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Inmate succumbs just hours after being arrested

State medical authorities have performed an autopsy on a Cairo man who passed away while in custody at the Grady County Detention Center.
Franklin Edward Lee, 58, of 331 Loblolly Lane, was in a holding cell at the county facility when a jailer discovered he was unresponsive at approximately 9:40 p.m., Friday.
According to Steven Turner, special agent in charge of the GBI office in Thomasville, results of the autopsy are not yet released as the investigation continues.

Tobar questions numbers in audit report

Grady County auditor Tom Carmichael of Carr Riggs & Ingram presented the county's 2013 audit to county commissioners last week and some of the results are now being questioned by Grady County Administrator Carlos Tobar.
The much anticipated audit was delayed this year due to turnover in the county's accounting department, according to Carmichael.

Council continues to question overtime expenses

City officials are looking into how Cairo Municipal Court is being operated following a visit to court by a city councilman subpoenaed to appear in court.
With the city police department being consistently over budget for overtime expenses, Cairo City Councilman Kermit Gilliard questioned why eight officers were in Municipal Court at 8 a.m. when Judge Josh Bell does not routinely convene court until 9:30 a.m. or 10 a.m.

Christmas parade steps off tomorrow at 7 p.m.

The holiday season kicks into full gear this week in Cairo with both an old favorite tradition and a newer one taking place in the coming days.
First on the schedule is the annual Christmas Parade, sponsored by Cairo merchants and the Cairo-Grady County Chamber of Commerce and always on the first Thursday in December. The Christmas spirit continues over the weekend with the 4th annual “Christmas Follies” featuring live holiday entertainment.

Richard Phillips is hired as county’s new full-time fire chief, begins work Jan. 1

The Grady County Commission has hired Richard Phillips as the new full-time county fire chief.
Commissioners unanimously approved Phillips' hiring following a brief closed door session Tuesday morning.

Commissioners want more information before paying additional insurance expense

Grady County commissioners want more information before they approve paying an additional $7,043 in premium for the county’s Workers' Compensation insurance.
The county is a member of the Association County Commissioners of Georgia (ACCG) and its self insurance workers' compensation fund.
Traditionally, the county earns a rebate from the fund as a credit to its annual premium, but ACCG has invoiced the county for additional premium for 2013.

CHS Bands to present holiday concert Sunday

The Christmas season is upon us and with it comes a special event that for 66 years has signaled this special time of year.  This Sunday afternoon, Dec. 7, 2014,  at 2:30 p.m. in the Cairo High School auditorium the Cairo High Band will present the 66th annual Christmas Concert.

School board to vote on new calendar Tuesday

Summer break may not feel as long next year with Grady County schools reopening in July for the 2015-2016 school term.
The Grady County Board of Education will be voting on a proposed 2015-2016 calendar that sets preplanning for teachers to kick off on Tuesday, July 28, and the first day for students on Thursday, July 30.

With less than a month until due date, not even a fourth of taxes have been paid

With less than a month before ad valorem taxes are due, less than a quarter of the total amount billed out has been collected by Grady County Tax Commissioner Phyllis Gainous' office through last Friday.
A total of $13,649,331 was billed out and 14,673 tax bills were mailed on Oct. 20. This figure represents ad valorem taxes due to Grady County, the Grady County Board of Education, the cities of Cairo and Whigham and the state of Georgia, according to Mrs. Gainous.
Through the end of last week, Mrs. Gainous reported that only $2,231,682.11 had been collected.

Council agrees to partner with county and JDA on street project

The Cairo City Council agreed Monday night to partner with the Grady County Commission and the Grady County Joint Development Authority to make an improvement to a city street/county road that could be key to future economic development recruitment.
Local officials are seeking to finance a major rehabilitation of 20th Street S.E., which is a major thoroughfare used by Woodhaven Industries, Milestone Industrial Park tenants and area residents.

Big increase in water losses reported

City officials continue to be puzzled by the amount of water the city is losing each month after the losses more than doubled between September and October.
Last month, officials were hopeful a corner had been turned when losses dipped to 5,116,000 gallons, but the October report shows that losses jumped back up to 11,528,000 gallons.

Higher than anticipated revenues boosted city finances, audit shows

The city of Cairo's auditor presented a draft of the 2013-2014 audit this week and the report shows that city government took in more money than it anticipated, but it also reduced its spending to levels lower than what was projected to be spent.
Tom Carmichael of Carr Riggs & Ingram presented an overview of the 2013-2014 audit to the council's finance committee and to the full council Monday.

Tobar chided by commissioners for use of engineer

Grady County commissioners took issue with Grady County Administrator Carlos Tobar Tuesday night for his repeated use of a consulting engineer on county projects.
During a discussion of a proposed rehabilitation of Old 179 north of Whigham on Tuesday night, commissioners pressed Tobar for his justification for bringing in an engineer on the project.

JDA asking city to annex 133 acres of industrial park

The Grady County Joint Development Authority is prepared to make application to the city of Cairo requesting the annexation of Milestone Industrial Park Extension into the corporate limits of Cairo.

School system reaches transportation deal with Boys and Girls Club

Grady County School System officials met with Art Allen and Jeff Brown representing the Jackie Robinson Boys and Girls Club of Cairo/Grady County Thursday to discuss the transporting of club members from local schools to the clubhouse located at Holder Park.
Currently, the school system is diverting five separate school buses from their normal routes to drop off students at Holder Park.

Walk with a Doc to be held Friday morning

The November Walk with a Doc will have a Thanksgiving theme this Friday morning at Cairo's Davis Park.

Development officials want work done to 20th Street S.E.

Grady County Joint Development Authority officials say that it is important to improve a major thoroughfare that serves large employers here and Milestone Industrial Park.
JDA members discussed on Tuesday the opportunity for the authority to team up with the city of Cairo and Grady County to apply for a state grant to rehabilitate 20th Street from U.S. Hwy. 84 to Joyner Road. Part of the street is inside the corporate limits of Cairo and just under half of it is in the unincorporated county.

BOE wasting no time getting started with building projects

Bolstered by the passage of the Education Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax by local voters last week, the Grady County Board of Education voted Tuesday night to move forward with the renovation of the Southside Elementary School auditorium and to finalize plans for the construction of a new administrative building and classrooms on the Southside campus.
Architect Raymond C. Finger presented board members with a proposed timeline for the Southside projects Tuesday night as well as an estimated cost for the auditorium renovation project.

Boys & Girls Club major fundraiser is next Thursday

Organizers of next week's 2nd Annual Diamond Affair Dinner are encouraging members of the community to support the event as sponsors. The event is hosted by the Jackie Robinson Boys and Girls Club of Cairo/Grady County and will be held at the Grady Cultural Center on Thursday, Nov. 20, at 6:30 p.m.

School officials to meet with Boys & Girls Club personnel to iron out transportation issues

The Grady County Board of Education this week instructed the school superintendent and the operations director to meet with officials with the Jackie Robinson Boys & Girls Club to discuss issues related to the transporting of club members from county schools to the Boys & Girls Club located at Holder Park.
During Tuesday night's meeting board members questioned school system Operations Director Jerry Cox about the procedures involved in transporting students to the Boys & Girls Club.

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