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Crews begin work on Azalea Park improvement project

Crews begin work on Azalea Park improvement project
Work is underway at Cairo's Azalea Park in the northwest section.
Crews from Cal-Mart, Inc. began work late last week and the work is continuing this week as part of an initial phase of improvements to the city park.
Cal-Mart was the low bidder with a bid of $119,655.25.

John White seeks Dist. 5 school board appointment

One candidate has come forward to seek appointment to the Grady County Board of Education.
With a Friday deadline looming, John White, 49, submitted his application to school system officials on Monday.
This is not the first time White has shown interest in serving on the board of education.
He was among eight candidates who put their names in the hat for an appointment in 2013.

Council votes to replace Lullwater sewer lift station

The Cairo City Council is moving forward with a major utilities infrastructure project to preserve adequate sewer service to a large part of south Cairo.
On Monday night, the council accepted the low bid of $454,602 from Hancock & Sons Construction of Doerun, Ga. to replace the Lullwater sewer lift station.
The current lift station was built in 1965 and, according to Cairo City Manager Chris Addleton, is in desperate need of replacement.

Mathis working to recruit new retail business to Grady County

A new retail establishment could be coming to Grady County, according to Grady County Joint Development Authority Executive Director Chadd Mathis.
Mathis updated members of the JDA on "Project Gold," which he says is a retail business looking to locate in the unincorporated area of Grady County.

Little interest in school board seat

Not a single application had been submitted as of Tuesday for the District 5 seat on the Grady County Board of Education recently vacated by Dave Dumas.
The school board is accepting applications from District 5 residents interested in being considered for appointment to the board to fill Dumas' seat until the general election in Nov. 2016.

County ended ‘14 with smaller suplus than commissioners budgeted

Grady County ended 2014 with a surplus of $398,000, which was less than the $478,000 surplus county commissioners had budgeted for last year and nowhere near the million-dollar surplus Grady County Administrator Carlos Tobar had projected for last fall.
Grady County commissioners met with the county's auditor, Tom Carmichael of Carr, Riggs & Ingram, LLC, Tuesday night to review a draft of the county's 2014 audit.

Local mom going bald...again to help raise cancer research money

Local mom going bald...again to help raise cancer research money
The Cairo mother of a young cancer survivor is on her way to Kansas City to shave her head with 45 other Moms whose lives have been shaken by childhood cancer.
This is the third time that Karen Singletary has taken part in the St. Baldrick’s 46 Mommas Shave for the Brave event.
“I am ready to be bald again! It doesn’t bother me at all,” Singletary proclaims.

“Walk With A Doc” celebrates first anniversary on Friday

Friday’s monthly Walk with a Doc, marks the one year anniversary of the community fitness event organized by local physician Dr. Meghann Blankenship. The milestone walk will take place at its usual location of Davis Park, located behind Roddenbery Memorial Library in downtown Cairo.

Commissioners heard requests for higher pay and new heavy-duty truck Tuesday

Grady County Commissioners continue to delve into the proposed spending plan for 2016 and on Tuesday night heard requests from Grady County Clerk of Superior Court Debbie Kines and Grady County Extension Service Coordinator Deron Rehberg.
The clerk of court is seeking a five percent raise for her staff and an eight percent increase for Lynn Gainous, who Mrs. Kines is planning to appoint as chief deputy clerk of courts.

Veteran teachers could get pay increase

Grady County Board of Education members have expressed interest in improving the pay of teachers with 21-plus years of experience.
The school board met last Thursday to review the budget proposed by Superintendent-elect Dr. Kermit Gilliard and Finance Officer Dan Broome. The budget does not call for a tax increase, but depending on the total value of the county's tax digest budget revisions could be necessary.

Documents filed in Superior Court shed some light into Grady EMC lawsuit

A flurry of documents has been filed in the Grady County Clerk of Superior Court's office over the last week regarding a lawsuit against Grady Electric Membership Corporation and its management but, as of late Tuesday, Judge Loring Gray had not ruled on any of the motions filed.

Candidates sought to fill Dist. 5 vacancy on board of education

The Grady County Board of Education announced this week it will solicit applications from candidates interested in serving as the District 5 school board representative.
District 5 board member Dave Dumas surprised the board and community last week with his resignation announcement.

Grady EMC attorneys file emergency motion to prevent release of bank information

Attorneys representing Grady Electric Membership Corporation, its board of directors as well as its current and former general managers, went to court last week in attempt to keep confidential information sought by plaintiffs who filed suit against the EMC last October.
An emergency motion to stay discovery was filed in Grady Superior Court last Thursday afternoon by attorneys representing the defendants in the case including Dewey Brock Jr., Caylor Outzs, Lamar Carlton, James Freeman, Lamar Strickland, Robert E. Lee, James Lewis, Thomas A. Rosser Sr., and Thomas A. Rosser Jr.

County goes back to JAG for probation services

Private probation services in Grady County State Court and Grady County Magistrate Court will be provided by Judicial Alternatives of Georgia (JAG) effective June 11.
Contracts between JAG and State Court Judge Joshua C. Bell and Chief Magistrate Lawton Heard were presented to the Grady County Commission Tuesday for board approval.

Grady EMA tests emergency phone notification system

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Grady County tested its Emergency Phone Notification Service last week just a few days before the beginning of the 2015 Hurricane Season. The calls went out on Thursday, May 28, at 7 p.m. The Hurricane Season began on Monday and lasts until Nov. 30.

Farm Service Agency to remain in Agri-Center for up to ten years

The U.S. Department of Agriculture Farm Service Agency will remain a tenant of the Grady County Agri-Center for at least another 10 years after county officials were successful in negotiating a new lease with the federal agency.
Grady County Administrator Carlos Tobar briefed commissioners on the details of the new lease Tuesday.

City balks at increased cost for inmate work crew

Decatur County is experiencing budget woes in the operation of its county prison and is likely to lose a contract with the City of Cairo for inmate work details.
Cairo City Manager Chris Addleton briefed city councilmen Tuesday night of a proposed rate increase being proposed by Decatur County officials.

Support League honors Betty Owens for making a difference at Grady General

Support League honors Betty Owens for making a difference at Grady General
Grady General Support League named the winner of this year's "Making a World of Difference Award" at its annual membership meeting. The luncheon took place on May 12, and Betty Owens, LPN, and swing bed coordinator for Grady General Hospital, was recognized as the 2015 award recipient.

School board to participate in training exercise Tuesday

The Grady County Board of Education is scheduled to participate in a training exercise next Tuesday night led by a representative from the Georgia School Boards Association.
The whole board governance team training will begin at 3:30 p.m. and will conclude at approximately 7:45 p.m.

City council approves permit for fireworks sale, new ordinance introduced

After a two week delay, the Cairo City Council voted unanimously Tuesday night to approve a special event permit for a fireworks sale to be held in the Walmart parking lot June 24 through July 5.
Also Tuesday night, a new fireworks ordinance was introduced and will be voted on in two weeks.

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