Green light given for Popeyes project on U.S. Hwy. 84

Developers working to locate a new Popeyes fast food restaurant in Cairo got the green light Thursday night from the Cairo Planning Commission. Alec Lesley and John Quinn of Southeastern Retail Development, LLC appeared before the planning commission last week seeking a variance from the setback requirements in the city code for the Popeyes project.…

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Authorities mum on details surrounding shooting death

The Georgia Bureau of Investigation is declining to release certain details about last week’s shooting death of Antavius Robinson of Cairo. Jamy Steinberg, special agent in charge with the G.B.I., would not comment on how many times Robinson was shot or whether the murder weapon has been recovered. However, Steinberg did say that Robinson, 39,…

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Two Northeast Cairo robberies being probed by city police

Cairo Police are investigating two separate strong arm robberies of men walking in Northeast Cairo over the weekend. In both cases, the victims were Hispanic and the suspects were black. The first incident happened at 8:30 p.m. Saturday on 10th Avenue N.E. The victim told police that he was standing outside when four males approached…

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Another COVID-19 death is recorded here, cases flat

The COVID-19 pandemic is causing families to make difficult decisions about their 2020 Thanksgiving celebrations. The Georgia Department of Public Health urges all Georgians to plan ahead and take steps to reduce risk of exposure to COVID-19 and the flu as they celebrate. COVID-19 spreads easily whether gatherings are large or small, putting families and…

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Georgia set for second election recount, unlikely to probe mail-in signatures

By Beau Evans Staff Writer Capitol Beat News Service Georgia election officials are gearing up for another recount of the roughly 5 million ballots cast in the state’s presidential election this month following a request over the weekend by President Donald Trump’s campaign. State law allows Trump, who lost Georgia by fewer than 13,000 votes…

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A decade later, Vasquez is thankful for those who cared

This Thanksgiving, Maria Vasquez says she wants to give thanks that 10 years ago so many people answered her family’s call for help when she vanished from their Cairo home, deep in the throes of postpartum psychosis. It was the day after Thanksgiving when Vasquez disappeared. She says she doesn’t remember any of it, except…

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One school project nears completion as another one gets underway

Work is now underway on the much anticipated construction project at Eastside Elementary School. Originally, school officials had hoped to break ground on the project in March, but numerous delays in the architect finalizing the plans and obtaining state approval ultimately delayed the project. At the November meeting of the Grady County Board of Education,…

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Police seek suspect in botched bank robbery

Cairo Police are investigating an unsuccessful bank robbery attempt in Cairo Friday morning. At 10:53 a.m., a tall man walked up to a teller’s station at Five Star Credit Union on U.S. 84 and gave her a note that stated, “give me 100’s and 50’s.” The teller told the man that she needed his account…

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Another local resident succumbs to COVID-19

With health experts urging caution as we head into the winter season, Grady County continues to record lower numbers of new COVID-19 cases although one more resident has died from the disease, according to state public health information. That makes a total of 26 Grady countians who have died from COVID-19 in the last eight…

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