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Engineers pressed to avoid delay in dam construction

It appears engineering estimates were insufficient and the contractors building the Tired Creek Lake dam are within 30 days of running out of suitable soil to use in building the earthen dam for the 960-acre lake.
Grady County commissioners met in a special called meeting Tuesday afternoon to discuss the situation with representatives of Schnabel Engineering, who designed the dam and are being paid by the county to serve as the project managers, and Brad Cole Construction, which is the general contractor for the construction of the dam.

School system contracts with architect on Southside project

In the process of addressing facility needs at the Southside Elementary School, where school officials have been told by an engineer the main building is structurally failing, the Grady County Board of Education authorized Superintendent Lee M. Bailey to execute an architectural contract with Raymond C. Finger of Thomasville.

City employees who shape up pay less

It's now official.
City of Cairo employees covered by the city's health insurance plan will have to make healthier lifestyle choices in 2015 or show they are taking steps to improve their health;  if not, they will see their annual deductible increase from $500 to $1,500 annually.

Local man remains in critical condition at Tallahassee hospital

A young Cairo man is still listed in critical condition at a Tallahassee hospital two weeks after he was flown there by helicopter for treatment of severe trauma he endured after being hit by a car.
Blair Chastain, 23, was struck by a 2005 Pontiac Grand Prix on Second Avenue, N.E., in Cairo on Wednesday, July 30 at 2:23 p.m.
Although Cairo Police know who was driving the Grand Prix, they have not filed any charges deciding, instead, to present the case to a Grady County Grand Jury to have that group decide whether a case should be brought.

The cost to rest in peace is going up

The cost to rest in peace in Cairo is about to become a little more expensive.
The Cairo City Council voted unanimously Monday night to increase the cost of cemetery lots by $50. Effective Oct. 1, the rates will be: Crestview Cemetery - $200 plus $10 recording fee; Cairo City Cemetery - $200 plus $10 recording fee; and Forest Lawn Cemetery - $250 plus $10 recording fee.
There are no longer any lots available for sale in Greenwood Cemetery on U.S. 84 East.

Man hit by car during dispute is in critical condition

A week after he was flown by a Lifeflight helicopter to a Tallahassee hospital for treatment, a Cairo man remains in critical condition. Blair Chastain is being treated after he was hit by a car on Second Avenue N.E. in Cairo on Wednesday, July 30.
According to Cairo Police Chief Keith Sandefur, charges have not been filed in the incident. Sandefur says the case will be presented to a Grady County Grand Jury to allow a group of peers to decide whether any charges should be lodged.

County considers doing business with the city

The city of Cairo and Grady County could soon be doing business together.
On Tuesday, Grady County commissioners heard a presentation by Peggy Maddox with CNS representing the CNS system and the city of Cairo.
Grady County Administrator Carlos Tobar has been investigating the possibility of switching phone and Internet service to CNS as a cost saving measure.

County converting to new weather alert system next week

Grady County will convert its current Automated Weather Alert System next week to a new provider, Swift911.
The alert system, which is free to Grady County residents, will officially switch to the new provider on Wednesday, Aug. 13.
A test message will take place on Tuesday, Aug. 12, at 7 p.m. Anyone currently registered with Grady County Weather Alert should receive an automated message from Grady County Emergency Management and Grady Board of Commissioners with information about  the transition.
Anyone not registered will not receive a call.

Big weekend of fun for Washington alumni kicks off Friday

Big weekend of fun for Washington alumni kicks off Friday
The 25th anniversary of the combined Washington High School Alumni Reunion will be celebrated here this weekend and the three-day event is packed with activities including a parade through downtown Cairo Saturday morning.
Grady County Commission Vice Chairman LaFaye Copeland, the first female county commissioner in Grady County, has been named the Grand Marshall for the parade. Commissioner Copeland is also the 2014 Cairo-Grady County Chamber of Commerce Woman of the Year, and president of the Washington Alumni.

Argument turns violent

A Cairo man was flown via Life Flight helicopter to a Tallahassee hospital Wednesday afternoon after a car ran over him around 2:20 p.m.
Cairo Police are investigating the incident.
Witnesses say the victim had been arguing with the driver of a 2005 Pontiac Grand Prix moments before the driver put the car into reverse and allegedly ran him over.

City releases over $1 million in checks to vendors today

Over a million dollars in payments to vendors, money owed by the city of Cairo, will begin to flow today after the Cairo City Council Monday night voted unanimously to draw down $1.2 million from a reserve account to cover the checks.
Vendors have not been paid since June 4 and $1,210,813.56 in undistributed accounts payable checks have been held by the city until sufficient funds could be deposited to make the checks good.

Cairo to hold tax rate level, Whigham rate drops slightly

The city of Cairo's net tax digest jumped up $5,907,055 over 2014, with the bulk of the growth coming from the reassessment of real property by the Grady County Tax Assessors
The net digest grew from $170,521,183 to $176,428,238. While significant increases in value of commercial and residential property was realized, the value of motor vehicles and mobile homes dropped by about $1.2 million.

Valuable tools and equipment have been stolen from outbuildings

Thieves have targeted outdoor storage buildings in Grady County this month, stealing thousands of dollars worth of tools and equipment. The Grady County Sheriff's Office is investigating at least six burglaries reported over a 16-day period in an area mainly north of Cairo.

EMC general manager responds to critics

A committee of disgruntled members of the Grady Electric Membership Corporation has launched a petition drive in the hope of obtaining signatures from a minimum of 10 percent of the approximately 13,100 members of Grady EMC in order to elect a new board of directors and eject the current management.

Kingston carries Grady, but Perdue wins state

Grady County republican voters flip flopped in the U.S. Senate runoff and this time the majority supported the loser.
As The Messenger went to press Wednesday unofficial returns statewide indicated David Perdue narrowly defeated 11-term U.S. Representative Jack Kingston for the republican nomination with 50.83 percent of the vote to Kingston’s 49.17 percent.

Auditions for play are next week

Calling all local actors young and otherwise, Syrup City Players is holding auditions this weekend for its fall production, "Cheaper by the Dozen."
Veteran theatrical director Pat Orr is leading the show and says the script calls for two adult men and two adult women, along with children and youth between the ages of 5 and 20.

Sheriff Young has no issue with increased speed limit

The foot can now press a little harder on the gas pedal on some stretches of U.S. 84 in Grady County thanks to a higher speed limit. The state has raised the limit by 10 miles per hour from 55 to 65 in some areas.
"I think 65 is a good speed," says Grady County Sheriff Harry Young, "since it's four-lane that’s a safe speed; you don't have oncoming traffic and there's no worry about a head-on collision."

Back to School immunization clinic is July 31

To help make it easier for parents to ensure their children are in compliance with the state’s back-to-school vaccination requirements, the Grady County Health Department is conducting an extended-hour immunization clinic. The clinic is scheduled for Thursday, July 31.
“We will devote our attention on July 31 from 1 p.m. to 7 p.m. to assisting parents or caretakers who bring their children for school vaccinations and related paperwork,” said Grady County Health Department County Nurse Manager Peggy Connell. “Our goal is to make it as quick and convenient as possible.”

Another chance to Walk with a Doc is Friday

The second Walk with a Doc event is taking place at Cairo's Davis Park Friday morning and the public is invited to participate.
Drs. Meghann Blankenship and Jason NeSmith will be walking the park and answering health questions beginning at 8 a.m. Prizes will be awarded to the first 20 walkers and refreshments will be served at the conclusion.

Early voting ends this Friday at 5 p.m.

Early voting for the July 22 Democratic and Republican party primary run-off elections wraps up at 5 p.m. this Friday.
Although voter turnout remains slim, interest has picked up since last Tuesday and a total of 166 votes had been cast at the close of business Tuesday. Of that total 122 republican ballots had been cast and 44 democratic ballots.

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