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Community mourns the death of local law enforcement officer

Community mourns the death of local law enforcement officer
Area law enforcement officers are joining family and friends in mourning the death of Grady County Sheriff’s investigator Robert Simmons.
Simmons, 46, passed away at his home Monday of natural causes.

A few tickets remain for Historical Society’s “Big Picnic”

Tickets for the Grady County Historical Society's "Big Picnic" fundraiser and social affair are going fast and only a few remain unsold.
The event will be held next Thursday night, Sept. 21, and organizers encourage all interested to purchase their tickets right away.

BOE approves more stadium improvements

After approving over $20,000 in improvements at West Thomas Stadium last month, the Grady County Board of Education on Tuesday night approved another $24,800 in additional work at the Cairo High School facility.
In August, the board approved $21,004 for drainage improvements at the north end of the stadium. As part of the work, Maintenance Director Dave Mitchell brought forward additional recommendations.

Prince and Tobar question county’s consultant for lake development

The Grady County Commission and Grady County Lake Authority held a joint meeting last Wednesday where they discussed a proposal to engage a firm to conduct a market research of Tired Creek Lake.
The county’s consultant on Tired Creek Lake development, William F. Butler, met with the local leaders last week to discuss his recommendation to contract with Robert Charles Lesser & Co., LLC (RCLCO) Real Estate Advisors.

Bainbridge fan arrested for disorderly conduct Friday night

Cairo Police arrested a fan of Bainbridge High School during the football game against Cairo High School Friday night after the fan allegedly refused to follow a police order.

Georgia National Fairgrounds opened as equine evacuation site

Effective Thursday, September 7, 2017 at 8:00 a.m., the Georgia National Fairgrounds & Agricenter will serve as an Equine evacuation site for those in the line of hurricane Irma. GNFA will have 350 available stalls that will be opened to evacuees on a first come, first serve basis, no reservations will be accepted.

As Irma heads toward Florida, local residents plan for bad weather

Although the path of Hurricane Irma remained uncertain Tuesday, many Grady countians began preparing anyway, clearing store shelves of water and filling their vehicles with gasoline. By Tuesday evening, many stores in Cairo were nearly sold out of bottled water. Grady County’s Emergency Management Director Richard Phillips said gathering emergency supplies is a positive first step.

CPD offering firearms course

The Cairo Police Department is offering a firearms training class next week to the first 20 to register. The two-part class begins the evening of Thursday, Sept. 14 and ends on the morning of Saturday, Sept. 16. The $25 class tuition will benefit the Shop with a Cop Program of the Cairo Police Department.

Majorettes prepare for 70th anniversary

Alumni majorettes from Cairo High School are gathering information about the 70 year history of local majorettes as they prepare to mark the anniversary next month. The former twirlers plan to honor the very first majorettes in addition to the majorette lines of the 1950s and 1960s during the festivities, which will include an Oct. 20 performance during halftime of the Syrupmakers’ football game against Westover High School.

Local man killed Tuesday afternoon

A Whigham man was killed Tuesday after he stopped on U.S. 84 to clear debris from the roadway, said Grady County Sheriff Harry Young. The man died at the scene about 1.5 miles west of Whigham, Sheriff Young said. The Georgia State Patrol was called in to investigate the tragedy around 4:30 p.m.

Lt. Governor Cagle to speak at open house of new CHS facility

Lt. Governor Cagle to speak at open house of new CHS facility
Grand openings of new facilities on the campuses of two local schools will be celebrated tomorrow.
Georgia Lt. Gov. Casey Cagle will be here Thursday to attend the grand opening of the new College and Career Center at Cairo High School and the public is encouraged to attend. The ribbon cutting and dedication ceremony begins at 2:30 p.m. Participants are encouraged to park in the CHS student parking lot in front of the new facility. Enter the parking lot from the new Sixth Avenue S.E. entrance.
The College and Career Center will be open for guided tours until 4:30 p.m. Thursday.

Suspects in local armed robbery are arrested

A citizen’s tip to law enforcement may have helped solve several recent armed robberies, including one in south Grady County.
Two Thomasville men are behind bars as suspects in at least four holdups and one burglary. The tipster recognized Kealeeon Rashun Miranda, 20, who was taken into custody by Thomasville Police at 9:30 p.m. Thursday, according to Scott Newberry, an investigator with the Thomasville Police Department.

Council cuts off debate over neighbor’s shrubs

A dispute between neighbors regarding overgrown shrubbery spilled over into the Cairo City Council meeting Monday night.
Clifton Brown, 800 Madison Cir. S.W., appeared before the mayor and council to solicit the council's assistance in dealing with an issue he is experiencing with his next door neighbor.

There will be choices in November

For the first time in a decade the citizens of Whigham will have a choice in who serves on their city council.
When qualifying for the November 7 municipal election ended last Friday, a total of seven candidates had qualified for the five council seats up for election. Mayor George Trulock was the only candidate to qualify for mayor so he will automatically win reelection.

City is waiving tipping fees for a week dedicated to citywide cleanup

City of Cairo residents who have scrap tires, household appliances and other household goods that need to be disposed of are being encouraged to take part in the city's upcoming citywide cleanup and amnesty week.
Landfill tipping fees are being waived for city residents who want to clean up their properties and properly dispose of unwanted household appliances, home goods and even scrap tires by bringing them to the city's landfill, located at 1593 Sixth Ave. N.W.

Restaurateurs are victims of weekend armed robbery

Cairo Police are looking for four men connected to a late night armed robbery of three restaurateurs. The operators of San Marco’s Mexican Restaurant in Cairo had just dropped off an employee in northeast Cairo and were driving north on Sixth Street Northeast when the robbery happened Saturday soon after midnight.

Cairo High School open house Monday is a family affair

Cairo High School will host its annual fall open house Monday, but it will not be the routine event of years past.
CHS Principal Chris Lokey and the high school faculty are planning a family-centered event designed for students, parents and school personnel to fellowship and build relationships in addition to enjoying food and fun.

Two qualify to run for Cairo’s mayor

Qualifying for municipal elections got underway Monday and as expected a contested race for mayor of Cairo has already developed.
Both Hansell Bearden and Booker Gainor qualified this week with Bearden qualifying Monday and Gainor on Tuesday.

Solar eclipse to occur Monday, schools to dismiss students later

Although Cairo and Grady County are outside the path of totality, we will still have a significant eclipse experience on Monday with an expected 90 percent of the sun covered by the moon at the height of the event.
For Grady County educators, the eclipse is turning into a hands on teachable moment and the school system is making sure teachers have time to help their students safely experience “The Great American Solar Eclipse.” Students and school staff will get special eclipse glasses and all local schools will extend their hours by approximately 22 minutes on Monday.

Fowler contends county was not paid full value of timber at lake

The former timber consultant for the Grady County Board of Commissioners confirmed Tuesday night that the county lost out on approximately $600,000 in revenue from the sale of timber in the Tired Creek Lake bed by revising its contract with N&W Timber in January 2014. That change released the firm from cutting all of the timber and the extensive cleaning of the lake bottom.

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