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“Restoring the Pride of Grady County” to be celebrated next week

AMBER BENNETT was in high school when she was crowned Miss Grady County Centennial in 2005. Today, she has returned to her home county to mark the 10th anniversary of Grady County’s Centennial.

To commemorate the 110th anniversary of Grady County, 2005 Miss Grady County Centennial Amber Bennett has organized a celebration of all things local Dec. 6-12.
“This week-long celebration is themed ‘Restoring the Pride of Grady County’ and it is something for everyone in our community to enjoy and take part!” says Bennett. “This 10th Anniversary Centennial Celebration is meant to uplift our community. Throughout the week each day there will be an inspired theme for our community.”
The events begin on Sunday, Dec. 6, at 6 p.m. with a “Pride of our Fellowship” community wide church service at Bethlehem A.M.E. Church, 412 Second St. where the Rev. Dr. Debra Knight is senior pastor. Paster Bill Staten of Faith Christian Center will be the guest speaker.The service is open to the public.
On Monday, Dec. 7, 4 p.m. until 5:30 p.m., “Pride of our Community” day will include a cleanup at Davis Park. Bennett says, “Community volunteers, civic and community organizations are welcome to help out. This event will be partnering with the City of Cairo’s Keep Grady County Beautiful Program.”
On Tuesday, Bennett says she has organized an appreciation breakfast to honor firemen and police officers in Grady County. The “Pride of our Safety” breakfast will take place at Tired Creek Golf Course, formerly Cairo Country Club.
“Pride of our Economy” day will take place Wednesday with a luncheon to honor small business owners in Grady County. The noon event will be held at the Cairo-Grady County Chamber of Commerce.
Thursday, Dec. 10, will be “Pride of our Next Generation” day, and Bennett will visit Washington Middle School and Whigham School as Miss Grady County Centennial.
On Friday’s “Pride of our Outreach,” Miss Grady County Centennial will attend a Bean Auction at Magnolia Place and serve refreshments.
On Saturday, the community is encouraged to participate in “Pride of our Community Spirit” by attending the Cairo High School basketball game against Thomas County Central High School. The Syrupmaids’ and Syrupmakers’ games will take place in the CHS gymnasium at 6 p.m.
Bennett is encouraging the community to dress in unity by wearing “I Love Grady County” t-shirts designed by local firm, The Ken Young Company. Bennett says the company has said it will donate a portion of its proceeds from the t-shirt sales to the Jackie Robinson Boys and Girls Club of Cairo and Grady County.
The short-sleeved shirts range in price of $7 for youth, $8.50 for adults up to 3X-large, and $10 for 4X and 5X large. Long sleeve shirts will be an additional $3.
To order email Bennett at
Bennett says, “It is with the pride of Grady County that these events are hosted and I hope it will leave a lasting impression on the spirit of our community!”
Local businesses and entities are supporting the celebration. Bennett says they include: Wal-Mart; Burger King; Cairo IGA; City of Cairo; Piggly Wiggly; Tired Creek Golf Course(formerly Cairo Country Club); Cairo-Grady County Chamber of Commerce; Department of Labor; The Ken Young Company; Bethlehem A.M.E Church; Faith Christian Center; Beulah Missionary Baptist Church;Redeeming Life Fellowship Church; New White Springs Baptist Church and Subway.

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