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Unemployment rate for April drops to 6.9 percent in metro Albany, 6.8 percent in Southwest Georgia

Albany and Southwest Georgia see declines in number of unemployed, labor officials say

Labor officials said this is the lowest the Albany and Southwest Georgia rates have been since August 2008 when they were at 6.8 percent.

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Financial Planning Committee votes to look into funding downtown Albany development

Proposal would allow for purchase of downtown property to spur inner-city economic development

The joint Albany City Commission/Albany Utility Board Long-Term Financial Planning Committee votes to move forward with a downtown development funding proposal.

Harvey's Supermarkets to close two Albany locations

Harvey's Supermarkets will maintain three other Albany stores

Southeastern Grocers, parent company of Harvey’s Supermarkets, announced Thrusday that the company will close two Harvey’s locations in Albany.

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Albany-Dougherty Economic Development Commission approves 2015-16 budget

Fiscal Year 2016 Albany Dougherty Economic Development Commission budget shows reduction in expenses

With phase one of There’s Only One Albany now completed and phase two in full swing the approved budget for the Albany Dougherty Economic Develpment Commision (EDC) shows a signifcant reduction in expenses going into the next fiscal year, which starts in just over a month.

Albany Area Kitchen Inspections - May 18-23, 2015

These establishments were inspected by the Dougherty and Lee County Environmental Health Offices May 18-23.

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Albany area canines have a space all their own at new dog park

Eastside Pet Salon now located at dog park on Gillionville Road

Albany residents wanting to treat their canine companions to a day of fun and pampering can now take their furry friends to the Eastside Pet Salon at the Dog Park where they can run around, visit with friends and get all gussied up.

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Lemon Grass Thai Cuisine restaurant closing

Lemon Grass owners say decision to close the Albany restaurant driven by family considerations

After serving Albany area diners for the past three years, the Lemon Grass Thai Cuisine restaurant is closing its doors Saturday so that the owners can spend more time with their family.

Less pain at pump as travel season cranks up

Experts think gas prices may drop some next month

After Memorial Day weekend launched the summer travel season with a forecast 10-year high in U.S. travelers, some gas market watchers think prices will top out this month, then decline some as the summer progresses.

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SOWEGA Council on Aging continues to thrive with help of West Society Avenue center

Activities include exercise classes, art classes for seniors

The 2014 annual report for the council included statistics from the Georgia Division of Aging Services showing that there are 67,369 elderly people living in Southwest Georgia, with 16,255 being from Dougherty County.

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Albany farm provides products, education

Farm on Gillionville chemical and pesticide free

Healthy Living Farms, a 16-acre operation off Gillionville Road, is educating the community on eating chemical-free food.

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Businessman bemoans Albany City Commission's actions

Larry Sexton: Parking dispute should not cost taxpayers money

An Albany businessman says the Albany City Commission erred in electing to throw money at a “problem” that does not exist.

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Bombay Grill to open soon

Bombay Grill owner also opening Krishna Grocery

Albany area diners will soon have an interesting ethnic alternative when Indian restaurant Bombay Grill opens its doors next month.

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Phoebe Putney Memorial Hospital reviews latest medical staff applicants

Five physicians, nine affiliate staff applicants looking to come on board

The Professional Affairs Committee serves as liaison between the medical staff and the Phoebe Putney Memorial Hospital full board and handles matters relating to applications for medical staff membership. The committee is also meant to watch over and report to the board on matters of quality and safety within the hospital.

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Business Portfolio - May 24, 2015

Foy Shemwell joins Fleming & Riles Insurance

Werhner Washington, plant manager at the Albany Procter & Gamble Company plant, and Albany Technical College Board Member, was featured as the May “Faces of Manufacturing in Georgia,” a segment produced by the Georgia Manufacturing Extension Partnership (GaMEP), a part of the Georgia Tech Enterprise Innovation Institute.

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AB&T National Bank bolsters its executive board with six new members

Six new AB&T National board members position bank for the future

Local financial institution AB&T National Bank took a bold move toward solidifying its future leadership Tuesday when shareholders and executives of parent company Community Capital Bancshares Inc. voted to bolster the bank’s executive board with six new members at the company’s annual meeting.

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