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RONDA RICH: Small moments create great stories

THE DIXIE DIVA: Challenges of life can make for a trove of treasure

It fascinates me to see what the journey of life will drill into our souls and our minds to make a good story.

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LORAN SMITH: The good life comes at a cost

We are losing farms in this country, which essentially means that the small farmer will soon be extinct.

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Cancer Coalition's RIDEforHOPE fundraiser fights cancer locally

Spinning enthusiasts ride for the battle against cancer

Indoor cyclists will support the fight against cancer while taking on personal challenges.

Albany Almanac - April 9, 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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RONDA RICH: A Southern conversion

THE DIXIE DIVA: Low-fat buttermilk has no place in a Southern home

Always choose a Southern doctor, preferably an overweight one, over a fussy California physician.

LORAN SMITH: A spring ball game is the perfect tonic

FEATURES COLUMN: For a Southern boy, Saturday baseball games on the radio was the highlight of the week

For a country boy in the South, Major League Baseball parks were magical places that could only be dreamed about.

Albany Almanac - April 8, 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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Mickey Rooney, America's boy next door, dies at age 93

Mickey Rooney's best known role was that of Andy Hardy

The TMZ celebrity website reported late Sunday night that 93-year-old actor Mockey Rooney had died.

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George Strait wins Academy of Country Music Entertainer of the Year (Photo Galleries)

Leesburg native Luke Bryan, the reigning Entertainer of the Year, gets shut out this year

Jason Aldean is the ACM Male Vocalist of the Year, with Miranda Lambert taking the Female Vocalist of the Year Award.

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Cable TV network location scouts visit Albany

ATL Locations scouts Albany area for potential television locations

Location scouts from Atlanta-based ATL Locations recently visited Albany looking for locations to film part of an upcoming television show.

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Families prepare for Easter traditions

There is more to Easter than chocolate bunnies

Modern Easter traditions blend of pagan and Christian practices.

Key part of hospital provider fee still unresolved

Feds have not approved segment that helps hospitals

The currently approved provider fee raises money from hospitals, and the funds are then returned to the hospitals through reimbursements. Individual hospitals are reimbursed differing amounts, based on how much Medicaid business they do.

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Website offers unique social opportunities

Looking to meet new people or find fellowship with others who share your particular interest? If so, I can recommend a social networking site that allows you to do just that.

Albany Area Community Calendar - April 6-14, 2014

The following is a list of meetings happening in the area this week.

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MANDY FLYNN: Purses! Foiled again!

FEATURES COLUMN: Got my purse, now where are those darn reading glasses?

A woman’s purse is a general store in a bag when a family is on a long road trip.

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Albany Symphony to present Italian opera for season finale

The Albany Symphony Orchestra will present its 50th anniversary season finale featuring highlights from Italian operas on April 12 in the Darton State College Theatre at 7:30 p.m. and on April 13 at 3 pm in the Rylander Theatre in Americus.

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Birthright of Albany, Inc. celebrates 40th anniversary

Birthright of Albany, Inc. recently celebrated its 40th anniversary.