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Early voting ends Friday

This is the final week of early voting in the run-off to elect a new superior court judge for the South Georgia Judicial Circuit, and election officials say turnout here remains low.
The final day to cast an early vote is Friday by 5 p.m. Tuesday, July 26, is election day across the circuit and the county's 13 polling places will be open from 7 a.m. until 7 p.m.

Sheriff’s Office busts up underage drinking soiree

Grady County sheriff’s deputies report breaking up a late-night party in Whigham where an estimated crowd of 50 people aged 14 to 23 had gathered, some drinking alcohol, last weekend.
Three young adults were arrested on misdemeanor charges, including the 18-year-old girl who lived in the house where the party took place on Providence Road.

Commissioners eye small tax hike

Slight growth in the county's tax digest of just under $4,000,000 is allowing Grady County Commissioners to propose a modest tax increase for 2016.
Commissioners Tuesday night unanimously adopted a tentative millage rate of 13.653 mills, up from 13.265 in 2015, or a 3.02 percent increase in ad valorem taxes.

Tentative trial date set for discrimination suit against Tobar

A federal lawsuit against Grady County Administrator Carlos Tobar is progressing and county commissioners on Tuesday night voted to approve payment of $2,735.10 in legal fees for Tobar's defense.
The legal fees were for services rendered through May 25 and according to federal court documents, a jury trial has tentatively been set for April 3, 2017 at 8:30 a.m. before U.S. District Judge W. Louis Sands in Albany.

Lake level is up four feet as of Tuesday

Recent rains have helped in the filling of the 960-acre Tired Creek Lake.
Grady County Lake Authority executive director Mike Binion reported this week that the lake level has risen four feet since the gates on the dam were closed late last month.

Adults to pay more for meals at schools

Adults who eat meals in Grady County School System cafeterias during the 2016-2017 school term will have to pay more for their meals, but nothing that will break the bank.

New reflectors help firemen spot hydrants

If you've noticed some new blue reflectors on city streets then you will also notice that they are placed near city fire hydrants.

Southside auditorium will not be complete before school reopens

The Grady County Board of Education learned Tuesday night that the renovation of the historic Southside Elementary School auditorium will not be completed prior to the opening of the 2016-2017 school term, but the contractor will be moving out of the front of the school to allow access to parking in front of the school.
Superintendent of Schools Dr. Kermit Gilliard updated the board members this week on the delays on the project.

Nearly all school system vacancies have been filled

With school bells set to ring in the 2016-2017 term later this month, Grady County School System officials are working to fill all vacancies in both the certified and non-certified staff.
"As of tonight, we will have hired 63 people, both teaching positions and non-certified staff, leaving us with four more teaching positions to fill," Grady County School Superintendent Dr. Kermit Gilliard reported to the school board Tuesday night.

County extends moratorium on chicken houses

Grady County Commissioners voted unanimously Tuesday morning to extend a moratorium on the construction of new chicken houses in the county for another 60 days.
A similar measure adopted in May was set to expire Tuesday, according to Grady County administrator Carlos Tobar, who recommended the commission extend the moratorium.

Commissioners seem unclear about plan they approved in 2012

County officials this week seemed unaware of previous board actions and the difference between the Tired Creek Lake Master Plan and the Tired Creek Master Lake Development Plan.
The Tired Creek Lake Master Plan adopted by the Grady County Board of Commissioners in 2012 and subsequently approved by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers requires the county have in place a watershed management plan for the lake.

Blood Drive is next Thursday

The Cairo Police Department is partnering with to sponsor its first ever “Badges for Life Blood Drive” next week. The special event will take place at the police department on Thurs., July 14, 9 a.m.-5 p.m.

David makes case for county support of local animal shelter

Grady County Commissioner T.D. David renewed his proposition that county government work with a local non-profit organization to keep it viable in the community.

Community Health Fair to be held July 30

The FIT Community Health Fair will be held on July 30 at Holder Park from 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. 
Early voting in critical election begins Tuesday

An important election is yet to be determined, but voters can begin casting ballots Tuesday, July 5, to make their voices heard.
Ryan Cleveland and Heather Lanier, candidates for Superior Court judge of the South Georgia circuit, are set to face off in the July 26 run-off.
The duo are seeking to replace Chief Judge A. Wallace Cato, who is retiring.

Tobar receives another “fair to good” evaluation from commissioners

Grady County Commissioners met behind closed doors last week to evaluate the job performance of county administrator Carlos Tobar and the results are basically the same as two previous evaluations.
Findings of the evaluation are incomplete because one commissioner never submitted a completed evaluation form to the commission chairman or county clerk as requested.

National 4-H archery competition continues through Thursday

Grady County’s Senior 4-H Archery Team is representing the state of Georgia at this week’s national 4-H archery contest in Nebraska. As of the first day’s shooting on Tuesday, the local team was in 2nd place overall, with two of the four archers ranked individually in the top 10.

Norton calls for raise for county solid waste crew

Grady County Commission Chairman Charles Norton thinks county workers who work in filth every day of the week deserve higher pay.
During a called meeting Friday, Chairman Norton recommended the county commission consider pay increases for the solid waste crew who are charged with garbage collection, which includes cleaning up litter and dumpster overflow at the county's dump sites.

Grant for 20th Street S.E. project falls through

Grady County came out on the short end of the stick when grants were awarded last week for transportation projects by the State Road and Tollway Authority.
Grady County, jointly with the City of Cairo and the Grady County Joint Development Authority, were seeking a Georgia Transportation Infrastructure Bank (GTIB) grant for $235,000 to combine with local funds for the full depth reclamation of 20th Street S.E. to its intersection with Joyner Road.

Laura Register returns from White House summit

Laura Register returns from White House summit
Home from a two-day summit in Washington, D.C., Laura Register says she is energized after learning what women across the globe are doing to support one another.
Register was selected to attend the United State of Women Summit convened by the White House, June 14-16, where speakers included leaders in business, government, non profit, the economy, higher education, the arts and more. The Grady countian admits she’s slightly star struck by all of the notable speakers she was able to hear.

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