Area News

School facilities improvements to continue

The Grady County Board of Education is pushing forward with planned construction projects and on Tuesday night authorized the superintendent of schools to proceed with the next phase of the renovation of Whigham School and the construction of a new gymnasium at Shiver School. Phase 2 of the Whigham renovations will include some drainage work,…

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Test results coming slower, but 25 new COVID-19 cases are recorded

There are 25 more Grady County residents testing positive for COVID-19 in the last week, bringing the total number of locals who have had the disease to 262 since the beginning of the pandemic. Grady General Hospital is treating three positive patients as of Tuesday, according to information from Archbold Medical Centers, which operates the…

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Ambulance crashed while transporting a patient

An ambulance driving through Grady County early Thursday morning, lost control on U.S. 84 and spun into a ditch leaving all three occupants with visible or suspected minor injuries, according to the Georgia State Patrol. Raymond Roberts, 31, of Lenox, was driving the 2018 ambulance owned by Amerimed Emergency Medical Services. Roberts tells the G.S.P.…

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Local doctor killed in tragic accident in Mitchell County

Well-known Grady County physician Dr. Andrew Dekle was killed Friday evening, July 10, in a tragic accident on property he owned in Mitchell County, according to the coroner there. Coroner Stedderick Thomas said the accident happened in a pecan grove near the intersection of Spence Road and County Line Road in Mitchell County about 7:30…

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County schools likely to reopen August 7

Grady County students will get a few extra days of summer vacation if the local board of education approves a change in the school calendar that Dr. Kermit Gilliard is expected to request next week. Dr. Gilliard, superintendent of the Grady County School System, says he will ask to delay the start of school for…

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Less than half of Grady Countians have responded to 2020 Census

Grady County’s response to the 2020 Census remains low, according to the U.S. Census Bureau, with less than 50 percent of local residents submitting their information so far. The U.S. Constitution requires that each decade a count, or a census, is made of America’s population. Due to COVID-19, though, citizens have more time to submit…

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Grady sees its biggest jump in new virus cases

In the last seven days, Grady County saw its largest one-week increase in positive COVID-19 cases here since the pandemic’s beginning as we surged past the 200 mark, while health officials with Archbold Medical Center urged community members to maintain their vigilance. The number of hospitalizations of COVID patients is trending upward while fewer people…

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Police to move into new quarters in August

Cairo city manager Chris Addleton and Cairo Police Chief Giovannie Santos inspected the progress at the city’s new police headquarters Tuesday as plans are for the department to move in later this summer. “The contractor expects to finish up by the end of the month. We will work through any items on our punch list…

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Camilla man killed in one car crash here

The Georgia State Patrol Specialized Collision Reconstruction Team has been called in to investigate a fatality that happened on Stagecoach Road Monday afternoon. A 23-year-old Camilla resident was ejected and killed in the single-vehicle accident that happened around 3 p.m. Cody Prevatt was one of five people in a 2005 Ford Explorer Sport Trac that…

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Sheriff’s Office to host gun class for ladies

Grady County Sheriff Harry Young announced this week that his office will conduct a free gun class exclusively for ladies on Saturday, Aug. 1. The class is open to any woman 18 years of age or older who is interested in becoming more familiar and comfortable with handguns. Space is limited and only the first…

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