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Price: Late challenge for seat unfair

Dougherty County School Board at-large nominee Lane Price is 
disappointed in the attempted late entry of Greater 2nd Mt. Olive Baptist Church Pastor Lorenzo Heard into the BOE Race. But Price said on 
Tuesday that his decision is just another “adversity we can manage.”

Dougherty County School Board at-large nominee Lane Price is disappointed in the attempted late entry of Greater 2nd Mt. Olive Baptist Church Pastor Lorenzo Heard into the BOE Race. But Price said on Tuesday that his decision is just another “adversity we can manage.”

ALBANY, Ga. — Just last week, Lane Price was celebrating her victory over incumbent Anita Williams-Brown for the Dougherty School Board at-large seat.

Price won the Democratic nomination by more than 2,100 votes over Williams-Brown, and facing no Republican opposition, was looking forward to ‘hitting the ground running’ when she was sworn into office in January.

That vision grew a bit dimmer last Friday when Greater 2nd Mt. Olive Baptist Church Pastor Lorenzo Heard announced he was going to jump into the race as an independent candidate against Price.

Heard apparently made the Friday deadline to run as an independent, but his notice of candidacy was rejected by a county board of elections official because of a technicality. Heard continued to press forward Monday, meeting a deadline for submitting signature petitions.

His candidacy, however, remains in limbo and will likely be decided later by the Board of Elections or the courts.

“The uncertainty is difficult,” said Price. “The voters have already decided. I was elected by a vote of the community at large, not just by one segment of our society. It is disturbing to me that racism is coming to the surface.”

The DCSS School Board’s makeup currently stands at four blacks (including suspended BOE member Velvet Riggins) and three whites. The election of Price would swing the board to white majority.

“Why has it taken so long for Rev. Heard to decide to run?” Price asked “This has nothing to do with the children of Dougherty County. This is all about maintaining power. Why did he not get in during the primary?”

Price said she was unconcerned about Heard’s challenge.

“If he qualified appropriately, so be it,” she said. “This is an adversity we can manage.”

Regardless, the past few days have been up and down for the political newcomer. Price said she is coping best she can, and the campaign has hired Americus attorney Jimmy Skipper to meet any possible legal challenge to the ballot.

“I feel like I have been riding on a sine wave,” Price said. “But I feel optimistic because I know I ran a good, hard campaign and got a fabulous response from a large cross section of the community.”

Price pointed to six phone calls she had gotten on Monday and Tuesday.

“I got four calls Monday from four African-American ladies who don’t know each other. They said they were supporting me all the way,” said Price. “Then today (Tuesday) I got two calls from African-American men who also said they were behind me.

“I found those calls to be very encouraging.”

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BettyBowTie 2 years, 2 months ago

It truly is unfair and calculated!

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pettibone 2 years, 2 months ago

I hope it was not racism that caused a person in Lee County to qualify as an independent candidate. But it does make me question when a Black person does as the law is printed it become racism. Hummmmmm.

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SalukiGrad 2 years, 2 months ago

Nope it was A) adding garbage fees to the tax bill and B) Unfair application of codes and ordinances.

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BAC 2 years, 2 months ago

It is unfair. How sad for Rev Heard to be another puppet for DCSS. Just goes to show the mind set of those that pursue their will INSTEAD of the will of the voters, this sends a powerful message to citizens in Dougherty County it's revealing THEIR true character. Hang in there Ms. Price this to shall pass.

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FlunkyMonkey 2 years, 2 months ago

I wonder why the black candidates waited until AFTER the primary to decide to run. Anything to keep a white majority school board from happening...

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VSU 2 years, 2 months ago

Because all they care about is having a black person at that position. They didn't want to run against Brown because that would have divided the black vote and make it easier for Lane to win. if Brown had won, there would have been no need for them to run, a black person would already be there. Now that Lane Price has won, they have to go to plan B.

With that being said, when I say "they" I am not talking about the voters, but of some school board members and those pastors that want to control everything. I trully believe there were honest black voters that voted for Price because they felt she was the better person for the job, and that's the way all elections should be. We have to be honest, without the black vote, i am not so sure Price would have won.

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waltspecht 2 years, 2 months ago

Life isn't fair, never has been. As long as the rules are followed the same for everyone, it isn't racism. However, if an exception is made due to a potential for backlash, then it is. I guess they are also worried about who might be appointed in Riggins place. Possibly they expect her to be convicted, then the appointment might not go the way they want it to go. We will know if there is a withdrawl upon her exoneration. Then that move will be shown for what it truely is, or was.

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FryarTuk 2 years, 2 months ago

It is racism and greed to the extent the black ministerial group are intent on retaining control of the checkbook of the DCSS. If it were not racism Heard would have run in the primary, it can be for no other reason. The only legitimate reason for seeking a position on the school board is to further education for students. The Bush/Murfree/black ministers/Sabb/Riggins/Williams cabal has been about looting the cofers.

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chinaberry25 2 years, 2 months ago

Welcome to Albany. It is the way it is. You will never win now.

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Momof3 2 years, 2 months ago

I don't agree. As a black woman and parent of three DOCO students, I am tired of the same ole thing going on. Racism and ignorance runs through Albany like water, but I will be voting for Dr. Price. It is time for a chance. And honestly, I already know that some of the things Dr. Price agrees with (the charter school at AHS for example) are some things that I may not agree with, BUT if she is truly in this to make our school system better (and I think she really is) then she has my vote, and more black votes than you think.

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Blaqueknight316 2 years, 2 months ago

I agree ...she will get my again also.

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Shinedownfan 2 years, 2 months ago

I know of a black man who works for the DCSS and voted for Lane Price because "...something has to be done!", so it's not hopeless, chinaberry. The main thing I am worried about is all the ASU students from out of town will be here and will be voting, and they have nothing to do with the goings-ons of the school system.

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TRUTH101 2 years, 2 months ago

The students of ASU have the same amount invested as Price or Maschke!!!!

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tywebb 2 years, 2 months ago

ummmmm......no they don't! Not even close!

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Sherwood_Eagle_Alum 2 years, 2 months ago

I didn't realize the DCSB had any control over the minimum wage rate. That's the only way ASU students would care about the DCSB seat issue.

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doingwhatisright 2 years, 2 months ago

Racism....maybe, The Bush/Murfree/black ministers/Riggins/Wiliams/Sabb gang of thieves...definitely! Vote for the children of DCSS...teachers for Lane Price!

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bigbob 2 years, 2 months ago

You should know by now the black preachers run this town. Just move out, set back & watch them destroy the city. They will change the rules & lie as needed to get their racist agenda taken care of.

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redneckgourmet 2 years, 2 months ago

Looks like the 2nd Greater Mt. Olive Headquarters of the NAACP/DNC (and sometimes Baptist Church) had them one heck of a tent revival this past week.

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bubbasmithredneck 2 years, 2 months ago

I think its very funny.......hahaha

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VietVet1 2 years, 2 months ago

Racism is alive and well taught in the black churchs. Just ask Obama preacher & Rev Heard. When the welfare checks run out (in the not so distant future) who will they blame then? Tis a sad day in Albany & American.

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Jacob 2 years, 2 months ago

Its not really a sad day. If Ms. Price has the election stolen from her because of racism and the rampant corruption and grift continues unabated, the total and complete implosion of the school system will only be hastened. Then, the state can come and take over and begin to repair the system just like they did in Clayton County. Sooner is better than later.

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rightasrain 2 years, 2 months ago

Do not for one minute that these "signatures" were not garnered from the caucus of black "preachers" as they stood in their pulpits haranguing their "people" to sign the petition as it was "passed around" during Sunday's political convention they call "worship". Also, don't think that the blacks are going to "pull out all the stops" to keep black control of the DCSS! I voted for Ms. Price and will vote for her again. This will be a race war in November; white folks better understand that and get to the polls or this county and country will become another Dark Continent! 'Nuff said.

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Sister_Ruby 2 years, 2 months ago

There are a lot of things screwed up about this elections process. Especially 1) you have to select a Party in the Primaries to vote for local offices rather than an open ballot, and 2) that, after a Primary election just 3 months prior to the General election, ANYBODY NEW could enter the race at that point for any reason (except maybe somebody died or got put in prison).

Really screwed up and needs fixing.

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SalukiGrad 2 years, 2 months ago

1) The more important question here is why do taxpayer dollars fund party primaries. Primaries should be funded privately by the parties and yes you should have to pay a fee and be a declared member for that part to vote in a primary. 2) The "Official" General Election campaign for every partisan office on the Ballot was started last week...the issue at hand again goes back to uniformed citizen's allowing the two parties spend their tax dollars to decide private party candidates for office. So the only thing that needs to be fixed is the Democrats and Republicans need to fund and hold their own elections on their own budgets to select their candidates.

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Trustbuster 2 years, 2 months ago

I agree with Dr. Price that it does sound unfair but it is legal under Georgia law.

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TRUTH101 2 years, 2 months ago

If it is racism it is only to counter act racism. It is no secret that this city is divided by race and votes strictly by race. Why is that when black people decide to vote by race it is a problem? There are numerous of whites that vote by the same standards. As for Price she is not worried about the "children of DCSS" but rather where the money will be spent. If she makes it in watch and see how the funds will be cut by the white gang of four. Brown was incompetent and Price is only worried about the financial aspect of the School System and how it affects her business. I voted for the lesser of two evils last election (Price) and will vote for the lesser of two evils in Nov (Heard). To run as independent was a smart move. We needed to get Brown out but not replace her with Price. Price didn’t even send her own children through the DCSS. If there is a white candidate that truly has the children’s best in the mind then they will get my vote.

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tywebb 2 years, 2 months ago

im pretty sure maschke didn't send his kids through dcss, yet he was one of the best board members ever. he truly cared about the students and the community. maybe price didn't send her kids through because she knew it was a dump. you only need to be a tax paying citizen to be concerned about the schools and students. It affects everyone. And as a board member, she better worry about the money! And let's look at the voting......IF there is a black person and a white person running, white people will, for the most part, vote for the one who has the same beliefs as they do (Obumma). But black people, in general, will vote for a candidate just because of skin color (Colin Powell voting for Obumma). Do you really believe that heard is a lesser evil than price? If so, this town is in more trouble than i expected!

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Momof3 2 years, 2 months ago

You are right.. Mr. Maschke sent all his children to Deerfield and no one had an issue with that so I don't see where there should be a problem that Dr. Price sent hers elsewhere either.

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RedRaider 2 years, 2 months ago

All four of Dr. Price's children attended public schools, were educated in public schools and graduated from public high schools. The only reason they didn't go to the DCSS schools is that they didn't live in Albany during the time they were in school.

They did go to public schools! Dr. Price does have the children's best in mind and deserves your vote!

She is interested in providing our children the best possible education and wants to ensure that the school system's money is spent on educating children and not wasted. She is not part of any gang of four and will always vote for the best interest of our children regardless of how others vote.

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VSU 2 years, 2 months ago

Truth is one of those voting based on color of skin. A true racist, and that's the truth. Does truth actually think Heard gives a crap about those children?

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LuLu 2 years, 2 months ago

"...Price is only worried about the financial aspect of the School System and how it affects her business." .... Well SOMEBODY needs to be worried about the DCSS finances! But I don't see how that has anything to do with her job as a hospice director.

"Price didn’t even send her own children through the DCSS." ..... And if I'm not mistaken, she moved here just 4 years ago. And if she has children, they are probably old enough to have children of their own.

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TRUTH101 2 years, 2 months ago

When one runs for the school board they have something vested in it, whether it is money, kids, or grandkids. I would rather have someone sitting on the board that is concerned about the children not someone who is only thinking about how to shift funds out of the public schools and into other areas. Better yet those that are attempting to shift the black students into a “New Technical School, “ so that the white people will feel good about sending their kids to DCSS because DWS and Sherwood are getting to expensive for them. Maschke paid me a visit and did his best to get me to support that technical school crap. So what your telling me is that you want to stick my child in a trade school so that is all they know how to do, forget teaching them how to think. The sad part is that some blacks will fall for this 2012 version of slavery

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LuLu 2 years, 2 months ago

Wow. You sure do presume to know alot about what's going on inside her head, and mine, too.

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TRUTH101 2 years, 2 months ago

The same way you presume to know whats going on in the head of President Obama and countless African-Americans too...............

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Sherwood_Eagle_Alum 2 years, 2 months ago

I should have known you weren't old enough to be a "class of '97". I'll say class of 2007, in which case some of your stupidity can be due to inexperience in the real world.

What do you do for a living with your ASU degree? Manager at McDonalds? Assistant Mgr?

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tywebb 2 years, 2 months ago

maschke told you he wanted to put the black students into the new technical school? and this is the FIRST time we're hearing of this? that's odd. Everyone who lives in DoCo has something vested in the schools IF, and that's a big IF, they want their community to thrive! You would think even the thugs, gangbangers, con men (also known as preachers), etc. would want the best schools because that is what will bring in new businesses and residents which means they will have a larger population to choose from when deciding who to rob, kill, beat, rape, entice, etc.

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Sister_Ruby 2 years, 2 months ago

The idea that "everybody needs a college degree" is stupid. We are finding ourselves with a zillion college graduates who have a worthless degree in liberal arts, social work etc etc and meanwhile nobody has a useful skill whereby they could support themselves and a family. Elimination of Home Ec, Shop, Drafting, etc etc from High school has been a huge mistake.

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TRUTH101 2 years, 2 months ago

and I wonder who will be the first thrown into the Home Ec. Shop, and Drafting.....probably the children of Momof3

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tywebb 2 years, 2 months ago

those classes are ELECTIVES. That means that the student CHOOSES to enroll in that class. The only students getting "thrown into" a class are the athletes being thrown into weight training or PE. Man, for someone with the moniker "truth101", you sure don't know jack. why don't you go back to teaching your kids to be weary of whitey

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Shinedownfan 2 years, 2 months ago

tywebb, that is the best comment I have read all day!

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TRUTH101 2 years, 2 months ago

Please brush up on the on goings of the person you more than likley voted for....... I am not talking about electives but rather the push to shut down one of the HS and turn it into what is a basically a "trade school"

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tywebb 2 years, 2 months ago

when you said "home ec, shop, and drafting", you most certainly were talking about electives! A trade/technical school would be great. Not everyone is college material. The world needs auto techs, carpenters, plumbers, electricians, etc. It would give kids who don't care for school an opportunity to do something other than college work. It might even help keep kids in school who might have dropped out! As far as black kids getting pushed or stuck in the technical school? I believe that's a load of c#@*

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Momof3 2 years, 2 months ago

actually my daughter, who is a senior this year, is in the Honors Magnet Program and also enrolled in Darton this year under the ACCEL program. She also plays basketball, softball and does track and field events. 3.78 GPA. My son attends Robert Cross and is an honor student and my youngest is at Sherwood Acres, also honor roll. AND I have NO issues with them taking drafting classes or any other class that will help them. They need everything they can get in order to make it in today's society.

OH and my daugfhter goes to the high school that they tried to shut down and she (along with her friends on FB and every other social networking site) also was the student who started the petitioin to stop it. Not that her petition did anything to sway votes, BUT she actually took some action to do something.

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agonized 2 years, 2 months ago

Momof3, from your comments on this site, I wouldn't have expected anything less. Congratulations on your children's achievements!

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Momof3 2 years, 2 months ago

Thank you very much ... they make me really proud!

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AlbanyIsTooDarkDuringTheDay 2 years, 2 months ago

Truth101,

Not everyone can be a doctor. We need people with trades just as much.

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agirl_25 2 years, 2 months ago

I know some doctors who should not have become doctors either...and probably would not have done well in shop class either..so there....pffftttttt.....

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agonized 2 years, 2 months ago

You know, TRUTH101, you lose all credibility (presuming that you had some) when you personally insult not just Momof3, but her children, by the tone of your comment. There's nothing wrong with careers in Home Ec., Shop and Drafting; heck, people in those fields probably are making more that I am. However, your comment implies that Momof3's children would not be able to choose to go to college. You're entitled to your opinion, but so is Momof3. To bring personal attacks into this debate, especially one that involves her children who are underage and haven't posted anything on this board, is unwarranted and undermines anything you've previously said or will say.

I realize that I've been somewhat hypocritical in this by singling you out, but this is my opinion too. Personal attacks on a poster are unwelcome, no matter the source, but personal attacks on a poster's underage children are beyond the bounds of civil discourse, and should be grounds for removal of the comment. And no, I don't know Momof3 or her children at all, so I'm not some friend or relative that's been dispatched to post on her behalf.

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Momof3 2 years, 2 months ago

I do appreciate that and it's okay, because I know how I raise my kids. They are for sure not perfect and neither am I, we make mistakes, but I just want them to know that have to work hard to get anywhere so that the things that are happening in our school system don't hinder them from moving forward.

Opinions don't bother me too much, ignorance does. And while I do work and support my family, I am not a parent that is sitting by not speaking out either. I go into the school (my kids schools) at LEAST twice a week, one to make sure they ae doing what they are suppose to be doing, two, to make sure the teachers are too and three, just so I know what is going on. The administrators know me and know I am not going to just sit by and let my kids fail. I encourage EVERYONE of you to do the same. Even if you don't have kids in the system.... volunteer, go to games, whatever. Students need to know that we support them in what they do and alot of them don't have the support at home (through no fault of their own) and they just need us.. all of us.These kids are going to be the ones taking care of us and right now... it's not looking so bright, but we have to start somewhere.

I've been called an optomist when it comes to this school system and the kids in it.... but I'll take that. Someone has to!

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agirl_25 2 years, 2 months ago

My son took drafting...he enjoyed it.....took it in high school and then in tech school....was bored and didn't really know what he wanted to study and enjoyed drafting and drawing....enjoyed drawing house plans and designing...finally went to college and got an engineering degree...don't knock drafting...he took his time to decide what he wanted to do. Nothing wrong with that is there? He has a very good job, excellent income, is very happy........got a problem with him taking drafting?

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Citizen_A 2 years, 2 months ago

I agree with Sister_Ruby...College is not for everyone. I took Drafting in middle school, at the suggestion of a high school art teacher went to technical school for Drafting. And this was before it earned you an AA. I have supported my family very well for the last 24 years. It definitely pays better than McDonalds! I have often told some of the young people that I know that if they don't know what they want to do, go to technical school and learn a vocation. If anything it will give them a skill to work their way through college, and something to fall back on should they not find a job with their college degree.

That being said...TRUTH101, being "thrown" into those classes you mentioned, wouldn't quite be the insult you were looking for...Those classes are sometimes the push some kids need.

And Momof3...BRAVO!!! You go girl!!!

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Bubbavet_rureel 2 years, 2 months ago

Lesson 1: Goggle the code below

OCGA 21-2-132

Stop listening to sister and start learning the laws of this great state.

The real deal!

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Sister_Ruby 2 years, 2 months ago

Yeah! Go Nathan Deal!! Kick some Zaa Nathan Deal!

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agonized 2 years, 2 months ago

I'm still trying to figure out how to goggle. ;)

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agirl_25 2 years, 2 months ago

FYI........not found any information about Heard ever going to Divinity school....only Fort Valley College and ASU......so let's call him Mr. Heard from now on..OK....not Pastor Heard...until further notice...oh and BTW......I am waiting for a reply from Bishop's office about this:

Proposed Recipient: Mt. Olive Community Outreach Center Amount: $1,500,000 Contact: Lorenzo L. Heard, 302 Adkins Street, Albany, Georgia Explanation: This project will support the mission of the Mt. Olive Community Outreach Center to provide housing and housing opportunities in the Albany area.

Is this the project that Dingleberry reported on the other day? So many projects...so little time...I am sure Mr. Heard put the money to very good use if he got it....and I am sure Mr. Bishop's office can assure me it was. Have a nice day.

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Sister_Ruby 2 years, 2 months ago

Check out his ride.........really nice!!!

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Bubbavet_rureel 2 years, 2 months ago

Small minded, have you seen the plane? oh, foot in mouth again!

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MRKIA 2 years, 2 months ago

TELL IT BVR!!! MORE REASON TO INVITE THE FEDS IN. THE ELECTIONS PEOPLE ARE ALREADY PAYING ATTENTION.

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agirl_25 2 years, 2 months ago

MRKIA....so far I have drafted letters to the United State Justice Department, to the HUD, to the United States Attorney General's Office, to the Attorney General's Office of Georgia, to the Secretary of State and I also found out thru research there is actually a National Council of State Legislatures that has this National League of Cities and I am SURE Albany is NOT part of it...hahaha...but when the secretary gets my packet from they will most likely say...."WTH?" and after 5 minutes of laughter will have to show it to everyone in the room and have a good time. Oh the youtube.com URL's and everything is there....nothing is left out.....haha....I am prepared for the battlefield...just as Queen Elizabeth was on her steed.....ta da..let the battle begin....Mrs. Dilligaf..

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mnavie1111 2 years, 2 months ago

If u don't have a child in or was in the school system y are u even squawking. White people I swear. There humorous

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MRKIA 2 years, 2 months ago

THE WORD IS THEY'RE OR THEY ARE.

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tywebb 2 years, 2 months ago

because the white people are the main tax payers, i.e. school funders, in albany (even though they're the minority). they want, and so should everyone in the town, well educated children coming out of the schools. that starts with the board. Obviously, you are a product of the current system......THEIR not THERE! And this isn't texting.....write out YOU and WHY! Damn you dumb. You don't need a student in the schools to be concerned with the educational system, you just have to be a concerned citizen

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agirl_25 2 years, 2 months ago

I wonder why mnavie1111 took the time to make an account with the Herald to come in to make one childish and ridiculous post.....hmmmm....could it be because he/she wants us to think he/she is actually that stupid? Only one post and it happens to be today.......hmmmmm...interesting. By the way, mnavie1111, yeah I am convinced you probably are that stupid......Mrs. Dilligaf

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fatdaddygamer 2 years, 2 months ago

I BETTER NOT FIND OUT THAT MY NAME WAS OR IS ON HEARDS PHONY LIST.

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agirl_25 2 years, 2 months ago

What "phony" list do you refer to? This is something new to me....are you saying Mr. Heard has a "phony" list..how interesting.

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