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Steve DeVoursney named new Syrupmaker head football coach

Steve DeVoursney named new Syrupmaker head football coach
With the resignation of longtime Syrupmaker head football coach Tom Fallaw, the Syrupmakers didn't have to look far for a new leader.
Dr. Kermit Gilliard, Interim CHS principal and soon -to-be Grady County School Superintendent has appointed Syrupmaker defensive coordinator Steve DeVoursney as the Syrupmakers' new head coach.

Red Hills Community Probation is named in federal lawsuit

A private probation company based in Cairo is named in a class action lawsuit filed in federal court late last week.
Red Hills Community Probation LLC and its CEO Margaret Crutchfield are named as defendants in the federal suit along with Martiele Pickle and Jodi Simpson, probation officers employed by Red Hills; Pelham Police Chief Nealie McCormick, former Bainbridge Public Safety Director Eric Miller; police officers for the cities of Pelham and Bainbridge; and the city of Pelham and the City of Bainbridge.

Mark Willis is a familiar face at Whigham

Mark Willis is a familiar face at Whigham
A Grady County educator who has been associated with Whigham Elementary School for the last 17 years will soon become the school's new principal.
The Grady County Board of Education voted unanimously Tuesday night to accept the recommendation of Superintendent Lee M. Bailey and Superintendent-elect Dr. Kermit Gilliard to hire Mark A. Willis as the new principal at Whigham.
Willis will replace Principal Sherry Moncrief who is retiring at the end of this school term.

Jones going back to where his career began

Jones going  back to where his career began
In August it will have been 21 years since Todd Jones took a job as a classroom teacher at Shiver Elementary School, but when the 2015-2016 school term begins he will be the principal of the school.
The Grady County Board of Education voted unanimously Tuesday night to accept the recommendation of Superintendent Lee M. Bailey and Superintendent-elect Dr. Kermit Gilliard to hire Jones as principal at Shiver.


After 12 years as the head coach of the Cairo High School Syrupmaker football team, Tom Fallaw is stepping down. The coach announced his decision to his staff this morning at a coaches meeting to plan for the upcoming spring football practice. Fallaw is tied with the late West Thomas as the winningest CHS coach with a record of 116-34-0. Under Fallaw the Syrupmakers have won seven region championships and won the state championship in 2008. See for more details as they become available and see next week's edition of The Cairo Messenger for a complete report on what Fallaw's plans are for the future and who his replacement will be.
New principals likely to be hired Tuesday

Facing unprecedented turnover in key administrative positions due to the retirement of veteran educators, Grady County School Superintendent-elect Dr. Kermit Gilliard is moving closer to finding replacements for key vacancies within the county schools.
Interviews of candidates for principal of Cairo High School and Shiver Elementary School were wrapped up this week and Dr. Gilliard is contemplating an appointment of a new principal of Whigham Elementary School.

Permits issued for 20 new chicken houses

North Grady County continues to be a popular spot for the construction of chicken houses.
Grady County Code Enforcement Officer Larry Ivy briefed county commissioners Tuesday about another 20 chicken houses to be constructed on a 140-acre tract on County Line Road.

David backs away from having online access to county accounts

David backs away from having online access to county accounts
Grady County Commissioner T.D. David has given up on having access to the county's bank accounts via online banking, but on Tuesday he renewed his push to have access to monitor county finances through the county's accounting software, CSI.
"Two weeks ago I asked my fellow commissioners to consider allowing me to have online access to banks we do business with here in Grady County. I asked you to consider it and we would discuss it later. I didn't talk about it with anybody and the next thing I know I got an email from Carlos (Tobar) saying that the commissioners had decided no one should have access to CSI or the bank accounts," Commissioner David said.

Local log truck driver charged in Tuesday morning accident

A Cairo log truck driver is charged in a Tuesday morning accident that sent two Donalsonville men to the hospital.
Timothy McCullough, 41, was driving a log truck north on Upper Hawthorne Trail when he attempted to cross U.S. 84 at 6:05 a.m., according to the Georgia State Patrol.

Toxicology report indicates inmate died of natural causes

A state crime lab report indicates a man who died while in custody at the Grady County jail late last year died of natural causes due to health reasons, according to the Georgia Bureau of Investigation.
Franklin Edward Lee suffered from hypertension and cardiovascular disease says Steve Turner, GBI special agent in charge. "He (Lee) had been having health issues and when he got involved in the excited situation it caused his demise," Turner says.

CHS basketball boosters to honor coaches Saturday

Local high school basketball fans, community leaders, family and friends are invited to former and current Syrupmakers and Syrupmaids as they show appreciation for coach Lucy Baker and coach Isiah Chance at the Cairo High School gym this Saturday, April 4, 2015, from 2 to 4 p.m. Dress will be casual.
Grady lawmen shut down two alledged meth labs

Grady County sheriff's deputies were trying to help Thomas County Sheriff's investigators locate a person of interest here when they allegedly stumbled upon two working meth labs.
Information indicated the woman Thomas County authorities wanted to question was at a mobile home in the 400 block of Hwy. 93.

Ridenour receives state appointment

Mrs. Meghan Ridenour, Cairo High School Spanish teacher and Grady County Teacher of the Year, was recently appointed to the State of Georgia Learning Resources Advisory Committee by the Georgia Department of Education. Mrs. Ridenour was nominated to represent the 2nd Congressional District by CHS Instructional Coordinator, Mrs. Tammy Donalson.  

Commissioners say they did not know Tobar had been fired from last three jobs

Grady County officials relied solely on a paid consultant and failed to fully investigate the background of the man they hired as county administrator in 2013.
Grady County commissioners said this week they did not know that County Administrator Carlos Tobar had been fired from his three most recent jobs before coming here.

County responds to questions raised by Libertarian party official

The Grady County Commission has issued a response to a laundry list of questions about the Tired Creek Lake project raised last week by the chairman of the Libertarian Party of Grady County.

Holy Week schedule is announced

Local churches are hosting daily services next week leading up to Easter Sunday, which is April 5.
Each of the Holy Week worship services will take place at noon followed by lunch. A suggested donation is $4 for the lunch.

Cairo man found guilty in death of baby, abuse of another

A Cairo man will likely spend the rest of his life behind bars after a Grady County jury decided last week he was guilty in the 2013 death of one baby and the abuse of another baby.

City police car damaged in crash

A Cairo police officer wrecked his patrol car Saturday afternoon when he pulled onto U.S. 84 from a business driveway in pursuit of an alleged traffic law violator.
The accident was investigated by the Georgia State Patrol and occurred at 3:50 p.m., March 21.


The Cairo Youth Council’s annual Cairo High School Bruty Queen Contest is tonight, Friday, March 20. The newspaper erroneously stated the womanless beauty pageant is Saturday. We regret the error.
Pageant proceeds will go to the council’s non-profit of choice, Cairo Pregnancy Center.
Council members encourage the public to come out tonight and support the high school boys who have put so much work into making this an entertaining evening. Contestants are: Cole Bennett, Titus Butler, Dylan Cox, Mathew Freeman, Orion Frees, Marcus Gaines, E.J. Harrison, Kaleb High, Sheddrick Miller, Timothy Monroe, Jamez Peters, Conner Prince, Ernie Raker, Buster Robinson, Nicholas Smith, Khemion Smith and Kane Stokes.
The pageant begins at 7 p.m. at the Cairo High School auditorium.

Tax office may finally get new server

Grady County commissioners could soon take action to replace a 6-year-old server in the office of Grady County Tax Commissioner Phyllis Gainous. For nearly two years, Commissioner Gainous has reported having trouble with the server.
Grady County Administrator Carlos Tobar told the board of commissioners Tuesday night that he has put out a request for bids to replace the server. According to Tobar, the board will have the bids to review and vote on at its April 7 meeting.

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