Authority plans to use drone in fight against invasive grasses

The Grady County Lake Authority sought and received the Grady County Commission’s backing Tuesday to purchase a drone, which can be used for multiple purposes, but one primary use would be in the battle to control invasive grasses at Tired Creek Lake. Lake Authority Chairman Steven Childs made a presentation to the authority and commissioners…

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Singletary Road boxed culvert repair approved

The Grady County Commission accepted the low bid of $47,050 for the repair of a box culvert on Singletary Road, but Grady County’s road superintendent, Stanley Elkins, says the cost could increase once the work begins. Elkins said that water has been coming up under the box culvert and there could be a cavity underneath…

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Graduation special section to be featured in May 27 edition

Friday night May 22 had long been planned as graduation night for the Cairo High School Class of 2020. That also meant that today, Wednesday, May 20, was the date planned long ago for the debut of the 2020 edition of The Cairo Messenger’s Red & Black graduation special section. However, a global pandemic was…

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Courts employ technology to navigate judicial emergency

With Georgia courts operating under judicial emergency guidelines, the South Georgia Judicial Circuit is turning to an online resource to help move at least some cases along. District Attorney Joe Mulholland says he worked with Superior Court Judges J. Kevin Chason and Heather Lanier to find what he calls a secure video conferencing tool that…

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County looks to privatize part of its solid waste operation

With the county’s fourth manned solid waste dumpster site on Ridge Road now being open and operational, the Grady County Commission this week authorized the issuance of a request for proposals to privatize the garbage collection from these four locations. According to county officials, until all of the unmanned sites are closed, the county will…

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Federal authorities nab Grady County man

Federal authorities arrested a Grady County man in Alabama Monday. Tommy Griffin is a convicted sex offender who law enforcement officers say moved out of state without properly notifying them first, as required by law for sex offenders in Georgia. Captain Daniel Singletary with the Grady County Sheriff’s Office says he learned on March 27…

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In-person graduation planned on June 13

Cairo High School seniors and their families are likely pleased with news they learned this week that the Class of 2020 will have a somewhat traditional graduation ceremony after all. The graduation is now scheduled for the morning of Saturday, June 13, in West Thomas Stadium, and each senior will be able to invite a…

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Board approves hiring of two new band directors

The Grady County School System’s band program will have some new faces following action by the board of education last week to hire two new assistant band directors. The move comes after the recent resignation of Cairo High School’s assistant band director, Adam Swan, who has been named the director of bands for Thomasville High…

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COVID-19 cases climb, local death toll now five

Another Grady County resident has died of COVID-19, according to public health officials, and four more cases of the disease have been discovered here as testing continues to be offered at the local health department. This week, anyone can be tested for COVID-19 on Thursday, 8 a.m. to noon, or Saturday, 9 a.m. until noon.…

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Early voting off to slow start

Early voting is underway and local elections officials report that the turnout in the first two days has been very slow. At the close of business Tuesday, only 122 voters had cast ballots in the primary election, according to Grady County chief registrar Malinda Butler. It has been even slower at the Grady Cultural Center,…

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