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Over 3,000 attended Marching Band Jamboree Saturday
9/21/2016

Over 3,000 attended Marching Band Jamboree Saturday
The Grady County School System, Cairo High School, the Syrupmaker Band and the CHS Band Boosters earned high marks from participants in Saturday's Georgia Music Educators Association District 2 Marching Band Jamboree.
After dire weather predictions earlier in the week, Saturday turned out to be rain-free, but quite hot and humid.

School system employees to be paid a bonus
9/21/2016

Grady County School System employees can all expect a pleasant surprise in their November paychecks.
The board of education last Tuesday night unanimously approved Superintendent Dr. Kermit Gilliard's recommendation to pay a one-time bonus equal to approximately 2.5 percent of the employee's base salary.

EMC nominating committee passes on Sellars and Stuckey
9/14/2016

The nominating committee of Grady EMC refused to nominate Ronald Sellars and Earl Stuckey for the upcoming District 2 and District 5 board of directors election, but the two men gained a spot on the ballot by petition.
The nominating committee, which is composed of eight EMC members appointed by the board of directors, met last Thursday at the EMC headquarters to make nominations for candidates for the board seats up for election at the EMC annual meeting on Oct. 21.

Weather may impact plans for jamboree
9/14/2016

Syrupmaker Band Director John Scanling and CHS Band Booster President Jeffrey Cape have their fingers crossed that the weather forecast improves for Saturday when for the first time ever Cairo will host the District 2 Georgia Music Educator Association's Marching Band Jamboree.
The event will feature 14 high school marching bands including the Cairo High School Syrupmaker Marching Band.

River cleanup event set for this Saturday
9/14/2016

Local residents are being encouraged to participate in an Ochlockonee River Trail cleanup Saturday beginning at 10 a.m.
A group of citizens working with the Keep Grady County Beautiful is planning to clean along the riverbanks at each of the access points in Grady County.

Firearms seminar to be held at Ag-Center
9/14/2016

As the sale of firearms continues to grow, many people who are unfamiliar with their legal rights regarding firearms are now gun owners.
Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 8433 is attempting to educate local residents about gun laws and the rights of gun owners at an upcoming event.

Artisan fair to be held here Oct. 8
9/14/2016

Pure honey gathered from busy bee hives, the softest yarn milled from alpaca fleece and colorful ceramics individually hand painted are just some of the custom creations of artisans living right here in Grady County, and next month they will be in the spotlight during a new fair featuring only area craftsmen and their wares.

Rep. Taylor to speak at 9/11 service on Friday
9/7/2016

State Representative Darlene Taylor will be the guest speaker Friday at the Woodmen of the World's annual Honor and Remembrance service to be held at the Cairo Fire Department.
Each year Woodmen of the World Chapter 580 of Cairo honors those killed in the terrorist attacks on Sept. 11, 2001.
The ceremony will begin at 10 a.m. at the fire department headquarters, 555 Second Avenue S.E.
For more information call 229-227-7170.

Cost of major road project could be more than originally estimated
9/7/2016

Grady County's ambitious plan to rehabilitate Old 179 North may end up being more expensive than the county can afford.
Carlos Tobar, Grady County administrator, updated members of the county commission on information he learned last week while attending state training required for him to manage the project, which is slated to be paid for largely with state funds.

Tobar is defendant and plaintiff in two separate discrimination lawsuits
9/7/2016

Grady County Administrator Carlos Tobar says a lawsuit he filed against his former employer is only days from being resolved.
On Aug. 7, 2015, Tobar initiated a lawsuit against Jeff Davis County and three county commissioners who voted on Feb. 6, 2013 to terminate him only three months after he started working there on Nov. 7, 2012.

County audit reveals 2015 budget deficit of $549,000
9/7/2016

Commissioners
had budgeted a
$492,00 surplus
Grady County auditor Tom Carmichael finally presented the Grady County Commission the 2015 audited financial statements Tuesday, but how long the auditor remains on the job is a question.
Following Carmichael's presentation to the board Tuesday, Grady County Administrator Carlos Tobar said late Tuesday afternoon that he will be recommending that the county solicit proposals for auditing services this year.

WEATHER UPDATE
9/1/2016

Grady County Schools will be closed on Friday due to expected weather conditions related to Tropical Storm Hermine. A decision about whether to reschedule the Cairo High School football game against Thomas County Central High School scheduled for Friday night in Cairo will be made Friday at 11 a.m.
The Grady County Emergency Management Agency has issued the following statement:
THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE ADVISES: TROPICAL STORM HERMINE IN THE CENTRAL GULF OF MEXICO WILL SLOWLY APPROACH THE REGION TODAY AND LIKELY MOVE ONSHORE TONIGHT. THE HEAVIEST RAIN WILL LIKELY OCCUR THIS AFTERNOON THROUGH EARLY FRIDAY. MANY OF THE GAUGES IN THE WATCH AREA WILL GET 5 TO 10 INCHES OF RAIN...BUT ISOLATED AMOUNTS OF 15 TO 20 INCHES ARE POSSIBLE. THESE HEAVY RAINS MAY CAUSE LIFE THREATENING FLASH FLOODS.
FLASH FLOOD WATCH: Grady County is currently under a FLASH FLOOD WATCH through Saturday, September 3, 2016. Residents in low lying and flood prone areas should closely monitor weather conditions. Grady County is under a TROPICAL STORM WATCH. Tornadoes could occur in this system.
WIND: Protect against DANGEROUS WIND having possible significant impacts across Southwest Georgia. Tropical storm force winds are expected across our area. Sustained winds 58 to 73 mph with gusts of 74 to 95 mph are likely. Prepare for uprooted trees and downed power lines with power outages. Power outages could last for several hours or days. Unsecured buildings and unsecured lightweight objects should be anchored or tied down, including toys, trampolines, trash cans and furniture.
TIME: Timing for this event for Grady County is from Midnight, Thursday through noon on Friday, Sept. 2.
SHELTER: Mandatory evacuations are not being made at this time. Residents should make preparations to protect life and property. Residents in mobile homes should continue to monitor weather conditions and wind advisories and seek shelter in a reinforced building or room.
No local shelters have been opened; however, if you have sheltering needs, and cannot make alternative arrangements please contact Grady County EMA at 229-377-0628 as early as possible.
POWER OUTAGES: Be prepared for power outages and make final preparations before the arrival of tropical storm force winds around midnight tonight. This event will be an overnight event and should be out of our area by noon on Friday.
The Messenger spoke with Rod Prince with the City of Cairo Utilities, and he said crews are ready for the storm. “We are expecting the worst and hoping for the best,” Prince said.
The Messenger also spoke with Grady EMC spokesman Donnie Prince, and he said crews are on standby with backup help from other EMCs on call if needed. He said crews will be sent out to repair any power outages as soon as conditions are safe. He asks customers to report any downed electrical lines or trees leaning on lines by calling 377-6060, 1-877-757-6060, or 377-4182. Prince also asks customers with generators to make sure the generator has an automatic disconnect switch, which protects the utility linemen from possible electrocution. Generators that fail to disconnect as soon as power is restored, could reenergize a downed utility line that the lineman had killed and assumes is still dead.
Other closures:
Southern Regional College is closing Thursday at 4 p.m., and will remain closed Friday.
Thomas University closed at 12:30 p.m. Thursday, and will remain closed Friday.

Sheriff’s deputies break up underaged drinking party
8/31/2016

Just one month and 12 days after breaking up a large party of many underage drinkers in Whigham, the Grady County Sheriff’s Office was called to a different Whigham address where a similar situation was discovered.
At 3 a.m., Sunday, Sgt. Jacob Bush reports arriving at 1129 Strickland Rd., where complainants reported that people were picking on the only black male at a party and some had begun to vandalize his truck, causing the victim to flee into a wooded area nearby.

Effort underway to kill constitutional amendment on schools
8/31/2016

As the Nov. 8 election draws closer, Dr. Kermit Gilliard, superintendent of Grady County Schools, and other public school advocates are preparing to ramp up a campaign in opposition to a proposed state constitutional amendment.
Amendment 1 on the ballot this fall, if approved, would allow the state to take control over public schools deemed to be "failing" and create an Opportunity School District, a state level bureaucracy, that would manage the "failing" schools.

Local school principal calls for change in weekend speech
8/31/2016

A local school principal made a case for change in Grady County to improve not only local schools but also the community and world.
Tilda Brimm, principal of Washington Middle School, was the keynote speaker at Saturday night's third annual scholarship banquet hosted by the Dr. M.L. King Jr. Collaborative of Grady County.

Moratorium on new chicken houses is lifted
8/31/2016

Tougher
restrictions
are adopted
A moratorium on construction of new chicken houses in Grady County, in effect since May, was lifted last Wednesday during a special called meeting of the Grady County Commission.

City under consent order from the state related to arsenic levels
8/24/2016

As previously expected, the Georgia Department of Natural Resources Environmental Protection Division has placed the City of Cairo under a consent order with the requirement that the new arsenic treatment system at the city's new water plant be operational by March 31, 2017.

New student leadership program being organized here
8/24/2016

The Association County Commissioners of Georgia delivered a $2,500 check to Cairo High School Tuesday to start a new youth leadership program. The grant was announced during a ceremonial check presentation held at the school Tuesday afternoon. The money will help build the Georgia Civic Awareness Program for Students, or GCAPS, at CHS. The program is designed to expose students to the workings of government.

Gravenstein stepping down from city planning commission
8/24/2016

Council taps
Hansel Bearden
as replacement
City of Cairo Planning Commissioner Ed Gravenstein, who has served on the zoning board since April 2014, has requested to step down prior to the expiration of his term and on Monday night the Cairo City Council appointed a replacement.

Cairo High School to host open house next Monday
8/24/2016

Cairo High School will hold its First Semester Open House Monday, Aug. 29 at 6:30 p.m.  Parents and guardians are asked to meet in the C.H.S. auditorium for a quick meeting to pick up student schedules. Everyone will then be dismissed to follow his or her student's schedule and meet their first semester teachers.  Parents will receive a class syllabus and brief description of the class and expectations for the first semester.

 
 
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