The following is a list of events happening in the area this week.
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.
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.
Variety of merchandise taken from storage units
Police say several storage units in Dougherty and Lee Counties were broken into.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
This is how Georgia’s delegations to the House and Senate voted on roll-call items last week at the U.S. Capitol.
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.
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.
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.