Local teams headed to Odyssey of the Mind World Finals

Two teams from Washington Middle School, were very busy during their spring break last week. These students competed at Odyssey of the Mind State Finals in Flowery Branch on Saturday, April 10. They took 2nd and 3rd place in their divisions, advancing to World Finals. Both groups will compete at the World Finals Tournament in…

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City issues first permit for downtown mural

Punky’s owners say eatery to open next Saturday The Grady County Historical Society received the green light Monday night to proceed with painting a mural on the south wall of the Grady County Museum and History Center. The Cairo City Council unanimously approved the first-ever public artwork/mural application. A committee of the Downtown Development Authority…

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Grady election probe is launched

Grady County is one of three counties that Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger has referred for investigation for those counties alleged failure to properly complete absentee ballot transfer forms, which is a violation of Georgia Rules and Regulations. The office of the Secretary of State has confirmed with the other 120 counties that had…

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Turf project will be done in two weeks, or less

Grady County school superintendent Dr. Kermit Gilliard briefed the Grady County Board of Education Tuesday night that the new artificial turf at West Thomas Stadium could be completed within two weeks or perhaps sooner, weather permitting. “Regardless, it will be completed in plenty of time for graduation,” Dr. Gilliard said. COVID-19 restrictions have been eased…

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Slight uptick in school cases following break

For the second week in a row, Grady County has seen only three new cases of COVID-19 here, bringing our total number of cases since the beginning of the pandemic to 1,510. As of Tuesday, the state public health information indicates we have not had a new death from the disease caused by the novel…

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School system launches “Literacy in the Laundromat”

Going to at least one laundromat in Cairo may seem educational and entertaining for young children thanks to a partnership between the business owner and Grady County School system. Proceeds from an L4GA grant to the school system has helped to create a literacy learning area for children at the new laundromat located on Martin…

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State to pick up tab on new Pine Park Rd. bridge

Grady County officials say they could not have received more welcome news than the copy of a letter from the Georgia Department of Transportation that Grady County Commission Chairman Phillip Drew received via email Thursday. In the letter, dated April 5, Meg B. Pirkle, P.E., the chief engineer with the Georgia Department of Transportation, wrote…

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Don’t worry kids! No more overdue fees!

The board of trustees of Roddenbery Memorial Library recently authorized the elimination of overdue fines on all children’s and young adult library books on the recommendation of R.M.L. director, Janet Boudet. According to the library director, research is showing that overdue fines act as a barrier to library use and disproportionately impact people without the…

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Majors was mum March 9, but now claims abstention on contract vote

The chairman of the Grady County Board of Education delayed executing a new contract approved by the board last month to extend the tenure of the county school superintendent for an additional three years and then on Tuesday night he requested the meeting minutes of the March 9 meeting be revised to reflect that he…

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