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Here's What's Happening in South Georgia. 

Tired Creek Lake to Open for Teal Season in September 

The Grady County Lake Authority has approved hunting for teal duck on Tired Creek during the upcoming season, which runs from September 8-23rd.  The authority will be conducting drawings on Mondays at 4pm for the Wednesday hunts and on Thursdays at 4pm for the Saturday hunts.  The cost for a license is $150 per boat with a maximum of three shooters and only ten boats will be allowed on the lake each day with a six teal per day per hunter limit.  Hunting will be permitted a half hour prior to sunrise and continue until noon.  Anyone interested in participating in the hunt should be present at the Grady County Courthouse commission conference room for the drawing and be prepared to pay the hunting fee in cash or check if their names are drawn.  

Shiloh #1 MB Church to Have Rainbow Tea 

The Shiloh #1 M.B. Church will be having a Rainbow Tea on Saturday, August 25th at 5p.m.  The guest speaker for the event will be Rev. Carlton Flowers, pastor of the Mt. Olive Community Church in Attapulgus.  Everyone in the community is welcome to attend. 

Library Offers Resources for Teachers 

Educators are reminded to visit the Roddenbery Library and check out the many resources available for the upcoming school year including storytime kits, puppets, classroom book deposits, and oversized books.  We are also available for classroom visits.  Call the library for more information at 229-377-3632

Whigham School to Have Harvest Hustle 

Everyone is invited to come over to Whigham and join a group of walkers, runners and joggers for the annual Harvest Hustle, a fun fitness event to be h eld on September 22nd starting at Whigham School. If you would like more information about the event, log onto to sign up. 

 Grady County Family Connection to Meet on Tuesday 

Grady Family Connection's regular monthly meeting will be held on Tuesday, August 14th at Mr. Chick in Cairo.  The guest speaker will  Dr. Katina Cooper, DSW, MSW Director of Social Services with Grady County Schools. The meeting is held at Mr. Chick’s private dining area and will start promptly at 11am until 12 Noon.  We hope to have your attendance and feel free to bring colleagues to make valuable contacts within the community.

Registration Being Held for Fall Sports at Rec Department 

The Grady County Recreation Department is currently holding registration for their fall sports activities.  Parents or guardians can register their children for smurf flag football, 8U tackle football, 10U tackle football, cheering and soccer.  For more information, fees, age requirements and registration deadlines, call the GDRD at 377-8221 or stop by the Rec Department from 8:30am-5:30pm, Monday-Fridays. 

Season Football Tickets on Sale Now

The Syrupmaker football season kicks off on Friday night agains Thomasville and Cairo High School is currently selling season tickets to anyone who did not have season passes last year and would like to purchase any unsold reserved seats in the upper or lower sections of the stadium.   Season tickets for the five home games of the 2018 will be $50 and will be on sale at the front office of CHS this week.   All home games will begin at 7:30pm this year.   For more information, call Cairo High School at 377-2222. 

St. Luke PB Church to have Revival in August 

The St. Luke PB Church will be having their annual Revival Meeting August 13-14th at 6:30pm each evening and August 15-17th at 7p.m. nightly.  Rev. Harry Mitchell Jr. will be the guest speaker and everyone in the community is invited to attend. 

Free Vendor Space Available For Fall Artisan Market 

The 3rd Annual Elevate Artisan Market will be held in Cairo on Saturday, October 27th and organizers are currently accepting applications for vendors who wish to participate in this year's event.  To display your items at the Elevate Artisan Market, vendors must offer items that are handmade such as wood crafts, candles, soaps, homemade food items, sewed items, artwork, sculptors, metal craft, etc.  There is no charge to have a vendor booth at the artisan market for artisans and craftspeople who meet the criteria for participation.  For more information and to complete a vendor application, visit .

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.

Library Offering Free Guitar Lessons 

The Roddenbery Memorial Library is offering free introductory guitar lessons on Tuesdays at 5p.m.  The lessons are taught by Scott Easom and all ages are welcome. 

Art Classes Offered for All Ages at Library 

The Roddenbery Memorial Library is offering Art Classes for All Ages every Tuesday afternoon at 4pm.  Because of the renovations at the library, the classes are being held in the brown building located behind the library temporarily.  For more information, call the Roddenbery Memorial library at 377-3632.

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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