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MEAG Power to file court action on power line project

Attorneys for the Municipal Electric Authority of Georgia are expected to file court action in the coming days regarding the proposed transmission line upgrade project that slices through northwest Cairo.
City officials say they believe MEAG is seeking judgment from the court that its existing easement would allow for the erection of larger utility poles to carry the upgraded transmission line through northwest Cairo to the #1 substation located at the electric plant and Energy Services complex downtown.

Foul play not suspected in death of Grady County man

State law enforcement officials say they do not suspect foul play in the death of a 53-year-old Cairo man found dead in a wooded area near his all-terrain-vehicle.
Family members discovered the body of Barry Ennis Fain late Friday night, according to Jamy Steinberg, special agent in charge of the Georgia Bureau of Investigation Thomasville Regional Office.

Trout lilies blooming now at Wolf Creek Preserve

The Wolf Creek Trout Lily Preserve is aglow with blooms, and it is time to go out and tour the preserve before the blooming season comes to an end.
Officials say the preserve will be open through the end of February or until the final blooms. Volunteers will be there each day and guides are available for tours at 1 p.m. and 3:30 p.m.

School board adopts 2017-2018 calendar

A new school calendar that pushes back the opening of school to early August was approved by the Grady County Board of Education Tuesday night on a 3-0 vote.
Chairman Robbie Chaplin and board members Jeff Worsham and Teresa Gee Harris voted to adopt the proposed calendar. Vice Chairman John White and board member Laura Register were absent Tuesday.
The first day of school for the 2017-2018 school year will be Friday, Aug. 4. School opened here for the current term on July 28.

City officials remain baffled by strong chlorine odor in water

Complaints of high chlorine levels in city water last month remain a mystery to city officials.
Cairo City Manager Chris Addleton said he was alerted to complaints from city residents on Jan. 22 that the city water had a strong odor of chlorine.

Commissioner David encouraged to drop review of Animal Control policies

Grady County Commissioner T.D. David is bowing to the will of the majority and is calling a halt to his efforts to review the policies and procedures of the county's animal control department in hopes of reducing the number of animals put down each year by the county.

Maxwell to speak to Historical Society

Members and guests of the Grady County Historical Society will learn about the petroleum industry first hand from a 45-year veteran in the field.
Next Tuesday night, Feb. 14, at 7 p.m. Arthur Maxwell of Reno will be the featured speaker at the society's monthly meeting.

Commissioners approve hiring temp worker in assessors’ office

Grady County commissioners on Tuesday approved the hiring of a temporary worker for the Grady County Board of Tax Assessors' office, but assessors say they hope the additional staff position will become permanent.
Members of the board of assessors, including John Tillis, Prentiss Mitchell and Julian Rawls, appeared before the county commission requesting additional staffing as one employee prepares to be out of work on maternity leave.

Joshua C. Bell is new circuit juvenile judge

The Southwest Georgia Judicial Circuit, which includes Grady County, is now being served by two new juvenile judges.
Superior Court Chief Judge J. Kevin Chason and Superior Court Judge Heather Lanier appointed new judges who took the bench in January.

Work set to begin on Old 179 N in Whigham

Work is expected to begin very soon on the full depth reclamation of Old 179 North within the corporate limits of Whigham.
Grady County Administrator Carlos Tobar reported this week that the notice to proceed will be issued to Oxford Construction on Monday.

Whigham resident fighting to stay on top

Whigham resident fighting to stay on top
A Whigham father is channeling his competitive drive into mixed martial arts fighting, and since turning pro last fall he has begun building a winning record.
Tate Phillips, 27, won his second match as a professional fighter less than two weeks ago at Combat Night Pro fight in Tallahassee, on Jan. 21.

Vendor who will sell “gourmet” and “ethnic” food at Barber Park is county’s preference

The Grady County Board of Commissioners is looking for a new operator of the concession stands at Barber Park and an operator who will offer "interesting foods, gourmet foods or ethnic foods" will have a leg up on the competition, according to county officials.
Proposals will be accepted up until noon on Feb. 15.

Statewide tornado drill planned on Feb. 8

As many southwest Georgia families continue to recover from the devastating storms that hit the region in the last several weeks, local and state emergency management officials are planning for a statewide tornado drill next Wednesday, Feb. 8.
Grady County Emergency Management Agency, Georgia Emergency Management and Homeland Security Agency will hold a statewide PrepareAthon! tornado drill on Feb. 8, at 9 a.m. Grady County EMA Director Richard Phillips and state officials urge all Georgians to participate, as the peak of tornado activity typically occurs in the spring months. This event coincides with Severe Weather Preparedness Week to encourage Georgians to prepare now for whatever weather may come our way.

Zebulon’s “Jewels and Jeans” to be held Feb. 25

A special fundraiser to benefit the community-owned Zebulon Theater will be held later this month and organizers are extending an invitation for everyone to attend.
Jewels and Jeans 2017 will be held Saturday night, Feb. 25, beginning at 6 p.m. at the theater.
A social hour with cocktails and appetizers will be served from 7 p.m. The silent auction opens at 6:30 p.m. and will conclude at 7:30 p.m. at which time the live auction will begin.

Blooming season nearly here and volunteers needed

The opening of the 2017 Trout Lily blooming season is just days away and local volunteers are being sought to serve as greeters and trail leaders for the upcoming season.
Expertise is not required and volunteers will be trained and provided interesting facts about trout lilies and the history of the Wolf Creek Preserve.

Project county backed away from last year is reconsidered

Just over 10 months ago, Grady County commissioners backed away from pursuing grant funding to pave some private drives in south Grady County, but last week the idea was revived by County Administrator Carlos Tobar.
Tobar invited grant writer Bob Roberson of Moultrie to attend the commission meeting last week to discuss Community Development Block Grants.

Cairo High School to host open house Monday night

Cairo High School will host its second semester open house next week and not only are parents of high school students invited, but also parents of current eighth graders.
CHS Principal Chris Lokey has invited parents of eighth graders to attend to learn about the new ninth grade academy being formed at the high school next school term.

CHS baseball team to have new leadership

When the baseball season opens for the Cairo High School Syrupmakers next month the team will be under new leadership.
Last week, it was announced that CHS head football coach Steve DeVoursney will serve as the head baseball coach with assistant head coach Chris Wheaton for the 2017 season.

Deadline looms for Best of Grady County

Only readers can decide who will earn the title of “Best of Grady County” for 2017.
Inside this issue of The Cairo Messenger on Page B12 you will find a ballot to cast your vote for the “Best Of Grady County” as part of the newspaper’s annual reader’s choice awards contest.

Roddenbery Memorial Library needs more friends

Friends of the Roddenbery Memorial Library is putting out a public call for support as the group prepares for a major fundraising campaign.
In an advertisement published in today's newspaper, the group points to a declining level in funding for the library and a need to help beef up its resources and programs. The letter states, "Those of us who care about the library and the impact it has had, does have, and will have on each person in our county must come to its aid."

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