Area News

County shuts down spring sports as COVID-19 cases grow

Due to the continuing uptick in COVID-19 cases here, Grady County leaders have canceled the remainder of the abbreviated spring sports schedule of activities at Barber Park. County administrator J.C. (Buddy) Johnson III, made the decision Tuesday afternoon, a day after Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp moved to extend social distancing rules for businesses and stay-at-home…

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City goes to bank to finish out fiscal year

The Cairo City Council met in a hastily called special meeting last Thursday to authorize a line of credit of up to $500,000 to provide the city with resources to cover expenditures as utility revenues are down nearly 15 percent since April. Cairo’s city manager, Chris Addleton, apologized for the short notice since the council…

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Murkerson advances in certification process

Grady County finance director Holly Murkerson has recently completed the first of two levels of advanced certification through the Carl Vinson Institute of Government at the University of Georgia. The Vinson Institutes’ Local Training Program offers the local finance officer certification program and the primary governmental accounting series. Murkerson has been involved in the local…

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Lawmen probe multiple shootings, none fatal

Several shootings happened in Cairo and Thomasville over the weekend that are now under investigation by multiple agencies. Luckily, no one was killed in any of the violent incidents and at this time authorities say the incidents are not related. The first case took place at a boarding house on M.L.King Jr. Avenue S.W. in…

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Group of young women seek to pull community closer together

Calls for unity were heard on the courthouse steps Saturday as a crowd of all ages, races, and makeup cheered in support. The “March Into Unity” community event in Cairo was organized by several local young women, Tyteanna Daniels, Felicity Felder, Johnterrica Hines, Bernice Sloan and Breanna Sloan. It started with a crowd of about…

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Thrower assumes new role as city’s mayor

The latest chapter in the history of Cairo city government began Monday night with the swearing in of new mayor, Howard Thrower III. “I am looking forward to working with this council and representing my city. I’m excited about this. We have a very good council, very sharp people, and we will take care of…

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Number of COVID-19 cases here continues to grow

Once again, Grady County’s number of positive COVID-19 cases continues to move up, jumping this week by 28. Fortunately, the number of deaths remains unchanged; we have not had a new death from the disease in a month. There are 174 Grady County residents who have tested positive for the disease caused by the novel…

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City takes advantage of deferring loan payments six months

Not yet fully knowing the fiscal impact of COVID-19, the Cairo City Council acted quickly this week to defer just over $300,000 in principal and interest payments on three loans the city has with the Georgia Environmental Finance Authority. Chris Addleton, Cairo city manager, says the loans were taken to finance the new Airport Water…

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County officials went camping on the Georgia coast

A group of Grady County officials went camping this week on Georgia’s coast as part of a fact-finding, camping expedition. Grady County Commissioner Phillip Drew, County Administrator J.C. (Buddy) Johnson III, and Grady County Lake Authority executive director Mike Binion, all three who own recreational vehicles and enjoy camping, visited Blythe Island Park in Glynn…

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Sheriff’s Office charges local man with drug trafficking

A 37-year-old Cairo man is behind bars on a drug trafficking charge after leading local law enforcement officers on a chase last week. The Grady County Sheriff’s Office has charged Kendall Wayne Maxwell with trafficking in methamphetamine saying they found more than 28 grams of the illegal drug in Maxwell’s pickup truck Wednesday, June 17.…

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