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HOW THEY'RE BITIN': Southwest Georgia fishing - Aug. 29, 2014 weekend

SWGA FISHING REPORT: A weekly outlook on how the fish are biting in Southwest Georgia lakes and the Flint River

An update on fishing prospects at lakes Seminole, Blackshear and Walter F. Georgia, along with the Flint River.

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Ice bucket challenge burns through social media

Authenticity and humor help icy challenges become an online phenomenon

Regular folks pulling pranks on themselves has proved to be so popular that the ALS Association has gotten millions more in donations since July 29 than in previous years.

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New peanut agronomist says crop outlook promising

Monfort replaces longtime peanut expert Beasley

University of Georgia Extension’s new peanut agronomist says Georgia’s crop shows potential despite a prolonged drought.

Albany area unemployment up in July

July numbers show area unemployment on the rise

Despite the the month to month increases in the jobless rate from Albany and Southwest Georgia, both rates were favorable compared to last year’s as metro Albany’s was down year over year from the 9.3 percent reported in 2013. Southwest Georgia’s 9.1 percent was the same rate reported last July.

Southwest Georgia public health officials pushing immunization awareness

August is National Immunization Awareness Month

Certain people may be at higher risk for getting some diseases or having more serious illness if they were to get sick, like young children, older adults and those with health conditions, Southwest Public Health District Director Dr. Jacqueline Grant said.

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Girl Scouts looking forward to coming year

Girl Scouts of Historic Georgia officials getting word out on upcoming year for the organization

In terms of fundraisers, one of the biggest for the Girl Scouts is the Bucks and Bows Dinner and Auction currently slated for 6:30 p.m. on Oct. 23 at Chehaw Park.

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Georgia Federal-State Shipping Point Inspection Service moves to new office in Albany | VIDEO

The inspection service opens office in Pecan Grove Industrial Park

A ribbon-cutting for the facility, located at 951 Pecan Grove Drive in Pecan Grove Industrial Park, was held on Tuesday and attended by various Albany and Dougherty County officials, as well as Georgia Department of Agriculture Commissioner Gary Black.

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Metro Albany again leads state in lowest gas prices

Pump prices continue an unusual late-summer decline in cost

At $3.146 on Monday, metro Albany had the lowest average gas price of Georgia’s eight metro areas surveyed daily AAA.

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Georgia Department of Human Services, faith community hold public hearing | VIDEO

Recent hearing addresses how faith community can help vulnerable children, families

Coordinators said it was part of the statewide effort to get ministers on board, by igniting faith and a sense of personal responsibility, to help the most vulnerable children in Georgia — including those who are fatherless, in poverty, have a parent who is incarcerated or are abused or neglected — through faith community meetings and town hall meetings with the goal of going into partnership agreements and provoking action.

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Albany Area Coming Up Calendar - Aug. 6-12, 2014

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

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August gas pump prices hit a 4-year low

Metro Albany again leads state in lowest average pump price for gas, $3.199

While gas prices continue to slide, there is still a question as to whether they will dip below $3 a gallon.

Albany Area Community Calendar for Aug. 3-11, 014

These are meetings, civic clubs, classes, seminars and non-entertainment events in metro Albany and Southwest Georgia for Aug. 3-11, 2014.

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MARY BRASWELL: Looking Back, Aug. 3, 2014

HISTORY: Even though it is still summertime, students are returning to the classroom.

The year was 1848 when the first known ‘reform school’ opened to combine education and juvenile justice.

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Albany Symphony Orchestra: Brave the Elements

The Albany Symphony Orchestra takes on fire, air, water and earth in its upcoming season

The Albany Symphony Orchestra will perform four subscription concerts at the Albany Municipal Auditorium this season, along with its annual family concert in March. Symphony@the Museum will return for four small ensemble performances at the Albany Museum of Art as well.

Georgia DOT suspends roadwork for sales tax holiday

The georgia sales tax holiday starts at 12:01 a.m. Friday and ends midnight Saturday

Road work won't get in the way of shoppers heading out to find back-to-school deals this weekend.

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