City to dip into cash reserves to pay for storm-related expenses

  The City of Cairo is dipping deep into its cash reserves yet again to cover the expenses related to storm recovery. After withdrawing approximately $1 million last fall in the weeks following Hurricane Michael, the Cairo City Council voted 4-0 Monday night to authorize city manager Chris Addleton to draw down up to $750,000…

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Coolidge man killed in crash Monday morning

An early morning accident on U.S. 84 has resulted in the death of a 36-year-old man from Coolidge. Michael Burns was driving a 2006 Kawasaki motorcycle when he crashed into the side of an SUV at the intersection of 84 and 20th Street N.E. around 7:30 a.m., according to Trooper Jamill Curry with the Georgia…

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“Tastings of Yesteryear” to be held on April 18

Plans are now being made for a unique fundraiser to benefit the Grady County Museum and History Center. The museum suffered roof damage from Hurricane Michael and the Grady County Historical Society is doubling its efforts to raise funds not only to finance building repairs but also to maintain and operate the downtown county museum.…

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City officials say storm debris should be cut down to 7 feet or less

As residents of Cairo clean up from the tornado that struck the city Sunday night, officials are offering reminders concerning storm debris. City officials say that storm debris must be cut into sections not larger than seven feet in order for Taylor Waste Services to be able to pick it up. Cairo city manager Chris…

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Tetanus vaccine available for tornado recovery workers

The Grady County Health Department is encouraging tornado recovery workers to get vaccinated against tetanus if they haven’t had a recent booster shot. Adults need a booster shot every 10 years to stay protected. “The vaccine is available at our health department,” said Grady County Health Department County Nurse Manager Peggy Connell. Tetanus shots given…

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Local residents who rode out the storm share their stories

The stories of tornado survivors in Cairo all have “happy” endings. They all lived to talk about it, thankfully. We talked to several people and asked them to share their experiences. Petulia Morton, a first grade paraprofessional at Eastside Elementary School, says she was at home with her husband, David, a City of Cairo firefighter,…

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Home damaged by fire Sunday

Not long after a tornado swept through Cairo, city firefighters were dispatched to a house fire in southwest Cairo. At approximately 9:49 p.m. Sunday, March 3, city firemen were dispatched to a structure fire at the intersection of Eighth Street S.W and Adams Avenue S.W. According to Cairo Fire Chief Bill Schafer, upon arrival firemen…

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So far only 102 have voted in special election

The number of early votes cast has doubled since last week, but election officials say the turnout is nothing to write home about. Grady County Chief Registrar Malinda Butler reported Tuesday afternoon that a total of 102 votes has been cast early for the March 19, 2019 special election. Of that total, 54 votes had…

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Commissioners make Lake Authority appointments

A majority of the Grady County Lake Authority is all new members following Tuesday’s unanimous vote to appoint four people to replace retiring members. The lake authority met on Feb. 14 and recommended a slate of candidates for consideration by the Grady County Board of Commissioners. The nominations were presented to the board on Feb.…

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Community receives support from state and local area

With all of the destruction from Sunday’s tornado, Grady County has been the recipient of much assistance, both from within and without, beginning with Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp who declared a State of Emergency in Grady and two other counties also hit by rough weather Sunday. The declaration deploys state assistance, such as Department of…

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