Baseball star keynote speaker at Diamond Affair

The Jackie Robinson Boys and Girls Club will be welcoming a local baseball phenom who is now playing in the major leagues as the guest speaker for its 8th Annual Diamond Affair, the group’s annual fundraising banquet to be held at the Grady Cultural Center on December 17 at 7 p.m. Emerson Hancock, who played for the Cairo Syrupmakers, is a pitcher with the Seattle Mariners. The event will feature dinner and entertainment in addition to Hancock’s remarks. Sponsorships are available for $250 and tickets for individuals are currently on sale by contacting the Boys & Girls Club at 378-3099.

Tax office closed for in-person visits

The Grady County Tax Commissioner’s Office had a member recently test positive for COVID-19 so the office has been closed for in-person visits until November 18. Although the office has been closed for in-person visits, residents can still use the drive-up window, make payments over the phone or use the online services available to taxpayers at For those seeking information on paying motor vehicles tax, visit

Library creating a Memorial Log for veterans

Do you know a veteran from Grady County who is not listed on the Grady County Memorial Log? Now is a good time to remember him or her. The Memorial Log recognizes and honors service to our nation and provides a place where the history of service may be recorded and retained, thus ensuring that one's personal contribution will be preserved for access by future generations. You may print or submit an entry by completing a registration form on the website or email your information to the library at Persons enrolled in the log may be living or deceased, active or veteran.

Hospital updates visitor policy

As COVID-19 begins to decline locally, Grady General Hospital has updated its visitation policy for patients who do not have or are not suspected of having COVID-19. Those patients may have one visitor at a time with a limit of three visitors per day. The visitors are asked to use hand sanitizer when entering the patient room and wear a mask at all times. Labor and delivery patients are allowed one designated support person. Patients at the hospital for a procedure may have one visitor accompany them and wait in a waiting room during the procedure. For additional information about visitation, contact Grady General Hospital.

Washington Middle plans outdoor concert December 15

The Washington Middle School Band will be holding its annual Christmas Concert in a different setting this year because of the COVID-19 pandemic. Instead of the usual location of the WMS gymnasium, the band will be performing at Davis Park so that those attending can practice social distancing. Everyone is invited to bring their lawn chairs and enjoy an evening of holiday music that will begin at 6 p.m.

Genealogy assistance available at library

If you are interested in learning about local and/or family history, library volunteer Sara Jane Cannon will be in the Trustees Room of the Roddenbery Memorial Library every Wednesday from 1:30 to 5:30 p.m. for assistance.

History museum open, seeks volunteers

The Grady County Museum and History has reopened to the public and is seeking not only visitors but also people to volunteer their time to improve the experience for those who attend. The museum features artifacts and displays from Grady County including a new section that shows how life was for local residents in their homes during the early days of the community. The museum, located at 101 N. Broad St., is open from 1-4 p.m. Tuesday-Friday and Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. They are also looking for volunteers and people to make monetary donations and donations of artifacts to add to the collection.

Bethel M.B. resumes in-person worship

The Bethel M.B. Church has resumed its in-person worship services and members invite everyone in the community to attend. The church, located in the Pine Park community, will have worship services on the second and fourth Sundays of each month with morning services beginning at 11:30.

New Anime Club meeting at library

A new club created for fans of Anime is now meeting at the Roddenbery Memorial Library on Wednesdays at 3 p.m. The group is for ages 13-18 and meets in the teen room of the library where they view anime, talk about their favorite characters and hear other people’s suggestions on new anime to try.

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