Alligatorweed found in local pond

by Cale Cloud Grady County Extension Service Agricultural and Natural Resources Agent I received a homeowner call recently to check out a pond, identify some weeds and make recommendations. While I was checking out the pond, the one weed that stood out to me more than anything was the weed you see in this image.…

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SoloHope aims to raise $60,000 in five days

SoloHope, the non-profit organization started by Emilee Connell-Umanzor of Cairo is hosting its second annual “This is Honduras” campaign with a goal of raising $60,000 in five days. Funds raised will be used to build an artisans’ workshop in Honduras, and build a bridge in Panina, a remote community in Honduras that is only accessible…

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Vendor backs out so no fireworks show here this year

Another Independence Day and no fireworks in Grady County. That was the sad news delivered by Cairo’s city manager, Chris Addleton, Monday night. The city manager said he received word from East Coast Pyrotechnics late last week that they do not have the manpower or fireworks inventory to be able to put on the traditional…

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County’s 2020 income was $2.7 million more than was budgeted

The Grady County Board of Commissioners budgeted revenues of $16,997,700 in 2020, but county finance director Holly Murkerson reported this week that the county actually collected $19,743,100 in revenue last year. The revelation was included in Murkerson’s proposed 2020 budget amendments. The county finance director told commissioners that any revenue over the budgeted revenue total…

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Volunteers sought for local mural project

Most folks know that Grady County is the birthplace of Jackie Robinson but a new mural project between the University of Georgia Grady County Archway Partnership and Cairo High School will bring a little more recognition for Cairo’s most famous native. The idea of a mural at the baseball field was created by U.G.A. College…

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Take a walk on the wild side at the public library Saturday

Roddenbery Memorial Library will host an animal education program for all ages this Saturday, June 19, at 10 a.m. Part of the library’s summer reading festivities, the community is invited to enjoy “Animal Tales and Tails,” presented by Animal Tales Southeast at the Davis Park pavilion or in the library’s auditorium, pending weather. Animal Tales…

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Life-saving Scout with local ties is honored

Grandson of former mayor earns national recognition The South Georgia Council and the National Council of the Boy Scouts of America has presented the National Heroism Award to Scout John Burns Holton of Albany. Holton is the son of former Cairo resident, Angie Burns Holton and her husband, Robert Holton, and grandson of Bobby Burns…

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Mayor proclaims Saturday as Juneteenth in Cairo

For the first time in the City of Cairo’s 150 year history, the city will be celebrating Juneteenth, the commemoration of the abolition of slavery in the United States. On Monday night, at the request of Councilman Demario Byrden, the council unanimously authorized Mayor Howard Thrower III, to execute a proclamation declaring June 19, 2021…

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Two killed in tragic crash

CORRECTION: In the June 16, 2021 article about a double fatality in south Grady County that happened on Friday, June 11, the date of the memorial service for Marian Nan Smith, 65, Whigham, was accidentally omitted. The service is scheduled for Saturday, June 26, at 11 a.m. at Centenary United Methodist Church in Quincy, Florida.…

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