When you arrive in
Cairo, the county seat of Grady County, you will
notice tidy neighborhoods, clean streets, and a
thriving downtown district anchored by the $2.5
million Grady County courthouse.
The sense of
security you feel is genuine, backed up by
efficient fire and police departments,
progressive healthcare professionals, and
caring government officials.
There are more
than 130 county employees and elected
officials. The county government is
managed by five elected commissioners chosen
by the district. The commissioners
elect a chairman each year and appoint a
police protection is enforced by one elected
sheriff, eleven sworn deputies, two office
personnel, eleven jailers, and thirteen
protection in the county is provided by a
150-member all-volunteer fire department.
City of Cairo
The City of
Cairo is managed by a five-member city
council elected by districts; a mayor
elected at-large; and a city manager
appointed by the mayor and council.
Approximately 160 employees work for the
city government. The city provides
residents with water, sewer, gas,
electricity, and garbage pickup services.
A restored train depot serves as police
city fire department includes 17 full-time
department personnel, supported by a
15-member volunteer force and has a Class 4
Whigham City Government
west of Cairo is Whigham, the only other
incorporated city in Grady County.
Whigham’s city government has one mayor and
five city council members, all elected
at-large. Whigham also provides garbage
pickup, police and fire protection,
electricity and water for city residents.
With a professional
staff of 354 and an outstanding
teacher-pupil ratio, the 4,581 students
enrolled in the Grady County School System
can expect a first-rate educational
experience at any level.
There are five
elementary schools, one middle school, and
Cairo High School, home of the Syrupmakers.
The Syrupmakers have long been considered a
perennial power in the classroom and on the
athletic field as well.
County puts an emphasis on parental and
community involvement. High-tech computers
and automated media centers give the
students hands-on experience.
students evolve with personal skills, they
may be directed to a college preparatory
curriculum with an emphasis on math and
science skills, or toward the Tech-Prep
program, preparing them for the business
world. Careers awareness and
exploration ideas are effectively presented
at the upper school level.
One of South
Georgia’s finest private academies,
Brookwood School is based in Thomasville. It
provides a splendid college preparatory
curriculum and can be reached at 226-8070.
College’s link with Grady County is
extremely close since it is a mere 20 miles
from Cairo. Hundreds of leaders in
Grady county received their two-year degrees
at the progressive institution which is a
fully accredited unit of the University
System of Georgia.
is a private, career-oriented, four year
liberal arts college loacted in Thomasville,
Southwest Georgia Technical College
Making a major
contribution toward training the area labor
force is Southwest Georgia Technical College
in Thomasville. Providing a variety of
diploma, certificate, and associate degrees,
the college also works directly with Grady
County in cooperation with the State of
Georgia’s innovative “Quick Start” program.
This program is geared to training new or
expanding firms in Grady County. The
Technical College also maintains extensive
adult literacy and Continuing Education
Florida State University
University is a public co-educational
institution. The college has seventeen major
academic divisions with courses of study in
26 major disciplines. In addition to
the associate in arts certificate, the
college offers 96 authorized baccalaureate
degree programs covering 225 fields, 100
authorized master’s degree programs covering
191 fields, 72 authorized doctoral degree
programs covering 135 fields and various
specialist and professional degree programs.
Florida A&M University
Florida A& M
University is a four-year, public,
co-educational and fully accredited
institution of higher learning located in
Tallahassee offering over 60 undergraduate
programs and over 30 graduate programs
within its 12 schools and colleges.
Tallahassee Community College
Community College opened in 1966 to serve
the post-high school educational needs of
students from Leon, Wakulla and Gadsden
counties in Florida although presently
enrollment comes from a much wider area.
TCC welcomes recent high school graduates
and returning adult students who may wish to
start or continue a college education as
well as a wide variety of enrichment
Valdosta State University
at all levels are taught by 500 well
qualified faculty members at the state of
the art campus in Valdosta, Georgia.
The campus has a fully operational
fiber-optic data network with 24 student
computer labs. Distance learning
classes enhance the ability of the
University to offer classes as multiple
sites via the statewide GSAMS network.
Citizens of Cairo and Grady
County have access to an array of healthcare
services, thanks to the 60-bed
Hospital. (phone 377-1150) This excellent
facility was a recipient of the 1999 “100 Top
Hospitals: Regional benchmarks for success
award” given by HCIA and the Health Network.
Grady General’s active and courteous medical
staff includes many specialists. Please visit
their website at
www.archbold.org for a current listing of
The current facility, which opened in 1960,
continues to undergo renovations and upgrades to
technology bringing state-of-the-art treatment
and diagnostic capabilities. The hospital
offers sophisticated CT scanning and
echocardiography, as well as an outpatient
The expanded birthing center
features four labor/ delivery / recovery /
postpartum suites, providing for better
continuity of care. The coronary care unit
is equipped with the latest Space Lab patient
General Hospital is fully accredited by the
of Healthcare Organizations. As an
John D. Archbold Memorial Hospital in
Thomasville, Grady General is a part of the
statewide telemedicine network based at the
Medical College of Georgia, which further allows
access to medical specialties in a very cost
effective manner. Additionally, John D.
Archbold Memorial has been named by
US News and
World Report as one of the Best Hospitals in
the country for the third year in a row. [Read
For patients needing additional
medical follow-up or assistance with the
activities of daily living,
Health Services and South Georgia Nursing
Services (800-371-1992) are available in Grady
County. The Grady HomeCare Centers offers
home medical equipment and supplies for sale or
rental. Additionally, Hospice of Southwest
Georgia provides a special kind of caring for
terminally ill patients and their families.
The Grady General Support League
is composed of concerned citizens along with
area business and industry leaders who have
dedicated themselves to providing support for
capital equipment additions to the hospital.
Grady General Hospital offers a
successful community education series,
HealthTalk. The series brings area
physicians and healthcare professionals to Cairo
to speak on current topics of interest in
healthcare for citizens of the community. [Healthtalk