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PREVIEW CAPSULE: Calhoun County

The Cougars’ success this fall could hinge on DaJohn Williams, the team’s returning starting quarterback.

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PREVIEW CAPSULE: Randolph-Clay

Four-year starting quarterback Caleb McFather and Dynamite Dozen running backs Cornelius Bennett and Don Bolden are all gone at Randolph-Clay, but they left behind some big shoes to fill.

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Lee County opens season with new field, new region

Trojans' season opener will be on ESPNU

There’s no shortage of storylines for the 2014 Trojans, who open the season No. 2 in The Herald’s Fab 5 Poll and are still riding momentum from last year’s success. (ADDS: List of Lee County's returning starters, top newcomers and 2014 schedule)

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Georgia Southwestern State President Kendall Blanchard announces his retirement

Blanchard was appointed as the full-time president of GSW University in January 2007

The president of Georgia Southwestern State University says he will retire on Dec. 31 after leading the Americus university for seven years.

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Albany City Commission holds off on airport vending vote

Airport project low bid comes in 130 percent above estimates

Albany city commissioners want more information before voting on funding for an airport vending area project.

THOMAS: Theater of the Absurd in Ferguson

It was in a college theater class that I learned about a genre called “Theater of the Absurd.” These were plays written mostly by European playwrights between the 1940s and 1960s, as well as a certain style that flowed from their work. What reminded me of this is now “playing” in Ferguson, Missouri, following the shooting death of 18-year-old Michael Brown.

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Aviation Commission OKs terminal vending bid

Low bid for project comes in at more than double the cost estimate

The Albany-Dougherty Aviation Commission votes to approve a vending area bid of $92,000, well beyond the project’s $40,000 cost estimate.

Gordon Van Presley

Mr. Presley died Thursday, August 7 at Willson Hospice House, following a lengthy illness.

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Bennie Will Dunnaway

Mr. Bennie Will Dunnaway, age 79, of Albany departed this life Tuesday, August 19, 2014 at Phoebe Putney Memorial Hospital, Albany, Georgia.

Charles Tip Pope, Jr

Mr. Charles Tip Pope, Jr. 90 of Americus, GA formerly of Albany died August 18, 2014 at his residence.

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TINA DUPUY: Children seeking asylum find apathy

OPINION: In America, you are not tainted by the sins of your parents

The William Wilberforce Trafficking Victims Protection Reauthorization Act of 2008, gives protections to children here alone and not from Mexico or Canada. One protection is not sending them back to their country of origin immediately — instead giving them access to an immigration hearing with an advocate and counsel.

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DAVID PRISANT: Skate park lease out of line with ADICA's duties

GUEST COMMENTARY: A decision earlier this month by ADICA is a setback for downtown redevelopment

The ADICA board did nothing to enhance the downtown district by leasing the skate park to a business that would relocate from a block away instead of placing the property up for sell so that a group with plans to enhance the tax base could bid upon it.

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Lee County Commission chair and sheriff to meet about unpaid equipment bill

How $18,000 in video equipment at the Lee County Jail will be paid for is up in the air

Tentative plans have been made for Lee County Board of Commissioners Chairman Rick Muggridge, along with county attorney Jimmy Skipper, to meet with Sheriff Reggie Rachals to discuss unpaid invoices related to the county jail’s new camera system.

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STEVE AND COKIE ROBERTS: Consensus forming on criminals

OPINION: The criminal justice system costs too much and accomplishes too little

The United States has 5 percent of the global population but a quarter of the world’s prisoners.

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Bright Side of the Day - Aug. 19, 2014

Pick up a copy of The Albany Herald to find out about the Bright Side of life.

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Squawk of the Day - Aug. 19, 2014

Pick up a copy of The Albany Herald to find out what everybody’s squawking about.

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Albany has three hospice options

Affinis Hospice offers different care options

For many families trying to help a loved one with a terminal or life-limiting illness can be a difficult process, but in Albany there are multiple options for assistance.

Albany Almanac - Aug. 19, 2014

Temperatures, rainfall, and sun and moon information for the Albany area

Temperatures, rainfall, and sun and moon information for the Albany area.

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David Prisant resigns from ADICA board

Albany-Dougherty Inner City Authority loses board member over skate park lease decision

Less than a week after walking out in frustration from a board meeting of the Albany-Dougherty Inner City Authority, board member David Prisant has resigned from that board.

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PREVIEW CAPSULE: Southland Academy

Rod Murray will have his work cut out for him in his first game as a head football coach when the Raiders travel to Westfield on Friday.

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