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2014 a year of change in metro Albany

Government, business get makeovers

Southwest Georgians gets a mix of good and bad change over the course of the year 2014.

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Luke Bryan attends brother-in-law's funeral; cancels show appearance

Ben Lee Cheshire, who was married to Bryan's late sister, Kelly, died Saturday

Luke Bryan had been scheduled to appear at the CMT Artists of the Year show Tuesday night at Nashville.

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Paula Deen brings her live holiday-themed show to Atlanta

Diva of delicious down-home cooking Paula Deen brings her live show to Atlanta

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Paula Deen's Bag Lady Foundation gives Albany food charity $5,000 | VIDEO

The Lords Pantry gets a financial boost just as the holiday season arrives

Paula Deen’s Bag Lady Foundation gives the Lord’s Pantry, a 40-year-old non-profit organization that provides food and clothing to people in need, a $5,000 donation, which Lord’s Pantry officials say will provide a month’s worth of food.

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Phillip Phillips to livestream Tuesday morning performance

Lee County music star will be first to perform on Today show digital-exclsuive format

“The Orange Room,” a social media offshoot of the “Today” program, will feature Phillip Phillips of Lee County performing.

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Luke Bryan nominated for CMA Awards' top prize

Dallas Davidson and Cole Swindell each receive a nomination for a 2014 CMA Award

While Miranda Lambert leads in nominations with nine, Luke Bryan, a Leesburg native, is up for three Country Music Association awards and Dallas Davidson, of Albany, is nominated for song of the year, while Cole Swindell, of Bronwood, is in the mix for new artist of the year.

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Phillip Phillips to headline Music=Change

Music=Change benefit concert Friday night to feature Phillip Phillips

Former American Idol winner and platinum recording artist Phillip Phillip is returning to his hometown this weekend to lend his support to a good cause as headliner of the Music=Change benefit.

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Albany Area Coming Up Calendar - Aug. 20-26, 2014

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

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Phillip Phillips to headline Music=Change

Music=Change fundraiser for Mission Change to feature ‘American Idol’ Phillip Phillips

“American Idol” Phillip Phillips will put his star power and his talent to good use next weekend when he returns to Albany to headline the Music=Change Benefit Concert for Mission:Change.

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Luke Bryan debuts 'Roller Coaster' video

The fifth single from his 'Crash My Party' album will hit airwaves July 14

The Leesburg native’s new video was shot at Panama City, Fla., and features a song written by two Southwest Georgians, Cole Swindell of Bronwood and Michael Carter of Sylvester.

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Luke Bryan shares two wins at CMT Music Awards

The Leesburg native wins for videos with Lionel Richie and Florida Georgia Line

Leesburg native Luke Bryan says he was “speechless” to share the stage and an award with music legend Lionel Richie.

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Luke Bryan makes double-play on Billboard chart

Luke Bryan nabs the top two spots on the Billboard Country Airplay chart

Leesburg’s Luke Bryan is up for four awards and Bronwood’s Cole Swindell is up for breakthrough video at the fan-voted CMT Music Awards next week.

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Leesburg in the house at Vegas MGM (Luke Bryan video, photo gallery)

Phillip Phillips presents the Billboard country artist award to fellow Leesburg native Luke Bryan

Luke Bryan continues to rack up the awards, taking the top country artist award Sunday night at the annual Billboard Music Awards show at the MGM Grand Hotel in Las Vegas.

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Phillip Phillips' sophomore album slated for release next month

Phillip Phillips' 'Behind the Light' to drop May 19

Albany native and former American Idol Phillip Phillips will release the much-anticipated follow up to his platinum selling debut album next month.

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Uncle Bubba's, co-owned by Paula Deen, closes

A former employee of the restaurant sued Deen and her brother, Bubba Hiers, in a suit settled last year

Deen family says Earl "Bubba" Hiers closed Uncle Bubba’s to explore development of the waterfront property on which it is located in Savannah.