Albany Area Briefs - May 18, 2014

Dougherty, Lee commissioners on ACCG board of managers

ALBANY — Lamar Hudgins, a member of the Dougherty County Commission, has been chosen to serve as a district representative on the 2014-2015 board of managers for the Association of County Commissioners of Georgia.

Hudgins will represent county commissioners in District 10 of the ACCG. Teh group represents county officials by providing public policy and legislative advocacy, leadership development and civic and community engagement initiatives.

The only other area county commissioner serving as a district representative is Melissa Hughes of Tift County, who represents District 11.

Rick Muggridge, chairman of the Lee County Commission, is on the 40-member Board of Managers and serves on the ACCG Definied Contribution Fund Board of Trustees.

Westbound lane at Exit 5 on bypass closing during weekdays

ALBANY — The right westbound lane of U.S. Highway/Liberty Expressway will be closed weekdays through May 30 to allow for continued construction of the new on ramp, according to Neta Birmingham of the Georgia Department of Transportation.

Birmingham said the closing will be from 9 a.m. until 3:30 p.m. to allow the contractor will haul fill dirt and complete grading work. She said the project is about 27 percent complete. The work is centered at the Jefferson Street interchange (Exit 5) of the Bypass.

Alligator Day set June 7 at Florence Marina State Park

OMAHA _ Florence Marina State Park is making plans for Alligator Day on June 7 from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m.

A wildlife expert will be on hand to present programs at 10 a.m., 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. Also, a live alligator will be at the event.

The state park is located at 218 Florence Road at Georgia Highway 39. For more information, call (229) 838-4706 or see www.GeorgiaStateParks.org.

Moultrie added to list of stops for Georgia Grown Farmers Showcase

MOULTRIE — Following the success of last year’s Georgia Grown Farmers Showcase events, Agriculture Commissioner Gary W. Black says these events will be returning this summer at the State Farmers Markets in Macon, Savannah and Atlanta, along with the addition of a new event in Moultrie.

The Showcase events are aimed at increasing the consumer retail experience at the State Farmers Markets as they bring together farmers and producers with consumers in the region.

“We have seen tremendous support from both producers and consumers of Georgia Grown products across the state for our showcase events,” Black said. “We experienced such success last year that we will be increasing the number of Showcases this summer by adding a fourth showcase in Moultrie. As we head into the summer season, the showcase is the perfect opportunity to pick up fresh, locally grown produce along with other items produced in our own state that you cannot find in stores. We would like to encourage everyone to come out and support our local producers.”

The Moultrie showcase is planned Sept. 6 at the Moultrie State Farmers Market at 1609 1st Ave., SE. The hours have not been set yet.