Area Breaking News

Schools adjusting to age of pandemic

Grady County Schools are in their third week of the year, and leaders are cautiously optimistic about educating students in the age of a pandemic. Dr. Kermit Gilliard, superintendent of Grady County Schools, says discipline issues are down compared to normal years, and school leaders are handling matters of quarantine well when they arise. “Everybody…

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Gee-Theophille named Pastor of the Year

Cairo resident, the Rev. Reneé Gee-Theophille, was named Pastor of the Year during a virtual meeting over the weekend. The Biennial Lay Convention of the Sixth Episcopal District was held virtually Sept. 18-19, with the theme “Continuing the Legacy, Broadening the Call to Service” II Timothy 2:2. There were nominations from each District in Georgia…

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Virus death toll continues to rise here and across the nation

Information from state resources indicates that those Grady County residents diagnosed most with COVID-19 are in the age group of 35 to 54, trailed next by the 55 to 85-plus age group. Those between the ages of 15 and 34 follow close behind that. According to the Georgia Geospatial Information Office COVID-19 Dashboard, there have…

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Overpass bridge now has an official name, honoring vets

Local veterans and civic leaders gathered on Constitution Day to show their appreciation to all men and women who have served in the armed forces by dedicating Cairo’s main city bridge in their honor Thursday, Sept. 17.. The Fifth Street bridge, which crosses over the railroad tracks at Cairo’s Fire Department was named Veterans Memorial…

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Last chance to be counted

Volunteers with Grady Counts Committee are working at local businesses to help get residents counted before the next Wednesday’s deadline to respond to the national population count. They braved the cooler than normal temperatures of Tuesday morning to set up a census registration table at Monrovia, and will be at Flowerwood Nursery later this week.…

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Sheriff released from hospital

Grady County Sheriff Harry Young is home resting after spending five days in the hospital for treatment of symptoms of COVID-19. Sheriff Young was released from Grady General Hospital on Saturday afternoon, according to Capt. Daniel Singletary who has been overseeing operations of the sheriff’s office in Young’s absence. The sheriff was hospitalized on Monday,…

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County receives P.P.E. for poll workers and election officials

Grady County Election Superintendent Denise Maddox received a shipment of Personal Protective Equipment from the state on Friday in advance of the upcoming Nov. 3 general election. Judge Maddox made application for the P.P.E. through Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger’s office in conjunction with the Georgia Emergency Management and Homeland Security Agency to keep…

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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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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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