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County officials working to correct communication woes

Grady County public safety personnel are continuing to have issues with the new communication system installed as part of the federally mandated narrow banding project, but County Commissioner T.D. David said Tuesday night work is ongoing to address the problems.

No luck yet in finding new home for Beachton dumpsters

South Grady County residents are working closely with District 3 County Commissioner Charles Norton to identify a convenient location for county dumpsters in the Beachton community, but so far they have not had much luck.
A small delegation of Beachton residents appeared before the Grady County Commission again Tuesday night to show support for keeping dumpsters in the Beachton community.

County awaits Safe Dams approval before paying off contractor

The general contractor on the Tired Creek Lake dam is seeking payment of the bulk of money still owed to the firm, but Grady County commissioners say they do not intend to pay off until the dam has been approved by Georgia Safe Dams Program of the Georgia Department of Natural Resources.
Grady County Commissioner Charles Norton voiced his opposition to paying the money retained by the county, in accordance with the construction contract, until Safe Dams approval has been received.

School board approves hiring of new assistant principals

The new team of administrators that will be leading Grady County Schools when the new term begins later this year is now in place.
On Tuesday night, the Grady County Board of Education approved the recommendation of Superintendent Lee M. Bailey to hire five new assistant principals.
The new assistant principals are Natalie Hudson- Northside; Leigh Stalvey - Shiver; Justin Amaro - Whigham; Christina Issac - Washington, and Zack Wilson - Washington.

Proposed budget includes rate hikes for water and sewer

The Cairo City Council got its first look at the proposed 2015-2016 operating budget Monday night and, if it stands, city rate payers will be paying a little more for water and sewer, but no other rate hikes are proposed or property tax increases.
Cairo City Manager Chris Addleton is proposing a $2 per month increase in the base charge for water and a $2 per month increase in the base charge for sewer effective July 1, 2015. This will increase the cost for residential customers to a base of $12 per month for water and $12 for sewer. General service customers will begin paying $14 per month base charge for water and $14 for sewer.

Capital City Bank is low bidder on $7 million bond issue for Grady County School System

The Grady County Board of Education took another step toward finalizing the issuance of $7 million in general obligation bonds to fast track school construction projects.
Clifford C. (Bucky) Kimsey III, senior vice president of Raymond James & Associates appeared before the board Tuesday night to report on the bond placement.
Kimsey told board members that Capital City Bank was the low bidder on the bonds with a rate of 1.39 percent. Capital City Bank was represented Tuesday night by Assistant Vice President Sandy Reagan.

Council delays action on privatizing city garbage service

The Cairo City Council has backed away from moving forward with privatizing the collection of solid waste.
At the April 27 council meeting, the council authorized City Manager Chris Addleton to negotiate a contract with Advanced Disposal and the contract was to have been put before the council for a vote on Monday night of this week.
However, questions have been raised concerning the process and the actual cost to taxpayers if the service is privatized.

United National Bank boosts its dividend, celebrating 15th anniversary

United National Bank is gearing up for the celebration of its 15th anniversary later this month and shareholders in the bank will have a little more to celebrate after it was announced this week the bank will be paying a dividend of $1.25 per share to all shareholders of record as of June 1, 2015.

County seeks new dumpster site in south Grady

The Grady County Commission is soliciting help from south Grady County residents to help locate a suitable site for garbage dumpsters to be placed.
The owners of the Parkway Junction property in Beachton have notified county officials they want the dumpsters removed from their property as soon as possible.
A small delegation of Beachton residents appeared before the county commission Tuesday to discuss the situation.

New CHS band director and assistant principals expected to be hired Tuesday

The Grady County Board of Education will likely hire five assistant principals and a new Cairo High School band director if all goes according to plan.
Superintendent-elect Dr. Kermit Gilliard said this week that interviews for five assistant principal positions began last week and are wrapping up this week. He reported that interviews for CHS band director are slated for Friday.

Commissioners invest in new county phone system

After 21 months of evaluating and researching by Grady County Administrator Carlos Tobar, the Grady County Commission accepted this week his recommendation to purchase new, Voice Over Internet Protocol (VOIP) telephone equipment.

City landfill to open on first and third Saturdays

The city of Cairo is opening its landfill on Saturdays, once again, for the convenience of local residents.

70th Spring Concert to be performed by CHS Bands

Concert is this
Sunday at 2:30 p.m.
This Sunday, May 3, 2015, marks a special event for Cairo High School bands. The concert ensembles will present Spring Concert number 70. Seventy years of music by student musicians who comprise the Syrupmaker Bands and all for their favorite audience.
The concert begins at 2:30 p.m. in the Cairo High School auditorium and features the Syrupmaker combined Concert/Symphonic Bands and the Symphony Band.

Ice cream products removed from schools

Students at four Grady County schools are out of ice cream options for at least this week after the nationwide Blue Bell recall.
Each principal said a Blue Bell representative was at her school before 8 a.m. Monday to retrieve any of their products still in the cafeteria's ice cream freezers. Blue Bell voluntarily recalled all of its ice creams, sherbets, and frozen yogurts and snacks last week while Grady County schools were closed for Spring Break. The frozen items had the potential of being contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Before going solar, check out new city policy

Recent legislation makes it easier for Georgia consumers to finance solar systems and the city of Cairo is wasting no time in putting a policy in place to govern city residents who install solar or wind generation systems at their homes.
The city council unanimously approved the new policy as recommended by City Manager Chris Addleton and Energy Services Director Rod Prince Monday.

City another step closer to privatizing garbage service

The city of Cairo is moving closer to getting out of the garbage collection business following action taken by the city council.
The city solicited proposals from vendors interested in collection of residential and commercial garbage within the corporate limits of Cairo. Five proposals were submitted including one from Cairo-based Taylor Waste Services.
Other interested vendors include Advanced Disposal, the city of Thomasville, Waste Pro and Seminole Sanitation.

Commissioner David continues to push for more financial reports

Commissioner David continues to push for more financial reports
Grady County Commissioner T.D. David continued to push his fellow commissioners to join him in requiring additional financial reporting from the county's staff during Tuesday’s regular commission meeting.
"I encouraged my fellow commissioners to consider some additional reports to help us have less risk when we make decisions. The reception, I guess you would say, was a little cool. I've asked them to look at the reports I've produced and I will be glad to go over them," Commissioner David said Tuesday night.

Caprice Kelly’s artistic work to be featured at Due South

Caprice Kelly’s artistic work to be featured at Due South
An event celebrating the South and the talented people who populate the area, from chefs and musicians to artists and writers, takes place this weekend in Thomasville. Due South takes place Saturday with live music, food trucks, art and more scheduled to delight patrons in attendance.

Search for Archway professional is on

The University of Georgia is advertising for a new Archway Professional to work full-time in Grady County after Latoya Cutts resigned shortly after starting here.

Second suit filed against local probation company

On the heels of a class action lawsuit filed April 10 in federal court, a class action suit was  filed in Grady Superior Court Monday against the same Cairo-based private probation company.
Red Hills Community Probation LLC, Margaret Crutchfield and the City of Cairo are named as defendants in the suit filed Monday by Cairo attorney K. Todd Butler on behalf of plaintiff T.W. Green Jr.

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