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Southwest Georgia Briefs - Sept. 7, 2014

Georgia Southwestern State planning 90th birth bash for President Carter

A ceremony to honor and remember the Americans who died in the attack on America on Sept, 11, 2001, will be conducted at 11 a.m. Thursday at Leary Fire Department, 127 Hand Ave.

Drivers needed for Albany VA clinic patients

Volunteers south to assist local veterans

The Carl Vinson VA Medical Center is looking for volunteer drivers to assist veterans in the Albany area with getting to their appointments at the Albany VA clinic.

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The Old Farmer's Almanac is predicting eastern U.S. 'refriger-nation'

It may be time to chop some extra firewood for a colder-than-usual winter in Southwest Georgia

The eastern two-thirds of the United States, including Southwest Georgia, is predicted to see temperatures as much as 5 degrees lower than average in some winter months, according to forecasters with the Old Farmer’s Almanac.

FTC rejects proposed agreement with Phoebe Putney Health System, Hospital Authority of Albany-Dougherty County

Federal Trade Commission officials say the matter is headed back to administrative court

The proposed agreement would have allowed the Hospital Authority to retain possession of the former Palmyra Medical Center and for Phoebe Putney to operate the facility.

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Georgia farmers feeling the heat

Lack of rain expected to impact peanut crop

Scott Monfort, a peanut agronomist based on the UGA Tifton Campus, said about half of Georgia’s 590,000 acres are farmed on irrigated land. Farmers with non-irrigated peanuts, however, could feel the pinch once harvest season begins in September if it doesn’t rain soon.

Albany Area Coming Up Calendar - Sept. 3-9, 2014

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

Outlook for corn prices dismal

Covering expenses will be a challenge for farmers

Georgia corn prices are projected between $3.75-$4.25 per bushel depending on the region of the state. The prices are well below the $6 and $7 contracts that some Georgia farmers signed last year.

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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.