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BOE wasting no time getting started with building projects

Bolstered by the passage of the Education Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax by local voters last week, the Grady County Board of Education voted Tuesday night to move forward with the renovation of the Southside Elementary School auditorium and to finalize plans for the construction of a new administrative building and classrooms on the Southside campus.
Architect Raymond C. Finger presented board members with a proposed timeline for the Southside projects Tuesday night as well as an estimated cost for the auditorium renovation project.

Boys & Girls Club major fundraiser is next Thursday

Organizers of next week's 2nd Annual Diamond Affair Dinner are encouraging members of the community to support the event as sponsors. The event is hosted by the Jackie Robinson Boys and Girls Club of Cairo/Grady County and will be held at the Grady Cultural Center on Thursday, Nov. 20, at 6:30 p.m.

School officials to meet with Boys & Girls Club personnel to iron out transportation issues

The Grady County Board of Education this week instructed the school superintendent and the operations director to meet with officials with the Jackie Robinson Boys & Girls Club to discuss issues related to the transporting of club members from county schools to the Boys & Girls Club located at Holder Park.
During Tuesday night's meeting board members questioned school system Operations Director Jerry Cox about the procedures involved in transporting students to the Boys & Girls Club.

Annual silent auction now underway at Agri-Center

The seventh annual Grady County Historical Society Silent Auction opened Wednesday morning and interested bidders will only have until Thursday night to bid on hundreds of auction items.
This year's auction, which opened at 10 a.m. today, will last only two days with the exhibition of auction items.


Tobar says county cash balance is up nearly a million dollars

Grady County officials continue to work to catch-up on the reconciliation of bank statements that have accumulated since February of this year.
Commission Chairman T.D. David quizzed County Administrator Carlos Tobar and Accounting Manager Connie Blackman about the status of accounting work Tuesday morning.

Annual Silent Auction to be held next week

The seventh annual Grady County Historical Society Silent Auction will be held next week with a wide variety of items to be sold to the highest bidder.
This year's auction will last only two days with the exhibition of auction items opening next Wednesday, Nov. 12, at 10 a.m. at the Grady County Agri-Center.

Execution of a warrant leads to drug arrests

Officers trying to serve a warrant on one Cairo man early Thursday wound up taking five people into custody and confiscating more than two pounds of suspected marijuana, and several guns.

Sunday afternoon crash left many without electricity

When two cars collided on U.S. 84 Sunday afternoon electricity to every home in Grady County was cut. Some homes were out for just a few minutes while others were in the dark for more than three hours.

Boo on Broad will bring hundreds downtown Friday

Downtown Cairo and surrounding neighborhoods will be packed with  trick-or-treaters this Friday.
Boo on Broad will "haunt" the downtown on Friday with costumed youngsters roaming the city blocks between M.L.K. Avenue to Roddenbery Memorial Library from 3 p.m. until 5 p.m.

Motocross economic impact is big for Grady, report says

Motocross economic impact is big for Grady, report says
An economic impact study recently conducted by the Georgia Tech Enterprise Innovation Institute indicates that motocross in Grady County is big business for the community.
Grady County Joint Development Authority Executive Director Chadd Mathis applied for and was awarded a grant from Georgia Tech in March 2013 to analyze the financial impact of the motocross industry on the community.

Motocross riders willing to volunteer for local service projects

In an effort to teach teamwork and community leadership, the motocross coaches of Millsaps Training Facility say their riders are volunteering their services for neighborhood and individual work projects to help area families and residents.
The young men, ages 12-20, will work in groups free of charge on odd jobs such as yard work, painting or small home projects that do not require permits.
"Let us help you while you help us build team morale and leadership skills," says Colleen Millsaps, MTF owner.
To request a team of workers call (229) 377-8502.

Mayor signs closing documents for $3.5 million loan for new water plant

The city of Cairo is closer to having the money necessary to finance the construction of a new water treatment plant and ground storage facility at the Cairo Municipal Airport.
On Monday night, the council authorized Mayor Bobby Burns to execute loan documents with the Georgia Environmental Facilities Authority for a $3,586,710 low interest loan from the Drinking Water State Revolving Fund.

City refinancing existing debt to save over $750,000

Cairo city officials continue to closely monitor city finances and on Monday night the council took action to refinance some debt and save over $750,000 in interest expense over a 10 year period.
The council unanimously accepted a proposal from Stephens Inc., to refinance the city's 2004 utility bonds of approximately $7.2 million over 10 years at a rate of 2.40 percent.
The fees associated with the refinancing that the city must pay will be $31,000 not including attorney's fees.

Police investigating theft at Zebulon

Cairo Police are trying to track down the ones responsible for a theft at Cairo's historic Zebulon Theater.
The thievery was discovered the morning of Monday, Oct. 20, by theater volunteers who reported it to authorities.

CHS administration is aggressively enforcing dress code

CHS administration is aggressively enforcing dress code
When Grady County School Superintendent Lee M. Bailey recommended Assistant School Superintendent Dr. Kermit Gilliard be named Cairo High School Interim Principal he asked that Gilliard enforce the dress code outlined in the student handbook.
A review of discipline referrals at CHS indicated that Dr. Gilliard and the CHS assistant principals are doing just that.

Methodist Fall Bazaar is this Saturday, offers something for everyone

An original oil painting, lithograph of Cairo's old Post Office from the early 1900s and frozen homemade casseroles are just a few of the offerings for sale at the Annual Fall Bazaar at Cairo First United Methodist Church Saturday.

Watch for tax bills in the mail this week

Grady Countians should be on the lookout for their tax bills.
According to Grady County Tax Commissioner Phyllis Gainous, 14,673 tax bills went out in the mail from a mailing house in Chattanooga, Tenn., Monday.

Majors is leaving chamber

Majors is leaving chamber
As was first reported on last Wednesday afternoon, Jennifer Majors has resigned as the executive vice president of the Cairo-Grady County Chamber of Commerce effective Monday, Oct. 27.


Cairo-Grady County Chamber of Commerce Executive Vice President Jennifer Majors has resigned after seven years with the the chamber, officials announced today.
Mrs. Majors has accepted a position with Southwest Georgia RESA in Camilla. Her last day on the job will be Oct. 27.
Chamber Chairman Chastity Cox and Executive Director Chadd Mathis said they would begin advertising the vacancy immediately.
"We would like to thank Jennifer for her seven years of dedicated service to the community and wish her well in her new endeavors," chamber officials said in a statement released Wednesday afternoon.

EMC official responds to lawsuit, attorneys are hired

The general manager of Grady EMC said this week the lawsuit filed by members of the Take Back our Grady EMC committee last week will be "vigorously" defended by the EMC.
"We are disappointed that a lawsuit has been filed against Grady EMC.  We have met with members of the party filing the suit and have made good faith efforts to communicate with them and others who have questions about our business for several months now," said Grady EMC General Manager Thomas A. (Bo) Rosser Jr.

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