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Gas continues upward track

Averages rise 12 cents nationally over the week

Metro Albany motorists see a 6-cent rise at the gas pumps from the previous week on Monday.

Agriculture Deputy Secretary Krysta Harden speaks at Albany farmers meeting

Krysta Harden, a native of Camilla, explains current farm bill

Krysta Harden, deputy secretary of the Department of Agriculture, speaks to members of the Federation of Southern Cooperatives.

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University of Georgia researchers surveying wild swine damage

Feral swine are now found in 82 percent of U.S. states and in several U.S. territories

UGA researchers are hoping to get a picture of the amount of damage that feral swine do on private land in Georgia through a survey of 3,000 landowners.

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Case of FTC opposition to Phoebe North purchase pulled from administrative proceedings until March

Case involving FTC, Phoebe Putney Health System and Hospital Authority may be going back to settlement

An order, issued Jan. 28, withdrew the matter from adjudication because there is the possibility of a settlement. The order stays proceedings until 11:59 p.m. on Feb. 27 pending a determination by the FTC with respect to the consent proposal.

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Dougherty County Commission approves Regional Commission grant request

State, federal funding used for rural transportation program

The Dougherty County Commission gives the Southwest Georgia Regional Commission authorization to seek transportation funding.

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UGA weed experts tell farmers not to go easy on pigweed

With cotton prices low, growers may be tempted to scale back against Palmer amaranth

Concerns over low cotton prices and high treatment costs have University of Georgia Extension weed scientist Stanley Culpepper fearing Georgia farmers might be tempted to become conservative in their fight against glyphosate-resistant Palmer amaranth. Culpepper is encouraging producers to resist that temptation.

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Advocates for seniors visit Georgia Capitol

Staff and advocates of Georgia’s state and regional Councils on Aging, including 21 from Southwest Georgia, attend Senior Day events during Senior Week at the state Capitol in Atlanta.

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Tifton researchers release new muscadine grape variety

The new Hall variety is sweet and ripens eary

The new University of Georgia muscadine is golden and ripens early, making it an attractive choice for consumers and Georgia farmers. The biggest need now is to make other areas of the country aware of muscadines and create better markets for the grape.

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The cost of romance for Valentine's Day to hit new record

Americans will spend a record $18.9 billion on Valentine's Day gifts

A survey released last week by the National Retail Federation found that the average person who celebrates Valentine’s Day will spend an average of $142, with men spending double what women will spend.

Murder defendant waives right to trial by jury, wins acquittal

Baker County man acquitted of murder in bench trial

A Baker County man accused of murder chooses a judge over a jury and is acquitted of the charge.

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Southwest Georgia congressional delegation reacts to State of the Union speech

Republican lawmakers at odds with direction while Democratic legislator is mostly supportive of president

Georgia’s senators and U.S. Rep. Austin Scott find mostly negatives in President Obama’s State of the Union address while U.S. Rep. Sanford Bishop says that even though he is supportive of most of the president’s initiatives, he has different views than the White House on issues such as the Keystone pipeline and EPA authority expansion.

Wanted: Albany area's best musicians, venues

Reader nominations sought for top Southwest Georgia artists

The Friday JAM session is looking for the area’s best musicians and musical venues.

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As General Assembly session begins, transportation, education top the list of priorties

With transportation facing a $1.5 billion shortfall, sales, gas tax hikes are possibilities

The state legislative session could be lively as lawmakers jockey on spending priorities.

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Former Deerfield Headmaster W.T. Henry named to Georgia Board of Education

Henry, who spent 20 years as DWS headmaster, to fill District 2's vacant seat on state BOE

Former Deerfield-Windsor Headmaster W.T. Henry named to state school board

Albany gas stays below $2 per gallon average

Albany is the lone georgia metro area averaging less than $2 a gallon

ALBANY — With gas averaging less than $2 a gallon in metro Albany, record-high oil production should keep the relative bargain at the pump going this year, gas price experts say.