Syrupmaids overcame slow start to knock off West Laurens

The Cairo Syrupmaids haven’t played a basketball game in 18 days and it showed in the first half of their round one AAAA basketball playoff game with West Laurens Tuesday night at the Cairo High School gymnasium. The Syrupmaids got off to a slow start and trailed by as many as 10 points in the…

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Robinson’s birthplace marker is vandalized

Vandals have damaged the Georgia historical marker at Jackie Robinson’s birthplace in South Grady County. The damage, which is visible on both sides of the marker, was reported last Wednesday to the Grady County Sheriff’s Office. In his report, Sgt. Jeff Riggins with G.C.S.O. says it appears the damage is caused by “pellets from a…

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COVID testing no longer offered here

Testing for COVID-19 is no longer offered in Grady County, at least for the time being, according to public health officials. That action follows several weeks of low numbers of new cases here. Michelle Thornton, director of the Grady County Health Department, announced last week that both Grady and Mitchell counties were removed from the…

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Addleton has plan to reduce sewer spills

After recording zero sewer spills in 2020, the year 2021 has gotten off to a bad start for the City of Cairo, but city leaders say they have a plan to address the issue. Since Jan. 27, heavy rain events have caused hydraulic overload at the city’s wastewater treatment plant in southwest Cairo that has…

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Cairo’s McDonald’s restaurant now under new ownership

T.C. Metzner, owner of Cairo’s McDonald’s for 42 years, has retired and sold the store to an operator out of Tallahassee. The new owner is Raphael Vazquez who already owned 18 McDonald’s franchises with his father in Florida. “I’m excited. I love the community there. I’ve driven around, and researched the history of Cairo, it’s…

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City leaders discuss ways to partner with Habitat for Humanity

Cairo Mayor Howard Thrower III, said this week he is optimistic about the opportunity of bringing Habitat for Humanity back to Cairo and Grady County. Following two previous meetings, the mayor invited Thomasville-Thomas County Habitat for Humanity Chief Executive Officer Richard Massa Jr., to the Cairo City Council meeting Monday night. Massa shared with the…

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Cairo fans solicited to donate $1,000 to athletic program

This year Cairo High School football celebrates a milestone in its storied history. Cairo High School’s first season of football was played in 1922, so this year marks the centennial of Syrupmaker football. As the 100th season of football approaches, the program is facing huge challenges due COVID 19. Because of public health precautions, no…

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New ordinance will give city council final approval on murals in Cairo

The City of Cairo is one step closer to having an ordinance regulating murals within the city limits. The first reading of an ordinance crafted in large part by Cairo Main Street director Alyssa Blakley was conducted Monday night at the Cairo City Council meeting. Cairo city manager Chris Addleton said the biggest question for…

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Volunteers hope to open Wolf Creek Trout Lily Preserve this weekend

The volunteers of Wolf Creek Trout Lily Preserve are hoping to open to the public this weekend, weather permitting. “If the weather changes, we will post on the Facebook page. Please check this page daily as we will monitor conditions and keep everyone informed,” states Margaret Tyson, volunteer. “At this time, the lower trail is…

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