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9/11 memorial service planned for Thursday

The Woodmen of the World Chapter 580 in Cairo will be hosting its annual 9/11 memorial service on Thursday, Sept. 11.
The program will take place at the Cairo Fire Department headquarters, 555 Second Avenue S.E., beginning at 10 a.m.

School board approves new roof for central office

A leaking roof at the Grady County School System's central office will soon be repaired following action taken by the school board Tuesday night.
Assistant School Superintendent Dr. Kermit Gilliard presented three bids to the board for the replacement of the roof at the central office.

Department reports added back to agenda spur questions

Last month, Cairo City Councilman Kermit Gilliard requested monthly reports from city departments be returned to the council agenda monthly and on Monday night a number of questions from the reports were raised.
The council discussed with Cairo Fire Chief Bill Schafer the number of calls monthly the city fire department receives to assist Grady County Emergency Medical Service personnel.

Tyler updates council on streetscape

The first phase of the Cairo streetscape project to be funded in large part with a $700,000 federal grant is moving slowly, but surely toward a construction start in the spring of 2015.
The grant was awarded to the city in May 2011 and was the largest grant awarded to any other municipality in the second congressional district.

Local officials plan meeting with DOT on bridge project

Grady County commissioners are planning to travel to Atlanta to meet with members of the county's legislative delegation and officials with the Georgia Department of Transportation in the coming weeks to discuss the bridge replacement project for the Hwy. 112 bridge over Sapp Creek.
The earliest work will begin, according to information provided from DOT to Grady County Administrator Carlos Tobar, is February 2016.

Birdsong and Gainey homeplace featured on Historical Society tour

Birdsong and Gainey homeplace featured on Historical Society tour
The Grady County Historical Society's "Tour of Grady County Gems: Homes & Heritage" will be held on Saturday, Sept. 27, and tickets are now on sale at various locations in Cairo.
Two of the featured stops on this year's tour are the Birdsong Nature Center and the Ray and Kaye Gainey residence, which The Messenger is spotlighting this week.
In the weeks leading up to the Sept. 27 tour, The Messenger will feature the various tour stops.

Green is beating the bushes in support of sales tax for schools

Green is beating the bushes in support of sales tax for schools
A group calling itself "Better Schools for Grady County" has been organized to promote passage of the Education Special Purpose Sales Tax that Grady County voters will decide on in November.
Grady County School System officials are hopeful voters will renew the one percent sales tax to provide funding for facilities improvements, purchase instructional equipment, school buses and athletic facilities upgrades.

County close to catching up on paying city its share of SPLOST proceeds, Tobar says

The city of Cairo is closer to having all of the Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax proceeds that have been collected and received by the county to date.

City calls for RR to maintain crossings

Cairo city councilmen want the CSX railroad to make repairs to railroad crossings within the city before motorists begin sending the city bills for cut tires.
Councilman Ernest Cloud complained Monday night that the crossing at Fourth Street N.W. has spikes that stick up and could cut tires of vehicles crossing the railroad track.
The Messenger found other crossings with similar issues including the crossing at Fourth Street S.E.

City continues to struggle with cash flow issues

The July 2014 financial statement for the city of Cairo continues to show that some city bank accounts were overdrawn as of July 31 and the chairman of the city council's finance committee pledged this week "to stay on top" of the cash flow issues until they are solved.
Last month, the city withdrew $1.2 million from its reserves to cover over $1.2 million in accounts payable checks that had not been distributed to vendors who do business with the city.

County opts for savings, eliminates sea wall

Grady County commissioners held a special called meeting last Thursday to participate in a conference call with Joseph S. Monroe, senior associate with Schnabel Engineering to discuss issues regarding the construction of the Tired Creek Lake dam.
County officials were notified recently that it is unlikely there will be sufficient, suitable soil to complete the dam from the borrow pit originally identified by Schnabel Engineering. The designers of the dam have requested the county authorize the opening of a second borrow pit on the east side of the dam to complete the project.

Local pilot and city council remain at odds

The Cairo city council earlier this year attempted to suspend the flying privileges of a Grady County aerobatic pilot at the Cairo Municipal Airport, but the pilot is continuing to fly at the airport and complaint phone calls continue to be fielded by city officials.
The city council voted unanimously in April to suspend the flying privileges of Chris Rudd, 238 Smith Road, but the pilot has continued to fly and says that his practicing his aerobatic maneuvers is not illegal.

Cairo man found dead on city street

Cairo man found dead on city street
A young Cairo man was killed when he was struck by a car last week, and Cairo police have little evidence to help in their search for the driver responsible.

County is awarded another large grant

Grady County is one of 82 Georgia communities that have been awarded a total of $39.7 million in Community Development Block Grants.
Local officials learned Tuesday that Grady County's application for a drainage and street improvement project in south Grady County had been approved and $489,167 awarded to the county for the project.

Addleton tapped for municipal association advisory council

Cairo City Manager Chris Addleton has been appointed to serve on a Member Services Advisory Council for the Georgia Municipal Association (GMA).

Rehberg makes case for Extension reorganization

A reorganization of the University of Georgia Extension staff in the Grady County office received the unanimous support of the county commission Tuesday night.
County Extension Coordinator and 4-H agent Deron Rehberg presented a plan to reclassify positions within the current staff in order to upgrade the current 4-H associate position to a full-fledged Extension Agent position.

Engineers pressed to avoid delay in dam construction

It appears engineering estimates were insufficient and the contractors building the Tired Creek Lake dam are within 30 days of running out of suitable soil to use in building the earthen dam for the 960-acre lake.
Grady County commissioners met in a special called meeting Tuesday afternoon to discuss the situation with representatives of Schnabel Engineering, who designed the dam and are being paid by the county to serve as the project managers, and Brad Cole Construction, which is the general contractor for the construction of the dam.

School system contracts with architect on Southside project

In the process of addressing facility needs at the Southside Elementary School, where school officials have been told by an engineer the main building is structurally failing, the Grady County Board of Education authorized Superintendent Lee M. Bailey to execute an architectural contract with Raymond C. Finger of Thomasville.

City employees who shape up pay less

It's now official.
City of Cairo employees covered by the city's health insurance plan will have to make healthier lifestyle choices in 2015 or show they are taking steps to improve their health;  if not, they will see their annual deductible increase from $500 to $1,500 annually.

Local man remains in critical condition at Tallahassee hospital

A young Cairo man is still listed in critical condition at a Tallahassee hospital two weeks after he was flown there by helicopter for treatment of severe trauma he endured after being hit by a car.
Blair Chastain, 23, was struck by a 2005 Pontiac Grand Prix on Second Avenue, N.E., in Cairo on Wednesday, July 30 at 2:23 p.m.
Although Cairo Police know who was driving the Grand Prix, they have not filed any charges deciding, instead, to present the case to a Grady County Grand Jury to have that group decide whether a case should be brought.

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