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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.
Grady County
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 county administrator.
County police protection is enforced by one elected sheriff, eleven sworn deputies, two office personnel, eleven jailers, and thirteen patrol cars.
Fire protection in the county is provided by a 150-member all-volunteer fire department.  Contact:
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 headquarters.
The city fire department includes 17 full-time department personnel, supported by a 15-member volunteer force and has a Class 4 rating. Contact:
Whigham City Government
Seven miles 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. Contact:
Grady County Schools
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.
Grady County puts an emphasis on parental and community involvement. High-tech computers and automated media centers give the students hands-on experience.
As 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.  Contact:
Brookwood School
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.  Contact:
Bainbridge College campus is only 20 miles from Cairo, Georgia.Bainbridge College
Bainbridge 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. Contact:
Thomas University
Thomas University is a private, career-oriented, four year liberal arts college loacted in Thomasville, Georgia. Contact:
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 Services. Contact:
Florida State University
Florida State 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
Tallahassee 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 courses. Contact:
Valdosta State University
Small classes 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 Grady General 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.  [Website] [Map]
Grady General’s active and courteous medical staff includes many specialists. Please visit their website at for a current listing of specialties.
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 rehabilitation department.
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 monitoring system.
Grady General Hospital is fully accredited by the Joint Commission of Healthcare OrganizationsAs an affiliate of 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 article]
For patients needing additional medical follow-up or assistance with the activities of daily living, Archbold Home 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 Calendar]
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