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Albany Area Kitchen Inspections - Nov. 14-20, 2014

These establishments were inspected by the County Environmental Health Offices

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Albany merchants get boost from Small Business Saturday

Small Business Saturday helps Albany vendors

A concept started by American Express in 2010 has gained ground as Small Business Saturday

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Thanksgiving deals diminish Black Friday

Black Friday crowds scarce as many shoppers ventured out Thanksgiving night

The festive decorations and discount pricing signs were still there and Bing Crosby’s “It’s Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christmas” could still be heard floating through the corridors of the Albany Mall, but one that was missing on Black Friday morning seemed to be the shoppers as Thanksgiving Day deals drew crowds out early.

Metro Albany, Southwest Georgia October jobless rates dip below 8%

Metro Albany and Southwest Georgia region each improve to 7.9%

Metro Albany has 200 fewer jobs in October than a year ago, but its unemployment rate declines from 8.6% to 7.9% during the same 12-month period.

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Albany native John Burke IHOP's Franchisee of Year

Burke got his start with restaurant chain as a busboy at Albany IHOP

Albany native and businessman John Burke is named the International House of Pancakes’ Franchisee of the Year.

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Cotton crop survives early frost

Farmers ahead of schedule in harvesting crop

Depending on the severity of the frost, cold temperatures can cause nearly mature bolls to open, and also can lead to bolls burning and rotting in the field.

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Thanksgiving joining ranks of bargain shopping days

Are early Black Friday sales on Thursday evening and more people Thanksgiving meals at restaurants the new norm?

About 18 percent of Thanksgiving weekend shoppers were expected to hit the stores on Thaksgiving Day.

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Lowe's grant helps beautify Albany ARC Adult Day Building grounds

The $10,000 grant, obtained by Keep Albany Dougherty Beautiful was used to landscape the building’s grounds and increase accessibility

Lowe’s grant money used to spruce up Albany ARC Adult Day Building’s grounds.

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Thanksgiving trumps Black Friday for deals | POLL

An analysis of sales data and store circulars by two research firms contradicts conventional wisdom that Black Friday is when shoppers can get the most and biggest sales of the year.

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Cyclist group hosts anti-pipeline event in Albany | VIDEO

Georgia Climate Change Coalition cyclists stop at Albany's Art Park

Growing opposition to a proposed natural gas pipeline through Dougherty County now includes a group of cyclists from North Georgia who stopped in Albany Monday to host an awareness event in the downtown Art Park.

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White Oak Pastures continues to grow its business | PHOTO GALLERY

From organic farming to soap-making, White Oak Pastures embraces business evolution

White Oak Pastures in Bluffton looks to the past for future growth.

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White Oak Pastures growing new life for Bluffton | PHOTO GALLERY

Local farm hopes to revitalize rural Bluffton

The Harris family, which has steered Georgia’s White Oak Pastures for five generations, is now putting its ingenuity and green touch for business to work in the farm’s hometown of Bluffton.

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Albany-Dougherty EDC looks to phase 2 of community marketing campaign

Phase 1 of 'There's Only One Albany' campaign nearing conclusion

Albany-Dougherty Economic Development Commission officials have their eyes on Phase 2 of an internal marketing campaign.

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Small business official says many consumers research products online, but purchase locally | VIDEO

Google becoming an important focus for small business owners

With the holiday shopping season in full swing many area small busineses are hoping to reap the benefit of proper Internet marketing strategies provided by the University of Georgia Small Business Development Center in Albany.

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Wynfield Park Health and Rehabilitation cutting ribbon on completed renovations

Former Albany Health Care renovated after 2012 purchase

Representatives of the media were given a preview of the revocations at Wynfield Park Health and Rehabilitation at 223 W. Third Ave. ahead of its open house on Thursday afternoon to give an idea of what came of the more than $10 million in improvements made to the building that had been known as Albany Health Care until it was purchased and renamed in 2012.

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