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Election day is Tuesday, interest here remains low

Voter turnout in Grady County continues to be low even with the hotly contested Superior Court Judge race on the line.
As of Tuesday, only 343 early votes had been cast and the early voting period ends Friday at 5 p.m.

Commissioners committed to maintaining Archway Partnership

Grady County commissioners unanimously approved funding the Archway Partnership between the community and the University of Georgia at their regular board meeting Tuesday night.
The county's portion of the local funding is $10,000.

Stamp Out Hunger nets 3,000+ lbs. of food for Grady County Help Agency

Postal carriers were busy Saturday collecting food left in mailboxes for the annual Stamp Out Hunger Food Drive. Over 3,000 pounds of nonperishable items were collected.

JDA receives engineering report on Heritage Complex from UGA

Grady County Joint Development Authority members have plenty of information to contemplate as they consider whether to make future investment in the Heritage Industrial Complex or construct a new speculative building in its industrial recruitment efforts.
Engineering students from the University of Georgia, working through the Archway Partnership, have completed an analysis of existing structures at the Heritage complex and necessary site improvements if the facility is modernized and expanded.

Annual car rally is this weekend, new features added

Antique cars and trucks are adding a festive atmosphere around Cairo and Grady County this week, with the expanded Great Southern Antique Car Rally getting underway Friday and continuing Saturday.
New additions to the event include activities for children along with the traditional street dance Friday evening, and vendors of crafts and food during Saturday’s car show, which features the Jeep this year thanks to sponsor Stallings Motors.

You can vote this Saturday

Early voting continues and this Saturday from 9 a.m. until 4 p.m. Grady County registered voters can also cast early ballots.
The one-day of Saturday voting will be held at the Grady County Board of Registrars office located at 24 Third Ave. N.E., behind the courthouse.

School board votes to increase its pay

Grady County Board of Education members will get a raise in pay effective Jan. 1, 2017.
On Tuesday night, the board voted unanimously to increase school board member compensation from $50 per meeting to $250 per month for board members and $300 per month for the board chairman.

County issues 60-day moratorium on construction of chicken houses

A 60-day moratorium on the construction of chicken houses in Grady County is now in effect following action taken by the Grady County Board of Commissioners Thursday.
The officials ordered the moratorium to give themselves time to evaluate possible revisions to the county’s specific land use regulations governing chicken houses in the unincorporated areas of the county.

National Day of Prayer is Thursday

Grady countians are reminded that tomorrow, Thursday, May 5, is the annual National Day of Prayer.
The Grady County Ministerial Association is the local sponsor of the event and committee members Teresa Prince, the Rev. Travis Harrison, the Rev. Charles Whatley and the Rev. Ron McCaskill have been busy planning for the day.
Since 1952, the nation has set aside the first Thursday of May to pray for the nation.

Relay for Life is this Friday

Grady County’s Relay for Life is kicking off its annual event in a new location Friday, downtown Cairo’s Davis Park. The park, located behind Roddenbery Memorial Library, will serve as the backdrop to the annual event, which supports the work of the American Cancer Society. Hundreds of tennis shoe clad walkers will pound the park’s track to remind folks that cancer is still without a cure, and that donations help research to continue.

Treat mom to band concert Sunday

Looking for a special treat for mother on Mother's Day? Why not take in the annual Spring Concert performed by the Cairo High School Concert and Symphony Bands?
The bands, under the baton of John Scanling, will perform this Sunday afternoon beginning at 2:30 at the CHS auditorium.

Chamber event drew big crowd

More than 150 local workers attended the chamber’s annual Administrative Professional’s Day luncheon last week complete with a fashion show and gift giveaways.
Ambassadors for the Cairo-Grady County Chamber of Commerce were on hand to assist with the luncheon, which honored Grady County’s many administrative professionals. The ambassadors welcomed the 165 guests who were treated to chicken salad served over green salad with brownie desserts catered by Whigham Diner.

Great Southern Antique Car Rally is next weekend

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By the end of next week, many vehicles cruising Cairo and Grady County roads will be from another era as the chamber of commerce hosts the 26th Annual Great Southern Antique Car Rally. There are some new activities being added to this year’s event, including arts and crafts vendors, while much of the schedule will seem very familiar.

Electricity in Whigham will be shut off on Sunday night

The 293 electric customers served by the City of Whigham will be temporarily inconvenienced Sunday evening, May 1, when power for the entire city will be shut off, according to Mayor George Trulock.
"This is kind of late notice, but we were just notified late Monday," the Whigham mayor said.

Early voting opens Monday, forum to feature judicial candidates

On the same day early voting begins in the hotly contested race for Judge of Superior Court of the South Georgia Circuit, the three judicial candidates will face off in a political forum at Roddenbery Memorial Library.
Early voting opens Monday, May 2 at 8 a.m. at the Grady County Board of Registrars Office, 24 Third Ave. N.E., and then at 7 p.m. in the library's auditorium candidates Mike Bankston, Ryan Cleveland, and Heather Lanier will participate in a live political forum hosted by WGRA Radio.

National Day of Prayer to be observed here next Thursday

Grady countians are encouraged to gather for prayer on Thursday, May 5, in observance of the annual National Day of Prayer.
The Grady County Ministerial Association is the local sponsor of the event and committee members Teresa Prince, the Rev. Travis Harrison, the Rev. Charles Whatley and the Rev. Ron McCaskill have been busy planning for the day.
Since 1952, the nation has set aside the first Thursday of May to pray for the nation.

Commissioners move meeting to Thursday, May 5

A group of north Grady County residents will be anxious to attend the Grady County Commission meeting next week, which will not be held on Tuesday morning, but will be held on Thursday morning at 9.
The regularly scheduled meeting has been moved to Thursday to avoid a conflict with the commissioners and administrative staff who are attending the annual convention of the Association County Commissioners of Georgia in Savannah.

Rep. Taylor garners DOT funding for Old 179 project

State Representative Darlene Taylor has put her political muscle behind a major road project in Grady County and local officials learned this week that the state has committed $4.1 million toward the rehabilitation of Old 179 North from Whigham to the Mitchell County line.
In what is being described by at least one Georgia Department of Transportation official as the first project ever programmed by the state but to be built by a county, the Old 179 North project is now on the fast track.

JDA votes to pay up to $250,000 on debt

With over $460,000 sitting idle in its operating account, the Grady County Joint Development Authority decided this week to use some of that money to reduce its interest expense and pay down its debt.
"We're pushing $500,000 in the checking account, which is a good place to be, but wouldn't it be good to pay down debt?" JDA member Charles Davis asked Tuesday.
JDA Chairman Charles M. Stafford concurred and suggested the authority pay down on its existing line of credit, which would save 3.5 percent interest.

Commissioners approve funding for new youth leadership program

A new youth leadership program for students at Cairo High School is being organized by the Grady County Commission with cooperation from the Cairo High School administration.
County commissioners unanimously approved $1,500 to go toward the establishment of the Georgia Civic Awareness Program for Students (GCAPS) for the 2016-2017 school term.

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