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Class of 1967 to Have 50th Reunion in October 

The Cairo High School Class has begun to plan their 50th Class Reunion on October 7, 2017.  Everyone who was a member of the Class of '67 is reminded to save the date on their calendar and plan to attend.  For more information, or to share your contact information for future mailings, email [email protected]

Legionannaires Collecting Flags for Disposal 

The Jake Poller American Legion Post 122 will be having a flag disposal ceremony during April and are asking all local residents who may have torn, tattered or faded flags to submit them for proper disposal.  Flags to be retired may be deposited at Carter's Cleaners, Hester's Insurance or given to any Legionnaire by April 21st.  The date of the retirement ceremony will be set later.  For more information, contact any member of Post 122.

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.

Tax Due for Mobile Homes By April 1st 

Grady County Tax Commission Barbara Darus reminds everyone in the county who owns a mobile home that your ad valorem taxes are due to be paid by April 1st.  If you have any questions about the mobile home ad valorem tax, please call the Tax Commissioner's Office at 377-3322.

Library to Offer Many New Activities Soon

The Roddenbery Library has announced that it will soon be offering Guitar Lessons, Chess Classes, and Astronomy Club.  Contact the library at 229-377-3632 for more information.  Patrons are also asked to call if you would like us to add your name to one of these groups.  

Harrell Family Reunion is Set for Saturday, April 8th 

The Allen and Abbie Harrell Family will be having their annual reunion on Saturday, April 8th at the Turkey Creek Community Center.  All family and friends are invited to attend the day of food and fellowship which will begin at 9a.m.  For more information, call 229-205-6243.

Kevin Walden Golf Tourney Coming April 15th 

The annual Kevin Walden Memorial Scholarship Golf Tournament will be held on Saturday, April 15th at the Tired Creek Golf Course in Cairo.  The event will be a four-person scramble format with a 9:00am shotgun start and the entry fee is $50 per person which includes the cart, green fee, lunch and prizes.  All proceeds will benefit the Kevin Walden Memorial Scholarship fund.  For more information, call 377-4506.

Ushers Anniversary to Be Celebrated April 1st 

The St. Stephens M.B. Church of Whigham will be celebrating their annual Ushers Anniversary on Saturday, April 1st starting at 7p.m.  Deacon Garland Van Walden, Sr., the usher president, Sister Mary Mullens, vice president and the entire congregation invite the community to attend this special event. 

Griswold Family to Appear at Vineyard Ministries 

Rick Griswold and Family will be appearing in concert at Vineyard Ministries, on U.S. 84 East in Cairo, on Saturday, April 1st at 6:30pm.  One of the most popular traveling gospel music families in the U.S., the Griswold Family will be sharing a night of praise and great music and everyone is invited to attend. A love offering will be received during the service.

Historical Society to Have Tour of Homes in April 

The Grady County Historical Society invites everyone to come tour some of the unique homes in Grady County during their Tour of Homes coming on Saturday, April 15th.  The tours will be conducted between 10am and 3pm and tickets are on sale this week for $20.  The tour is one of the major fundraisers held each year by the Historical Society and everyone, regardless of membership in the Society, is invited to attend.  Tickets for the event are on sale now at Hester's Insurance, Center Drugs, Cox Pharmacy, Miss Myrt's, the Chamber of Commerce and from members of the Historical Society.  

Lake Seminole Festival coming April 22-23rd 

The Seminole County Middle/High School Band will again be sponsoring the Lake Seminole Hawg Wild Bass Tournament on  Saturday, April 22nd at the Lake Seminole Festival. 

This event has something for everyone and begins with the Hawg Wild Bass Tournament.  The festival itself, which includes music, food, fishing and more is a one-day event, but the all new Hawg Wild Bass tournament is a 2-day, 4 quarter, tournament that is open to everyone.  In this tournament, twenty-four gifted (or lucky) teams will win huge cash prizes, 5 quarterly places, each place ranging from $300 to $1000, plus, the overall winning team will take home a check for $10,000.  For tournament details and registration information, anglers should contact Jerry (850) 819-2719 / [email protected], or Richard (850) 896-4340 / [email protected], or visit them on the web at  The Café at Spring Creek Park Resort will be open and serving breakfast at 5:30 am Saturday and Sunday.

 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.

Grady County will Host Retriever Competition April 23-29th 

The Master Amateur Retriever Club, a new national club dedicated to encouraging and promoting retriever owners who train, hunt and compete,  will be hosting a six-day competition April 23-29th.  The Invitational will be held on properties in around Cairo and organizers anticipate as many as 300 owners and their dogs will be participating.  Teams will be arriving in Grady County a week before the event for precautional training and more information on locations and availability to the public will be announced soon.

FFA Having Plant Sale at CHS Greenhouse

The Annual Cairo High School FFA Plant Sale has begun at the CHS Greenhouse, located next to the VoAg Building on campus.  They are open each Wednesday-Friday from 3-6pm while plants last.  Again this year, FFA members will have bedding plants such as begonias, marigolds, and petunias, and vegetable plants like eggplants, peppers and several varieties of tomatoes.  All plants are sold in full trays, six packs and four packs.  For more information, contact Jared Clark, the Cairo High FFA Advisor. 

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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