ASU HOMECOMING WEEK: A week of Albany State University homecoming events gets under way today with the coronation of Asia Cook, a junior biology major from Albany, as Miss ASU 2012-13 in a ceremony at 5 p.m. at the Albany Municipal Auditorium.
DOUGHERTY COUNTY COMMISSION: The board conducts its regular business meeting at 10 a.m. in room 100 of the Government Center, 222 Pine Ave. The agenda for the meeting was unavailable on the commission’s website.
TOYS FOR TOTS: It’s not even Halloween yet, but Marine Reservists in Albany are already thinking about Christmas and children in need. The annual Toys for Tots campaign will launch aboard Marine Corps Logistics Base-Albany today. Marine Reservists partner with The Salvation Army, which handles the family registration process, and last year the unit collected more than 14,000 toys and $9,000 in donations to help make Christmas happier for 4,000 local area children. The website http://albany-ga.toysfortots.org includes information on how businesses can become official drop-off sites for the program as well as a calendar of fundraising events.
AVIATION COMMISSION: The Albany Dougherty Aviation Commission meets at 5 p.m. at Southwest Georgia Regional Airport. On the agenda are a review of the interior design of the new terminal, discussion of celebration planning for the terminal and discussion of commission by-laws.
LEE SCHOOL BOARD: The Lee County Board of Education meets for its regular monthly business meeting at 5:30 p.m. at the School Board office. In addtion to regular reports, the board will look at a request to approve “The Musician’s Guide to Theory and Analysis, 2nd Ed.” as a high school textbook and plans a closed session to discuss personnel.
ALBANY CITY COMMISSION: The board meets in a work session at 8:30 a.m. in room 120 of the Government Center, 222 Pine Ave. Among the items to be discussed will be a funding request from the Water, Gas & Light Commission and reviews of bids for projects including the overhaul of three transit buses ($479,980) and the purchase of a dozen Jaws of Life units ($344,777).
SECOND PRESIDENTIAL DEBATE: President Barack Obama and challenger former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney square off for the second of three presidential debates 9 p.m.-10:30 p.m. at Hofstra University in Hempstead, N.Y. This debate, which will focus on domestic and foreign issues, will be a town hall style event and will be widely broadcast on television, the Internet and many radio outlets, including National Public Radio. The questions will come from audience members who are undecided voters, selected by the Gallup organization. The moderator will be Candy Crowley, chief political correspondent, CNN.
ASU HOMECOMING CONVOCATION: The annual convocation is at 10:30 a.m. in the HPER Gym on the Albany State University campus. The speaker will be Frank Brown, a teacher, coach, athletic director and school administrator. Other homecoming-related events today include: Pep rally, 1 p.m.-3 p.m., mock funeral for Clark Atlanta Panthers, ASU Pedestrian Mall and Fairgrounds at ASU 5 p.m.-midnight today and 2 p.m.-6 p.m. Friday, JC Reese Parking Lot. One-day pass, $10; two-day pass, $15.
ASU HOMECOMING EVENTS: The university’s annual downtown homecoming parade will get started at 9 a.m. on Pine Avenue. At 2 p.m., the Golden Rams will take on Clark Atlanta in the annual homecoming football game at Albany State University Coliseum. The Homecoming Step Show is at 7:30 p.m. at the HPER Gymnasium, with doors open at 7 p.m. Show hosted by Jermaine “FunnyMaine” Johnson and DJ Nix in the Mix. Tickets are $15 in advance; $20 at the door.
DEER SEASON OPENS: The deer hunting season has been under way already for archers and those with primitive weapons, but hunters using firearms can take to the woods starting today. In the Southern Zone, the 2012-13 firearms deer season continues through Jan. 15, while hunting in the state’s Northern Zone ends New Year’s Day. During firearms deer season, a hunter may harvest up to 10 antlerless deer and no more than two antlered deer (one of the two antlered deer must have a minimum of four points, one inch or longer, on one side of the antlers). Last season, more than 340,000 deer were harvested, leaving a statewide herd of about 1 million. For information on deer hunting seasons, licensing requirements and regulations, visit www.gohuntgeorgia.com/hunting/regulations.