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Albany police seek robbery suspect

Suspect accused of taking wallet by force

A police lookout has been issued for Vashaun Banks in connection with a May 25 robbery by force.

Albany-Dougherty Police/Fire/EMS reports - July 28-29, 2015

The Albany Police Department responded to at least 16 calls on Tuesday and the early hours of Wednesday, available reports show.

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Albany City Commission OKs downtown redevelopment funding plan

Up to $5 million in Job-Enhancement Funds may be used for development of inner city

Albany city commissioners OK a plan to use Job-Enhancement Funds to spur downtown redevelopment.

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Squawk of the Day - July 29, 2015

Pick up a copy of The Albany Herald to see what everyone is squawking about!

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SOWEGA Council on Aging preparing for annual Comedy Night

Mark Lowry, Stan Whitmire to appear at 10th annual event to benefit Meals on Wheels

The fundraiser, the most significant one of the year for the council, has gained momentum through increased community support. This has allowed coordinators to book someone who is more well known while also making sure there is enough in the proceeds to make the effort worthwhile.

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EDDIE SEAGLE: Notes of landscape interest

GEORGIA CLIPPINGS: A weekly look at home gardens and landscapes

Now is the time for rooting plant materials from cuttings, taking soil samples and having them analyzed for improved soil and plant health, and developing plans for your fall landscape needs.

Albany Area Coming Up Calendar - July 29-Aug. 4, 2015

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

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JULIE WELLS: Roasted peaches simply another way to enjoy delicious fruit

THE RECIPE BOX: Roasted peaches

Roasted peaches simply another way to enjoy delicious fruit

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Work from young artists sought for front page

Formerly all weather drawings, the front page art will have open themes

Drawings by young artists will be displayed daily on the front page of The Albany Herald and compiled into a monthly picture gallery on albanyherald.com.

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Rural black women's group sponsors Unequal Lives report

Study shows black women, children in rural South rank last in social indicators

A report based on more than 200 listening sessions with black women and girls in the Black Belt of Mississippi, Alabama and Georgia shows a glaring disparity in social indicators.

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Jury finds suspect guilty in Newton murder case

No sentencing date set for Blackshear

Ulysses Blackshear, 46, was sentenced in Baker County Superior for the murder of William Land.

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Dougherty County School System, Albany YMCA renew 21st Century partnership

The Dougherty County School System and the Albany Area YMCA have renewed their 21st Century Community Learning Centers (CCLC) partnership for five years with two grants worth a combined $3,870,000 over the next five years beginning in FY16.

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U.S. Senate to vote on Planned Parenthood funding

Videos showing Planned Parenthood officials discussing sale of fetal tissue spark reaction from lawmakers

While the U.S. House and states including Georgia investigate Planned Parenthood’s activities in obtaining and selling aborted fetal tissue, the U.S. Senate contemplates a vote on ending federal funding for the non-profit organization.

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Fonda Thompson of Open Arms says child abuse not limited by race or economic status

Open Arms was founded in 1991 to fight child abuse following a recommendation by a grand jury

As executive Director of Open Arms, an organization which bring healing, hope, and help to children, adults, and their families in need of support, intervention and prevention as a result of child abuse, Fonda Thompson has seen many disturbing things.

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Jeff Sinyard named to Georgia REACH scholarship Board

REACH is a needs-based mentoring/scholarship program

Jeff Sinyard, an Albany businessman and former Dougherty County Commission chairman, will serve on the scholarship board of Georgia’s Realizing Educational Achievment Can Happen program, which is designed to boost chances for students to graduate high school and college, and enter the workforce prepared.

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