Kines seeks additional clerk, plus renovation

The Grady County Commission will meet for a special called meeting on Thursday, beginning at 1:30 p.m., at the courthouse and elected officials are expected to set a 2020 ad valorem tax rate of 17.39 mills as previously advertised. If approved, the county’s tax rate will be unchanged from 2019. The county is budgeting to…

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Trump Train departed Cairo Saturday morning for SWGA tour

Local GOP also hosted voter registration event A small, but enthusiastic group of supporters of President Donald Trump departed Cairo Saturday morning as part of a Trump Train South Georgia Tour sponsored by the Trump Campaign and Second Congressional District Republicans. A total of 13 vehicles, most outfitted with multiple Trump campaign flags, left Cairo…

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Commission split over fall sports during pandemic

In light of the ongoing pandemic, the Grady County Board of Commissioners remains split on the reopening of Barber Park for fall recreation programming. Grady County administrator J.C. (Buddy) Johnson III, recently conducted a telephone vote by the board on the question of proceeding with the county recreation department’s fall sports schedule. Chairman Keith Moye,…

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Public health implores residents to answer calls

COVID-19 death toll here grows to 19 as schools report seven positive cases The Southwest Public Health District wants to remind residents that COVID-19 is still active throughout this region, and new cases continue to be diagnosed every day. With the reopening of schools and high school sports, many teachers, students, and football teams have…

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2,200 stairs climbed as part of 9/11 remembrance

When a group of local workout enthusiasts met for their Friday morning session, they decided to use the time to also pay tribute to those first responders who died on September 11, 2001. Donica Douglas Williams leads the “bootcamp” workouts and Friday’s session was held at the Cairo High School stadium. Williams says, “People that…

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Colonial Dames honor Zebulon as state’s oldest single-screen theater

A local chapter of Colonial Dames put Cairo’s Zebulon Theater in the spotlight Tuesday with an unveiling of a special historical marker. Members of the John Lee of Nansemond Chapter, National Society Colonial Dames 17th Century, placed the brass marker, which points out that the Zebulon is “the oldest of three single screen movie theaters”…

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Gainous tapped for state commission

Cairo High School College and Career Academy C.E.O. Todd Gainous was recently appointed to the state’s Career and Technical Education Advisory Commission by Georgia School Superintendent Richard Woods. The announcement was made at the Sept. 8 meeting of the Grady County Board of Education. The C.T.E. Advisory Commission was originally established by an act of…

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Cairo Police Department moves into new quarters

The Cairo Police office is officially operating from its new location as of Monday, and an open house is in the works so the public can inspect the newly constructed facility. The 12,500 square foot building is located at 55 Third Ave. N.W., and Cairo Police Chief Giovannie Santos says thanks to officers and some…

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Local utility crews return from storm ravaged Louisiana

Two utility crews from Grady County have just returned from Louisiana where they assisted fellow linemen in the scramble to restore electricity to victims of Hurricane Laura. Grady E.M.C. sent a crew of four who worked two weeks with their peers at Jeff Davis Electric Cooperative in Jennings, Louisiana. The City of Cairo sent a…

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Local women raise big bucks for St. Jude

A group of local runners under the leadership of one energetic woman, has raised more than $17,000 for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. For the last year, Kay-K Cooper and her running group, the Sole Mates, have held yard sales, sold chicken pilau plates and taken donations all in support of the children’s hospital located…

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