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Rebuilding of Newton from Flood of 1994 had downtown go to higher ground

While the downtown business area had already started moving west, the Great Flood speeded the transition

Aside from the extent of the flood damage, probably the biggest difference in Newton is the downtown area, which was forced to relocate after a 500-year flood hit Southwest Georgia in July 1994.

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Broad Avenue Bridge project progressing on schedule

The replacement span is above the 500-year flood level that split Albany in two 20 years ago

While Memorial Bridge had sentimental value for being the first re-connection between east and west Albany during the Flood of ‘94, it was demolished last year after inspectors determined it was unsafe for motor vehicle and pedestrian traffic.

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Great Flood disinterred 438 caskets from Albany cemeteries

Forensics experts identified all but 95 bodies washed up during flood

One of the greatest horrors of the Flood of ‘94 was the disinterment of 438 caskets in Albany riverside cemeteries.

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Weather conditions in 1994 were perfect for disastrous Alberto

Flooding from Alberto covered an area as big as Massachusetts and Rhode Island combined

An analysis of the Flood of 1994 showed that the effects of the storm after it made landfall were underestimated by much of the public.

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Flood of 1994 spurred building boom at Albany State University

Former ASU President Portia Holmes-Shields says flood was one of the best things to happen at the university

Both Albany State and the Dougherty County School System got new buildings following the Great Flood.

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Volunteers key to cleaning up after Flood of 1994

More than 33,000 volunteers spent more than five weeks cleaning up flood damaged property.

After the waters finally receded, the real work began for those in the Good Life City who volunteered to clean up the wreckage of Albany in the wake of the Flood of ‘94.

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Georgia jobless rate up 0.3% in May at 7.2% | VIDEO & CHARTS

Year-to-year, the state unemployment rate for May is down 1.2 percent

Labor officials say the period from April to May usually sees an uptick in unemployment as college graduates try to enter the work force.

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Iraqi violence likely to send retail gas prices up

Motorists should prepare for a 10- to 15-cent increase soon, experts warn

Concerns over violence in Iraq, OPEC’s No. 2 oil producer, are expected to bring to an end the declining fuel prices U.S. motorists have experienced so far this summer.

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FRIDAY JAM: Good times at Briar Patch 2014 | VIDEO & PHOTO GALLERY

Damascus music festival has plenty to offer music fans

Two Briar Patch Festival first-timers share a little love for the three-day event.

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U.S. Rep. Sanford Bishop concerned over potential impact of new carbon emission rules

Enviornmental regulations also should take into account the economic impact, congressman says

U.S. Rep. Sanford Bishop said he has asked the EPA to extend the commenting period on its new carbon emission regulations for 120 days to give all sides a chance to give their views on the rules and their impact.

Retail gas prices sliding slowly

Metro Albany has lowest average pump price of Georgia metro areas Monday

While gas pump prices in Albany and statewide are beating the national average, they are up from what motorists were paying a year ago.

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U.S. Senate candidates make last pitches to area voters

Jack Kingston, David Perdue attempt to woo voters before today's Republican primary

Senate candidates trade barbs as polls set to open

Albany Area Community Calendar - May 18-26, 2014

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

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Albany Area Chamber honors local legislators

Reps. Carol Fullerton, Ed Rynders and Gerald Greene were recognized for their contributions to the area.

Albany Area Chamber officials say the 2014 General Assembly session was a good on for the area.

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Hot cars deadly for children

Overlooking a child left in a hot car can be fatal, officials warn

The death Monday of a 2-year-old girl in DeKalb County is the fourth fatality this year involving a child trapped inside a hot vehicle.