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Poor road conditions are common complaint heard by commissioners

Complaints about the condition of county roads continue to be heard by Grady County commissioners, and on Tuesday night officials heard from residents of Rawls Road and Cassels Road located in south Grady.
A delegation of residents were led by Johnny Mack Butler, a resident of Cassels Road.

Consulting attorney working to keep county in permit compliance

Legal fees for work required to address issues with the county’s federal 404 permit requirements regarding mitigation of the Tired Creek Lake project are mounting.
The Grady County commission recently retained the services of Laura W. Benz, who was instrumental in the county obtaining the required permit from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to construct the lake, to facilitate coordination with the Corps and consultants in various permit implementation tasks.

New lake authority members get up to speed

As the Grady County Lake Authority and Grady County Commission prepare to advertise a Request for Qualifications from prospective developers of Tired Creek Lake, the fine tuning of the document continues.
Newly appointed lake authority members Eric Cohen and Steven Childs attended their first authority meeting last Thursday afternoon and were brought up to speed on the project by consultant William F. Butler.

Commissioners met behind closed doors with attorneys to discuss opioid suit

Grady County commissioners are considering joining in opioid litigation with other cities and counties in the state as well as the nation, and on Tuesday night met behind closed doors with representatives of different law firms interested in representing the county in the suit against opioid manufacturers and distributors.
The discussions were held in secret on the advice of County Attorney Jennifer Herzog.

Relay for Life steps off Saturday afternoon

The footsteps of many walkers will be heard at Cairo’s Davis Park Saturday when participants in the 2018 Grady County Relay for Life take steps to raise money for American Cancer Society. Teams of walkers have been working for many weeks to raise money for the annual event, which will begin at 2 p.m. and continue until 10 p.m. at the park located behind the Grady County Courthouse.

Delegation seeks new four-way stops in northeast Cairo

A delegation of northeast Cairo residents, led by Kay David, appeared before the Cairo mayor and council Monday seeking relief from heavy truck traffic and speeders in their neighborhood.
Mrs. David, a retired teacher, described her neighborhood, which includes eight blocks between 20th Street N.E. and Hall Road, as a “family friendly neighborhood.”
She said the city had installed “no truck” signs at each end of MacIvor Drive N.E., but she claims that truckers ignore the signs and vehicles using the street as a cut through from 20th Street to Hall Road or vice versa were driving at speeds of 50 to 60 mph.

Police help squelch rumors spread via social media

A rumor sparked on social media last weekend that caused some parents of Cairo High School students to question whether it was safe to send their children to school on Monday was quickly debunked by local law enforcement. School officials learned Sunday around 5 p.m. that a post on the social media tool Snapchat was circulating locally warning students of “CHS” to avoid school the next day. That ominous threat was accompanied by a menacing photo of a teenaged, white male holding what appeared to be a weapon. Cairo Police soon determined, though, that the “CHS” in the post was actually referring to a high school in New Mexico, not Cairo.

Four local women to be featured at upcoming luncheon

The upcoming 2018 Women in the Workforce Luncheon, sponsored by the Cairo-Grady County Chamber of Commerce and First National Bank, will be held April 24. The keynote speaker will be five time Olympian and Cairo native Teresa Edwards.
In addition to remarks by Ms. Edwards, a panel discussion featuring four influential women in the Grady County community, will be conducted.

Commission is split on pushing forward to seek developers for lake project

After months of pushing for something to be done and to put the Tired Creek Lake development out to potential developers, Grady County Commission Chairman Ray Prince was one of two votes against moving forward with a Request for Qualifications to be used in soliciting proposals from interested developers.
Prince and Commissioner June Knight voted against giving the RFQ recommended by the county attorney, Grady County Lake Authority and consultant William F. Butler tentative approval on Tuesday.

County and city leaders to have pow wow on pool, other issues

The Grady County Commission instructed the county clerk Tuesday to schedule a meeting with the Cairo City Council and Whigham City Council to discuss the possibility of putting the proposed Barber Park aquatic center back on the ballot to gauge public support.

Zebulon celebrates birthday with 25 cent tickets

The Zebulon Theater in downtown Cairo is celebrating its 82nd birthday this weekend with 25 cent tickets to see "Miss Pacific Fleet", which was the first movie shown at the theater when it opened in April 1936.
Included in the price of admission is a small popcorn and cola.
Show times are Friday night at 7 p.m.; Saturday at 4 p.m. and 7 p.m.; and then Sunday at 2 p.m.

Community leaders to gather at retreat in Thomasville next week

The Archway Partnership has organized a community leadership retreat for next week, but it appears the number of leaders who attend will be limited. The retreat is being planned at the request of local leaders.
Invitations to the members of the Grady County Commission, Cairo City Council, Whigham City Council, Grady County Board of Education and the Grady County Lake Authority have been extended.

Community Easter event to be held this Sunday

An annual Easter event is being expanded this year to include an aerial Easter egg at the Cairo Municipal Airport.
Cairo Mayor Booker Gainor announced plans for the fifth annual Community Easter Jam 2k18 Monday night. For the last four years the event has been held at Holder Park, but the mayor sought the city council’s approval this week to move the event to the airport.

Council debates the future of Holder Park pool

The City of Cairo received notification last week that Environmental Health County Manager Clay Poole of the Grady County Health Department will not issue a pool permit for the Holder Park Pool until the surface of the pool is returned to good repair.
According to Cairo City Manager Chris Addleton, the pool’s surface has become chipped and rough due to chemical etching. Poole says the pool, in its current condition, violates state rules, which require pool surfaces to be smooth.

Judge appointed to hear Renaud suit against three commissioners and Tobar

A Superior Court senior judge has been appointed to hear the legal challenge made by a former Grady County commissioner who was barred last fall from attending meetings of the Grady County Commission.
Judge C. Dane Perkins of Nashville was appointed to hear the suit. Judge Perkins was appointed by Judge Stephen S. Goss, administrative judge of the second judicial administrative district, after both Grady Superior Chief Judge J. Kevin Chason and Judge Heather Lanier recused themselves from the matter.

Girl’s 15th b-day party at Agri-Center turns into drinking party

Law enforcement was called to a 15-year-old girl’s birthday party at the Grady County Agri-Center Saturday night after a large fight was reported, but when officers arrived they say they found alcohol on the premises and intoxicated juveniles.
Three adults and three juveniles were arrested after officers reported seeing beer at the party and administered breath tests to three 15-year-olds who tested positive for alcohol.

Childs and Cohen named to Lake Authority

Grady County commissioners routinely accept the recommendations of various authorities, boards and commissions when making appointments to those entities, but on Tuesday night questions were raised about the Grady County Lake Authority bringing forward a recommendation for the appointment of two new members.
In the end, on a split vote, 3-2, the county commission accepted the recommendation of the authority to name Eric Cohen and Steven Childs to the authority.

Set sail on the “Love Boat for Education” on Saturday night

“The Love Boat for Education” will come into port as Thomas University holds its Casino Night fundraiser this weekend. The event is scheduled for Saturday, March 24, at the Grady Cultural Center, 101 First St. NW, Cairo.

Harvey’s Supermarket is closing, leaving void at eastern gateway

A blow to the local economy was dealt Thursday with the announcement that the parent company of Harvey's Supermarket, Southeastern Grocers, will close 94 underperforming stores including the Cairo location. Harvey’s, currently located at 1000 First Ave. N.E., has been a grocery shopping institution in Grady County for generations.

Commission is split over Hwy. 188 roundabout

Not all Grady County commissioners are sold on the idea of constructing a roundabout at the intersection of GA Hwy. 188 North, Old Thomasville Road and Airport Road northeast of Cairo.
On Tuesday night, commissioners were asked to ratify verbal approval to authorize the county to apply for a Georgia Transportation Infrastructure Bank (GTIB) grant to construct the roundabout.

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