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Georgia back-to-school sales tax-free weekend starts Friday

Retailers are preparing for an expected increase in store traffic

The period during which no sales tax will be collected on certain back-to-school items starts at 12:01 a.m. Friday and continues until midnight Saturday.

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Gas pump prices continue summer drop

Albany motorists enjoying lowest average price among Georgia’s eight metro areas

A double-digit drop in pump prices on the local, state and national levels has motorists experiencing retail gas prices below what they were paying this time last year.

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Lee County must tackle SPLOST shortfall issue

Collections for SPLOST V run $12 million short

The Lee County Commission approves projects for last remaining funds for SPLOST V.

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Phillip Phillips performs before a nearly sold-out crowd at Chastain Park | PHOTOS

The concert was part of his tour with O.A.R. to promote his album, “behind the Light.”

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Albany Area Kitchen Inspections - July 27, 2014

These establishments were inspected by the Dougherty, Lee and Worth County Environmental Health Offices July 10 through 24, 2014.

Lee County Waffle House robbed at gunpoint

Lee County authorities say restaurant was robbed by a lone black male early Friday morning

Lee County Waffle House is held up

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Bristol Road home named July Yard of the Month | PHOTO GALLERY

The home of Annette and John Cromartie is recognized for the award

The selection is made because of the masterpiece that has been realized from the thought, planning and execution of yards at the Albany residence.

Georgia jobless rate for June 7.4% | VIDEO

Season jobs losses and an increased labor force cause a two-tenths of a percent rise from May

Year-to-year, Georgia has shaved a percentage point off its June jobless rate, which was at 8.4% in June 2013.

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Flood of 1994: July 10 - No quick crest for the Flint River

Water pouring over the Lake Blackshear dam ensured the flood waters would stay high for a while in Albany, while some Lee County residents were getting first looks at the homes they had to evacuate.

The lack of water and power in Newton and other parts of Baker County forced some evacuees to be taken to a shelter at Camilla First baptist Church, nine miles from Newton, because the Baker County shelter at Traveler’s Rest Baptist Church was without power and had inadequate sanitary conditions.

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Albany Area Education Notebook - July 6, 2014

News on high school and college students from metro Albany and Southwest Georgia

education Notebook has updates on graduations, scholarships, honors and achievements of students from metro Albany and Southwest Georgia. Information may be submitted to news@albanyherald.com.

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Bucking state, national trends, Albany Elks Club sees growth | PHOTO GALLERY

Fraternal organization thriving around new, younger leadership

While state and national Elks clubs are seeing membership declines, the Albany lodge is growing.

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Albany Area Kitchen Inspections - July 6, 2014

These establishments were inspected by the Dougherty, Lee and Worth County Environmental Health Offices June 26 - July 1, 2014.

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The Flood of 1994: July 6 - Flood 'the worst ever'

By July 6, officials had a better idea of the disaster that was coming to Albany

The death toll rises in Sumter County, where 13 people are known dead from the storm, and Albany prepares for a flood of historic proportions by ordering 14,000 citizens to evacuate their homes.

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The Flood of 1994: July 5 - Trouble on the horizon

By the end of the day July 5, 1994, officials knew record flood water would hit Albany

The first warning that many in south Georgia had in 1994 that the remnants of Tropical Storm Alberto would soon make that first tropical storm of the year a name in infamy came as the area found most of its Independence Day holiday activities, including Albany’s annual fireworks show, scuttled because of the downpour.

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Fourth of July is a different holiday for Leesburg Marine wife

Leesburg woman says her perspective on Independence Day has changed since marrying to a Marine

The Fourth of July for Madison Williams now goes beyond applying sunscreen, enjoying watermelon and having a good time. It means that her spouse will be honored for the sacrifices he has made, and it’s an opportunity to thank other service members for what they do and the sacrifices they make.

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