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County and schools continue to negotiate on C.H.A.M.P.S. officer
4/9/2014

County and schools continue to negotiate on C.H.A.M.P.S. officer
Grady County school system officials have continued to negotiate with Grady County officials with the hope of agreeing to jointly fund a school resource officer.
On Tuesday night, the board of education voted unanimously in favor of a tentative agreement with the Grady County Board of Commissioners for a Choosing Healthy Activities and Methods Promoting Safety or C.H.A.M.P.S. resource officer.
The agreement will now go to the county commission for its approval.

New exhibit features local artists
4/9/2014

New exhibit features local artists
The Grady County Museum and History Center is currently hosting its third local artists exhibit. The exhibit, showing now through June 30, features a variety of local artists from all over Grady County. An open house celebrating the opening of the exhibit will be held this Sunday afternoon.



Messenger wins more prizes for creative advertising
4/9/2014

Messenger wins more prizes for creative advertising
The Cairo Messenger racked up more awards at the Georgia Press Association's Advertising Conference held last week at Lake Blackshear Resort outside of Cordele.
The newspaper won three first place awards and three second place awards in the GPA Advertising Contest, which this year was judged by members of the Virginia Press Association.

The “Messiah” will be performed by the Thomasville Singers Sunday
4/9/2014

A local community chorus, Thomasville Singers, will perform Handel's "Messiah" with orchestra and soloists Sunday afternoon, a presentation of Arts of the Community at Thomas University. The concert will take place in the sanctuary of First Baptist Church, Thomasville, located at 210 N. Broad St., at 4 p.m.

 

Georgia Trend shines spotlight on Grady County
4/2/2014

The University of Georgia and Georgia Trend magazine have singled out Cairo and Grady County as one of four communities in the state that is working together to improve its future through leadership and innovation. The April edition of the magazine shines a spotlight on this community and names it as a winner of its "Four for the Future" designation.

Woman thought to have died in crash Thursday not found until Saturday
4/2/2014

Woman thought to have died in crash Thursday not found until Saturday
A Calvary woman was killed in a tragic car accident late last week, but the crash scene wasn't discovered until approximately two days later.
Ga'Lisa Jannah Gerald, 25, lived alone, according to Sgt. First Class Tommy Peeples III, with the Georgia State Patrol. Gerald's boyfriend, who lives in Florida, told authorities he had last communicated with her on Wednesday, March 26.

Deadline to apply for District 3 school board seat is Monday
4/2/2014

So far, four local citizens have shown interest in being appointed to replace Allen Jenkins as the District 3 Grady County Board of Education member.
The Board of Education is currently accepting letters of interest from citizens interested in being considered as a potential appointee to the school board.

Marty Cannington to make another run for school board
4/2/2014

Marty Cannington to make another run for school board
A Cairo banker who came up short in his bid in 2012 to be elected to the Grady County Board of Education still has his eyes set on becoming a board member.
Marty Cannington announced this week that he has submitted his letter of interest and regardless of who the school board appoints next week, he will seek election to the District 3 post that was recently vacated by Allen Jenkins.
Jenkins defeated Cannington in the 2012 general election.

Former Dist. 3 BOE member has plans to return to board
4/2/2014

Former Dist. 3 BOE member has plans to return to board
A former member of the Grady County Board of Education is hoping to serve again, and has submitted a letter of interest announcing her desire to be appointed to fill District 3's vacant seat on the panel. The post was recently relinquished by board member Allen Jenkins unexpectedly.
Laura Register, who filled that seat from 2002 until the end of her term in 2009, says she wants to return to the role.

No snacks at park and still no concession stand bids
3/26/2014

The spring sports season is now underway at Barber Park, but for participants and fans there are no cold drinks or snacks available.
After questions were raised in January by District 2 Grady County Commissioner Billy Poitevint  about an alleged conflict of interest with the concessions at the park, longtime concessioner Tim Bracewell, husband of county Recreation Director Becky Bracewell, resigned and the county commission is soliciting bids.

City delays action on request for theater funding
3/26/2014

Former Cairo mayor Richard VanLandingham made good on a pledge this week to donate $4,000 to the Zebulon Theater's digital conversion project and on Monday he delivered the check to Bert Wind, chairman of the Regional Community Center board of directors, which owns and manages the community theater.
VanLandingham's donation comes on the heels of a decision by the Grady County Commission last week to appropriate $4,000 to the Zebulon.

Local therapy dog can make life better for those suffering hardships
3/26/2014

Local therapy dog can make life better for those suffering hardships
A dog who had a rough start in life is now giving solace to humans going through rough patches in their own lives. Buster is a trained therapy dog who works with his owner, Kim Rosencrantz of Cairo, who is also a certified dog obedience trainer and instructor.

City council considers tougher noise ordinance
3/26/2014

Recent complaints about loud music at outdoor events at St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Catholic Church in northwest Cairo has prompted the Cairo City Council to look into its code of ordinances regarding noise.
At the council meeting two weeks ago, City Attorney Thomas L. Lehman was asked to review the city's noise ordinance and bring back a recommendation for possible revisions.

County to invest in Zebulon’s digital conversion project
3/19/2014

The Zebulon Theater got a boost Tuesday night as the Grady County Commission voted 3-2 to invest $4,000 in the community theater's conversion to a digital projection system.
Commission Chairman T.D. David voted with Vice Chairman LaFaye Copeland and Commissioner Elwyn Childs to approve the expenditure. Commissioners Charles Norton and Billy Poitevint voted against the Zebulon appropriation.

Heavy rainfall causes problems for contractors building Tired Creek dam
3/19/2014

Approximately four and half inches of rain has fallen at the Tired Creek dam construction site since Sunday and the heavy rain has caused potentially significant damage to pipe in the lake's principal spillway riser.
Dam designers Chuck Wilson and Bradley Boyer, of Schnabel Engineering, gave county commissioners an update Tuesday night.

Grady’s jobless rate remains below average
3/19/2014

The unemployment rate for Grady County and the southwest Georgia region ticked up in January albeit only slightly, according to the Georgia Department of Labor.
The Dec. 2013 rate for Grady County was 6.0 percent and in January the rate increased to 6.7 percent.

Local bands maintain tradition by earning superior ratings
3/19/2014

March has certainly been busy for the Grady County Band program as they culminated efforts through students, staff and parents for Band Festival 2014. The Festival was again hosted at Cairo High School and as the event concluded, our Grady County Bands had indeed received high honors from the Georgia Music Educators judges.

City approves permits for new LED billboards to go up on Hwy. 84
3/12/2014

Two new LED electronic billboards will soon be going up in Cairo on U.S. 84, but the Cairo City Council was successful in preventing a third billboard from being erected on South Broad Street in the central business district.

Last minute qualifier joins race for State House
3/12/2014

When qualifying ended Friday a three-man race for the District 2 seat on the Grady County Commission had developed.
Incumbent District 2 County Commissioner Billy Poitevint is being challenged by civil engineer Richard Powell and local farmer Ray Prince.

Three man contest
3/12/2014

A three-man race for the District 2 seat on the Grady County Commission developed as qualifying came to an end Friday.
Incumbent Commissioner Billy Poitevint qualified early last week, but his two opponents waited until Friday to sign on the dotted line.

 
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