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City leaders discuss ways to partner with Habitat for Humanity

Cairo Mayor Howard Thrower III, said this week he is optimistic about the opportunity of bringing Habitat for Humanity back to Cairo and Grady County. Following two previous meetings, the mayor invited Thomasville-Thomas County Habitat for Humanity Chief Executive Officer Richard Massa Jr., to the Cairo City Council meeting Monday night. Massa shared with the…

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Cairo fans solicited to donate $1,000 to athletic program

This year Cairo High School football celebrates a milestone in its storied history. Cairo High School’s first season of football was played in 1922, so this year marks the centennial of Syrupmaker football. As the 100th season of football approaches, the program is facing huge challenges due COVID 19. Because of public health precautions, no…

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New ordinance will give city council final approval on murals in Cairo

The City of Cairo is one step closer to having an ordinance regulating murals within the city limits. The first reading of an ordinance crafted in large part by Cairo Main Street director Alyssa Blakley was conducted Monday night at the Cairo City Council meeting. Cairo city manager Chris Addleton said the biggest question for…

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Brown reports on strong economic activity here

Due to concerns with the local cases of COVID-19, the Grady County Joint Development Authority  is not meeting this month, but J.D.A. executive director Julian Brown reports that strong development activity is taking place in the community. “It is exciting to note that Nivel has started hiring for a second shift. They currently have 10…

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Council OK’s bids for major water project

Three major loops will be connected in the City of Cairo’s water distribution system following action by the city council last week. The Cairo City Council voted unanimously to accept the low bid of $1,577,784.05 from Blankenship Contracting of Dothan for major water system improvements that add redundancy to the city’s water system. Chris Addleton,…

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Heavy rains causing big problems for road dept.

With nearly six inches of rain recorded here in the last 10 days, it is not surprising that dirt roads in the county are in bad shape. “It’s frustrating to folks, but we can’t do anything about it. We’re doing all we can under the circumstances,” Grady County road superintendent Stanley Elkins said Tuesday. With…

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Chamber officials conducting interview for executive director

“We have several quality candidates and began interviewing last Friday,” says Seth Stanaland, immediate past chairman of the chamber who is overseeing the hiring process. “We should be able to find a quality director among the candidates we have so far.” Courtney King is serving as the chamber’s interim executive director, a position she has…

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County considers proposal to become an AARP Age-Friendly community

The Southwest Georgia region could soon become the nation’s first region to be recognized as Age Friendly by the American Association of Retired People (AARP). Southwest Georgia Regional Commission executive director Suzanne Angell and deputy director Barbara Reddick appeared before the Grady County Commission seeking the county’s support for the initiative. The Regional Commission executives…

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Near perfect score for Johnson

Grady County Administrator J.C. (Buddy) Johnson III, received all high marks on his most recent job performance evaluation. Johnson has served as the county administrator since Sept. 10, 2018. His contract comes up for renewal next month. The year-to-year contract automatically renews each year unless either party provides notice. Grady County Commissioners met in a…

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County considers amending land use regulations for more flexibility

The Grady County Commission has issued a number of variances to its land use regulations in the past, but on Tuesday the county attorney said that it would be difficult for him to “imagine a scenario when a variance would meet every single one of the requirements” in the existing ordinance and could be granted.…

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