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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.

Thursday storm packed a punch

A fierce storm thundered through Grady County Thursday afternoon, pulling the plug on air conditioning, wifi and light for thousands of people, some for more than 12 hours. Trees and limbs were no match for the high winds and wind gusts, which pulled them down onto power lines. Grady EMC and City of Cairo report a combined 5,729 customers were without power after the storm hit around 4 p.m. Thursday.
Groundbreaking for new school facility is Thursday

Grady County will play host to Lt. Gov. Casey Cagle tomorrow when he travels to Cairo for the official groundbreaking for the new Cairo High School College and Career Academy.
The festivities are set to begin at 1:30 p.m.

Moratorium may have to be extended

A moratorium on the construction of chicken houses in Grady County may have to be extended county commissioners said Tuesday night.
Grady County administrator Carlos Tobar has not provided county attorney Kevin S. Cauley suggested revisions to the county's code of ordinances regulating chicken houses that were discussed at a work session Cauley was not invited to two weeks ago.

Cairo Rotarians spotlight the Top Ten at 29th annual banquet

Cairo Rotarians spotlight the Top Ten at 29th annual banquet
The Top Ten students in each class at Cairo High School were feted Tuesday night by the Cairo Rotary Club.
It was the 29th time the local civic club has recognized the high school’s top scholastic achievers.

City backs off of water rate hike

After being asked to justify proposed utility rate increases and after additional consideration, Cairo city manager Chris Addleton has backed away from his plan to increase water rates for city rate payers in the 2016-2017 fiscal year.
Addleton had proposed a six to seven percent increase in water rates, but that plan had met opposition from members of the council.

Ford Motor Company may partner with CHS College and Career Academy

Cairo High School’s College and Career Academy will soon get support from a national corporation with a goal of bolstering K-12 education across the nation.
Ford Motor Company Fund’s “Ford Next Generation Learning” (Ford NGL), has partnered with schools in only 22 cities, and could add Cairo to that list. The program “brings together educators, employers and community leaders to implement a proven model for transforming secondary schools, which ultimately improves the regional workforce development system,” states Ford NGL information.

CHS Jazz Band wowed the crowd in Savannah

CHS Jazz Band wowed the crowd in Savannah
From all reports, the Cairo High School Jazz Band presented an impressive performance at the opening session of the Georgia School Boards Association summer conference in Savannah Friday morning.
The band was invited to perform by GSBA officials after coaxing from veteran Grady County Board of Education member Teresa Gee Harris.

Addleton struggles to gain council support for smart meter proposal

Cairo City manager Chris Addleton made a final push Monday night in hopes of persuading the city council to approve funding the purchase and installation of new remote controlled utility meters.
Addleton was joined by Rod Prince and Faye Ingram of City of Cairo Energy Services in making the case for the Advanced Metering Infrastructure (AMI) meters for electricity, gas, and water.

Georgia Tech chaplain Derrick Moore to headline Rotary’s Top Ten banquet

Georgia Tech chaplain Derrick Moore to headline Rotary’s Top Ten banquet
A former NFL running back and the current chaplain for the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets is coming to Cairo next week to speak to several groups of Cairo High School students and is headlining the Top Ten Banquet, all thanks to Cairo Rotary Club.
Derrick Moore will have two programs for Cairo, first for extra curricular groups at CHS, from sports to student clubs, says Rotarian Chuck Thomas.

Tobar’s proposed budget would require a tax increase

Major medical bills
are sinking county’s
health insurance plan
Grady County Commissioners got their first look at the proposed 2017 operating budget as recommended by administrator Carlos Tobar, and they may not have liked what they saw.
Tobar told county officials Tuesday that his projected expenditures for 2017 will exceed those of the current year by better than $666,000.
"We're looking at just over a mil of additional tax right now and I don't have the budget for the sheriff's office or the building and grounds department," Tobar said.

4-wheeling at dam lands man in jail

The Grady County Sheriff’s Office banned three people from the closed areas around the Tired Creek Lake property Sunday. A witness reported the trio to law enforcement around 3:30 p.m., after seeing two of them riding around the area on a 4-wheeler. The responding deputy, Cpl. Chris Jowers, found them in a wet area in front of the lake dam where their 4-wheeler had bogged down in the mud.

County looks at new equipment to cut down cost of road repairs

County looks at new equipment to cut down cost of road repairs
Grady County administrator Carlos Tobar arranged for the demonstration of some new equipment that he said could potentially save the county hundreds of thousands of dollars on road repairs, but on Tuesday he said the results were "disappointing."
Last Thursday, officials with Asphalt Zipper Inc., of Pleasant Grove, Utah came to Grady County to demonstrate the full-depth reclamation capabilities of the Asphalt Zipper first-hand on a county road in likely the worst condition.

Authorities probe suspected arson

A Sunday morning fire is being investigated as a case of arson, according to Cairo Police.
The city police and fire departments were dispatched to a structural fire at 821 13th Street N.E. just after 1 a.m Sunday where they found a double wide trailer engulfed in flames.

Date of school board’s June meeting is changed

The Grady County Board of Education will meet a week earlier than normal this month.
Board members voted unanimously last month to reschedule the June meeting from its traditional second Tuesday of the month to the first Tuesday.
The board meeting will be next Tuesday, June 7 at 7 p.m.

Fireworks show planned for July 4

In just one month Grady Countians will once again be treated to an Independence Day fireworks display.
The fireworks show planned for Monday, July 4, 2016, will be held at West Thomas Stadium and there is no admission.
The event is being sponsored by local contributors and the City of Cairo and Grady County Board of Commissioners.

Laura Register to take part in White House summit

Laura Register of Grady County has been selected to participate in the United State of Women held in Washington, D.C. later this month. The summit is being convened by the White House and will cover gender equality issues.

Archbold expands therapy options here and in Thomasville

Archbold Memorial Hospital and Archbold Health Services recently partnered with Thomasville Physical Therapy (TPT) to provide rehabilitation services offered by Archbold, aiming to increase staffing availability and develop a more comprehensive and coordinated rehabilitation program across the patient care continuum.

South Broad Street reopens and workers make progress

South Broad Street reopens and workers make progress
South Broad Street was reopened to thru traffic in the central business district Friday and Cairo City Manager Chris Addleton says that should be the last extended closure until near the end of the streetscape project.
"We appreciate everyone's patience and cooperation. It has been inconvenient, but we believe the result will be worthwhile," the city manager said.

Grady EMC lawsuit has been settled

Grady EMC and a group calling itself the "Take Back Our Grady EMC" committee have settled a lawsuit filed by the group of disgruntled EMC members.
Judge Loring A. Gray Jr., signed the consent order dismissing the case Friday.
Both sides are claiming victory in the settlement.
Grady EMC President and General Manager Bo Rosser issued a letter to the EMC membership and provided a news release to The Cairo Messenger that notes, "It is important to know that in all of the legal back and forth there was no finding of wrongdoing on the part of Grady EMC."

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