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November unemployment down in Albany, Southwest Georgia

Job increases, insurance claims drop results in jobless rate decline

Officials with the Georgia Department of Labor said Thursday that the unemployment rate for metro Albany last month was at its lowest since it was 8.1 percent in March 2009.

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No surprises in recent state health rankings

Health behaviors cited as areas needed for improvement in recent report

A recent report showed that things such as childhood poverty and obesity are the things that still need to be improved on to help the overall state of health in Georgia.

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Gas prices in Albany on the rise

Albany was one of four Georgia metro areas to see pump prices increase over the past week

Officials with AAA The Auto Club expect gas prices in general to rise shortly after the new year begins.

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Albany area gains jobs in November

Albany area job gain points toward lower unemployment rates for November

The Georgia Department of Labor announce that the Georgia unemployment rate declined to 7.7 percent in November, its lowest point in the last five year.

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Americans expected to set year-end holiday travel record

About three out of 10 Americans will travel over the Christmas and New Year’s holiday period

When it comes to holiday traveling, about 91 percent of Americans plan to drive.

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Albany man celebrates a special birthday

Weyman E. Rooks, Sr. recently celebrated his 93rd birthday.

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Albany retailers say Christmas shopping has been strong

Many local retail stores feel business has been good this year

With the Christmas shopping season in full swing many Albany area retailers say business has been steady and on par with, if not better than, last year.

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Mediacom completes digital upgrades

The Albany cable provider plans to expand its TV lineup

Mediacom completes digital upgrades, will expand TV lineup and boost Internet speed.

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Know of some good places to see Christmas lights?

The Christmas season is shining in metro Albany

If you know of any houses we should feature, send the address to southview@albanyherald.com.

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Nominations open for Outstanding Young Peanut Farmer

The Outstanding Georgia Young Peanut Farmer Award is based upon the applicant’s overall farm operation; environmental and stewardship practices; and leadership, civic, church, and community service activities.

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Albany Area Coming Up Calendar - Dec. 11-17, 2013

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

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Southwest Georgia Education Notebook -- Dec. 11, 2013

Three area students earn scholarships from the University of Georgia

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Southwest Georgia public health officials encouraging people to get their flu shots

Officials using National Influenza Vaccination Week to promote flu prevention

Since the holiday travel period gives an opportunity for disease to circulate, the public is being encouraged to get their flu shots before opening their gifts this Christmas.

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Tommy Coleman named to GCSBA Board of Directors

Tommy Coleman represents the Dougherty County School System

A former Mayor of Albany, Tommy Coleman represents the Dougherty and Baker County school systems as well as 27 southwest Georgia municipalities and counties

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Nominations open for Outstanding Young Peanut Farmer

The Outstanding Georgia Young Peanut Farmer Award is based upon the applicant’s overall farm operation; environmental and stewardship practices; and leadership, civic, church, and community service activities.