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Night school option available for those seeking high school diploma

Grady County has a new option when it comes to earning a high school diploma. Coastal Plains Charter High School is a tuition free night school program that will be offered on the campus of Cairo High School. Students will learn at their own pace, and courses are “mastery-based, which means you cannot fail a…

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McGhee is grand marshal of this year’s King Day parade

The 2020 MLK Day Celebration in Cairo will be headlined by Jevar McGhee who has been selected as Grand Marshal of the annual parade and speaker at a post-parade program. The parade through downtown Cairo begins at 11 a.m. Monday at Roddenbery Memorial Library and ends at Holder Park on MLK Avenue S.W. where the…

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Local congregation continues to weigh its options

The congregation of Woodland United Methodist Church is continuing to worship in the sanctuary of another local church as members consider their options in rebuilding following a fire last September. The Rev. Charles (Buddy) Whatley, pastor of Woodland UMC, says the church did not do much over the holidays, but now into the new year…

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Clark says he is running for the office of sheriff

Former chief investigator Steve Clark has announced he will run for sheriff of Grady County this year, a goal he says he has long set for himself. Clark, 52, is currently assistant police chief with Southern Regional Technical College. “For me, running for sheriff is not a decision. It’s a calling,” states Clark. The 1986…

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School board going back to old start time of 6 p.m.

The Grady County Board of Education began 2020 by electing new leadership, changing the starting time of its monthly meetings and adopting a calendar for the 2020-2021 school term during its first meeting of the year Tuesday night. Teresa Gee Hardy was unanimously elected chairwoman and Derrick Majors was elected vice chairman of the board.…

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New Archway Professional begins work here

Grady County has a new Archway Professional working on behalf of the local partnership with University of Georgia. Whitney Brannen joined Archway this month, and will be working here full time. As Archway Professional, Brannen will work as a liaison between the community and the university as she works to connect higher education resources to…

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5 AM Surgical celebrates grand opening with open house

A Cairo surgeon has opened a new practice here where he will provide general surgery services. Dr. Jason Wells celebrated the opening of his business, 5 AM Surgical, with a ribbon cutting Friday afternoon. Dr. Wells has worked in Cairo since the fall of 2018, and says he will continue to provide traditional surgery services…

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Local officials map out plans for new transportation sales tax

Local officials huddled Tuesday morning to make plans for a Transportation Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax referendum later this year. At the invitation of the Grady County Commissioners, Whigham Mayor George Trulock and Cairo City Manager Chris Addleton met with Grady County Administrator J.C. (Buddy) Johnson III, Grady County Commission Chairman Keith Moye, Grady…

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Veteran librarian settles into new role as director

Roddenbery Memorial Library has a new director at the helm, and she is a very familiar face in the community; she steered the library for about six months last year as acting director. Janet Boudet will celebrate 31 years on the job at R.M.L. this spring, and on this anniversary she will be library director.…

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