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Local election official responds to investigation referral

Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger recently announced that he had referred Grady County and two other counties for the alleged failure to properly complete absentee ballot transfer forms, a violation of the Georgia Rules and Regulations. Grady County Chief Registrar Malinda Butler said this week that since Raffensperger’s announcement she has not heard from…

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County to invest in new fire engine, new station to be built

The Grady County Commission has not even begun serious discussions of the 2022 operating budget, but the board has already committed funds to purchase a new fire engine. At the commission meeting on April 6, the board unanimously approved the purchase of a commercial cab Pierce Class A pumper at a cost of $322,761 from…

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JDA making investments into its leased facilities

The Grady County Joint Development Authority continues to make investments to enhance the Heritage Industrial Complex. As part of the authority’s lease with Big Bend Agri Services, annual improvements are required. Julian Brown, JDA executive director,  reported Tuesday that a project to improve air flow and ventilation in the section of the Heritage Industrial Complex…

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Local teams headed to Odyssey of the Mind World Finals

Two teams from Washington Middle School, were very busy during their spring break last week. These students competed at Odyssey of the Mind State Finals in Flowery Branch on Saturday, April 10. They took 2nd and 3rd place in their divisions, advancing to World Finals. Both groups will compete at the World Finals Tournament in…

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City issues first permit for downtown mural

Punky’s owners say eatery to open next Saturday The Grady County Historical Society received the green light Monday night to proceed with painting a mural on the south wall of the Grady County Museum and History Center. The Cairo City Council unanimously approved the first-ever public artwork/mural application. A committee of the Downtown Development Authority…

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COVID-19 gathering restrictions in Georgia set to roll back on April 8

By Beau Evans Staff Writer Capitol Beat News Service Gov. Brian Kemp is rolling back restrictions on public gatherings and a shelter-in-place order for elderly-care facility residents that have been in place since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic. Set to take effect on April 8, the rollback marks the broadest lifting of COVID-19 safety…

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COVID-19 numbers remain low here

An additional local death is reported The number of new cases of COVID-19 affecting Grady County residents remains low for a fifth week, with only three confirmed by public health officials in the last seven days. We did record another death of a Grady County resident from the disease caused by the novel coronavirus, bringing…

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School board and superintendent agree to new three-year contract

Three weeks after the Grady County Board of Education unanimously approved a new, three-year contract with School Superintendent Dr. Kermit Gilliard, the document was finally executed by both parties last week. School board Chairman Derrick Majors blamed his work schedule in the delay in signing the document and delivering it to the superintendent for his…

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Two Cairo men face gun charges from viral video

Two young Cairo men have been arrested and charged in connection to actions seen on a video once posted on social media that shows people in Cairo firing guns into the air nearly continuously at night. The video also shows a Grady County Deputy at the scene getting into a pickup truck marked with the…

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Easter Egg Drop at Cairo airport attracted a big crowd

The pandemic hasn’t been licked yet, but local folks were eager to enjoy a popular outdoor activity Sunday afternoon at the Cairo Municipal Airport. The Cairo-Grady County Chamber of Commerce hosted the popular Easter Egg Drop for local youth, and officials say the event was a success. Some are estimating that nearly 700 people were…

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