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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.”
Red ribbons will be displayed at the Grady County Courthouse and local businesses that support the cause. In addition, speakers will meet with Cairo High School students along with middle school students at Shiver, Washington, and Whigham Schools to promote awareness.
A community rally is planned at Family Worship Center for Tuesday, Oct. 21 beginning at 5:30 p.m. Making a return appearance will be Eric Smallridge who is bringing Part Two of a riveting story he began sharing with a Grady County audience during last year’s Red Ribbon Week. Smallridge was a drunk driver involved in an accident that killed two college girls. He and Renee Napier, mother of one of the victims, Meagan, will share their journey of tragedy, conviction and forgiveness. Also, the CHS Jazz Band will perform along with dancers from The FIRM from Off Broadstreet Centre for the Dance Arts.
The community rally, which will include a light supper, is free and tickets are not required. “The public is invited to come to the event. Wear your red ribbon and support substance abuse awareness and prevention in Grady County,” say organizers.
Drugs and alcohol are a community concern, according to law enforcement officers. Grady County Sheriff Harry Young says, “at least 88 percent of all arrests in Grady County are related to the use of drugs and alcohol.” 

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