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Herald to chronicle 120 years of news

ALBANY, Ga. -- To mark the 120th anniversary of its creation, The Albany Herald is kick-starting new editions to both the paper and its website.

First published in 1891, The Herald has been a source for local news, entertainment, sports, commentary and advertising for 120 years.

To mark the occasion, The Herald is unveiling new features that will both offer a glimpse into the city's history as well push the publication into the 21st century.

Starting this week, the Herald will release periodic Heritage Albany columns in which reporters will encapsulate various periods of time to shed some light on different aspects of city life. The work will also be posted at albanyherald.com.

The first of these columns appears today in the SouthView section and unveils the oldest known original Albany Herald from October 1892.

Other initiatives will continue throughout the year, including a partnership with the Dougherty County School System in which Herald employees will read to students throughout the system to promote the importance of literacy.

And finally, The Herald is soliciting vintage historic Albany and Dougherty County photos from you, the readers, to help us record the area's history.

The older the better. Photos can be e-mailed to news@albanyherald.com or brought by the office for consideration to be scanned and uploaded onto albanyherald.com.