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Officials say improvements to city street will be for naught unless right-of-way is cleared

A busy local thoroughfare could soon get a much needed resurfacing as part of a joint project between the Grady County Commission, the Cairo City Council and the Grady County Joint Development Authority.
The three local entities are joining forces to make application for a Georgia Transportation Infrastructure Bank (GTIB) grant for the rehabilitation of 20th Street S.E., which is partly a city street and the remainder a county road.

Police chief offers breakdown of overtime expense

After questioning the amount of overtime in the city police department last week, Cairo Police Chief Keith Sandefur on Tuesday issued a more detailed accounting of the overtime for the period Aug 10 through Sept. 7.
According to the chief, the 175 hours of overtime were a result of 103 hours of overtime for Cairo High School football games; 50 hours spent on a Governor's Office of Highway Safety road check conducted in Grady County over the Labor Day weekend; and 22 hours during the recent Jackie Robinson Boys and Girls Club 5k run/walk.

Audit of Joint Development Authority shows long-term debt is being cut

The Grady County Joint Development Authority has begun to pay down the principal and interest of all of its existing debt, according to the JDA's auditor Marc Davis of Tucker, Plymel & Davis, PC, of Moultrie.
"The good thing the 2014 audit shows is that you are paying down on all of your debt now, both interest and principal. It's good to be operating in that manner," Davis told authority members last Tuesday.

Stolen Gator is recovered

The stolen John Deere Gator that prompted Debbie Johnson to start a Facebook page, Syrup City STOLEN, has been found and a suspect arrested.
Raymond Brown, 17, Cairo had been seen driving Johnson’s utility vehicle with his bicycle strapped to the back, according to Chief Investigator Steve Clark with the Grady County Sheriff’s Office. “We knew who we were looking for, it was just a matter of finding him,” Clark said Tuesday.

Georgia Peanut Tour to make a stop in Grady County Thursday

A north Grady County farm is a featured stop on the 29th annual Georgia Peanut Tour that kicked off Tuesday in Thomasville.
On Thursday morning, the tour will make a stop at the Harrell farm north of Whigham. John Harrell, the 2014 National Peanut Board chairman, farms with his brother Tommy and his son Douglas Harrell, growing 250 acres of peanuts and 900 acres of cotton. They also produce pecans and raise horses.

July 4th fireworks to return to Grady County?

For the first time in eight years, fireworks to celebrate Independence Day may return to light up Grady County skies next summer, thanks to a partnership of private and public entities and the legwork of one man.
Michael Best said every year he hears people saying they wished they didn’t have to drive to Thomasville or Bainbridge to watch fireworks on the national holiday.

Lake authority chairman confirms with commissioners the role of the authority

County to
solict bids for
stream bank credits
The chairman of the Grady County Lake Authority has asked for clarification of the authority’s role regarding management of Tired Creek Lake and its construction.
Travis Bryant went before the Grady County Commission Tuesday night, to provide an update on the lake. Bryant said he also wanted to “make sure I’m on clear ground and know what the commission expects of the authority.”

Council continues to question police department overtime expense

Douglas asks
for more detailed
report from police
The amount of overtime being paid for in the Cairo Police Department continues to attract the attention of the Cairo City Council.
On Monday night, Councilman Kermit Gilliard questioned the overtime report for the period beginning Aug. 10 and ending Sept. 7, which indicated 175 hours of overtime had been used for special events.
An asterisk on the report indicated the special events for that period was Cairo High School football.

City backs off on charging school system for building permits

After Grady County School System officials voiced concerns last month over a "new" City of Cairo policy of charging other local government entities for building permits, the Cairo City Council on Monday night voted to grant a blanket waiver on building fees for Grady County and Grady County Board of Education building projects.

S’sssnake gets z’zzzapped knocking out power to much of city

An overly adventurous, slithering snake shorted out a power circuit early Monday morning, and plunged thousands of Cairo homes and businesses into deeper darkness. Sometime after 3:30 a.m., about 1,800 to 2,000 electricity customers with the City of Cairo lost power for nearly an hour.

No charges filed in recent death of pedestrian

Cairo Police have not made a decision about whether to lodge charges against an 18-year-old Cairo girl who was driving an SUV when a Cairo man was stuck and killed nearly three weeks ago.

School board buys remainder of property across from Southside

The Grady County Board of Education has approved the purchase of a final tract of land it wanted on Third Street S.E., across from the Southside Elementary School campus.
On Tuesday night, the board voted unanimously to approve the purchase of the Thorsby property at 430 Third St. S.E. for the negotiated price of $20,387. Attorney Thomas L. Lehman has negotiated the purchase of all of the properties the school system has purchased on Third Street S.E.

Lawmen shut down suspected meth lab

While trying to arrest a Cairo man on outstanding drug arrest warrants, local law enforcement officers say they discovered a suspected methamphetamine lab, and caught the man they wanted.

9/11 memorial service to be held Friday morning

Heroes breakfast
also to be held
The Cairo Fire Department and Woodmen of the World will host a 9/11 Memorial Service this Friday at the city fire department headquarters.
The event begins at 10 a.m. and the community is invited to participate.

County has about $6.6 million available to complete the Tired Creek Lake project

Grady County officials have pulled together financial information regarding Tired Creek Lake to show income and expenses connected to the project, at the behest of Grady County Commissioner T.D. David.
According to the numbers provided by Grady County Administrator Carlos Tobar, the commissioners have approximately $6.6 million left that they can spend on the lake project.

No interest in running for office in Whigham

Not a single candidate has qualified for the upcoming municipal election in Whigham as of the close of business Tuesday, according to Whigham City Clerk Lisa Calhoun.
All city councilmen and the mayor of Whigham are up for election this year.

Three southwest Georgia lawyers tapped to review Grady EMC lawsuit

Three southwest Georgia attorneys, none of whom have any apparent connection with any Georgia electric membership cooperative, have been appointed to an independent litigation review committee to review claims made against Grady EMC by a group of disgruntled EMC members.
Superior Court Senior Judge Loring A. Gray Jr., made the appointments official in a court order filed in Grady Superior Court late Friday afternoon.

Roddenbery family members, ex-employees to share memories of renowned local industry

Grady County Historical Society members and guests will hear an informative program on the W.B. Roddenbery Company, one of the county’s early industries at its September meeting.

“Walk with a Dog Doc” to be held at Davis Park on September 19

The next in a series of “Walk with a Dog Doc” will be held at Davis Park, Saturday, Sept. 19, 10 a.m.-11 a.m.
Participants are invited to bring their dog, join Animal Medical Center, and walk their way to better health.  


School officals balk at city charging BOE for building permits

Grady County School System officials recently cried foul over a "new" City of Cairo policy of charging other local government entities for building permits and now the Cairo city council has requested a review of the policy.
"I'm seeking direction from the council as it relates to charging permit fees to public entities like the board of education or Grady County. In the past we didn't charge fees, but a couple of years ago I said that we would begin charging ourselves and at that time we began charging other entities," Cairo City Manager Chris Addleton said Monday night.

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