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Missing man found safe

Missing man found safe
The husband of a Grady County commissioner who went missing Monday evening was found safe, but disoriented Tuesday afternoon at the public library in Live Oak, Fla., according to local authorities.
Earnest Lee Miles had gone to a medical appointment in Gainesville, Fla., Monday and on the way back to Cairo experienced car trouble, according to his wife, Grady County Commissioner LaFaye Copeland.

Cairo girl killed in ATV accident

Cairo girl killed in ATV accident
A Cairo teenager was killed in a tragic accident while driving an All Terrain Vehicle that overturned in Thomas County last week.
Erica Mae Atkinson, 19, was driving a 2013 Polaris Ranger carrying four passengers around 11:30 p.m. Wednesday, May 10, when the accident happened.

Chamber partners with UGA Small Business Development Center for upcoming event

As a part of the Cairo-Grady County Chamber of Commerce’s renewed commitment to member service and business development, it will host representatives from the University of Georgia Small Business Development Center (SBDC) at several events on Wednesday, May 24.  

JDA contemplates options to fix leaky roof

The Grady County Joint Development Authority has been able to build up its cash on hand and pay down on debt, but much needed roof repair or replacement at the Heritage Industrial Complex could easily put the JDA in the hole.
During their regular meeting on Tuesday, authority members discussed proposals for addressing the leaking roof over the section of the former Roddenbery pickle plant that is leased to Big Bend Agri Service.

Food drive is Saturday

Saturday will be a busy day in Cairo and Grady County. While making plans to see the antique cars at the Car Rally, and run or walk in the Jackie Robinson Boys & Girls Club 5-K, remember to leave nonperishable food items at the mailbox.

Car Rally participants roll into town Friday

The roads of Grady County will take a roll back in time this weekend when the 29th Annual Great Southern Antique Car Rally rumbles into town. The community event will feature 1960-72 Chevy trucks, but will include antiques, classics and street rods as long as they are 25 years old. Hobson Chevrolet Buick and the Cairo-Grady County Chamber of Commerce are the event sponsors.

Relay for Life organizers pleased with efforts, $30,000 is raised

Cool temperatures and unexpected rain interrupted the length of Friday’s Relay for Life, but not the enthusiasm of the participants.
There were 11 teams of walkers, who circled Davis Park in support of the American Cancer Society to help raise awareness and money for the organization from 6 p.m. until 10:30 p.m., about 90 minutes shy of the scheduled ending. “It was great! Having it at Davis Park, it feels like you’re at a family reunion,” says Jackie Pearson, event leader.

Council considers proposals to outsource garbage and trash collection

With only a few short years left in the life of the City of Cairo landfill, the mayor and council are once again considering privatizing solid waste collection and on Monday night heard from two vendors interested in serving the city.
Chris Taylor of Taylor Waste Service Inc. of Cairo and David Dent of Advanced Disposal of Albany appeared before the city council this week to discuss their respective proposals to outsource the city's solid waste collection.

Tobar hand delivered check to City Hall

Cairo City Manager Chris Addelton reported this week that Grady County Administrator Carlos Tobar hand delivered a check to City Hall Thursday for sales tax proceeds the county owes to the city.

Road closure goes into effect as work begins

Cairo City Manager Chris Addleton notified The Messenger this week that road work on 20th Street S.E. will begin today, May 3.
Addleton said that the general contractor on the project, Peavy and Son Construction Company, will begin work on the full-depth reclamation of the busy city street on the south end.

County agrees to settle up with city on 2008 sales tax

Under pressure from the Cairo City Council, the Grady County Board of Commissioners voted unanimously Tuesday morning to go ahead and pay the city $212,574 from the 2008 Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax that the county has been holding and improperly accounting for.
The city council voted April 24 to demand payment of the proceeds of the 2008 sales tax that had not been disbursed to the city in accordance with an intergovernmental agreement between the county and the city. This action was taken after the results of a special audit of the 2008 SPLOST was completed by auditor Tom Carmichael of Carr Riggs & Ingram, who is the auditor for both the city and the county.

Relay for Life steps off at Davis Park Friday night

The footsteps of hundreds of Grady County cancer survivors, caregivers and volunteers will be heard at Cairo’s Davis Park as the annual American Cancer Society Relay for Life steps off Friday afternoon.

National Day of Prayer to be held Thursday morning

As religious leaders prepare for tomorrow's National Day of Prayer, the location of one of the prayer groups has been moved to a new place.
National Day of Prayer organizers announced this week a change in the schedule that reflects the group praying for government will not meet at the courthouse as previously reported but will meet, instead, in the John Walker Park next door to Cairo City Hall. The group will be led by Pastor Becky Willis of Cairo First Presbyterian.

City demands $212,574 from county plus more

After reviewing an analysis of the 2008 Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax presented by the city's auditor Monday night, the Cairo City Council made no bones about what they want. They want the Grady County Commission to remit the city's remaining share of the tax proceeds and to do so immediately.
City officials were first alerted to accounting issues with the 2008 SPLOST by Cairo businessman John Brannon over a year ago.

“Walk with the Dog Doc” to be held this Saturday morning at Davis Park

A Walk with a Dog Doc event is scheduled for Saturday at Cairo’s Davis Park, and some lucky ticket holder will win an offshore fishing trip. The fundraiser for Second Chance Animal Rescue (SCAR) will take place at Cairo’s Davis Park between 10 a.m. and noon Saturday. The public is invited to join Cairo High School’s Art Club in participating.

National Day of Prayer to be observed

Religious leaders in Grady County are organizing local participation in the National Day of Prayer next week. There will be seven prayers at seven sites beginning at 11:17 a.m. on the special day, the first Thursday in May. Participants will move to the Grady County Courthouse for the final prayer, which will include a musical prelude and worship time beginning at 11:47 a.m.

State tourism professionals make assessment of local tourism efforts

A team of state tourism professionals is conducting an evaluation of Grady County’s existing tourism efforts and will make recommendations in the coming weeks.
The six-member resource team organized by the Georgia Department of Economic Development spent Tuesday, April 18 talking with local leaders from government, business, chamber and civic interests. They gathered information about Grady County’s current assets, marketing efforts and funding structure.

Cloud and Douglas will both seek reelection this fall

Two veteran Cairo city councilmen announced Monday night they have decided to seek reelection this fall.
District 2 Councilman Ernest Cloud, who has served on the council since January 1985, and District 4 Councilman James H. (Jimmy) Douglas, who has served since January 2006, both discussed their plans Monday following the regular meeting of the mayor and council.

Commissioners want policies ignored by Tobar since 2013 to be followed

After ignoring the county's financial policies since being hired in 2013, Grady County Administrator Carlos Tobar was instructed by the county commission this week to begin following them.
Tobar sought to have the policies revised to match the way he has solicited and received bids for goods and services since he was hired here.

And the winners are....

The people have spoken and you don't have to look far to find out who are "The Best of Grady" for 2017.
Inside this issue of The Messenger you will find the 2017 edition of "The Best of Grady County."

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