Group asks for board to reconsider leadership changes at Washington

A small delegation of African-American citizens led by John Monds appeared before the Grady County Board of Education Tuesday night to question the reassignment of former Washington Middle School principal Derrick McCoy and the hiring process for his replacement. McCoy served as the WMS principal from October 2018 until April 9 when Grady County School…

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Another special homecoming for Cairo’s own J.J. Wilcox

More than 100 people participated in Saturday’s 5K run to benefit the Jackie Robinson Boys & Girls Club in Cairo Saturday. The run/walk is held annually in memory of Marshell Wilcox who worked at the Boys & Girls Club. Wilcox’s family was on hand for the event, and her son, J.J. Wilcox, finished the run…

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31st annual car rally deemed a big success

Organizers of the 31st annual Great Southern Antique Car Rally held here last weekend are describing the rally as a big hit as well as a boost to the local economy. This year’s rally featured 113 registered participants and Cairo-Grady County Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Trey Gainous said the weekend went “exceptionally well” considering…

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Tax commissioner’s office to be closed May 23-28

The Grady County Tax Commissioners office will be closed Thursday, May 23 through Tuesday, May 28 during the statewide conversion to the Georgia Department of Revenue’s new Driver Record and Integrated Vehicle Enterprise System (DRIVES). The office was closed April 17 and April 18 for mandatory training on the new system and next week tax…

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See John Wesley come to life Friday night in Whigham

The celebration of the Whigham United Methodist Church’s 150th anniversary continues Friday night with a John Wesley Supper and Sermon featuring Dr. Don Adams, author of Top 10 United Methodist Beliefs. The supper will begin at 6 p.m. in the church fellowship hall with the program and sermon to follow at 7 p.m. in the…

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City looks to hike rates for water and solid waste collection

City of Cairo residents are not likely to be asked to pay more in ad valorem taxes this fall, but come July 1, the cost for solid waste collection and disposal as well as water and sewer rates may go up. Cairo City Manager Chris Addleton presented his proposed budget plan to the city council…

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Governor takes tour of local manufacturing operation

While on a swing through southwest Georgia last week, Georgia Governor Brian Kemp made his first trip to Grady County since taking office in January. Kemp joined Nivel Parts and Manufacturing officials for a tour of the company’s facility here that is being transitioned from a warehouse operation to a manufacturing facility. Nivel is creating…

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Naval commander and CHS alumnus to speak at Baccalaureate Sunday

When the Cairo High School Class of 2019 takes their place for Baccalaureate Sunday afternoon, they will hear a motivational message from a man who was in their shoes just 22 years ago. Commander Clint Brown is a 1997 graduate of Cairo High School who went on to earn a bachelor’s degree in Economics from…

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Juveniles charged in incident resulting in school lockdown

A Cairo High School student and a Washington Middle School student have been charged with disruption of a school by Cairo Police in connection with a threat to Cairo High School posted to social media that resulted in the school going on lockdown Tuesday, May 7. Law enforcement are now on the trail of a…

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Pandy is new Grady EMC president and CEO

Grady Electric Membership Corporation has a new president and CEO whose last name is not Rosser. Joseph (Joe) Pandy Jr., officially assumed leadership of the Grady EMC last Thursday. A veteran of electric utilities, Pandy has worked for both municipal power companies as well as other member-owned cooperatives similar to Grady EMC. “I’m delighted to…

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