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UPDATE - Jeter withdraws

UPDATE: Grady County Elections Superintendent Denise Maddox confirmed Wednesday afternoon that Earle Jeter has withdrawn his candidacy, which will leave June Duke Knight and Richard Jordan to face off in a Dec. 5 run-off election for Grady County Commission District 1.

EMC board seeks proposals for forensic audit

The board of directors of Grady Electric Membership Corporation last Wednesday authorized President and General Manager Thomas A. (Bo) Rosser Jr., to solicit proposals from two or three firms for the purpose of conducting a forensic audit of the member owned co-op, according to newly elected District 6 director Gordon Clyatt.

Commissioners seek Archway aid in search for solid waste remedies

The Grady County Commission is soliciting the assistance of the University of Georgia Archway Partnership to study and evaluate the county’s solid waste service before moving forward with the consolidation of any more of its existing dumpster sites.

Grady County brothers run over by alleged drunk driver

Grady County brothers tell police they were trying to stop a man from driving, but were run over instead. Three days later one was still in the hospital. The driver told police he feared for his safety and that’s why he fled the scene.


It was a history-making election in Cairo Tuesday as the city's registered voters elected the first African-American mayor. Booker Gainor defeated Hansell Bearden 738 to 549. Veteran Cairo City Councilman Ernest W. Cloud Jr., also lost his bid for re-election. Demario Byrden defeated Cloud 151 to 133. The District 1 Grady County Commission special election may also go down in the history books. As of Tuesday night, unofficial returns indicate a three-way run-off between Richard Jordan, June Duke Knight, and Earle Jeter. Jordan garnered 179 votes and Knight and Jeter both had 131. Grady County Election Superintendent Denise Maddox reports there was one provisional ballot cast at Blowing Cave. That ballot will be opened by the Board of Registrars at 2 p.m. on Monday, Nov. 13. If the ballot is determined legitimate and is for either Knight or Jeter it could prove to eliminate one of them. If the ballot is valid and is for another candidate, a three-way run-off election will be held on Dec. 5. The fourth candidate in the race, Frank Jones, received 93 votes. In Whigham, the top five vote-getters of the seven candidates won election. The winners were Dusty Brown, David Trey Gainous, Ashley Lee King, Jim Sellers, and Joel Singletary.
“Fall back” Saturday

It's that time of year to enjoy an extra hour of sleep on Saturday night.
Daylight Saving Time ends Sunday, Nov. 5 at 2 a.m., so set your clocks back one hour before retiring Saturday night.

Clyatt attending first EMC board meeting since his election

Clyatt attending first EMC board meeting since his election
Newly elected Grady EMC District 6 Director Gordon Clyatt will take part in his first board meeting of the co-op this afternoon and he said he is hopeful the board will support some of his initiatives.
Clyatt defeated 33-year veteran director Robert E. Lee on Oct. 20 at the 79th annual Grady EMC membership meeting.
The EMC board meets today at 2 p.m. at the EMC headquarters.

Grady EMC election committee meeting Nov. 8 to discuss run-off

It could be December or later before the race for the District 3 seat on the board of directors of Grady EMC is decided.
Grady EMC President and General Manager Thomas A. (Bo) Rosser Jr., reported this week that the EMC's election committee has scheduled a meeting for Nov. 8 to finalize plans for the run-off election between B. Hestell Donaldson Jr., and incumbent H. Lamar Carlton. In the Oct. 20 election, Donaldson received 1,189 votes with Carlton garnering 563 and challenger Richard R. (Ricky) Smith coming in third with 547 votes.

Multiple churches burglarized in recent days

For the last week, churches around Cairo have been the target of a burglar, but it appears all of the effort has reaped the suspect little reward.
Since Monday, Oct. 16, eight churches have been burglarized with one of them broken into twice. In all but one of the cases, evidence indicates the perpetrator entered the houses of worship by forcing his way through locked doors.
The churches targeted were Christ Gospel, Full Gospel, First Assembly of God, First Church of the Nazarene, First United Methodist, First Baptist, Gordon Heights Baptist, and Memorial Baptist.

County commission candidates shared ideas at forum

County commission candidates shared ideas at forum
The four candidates seeking the District 1 Grady County Commission post took part in a radio political forum Tuesday night.
All four said they believe Tired Creek Lake is a worthwhile project, the foursome support, with certain limits, working to embrace motocross here and all but one are opposed to zoning in unincorporated Grady County.

DOT to conduct safety audit here

Georgia Department of Transportation officials have not approved the installation of a traffic signal at the busy intersection of Fifth Street S.E. and Fourth Avenue S.E. in front of Cairo High School, but they have agreed to conduct a road safety audit here on Nov. 8.

First National teams up with Boys and Girls Club

For those in the market for gently used furniture, accessories and even two crystal chandeliers, First National Bank's charity auction to be held Friday is a visit worth taking.
First National has teamed up with the Jackie Robinson Boys and Girls Club of Cairo and Grady County and is auctioning off surplus furniture and more to benefit the club.

Cairo lady battles pain to complete half Ironman competition

Cairo lady battles pain to complete half Ironman competition
Staying physically fit is not a problem for Cairo personal trainer Donica Williams. Working out, running and helping others with their own exercise has been a way of life for a long time for the 38-year-old. She has competed in triathlons, marathons, local races. She can run circles around most of us, but don’t ask her to take off her shoes. “I hate going barefoot,” Williams says. That sentiment was reinforced Saturday when Williams competed in her second half Ironman.

Grady EMC members to gather Friday

The hotly contested election for two seats on the Grady Electric Membership Corporation's board of directors will come to a head Friday morning, but a final decision may not be made in at least one race.
The District 3 race, which includes incumbent director Lamar Carlton, challengers Hestell Donaldson Jr., and Richard R. (Ricky) Smith, may drag on, according to Grady EMC officials.

Tama hosting annual Pow Wow this weekend

Local Native Americans are inviting the public to an Intertribal Pow Wow this weekend at Tama Tribal Town in Grady County. Dancers from different tribes will officially open the Pow Wow during a “Grand Entry” scheduled for 7 p.m. Friday. Head Lady for the event is Reather Venable and Head Man is Tony Young. Host drum is Ride the Wheel and guest drum is Unity. Gates will open to the public at 5 p.m. Friday.

Tobar’s dumpster deal fell apart, still no site pinpointed

It's back to the drawing board for Grady County Administrator Carlos Tobar, who told county commissioners Oct. 3 he was close to wrapping up a deal to establish a new dumpster site west of Whigham.
The site under consideration, owned by a husband and wife, was approximately 200 feet off of U.S. 84 West, according to the county administrator.
The deal fell through earlier this month when the property owners and county officials could not come to terms.

Pollock encourages board to consider additional courthouse security

Grady County Chief Magistrate Pat Pollock on Tuesday night recommended the Grady County Commission consider additional security measures at the county courthouse.
Urging commissioners to be proactive rather than reactive, Pollock suggested tighter security was needed.

City and Taylor Waste Services working out kinks in new arrangement

Cairo city officials are working through some kinks after having privatized the city’s solid waste collection service last month. The transition came just as Tropical Storm Irma blew into town.
On Monday night, Cairo City Councilman Lannis Thornton complained that there were streets in his district where storm debris had never been picked up.

Early voting gets underway Monday morning

Voting takes
place at three
different locations
Early voting in the Nov. 7 municipal elections in Cairo and Whigham as well as the special election for the District 1 Grady County Commission post gets underway Monday.

Hotly contested EMC race is quickly drawing to a close

Absentee ballots in the historic election of directors for Grady Electric Membership Corporation must be received by the third-party vendor conducting the tabulation of absentee ballots by Monday, Oct. 16.
For the first time in the co-op's history, directors can be voted on by EMC members not present at the annual membership meeting, which will be held Friday, Oct. 20 at Family Worship Center in Cairo.

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