10 things to know this week (Aug. 19-25)


FIRST TEE OWNERSHIP: At its 10 a.m. business meeting, the Dougherty County Commission will take up a resolution for a quit claim deed that will revert ownership of the property behind the Civic Center where the First Tee program is located to the city of Albany. The location has been mentioned in the past as a possible site for a multi-modal transit station that once was planned for behind the Albany-Dougherty Judicial Building.

CHORALE SOCIAL & AUDITIONS: If you like to sing but prefer to do it in a group, you might want to drop by the Darton State College Fine Arts Building F lobby. Social hour starts at 6:15 p.m. followed by rehearsal at 7:15 p.m. in room 115.


RUNOFF ELECTIONS: Some voters will be going back to the polls, which will be open 7 a.m.-7 p.m. in Dougherty County and all other counties in the 2nd Congressional District. The only race in Dougherty is for the Republican nomination in the 2nd Congressional District, a contest between Rick Allen of Columbus and John House of Midland, the top two vote-getters in the July 31 Republican Primary. Some are counties will have locally contested runoff elections.

AVIATION COMMISSION APPOINTMENT: The agenda for Tuesday’s 8:30 a.m. work session of the Albany City Commission includes the appointment of a member of the aviation commission for a term that expires in July 2013. This became a controversial appointment after Commissioner Tommie Postell objected to the naming of Dr. Frank Middleton, saying he thought the appointment should go to an African American.


DOUGHERTY SCHOOL BOARD: At the board’s noon meeting at the School Administration Building, members are expected to get an update on CRCT and to consider staff recommendations on a FY 2013 compensation guide and feedback on teacher recruitment and retention guidelines. The board will also consider the purchase of 10 new school buses at a combined cost of $991,093.

SCHOOL BOARD CANDIDACY: The Dougherty County Elections Board may conduct a called meeting to decide whether Lorenzo Heard will be included on Nov. 6 ballots as an independent candidate for the Dougherty County School Board at-large seat. Heard decided to mount a candidacy after Lane Price upset incumbent Anita Williams-Brown in the July 31 Democratic Primary. Elections officials have been verifying signatures on Heard’s petition (he needs 2,911 eligible voters’ signatures to qualify). If that threshold is met, the board will take up the question of whether Heard properly filed an affidavit of candidacy.


NEW LEADERSHIP CLASS: The 2013 class of Leadership Albany will have an evening orientation session as it begins a nine-month exploration of Albany that is designed to develop community leaders. Typical topics that class members are exposed to during the year include poverty, secondary and higher education, government, the arts, health care, diversity, the military and the environment.

BARKING FOR BUNCO: The Junior Woman’s Club of Albany is conducting a fundraiser for the Lee County Animal Shelter with an evening of BUNCO at 7 p.m. at the Thronateeska Heritage Center’s Wetherbee Planetarium, 100 Roosevelt Ave. Admission is a $20 donation.

ACRI COMMUNITY NIGHT: One of Georgia’s groundbreaking lawyers, Georgia Court of Appeals Judge Herbert E. Phipps, will be the featured speaker at the monthly Community Night at the Albany Civil Rights Institute, 326 Whitney Ave. A former Dougherty Superior Court judge, Phipps’ portrait was recently placed in the judicial building. The event has free admission.


PADDLE THE FLINT: A six-eight hour trip down the Flint River gets under way at 7:30 a.m. You need to be at least 10 years old to participate, and bring a snack lunch. The cost is $45 per canoe.For start location and to register, contact the Flint RiverQuarium at (229) 639-2650 or 1 (877) GOFLINT, or visit www.flintriverquarium.com. If you want a quicker trip, contact the aquarium about the 45-minute twilight paddle that starts at 6:30 p.m. on Thursday. That trip is also $45 and you have to be at least 21 to participate.


VSU 3 years, 3 months ago

Should add to the calandar.....Someone will be robbed.


agirl_25 3 years, 3 months ago

AVIATION COMMISSION APPOINTMENT: The agenda for Tuesday’s 8:30 a.m. work session...

ADD: Tommy Postell is an idiot.......thank you very much..oh and a racist one too....

LAST LINE: Middleton, saying he thought the appointment should go to an African American.

REPLACE: AFRICAN-AMERICAN with.....BLACK.........thank you very much


LuLu 3 years, 3 months ago

Thank you agirl! You would think someone who writes for the newspaper or TV station would be intelligent enough to know the difference!

BLACK American -- a black person who was born in and holds citizenship in THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA.

AFRICAN American -- a person of any color who was born in AFRICA, but has moved to and holds citizenship in the United States of America.

It's not rocket science, people! Dang that Jesse Jackson!


agirl_25 3 years, 3 months ago

You are welcome, LuLu...I only know of one real African-American right off the top of my head...Dave Matthews of the band of the same name. I have a friend who is in Charlottesville, VA who used to work for one of his organizations, The Dancing Nancies. Dave is a true African-American, having been born in Johannesburg, South Africa to American parents. So there, Tommyboy.....read it and weep...neener neener neener. An African-American and a white boy to boot....ain't life a kick in the butt...(how much does it hurt to be a racist now?) hehehehehe


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