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Albany-based HeritageBank expands presence in Florida

New branches are located in Ocala, Gainesville and Alachua

Alarion reported approximately $283 million in assets, $200 million in loans, $241 million in deposits, and $18 million in tangible common equity. Upon completion of the transaction, Heritage is expected to have approximately $1.7 billion in assets, $1 billion in loans, and $1.4 billion in deposits.

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Bees not agressive unless they are defending hive, Kathy Brinson says

One third of nation's food pollinated by honeybees

Kathy Brinson noted that bees swarming in early spring may be spotted in a tree forming a ball. At this point, she said, people shouldn’t be alarmed; they are not aggressive because they have not yet formed a hive.

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George Strait wins Academy of Country Music Entertainer of the Year (Photo Galleries)

Leesburg native Luke Bryan, the reigning Entertainer of the Year, gets shut out this year

Jason Aldean is the ACM Male Vocalist of the Year, with Miranda Lambert taking the Female Vocalist of the Year Award.

Albany Area Community Calendar - April 6-14, 2014

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

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Pest harms roots of pecan trees

Research in Tifton may lead to control methods

Prionous root borers, the larval stage of the beetle, damages pecan tree roots by depriving trees of essential water nutrients. This makes them vulnerable to heavy winds. The larvae can also move through the soil and feed on an irrigation system if they encounter a pipe between pecan roots.

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SOWEGA Council on Aging Director Kay Hind's senior center dream a reality (VIDEO)

The grand opening of Senior Life Enrichment Center planned Thursday

The new SOWEGA Council on Aging Senior Life Enrichment Center will be properly shown off Thursday with a dedication, ribbon-cutting and dinner/dance.

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Leadership Lee grads hear from existing leaders (Video)

State Rep. Ed Rynders, County Commission Chairman Rick Muggridge, Commissioner Greg Frich and Chamber CEO Winston Oxford speak to the group

State Rep. Ed Rynders challenges the Leadership Lee grads to become engaged in local government, to appreciate the quality of life that Lee County offers and to have “civilized debate” about issues.

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Metro Albany jobless rate dips to 8 percent

Unemployment rate for Southwest Georgia region declines to 7.9 percent

Labor officials say Albany employers created 300 jobs and reduced the number of layoffs by 24.9 percent in February.

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Sen. Saxby Chambliss looking to next stage of life (Video)

The Georgia senior senator will leave Congress in January after 20 years at Capitol Hill

Sen. Saxby Chambliss says he’s looking forward to spending more time with family and exploring post-Senate options, but first he has some work to finish in Congress.

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Paula Deen makes a visit home, y'all (Video)

Celebrity Chef and Albany native drops in town for a meet and greet showing off her new furniture line

After a trying summer of 2013, Albany native Paula Deen has rebounded big with a new consolidation of her businesses under Paula Deen Ventures and plans for a $20 million restaurant and retail center at Dollywood.

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Twin Oaks presents HONK! Jr., The Ugly Duckling Musical (PHOTO GALLERY)

Students from area Leesburg elementary schools have collaborated for “HONK! Jr., The Ugly Duckling Musical.

'Into the Woods' opens Friday night at Lee County High School

The Stephen Sondheim musical is the Lee High Theatre Arts Program's town-and-gown musical

A cast of 20 adults and students will bring some classic fairy tale characters to life in a sophisticated way in “Into the Woods,” which begins at seven-performance run on Friday evening at Lee County High School.

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Langstaff Marketing makes way for MADlab

New marketing firm MADlab will expand on foundation created by veteran marketing owners

Langstaff Marketing will soon close its doors to make room for MADlab, which has been dubbed by owners Mary Beth Hobby and Deidra Langstaff as a “marketing experiment.”

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Rotary and Lee County Schools help Liberian students

A Dougherty County service club teams with Lee County achools

The Dougherty County Rotary Club, Lee County schools and other volunteers help African students get an education.

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Albany Area Kitchen Inspections - March 2, 2014

These establishments were inspected by the Dougherty, Lee and Worth Environmental Health Offices Feb. 19 through 25.

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