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Installation Service to Be Held on August 27th 
The installation service for Rev. Harry Mitchell, Jr. as the new pastor of the Stephens M.B. Church will be held on Sunday, August 27th at 3p.m..  Everyone in the community is invited to attend this special service.
Fundraiser to Be Held for Masons on August 31st  
The Cairo Masonic Lodge #229 is holding a barbecue fundraiser on Thursday, August 31st at the Cairo's Farmers Market.  Plates will include pork, baked beans, cole slaw, bread and pickles for $8 each and can be picked up from 3p.m.-6p.m.  They will also be selling slabs of ribs for $20 and Boston Butts for $25.  For more information, call Flint River Timber at 377-5162.
Reno Baptist To Have Revival Services 
The Reno Baptist Church will be having revival services August 27-30th.  Services will be held at 11:00am and 6:00pm on Sunday and Monday-Wednesday nights at 7:00p.m.  The guest speaker will be Evangelist Rev. Mike Everson and a nursery will be provided. 
Mandatory Training Required to be a Volunteer at Schools 
All parents are reminded that is you wish to volunteer at your child's school or attend school activities, you must compete mandatory training.  Mandatory Child Abuse training is offered free by the schools.  Contact your child's school or the Grady County Board of Education for more information.
Camp Heal to be Held in October 
Hospice of Southwest Georgia will one again be hosting a camp for young people who are grieving the loss of a loved one. Camp Heal will be held on October 21st from 9am-5pm at Camp Piney Woods in Thomasville.  The camp is free for children ages 6-17 and will feature educational discussions on grief and bereavement, an informal memorial service and other activities.  All campers must register by October 9th to eligible to attend the camp.  For more information or to pre-register, call 1-800-290-6567.
NAACP to Have Freedom Banquet in September 
The Grady County NAACP will be hosting their annual Freedom Banquet on September 30th at 7:00p.m.  The banquet will be held at the Senior Citizens Center located on 17th Avenue, NE in Cairo.  Tickets for the banquet are currently on sale for $20 and may be obtained by calling Jennifer Baker at 224-1200. 
Have You Tried Zinio at the Roddenbery Library?

Have you tried Zinio? Read a wide selection of magazines on your desktop, laptop, phone or tablet. Go to and click on the Zinio icon to get started. Prefer paper magazines? Let us know what you would like to see in your public library so they can order it for you.

Library to Offer Free Solar Eclipse Glasses 

The Roddenbery Memorial Library is offering  patrons free eclipse-viewing glasses that are provided by NASA.  (We requested a box just so we can share them with all Grady County citizens who are interested in this fascinating natural phenomenon).  Read more about the Eclipse and safety using these free glasses at Stop by and pick up your pair so you can see this amazing event safely.  Everyone is invited to stop by the library at 2 p.m. on Monday, August 21, to watch the eclipse with us!  We will also have a telescope set up with a special sun filter.

Qualifying for City Elections to Be Held This Month 

The City of Cairo will open qualifying for the 2017 city election during the month of August.  Qualifying for the office of Mayor and for City Council Members in District 2 and District 4 will be be held August 21 starting at 8:30am and end on August 25th at 4:30pm.  Voters are reminded that the last day to register to vote in the election, which will be held on November 7th, will be October 10th.  Qualification forms and more information are available at City Hall.

Remaining Season Football Tickets Now on Sale to General Public  
Any remaining season tickets for  Syrupmaker Football  2017 season are currently being sold to the general public at the front office of the school.  This year's tickets will be for six home games including the preseason game with the defending 2015 state champion Valdosta Wildcats on August 11th in West Thomas Stadium. The ticket prices are $55 for the six home games for both the upper and lower level seats.  For more information, call the Cairo High School office at 377-2222.
Fines Forgiven at Library This Month 

Your library fines can be forgiven through the end of August at the Roddenbery Library with a yellow coupon that is found on the library’s newsletter.  Pick up a newsletter today, check out what’s happening at your public library and get your fines forgiven.  Valid only at Roddenbery Memorial Library and does not include fines from another library, lost or damaged items or collection fees.

Boys & Girls Club Music Fest to Be Held on August 26th and Feature Local Talent this Year 
Plans are underway now for the first Annual Jackie Robinson Boys & Girls Club Music Fest, present by Hobson Chevrolet.  The musical event will benefit the local Boys & Girls Club and will feature live performances by Otis Redding II and two locally born musician, Ralph Roddenbery and Johnnie Marshall.  The Music Fest is set for August 26th at 7p.m. at the Cairo High School Auditorium.  Tickets are $20 and are on sale at Miss Myrts, Capital City Bank, Cairo-Grady County Chamber of Commerce and Center Drugs.  For more information, call the Jackie Robinson Boys & Girls Club at 378-3099.
Chamber to Hold Annual Golf Tournament in October 
The Cairo-Grady County Chamber of Commerce will have their annual Golf Classic on October 26th.  The Three Man Scramble Tournament will be held at the Tired Creek Golf Course with registration at 11:30am and tee-off at 1:00p.m.  There are several sponsorship opportunities available from the Chamber, which will include the opportunity to include promotional items in the golfer's bags.  For more information about the tournament or how to become one of the sponsors, call the Cairo-Grady County Chamber of Commercial at 377-3663.
Free Help for your Computer at the Library

If you need assistance in learning how to use or solve a problem with your laptop, phone or tablet or "Book-a-Tech" is a new program from the Roddenbery Memorial Library that can assist you.  You can contact the library and schedule an individual computer session  with someone who is skilled at solving technical issues and training.   Each session will last approximately 30 minutes for anyone who needs help with their laptop, phone, or tablet. Call the library at 229-377-3632 to set up an appointment.

 Library to Offer Yoga Classes Having Yoga Classes on Wednesdays
The Roddenbery Memorial library will be offering free yoga classes every Wednesday at 1:30 in the Grady Room starting July 12 for ages 12 and up.  The classes will tentatively run until the end of August, depending on participation.
Class of 1997 Planning September Reunion 
The Cairo High School Class of 1997 will be having their 20th Class Reunion the weekend of September 8th.  There is a Facebook Page for the reunions with updates about the weekend events and activities.  If you don't have a Facebook Page or need more information, send an email to:  [email protected] or [email protected]
 Kids Against Hunger Launching Fundraising Campaign 
Kids Against Hunger is launching a campaign to raise $27,000 to help make Grady County known for feeding the hungry around the world and in our own community.  The Cairo chapter of the non-profit organization must have the money raised by August 10th in order to purchase supplies for World Hunger Awareness Month in October.  During this month, Kids Against Hunger plans to pack enough meals to feed 18,000 families.  If you would like to sign up to help package the meals, please call 377-0968 and to make a donation for this effort, visit
Guitar Classes Offered at Library

If you are interested in learning how to play the guitar, the library is providing a weekly class in beginning guitar.  Students will learn the basics of how to play the guitar in a supportive group setting.  Classes will be every Tuesday from 5 – 5:45 p.m. in the library’s auditorium.  Please bring your own guitar if possible.  All ages are welcome.

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.

Health Department Offering Free Car Seats 

The Grady County Health Department is offering free child passenger safety seats to financially eligible families courtesy of a minigrant from the Georgia Department of Public Health's Injury Prevention Program.  The Health Department is collaborating with the Cairo Fire Department to offer a program to show parents how to correctly install, use and remove child safety seats, with funding provided by the Governor's Office of Highway Safety and will be offering the child seats to those who meet the financial requirements and sign up for the program.  For more information, contact the Grady County Health Department at 377-2992.

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.

Learn to Sew at Library 

The Roddenbery Memorial Library will be offering FREE beginner sewing classes on Tuesdays at 4p.m. and 7p.m. and on Saturdays at 10a.m. and 2p.m. by appointment only.  The Sewing with Sarah classes are for all ages including children who are at least 9 years old with parental permission. Call the library at 377-3632 or send an email to [email protected] to make reservations or for more information.

Storytime at the Library

The Roddenbery Memorial Library reminds parents that they now have two Preschool Storytimes in the children's room of the library on Tuesday mornings at 11:00am and on Thursday mornings at 11:00am.   Everyone is invited to bring their preschoolers and enjoy a wonderful story with Miss Ann at the library.  

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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