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Senatorial candidate seeks support in southwest Georgia

Teresa Tomlinson, 2020 Democratic candidate for U.S. Senate in Georgia, brought her campaign to Cairo this week, touring Grady General Hospital, holding a “meet and greet” with voters and visiting neighboring communities. Tomlinson, an attorney, is former mayor of Columbus, Georgia’s second largest city, the candidate points out. Although she was raised in Atlanta, Tomlinson…

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Unexpected visitor at CHS caused a stir on opening day of school

The reopening of school would have been mostly uneventful if not for an unexpected visitor who made his/her way onto the campus of Cairo High School Friday morning. Just as school had gotten underway at CHS, a raccoon who seemed out of sorts was discovered on the north end of the campus. “We were not…

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Washington students talked with NASA specialists Monday

Some Grady County middle schoolers had a special start to the new school year, a video conference with NASA aerospace engineers. The sixth grade Honors Academy students at Washington Middle School spoke via Skype with the engineers from NASA’s Ames Research Center in Mountain View, Calif. “Today, we learned that the newest manned mission back…

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CHS alumna completes internship at GGH

For the last several weeks, University of Georgia masters degree student Sombal Bari has worked at Grady General Hospital where she has learned about the workings of such a medical facility. Bari, 23, says the experience has been “amazing.” She says, “The staff was extremely welcoming, and I learned so much on how every employee…

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County steps out on tentative millage rate, then pulls back

Grady County’s new administrator and finance director unveiled a proposed 2020 operating budget Tuesday during the first, and possibly only, budget workshop held by the Grady County Commission this budget season. The budgeted expenditures of $15,392,654 exceeds the county’s projected revenue in 2020 of $13,576,302 by $1,816,352. Administrator J.C. (Buddy) Johnson III, and county finance…

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County gives green light to 3-day motocross event here this fall

A controversial variance to get around regulations set forth in the Grady County Special Land Use Ordinance was approved by the Grady County Commission on a 4-1 vote Tuesday morning. The lone nay vote was cast by board member June Knight, however, Commission Chairwoman LaFaye Copeland was hesitant before ultimately voting in favor of granting…

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UNB kicks off scholarship fund drive with $3,000 contribution

United National Bank has kicked off a local effort to raise a $7,500 match for REACH Georgia scholarships by contributing $3,000 to the fund drive. UNB officers and staff members presented Grady County Superintendent of Schools Dr. Kermit Gilliard with the $3,000 donation Tuesday. With each $1,500 match, a Grady County eighth grader will be…

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Could the third time be the charm for Cairo’s Cori Norton?

Cairo crooner Cori Madison Norton struck it red for a second time when she auditioned for the television show “The Voice” in Atlanta over the weekend. This was the second time the local teenager, now 19, tried out for the singing program, and the second time she earned a red ticket qualifying her for a…

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Citizens gathered this week to learn what city councilmen do

Organizing for Grady County, a grass roots group of locals with a stated goal of educating the community about the political process, held a forum Tuesday evening that attracted about 40 interested citizens. Featured speakers included Cairo Mayor Booker Gainor, Cairo City Councilman Demario Byrden, Camilla Mayor Rufus Davis and Thomas County NAACP president and…

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