Who will be the winner?

With only a few days left to vote early in the Republican primary runoff for Grady County Sheriff, election officials report as of the close of business Tuesday, 672 in-person advance ballots have been cast. In addition, Grady County chief registrar Malinda Butler reports that a total of 410 absentee ballot applications were received and…

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Dr. Register running for E.M.C. board seat

The Grady Electric Membership Corporation’s nominating committee has selected Cairo physician Ashley Register, M.D. as a candidate for the E.M.C.’s Board of Directors. Dr. Register will run against incumbent director James “Jimmy” Hammett for the seat representing the E.M.C.’s District six. “I’ve been wanting to do it for 10 to 12 years. The want has…

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Citizens group pushes RV park at lake and new tourism board

The Grady Growth, Marketing & Development Committee wrapped up its initial scope of work on July 27 and the committee’s findings were presented Monday at a joint meeting of the Grady County Commission and Grady County Lake Authority. Trey Gainous, formerly with the Cairo-Grady County Chamber of Commerce, served as the facilitator for the committee…

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Mule Day cancelled due to virus

Officials with the Calvary Lions Club announced this week that there will be no Mule Day this year. “The Calvary Lions Club is sad to announce the cancellation of Mule Day 2020 due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic,” stated Edie Harrison, club president. “Based on our concerns for everyone’s safety and on the advice of…

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Mayor Thrower asks question of Dr. Deborah Birx

Could Cairo or Grady County be identified as a testing site for a COVID-19 vaccine? That is a question Cairo Mayor Howard Thrower III, was able to pitch to Dr. Deborah Birx of the White House Coronavirus Task Force on Tuesday morning. Mayor Thrower routinely takes part in a COVID-19 update conference call held each…

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U.S. Senate candidate to politic here Aug. 27

U.S. Rep. Doug Collins has scheduled a brief campaign stop in Cairo later this month and the public is invited, according to local G.O.P. officials. During a swing through south Georgia, Rep. Collins will travel to Cairo on Thursday, Aug. 27, with plans to be at the local G.O.P. headquarters at 10:30 a.m. Jeff Jolly,…

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The 9 restaurant opening at Tired Creek Golf Course next month

The clubhouse at Tired Creek Golf Course is undergoing some modifications as a new restaurant prepares to open there next month. New area farmer and Florida businessman Kellen Haroldson is preparing to open The 9 restaurant in September, offering American fare menu selections. “This is not the best time to do something like this, but…

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State grant awarded to Sheriff’s Office

The Grady County Sheriff’s Office has received a $20,000 grant from the Governor’s Office of Highway Safety, in association with the Georgia Association of Chiefs of Police. The grant, which will continue through September of 2020, will help finance Mobile Data Terminals and thermal printers. Grady County Sheriff Harry Young stated that “Utilizing the in-car…

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Deadline to sign up for virtual school is Friday

Parents and guardians of students enrolled in Grady County Schools have until this Friday, August 7 to decide whether their child or children will return to school in-person or will enroll in the system’s new Grady Online Academy of Learning Scholars (GOALS), according to Grady County School superintendent Dr. Kermit Gilliard. Those who choose to…

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Johnson hatches plan to move commissioners out of the courthouse

For the last 111 years, the Grady County Commission’s offices have been in the Grady County Courthouse, but by the end of the year the board is planning to move out. After learning in June that the Southwest Georgia Council on Aging was permanently closing the Grady County Senior Citizens Center and relinquishing exclusive use…

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