Area Breaking News

Family huddled in the bathtub as the storm swept over them

Two weeks before the tornado, Gail and Raymond Sanders had enjoyed the sight of their newly installed metal roof. They had also removed a large tree in the yard that had stood near their brick ranch home on First Street S.W. They had put fresh paint on the walls inside and were planning to pressure…

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Local school needs empty two-liter bottles

A greenhouse project at Washington Middle School got a show of statewide support Tuesday from State School Superintendent Richard Woods. In an email sent to subscribers of the Georgia Department of Education news updates, Superintendent Woods asked people to help WMS rebuild its greenhouse, which was damaged in Hurricane Michael. Woods states in the email,…

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CHS Culinary Arts program awarded a $5,000 grant from Ford Motor Company

The benefits of being selected as a Ford Next Generation Learning Community is already paying dividends and Cairo High School College and Career Center students involved in the Culinary Arts pathway were pleasantly surprised to learn Thursday they had been awarded a $5,000 grant from the Ford Motor Company. Grants of up to $20,000 were…

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School board seeks to harness the power of the penny

No one can argue that 1.4 billion pennies adds up to big money, and Grady County voters are being asked to vote up or down a sales tax that over five years could generate $14 million, one penny at a time. “The power of the penny can make a tremendous difference for our school system.…

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Donaldson resigns Grady EMC post

The Grady Electric Membership Corporation board will be appointing a third new director in as many months following the resignation this week of District 3 director Hestell Donaldson. Donaldson’s resignation was effective Monday and personal reasons were cited for his leaving. Donaldson was elected to the EMC board in 2017, defeating longtime director Lamar Carlton,…

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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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