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Grady County Relay for Life Coming In May


Grady Co. ACS volunteers are raising money for Relay for Life on Sat., May 4th at Davis Park. To make a  donation or purchase a luminary in memory or in honor of someone, contact Sharon Prince at: [email protected]  or call 229.977.0951 and leave a voice mail.  Mrs. Lula Bell Johnson will be selling BBQ plates on Wednesday, March 13th for pick from 4-7pm by calling 377-3565. Date is Weds., March 13 with pick  up from 4 - 7pm.  Ribs OR 1/2 chicken with potato salad and baked beans for $12. Proceeds go to the Relay for Life of Grady Co.
Relay for Life is scheduled for Saturday, May 4th at Davis Park from 4 to 10pm.  Please plan to come out and support the cause to ease the burden of cancer and remember those who have lost the battle.
Prince Family to Have Reunion on February 23rd 
The 58th Annual Reunion of the Prince Family will be held on February 23rd at the Farmer's Heritage Museum, located at 388 Prince Road in Cairo.  If it is raining, the reunion will be moved to Woodland United Methodist Church.  All family members and friends are invited and encouraged to bring their favorite covered dish or casserole, dessert and beverage to share.  A washout chicken pilau will be featured at the reunion again this year with plates and utensils provided. The reunion will start at 11a.m. with lunch served at 1p.m.  
Advanced Vo[ting to Be Held Starting February 25th 
Grady County will be holding a special election on March 19th to elect someone to fill the office of Grady County Commissioner, District #5, vacated by the recent passing of T.D. David.  Early voting for the election will be held starting February 25th through March 15th from 8L30am-4:30pm at the Grady County Board of Registrars office located on 3rd Avenue, NE next to the Grady County Courthouse.  There will be no Saturday voting. 
Providence Baptist Church toi Have Revival in February 
Providence Baptist Church invites everyone to come to their annual Revival Services, to be held February 24-27th at 11am and 6pm on Sunday and at 7pm, Monday-Wednesday nights.  The guest evangelist will be Rick Coram who is well known around the Southeast through Rick Coram Ministries.  Everyone is invited to attend these special services. 
Scholarship Fund Established in Honor of TD David 
An annual memorial scholarship in recognition of the community service performed by Grady County Commissioner, T.D. David who passed away recently, has been established and is currently accepting donations.  The scholarship will be given to a high school senior who exemplifies community involvement and leadership skills.  Donations may be made at United National Bank on North Broad Street in Cairo.
Youth Revival Prayer Service to Be Held at Beulah MB Church 
The Beulah Missionary Baptist Church will be having its annual Youth Revival Prayer Service February 24-25 at 6pm followed youth preaching February 26-28th at 7pm each night.  The guest minister for the prayer services will be Rev. Tony Brown and all youth in the area are invited to attend. 


Local Businesses Selling Raffle Tickets to Support Cancer Patient 

Cairo Eye Care and United National Bank are currently selling raffle tickets to win one of three gift baskets filled with more than $650 products by more than forty local businesses in Grady County to benefit Cindy Morrell, who is currently ongoing treatment for breast cancer.  The raffle tickets are $5 each or 5 for $20 and available at both UNB and Cairo Eye Care.  The drawing for the winners will be held on March 8th.

Family and Friends Day Coming to St. Thomas PB Church This Month 

The St. Thomas P.B. Church will be having their annual Family and Friends Day on Sunday, February 24th starting at 11:30am.  Everyone in the community is invited to attend this special service and bring a friend with them. 

Free Car Seats Available at Health Department 

The Grady County Health Department has received a mini-grant from the Georgia Department of Public Health, Injury Prevention Program to make car seats available to financially eligible individuals in our community.  The program provides approved car seats and education on how to install them in vehicles and how to buckle up children correctly.  For more information or to obtain your car seat, stop by the Grady County Health Department or call 377-2992. 

 Learn to Play Violin at Library 

The Roddenbery Memorial Library is offering an introduction class to learn how to play violin on Saturdays starting at 9:30am in the Brown Building behind the main library.  The classes are taught by Judy Sheffield and are open for anyone ages 15 and up. 

Learn to Knit at Library 

The Roddenbery Memorial Library is now offering a group for anyone who would like to learn to crochet or knit, or for experienced individuals to share their skills with others.  The 'Hooks, Needles, And Yarn' group meets at the library on Thursdays from 3:30-5:30pm in the Brown Building behind the library and everyone is invited.

Tired Creek Golf Course to Host Amateur Golf Tournament on Thursday  

The Tired Creek Golf Course and Associate Club of Georgia Amateur Golf Promotions will be hosting the GAGP Michelob Ultra Blitz tournament on February 14th.  The blitz is open to male amateur golfers 21 and oder and all participants will be flighted based on several age groups.  The entry free is $15, $22 for golf/cart.  The deadline to enter the blitz is February 7th.  Call the Georgia Amateur Golf Promotions at 614-441-3965 for an entry form and membership packet. 

Library Offering Genealogy Assistance on Wednesdays  

The Roddenbery Memorial Library is offering anyone who interested in learning more about their family heritage assistance on Wednesdays from 1-5pm in the brown building located directly behind the main library building.  The genealogy resources have been temporarily related to this location during the ongoing construction at the library but all services will continue. 

Beginner's Square Dance Classes To Be Offered in January 

Anyone wanting to learn how to square dance is invited to attend the Beginner's Square Dance Classes to be held starting January 11th in the fellowship hall of the Cairo 1st United Methodist Church.  This is a 10-week class led by Mary and Roscoe Johnson.  For more information, call 377-9635.

Rec Department Holding Registration for Spring Sports  

The Grady County Recreation Department is currently holding registration for Spring Sports through February 15th including baseball, girls fast pitch softball and co-ed tee ball.  The fee for each sport is $20.  For more information or to sign up, stop by the Rec Department on North Broad Street in Cairo Monday-Fridays from 8:30am to 5:30pm. 

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 to help support this cause.  For more information about donating, please call 377-5142. 

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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