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City Residents No Longer Allowed to Leave Household Furnishings On Side of Streets 

The Cairo City Council voted in September to adopt a new garbage collection ordinance that makes it illegal for residents to leave household items such as furniture, machinery, equipment and other household white goods beside the road for pickup.  Instead, citizens with these items to discard must now take them to the city landfill and dispose of them.  If a resident who are unable to take these items to the landfill can call the city to report the location and they will be picked up for a fee of $25 per 20 cubic yards.  And anyone who places household goods beside the street unattended for more than a week will now be assessed a disposal fee of $50.  If you wish to report household furnishings that need to be picked up, contact Taylor Waste Services, the city's waste management contractor, at 377-6301.

Local Law Enforcement to Have Town Hall Meeting on Local Drug Problem 

Local law enforcement are hope to open a discussion about the local drug problem in our community during a public meeting to be held on October 15th at the Vanlandingham Center.  The event is sponsored by the Grady County Substance Abuse, Awareness and Prevention Council and will begin at 6pm and last until 7:30pm.  Captain Chris Luckey of the Grady County Sheriff's Department will be featured speaker and he plans to talk about drug trends local and how they're connected to other crimes.  Luckey will also facility a discussion with those attending on how they can help combat the drug problem in our community.  

Chamber of Commerce Announces Theme for Annual Christmas Parade 

The Cairo-Grady County Chamber of Commerce has announced the theme for the Annual Cairo Christmas Parade to be held December 6th in Downtown Cairo. This year's parade theme is "Christmas in Paradise" and participants are encouraged to decorate their floats and entries in bright colors, palm trees, flamingos or anything that will make it look like a tropical paradise.  Entry forms are currently available on the chamber's website or may be picked up at the chamber office on North Broad Street in Cairo. 

Boys and Girls Club to Have Annual Diamond Affair on November 1st 

Legendary FSU Coach Bobby Bowden will be the guest speaker at the annual Diamond Affair fundraising event to benefit the Jackie Robinson Boys & Girls Club on November 1st at 7:00pm at the Grady Cultural Center.  Tickets for the event and sponsorships are currently available are various locations around Cairo or from supporters of the Boys & Girls Club. Sponsorships start at $250and may be purchased by contact the club or visiting mow-bgc.or.  For more information, call 378-3099.

Local Sunday School Class Collecting Donations to Help the Homeless 

In preparation for the approaching colder weather, the Pairs and Spares Sunday School Class at the First United Methodist Church of Cairo has begun to collect socks and monetary donations for the homeless in our area.  The drive will continue through November 11th and anyone who wishes to contribute to the sock drive may bring their donations to the church.  Socks are one of the most requested items at homeless shelters and all of the socks collected during this drive will be delivered to the Veterans Affairs health care clinic in Tallahassee which serves North Florida and South Georgia.  

Full Gospel Holiness to Celebrate Pastors Appreciation in October 

The Full Gospel Holiness Mission Church in Cairo will be celebrating the 7th annual appreciation of their church pastor, Kennetha W. Anderson and Kenneth L. Anderson October 25-28th. Services will be held at 7pm each evening with a 4pm service on Sunday, October 28th, followed by dinner on the grounds.  Everyone in the community is invited to attend.    

 

Arts and Crafts Vendors Being Sought For Mistletoe Market 

The annual Mistletoe Market will be held again in Downtown Cairo during December and arts and crafts vendors are currently being sought to participate.  The event is planned for Saturday, December 1st from 9am-3pm along South Broad Street.  In addition to arts and crafts vendors, civic clubs, schools, churches or individuals are invited to participate. For more information, send an email to: [email protected] or register at Miss Myrts on South Broad Street. 

Roddenbery Library to Offer Activities During Fall Break 

Grady County Schools will have their Fall Break during the week of October 8-12th and the Roddenbery Memorial Library will be offering several special activities for children during the week.  Each afternoon, the library will have special activities from 1-5pm, Monday-Thursday and from 1-3 on Friday, along with the regular schedule of programs.  Visit www.rmlibrary.org for more information. 

Family and Friends Day to Be Held at Christ Gospel Chapel 

Christ Gospel Chapel, located at 1211 North Broad Street in Cairo, will be having their annual Family and Friends Day on Sunday, October 21st at 11a.m.  Dinner will be served after the morning service and everyone in the community is invited to attend. 

Historical Society Having Fundraising Event on October 10th 

The Grady County History Museum will be holding their 10-10-10 Fundraising Campaign on October 10.  On this day, they are asking that all citizens in Grady County donate $10 to the Grady County Museum and History Center.  Larger donations will be accepting, too, but if every person in Grady County were to donate at least $10, the museum would raise nearly $300,000. Please make your checks payable to "Grady County Historical Society" and mail to P.O. Box 586, Cairo, GA  39828

Roddenbery Library has New Children's Programs for Fall 

The Roddenbery Memorial Library reminds parents that they have three new programs for children.  These include Construction on Mondays at 4pm, Terrific Tales Storytime on Tuesdays at 11am and Mother Goose Club for ages birth-3 years old on Thursdays at 11am.  All of the programs are held in the Brown Building behind the main library.

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 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.

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 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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