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Confederate flag supporters: Rallies are about heritage, not racism

Sylvester SCV camp plans flag rally in Worth, Colquitt counties on Aug. 15

Southern heritage enthusiasts say rallies for the Confederate flag will continue.

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Send us your back-to-school photos

Back-to-school photos will be included in online gallery

The new school year is about to start. Send in your first day of school photo to be included in a photo gallery at albanyherald.com.

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GA Music Awards voting closes soon

Last chance to cast votes for local favorites for GA Music Awards

Fans of the many Albany-area artists nominated for this year’s GA Music Awards have only a few days left to cast a vote and help their favorite acts bring glory home to Southwest Georgia.

Albany Burn Fest offers multiple attractions

Burn Fest raises funds to help young burn victims

The first ever Burn Fest at Chehaw Park on Saturday will provide a motorcycle dice run, food, music and more.

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Lee preparing an ordinance to allow food trucks

Commisison also revises alcoholic beverage hearing process

“Food trucks have become quite popular all over the country,” said Commissioner Billy Mathis. “I’d like the staff to research the matter, find a good ordinance and bring our ordinances up to date.”

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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