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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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SOWEGA Council on Aging Director Kay Hind's senior center dream a reality (VIDEO)

The grand opening of Senior Life Enrichment Center planned Thursday

The new SOWEGA Council on Aging Senior Life Enrichment Center will be properly shown off Thursday with a dedication, ribbon-cutting and dinner/dance.

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Metro Albany jobless rate dips to 8 percent

Unemployment rate for Southwest Georgia region declines to 7.9 percent

Labor officials say Albany employers created 300 jobs and reduced the number of layoffs by 24.9 percent in February.

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Sen. Saxby Chambliss looking to next stage of life (Video)

The Georgia senior senator will leave Congress in January after 20 years at Capitol Hill

Sen. Saxby Chambliss says he’s looking forward to spending more time with family and exploring post-Senate options, but first he has some work to finish in Congress.

Georgia Supreme Court to hear appeal in Baker County School Board case

Two Baker County women contend the chair of the School Board is ineligible to hold the office

Last year, a Superior Court judge denied an attempt by Nettie Lilly and Janet Anderson to have Baker County School Board Chair Sharon Heard removed from office. The case will be heard Monday in oral arguments before the Georgia Supreme Court.

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Senate passes farm bill (VIDEO)

The Senate action sends the bill to the president for his signature

Both of Georgia’s U.S. senators support passage of a new, five-year farm bill.

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Southwest Georgia congressional delegation mixed on reactions to State of the Union address (VIDEOS)

Republicans are critical of President Obama for what they see as job-killing policies

U.S. Rep. Sanford Bishop has a positive reaction to the president’s speech, while U.S. Rep. Austin Scott is critical, as are Georgia’s two U.S. senators.

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Peanut producers worry about thrips

Advice given on how to protect against the tiny inspect

There are more than 7,000 species of thrips, but only two cause problems for Georgia farmers and UGA researchers — tobacco thrips and western flower thrips.

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Robert Cross Middle School wins Region Academic Bowl championship

The team advances to the State Final set for Saturday in Milledgeville

Robert Cross Middle School wins Region Academic Bowl championship, advances to the State Final set for Saturday in Milledgeville

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U.S. Rep. Sanford Bishop has successful battle with cancer

The long-time U.S. representative from the 2nd District says he is cancer-free

Rep. sanford Bishop, D-Albany, says he will remain bald for an indefinite time as a show of solidarity with fellow cancer survivors.

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Southwest Georgians named in Georgia Trend as among 100 most influential Georgians

Hospital CEO, congressmen named in latest edition of Georgia Trend

Joel Wernick, president and CEO of Phoebe Putney Health System, has made the list now for eight consecutive years.

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Gas price average sets another new year record

2013 will go on the books as the least expensive year for motorists since 2010

Experts expect pump prices to continue to rise slowly until later in the month, when they traditionally decline because of low demand.

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Albany bracing for second sub-20 degree night

Temperatures expected to be the coldest in more than 20 years

Most of the country endures sub-freezing temperatures, and Albany is no exception.

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Rainfall plays havoc with farmers, construction projects

More than 75 inches of rain fell on Albany in 2013

More than 75 inches of rain fell on Albany in 2013, creating a muddy mess for famers and construction projects.

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Higher gas pump prices likely in new year

Demand is starting to creep up, taking gas prices with it

Declining inventories, refineries already operating at 93 percent of capacity and increased demand add up to higher gas costs for motorists in 2014.

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