Area News

Early voting opens Monday

Advance in-person voting for both the City of Cairo special election and the General Primary begins Monday at 8:30 a.m., but officials report that demand for absentee ballots remains strong. Cairo City Clerk Dana Barfield reported Tuesday that her office has received requests for 117 absentee ballot applications and to-date, 60 have been returned. Grady…

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Superintendent pulls recommendation for personnel transfers

The Grady County Board of Education met behind closed doors for more than half an hour before reopening the meeting to the public and voting to approve some, but not all, of the school superintendent’s personnel recommendations. Following the closed session, Superintendent Dr. Kermit Gilliard pulled the list of personnel being recommended for transfers. “We…

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The Rev. Henry L. Flowers, III to speak at C.H.S. baccalaureate

On Sunday, the Cairo High School Class of 2020 was scheduled to gather for the annual baccalaureate service at the C.H.S. gymnasium, but due to COVID-19 those plans had to be canceled. However, the service will go on virtually on Facebook live. The special guest speaker for the event will be a 1987 graduate of…

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County and lake authority weigh options on RV park at lake

The Grady County Commission and a couple of members of the Grady County Lake Authority met May 7 with two consultants who have been involved with the Tired Creek Lake project for the last several years. Local officials met with authority consultant Will Butler and land planner Charlie Johnson of Wood & Partners to discuss…

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Positive COVID-19 cases now up to 90

The Grady County Health Department will hold its fourth clinic of COVID-19 testing Friday morning. Testing is now available by appointment to all Georgians who request it, whether they have symptoms or not. “Increased testing is critical to understanding where there are hotspots of infection and how best to mitigate them,” says Kathleen E. Toomey,…

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Cairo High School hosted virtual Senior Honors Night

Cairo High School recognized their top seniors with a traditional Honor’s Night ceremony Thursday, although it was held in a nontraditional manner in the age of coronavirus. The virtual event took place in the high school auditorium, as usual, but the 980-seat venue was all but empty with only school system officials on hand to…

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Medical gown project winds down, was a success

Local seamstresses reached a key benchmark when they completed their 300th medical gown within a two week period. And, a local industry joined their efforts and more than tripled their contribution. Woodhaven Furniture Industries made and donated 1,000 gowns after seeing an April 22 article in The Messenger about the local effort to provide protective…

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C.H.S. to host virtual Senior Honors Night ceremony Thursday

Donations sought to publish magazine featuring honor grads Cairo High School educators want to showcase members of the Class of 2020 and the support of the community is needed. Plans are being finalized for two upcoming special events. On Thursday night, the high school will host its virtual Senior Honors Night program on Facebook live…

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Pastors ask for community to join them for National Day of Prayer

Grady countians who traditionally come together en masse for the National Day of Prayer will not be doing so this year. The national observance is tomorrow, May 7, and this year’s theme is “Pray God’s Glory Across the Earth.” The Grady County Ministerial Association will conduct a virtual service, which will be broadcast live on…

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Rec. Dept. and Boys & Girls Club in limbo

There are at least two community youth programs that remain uncertain about their upcoming programming plans. Neither the Grady County Recreation Department nor the Jackie Robinson Boys & Girls Club of Cairo and Grady County are sure of their reopening plans. Becky Bracewell, recreation director for Grady County, says she is meeting with state and…

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