News for Wednesday, November 4, 2009

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Phoebe instituting patient satisfaction program

The hospital is looking into ways for improving patient stays, officials say.

2010 Census committee focuses on training

Census mailers should be received in mid-March, officials say.

AFD: Suspicious fire damages house

Most of the damage at the Van Deman Street blaze was to a bedroom and hallway.

City to give $150,000 to Civil Rights Institute

The institute is planning to hire a project manager to promote and oversee the property.

ADICA ratifies facade grants

The board unanimously approves $22,000 in facade grants made to Subway by former downtown manager Don Buie.

Mathis inspires inmates

A former Albany city commissioner wants to help prison inmates adjust to life outside the criminal justice system.

Commission deadlocks on city charter

Under the city charter, Christopher Pike, who was elected Tuesday to the City Commission, would be mayor pro tem in January.

Gang leader faces 110 years

Leader of Westside Rattlers gang pleads guilty, with sentencing expected in a couple of weeks.

Event to honor first responders

A parade, ceremony and party will raise money and awareness for Operation One Voice.- Carlton Fletcher, metro editor

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Johnson: Water, jobs universal concerns

The former state senator says higher taxes and deficit spending won't cure Georgia's economic ills.- Ricki Barker, staff writer

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ADICA ratifies bylaws, approves draft budget



ALBANY -- The board members of the Albany-Dougherty Inner City Authority took the final steps Wednesday to rebuild a downtown grant program fraught with mismanagement and plagued with scandal.The much maligned facade grant program remains at the heart of an ongoing criminal investigation that, so far, has yielded four indictments, including that of former downtown manager and ADICA CEO Don Buie.

Released sex offenders must comply with the law

As sheriff, I am often asked questions about the sex offender registry process. I know that this is of great concern to many of you and I hope this article will both enlighten you and increase your confidence that we are doing what needs to be done to make this community safe.

Calhoun County Harvest Festival returns

The 17th annual event will include activities and rides for all ages, as well as a parade and entertainment this Saturday.

Poker Run to roll into Ashburn Saturday

The event will benefit families in need this Thanksgiving holiday.

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Darton Players to present 'Gifts of the Magi'

The four-day run of the troupe's fall production is a musical adapted from the classic O. Henry story of a self-sacrificing couple.

ASU to present poetry festival

The 3rd annual event will feature readings and workshops with notable published poets.

Latin music focus of symphony concert

Saturday's concert will feature guest conductor Manfredo Schmiedt of Brasil and the works of Latin composers.

The Georgia Artists' Guild launches show

The yearly exhibit featuring the works of Southwest Georgia artists begins Thursday night.

Bynum to headline ASU Lyceum Series recital

Sunday's concert will focus on romantic works by German, French and African-American composers.

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