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City council agrees for library to use portion of parking lot for library construction staging area

A portion of a city-owned parking lot located east of Roddenbery Memorial Library will soon become a staging area for a multimillion dollar renovation project soon to be underway at the public library.
Architect Steve Hart of Ellis, Ricket & Associates of Valdosta, along with RML Director Pamela Grigg, met with the Cairo mayor and council Monday night to discuss the request to utilize a portion of the city parking lot during the two-phase renovation project.

Stage set for county leaders to discuss paying for tennis court repairs

Grady County Board of Education members signaled their willingness to partner with the Grady County Commissioners to invest in rehabilitation of tennis courts at Barber Park.
School Superintendent Dr. Kermit Gilliard said he has met with Grady County Recreation Director Becky Bracewell to discuss the need for resurfacing of the courts, which have large cracks and divots in the playing surfaces.

King Day festivities planned for this weekend, Monday

A local businessman and Cairo High School graduate is the grand marshal of Monday’s parade honoring Martin Luther King Day. Gary Leone Grant will be the honored guest of the parade and featured speaker at a program held at Cairo’s Holder Park following the procession through downtown.

Prince re-elected chairman on a 3-2 vote

The typically routine election of a chairman of the Grady County Commission was not routine Tuesday morning as two of the five board members voted against Chairman Ray Prince serving as chairman for 2018.

Chamber hosting special events in coming weeks

Nominations for
awards will be
accepted thru Friday
The Cairo-Grady County Chamber of Commerce has several events planned to benefit its members in the coming weeks including the 92nd Annual Meeting.
Nominations for the annual awards are being accepted through this Friday, Jan. 5.

Big celebration planned honoring Gainor

Cairo Mayor-Elect Booker Gainor has announced that the president of Florida A&M University will speak at an inaugural ball planned for next week to celebrate Gainor’s election to office.

Dedication ceremony postponed

The dedication ceremony of the new flag and flag pole at the fishing jetty at Tired Creek Lake scheduled for Thursday morning, Dec. 28, at 11 has been canceled due to inclement weather. The flag and flag pole were donated by Cairo Chapter 580 Woodmen Life Insurance. A new date will be announced later.
Local woman’s business receives recognition by Southern Living Magazine

Local woman’s business receives recognition by Southern Living Magazine
Taste of Thomasville Food Tour, founded and led by Cairo resident Debra Smith, recently was honored by Southern Living magazine as one of the top five food tours in the state of Georgia.
“I was beside myself when I found out and honored at the same time,” said Smith, who has lived in Cairo for 36 years. “I wanted to just be mentioned one day in Southern Living. I never dreamed I would be given an honor like that.”

FedEx driver suffers gunshot wound

A freight driver for FedEx  traveling on GA Hwy. 111 South suffered a gun shot wound at approximately 5:45 Wednesday afternoon in south Grady County.
According to Grady County Sheriff Harry Young, the driver initially thought a mechanical issue with the truck had occurred and he pulled off the road near Reno. It was not until later he realized that his foot was bleeding and called for help.


Due to miscommunication with the dedicated crew that inserts the different sections of the newspaper into a complete package, the much anticipated 2018 Community Calendar was omitted from the Dec. 20 edition as planned and as advertised. We apologize to our readers for this oversight, and hope that everyone will look for their copy in the Dec. 27 edition of The Messenger.

Randolph H. Wind, Editor & Publisher

Suit filed against Prince, David, Copeland and Tobar

Former Grady County Commissioner Charles Renaud has filed suit in Grady Superior Court against the three current county commissioners and county administrator who acted to bar him from county commission meetings for six months.
A contingent of Grady County Sheriff’s Office personnel greeted Renaud when he arrived to attend a joint meeting of the county commission and Grady County Lake Authority last Tuesday, Dec. 12, and served him with a notice of trespass signed by Grady County Administrator Carlos Tobar.

Festival of Trees held at Cairo High School this Christmas

Festival of Trees held at Cairo High School this Christmas
Several Grady County homes that may not have had a decorated Christmas tree to enjoy this holiday season will have one now thanks to a new program at Cairo High School.
The “Festival of Trees” was instituted this year and C.H.S. clubs and organizations were encouraged to participate by decorating trees that would be judged and then donated to less fortunate families in the community.

Pollock continues his review of courthouse security

Pollock continues his review of courthouse security
Grady County Chief Magistrate Pat Pollock is continuing to gather information and pricing for equipment needed to beef up security at the Grady County Courthouse.
Pollock was requested to head up a security review committee by the county commission recently. The chief magistrate updated the board Tuesday night.

Grady EMC linemen assisted in restoring power to Cobb EMC members after storm

Grady EMC linemen assisted in restoring power to Cobb EMC members after storm
Four Grady EMC linemen were recently dispatched to lend aid to Cobb EMC in the midst of a rare pre-winter storm. The Georgia EMC safety coordinator, Andy Croft, contacted Grady EMC’s Operations manager John Long on Friday Dec. 8 in anticipation of needed assistance.
Grady EMC was able to assemble two, two-man teams who were dispatched early Saturday morning, Dec. 9, to assist in restoring power to the approximately 44,000 EMC members affected across Cobb, Cherokee, Bartow, Paulding and north Fulton counties.

Baldwin County officials had expected to close deal Tuesday

are continuing
Chairman Hall says
Baldwin County Commission Chairman Sammy Hall told The Messenger Tuesday that he and the other members of the Baldwin County board had anticipated finalizing a contract and hiring Grady County Administrator Carlos Tobar as their county manager during a called meeting Tuesday morning, but a snag in the negotiations developed.
According to Chairman Hall, the Tuesday morning meeting had been called specifically to vote on Tobar’s contract and hire him as the new Baldwin County manager. Tobar had already been announced late last month as the sole finalist for the post.

New school calendar is approved Tuesday night

The 2018-2019 school calendar was adopted by the Grady County Board of Education and it is similar to calendars being adopted in neighboring school systems, according to School Superintendent Dr. Kermit Gilliard.
The superintendent said over 70 percent of the faculty and staff approved of the calendar he recommended to the board Tuesday night.

Free Christmas meals to be served by local churches

For the next two Sundays, Grady Countians have an opportunity to enjoy free meals thanks to local churches.
The Cairo-Grady County Ministerial Association is holding its annual Christmas Dinner this Sunday, Dec. 17, from 2 p.m. until 5 p.m. at the cafeteria of Washington Middle School.

Band and choral concerts usher in the Christmas holiday season

Student musicians at Cairo High School are giving the community a selection of opportunities to get into the Christmas spirit with upcoming performances by both the C.H.S. Bands and by the C.H.S. Chorus. The annual Christmas Concert presented by the C.H.S. Bands will be held at the high school auditorium beginning at 7 p.m. Thursday.  The Choral Department will present “Sing Joy! A Christmas Celebration” in the sanctuary of Cairo First United Methodist Church on Monday, Dec. 18 at 7 p.m.


City hires architect to design new police headquarters

After soliciting proposals from architectural firms, the Cairo Mayor and Council made a final decision Monday night on an architect to design a new Cairo Police Department headquarters.
The council authorized Mayor Bobby Burns to execute a contract with James W. Buckley & Associates Inc., and architect Greg Smith. Smith has served as the architect on many projects for the Grady County Board of Education and most recently for the new Cairo High School College and Career Center.

Christmas Parade is postponed until next Tuesday night

With a strong probability of rain forecasted for Thursday and Thursday evening, Cairo-Grady County Chamber of Commerce officials have decided to reschedule the annual Cairo Christmas Parade for Tuesday, Dec. 12 beginning at 7 p.m.
Chamber officials are in the process of notifying all of the registered participants and are encouraging everyone to make plans to take part next Tuesday.

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