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Oxford to build North Leesburg Bypass for $8.2 million

Oxford has two years to complete the road, which will start just north of Leesburg schools on State Route 195, connect to Old Smithville Road and then continue westward over the railroad tracks and U.S. Highway 19 before looping back to U.S. 19.

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Southwest Georgians named in Georgia Trend as among 100 most influential Georgians

Hospital CEO, congressmen named in latest edition of Georgia Trend

Joel Wernick, president and CEO of Phoebe Putney Health System, has made the list now for eight consecutive years.

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Gas price average sets another new year record

2013 will go on the books as the least expensive year for motorists since 2010

Experts expect pump prices to continue to rise slowly until later in the month, when they traditionally decline because of low demand.

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Albany bracing for second sub-20 degree night

Temperatures expected to be the coldest in more than 20 years

Most of the country endures sub-freezing temperatures, and Albany is no exception.

Chehaw closes for deep freeze

An arctic blast is bringing lows to the mid-teens tonight

Two of the coldest days in recent memory have animals at the zoo at Chehaw taking cover.

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Tifton researcher attempts to breed scab-resistant pecan variety

Rain, pecan scab reduces pecan crop this season

The disease affected two of Georgia’s most common pecan cultivars — Desirable and Stuart trees — but the disease is not uniform across tree varieties.

Pay for Georgia’s prison guards helps fuel high turnover

Pay, long shifts and dangerous conditions all contribute to the high correctional officer changeover at Georgia's adult and juvenile justice systems.

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Health fair for men set in Smithville

Health screenings, education to be done at Jan. 25 health fair

A husband and wife team is coordinating a health fair for men late this month in Lee County.

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Albany Area Religion Bulletin - Jan. 3, 2014

weekly religion news

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Civil Air Patrol program develops young leaders

Local Cadet Noah Kimsey to receive prestigious award

Volunteers formed the Civil Air Patrol program a week before the bombing of Pearl Harbor to help protect America’s coastline.

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Rainfall plays havoc with farmers, construction projects

More than 75 inches of rain fell on Albany in 2013

More than 75 inches of rain fell on Albany in 2013, creating a muddy mess for famers and construction projects.

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Albany Area YMCA looking for'Team Lean' competitors

Team Lean is a 12-week weight-loss competition that launches Wednesday

The Albany Area YMCA is conducting late registration for its Annual Team Lean today until Tuesday. Team Lean 2014 is a 12-week weight-loss competition where team camaraderie and cash prizes inspire participants to lose weight and live a healthier lifestyle. The competition will kick off with the first weigh-in on Wednesday.

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Sponsors sought for Lee murder mystery dinner theater

Sponsorship levels range from $250 to $1,500.

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Happy early New Year

Kids celebrate Noon Year's Eve at Oakland Library

Children from Dougherty and Lee counties rang in the new year early at the Oakland Library’s Noon Year’s Eve celebration yesterday.

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Higher gas pump prices likely in new year

Demand is starting to creep up, taking gas prices with it

Declining inventories, refineries already operating at 93 percent of capacity and increased demand add up to higher gas costs for motorists in 2014.