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Assessments are mailed, officials say tax bills won’t be late this year

Local property owners should have received their annual assessment notices from the Grady County Board of Tax Assessors. Notices were mailed by June 30, which according to Grady County administrator J.C. (Buddy) Johnson III, was approximately two weeks later than normal. This has shifted the timeline for setting the 2020 ad valorem tax rate for…

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Virtual recital showcases local talent

Grady Countians who enjoy classical music will want to log onto Facebook Wednesday evening for a recital presented by musicians from Cairo First United Methodist Church along with a special guest performer. The virtual recital will be streamed on Facebook Live on the Cairo FUMC Music Facebook page beginning at 6:15 p.m. Performers will include…

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Copeland pushes mask requirement in county facilities

Grady County Commissioner LaFaye Copeland urged her fellow commissioners to consider mandating the wearing of facial masks when entering county facilities similar to an order put in place for City of Cairo offices this week, but she did not receive much encouragement. “We should do what is necessary to protect ourselves and our employees,” Commissioner…

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Lawmen able to disarm man suffering a crisis with aid of negotiator

Area law enforcement officers joined with local forces last week to help de-escalate a situation involving a man armed with a handgun while having a “mental health crisis.” When deputies with the Grady County Sheriff’s Office arrived at a residence located in the Whigham area Thursday at 11:45 p.m., Cpl. Dustin Harrell and Deputy Sean…

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Public hearing on Whigham’s budget is on July 14

The Whigham Mayor and Council will host a public hearing on the city’s proposed 2020-2021 operating budget on Tuesday night, July 14 beginning at 7 p.m. The public hearing will be held in the council chamber. Up for discussion is the $1,517,703.64 spending plan, which is balanced by budgeted revenue of an equal amount. According…

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State launches Internet Speedtest Pilot for public schools

Governor Brian P. Kemp announced this week that the Georgia Broadband Deployment Initiative (GBDI) is launching the Speedtest by Ookla® pilot project statewide through August. This project is designed to equip school leaders with the clearest picture possible of internet connectivity for Georgia’s students and teachers for the upcoming school year. “We’re grateful that so…

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Lake Authority sticking with Raymond James

The Grady County Lake Authority met with representatives of Raymond James Tuesday morning to discuss the potential refinancing of the 2010 revenue bonds issued to construct the Tired Creek Lake dam. Clifford C. (Bucky) Kimsey and Tom Owens of Raymond James, who were involved in the original bond issuance of the 2010 series as well…

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Horne seeks changes to city’s zoning ordinances

Local real estate developer and businessman Jeremiah Horne met with the Cairo City Council this week to discuss possible changes to the city’s zoning ordinance. Horne says the city’s existing zoning ordinance prohibits more than one structure being constructed on a lot zoned R3. The local businessman owns a 3.5 acre tract on Cairo’s southeast…

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Planning for reopening of local schools is underway

Buses will run, but parents may be urged to drive children to school Public school and public health officials in Grady County are meeting today to talk about safely opening local schools for classes in the midst of a pandemic. State school officials released guidelines Monday outlining steps local schools should take to prevent the…

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