Area News

Council approves rezoning for new apartment complex

Local developer Jeremiah Horne has earned a reputation of being one to seek changes to or relief from the City of Cairo’s code of ordinances and zoning regulations. Horne’s appearance before the Cairo City Council on Monday night was no different. Horne, representing True North Way, LLC, is seeking the rezoning of property on Fourth…

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Early voting in sheriff’s race ends August 7

An additional 50 local voters cast ballots Tuesday in the runoff election between Grady County Sheriff Harry Young and challenger Steve Clark for the republican nomination for sheriff, bringing the total number of voters, as of press-time Wednesday, to 426. In addition to the advance in-person voting, Grady County chief registrar Malinda Butler reports that…

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Local COVID-19 cases continue to climb

CORRECTION In the July 29, 2020 article about the latest COVID-19 cases in Grady County, we erroneously reported that Pinewood Nursing Center in Whigham has three residents who have recovered from COVID-19. That is incorrect. None of Pinewood’s residents have ever tested positive for COVID-19, and therefore, none could have recovered. We regret the error.…

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Mayor urges use of masks to reduce the spread of virus

As Governor Brian Kemp and Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms are in court over the city mayor’s attempt to mandate the wearing of facial masks to prevent the spread of COVID-19, Cairo’s mayor is strongly urging local residents to wear masks and he is asking businesses to require masks of their employees and patrons. Mayor…

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Children receive complimentary school supplies

Approximately 700 students will be better equipped to get back to classwork thanks to many local donors who contributed to a huge community school supply giveaway. Normally held inside the gymnasium at Cairo High School, Saturday’s Back to School Blitz was a drive-thru event with bags of paper and pencils, rulers and erasers, given to…

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SCHOOL BOARD VOTES TO DELAY SCHOOL REOPENING UNTIL SEPT. 8

The Grady County Board of Education voted unanimously this evening, July 23, to delay the reopening of school until the day after Labor Day, Tuesday, Sept. 8, on the recommendation of Public Health officials due to an increase in local cases of COVID-19. Grady County School superintendent Dr. Kermit Gilliard also said that this would…

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Early voting underway in race for sheriff

Advance in-person voting in the runoff for the republican nomination for Sheriff of Grady County got underway Monday and as of the close of business Tuesday, a total of 113 votes had been cast. Grady County chief registrar Malinda Butler told The Messenger Tuesday she had anticipated more voters than who had come in during…

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New R.O.T.C. facility is being used as final touches are made

The final touches are being made to the new home for the Cairo High School Navy J.R.O.T.C. program and when school reopens next month, the new facility will be open for cadets. Cairo High School College and Career Academy C.E.O. Todd Gainous said this week that only minor work remains to be done on the…

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Mayor issues plea for residents to respond to Census

Grady County’s response to the U.S. Census continues to be abysmal, and an examination of response rates through Monday, indicates much of Southwest Georgia is not faring as well as other sections of the state. Fayette County boasts a response rate of 74.1 percent compared to Grady County at 48.5 percent through Monday. The top…

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