Area News

Community rings in the season with a number of holiday events next week

Grady County kicks off the Christmas season next week with a bang that includes several community events such as the annual Cairo Christmas Parade. The other events are Christmas in Whigham, Mistletoe Market in Cairo and the Sweet Winter Concert featuring the Tams. Christmas in Whigham gets the Christmas ball rolling on Tuesday, Dec. 3,…

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Tax bills went out in mail Friday and Monday, according to officials

Grady County’s top 25 taxpayers will collectively pay $2,1216,606.44 in ad valorem taxes for 2019, based on information released this week by the office of Grady County Tax Commissioner Barbara Darus. This year’s list includes many familiar names and some have moved up and down on the list. New to the list in 2019 are…

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Washington back on state’s list of schools needing improvement

The Georgia Department of Education has released its 2019-20 lists of Comprehensive Support and Improvement schools, and Washington Middle School in Cairo was included. Under the federal program E.S.S.A., or Every Student Succeeds Act, states are required to identify schools in need of additional support. Comprehensive Support and Improvement (C.S.I.) schools fall into one or…

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Cairo dancer has starring role in Nutcracker production

Jewell Grace Gammill of Cairo is dancing the lead role in this year’s Nutcracker by South Georgia Ballet and a slew of other local performers will join her onstage to tell the traditional holiday story. With music by Tchaikovsky performed by a live orchestra, adorably vicious little mice will lead Gammill as Clara into the…

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This is it! Election day is Tuesday

A total of 196 voters from Cairo’s District 1 cast early ballots last week in the runoff election between incumbent Mayor Pro Tem and District 1 Councilman Lannis Thornton and challenger Ann Williams. Advance voting ended Friday at 4:30 p.m. There is no early voting take place this week due to city and county offices…

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Kirking O’ the Tartans service is this Sunday

Cairo Presbyterian Church is again hosting its Kirking O’ the Tartans on Sunday, Nov. 24, beginning at 4 o’clock in the afternoon. The church began holding these celebrations of family and heritage back in 2000 and continues to welcome all to join them for this unique service. From the bagpipers leading a procession of tartan…

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Anti-gang training conducted here Friday

The South Georgia District Attorney’s Office sponsored an anti-gang training for area law enforcement at the Cairo Fire Department on Friday. The training was conducted by the Georgia Bureau of Investigation Anti-Gang Task Force Unit. The training covered the tools necessary to build and prosecute a criminal case under the Georgia Criminal Street Gang Act.…

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Torrance presented 2019 King Cotton Award

Grady County’s UGA Cooperative Extension Service agent Ty Torrance is the 2019 Allen B. Fulford Award recipient. Torrance was recognized at the 2019 Georgia Association of County Agricultural Agents Annual Meeting & Professional Improvement Conference held in Dublin earlier this month. The Fulford Award goes to a winner with less than 10 years of service…

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County finalized 2020 budget Tuesday night

The Grady County commission formally adopted its spending plan for 2020 on Tuesday night in addition to a new special fund budget and grant funded projects budget. The general fund budget of $16,997,700 was adopted unanimously. It is balanced using anticipated revenue from a 2 mill tax hike in addition to pulling $1,979,200 from the…

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Firemen free threesome trapped in elevator

The Grady County Courthouse elevator remains inoperable this week after a malfunction left three people trapped briefly in the single car last Wednesday. Grady County Administrator J.C. (Buddy) Johnson III, says the three individuals were quickly rescued by members of the Cairo Fire Department. According to Johnson, the three people entered the elevator to go…

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