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CHS administration is aggressively enforcing dress code

CHS administration is aggressively enforcing dress code
When Grady County School Superintendent Lee M. Bailey recommended Assistant School Superintendent Dr. Kermit Gilliard be named Cairo High School Interim Principal he asked that Gilliard enforce the dress code outlined in the student handbook.
A review of discipline referrals at CHS indicated that Dr. Gilliard and the CHS assistant principals are doing just that.

Methodist Fall Bazaar is this Saturday, offers something for everyone

An original oil painting, lithograph of Cairo's old Post Office from the early 1900s and frozen homemade casseroles are just a few of the offerings for sale at the Annual Fall Bazaar at Cairo First United Methodist Church Saturday.

Watch for tax bills in the mail this week

Grady Countians should be on the lookout for their tax bills.
According to Grady County Tax Commissioner Phyllis Gainous, 14,673 tax bills went out in the mail from a mailing house in Chattanooga, Tenn., Monday.

Majors is leaving chamber

Majors is leaving chamber
As was first reported on last Wednesday afternoon, Jennifer Majors has resigned as the executive vice president of the Cairo-Grady County Chamber of Commerce effective Monday, Oct. 27.


Cairo-Grady County Chamber of Commerce Executive Vice President Jennifer Majors has resigned after seven years with the the chamber, officials announced today.
Mrs. Majors has accepted a position with Southwest Georgia RESA in Camilla. Her last day on the job will be Oct. 27.
Chamber Chairman Chastity Cox and Executive Director Chadd Mathis said they would begin advertising the vacancy immediately.
"We would like to thank Jennifer for her seven years of dedicated service to the community and wish her well in her new endeavors," chamber officials said in a statement released Wednesday afternoon.

EMC official responds to lawsuit, attorneys are hired

The general manager of Grady EMC said this week the lawsuit filed by members of the Take Back our Grady EMC committee last week will be "vigorously" defended by the EMC.
"We are disappointed that a lawsuit has been filed against Grady EMC.  We have met with members of the party filing the suit and have made good faith efforts to communicate with them and others who have questions about our business for several months now," said Grady EMC General Manager Thomas A. (Bo) Rosser Jr.

Red Ribbon Week to be observed here next week

A group of local civic leaders interested in reducing alcohol and drug abuse is putting together a slate of community events for Red Ribbon Week, which begins in a few days.
The Grady County Substance Abuse Awareness and Prevention team will celebrate Red Ribbon Week Oct. 19-25 using the slogan, "Choose to be Drug Free."

Tuesday weather knocked out power for some

Thunderstorms that swept across South Georgia Tuesday caused some homes outside the Cairo City Limits to lose electricity briefly.
Grady EMC experienced scattered outages in all three of the counties they serve, according to Donnie Prince, Grady EMC spokesman. Prince says the majority of the outages were in the Beachton area.
Tree limbs falling on power lines were the primary cause of the 514 members losing power in Grady, Thomas and Decatur counties. Everyone had power restored within 53 minutes of their outage, Prince says, and all were back on line by Tuesday afternoon.
The City of Cairo utility officials reported no outages Tuesday.

City police department is short of staff, overtime costs increase

With a budget of $250,000 annually for overtime, the city of Cairo's police department receives the lion's share of overtime pay, but city officials expressed concern Monday night about the rate of overtime paid in the first three months of this fiscal year.
Through Sept. 30, Cairo police officers have been paid $85,708.58 in overtime pay, which leaves only $164,291.42 to make it through the remaining nine months of the fiscal year, which began July 1.

City discovers 70 customers who have never been billed for monthly sewer fees

For 70 city of Cairo utilities customers their next bill will include an additional charge.
In the process of investigating water losses, Public Works Director Raymond Stokes has discovered 70 customers who have had city sewer anywhere from five to 10 years but have never paid for the service.

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.

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