Free food to be given away

Next week, the Help Agency of Grady County is having its monthly food aid distribution for people in need. The giveaway will take place at the Agency, which is located at 1651 N. Broad St., on Tuesday, Jan. 26, 9 a.m. until 11 a.m. As always, participants are asked to stay in their vehicles and…

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Unaudited figures indicated county ended 2020 in good shape

The final numbers will not be known for several months, but the un-audited and un-amended financial report for 2020 shows that county government ended the year significantly over budget in revenues and under budget in expenses. Finance director Holly Murkerson reviewed the preliminary financial review with the Grady County Commission during their regular meeting Tuesday…

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JTEKT’s Koyo brand celebrates a century of bearings production

JTEKT is celebrating the 100th year anniversary of Koyo Bearings in 2021, a milestone the company says is enabled by the brand’s loyal customers, dedicated associates, and the support of local communities. Throughout the year, the company will celebrate this occasion by highlighting customers’ successes and shine the spotlight on the Koyo associates who continue…

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COVID-19 cases remain high, but are decreasing

The news about COVID-19 in Grady County has improved this week with only 63 new cases reported in the last seven days, compared to 138 the week before. The school system has also seen a reduction in the number of students and teachers out of school due to the disease caused by the novel coronavirus.…

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A Grady County institution now has new ownership

On Monday, Bruce Thomas closed the doors to Calvary’s Thomas Mercantile Company for the last time as its owner. After 117 years in the Thomas family, the store is now operating under new ownership. “I’m glad to find somebody like them to buy it and keep it open,” says Thomas. Although from New Jersey, the…

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Trout lily preserve to open next month with COVID rules in place

The much anticipated 2021 bloom season at the Wolf Creek Trout Lily Preserve near Whigham will once again be opened to the public, but precautions are being made due to COVID-19, according to preserve officials. Volunteers say that every effort is being made to protect preserve volunteers and all who choose to visit. The official…

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Copeland can’t get support for mask mandate

Grady County Commissioner LaFaye Copeland made yet another unsuccessful attempt Tuesday night to garner support from her fellow commissioners to institute a mask mandate for those entering county buildings. Commissioner Copeland, who participated in Tuesday’s meeting via conference call, said, “I’ve brought this up a couple of times before, but it is a subject very…

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School system to get $6 million in pandemic relief funding

All of the details are yet to be known, but the Grady County Board of Education learned Tuesday night that the system has been awarded $6 million in federal funding in the form of pandemic relief. Last spring, the school system received $1.5 million in federal funds that officials have yet to spend completely, according…

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Local schools will remain open, for now

Grady County Schools are continuing to be aggressive in the number of students they send home to quarantine due to potential exposure to the coronavirus, and this week the number reached an all-time high of more than 400 while the number of positive students inched up during the second week of school after Christmas break.…

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Voting laws, criminal justice reform highlight 2021 General Assembly agenda

Legislative leaders are promising to tackle two issues that dominated the news in Georgia and across the nation when the 2021 General Assembly session opened on Monday. Weeks of protests and legal challenges sparked by President-elect Joe Biden’s razor-thin victory over President Donald Trump in Georgia and other battleground states have prompted a call for…

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