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Car enthusiasts ride into Albany | PHOTO GALLERY

The 41st annual Artesian City Car Show draws about 100 entrants

Autos ranging from the 1920s to the 2013 were on display Saturday at the 41st annual Artesian City Car Club Show.

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Dougherty County early voting gets off to a strong start

Election season throughout Georgia is well under way

Many Dougherty County voters took advantage of the Columbus Day holiday to cast their ballots in several federal, state and local elections as early voting opened throughout Georgia Monday.

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Average gas price under $3 per gallon in Albany

Metro Albany motorists are paying 28.5 cents less per gallon than the same date last year

Retail gas experts believe the downward pressure on gas prices will continue and that the Georgia average for a gallon of gas could be below $3 by Thanksgiving.

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SCARY TALES: Spooky stories for kids get popular around Halloween

Stories for children have various levels of humor and chills, depending on the age of the child

Halloween stories for younger kids tend to take humorous turns, while a few more chills make it into books for older children.

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Heavy fog makes 'blood moon' a bust in metro Albany area

The fog was most dense during the prime viewing time for the full lunar eclipse

For those who missed today’s lunar eclipse, the next best oppotunity to see a full lunar eclipse will be next September.

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Albany area GOP leaders hoping debates illustrate differences between Deal, Carter, Perdue and Nunn

Tuesday night’s gubernatorial and U.S. Senate debates preceed November election

Area GOP leaders attended major gubernatorial, senate debates in Perry

AAA: Gas pump prices should resume autumn decline

Metro Albany saw a week-to-week drop of 8.8 cents per gallon Monday

With maintenance season winding down at Gulf oil refineries, gas prices should be over the “snag” that halted seasonsal decline last week, AAA officials say.

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Southwest Georgia weekends get busy in October

Cooler, drier weather has people looking for outdoors things to do

After months of sweltering heat, the shorter days are a signal that fall is on the way. That means communities and organizations are packing weekends with plenty of events and activities.

Monday final day for general election voter registration

Early voting for Nov. 4 election starts Oct. 13

Persons who want to vote in the Nov. 4 general election must register by Monday.

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Albany Marines begin their 2014 Toy for Tots campaign

The familiar white collection boxes will soon begin popping up around Albany

Marines, Salvation Army begin 2014 Toys for Tots campaign. The 2013 effort collected nearly 15,000 donated toys and brought a happier Christmas to 3,400 Southwest Georgia children.

Southwest Georgia Briefs - Oct. 1, 2014

A roundup of news in metro Albany and Southwest Georgia

Convenience store robbed for third time; cancer benefit set; foreclosure rates down; lucky lottery player; old farm skills workshop rescheduled; county jail gets repairs funding.

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University of Georgia researchers put skins back into peanut butter

Incorporating some of the nutritious skins in the spread appeals to those who like natural products, researchers say

Peanut skins, which are removed and discarded in the peanut butter manufacturing process, are high in antioxidants and fiber.

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USDA announces new program to help peanut growers manage risk

The new insurance policy replaces current peanut crop provisions

U.S. Department of Agriculture officials say peanut grower boards, including the Peanut Commission in Georgia, helped develop the policy.

The Albany Herald to turn pink Monday for breast cancer awareness

Breat cancer is the No. 2 killer of women who die from some form of cancer

For the fifth year, The Herald, as well as www.albanyherald.com, is going pink to promote breast cancer awareness as well as help raise funds for the Cancer Coalition of South Georgia.

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Sugar beets viable option for dairy cattle

Farmers hesitant to change when corn prices low

Sugar beets could be a feed option for cattle, according to John Bernard, dairy cattle specialist with the University of Georgia College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences in Tifton. Cows like the beets, they are easily digestible and can be used as an energy source.