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Another chance to Walk with a Doc is Friday

The second Walk with a Doc event is taking place at Cairo's Davis Park Friday morning and the public is invited to participate.
Drs. Meghann Blankenship and Jason NeSmith will be walking the park and answering health questions beginning at 8 a.m. Prizes will be awarded to the first 20 walkers and refreshments will be served at the conclusion.

Early voting ends this Friday at 5 p.m.

Early voting for the July 22 Democratic and Republican party primary run-off elections wraps up at 5 p.m. this Friday.
Although voter turnout remains slim, interest has picked up since last Tuesday and a total of 166 votes had been cast at the close of business Tuesday. Of that total 122 republican ballots had been cast and 44 democratic ballots.

Butler, Miller, and Vance tapped to serve on DDA

Two new members have were appointed to the Downtown Development Authority and a third member received a reappointment Monday night.
The Cairo City Council voted unanimously to reappoint Debbi Miller, owner of Miss Myrt's, to another six-year term on the DDA. Mrs. Miller was first appointed in January 2008.
The city council also appointed downtown property owner Nancy Vance and Cairo attorney K. Todd Butler as new members to the authority.

Commissioners approve plan to clean off radio tower

In an effort to improve the range of the pager system used by Grady County volunteer firefighters and address other communication issues the Grady County Commission Tuesday authorized the expenditure of $12,000 to pay for the required work.
Chris Dorsey, an agent with the Georgia Bureau of Investigation and Grady County resident, presented his recommendation for remediation of the radio tower on State Park Road.

Early voting continues but few are voting in run-off

Only a small number of Georgians have ventured to the polls to cast early votes in the upcoming July 22 Democratic and Republican party primary run-off elections.
Georgia Secretary of State Brian Kemp reported Monday that only 44,342 Georgia voters had cast ballots.
In Grady County, as of the close of business Tuesday, only 75 early votes have been cast. Of those, 59 are Republican ballots and 16 are Democratic.

Work on 20th Street project delayed until July 21

The much anticipated start of work to complete the final phase of the 20th Street N.E. resurfacing and rehabilitation project is now expected to begin on Monday, July 21, according to Cairo City Manager Chris Addleton.

School board moving forward with sales tax vote

The Grady County Board of Education voted unanimously this week to ask Probate Judge Denise Maddox, as elections superintendent, to call for a referendum on a one percent Education Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax to be held in conjunction with the Nov. 4 general election.
Board members were first presented with the ballot language and the proposed resolution last month and on Tuesday night it was approved without any changes or discussion.

Boards vote to hold tax rates unchanged

Both the Grady County Commission and the Grady County Board of Education voted unanimously this week to hold current ad valorem tax millage rates unchanged, but some local residents will likely pay more in county and school taxes this fall.
The county commission voted Monday night to adopt a tentative millage rate of 13.25 mills, which is the same rate approved last year. On Tuesday night, the Grady County Board of Education followed suit and voted to tentatively adopt a millage rate of 14.2 mills, which is the current school tax rate.

Early voting now underway

Advanced voting in the July 22 primary run-off election is off to a very slow start, according to Grady County election officials.
The early voting period began Monday and as of the close of business Tuesday afternoon, only 25 local voters had cast ballots.
Of the ballots cast, 21 were republicans and four were democrats.

New county rescue truck hits the streets

New county rescue truck hits the streets
Grady County's new Volunteer Fire Department rescue truck was delivered Friday and county personnel have been busy switching fire and rescue equipment from one vehicle to another.
VFD Coordinator Wayne Hadden and Firefighter Richard Phillips gave Grady County commissioners a demonstration and conducted an inspection of the new unit Tuesday morning following the county commission meeting.

Truck loaded with corn flips after driver loses control on Hwy. 112

Truck loaded with corn flips after driver loses control on Hwy. 112
The Camilla Highway was closed for most of the afternoon on Saturday after a semitrailer truck hauling corn overturned on a curve in the road.

CHS debaters competed in Kansas

CHS debaters competed in Kansas
Four Cairo High School students and their sponsor attended the 2014 National Speech and Debate Association Tournament in Overland Park, Kansas, just outside Kansas City June 16-20. Students from Cairo High School attending were Tyler Angelier, Bailey Duggan, Ka'Nisha Hicks and Casey Lewis, along with their debate coach, CHS English teacher Hank Smith.
Local couple restoring historic home to rent for special occasions

Local couple restoring historic home to rent for special occasions
A big part of downtown Cairo's history is getting a facelift and new purpose thanks to a local family who are doing much of the work themselves.
Meghan and Robert Ridenour have purchased the W. S. Wight home at the corner of Third Avenue, S.E. and First Street, S.E., that for the majority of its 113 years has served as a private family home. Although it has been vacant for the last few years, the house most recently enjoyed a stint as a popular restaurant, Annier's Courtyard.

Council says no to block party

Local residents planning a last minute party for about 200 people outside a residence at 1213 Pine Circle S.W. had their plans nixed by the Cairo City Council Thursday night.

Organizers pleased with first “Walk with a Doc” event

Cairo's Davis Park was crowded with walkers Friday morning for the first annual Walk with a Doc where two local physicians and other healthcare providers gathered to encourage Cairo and Grady County to move.

Candidate qualifying begins Monday

Qualifying for independent candidates for the Nov. general election and candidates interested in running in the special election for the District 3 Grady County board of education seat begins Monday at 8:30 a.m.
The final day of qualifying will be at noon on Friday, June 27.

County agrees to pay more for inmate labor

Grady County commissioners this week agreed to a $15,000 increase in a contract with Decatur County to provide inmate labor crews.
Local officials met with Decatur County Administrator Col (Ret.) Gary Breedlove and Decatur Correctional Institute Warden Elijah McCoy Tuesday night to discuss the proposed increase.

JDA moves to take legal action over roof warranty

After months of attempting to negotiate with an area business to back the warranty on a nearly 10-year-old roof the Grady County Joint Development Authority has turned the matter over to its attorney.

Tobar says Hwy. 112 will be closed for months

When work begins sometime next year to replace the bridge on Georgia Highway 112 at Sapp Creek, the state route will be closed to thru traffic for several months, according to Grady County Administrator Carlos Tobar.
Tobar met with officials with the Georgia Department of Transportation this week to discuss the Sapp Creek bridge replacement project as well as other local transportation projects.

Final phase of 20th Street N.E. project expected to begin this week

Work is expected to begin this week on the final phase of the 20th Street N.E. resurfacing and rehabilitation project, according to Cairo City Manager Chris Addleton.
The city manager updated the city council on the project Monday night after Councilman Dr. Kermit Gilliard requested a briefing.

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