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On the Job with Mona Qaqish

The Cookie Shoppe co-owner has been serving up hearty, homemade meals for nearly 30 years

On the Job with Mona Qaqish

Metro Albany Winn-Dixies to convert into Harveys supermarkets

Bi-Lo Holdings is changing brands on 10 stores in southern Georgia, including three in Southwest Georgia

A Winn-Dixie in Americus will also convert to a Harveys, while three Harveys stories in Valdosta are among seven that will become Winn-Dixie supermarkets.

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RadioShack to close up to 1,100 U.S. stores

There are currently two RadioShack stores in Albany and one in Sylvester

RadioShack stock take a 24 percent hit following dismal holiday sales numbers. The company expects to keep about 4,000 stores open.

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Langstaff Marketing makes way for MADlab

New marketing firm MADlab will expand on foundation created by veteran marketing owners

Langstaff Marketing will soon close its doors to make room for MADlab, which has been dubbed by owners Mary Beth Hobby and Deidra Langstaff as a “marketing experiment.”

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Business Portfolio - March 2, 2014

News about business people in Southwest Georgia

Intensivist Kenneth G. Kalassian, M.D., has joined Phoebe Putney Memorial Hospital as the medical director of critical care services.

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Albany Area Kitchen Inspections - March 2, 2014

These establishments were inspected by the Dougherty, Lee and Worth Environmental Health Offices Feb. 19 through 25.

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Selling cattle may be best option

Short supply makes cattle prices tempting

Cattlemen are also taking land out of pasture production and putting it into other crops, so fewer small calves are available to be bought. The supply is the lowest since 1951.

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Irrigation specialist focuses on water management

Most research handled at Camilla facility

Wesley Porter primarily works on row crops but he also has responsibilities in horticulture, turf, trees and orchards, in both Georgia and Alabama.

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On the Job with Julie Miller

A question-and-answer session with Southwest Health District Emergency Preparedness Director Julie Miller

Julie Miller works with various partner agencies throughout a 14-county area to ensure all the proper resources are in place when a disaster strikes.

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Paula Deen says hello to Dolly(wood)

Paula Deen to open eatery near Dollywood

The first major enterprise in celebrity chef Paula Deen's comeback is Paula Deen's Family Kitchen, a $20 million restaurant and retail operation in Pigeon Forge, Tenn.

New clothing boutique to open in northwest Albany

Risque Boutique grand opening this Saturday will feature appearance from Hall of Fame Wrestler Ron Simmons

Risque Boutique, a new clothing store in Albany will be celebrating it’s grand opening this Saturday with refreshments and a special appearance from World Wrestling Hall of Famer Ron Simmons.

Small Business of the Year nominations due next week

Albany Area Chamber of Commerce Small Business of the Year Award nominations due Friday March, 7

Nominations for the Albany Area Chamber of Commerce Small Business of the Year nominations are due next week.

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Albany clothing boutique closing its doors

Albany clothing boutique Whos Who is closing its doors after 27 years

Who’s Who owner Ruth McManus says the decision to close her store was a difficult one because she thinks of her customers as friends.

Albany City Commission decides to table pit bulldog ordinance

In a close vote, the board decides to not take action on breed-specific restrictions

Five commissioners vote to delay action on a pit bull ordinance.

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Business Portfolio - Feb. 23, 2014

Managers appointed at local health club

Steve Nix and Leah Vann have been promoted to management positions with Tony’s Fitness Group on Westover Boulevard.