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 Revival to Be Held at First Mt. Pilgrim Church 

The First Mt. Pilgrim Church will be hosting their annual Spring Revival beginning May 2-4th at 7:30p.m. nightly.  The guest minister for the services will be Rev. Kelvin Wells and time community is invited to attend.

Chamber to Offer Digital Marketing Seminar This Thursday 

The Cairo-Grady County Chamber of Commerce and First National Bank will be sponsoring the first Power Up! Business Lunch Series this Thursday at noon to be held at McKenzie's Event Center on South Broad Street in Cairo.  This month's event will be led by Jeff Lovett, Founder of Summerhill Creative and will be on the topic of 'Mastering Digital Marketing' and will cover such subjects as why your small business needs a website, how to to market the right people online, how to use Facebook advertising and how to determine the correct keywords to improve organic search results.  The cost for the luncheon is $10 per person and you do not have to be a chamber member to attend.  For more information or to make reservations, please call the Cairo-Grady County Chamber of Commerce at 229-377-3663. 

 Washington Alumni Day is Planned for August 

The Washington Alumni Day has been planned for August 10-12th and all former students, faculty members and friends of Washington Consolidated High School are invited to attend. If you would like more information about the reunion, please contact Evelyn Corker Spradley at 850-559-3779.

Olympian to be Featured at Women in Workforce Luncheon 

Teresa Edwards, legendary basketball star and five time Olympian, will be the guest speaker at the Women in the Workforce luncheon, to be hosted by First National Bank on April 24th from noon until 1pm at Davis Park in Cairo.  The Cairo-Grady County Chamber of Commerce has historically held a luncheon for administrative professionals during April but decided not to have the event this year.  First National Bank approached the Chamber about hosting his event which will honor all women in the workforce.  Tickets are $10 each and in addition to the meal, door prizes will be given away.  To make your reservations, call 377-3663.

Antique Car Rally Coming Weekend of May 11-12th 

The 30th Annual Great Southern Antique Car Rally will be coming to Cairo the weekend of May 11th and 12th. The year's event will feature Dodge vehicles from the 1970's and will be sponsored by Stallings Motors of Cairo and the Cairo-Grady County Chamber of Commerce.  For more information or to register to participate in the rally, call the Chamber of Commerce at 377-+3663.

Veterans Express Bus Golf Classic to Be Held in May 

The 20th Annual Veterans Express Bus Golf Classic will be held on Saturday, May 5th at the Tired Creed Golf Course in Cairo.  The event is open to both male and female amateur golfers with a $60 per team member registration fee.  This will be a 4-person scramble tournament with an 8a.m. shotgun start and prizes will be awarded for longest drive, hole-in-one, closest to the pin with mulligans available for $10 each.  Registration will begin the day of the tournament at 7a.m.  and there will be a catered lunch served by Gary Jones at 11:30a.m. All proceeds from the tournament will benefit the Veterans Express Bus which provides free transportation to local veterans to the VA Clinic in Tallahassee.  For more information or to preregister, please call Fred McCallum at 229-220-1265.

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.

Community Listening Event to Be Held April 24th 

The second community listening event, sponsored by Archway, Cairo High School and the Cairo-Grady County Chamber of Commerce, will be held on Tuesday, April 24th at 6:00pm in the auditorium of the Cairo High School College and Career Academy.  This is an open, roundtable event for people who are interested in discussing the future of Grady County business and industry and everyone in the community is encouraged to come and participate. 

Tired Creek Lake to Open Memorial Day Weekend 

The Grady County Commissioners have announced that the long awaited opening of Tired Creek Lake will be held on Memorial Day Weekend, with a special opening ceremony to be held on Friday, May 25th at 10a.m.  The lake authority has announced that the water level is high enough for boating and fishing and that the docks and ramps are in place and secured.  The authority is proposing that Grady County property owners may obtain an annual permit to use the lake at no cost to display on their vehicles at the Grady County Courthouse. All others will be charge a $3 per day usage fee.  More information about the lake opening will be announced soon. 

Benefit to Be Held for Thurman Sadler 

There will be a benefit Chicken Pilau for Thurman Sadler held on Tuesday, April 17th at Vineyard Ministries on Hwy 84 East in Cairo.  The cost is $7 per plate for the pilau which will be prepared by Gary Jones.  Tickets are available now at the Zebulon Theater or by calling Nicki Avery at 289-7495 or Marisa Brown at 421-1205.

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 rmlibrary.org.  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 rmlibrary.org 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.

 Grady County Schools Starting Campaign for REACH Scholarships 
In October 2017, five local middle school student in Grady County were awarded REACH Georgia scholarships to be used upon graduation from high school in the amount of $10,000 each.  Grady County School Superintendent Dr. Kermit Gilliard has announced that our local school system has the opportunity to award these needs-based scholarships to another class of scholars in the Fall of 2018 but in order to receive the scholarships, $7,500 has to be raised locally for the matching funds.  For each $10,000 scholarship awarded, $1,500 must be raised locally in the community.  Donations for the scholarship fund can be made online at www.donate.reach-gafoundation.org or checks can be sent to Grady County Schools System Finance Officer Dan Broome, made payable to the Grady County Board of Education with REACH Scholar written in the memo, to 122 North Broad Street in Cairo.  According to Dr. Gilliard, 100% of the donations will be used to support the REACH scholarships.  For more information, you may contact Assistant Superintendent Kevin Strickland at 377-3701. 
 

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.

Grief Recovery Support Group Meets at Local Church 

Grief Share, a grief recovery support group, meets at Faith Christian Center located on Hwy 188, on Tuesdays from 6:30-8:30p.m.  Anyone who is struggling with grief from the loss of a family member or friend is invited to be a part of the group.  For more information, call Don Carter at 397-0281.

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 www.valdostaredcross.org 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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