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Tobar challenges findings of county’s auditor on SPLOST?payments
7/12/2017

Tobar challenges findings of county’s auditor on SPLOST?payments
Grady County officials are doubting the work of the county's auditor and may be in the market to hire a new one.
Grady County Administrator Carlos Tobar is questioning the work of county auditor Tom Carmichael in regards to the issue of alleged overpayment of 2008 Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax proceeds to the City of Whigham, Roddenbery Memorial Library, the Grady County Historical Society and the Grady General Hospital Authority.

Hearing in EMC lawsuit is rescheduled
7/12/2017

An emergency hearing regarding a recent lawsuit filed by Grady Electric Membership Corporation against W. Gordon Clyatt is expected to be postponed until Thursday, Aug. 17 at 3 p.m., according to attorney Gabe Ridley, who is representing Clyatt.
Ridley sought a postponement to prepare for the hearing and Superior Court Judge Heather Lanier rescheduled the hearing, but no order had been filed in the Grady County Clerk of Superior Court office when The Messenger went to press Wednesday.

Sellars asked to leave board meeting
7/12/2017

Grady EMC director Ronald Sellars told The Cairo Messenger this week that he was asked by EMC President Bo Rosser to leave a board of directors meeting held last Thursday.
According to Sellars, who was elected to the board last October and has been a vocal critic of the EMC management, at the conclusion of the regular meeting last Thursday as the board prepared to go into an executive session he was asked by Rosser to leave the meeting.

Smith joins First National staff
7/12/2017

Smith joins First National staff
First National Bank, with offices in Cairo and Bainbridge, has hired a new member to its management team.
Lorenda S. Smith joined the First National Bank staff this month as vice president and director of marketing & retail banking.

A number of new state laws went into effect July 1
7/5/2017

Dozens of new laws are now in effect with the start of Georgia's fiscal year, including an end to a ban on guns on the state's public college campuses.
Gov. Nathan Deal signed 275 measures into law after the General Assembly adjourned at the end of March, and more than 100 of them took effect as of July 1. The rest became effective with Deal's signature or were written to take effect at later dates.

School board sitting on $5 million in cash reserves
6/28/2017

School board sitting on $5 million in cash reserves
It appears that the Grady County Board of Education will have an easier time deciding on a spending plan for fiscal year 2017-2018 than they have had in recent years.
With cash reserves of approximately $5 million and about $1.8 million in additional revenue, the school board has moved past the days of furloughs and reducing staff.
All school system employees are slated to receive a two percent pay increase in the budget proposed by Grady County School Superintendent Dr. Kermit Gilliard and Finance Officer Dan Broome.

Reassessment notices mailed out by county officials this week
6/28/2017

The Georgia Department of Audits and Accounts released the 2016 Sales Ratio study this week at the same time thousands of property tax assessment notices were mailed to Grady County property owners.
Some residents report increases of up to 50 percent in the fair market value of their property.

Register for "First Families" exhibit by July 15
6/28/2017

The Grady County Historical Society is encouraging local residents to take advantage of the Roddenbery Memorial Library's ancestry.com subscription to conduct research on their family tree.
This fall, the society is planning to open a special exhibit at the Grady County Museum and History Center featuring the "First Families" of Grady County.

Grady EMC is collecting canned goods for food bank
6/28/2017

The Grady County community is being encouraged to participate in the "Feeding Hope Food Drive" being conducted by Grady EMC in partnership with Second Harvest Food Bank.
Donations of nonperishable goods are being accepted now through Thursday, July 6. The food drive kicked off Tuesday.

Council gives final approval to $41.9 million budget
6/21/2017

Because of a scheduling conflict with next week’s regular meeting, the Cairo City Council met Tuesday evening instead, and adopted the $41.9 million budget for 2017-2018.
Mayor Pro Tem Ernest Cloud Jr., presided over the swift meeting, which also included the approval of two requests to close streets temporarily for special events, a brief report from the city manager and an executive session to discuss real estate.
On a unanimous vote by Councilmen Cloud, Jerry Cox, James H. (Jimmy) Douglas and Lannis Thornton, the budget was adopted. Mayor Bobby Burns and Councilman Bobby Gwaltney were not in attendance. The budget of $41,961,185 is for the period of July 1, 2017 to June 30, 2018. Tuesday’s vote came after a public hearing on the spending plan was held on May 22. No one attended that hearing to comment on the proposed budget.

Tobar wants to apply for more state grants in hopes of improving more county roads
6/21/2017

Grady County is in the midst of a major road improvement project on Old 179 North and County Administrator Carlos Tobar is pushing county commissioners to apply for additional grants and state funding to tackle even more.
On Tuesday night, Tobar outlined his plan to seek funding for improvements to Pine Park Road, Ridge Road and Long Branch Church Road.

County buys new equipment for road department
6/21/2017

In an effort to make the most use of limited funding for road resurfacing, the Grady County Commission approved the purchase of some new equipment for the county road department Tuesday.
All of the purchases were unanimously approved by the three members of the board present. For the last two meetings, only Commissioners Ray Prince, T.D. David and Keith Moye have been present. Chairman Elwyn Childs is away traveling and Commissioner LaFaye Copeland is ill.

Social media fanned flames of false story
6/21/2017

A false alarm that two fugitives from Putnam County were seen in Grady County spread like wildfire on social media last week after someone claimed they had seen them in the northern part of the county.

Council agrees to outsource management of pole attachments
6/14/2017

City of Cairo officials want to make sure they have an accurate inventory of all utilities attached to city-owned utility poles and that those utilities are paying the appropriate annual pole attachment fees.

Medical personnel focused on Men’s Health Week
6/14/2017

The week leading up to Father’s Day, this week, is recognized nationally as “Men’s Health Week.”
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the leading causes of death in men are heart disease, cancer, diabetes and suicide. Unfortunately, most of these go undetected until they become fatal, often because men avoid regular screenings for these diseases.

Ideas for Tired Creek Lake development are shared
6/14/2017

The Grady County Lake Authority and Grady County Commission met jointly last Wednesday for a vision meeting on the development of Tired Creek Lake.
Also attending were Cairo and Whigham city officials, Grady County School System personnel, members of the Grady County Joint Development Authority and private citizens.

Council airs concerns over water losses
6/14/2017

Water losses for the City of Cairo reached an all-time high in April with 20,011 gallons lost or unaccounted for. The previous largest monthly loss was 18,659 gallons in August 2010 and the lowest level in the last several years was recorded back in January 2013 at 2,160 gallons.

Health officials warn of lethal substance found in street drugs
6/7/2017

The Georgia Department of Public Health is reporting that a dangerous, potentially lethal substance contained in street drugs is surfacing in south and central Georgia. Dozens of patients have been hospitalized and there are reports of at least four deaths that may be associated with the drugs.
The overdoses were reported over a 48-hour period in Albany, Centerville, Perry, Macon and Warner Robins, but the drugs may also be sold on the street in other areas of the state.

Capital City Bank reinvests into community organizations
6/7/2017

Capital City Bank reinvests into community organizations
Capital City Bank Group Foundation routinely donates funds to charitable organizations in the communities it serves and during the 2017 grant cycle, the CCBG Foundation reinvested $5,000 into the Grady County community by way of grants awarded to several local organizations.


Commissioners begin to craft budget, big jump in additional payroll expense eyed
6/7/2017

Grady County Commissioners began the annual process of developing a spending plan for next year Tuesday and met with several department heads and constitutional officers to discuss their budget requests.
The board met in person this week with Grady County Probate Judge Denise Maddox, Chief Magistrate Pat Pollock, Tax Commissioner Barbara Darus, and Road Superintendent Stanley Elkins. Other budgets discussed included the budget requests from Chief Appraiser Susan Bennett, Recreation Director Becky Bracewell and Extension Service Agent Deron Rehberg.

 
 
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