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New associate joins The Law Office of Joshua C. Bell

New associate joins The Law Office of Joshua C. Bell
A newly sworn-in attorney has joined the Whigham law practice of Joshua C. Bell.
Tabitha Payne was sworn in as a member of the Georgia Bar by the Honorable Chief Judge of Superior Court A. Wallace Cato in a ceremony on Oct. 29, 2015 following her passing the bar exam.

Historical Society guest speaker to inform members on pecan oil and pecan truffles

Pecans – Georgia grown and local.  This is the subject of the Grady County Historical Society’s monthly meeting next Tuesday night.
Mrs. Mollie Cohen, of Pecan Ridge Plantation, will be the guest speaker at the Feb. 9 meeting.  Cohen will tell how her husband, Eric, and brother-in-law, Rob, were raised working in the pecan orchards and how they have expanded their offerings from international markets to producing pecan oil, a light and healthy buttery, nutty flavored oil.

County commissioners want to see final cost of 911 system upgrade

Grady County is being asked to pony up $1.2 million for upgrades to the Decatur-Grady 911 system and purchase of new radios.
Three years ago, Grady and Decatur counties voted to invest in a digital VHF radio system, however the system is plagued by interference with other traffic from other agencies outside the Decatur-Grady 911 system as well as a lack of coverage for portable radios on the system.

VFD working on pre-fire plans

In the coming months, volunteer firefighters in Grady County will meet with business owners outside the city limits to gather information for pre-fire plans. Seth Maxwell, training officer for the local volunteer fire department, says having this knowledge will not only help firefighters should they be called to the business, but also help with ISO (Insurance Services Office) ratings. A low ISO rating usually results in lower insurance premiums.

Rattlesnake Roundup is Saturday in Whigham

The 56th Annual Rattlesnake Roundup takes place in Whigham Saturday, and organizers say with a positive weather forecast and more vendors than last year, they are hoping for a good turnout.
The event is the only fundraiser of the Whigham Community Club, which uses the proceeds to help local children, schools and families in need, says Andy Davis, club president.

New county phone system goes down

Callers trying to reach any Grady County government offices Tuesday afternoon after approximately 3 p.m. could not get through and received a busy signal.
Grady County Administrator Carlos Tobar says the phone system malfunction lasted for approximately four hours.
"We could dial out and we never lost Internet service, but the public could not call in without getting a busy signal," Tobar said.

Making school board posts nonpartisan this session may not be dead issue after all

It is not completely clear if the county's legislative delegation will support legislation which would make Grady County Board of Education elections nonpartisan.
A legal notice that is required to be published notifying the public of the intent of a legislator to introduce local legislation was pulled late last Tuesday on instructions of Representative Darlene Taylor's office.

Health Department offers free car seats through grant program

Financially eligible families of Grady County can get free child passenger safety seats from the Grady County Health Department, courtesy of a minigrant from the Georgia Department of Public Health’s Injury Prevention Program.

Work underway on county’s fourth Dollar General store

Work underway on county’s fourth Dollar General store
A new Dollar General store, valued at $500,000, is currently under construction north of Cairo, according to Grady County Joint Development Authority Executive Director Chadd Mathis.
Mathis has been working with the developers on the project, code named "Project Gold." On Tuesday, he updated authority members on the project and shared a photo of the construction crews at work on the site at 109 Gray Road  off Ga. Hwy 93/111 North.

Don’t forget! Sapp Creek bridge to be closed next Tuesday

Grady County Administrator Carlos Tobar said this week that everything remains on go for the Tuesday closing of the bridge over Sapp Creek on State Route 112 North.
Previously, Southern Concrete Construction had announced it would close the bridge on Jan. 19, but that date was changed last week to Jan. 26.

Nominees for annual chamber awards told

And the nominees are . . .
There are 12 members of the Grady County community nominated for the five awards that will be announced at the 90th Annual Cairo-Grady County Chamber of Commerce Membership Banquet Monday evening. Georgia’s first lady, Sandra Deal, is slated as featured speaker of the banquet, and the Cairo High School Jazz Ensemble will provide entertainment.

County employees may be packing heat

Grady County commissioners do not seem eager to wade into the muddy waters of whether or not to allow county employees to come to work armed.
Commissioner T.D. David told commissioners Tuesday night he had been asked by a county employee if county personnel were allowed to come to work armed with a firearm.

Cairo High School to host Open House next Monday night

Cairo High School will hold its second semester Open House on Monday Jan. 25, at 6:30 p.m. Parents and guardians are asked to meet in the CHS auditorium for a brief meeting to pick up student schedules and then parents will be dismissed to follow your student's schedule and meet their second semester teachers.  Parents will receive a class syllabus and brief description of the class and expectations for the second semester.
Arsenic level in city drinking water remains above standards

Some 4,500 city of Cairo water customers will receive a letter next week notifying them that the level of arsenic contamination in the city's drinking water supply remained above the maximum level allowed by state and federal regulations in both the third and fourth quarters of 2015.

Boys and Girls Club has new director

Boys and Girls Club has new director
The man who has worked as interim director of the Jackie Robinson Boys and Girls Club in Cairo has been named the club’s new director.
Stephen Francis has served as interim director of the youth organization for approximately two months.

Laundry room fire destroys Grady County family’s home

A fire that started in a laundry room dryer vent destroyed the home of a Whigham family Saturday evening. Beatrice and Roosevelt Ellis had lived in the home at 115 Ellis Lane for the last 45 years. Their young grandson also lived with them. The brick house was engulfed in flames when volunteer firefighters from five departments arrived shortly after the fire was reported at 5:20 p.m. Saturday.

King Day festivities are planned for Monday

Cairo will celebrate the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., with a parade and program on Monday, the legal holiday set aside to honor the slain civil rights leader.
A local group of volunteers with the Martin Luther King Jr. Collaborative has been planning for this year’s annual celebration for nearly a year. The theme of the 2015 parade is “All Lives Matter.”

Bandits cut their way into Dollar General

Employees arriving to open a Cairo Dollar General store for business on New Year’s Eve, discovered burglars had cut their way into the building and the store’s safe. Cairo Police say surveillance video shows two suspects had pulled off the heist about seven hours earlier at 12:30 a.m. Both burglars were covered from head to toe to conceal their identities.

Contractor expects to close bridge Jan. 19

Contractor expects to close bridge Jan. 19
The general contractor on the Ga. Hwy. 112 bridge replacement over Sapp Creek notified state and local officials this week of the tentative date of Jan. 19 to begin work and close the existing bridge. At that time, state approved detours will go into effect.

Benz updates board in person Tuesday, county moves closer to impounding water

Attorney Laura Benz appeared before the Grady County Commission Tuesday to meet with county leaders both in public and behind closed doors.
Commissioners huddled with Benz and County Attorney Kevin S. Cauley behind closed doors this week to discuss threatened litigation regarding the Tired Creek Lake project. The county has put its consulting engineer Kent Campbell on notice that it would attempt to seek damages as a result of his deviation from the mitigation plan he developed and was approved by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.

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