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Here's What's Happening in South Georgia.  

General Runoff To Be Held on December 4th - Polling Place Returning to AgriCenter

Although the race for Governor has now been determined in Georgia, there are still two races that will be decided in a runoff election to be held on December 4th.  The runoff will include voting for who will succeed Brian Kemp as Georgia Secretary of State after Mr. Kemp's resignation from the post following his election as Governor.  Also on the ticket will be a runoff decision in the Public Service Commission race between incumbent Chuck Eaton and his Democratic challenger, Lindy Miller.  Georgia law requires that a candidate receive at least 50% of the votes to win and Eaton received less than this mark during the general election.  Advance voting will start on November 26th at 8:30am and will conclude at 4:30;m on November 30th at the Registrar's Office located on 3rd Avenue, NE next to the Grady County Courthouse.  In addition, Denise Maddox, Grady County Elections Superintendent, reminds all citizens who typically cast their votes at the Cairo 5 polling place (the Grady County AgriCenter) that although the location of the polling place was temporarily moved to the Cairo First Baptist Church for the General Election on November 6th, all voters who vote at this polling place are reminded that voting will return to the Grady County AgriCenter for the December 4th Runoff Election. 

Tickets for Cairo vs Troup Playoff Game on Sale on Wednesday 

The Cairo Syrupmakers will be playing Troup County in the 3rd Round of the State AAAA playoffs this Friday night at West Thomas Stadium.  Grady County Schools are closed this week for the Thanksgiving holiday but advanced tickets will be on sale at the Cairo High School office starting at 9:00am on Wednesday morning and will also be available at the gate.  All tickets for the game will be $12 each. 

Garbage Schedule Modified for Thanksgiving 

The City of Cairo has announced that there has been a change in the garbage collection schedule because of the Thanksgiving holiday.  The schedule will remain the same for Monday and Tuesday, November 19th and 20th.  Garbage that is usually picked up on Thursday and Friday, November 22nd and 23rd will be picked up on Wednesday, November 21st. 

Cairo First Baptist To Present Christmas Musical Drama Next Week 

The Cairo First Baptist Church invites everyone to a special Christmas Celebration at the Zebulon Theatre on Friday, November 30th at 7pm and on Saturday, December 1st at 7pm as they present the Christmas Musical Drama, "Love Came for Me."  Admission to the event will be free and will include free popcorn and drinks to all who attend.  Everyone in the community is invited to come enjoy this very special holiday celebration. 

History Museum Raising Money to Fix Leaking Roof 

Hurricane Michael damage the roof at the Grady County Museum and History Center and they are asking the community for help in the cost of repairs.  The museum is asking everyone in the community to donate $30 on the 30th to help support this cause.  Please make a donation of $30 on November 30th to the help support YOUR museum.  For more information about donating, please call 377-5142. 

Health Department Offers to Test Private Wells 

Many local citizens have been concerned with the condition of the water coming from their wells after Hurricane Michael, so the Grady County Health Department has announced that they have an environmental specialist available to test private wells for pathogens for a small fee.  If you are interested, simply contact the local health department to make an appointment.  The fee is $50.

First-Eve Clothing Giveaway to Be Held on December 1st 

The St. Thomas and St. Clair P.B. Churches are preparing to host their first-ever clothing giveaway which will be held on Saturday, December 1st.  Everyone in the community is invited to come early because some of the clothing that has been donated is new and will not last long.  In addition to the clothing giveaway, there will be snacks, games and bow making classes and everyone in the community is invited to attend.  The event will be held at the St. Clair P.B. Church, located at 1190 Calvary Road, SW in Cairo from 10a.m. to 2p.m.

Raffle Being Held to Benefit Local ROTC 

The Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 8433 are currently selling tickets for a raffle to benefit the Navy Jr. ROTC program at Cairo High School.  Raffle tickets are being sold for $5 each with one lucky person winning a $500 Walmart gift card for the holidays.  Tickets are available from any VFW Post 8433 member of by calling 221-5504.  The drawing will be held on December 18th.

 Holiday Market to Be Held in Downtown Cairo on December 1st

The annual Mistletoe Market will be held in Downtown Cairo on Saturday, December 1st and will feature more than fifty local and area vendors, artists and craftspeople selling their wares and creations.  Everyone is invited to come downtown to shop with the local merchants and visit each of these vendor displays which will be set up on the sidewalks of South Broad Street.  The event is sponsored by the Downtown Merchants Association and the Cairo Main Street program. 

Benefit Fund Set Up for Local Cancer Patient at United National Bank 

A Benefit Fund has been set up for Jody Green at United National Bank in Cairo.  Jody has been diagnosed with stage four prostate cancer and all donations will be used to help with medical and treatment expenses.  You may make donations in person at the bank on North Broad Street or by calling the bank at 377-7200.

Support for Those Who Are Grieving Held on Tuesdays 

Grief Share, a support group that offers support and encouragement for those who have lost someone close to them, is now held every Tuesday evening from 6-8p.m. at Faith Christian Church on Hwy 188 North in Cairo.  For more information about the support group, call group leader Cindy Allday at 221-5992.

 Digital Materials Program Gets New Name at the Library

The Roddenbery Memorial Library has replaced the Overdrive with a new way to access materials called RbDigital.. Look for the new icon on the library’s homepage at  This new option provides more direct access with fewer clicks. Register just as you did with Overdrive and you’ll be all set to enjoy audiobooks, eBooks, and eMagazines. If you need help getting started, just stop by your public library and they will be happy to help.

Canine Foster Care Homes Being Sought 

The Best Friends Dog Rescue in Grady County is currently seeking foster homes to help reduce the number of dogs who are euthanized on a weekly basis in our community.  Laurie Deese, the owner of the rescue service is working with the Grady County Animal Control department to put stray dogs and puppies in foster care instead of being euthanized.  When animal control officers pick up a stray dog, the owners have three days to claim the animal before the decision will be made to dispose of the animals. After this period, the Best Friends Dog Rescue hopes to place these strays in foster homes around Grady County.  if you are interested in offering a temporary home for one of these animals, please contact Deese at 377-1538.

History Museum Now Open on Saturdays 

The Grady County Museum and History Center has announced that they have increased their operating hours so that more people can enjoy the displays and materials available at the museum.  The new hours are now 1-4p.m., Tuesday-Friday and 10am-2pm on Saturdays. There are several displays currently being featured at the museum including a new art exhibit from local artist Amy Pearce in the front windows of the museum and a display inside that features history photos and materials that highlight Cairo High Schools music and sports programs.  The museum is free to visit but donations for the upkeep are appreciated. 

Library Will Now Hold or Request Books from Other Libraries 

The Roddenbery Memorial Library now offers a service to place a hold on or request books located in other PINES libraries in Georgia. The books will be delivered to RML and we’ll give you a call when they’re ready to be checked out. You may choose the location of the library where you would like to pick up your items. Your library card and pin number are all it takes to access over 9 million books in libraries throughout the state. All Georgians are eligible for a public library card. Proof of residency and ID are all it takes to obtain your own Georgia public library card. (This is especially valuable during the current renovation project when access to the RML print collection is limited). All items checked out from RML may be returned to any PINES library in the state.  Couriers transport requests and returns to libraries on a daily basis.  Visit today! 

Women to Women Retreat Prayer Line is open on Tuesdays 

The Woman to Woman Retreat Prayer Line is held each Tuesday mornings at 5a.m. First Lady Dorothy Oliva Williams, president of the Woman to Woman Retreat of Cairo, encourages anyone in need of prayer to call the prayerline by dialing 515-604-9000 and use the code 927246#.  For more information, call Mrs. Williams at 377-8035.

Tax Assistance Available at the Library 

The Roddenbery Memorial Library will once again be offering Free Tax Assistance to anyone in the community.  Library volunteers, Roy and Marie Murphy, will be providing free tax assistance for senior and low income citizens every Thursday from 10 a.m. – 12 noon beginning on February 1.  Please make your reservation now by calling the circulation desk at 229-377-3632.

 Local Church Seeking to Hire Nursery Worker 

Eastside Baptist Church of Cairo is looking to hire a nursery worker to provide child care during their weekly services on Sunday mornings, Sunday night and Wednesday nights.  Anyone who is interested in the position may pick up an application at the church office, located at 404 5th Street, NE in Cairo, Monday-Thursday from 9am-noon or 1-4pm or call 377-4154.

Health Department to Offer Free Services to Women 

The Southwest Health District is offering a program to women ages 40-64 who reside in Georgia that is aimed at reducing cases of breast and cervical cancer. The Grady County Health Department is participating in this program which will provide free great and cervical cancer screening, diagnostic testing and referral for treatment as medically indicated to uninsured or under-insured women with limited income in Georgia.  There is no charge for the services for women enrolled in the BCCP program.  For more information, contact the Grady County Health Department.

 Free Health Screenings Are Available in Our Community 

The Angels of Grace Community Wellness Center of Cairo is offering free health screenings to residents of Grady County and the surrounding areas.  If you would don't know your cholesterol level or want to have your blood pressure checked, you can have these and several other screening performed for free.  For more information, call Dr. Mary Weaver at 397-9355.

Cairo Landfill Now Open the First and Third Saturdays of Each Month

The City of Cairo has announced that the landfill will be opening on Saturdays once again for the convenience of local residents. Beginning in May, the landfill will be open on the first and third Saturdays of each month.  The Saturday hours are from 8am to noon.  The landfill not be open if it rains on the Fridays preceding each Saturday openings.  For more information, call the Cairo Public Works Department at 377-1722, extension 166.

Al-Anon Meets on Thursday Mornings

Cairo Al-Anon is moving it meeting time to Thursday mornings at 9a.m. to 10a.m.  Prospective group members are encouraged to attend this free meeting for the family and friends of those with alcohol and drug dependencies.  The meetings are held at 3351 Hwy 84 East in Cai

 Seniors May Now Audit Classes at Thomas University

Thomas University has announced that anyone who is 65 or older can further their learning by auditing any class at TU for free.  Auditing a class allows a person to take the class without receiving credit for that course. There is no charge to audit the class but there will be a $75 technology fee which provide access to the TU library computer labs and online learning resources. Some of the classes available for audit include Studio Art, Digital Photography, Spanish 101, Overview of American Politics, Shakespeare and more.  For more information, contact the Thomas University Admission Office.

Curriculum Available for Homeschoolers

The Grady County Virtual Education Program has the perfect curriculum for homeschooled students in all grades, K-12.  The program offers the assistance of Georgia Certified Curriculum and Teachers and has Blended Programs as well.  For more information, call the GCVEP Director, Michael Best, at 377-2243.

Friends of the Library Collecting Aluminum Cans

The Friends of the Roddenbery Library are encouraging everyone to save their aluminum cans and place them in the Friends of the Library recycle wagon located in the parking lot behind the library.  All proceeds from the fundraising event will benefit the Roddenbery Memorial Library. Please save your cans and donate them to an excellent cause.

Red Cross Seeks Volunteers

The South Georgia Chapter of the American Red Cross is i need of local volunteers. If you would be interested in working in the local office or helping with local disasters like single family house fires, please call Wanda Purdy at 924-2026 or go to and click the volunteer tab

Veterans Express Bus Going to Clinic on Wednesdays

The Veterans Express Bus will be going to the Tallahassee Outpatient Clinic every Wednesday, leaving the Cairo Wal-Mart Parking Lot at 6:55a.m. There is no charge for veterans, but you are urged to please make your appointment at the clinic for the morning hours. For more information, call Evelyn Bishop at 377-4652.

DEFACS Seeking Foster Parents

The stability, guidance and warmth of a committed family provides a reliable bridge between adolescence and adulthood. Foster parenting is a commitment to helping children through the pain of not being able to live in their birth families due to neglect or abuse. There is a tremendous need for foster and adoptive parents on a local and state level. If you would like more information about helping a child, please call 877-210-5497 or the Grady County Department of Family and Children Services at 377-3154.

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