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Suit filed Tuesday against Grady EMC

A lawsuit against the Grady Electric Membership Corporation, its board of directors, General Manager Thomas A. Rosser Jr., and former general manager Thomas A. Rosser Sr., was filed in Grady County Superior Court this week by members of a group calling themselves the Take Back Our Grady EMC committee.
Members of the EMC Board of Directors named in the suit include Dewey Brock Jr., Caylor Outzs, Lamar Carlton, James Freeman, Lamar Strickland, Robert E. Lee and James Lewis.
The plaintiffs include Gordon Clyatt, Ronald Sellars, C. Seaborn Roddenbery, Jerome J. Ellis and Roy Brock.

County supports local Creek tribe seeking federal recognition

The Lower Muskogee Creek Tribe is preparing to petition the federal government for recognition and, on Tuesday, Grady County commissioners voted to go on record in support of the tribe's petition.
Principal Chief Marian S. (Vonnie) McCormick and Dr. Peggy Venable appeared before the county commission this week soliciting the county's support.

Effort to improve a south Grady subdivision is off to a rocky start

A south Grady County property owner says the county is not going far enough with a grant program to resurface roads and improve drainage in a low to moderate income neighborhood off Georgia Highway 93 South.

Dist. 3 BOE candidates to debate

Cairo's WGRA Radio will host a Decision 2014 Live Political Forum on Monday. The Oct. 6 program will feature the candidates for Grady County Board of Education, District 3.

Grady’s jobless rate remains lower than our neighbors

While unemployment remains above nine percent in the southwest Georgia region the jobless rate in Grady County is at a lower level than both the region and the state.
Grady County's unemployment rate for August stood at 7.9 percent, which is unchanged from the revised July percentage. The jobless rate is up slightly from 6.7 percent in August 2013.

Local teen reported missing is found safe

A 14-year-old Grady County girl is back home safe after taking the family car and driving to meet a man she met on the Internet.
The child's father discovered her disappearance Saturday around 8 a.m. and notified the Grady County Sheriff's Office, which immediately issued a nationwide lookout.

Take a walk with a a dog doc Oct. 11

The health benefits of walking can’t be overstated, and this applies to your pets as well as their owners, according to a local veterinarian.
Dr. Janet Ackerman of Animal Medical Center is organizing the first Walk with a Dog Doc and participants are encouraged to bring their dogs.
Participants will gather at Davis Park, Saturday morning, Oct. 11, 2014, and the walk will last from 9 a.m. - 11 a.m.

Native American exhibit on display at museum

Native American exhibit on display at museum
A unique Native American exhibit is currently on display at the Grady County Museum and History Center.
Arrow heads, pottery, sculptures and more are now on exhibit as well as books on Native Americans and their culture. The exhibit will remain on display through Dec. 12.

Officials say city finances show some improvement

Cairo city officials are continuing to monitor the city's finances and records for the first two months of the fiscal year, which began July 1, and are reporting positive results.
In both July and August, the city took in more revenue than was budgeted while coming in slightly below the budgeted expenses in July. Actual August expenditures exceeded the budget by $13,974.

Commissioner calls for courthouse cleanup

Grady County Commissioner Elwyn Childs said last Tuesday night that first impressions are lasting impressions and he called for some attention being paid to the appearance of the county courthouse.

City looks for ways to reduce water losses

Cairo officials say they are baffled by the dramatic rise in the amount of water losses, which have increased over the last two years by about 20 percent.
After making significant improvement in 2011 when water losses were reduced to approximately 10 percent, the current difference between the amount of water pumped out of the ground and what is sold to residential and commercial customers is nearly 30 percent.

Finalists for lake authority executive director named

The Grady County Lake Authority conducted second interviews Monday night with prospective candidates for the lake authority executive director position. In accordance with the Georgia law, the names of the top finalists are being released to the public.
Michael S. Binion, R. Tom Brown and Robert B. (Burks) Kimmel Jr., have been named finalists for the post. The authority must now wait 14 days before a vote can be taken to employ one of the three as the authority's executive director.

Commission chairman continues to push for better financial reporting

Grady County officials have set a tentative date of Oct. 21 to receive a budget report that accurately reflects the financial operations of the county.
On Tuesday night, commissioners discussed financial reporting with County Administrator Carlos Tobar, Accounting Manager Connie Blackman, and County Clerk Carrie Kines.

On POW/MIA Recognition Day a Cairo man will be remembered

On POW/MIA  Recognition Day a Cairo man will be remembered
By Jimmy Blanton

Most people recognize the significance of June 6, 1944, as being “D-Day” in World War II, and this year heralded the 70th anniversary of that historic event.  
Often lost in the fanfare of “D-Days” notoriety is another historic battle that will likewise turn 70 this year. “Operation Market Garden” was a plan envisioned by British Field Marshal, Gen. Bernard Montgomery as a way to end World War II by Christmas of 1944. Its tactical design was to outflank the German forces and close behind them on their own soil. This operation commenced on Sept. 17, 1944.  

Zebulon offering special of two tickets for $5

To celebrate the successful conversion of the new digital projection system at The Zebulon Theater, Sony Pictures and the community owned local theater are offering a limited time special of two general admissions tickets for only $5.

9/11 memorial service planned for Thursday

The Woodmen of the World Chapter 580 in Cairo will be hosting its annual 9/11 memorial service on Thursday, Sept. 11.
The program will take place at the Cairo Fire Department headquarters, 555 Second Avenue S.E., beginning at 10 a.m.

School board approves new roof for central office

A leaking roof at the Grady County School System's central office will soon be repaired following action taken by the school board Tuesday night.
Assistant School Superintendent Dr. Kermit Gilliard presented three bids to the board for the replacement of the roof at the central office.

Department reports added back to agenda spur questions

Last month, Cairo City Councilman Kermit Gilliard requested monthly reports from city departments be returned to the council agenda monthly and on Monday night a number of questions from the reports were raised.
The council discussed with Cairo Fire Chief Bill Schafer the number of calls monthly the city fire department receives to assist Grady County Emergency Medical Service personnel.

Tyler updates council on streetscape

The first phase of the Cairo streetscape project to be funded in large part with a $700,000 federal grant is moving slowly, but surely toward a construction start in the spring of 2015.
The grant was awarded to the city in May 2011 and was the largest grant awarded to any other municipality in the second congressional district.

Local officials plan meeting with DOT on bridge project

Grady County commissioners are planning to travel to Atlanta to meet with members of the county's legislative delegation and officials with the Georgia Department of Transportation in the coming weeks to discuss the bridge replacement project for the Hwy. 112 bridge over Sapp Creek.
The earliest work will begin, according to information provided from DOT to Grady County Administrator Carlos Tobar, is February 2016.

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