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Attorneys clash at EMC hearing Tuesday

The first court hearing in a lawsuit filed last year by disgruntled members of the Grady Electric Membership Corporation resulted in what could be considered a draw Tuesday.
Although the plaintiffs were successful in keeping the suit in the courts with Senior Superior Court Judge Loring Gray not dismissing the case, the defendants, which includes the Grady EMC board of directors and current and former managers, were successful in convincing the judge to appoint a litigation review committee to investigate the merits of the plaintiff's claims.

County to use sales tax proceeds rather than state funds to repair culvert

Grady County commissioners decided Tuesday night to ignore a recommendation of the county administrator and instead use Special Purpose Local Options Sales Tax proceeds to make needed repairs to a culvert on Noles Road.
Grady County Administrator Carlos Tobar had recommended using 2014 Local Maintenance Improvement Grant (LMIG) funds to pay for the repairs.

Public input sought on school system’s strategic plan

A series of public meetings to discuss goals and objectives to be included in a new strategic plan for the Grady County School System got underway Tuesday night at the Cairo High School auditorium.
A second session was held at 9:30 a.m. this morning at the VanLandingham Center on North Broad Street and a third session tomorrow, Aug. 20, will be held at 5 p.m. at the VanLandingham Center.
Two additional sessions will be held next week and two more the following week, according to Grady County School Superintendent Dr. Kermit Gilliard.

Police took custody of a neglected child Saturday after mother is arrested

Alert Cairo Police Officers took custody of a 2-year-old boy Saturday after he was found sitting in a car surrounded by clothing and garbage.
The child’s mother had been arrested for disorderly conduct after she called police over a dispute at an address on Ninth Avenue, N.E. around 3:15 p.m. Instead of leaving the scene, as ordered by police, the mother allegedly used profanity in front of the child and was taken into custody.

Commissioners want to talk more before moving on with road project

Without the aide of a grant, Grady County does not currently have the resources to pave any county dirt roads, Administrator Carlos Tobar told county commissioners Tuesday night.
However, Tobar outlined a preliminary plan to address concerns raised by residents of Borden Road and Borden Lane.

School system ends fiscal year with big surplus

Grady County Board of Education members received some good financial news Tuesday night.
Finance Officer Dan Broome, who is still recording tax receipts for the year ended June 30, 2015, reported to the school board that the system ended the year with a surplus of $319,358.28.

Congressman Bishop to host meeting on Lake Seminile hydrilla

Congressman Sanford D. Bishop, Jr. (GA-02) announced an upcoming hydrilla focused Town Hall Meeting in Donalsonville, GA. Congressman Bishop has invited and will be accompanied by Colonel Jon Chytka, Commander of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Mobile District. The purpose of the meeting is to get feedback from the public on the issue.
The meeting will be held Tuesday, Aug. 18 at the Seminole County Courthouse in Donalsonville. Doors open at 5:30 p.m. and the meeting will begin at 6 p.m.

Utilities after-hours calls now being answered in T’ville

It's a Saturday night and your lights go out. Have no fear, someone in Thomasville is now dispatching city crews to help.
City of Cairo Energy Services Director Rod Prince updated the Cairo mayor and council Monday night on the city's transition from in-house dispatching to outsourced dispatching.
As of last Monday, Aug. 3, the after-hours and weekend dispatching for city utilities is being handled by the city of Thomasville at a cost of only $1,500 per month or $18,000 annually.

Magnolia Place of Cairo has plans to expand by 15 beds

A zoning change approved Monday night by the Cairo City Council will clear the way for an expansion of Magnolia Place of Cairo assisted living center.
Magnolia Place has held a license for a 50-bed facility since 1997 and owner Jerry (Jay) McDaniel III, has plans to expand the assisted living facility. Currently, Magnolia Place has 35 beds.

Work on downtown streetscape expected to begin in early 2016

The long awaited downtown Cairo streetscape project may finally be going out to bid this fall, according to Cairo City Manager Chris Addleton.
The city manager briefed the mayor and council on the project Monday night.
Addleton reports that construction and bid documents have been delivered to the Georgia Department of Transportation officials for their review and approval.

Hearing in Grady EMC?suit to be held August 18

The first court date in what could be a long and protracted court battle between disgruntled members of the Grady Electric Membership Corporation and the co-op's current and former managers and board of directors has finally been scheduled.
A hearing set to begin at 9 a.m. on Tuesday, Aug. 18 at the Grady County Courthouse will give the plaintiffs in the case their first day in court.

VFW Post seeks more members or face closure

The Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 8433 is on the verge of losing its charter if it is unable to add more members in short order, according to Acting Commander Douglas Taylor.
The VFW will meet tomorrow night, Aug. 6, beginning at 7:30 p.m. at the Grady Room of Roddenbery Memorial Library.

Reproductions of paintings, including Picasso, to be on display at CHS

Reproductions of paintings, including Picasso, to be on display at CHS
Giant reproductions of works by four Hispanic artists, including Pablo Picasso, will be on display at Cairo High School beginning Monday.
The Teacher’s Discovery Traveling Exhibits will feature the works of Diego Rivera, Frida Kahlo, Pablo Picasso and Salvador Dalí. The artists’ exhibits will be displayed for two weeks each in the high school’s main hallway.

County solicits bids on new Gainous Rd. bridge

Bids are now being solicited for the replacement of the bridge on Gainous Road, which is part of the overall Tired Creek Lake infrastructure improvements.
The bridge project will be paid for using proceeds from a $1.2 million grant awarded to the county in June 2014 by the State Road and Tollway Authority.
The new 120 foot long prefabricated bridge will replace the existing boxed culvert on Gainous Road and will have eight feet of clearance from the bottom of the bridge to the level of Tired Creek Lake at full pool.

Deadline looms for Wilcox Memorial 5K

Early registration
ends this Friday
The deadline to register early for the 5K run/walk in support of the Jackie Robinson Boys and Girls Club is this Friday. The 2015 Wilcox Memorial 5K, named in honor of the late Marshell Wilcox, takes place in Cairo on Saturday, Aug. 15.
The entry fee for early registrants is $10 or $15 for runners and walkers who want a t-shirt.

County workers will get healthy or pay more for health care insurance

Grady County employees are going to have to adopt healthier lifestyles or face pain in their wallets following action taken by the county commission Thursday.
County leaders met with John Taylor, executive vice president of Taylor Benefit Resource, and Ron Arline, insurance broker, to discuss changes to the county's self-insured health benefit plan.
Following the lead of other local governments, including the city of Cairo, Grady County commissioners are looking to penalize employees who do not take care of themselves or treat chronic conditions such as high blood pressure and diabetes by forcing them to meet higher deductibles for their health insurance.

Mandy Cochran is Grady General’s employee of the year

Mandy Cochran is Grady General’s employee of the year
Mandy Cochran is the 2014-2015 Employee of the Year at Grady General Hospital. The honor was announced during the hospital’s annual employee picnic recently.
Cochran began working at Grady General Hospital in 2010 as a speech language pathologist in the hospital’s rehabilitation department, where she still works today.

City gets less money from state for paving, but nearly seven miles of streets will be resurfaced

The city of Cairo will receive less state money to assist with street resurfacing in fiscal year 2015-2016, but that is not stopping the city council from tackling an ambitious street resurfacing project.
On Monday night the city council authorized Mayor Bobby Burns to execute the Georgia Department of Transportation Local Maintenance and Improvement Grant (LMIG) application.

Council eliminates cap on package stores in Cairo

The Cairo City Council voted 3-2-1 Monday night to lift a restriction on the number of liquor stores within the corporate limits.
Previously, city code restricted the number of package stores to one for every 3,000 residents, which based on the city's population, allowed up to three locations.

Council forced to delay fire truck purchase until financing is set

A possible kink in the city's plan to pay for a new fire engine resulted in the Cairo City Council tabling action on awarding a bid for the new vehicle.
The 2015-2016 operating budget includes $450,000 for a fire truck and $60,000 for equipment.
Cairo City Manager Chris Addleton had proposed financing the purchase and paying the debt with Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax revenue earmarked for public safety equipment.

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