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Rep. Taylor garners DOT funding for Old 179 project

State Representative Darlene Taylor has put her political muscle behind a major road project in Grady County and local officials learned this week that the state has committed $4.1 million toward the rehabilitation of Old 179 North from Whigham to the Mitchell County line.
In what is being described by at least one Georgia Department of Transportation official as the first project ever programmed by the state but to be built by a county, the Old 179 North project is now on the fast track.

JDA votes to pay up to $250,000 on debt

With over $460,000 sitting idle in its operating account, the Grady County Joint Development Authority decided this week to use some of that money to reduce its interest expense and pay down its debt.
"We're pushing $500,000 in the checking account, which is a good place to be, but wouldn't it be good to pay down debt?" JDA member Charles Davis asked Tuesday.
JDA Chairman Charles M. Stafford concurred and suggested the authority pay down on its existing line of credit, which would save 3.5 percent interest.

Commissioners approve funding for new youth leadership program

A new youth leadership program for students at Cairo High School is being organized by the Grady County Commission with cooperation from the Cairo High School administration.
County commissioners unanimously approved $1,500 to go toward the establishment of the Georgia Civic Awareness Program for Students (GCAPS) for the 2016-2017 school term.

Wanted Cairo man nabbed after high speed chase

Wanted Cairo man nabbed after high speed chase
A Cairo man wanted on outstanding warrants is finally behind bars after leading sheriff’s deputies on a high speed chase through portions of Grady and Thomas counties late last week.

Commission candidate’s death makes election a moot point

The death of a south Grady County man Thursday has made an upcoming Republican primary election a moot point.
Richard Douglas Kuhne II, 55, died at Grady General Hospital last week. Kuhne was a candidate for the District 3 seat on the Grady County Commission and was slated to face Republican candidate Keith Moye in the May 24 primary election.

Local developer wants to build “tiny apartments”

The builder of Cairo's first "tiny house" is now seeking accommodations from the city to construct some "tiny apartments."
Cairo businessman Jeremiah Horne shared with the mayor and council Monday night his desire to construct an eight-unit apartment complex featuring "tiny apartments," which would have approximately 300 square feet of living area.

Insurance commissioner balks at Allstate Insurance’s planned rate hike

Georgia Insurance Commissioner Ralph Hudgens is issuing a consumer alert to inform Allstate Property & Casualty Insurance Company policyholders that the insurer has filed an overall statewide automobile rate increase of 25 percent that will be implemented on May 22, 2016. Hudgens warns policyholders that the 25 percent figure is only an average rate change for the entire state, and that many policyholders should be prepared to see a rate change as high as 58.3 percent.

Health Department will be closed Monday

The Grady County Health Department will be closed Monday, April 11, to allow staff members to participate in mandatory training.

Tobar says county will do excavation work on private land in exchange for “good” dirt

Residents of Old 179 North in Grady County who may be interested in constructing a pond in the future should pay close attention to the county’s efforts to obtain state funding for a major road project here.

Phillips appointed new EMA director

Grady County has a new Emergency Management Agency director but he is no stranger to the community.
Following a brief closed door session Tuesday morning, the Grady County Commission voted unanimously to appoint County Fire Chief Richard Phillips as the new EMA director.

Historical Society to hear program on early schools

A special program on public schools in the early days of Grady County will be presented next week at the monthly meeting of the Grady County Historical Society.

City reports more sewer spills caused by heavy rain

Just days after an estimated 36,000 gallons of sewage spilled into Parker's Mill Creek on March 27, the city has issued a public notice that two more spills occurred on April 1.

Gee plans to construct senior housing in SW Cairo

A retired U.S. Army officer is looking to improve the quality of life for Cairo residents and is planning to construct a new apartment complex for citizens 55 years of age and older in southwest Cairo.
Sgt. Maj. Judson A. Gee Jr., (Ret) appeared before the Cairo Mayor and Council Monday night to discuss his plans for a new residential development.

Most recent testing shows drop in levels of arsenic in city’s water

The results of water testing for the first quarter of 2016 are in and it is good news for city water customers in Cairo.
The level of naturally occurring arsenic in the city's drinking water supply dropped to 5.6 parts per billion, down from 11 parts per billion in the fourth quarter of 2015.
In January, the city sent notices to its approximately 4,500 water customers notifying them that the arsenic levels had exceeded the allowable maximum of 10 parts per billion.

The votes have been counted, look inside for “The Best of Grady County”

The people have spoken and you don't have to look far to find out who are "The Best of Grady" for 2016.
Inside this issue of The Messenger you will find the 2016 edition of "The Best of Grady County."

Helicopter’s mission a mystery no more

A helicopter seen flying over Cairo last week was collecting data for a state electric utility company. Jim Dow, CEO of the company that owns the helicopter, says the data will help his company, Aerotec, produce a 3-D model of electric power transmission lines and rights-of-way. Dow says the work was done for Municipal Electric Authority of Georgia or MEAG.

97th Civil Affairs Battalion examined county’s solid waste program last week

Members of the 97th Civil Affairs Battalion (Airborne) spread out across southwest Georgia last week as part of the the unit's Mission Rehearsal Exercise (MRE).
According to Lieutenant Colonel Nathan P. Reynolds, commander of the unit, the exercise is designed to give solders realistic urban and rural areas to practice tactics, techniques, and procedures that soldiers will employ during overseas contingency operations within foreign countries.

Cairo lady speaks out on city’s efforts to treat for arsenic

Cairo lady speaks out on city’s efforts to treat for arsenic
Aline Rundle’s keen interest in making sure Cairo citizens get clean water to drink has propelled her onto a statewide stage as a spokesperson for the city’s ongoing plans to treat the municipal supply for naturally occurring arsenic, which has recently tested above acceptable levels.

No foul play suspected in death of 46-year-old

Although GBI investigators are still awaiting autopsy reports for confirmation, criminal activity is not suspected in the death of a Grady County woman early last week.
The 46-year-old woman was found in the yard outside her home on Hadley Ferry Road the morning of Monday, March 14.

Tobar says news on Old 179 North project could come next week

County officials may know as early as next week if the state will invest upwards of $4 million in repairs to Old 179 North, according to Grady County Administrator Carlos Tobar.
"We could hear something by next week," Tobar said Tuesday.
The county administrator has been lobbying Georgia Department of Transportation Planning Director Jay Roberts with the assistance of State Representative Darlene Taylor to include the county road in its planned transportation projects.

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