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Gas prices in Albany on the rise

Albany was one of four Georgia metro areas to see pump prices increase over the past week

Officials with AAA The Auto Club expect gas prices in general to rise shortly after the new year begins.

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Albany area gains jobs in November

Albany area job gain points toward lower unemployment rates for November

The Georgia Department of Labor announce that the Georgia unemployment rate declined to 7.7 percent in November, its lowest point in the last five year.

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Albany, Dougherty officials voice legislative priorities

Area legislators hear Albany, Dougherty wish lists prior to opening of General Assembly

City, County officials present area lawmakers with a list of items they’d like to see moved upon in the next legislative session.

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Americans expected to set year-end holiday travel record

About three out of 10 Americans will travel over the Christmas and New Year’s holiday period

When it comes to holiday traveling, about 91 percent of Americans plan to drive.

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Albany retailers say Christmas shopping has been strong

Many local retail stores feel business has been good this year

With the Christmas shopping season in full swing many Albany area retailers say business has been steady and on par with, if not better than, last year.

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Mediacom completes digital upgrades

The Albany cable provider plans to expand its TV lineup

Mediacom completes digital upgrades, will expand TV lineup and boost Internet speed.

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Know of some good places to see Christmas lights?

The Christmas season is shining in metro Albany

If you know of any houses we should feature, send the address to southview@albanyherald.com.

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Nominations open for Outstanding Young Peanut Farmer

The Outstanding Georgia Young Peanut Farmer Award is based upon the applicant’s overall farm operation; environmental and stewardship practices; and leadership, civic, church, and community service activities.

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Albany Area Coming Up Calendar - Dec. 11-17, 2013

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

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Southwest Georgia Education Notebook -- Dec. 11, 2013

Three area students earn scholarships from the University of Georgia

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The Big 10 for the week Nov. 29-Dec.6, 2013

The most-read stories of the week at www.albanyherald.com

The most-read stories for the week of Nov. 29 through Dec. 6 week at www.albanyherald.com

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Southwest Georgia public health officials encouraging people to get their flu shots

Officials using National Influenza Vaccination Week to promote flu prevention

Since the holiday travel period gives an opportunity for disease to circulate, the public is being encouraged to get their flu shots before opening their gifts this Christmas.

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Tommy Coleman named to GCSBA Board of Directors

Tommy Coleman represents the Dougherty County School System

A former Mayor of Albany, Tommy Coleman represents the Dougherty and Baker County school systems as well as 27 southwest Georgia municipalities and counties

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Nominations open for Outstanding Young Peanut Farmer

The Outstanding Georgia Young Peanut Farmer Award is based upon the applicant’s overall farm operation; environmental and stewardship practices; and leadership, civic, church, and community service activities.

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Georgia peanut crop experiencing good year

Peanut economists expect Georgia peanut production to hit close to a two tons per acre

Georgia peanut acreage, at 430,000 acres this year, could increase by 15 percent in 2014, forecasters say.