Area News

State replacing bridge here

Work is progressing on the construction of a bypass bridge as crews prepare to construct a new bridge north of Cairo on Georgia Highway 93/111 North. Doyle Hancock & Sons Construction, Inc. of Doerun was awarded the $2,521,427.12 contract for the project by the Georgia Department of Transportation. The existing bridge was constructed in 1930…

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Man wanted by the feds is captured by Sheriff’s deputies

Deputies with the Grady County Sheriff’s Office Drug Unit apprehended a man wanted by federal authorities last week after they received information that the suspect was en route to Grady County. Michael Blaine Oliver, 28, Cairo, was wanted on an outstanding federal arrest warrant with the U.S. Marshals Service, according to Capt. Chris Luckey, commander…

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Whigham unit outfitted with new life-saving tools

Whigham firefighters have a new set of hydraulic rescue tools thanks to an investment from the Whigham City Council. The $30,000 set of tools is the newest and strongest in Grady County, according to Scott Newberry, chief of the Whigham Volunteer Fire Department. The tools, commonly referred to as the “jaws of life”, are used…

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Two candidates requested recounts, results are the same

A manual recount conducted this morning (Thursday, June 11) of the unofficial returns from Tuesday’s primary election regarding the District 1 county commission post and Grady County tax commissioner was completed in just over two hours, but the results are unchanged from Tuesday night. Grady County Election Superintendent Denise Maddox said she was contacted Wednesday…

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Tassels to be turned Saturday morning at Cairo High School

Cairo High School has announced its official plans for an in-person graduation ceremony for the Class of 2020. The ceremony is scheduled to take place in West Thomas Stadium this Saturday at 9 a.m. Each senior is allowed to invite a maximum of four guests to attend. Regardless of age, guests must have a ticket…

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A 1982 C.H.S. graduate earns prestigious honor

A 1982 Cairo High School graduate, Judy Clements Parks, now a music teacher in Americus, has been recognized by the Georgia Charter Schools Association as a Teacher of the Year. Parks, who is the music advisor for kindergarten through fifth grade at Furlow Charter School in Americus, was honored with the Reach for the Stars…

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Southern Regional Technical College and Thomas University sign articulation agreement

On the morning of Tuesday, June 9, 2020, Southern Regional Technical College and Thomas University finalized an articulation agreement that will allow S.R.T.C.’s Land, Forest, Wildlife Management graduates to seamlessly transition to the Bachelor of Science in Natural Resource and Conservation Management program at Thomas University in Thomasville. The partnership between the two institutions will…

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Voters show strong support for TSPLOST

Grady County voters overwhelmingly approved adding an additional one percent sales tax to local purchases to fund transportation improvements in the county as well as in the cities of Cairo and Whigham. Nearly $15 million is projected to be generated by the Transportation Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax approved by voters Tuesday by a…

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Thrower is elected Cairo mayor

It only took City of Cairo poll workers just over an hour to count, double and triple check the results of Tuesday’s special election and announce the results. Howard Thrower III, coasted to an election win beating Emory Thomas Sr., 453 to 175 in unofficial results. There were 263 voters who cast ballots on Tuesday,…

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Sheriff Young nearly avoids runoff

It was after 12:30 a.m. Wednesday before the final results of Tuesday’s primary election in Grady County were known, ending a stressful and trying day for local election officials and poll workers. With a larger number of mailed absentee ballots than ever before in a local election and a totally new voting system being used…

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