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Unemployment figures for March show decrease in Albany, Southwest Georgia

March unemployment rates are 7.2 percent in metro Albany, 7.1 percent in Southwest Georgia

The metro area rate declined as the number of unemployed residents decreased by 200 from 4,928 in February. The rate declined in the region as the number of unemployed residents decreased by 409 from 10,685 in the month prior, partially because employers laid off fewer workers, officials with the Labor Department said.

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Transportation Director David Hamilton to maintain Albany Transit, airport posts

Albany officials hold off on management-level transportation hires

City of Albany Transportation Director David Hamilton says he can handle management of the city’s Transit System and the Southwest Georgia Regional Airport.

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Peanut entomologist seeks help via statewide survey

Input sought from more than 3,500 peanut producers

The survey can be accessed online through a link on the Georgia Peanut Commission’s website at www.gapeanuts.com.

Chamber of Commerce President Hardy announces resignation

Chamber officials caught off-guard by CEO’s unexpected announcement

After a three-year tenure as president of the Albany Area Chamber of Commerce, Chris Hardy announces his resignation.

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Newman's Bar and Grill to boast variety, entertainment

Newman's Bar and Grill to open in early May

Albany diners and music lovers will soon have a new place to enjoy two of their favorite things when restaurateur Austin Newman opens his newest venture, Newman’s Bar and Grill, next month.

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Albany Area Kitchen Inspections - April 10-17, 2015

These establishments were inspected by the Dougherty and Lee County Environmental Health Offices April 10-April 17.

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New postmaster arrives in Albany

Albany postmaster sees promising future for post office

Gene Lofton came from Brunswick to take charge as Albany’s postmaster.

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National Hip-Hop conference continues at ASU

Hip-Hop conference in Albany examines aspects of art form

Circling the Elements, a national conference on hip-hop culture, continued through the weekend at Albany State University.

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Death tax repeal heads to Senate

Resolution co-sponsored by U.S. Rep. Sanford Boshop, D-Albany, passes House

The Brady-Bishop Act would repeal the federal tax levied on estates. Currently estate inheritances over $5.4 million for an individual or $10.8 million for a couple can be taxed at rates as high as 40 percent.

Kids in the Kitchen on the menu Saturday at Albany Mall

Junior League of Albany to host Kids in the Kitchen event

This weekend members of the Junior League of Albany are hoping to share some healthy eating and lifestyle choices with area children when the organization hosts its annual Kids in the Kitchen event at the Albany Mall.

Jobless rate for Georgia in March unchanged from February

February and March rate of 6.3 percent best for state since July 2008

Georgia’s jobless rate for March matched the 6.3 percent it registered in February, the lowest rate the state has seen since mid 2008.

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Phoebe Putney Memorial Hospital consolidating surgical services to main campus

Consolidation avoids unnecessary duplication of services, Phoebe officials say

Over the next few weeks, there will be shifting of surgical cases, equipment and supplies from the nine operating rooms at Phoebe North to the Phoebe Putney Memorial Hospital campus, where there are currently 19 operating rooms.

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Lee County commissioners discuss EMS efficiency

Public fear of privatization of EMS service draws large crowd to Lee County Commission meeting

Lee County’s Opal Cannon Auditorium was nearly full Tuesday night as concerned citizens showed up in droves to find out whether the Lee County Board of Commissioners was going to vote to privatize the county’s Emergency Medical Services at its latest county work session.

Albany Tech, city of Albany host Career Transition Fair

Event is aimed at workers and retireees who want to pursue a second career

Albany Technical College and the city of Albany will offer a Career Transition Fair 5:30 p.m.-7:30 p.m. Thursday and 10 a.m.-noon Saturday at the Albany Civic Center.

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Col. Don Davis, MCLB-Albany commanding officer, preparing to leave for next assignment

A change-of-command event is planned for MCLB-Albany in late May

Officials with the base confirmed Wednesday that Col. Don Davis, commanding officer of MCLB-Albany, would be leaving following a change of command that is to take place in late May. he is to continue his career with U.S. Northern Command in Colorado Springs, Colo. A formal announcement from the installation is expected in the coming days regarding the change of command.

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