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Chamber announces award nominees

The Cairo-Grady County Chamber of Commerce's 91st annual membership banquet is less than two weeks away, and tickets to the event are now on sale.
In addition to a featured speaker who has preached at Billy Graham events, the local men and women who make a difference in Grady County will be recognized for their community service.

Aquatic center committee is appointed

Grady County Commission Chairman Elwyn Childs has appointed a committee to develop a recommendation for a proposed aquatic center to be paid for by Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax proceeds and bring it back to the county commission for a final decision.
The idea of a committee involving county officials as well as local residents has been discussed before, but at a workshop meeting Monday, newly elected District 3 Commissioner Keith Moye pushed for its creation.

Metro Power slated to work this weekend to install new traffic signals downtown

Representatives of Metro Power will begin work Friday evening and through the weekend on the final touches of the downtown streetscape project.
Installation of new signalization and removal of the old traffic signals and accompanying infrastructure will take place.

Public meeting on regional plan and economic development to be held here

The Southwest Georgia Regional Commission will be hosting a public meeting here next week to discuss a regional plan and economic development strategy with local residents and elected officials.
The community session is to be held between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. next Tuesday, Jan. 10 at Roddenbery Memorial Library.

County officials seek to beef up protection from cyber attacks

Rumbles of
Thomasville to
present lone bid
Six weeks after first being approached about the subject, Grady County Administrator Carlos Tobar on Tuesday responded to concerns raised by Commissioner LaFaye Copeland regarding the protection of the county's sensitive data and computer systems from cyber attacks.
"I thought we were in pretty good shape, but after talking with staff and thinking about worst case situations it made me lose a little sleep," Tobar said this week.
Tobar brought in Peter Berry and Lee Gerald of Rumbles of Thomasville to outline the county's current network system security and discuss opportunities to improve its disaster recovery component.

Retired FSU professor to speak at Historical Society meeting

The Grady County Historical Society will meet next week and a former Florida State University professor will be the guest speaker.

Free art classes for children offered at library

The Roddenbery Memorial Library is now offering art classes for kids, grades 1-5, starting Jan. 10.
FBI issues alert for “Jury Duty” scam in Georgia

The FBI is warning the public to be on alert for a "jury duty" phone scam. The FBI Atlanta Division and its Savannah Resident Agency spokesmen say the scam involves a caller who impersonates law enforcement or judicial officers and informs the targeted individuals that they have failed to respond to jury duty and are now required to pay associated fines/fees for their failure to appear for those duties.

Taxpayers can donate to local hospital and receive a state income tax credit

Beginning next week, Georgia taxpayers can donate to Grady General Hospital and receive a state income tax credit. The Rural Hospital Tax Credit Bill, also known as Senate Bill 258, was adopted during the 2016 General Assembly and signed into law by Gov. Nathan Deal earlier this year.

Law enforcement will have zero tolerance for impaired drivers

The Georgia State Patrol is making final preparations for the New Year’s holiday travel period, which will begin at 6 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 30, and end Monday, Jan. 2. The travel period is 78-hours long.

Christmas Cash winners announced this week

Lucky foursome
will split $1,000
to shop locally
Four lucky Grady County shoppers have some extra Christmas Cash to spend at certain local merchants this year.
The annual Cairo Messenger Christmas Cash promotion concluded Monday with the drawing of four lucky names.

Prince to replace Norton on Lake Authority

Grady County Commissioner Ray Prince will replace retiring commission chairman Charles Norton as the commission’s appointee to the Grady County Lake Authority.
Commissioners voted unanimously Tuesday night to appoint Prince to the authority.
The decision was not made until after lengthy discussion as to whom to appoint.
Commissioner LaFaye Copeland brought up the subject and expressed her opinion that Vice Chairman Elwyn Childs be considered.

County agrees to pay up to $35,000 for engineering of roundabout

Grady County commissioners continue to consider the construction of a roundabout at the intersection of GA Hwy. 188, Old Thomasville Road, and Airport Road.
The cost of the project will likely top $1 million, which county administrator Carlos Tobar says will be paid for with state funds and not local tax dollars.
However, county commissioners want to see that in writing before giving final approval to the project.

Taxes are due next Tuesday

Over half of ad valorem taxes due next week have been paid, according to Grady County Tax Commissioner Phyllis Gainous' office.
As of Tuesday, the tax commissioner had collected $7,627,975.99 leaving $6,473,780.68 left to be paid.

Cox pushes for city to adopt a new comp time policy

A proposed, new compensatory time policy devised by the City of Cairo administrative staff last year was brought back to the Cairo City Council for consideration by Councilman Jerry Cox Monday night.
"This is the same thing the council this time last year voted down," Cox said.
He admitted the former comp time policy was not "well managed or well written" but he voiced his opposition to discontinuing comp time altogether.

Over 130 miles of county roads to be restriped

Just over 136 miles of county roads will soon be re-striped to make county roads safer for motorists traveling at night and in rain.
The county, earlier this year, was awarded a Safety Action Plan grant from the Georgia Department of Transportation totaling $180,000.

GBI seeks a redheaded shooting suspect

The Georgia Bureau of Investigation is looking for a redheaded man in a white pickup truck for questioning in a shooting incident in Whigham Saturday morning.
The suspect is accused of shooting at an unnamed man in a wooded area on Harrell Road around 7:30 a.m.

County officials remain conflicted over proposed pool

Grady County officials do not seem any closer to making a decision on what to do about constructing a proposed aquatic center at Barber Park than they were last month.
During Tuesday morning's commission meeting, a wide ranging discussion, that could possibly be described as bizarre, took place.

Changes to school calendar told

Grady County School Superintendent Dr. Kermit Gilliard has announced changes to the school calendar, which will impact local families. The changes involve the upcoming Christmas holidays and the closing of school next spring.
According to the superintendent, Friday, Dec. 16, which is the last day of school before the Christmas break, will be a half day for students.
Buses will begin pick-up at the "city" schools at 11:30 a.m. and will then proceed to Whigham and Shiver.

Tired Creek Lake gets boost from recent rains to rise to highest level yet

Rainfall of 4.5 inches was measured at Tired Creek Lake since Sunday provided a boost to the filling of the 960-acre lake. The lake level now stands at 201.53 feet above sea level.
This is the highest level reached since the gate to the dam has been closed and the filling underway, according to Grady County lake authority executive director Mike Binion.

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