaye Copeland took Tobar to task for his actions.

Commissioners meeting a lot behind closed doors

For three consecutive weeks, the Grady County Commission has gone behind closed doors to discuss personnel issues.
Coimmissioners met for over an hour during the most recent closed-door session Tuesday night. During a majority of the session, the board met without County Administrator Carlos Tobar.

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