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Public hearing regarding proposed aquatic center to be held June 19

Citizens of Cairo are being encouraged to attend an important public hearing next Tuesday night, June 19 beginning at 6 p.m. in the city council chamber.
The Cairo City Council is hosting the public hearing on the 2008 Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax Aquatic Center Project that was approved by local voters.

Tax Assessors mailing out assessment notices June 13

Grady County property owners should be on the lookout for assessment notices being mailed Wednesday by the Grady County Board of Tax Assessors.
The annual assessments are not a tax bill, but are notices of the current taxable value of one’s property, according to the Grady County Board of Tax Assessors. The 2018 taxes that local property owners will be responsible to pay in December will be based on the values set by the Board of Tax Assessors.

Gilliard identifies funding to address flooring issues at three schools

Some local school buildings will soon have some new flooring finishes as a result of a little “horse trading” by Dr. Kermit Gilliard.
The Grady County school superintendent outlined his recommendations to the Grady County Board of Education Tuesday night.

Moye and Copeland seek to know more about lake financing options

If refinancing the county’s debt on Tired Creek Lake could extend the bond payments and reduce the need for a large tax increase this fall, some Grady County commissioners would like to learn more about their options.
Last year, Clifford C. (Bucky) Kimsey III, of Raymond James & Associates told county leaders the county’s debt could be refinanced and at that time savings of $600,000 in interest was possible.

County hay purchases from farm tied to Prince are questioned

Questions about Grady County’s purchase of hay from a farm with connections to Grady County Commission Chairman Ray Prince were raised during Tuesday morning’s county commission meeting.
Calling the discovery “troubling,” former commissioner Charles Renaud questioned what he described as approximately $5,000 in purchases from C&R Farms during 2017.

County official shares some information on mitigation issue

Issues regarding the alleged encroachment on Grady County mitigation sites in south Grady County and the growing legal bills associated with them were not discussed publicly during Tuesday’s Grady County Commission meeting.
However, following the meeting Grady County Commission Chairman Ray Prince did answer some of The Messenger’s questions regarding the issue.

Benz has been brought back to address issues that could result in millions of additional expense on lake project

Grady County commissioners have been questioning bills for legal services of one of its lawyers for the last three months and until only recently has it become public just what the attorney is working on.
At the May 15 commission meeting, the board voted to approve payment of a $9,850.95 invoice from attorney Laura Benz. Benz was one of the county’s consultants most instrumental in obtaining the federal 404 permit to create the 960-acre Tired Creek Lake.

Most of Cairo was without power Monday

As Subtropical Storm Alberto was making landfall on the Florida Panhandle Monday, electric crews in Cairo were working to remedy a pair of unusual circumstances that left about two-thirds of the city without power, some for nearly six hours.
Every utility lineman, apprentice and groundman for the city was called to duty, according to Rod Prince, energy services director for the City of Cairo, but the unfolding situation proved time consuming.

Local school tax rate could drop thanks to increased state funding

The Grady County Board of Education got its first look at the proposed 2018-2019 operating budget Tuesday night. The total budget stands at $37,283,704.
Increased state funding is growing the school system's budget by $2,081,428 compared to the current budget. State funding for Quality Basic Education is increasing $1.2 million; austerity cuts of $472,425 have been restored; and the system is set to receive an additional $330,430 in equalization from the state.
With the additional resources, Grady County School Superintendent Dr. Kermit Gilliard is recommending the funding for three new art teachers, an additional agriculture teacher, an additional academic teacher, as well as a half-time physical education teacher.

City-wide clean-up day to be held June 13

City of Cairo employees are preparing to take part in a clean-up day and the public is also being invited to participate.
Cairo Main Street Director and Keep Grady County Beautiful Director Celeste Tyler briefed the Cairo City Council on the clean-up event scheduled for Wednesday, June 13.

Mayor pushes for office and key to City Hall in social media video

Last Thursday afternoon, Cairo Mayor Booker Gainor took his campaign for an office in City Hall to social media and posted a video that attracted a lot of attention.
Cairo City Manager Chris Addleton has told the mayor he is welcome to use any of the vacant offices at City Hall, but he has not agreed to provide the mayor a key to access City Hall after hours. According to the city manager, the majority of the council was not in favor of the mayor being provided a key to City Hall.

Memorial Day observance to be held at Davis Park

Memorial Day will be observed Monday, May 28 at Davis Park in Cairo beginning at 10 a.m. The ceremony is being hosted by American Legion Posts 122 and 544 along with Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 8433.

Smith sentenced by federal judge on drug charges

Smith sentenced by federal judge on drug charges
Charles E. Peeler, U.S. Attorney for the Middle District of Georgia, announced that on May 17, 2018, Senior U.S. District Court Judge W. Louis Sands, sitting in Albany, sentenced Cary Brandon Smith, 33, of Cairo, to 360 months imprisonment as the result of his plea of guilty earlier this year to 31 of 32 counts in an indictment charging him with multiple counts of Conspiracy to Manufacture and Possess with Intent to Distribute Methamphetamine and Other Controlled Substances, Possession of a Firearm in Furtherance of a Drug Trafficking Crime, Possession of a Stolen Firearm, Use of a Communications Facility in Furtherance of a Drug Trafficking Crime and Possession of a Firearm by a Convicted Felon.  

School superintendent tasks Brimm with new administrative duties

Additional changes in the make-up of the administration of the Grady County School System were approved unanimously by the Grady County Board of Education during a special called meeting Tuesday morning.
Washington Middle School Principal Tilda Brimm is assuming additional duties as the new assistant superintendent for community relations. According to Grady County School Superintendent Dr. Kermit Gilliard, Brimm will spend the majority of the day working from the school system central office but she will continue to manage and oversee the operation of WMS.

CHS Bands’ Spring Concert is Thursday

The 73rd annual Spring Concert featuring the Cairo High School Bands will be performed Thursday evening at the CHS auditorium.
The concert will begin at 7 p.m. and will showcase both the Cairo High School Concert Band and the Cairo High School Symphony Band.

Free lake access permits now available for local residents

With the big opening of Tired Creek Lake on Friday, May 25, just in time for the Memorial Day weekend, local residents are being encouraged to pick up the 2018 access pass.

Open House at Grady Senior Center to be held Friday

The Grady County Senior Center is holding an open house Friday and the community is invited to help them celebrate Older Americans Month. The center, located at 33 17th Ave. N.W., will host the event from 10 a.m. until 1 p.m.

Local bank board votes to increase its dividend payment

The last remaining locally owned bank in Grady County is preparing to pay an increased dividend to its shareholders next month.
The board of directors of United National Bank has approved a dividend payment of $1.35 per share to stockholders of record as of June 1, 2018. The payment will be made June 15, 2018.

City firefighter suffered injury in Monday morning blaze

A pot left unattended on a stove is being blamed for a fire that destroyed a Cairo home Monday morning.
A Cairo firefighter sustained minor injuries battling the blaze, according to officials. The fire at 820 Ninth St. N.W. was reported at approximately 9:25 a.m., Cairo Fire Chief Bill Schafer said.

Cairo High School alum is fighter squadron commander at Moody AFB

Cairo High School alum is fighter squadron commander at Moody AFB
Born into a family where working for the public good is a way of life, Brandon M. Kelly says it was only natural that he’d choose a career in the military, especially when it includes his true passion, airplanes.
The 1994 graduate of Cairo High School is now a Lieutenant Colonel in the U.S. Air Force and was recently named Commander of the 76th Fighter Squadron based at Moody Air Force Base in Valdosta. “It’s good to get to do what I absolutely love, and it’s good for a Georgia boy to be able to get back home,” Kelly says.

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