Copeland pushes mask requirement in county facilities

Grady County Commissioner LaFaye Copeland urged her fellow commissioners to consider mandating the wearing of facial masks when entering county facilities similar to an order put in place for City of Cairo offices this week, but she did not receive much encouragement. “We should do what is necessary to protect ourselves and our employees,” Commissioner…

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County shuts down spring sports as COVID-19 cases grow

Due to the continuing uptick in COVID-19 cases here, Grady County leaders have canceled the remainder of the abbreviated spring sports schedule of activities at Barber Park. County administrator J.C. (Buddy) Johnson III, made the decision Tuesday afternoon, a day after Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp moved to extend social distancing rules for businesses and stay-at-home…

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New business is coming sooner than advertised

Tractor Supply Company is opening a store in Cairo later this year, bringing with it 15 new jobs to the community. The local store is one of 80 Tractor Supply stores opening in 2020, according to spokeswoman Abby Brown. Sitting on the property that has been a Harvey’s and before that a Winn-Dixie grocery store…

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County school system awarded a $5 million literacy grant

The Georgia Department of Education has awarded a $5 million grant to the Grady County School System that will be used to improve literacy learning for local children from birth to 12th grade. The grant will be spread over a five-year period as part of a “Literacy for Learning, Living, and Leading in Georgia” (L4GA)…

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County officials have much to consider after Glynn County trip

A Grady County delegation that went on a camping expedition on the Georgia coast last week came back with a wealth of information and much to consider before moving forward with the development of an R.V. park at Tired Creek Lake. Grady County Commission Vice Chairman Phillip Drew, Grady County administrator J.C. (Buddy) Johnson III,…

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Suspect charged in N.W. Cairo shooting

Law enforcement officers have lodged felony aggravated assault charges against a 36-year-old Cairo man in connection to a shooting on Fifth Street N.W. last week. Antonio Demetrius Holt, Pine Circle S.W., is charged with felony aggravated assault, battery family violence, criminal trespass, possession of arms by a convicted felon, and possession of a firearm during…

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Local insurance agencies are merging

Two local insurance agencies are merging, effective today, July 1, in an effort to better serve clients and to position the surviving entity in a position of strength for generations to come. Joe Porter, owner of Porter Insurance Agency, the local Nationwide Insurance agent, has executed a contract merging his agency with Southern Insurance of…

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City goes to bank to finish out fiscal year

The Cairo City Council met in a hastily called special meeting last Thursday to authorize a line of credit of up to $500,000 to provide the city with resources to cover expenditures as utility revenues are down nearly 15 percent since April. Cairo’s city manager, Chris Addleton, apologized for the short notice since the council…

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King to remain as interim director through the end of 2020

The Cairo-Grady County Chamber of Commerce  board of directors decided this week that former assistant director Courtney King will serve as interim executive director through the end of the calendar year. King has had the title since former executive director Trey Gainous resigned to take a job with Grady E.M.C. in April. Seth Stanaland, chairman…

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Murkerson advances in certification process

Grady County finance director Holly Murkerson has recently completed the first of two levels of advanced certification through the Carl Vinson Institute of Government at the University of Georgia. The Vinson Institutes’ Local Training Program offers the local finance officer certification program and the primary governmental accounting series. Murkerson has been involved in the local…

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