Lee County


Albany Area Coming Up Calendar - July 29-Aug. 4, 2015

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

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Ewell Lyle calls out fellow Dougherty commissioner over Walmart flap

Dougherty Commissioner questions negative comments about local businesses

A Dougherty County commissioner calls out one of his colleagues about comments criticizing a local Walmart outlet.

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Georgia Pecans may soon rival almonds and pistachios in public profile

Georgia Pecan Commission meeting to discuss potential federal marketing order

Consumers across the country may soon be hearing about pecans the way they do about pistachios, beef and milk, as the American pecan industry looks to have its own federal marketing order (FMO) that could greatly boost the commodity’s profile.

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Albany police arrest storage break-in suspects

Variety of merchandise taken from storage units

Police say several storage units in Dougherty and Lee Counties were broken into.

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Wal-Mart officials delay meeting with Dougherty County Commission

Retailer draws criticism over manager's refusal to support Dougherty student program

A Dougherty County commissioner says he expects Wal-Mart officials to address the commission at its Monday work meeting.

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Lee County man accused of killing wife has first court appearance

Murder case against Yathomas Riley is to be sent to Lee County Superior Court

Yathomas Riley, accused of murder in the shooting death of his wife, Dr. Lisa Riley, had his first day in court on Tuesday at a hearing before a Lee County Magistrate Court judge.

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Albany votes to withdraw from South Georgia Regional Information Technology Authority

Albany officials plan to pull out of agreement with rural collective

Albany City Manager Sharon Subudan recommends, and the City Commission agrees, that the city not continue its relationship with the South Georgia Regional Information Technology Authority.

Hazardous heat advisory issued for Albany, Southwest Georgia

Heat advisory to be in effect 11 a.m. until 7 p.m. today

With a heat index today expected to reach as high as 112 degrees early this afternoon, weather officials are urging those who have to be outside to exercise extra caution and to watch out for signs of heat-related illness.

Husband faces murder charges in death of Lee County physician

Yathomas Riley faces warrants charging murder, felony murder and aggravated assault

Arrest warrants have been issued for Yathomas Riley in the death of his wife, Dr. Lisa Riley, according to officials with the Americus office of the Georgia Bureau of Investigation.

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Americus state senator appointed to study committee

Sen. Greg Kirk to serve on panel loking at women's health care

Sen. Greg Kirk, R-Americus, has been selected by Lt. Gov. Casey Cagle to serve on the Women’s Adequate Healthcare Senate Study Committee.

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Gas pump prices continue slide

Some state may be pump prices below $2 per gallon later this year, experts say

Concerns over too much refined product in the marketplace, the effect of a stronger U.S. dollar and the potential of Iran adding to the world market following its nuclear deal with the U.S. and five other nations is placing downward pressure on gas pump prices.

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Georgia congressional delegation Capitol Hill votes

This is how Georgia’s delegations to the House and Senate voted on roll-call items last week at the U.S. Capitol.

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Sales tax-free days nearing for back-to-school shoppers

The 2015 tax-free holiday will take place July 31 and Aug. 1.

Georgia Retail Association says families expect to increase their spending on school supplies this year, meaning good things are in store for retailers during Georgia’s back-to-school sales tax holiday, which runs July 31-Aug. 1.

Tobacco prevention campaign from CDC brought into Southwest Georgia

Tips From Former Smokers is now running in the Southwest Public Health District

The Tips campaign features stories of former smokers living with smoking-related diseases and disabilities and the toll smoking-related illnesses have taken on them.

Albany heat wave to last through Monday

Air conditioners and plenty of water recommended

The National Weather Service in Tallahassee warns to drink plenty of water during the summer heat wave. Heat indexes are expected to be in the 105-110 degree range through Monday.