High school football delayed 2 weeks in Georgia amid COVID-19

By Beau Evans Staff Writer Capitol Beat News Service High school football in Georgia will start two weeks later than usual due to concerns over the COVID-19 pandemic, according to a vote Monday by the Georgia High School Association. The GHSA board voted unanimously to push first-week games back from Aug. 21 to Sept. 4.…

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School system reopening plan remains “flexible”

With the keyword being “flexible” Grady County School Superintendent Dr. Kermit Gilliard has released the system’s plan for reopening schools on August 7. The Grady County Board of Education unanimously approved the revised school calendar for the 2020-2021 term delaying the reopening of school by four days to give school personnel additional time to for…

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Community mourns death of local doctor

Grady County and the surrounding area is mourning the death of a beloved local physician. Dr. Andrew (Andy) Dekle was killed Friday night, July 10, in a tragic accident at his Mitchell County farm. Mitchell County Coroner Stedderick Thomas told The Messenger that Dr. Dekle was killed while mowing his pecan grove near the intersection…

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Wife charged in shooting death of her husband

A Grady County woman is charged in the Sunday shooting death of her husband. Desiree Michelle Green, 34, was charged Monday and placed in the Grady Detention Center. Green, who resides at 4945 GA 111 N, Ochlocknee, is accused of shooting and killing her husband, Joseph Charles Green, 35, during a domestic dispute. She is…

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Council wants demo work to move faster

The Cairo City Council has asked the city attorney to look into the possibility of reducing the amount of time local property owners have to demolish or raze a structure once a permit has been issued. Monday night, the council discussed the issue with city council attorney Thomas L. Lehman, who agreed to research the…

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School facilities improvements to continue

The Grady County Board of Education is pushing forward with planned construction projects and on Tuesday night authorized the superintendent of schools to proceed with the next phase of the renovation of Whigham School and the construction of a new gymnasium at Shiver School. Phase 2 of the Whigham renovations will include some drainage work,…

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Test results coming slower, but 25 new COVID-19 cases are recorded

There are 25 more Grady County residents testing positive for COVID-19 in the last week, bringing the total number of locals who have had the disease to 262 since the beginning of the pandemic. Grady General Hospital is treating three positive patients as of Tuesday, according to information from Archbold Medical Centers, which operates the…

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Ambulance crashed while transporting a patient

An ambulance driving through Grady County early Thursday morning, lost control on U.S. 84 and spun into a ditch leaving all three occupants with visible or suspected minor injuries, according to the Georgia State Patrol. Raymond Roberts, 31, of Lenox, was driving the 2018 ambulance owned by Amerimed Emergency Medical Services. Roberts tells the G.S.P.…

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County’s new drone used in search for suspected accident victim

Grady County Volunteer Fire Department firefighters were dispatched last week to assist law enforcement in the search for a possible missing person, and they utilized a new tool in their tool chest. Authorities were dispatched to the report of an alleged impaired driver who had crashed into a tree but proceeded on her way on…

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