Family huddled in the bathtub as the storm swept over them

Two weeks before the tornado, Gail and Raymond Sanders had enjoyed the sight of their newly installed metal roof. They had also removed a large tree in the yard that had stood near their brick ranch home on First Street S.W. They had put fresh paint on the walls inside and were planning to pressure…

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Vocational Center to reopen after Spring Break, officials say

After much delay, it appears that Cairo High School students will be able to move into the newly renovated Grady County Vocational Center building during the first week of April, when school reopens after spring break. Grady County School Superintendent Dr. Kermit Gilliard briefed members of the board of education on the project Tuesday night.…

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Calvary Cleanup is Saturday

Volunteers are asked to join the Calvary community in a cleanup effort Saturday. Those who want to help, are asked to meet at Calvary Baptist Church at 8:30 a.m. Saturday, March 16. The church is located at 4556 Old 179 S. For more information about the Calvary community trash pickup day, call Lex Moore at…

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Local school needs empty two-liter bottles

A greenhouse project at Washington Middle School got a show of statewide support Tuesday from State School Superintendent Richard Woods. In an email sent to subscribers of the Georgia Department of Education news updates, Superintendent Woods asked people to help WMS rebuild its greenhouse, which was damaged in Hurricane Michael. Woods states in the email,…

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CHS Culinary Arts program awarded a $5,000 grant from Ford Motor Company

The benefits of being selected as a Ford Next Generation Learning Community is already paying dividends and Cairo High School College and Career Center students involved in the Culinary Arts pathway were pleasantly surprised to learn Thursday they had been awarded a $5,000 grant from the Ford Motor Company. Grants of up to $20,000 were…

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School board seeks to harness the power of the penny

No one can argue that 1.4 billion pennies adds up to big money, and Grady County voters are being asked to vote up or down a sales tax that over five years could generate $14 million, one penny at a time. “The power of the penny can make a tremendous difference for our school system.…

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Donaldson resigns Grady EMC post

The Grady Electric Membership Corporation board will be appointing a third new director in as many months following the resignation this week of District 3 director Hestell Donaldson. Donaldson’s resignation was effective Monday and personal reasons were cited for his leaving. Donaldson was elected to the EMC board in 2017, defeating longtime director Lamar Carlton,…

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This Friday is the last day to vote early

Grady County elections officials say that it has been “painfully slow” at the Board of Registrars Office since advance voting began Feb. 25. for two special elections. For the past two-and-a-half weeks, poll workers have manned the polls but as of Tuesday, only 88 voters had voted in the District 5 Grady County Commission special…

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State mandated testing is pushed back due to storm

The Georgia Department of Education has approved a waiver for the Grady County School System to delay annual spring testing due to the devastating March 3 tornado. Grady County School Superintendent Dr. Kermit Gilliard said he was contacted Thursday by State School Superintendent Richard Woods to inquire if there was anything the local school system…

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