Municipal court cancelled this week

Municipal Court Judge Joshua Bell has announced that due to concerns over the rise in COVID-19 cases in the community, the scheduled hearing day of January 6 has been cancelled. All cases that were scheduled to be heard this month will be rescheduled for a later date.

Gem lovers event at library Saturday

For anyone who loved rocks and gems and would like to learn more about identifying and collecting them, The Roddenbery Memorial Library will have a program called "Local Gems and Stones" this Saturday, January 9 at 10:30 a.m. Anyone interested is invited to attend.

Board of commissioners meetings changed

The Grady County Board of Commissioners office has been relocated to the former senior citizens center at 33 17th Street, NW in Cairo and beginning January 5, all monthly meetings for the commissioners will be held at this location. The twice-monthly meeting for the Board of Commissioners is held on the first Tuesday of each month at 9 a.m. and the third Tuesday of each month at 6 p.m. The meetings are open to the public.

COVID testing available at health department

The Grady County Health Department reminds residents that screenings for the COVID-19 virus are available for citizens in Grady County on Wednesdays from 1:30-4:30 p.m. and Fridays from 9 a.m.-12 noon by calling the appointment hotline at (229) 352-5567. Appointments can also be made at www.covid19.dph.ga.gov. All screenings are free and anyone who suspects that they may have the virus are encouraged to get tested.

Tire Scrap Amnesty Day is Saturday

The Grady County Road Department has announced that the annual Scrap Tire Amnesty Day is scheduled for Saturday, January 8 from 7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tires may be dropped off for disposal at the Road Department, located at 1978 North Broad St. in Cairo. This event is open to residents of Grady County only and no tires will be accepted from tire dealers or tire businesses. Tires should be taken off the rims and due to the limited capacity of tires that can be accepted, the Grady County Road Department reserves the right to limit the volume of tires of any scrap tires for any reason.

Listen to eBooks and e-Audio on Library’s website

The Roddenbery Memorial Library reminds everyone that you can enjoy listening eBooks and e-Audio by visiting the library’s website, www.rmlibrary.org, and clicking on the library Link. Just enter your library card number and listening is free.

Volunteers needed to assist with COVID-19 vaccinations

With the delivery of the COVID-19 vaccines to Grady County expected soon, the Grady County Health Department is seeking those who can assist with vaccine administration. Volunteers can be persons with medical training such as EMT’s, pharmacists, paramedics, RNs, LPNs, NPs and students if accompanied by an instructor. If you would like to be added to a list of volunteers, contact the Grady County Health Department.

Rattlesnake Roundup delayed until March

The Whigham Community Club has announced that due to the current COVID-19 pandemic, the 61st Annual Rattlesnake Roundup has been moved to a new date. The annual event will be held on March 6. In addition to the change of date, the club is making another big change in the upcoming roundup. Beginning the this coming year, the event will eliminate hunting snakes at the roundup. Instead, Jason Clark with the Southeastern Reptile Rescue will provide educational displays that will include handling and exhibition of various type of snakes. There will be plenty of music, vendors, food and entertainment throughout the day and everyone is reminded to put this new date on their calendar.

Chamber seeks nominations for annual awards

The Cairo-Grady County Chamber of Commerce is currently seeking nominations for their annual community awards to be presented in January. Courtney King, interim executive director, is asking local citizens to nominate those who they feel have made a real difference in our community over the last year in the following categories: Man of the Year, Woman of the Year, Community Service Award, Young Professional of the Year, Farm Family of the Year, Large Business of the Year, and Small Business of the Year. For more information, contact King at the chamber by calling 377-3663 or sending and email to cate@cairogachamber.com

Roddenbery Library open on Saturdays

After a lengthy closure due to COVID-19, the Roddenbery Memorial Library has announced that they are once again open on Saturdays from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Patrons are still required to wear masks while visiting the library and maintain social distancing. All rooms are disinfected before, during and after hours at the library.

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