Area News

COVID-19 cases here have declined

The rate of increase in new cases in Grady County in a one week period has dropped with only 17 new cases of COVID-19 diagnosed here in the last seven days. Even better, no new deaths of Grady County residents were reported, according to information from the Georgia Department of Public Health. This is the…

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Computer glitches statewide slow down early voting

Technical issues with Georgia’s ElectioNet, the statewide system used to check in voters, locked out the five laptops being used by poll workers at the Grady County Courthouse Tuesday afternoon, according to county Election Superintendent Denise Maddox. Judge Maddox told The Messenger Tuesday evening that she spoke with each voter and offered them the choice…

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County finds spot for Whigham manned dumpster site

After many months of attempting to locate a suitable piece of property in or near Whigham for a manned dumpster site, the Grady County Commission appears to have been successful in identifying a small tract west of Whigham and has authorized the purchase of the land from a Grady County business. The board took action…

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Ameris Bank launches 11th annual Helping Fight Hunger initiative

Ameris Bank has launched its 11th annual “Helping Fight Hunger” initiative this October. Bank leaders say due to COVID-19, this project is more important than ever as food insecurity is up by 60 percent, according to Feeding America. While this year’s campaign may look a little different to observe social distancing practices, organizers say the…

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Officials ask Planning Commission to move forward with zoning

Grady County officials are moving forward with putting together a proposed comprehensive zoning ordinance for unincorporated areas of the county and on Tuesday the board gave the green light for the Grady County Planning Commission to work on a plan to bring back before the board as soon as possible. Planning Commission Chairman Kris Weaver…

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Lake Authority continues to discuss RV park

The Grady County Lake Authority received a preliminary design Monday for a proposed campground at Tired Creek Lake that was developed by a University of Georgia engineering student through the Archway Partnership. Lake Authority executive director Mike Binion noted that the county recently contracted with A.B.M. Building Solutions LLC to do a comprehensive study for…

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Koyo hosted 2nd annual poker run to benefit JRB&GC

Koyo Bearings hosted its 2nd annual motorcycle poker run fundraiser to benefit Cairo’s Jackie Robinson Boys & Girls Club Saturday. The “Riding Miles to Support the JRBGC” raised $2,550, according to Stephen Francis, director of the local Boys & Girls Club. “It was great weather and great fellowship coming together in such unity for such…

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Early voting begins next week

Grady County election officials are gearing up for the opening of advance in-person voting at 8:30 a.m. on Monday, Oct. 12. Early voting runs though Friday, Oct. 30 at 4:30 p.m. and will be held weekdays at the Grady County Courthouse. One day of Saturday voting will take place on Saturday, Oct. 24, from 9…

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Hospitalizations up here, 183 students on quarantine

The number of new COVID-19 cases in Grady County is up slightly over last week, and one more death of a local resident from the disease caused by the novel coronavirus has been recorded, according to state public health officials. A 75-year-old white male with a comorbidity is the 23rd Grady County resident listed as…

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