Johnson and county execute new employment agreement

The Grady County Board of Commissioners and county administrator J.C. (Buddy) Johnson III, entered into an employment agreement effective April 1 for Johnson to continue serving in his role as administrator and as an at-will employee of the county. The board had approved a contract late last year between the county and Johnson’s company with…

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Qualifying for city’s special election opens Monday

Following the Booker Gainor’s vacating of the office of Cairo mayor to run for the Georgia House of Representatives, the Cairo City Council issued a call for a special election on May 19 to elect a mayor to fill the unexpired term of the former mayor. Gainor’s term did not expire until Dec. 31, 2021.…

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Georgia to make absentee voting easier during coronavirus pandemic

By Dave Williams Bureau Chief Capitol Beat News Service Every Georgia voter will receive an absentee ballot request form in the mail ahead of the May 19 primaries, Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger announced Tuesday. The unprecedented step will reinforce the social distancing public health officials are recommending in the midst of the worldwide coronavirus…

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State Park Road to be paved later this year

State Park Road will likely be paved later this summer following action taken by the Grady County Commission Tuesday. The board ratified action, which had been verbally approved late last week, to accept the low bid of $485,015.85 from The Scruggs Company of Valdosta to pave the main thoroughfare to Tired Creek Lake. The county’s…

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School system on track to serve 18,000 meals by this Friday

The Grady County School System is on track to serve 18,000 meals by Friday as officials work to make sure local children have nutritious food while local schools remain closed on orders of Georgia’s governor in hopes of quelling the spread of the COVID-19 virus. Grady County school superintendent Dr. Kermit Gilliard reported the system’s…

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Broad Street RR crossing to be closed Monday

Local residents are advised that the Broad Street crossing of the C.S.X. Railroad will be closed Monday, March 23, beginning at approximately 8 a.m., according to Cairo city manager Chris Addleton. The city manager reported Friday that Ultico Railroad Services Inc., crews will repair the recent work done to the crossing, which has been the…

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Commissioners canceled March 17 meeting

The Grady County board of commissioners postponed its meeting originally scheduled to be held Tuesday evening. J.C. (Buddy) Johnson III, county administrator, said a decision on a rescheduled meeting date will likely be announced Friday. Topping the agenda items to be considered is the acceptance or rejection of a paving bid for State Park Road.…

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Donaldson running for sheriff, this time with GOP

A career law enforcement officer in Cairo is making a second run for the office of Sheriff of Grady County, but this time under the banner of a different political party. Duke Donaldson is running for the county’s top law enforcement post saying he has ideas to make improvements in the way the office is…

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Motorcyclist struck a deer and was killed Sunday

A 69-year-old Tallahassee man was killed riding his motorcycle when he crashed into a deer in South Grady County Sunday morning. Kenneth Hillard McDaniel was driving east on Gainey Road at about 11:50 a.m. when he struck the deer with the front of his motorcycle. McDaniel was about 400 feet West of Whitfield Road at…

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Local retailer now hiring

Cairo’s local Goody’s Department Store is converting this summer to Gordmans, an apparel and home decor retailer. The new store is now hiring and holding a job fair in Cairo today, 11 a.m. until 8 p.m., at the Goody’s location, 1020 First Ave. N.E. That address will soon be operated as Gordmans. Walk-ins are welcome…

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