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Councilman Byrden wants cemetery regulations revisited

Cairo City Councilman Demario Byrden is asking the city council to reconsider its restriction on slabs over graves in Forest Lawn Cemetery. According to Byrden, some of the grave sites at Forest Lawn Cemetery, on 11th Avenue N.W., appear to be “sinking in” and “looks bad.” “Maybe we should revisit putting slabs out there,” Byrden…

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County looks to out-source routine vehicle maintenance

The Grady County Commission is poised to enter into an agreement with Enterprise Fleet Management to oversee the maintenance and servicing of the county’s 62-vehicle fleet. Chelsea Karol of Enterprise Fleet Management, who previously presented a recommendation to the board last year, appeared before the county commission this week to discuss the service agreement. Under…

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County gives final go-ahead on sales tax vote

Grady County commissioners have completed their negotiations with the cities of Cairo and Whigham and voted unanimously to issue a call for a countywide referendum on a proposed new Transportation Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax on May 18, 2020. It will be the voters who have the final say, but the question of whether…

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County agrees to TSPLOST agreement with Cairo and Whigham

Grady County commissioners on Tuesday approved an agreement with Cairo and Whigham concerning the proposed Transportation Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax, but not before hearing from a concerned citizen who pushed for a specific road project to be included in the ballot language. Gerald Goosby, 961 Metcalf-Beachton Road, appeared before the county commission Tuesday…

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Commissioners asked to proclaim Grady County a Second Amendment sanctuary

Grady County commissioners were asked Tuesday to adopt a resolution declaring Grady County as a second amendment sanctuary. The request was made by Richard Jordan, a Grady County resident and frequent critic of the county commission, who is promoting the efforts of It’s Our Right – Georgia Chapter Inc., a second amendment nonprofit organization based…

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Kemp-backed bill axes many end-of-year tests for Georgia schools

Gov. Brian Kemp unveiled legislation Tuesday that would reduce the number of standardized tests public school students must take in Georgia and untie the link between scores earned on those exams to their final grades. The changes figure into the governor’s push to roll back some standardized tests instituted over the past decade, both at…

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High school student allegedly had unloaded handgun at school

Cairo High School was placed in safety mode Thursday morning when school officials were notified that a student on campus could be in possession of a firearm. At approximately 11 a.m. Thursday, Jan. 9, Cairo High School Principal Chris Lokey reports that he was advised by members of the Grady County School System Police Department…

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Camilla teen charged in theft of City of Cairo truck

The City of Cairo and Cairo Police are investigating the theft of two city vehicles over the weekend. The first truck was found abandoned in a roadway down the street from the “city barn” where city vehicles are kept. The would-be thief of that 1995 Ford F-150 had crashed the truck through the chain-link fencing…

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