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Albany Area Coming Up Calendar - Oct. 14-20, 2015

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

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Columbus police officer dies in climbing accident

Suzanne Huffman had Albany ties

South Georgia residents are grieving today over the loss of a Columbus police officer who was killed while rocking climbing last weekend in north Georgia.

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Albany police give parade safety tips

Police say arrive early and remain together

Albany police offer tips on staying safe at the homecoming parade on Saturday.

Dougherty County School System to name new career academy after Commodore Conyers

BOE also holds another public hearing on switch to charter school system

The Dougherty County School Board unanimously approved naming the county’s new career academy the Commodore Conyers College and Career Academy.

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Toys for Tots campaign under way in Southwest Georgia

Goal is to collect 7,000 toys for children living in nine Southwest Georgia counties

The mission of the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve Toys for Tots program is to collect new, unwrapped toys during October, November and December each year, and distribute those toys as Christmas gifts to less fortunate children in the community in which the campaign is conducted.

Three attacked and robbed in Albany

No serious injuries reported in attacks

At least three robberies or attempted robberies took place in Albany Monday.

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Dougherty County School Board awards Monroe High project to JCI Construction out of Moultrie

LRA Constructors President Ben Barrow said he has a hard time understanding the decision

The Dougherty County School Board on Monday voted 7-0 to award JCI Contractors of Moultrie the $35 million contract for construction management at risk services on the Phase II renovation and construction project at Monroe High School.

Albany and Dougherty County Police/Fire/EMS reports - Oct. 9-Oct. 12, 2015

Weekend public safety roundup for Albany and Dougherty County

The Albany Police Department responded to at least 45 incidents on Saturday and Sunday, available reports show.

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Iandria Joseph crowned new Miss Albany State University for 2015-16

Joseph’s coronation marks the kickoff of Albany State’s Homecoming Week festivities

Albany State University has a new queen. Miss Albany State University 2015-2016, Iandria Joseph, was crowned during the coronation ceremony Sunday at the Albany Municipal Auditorium.

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Early voting in Dougherty County under way

Albany municipal elections draw early voters

Eligible voters had their first chance to hit the polls and a cast a vote in the upcoming Albany elections as early voting got under way in Dougherty County Monday.

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Man dies in south Albany fire early Saturday

Joshua Bateman, 27, dies following cooking fire in Windover Apartments

Since it was deemed that the blaze was a cooking fire that got out of control, the incident was ruled an accident, which means no charges are expected to be filed, Albany Fire Department Arson Investigator Sam Harris said.

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Mother arrested after home set ablaze by son

Ruecille Sharper arrested for reckless conduct in connection to Leonard Avenue fire

Albany Police Department officers riding in the area observed heavy smoke in the area of 2014 Leonard Ave. shortly before 10:30 a.m. on Saturday and responded to the location and discovered the residence on fire. Albany Fire Department Arson Investigator Sam Harris said the fire was started when a 10-year-old boy was playing with matches in the bedroom.

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Dougherty County Commission considers applying for Victim of Crimes grant

District Attorney Greg Edwards asks county officials to sign off on $118,000 grant request

Dougherty County commissioners are expected to vote next week to approve continuation of an annual Victim of Crimes Act grant.

Elderly woman dies after her auto hits utility pole, tree in Albany

Veda Smith, 85, died Saturday afternoon after a one-vehicle wreck

Veda Smith, whose Honda CRV hit a utility pole and a tree Saturday, died from her injuries, Albany police say.

Albany police investigating early Monday armed robbery report on South McKinley

An Albany man tells police a gunman stole his shoes and cell phone just after 2 a.m.

The gunman was described as a black male, 5 feet 5 to 5 feet 9 and weighing 150-180 pounds. Police say the description had the gunman wearing a bandana over his face, a purple jacket, black pants and tennis shoes.