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Albany Area Coming Up Calendar - Dec. 4-10, 2013

A busy weekend of holiday-related events is Coming Up in Albany and Southwest Georgia.

Christmas will make its presence known this weekend as parades, concerts and stage productions hit high gear.

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Watermelon disease a double whammy for Georgia growers

The effects of the water mold sometimes are not evident until after shipment

Georgia watermelon farmers found Phytophthora to be a hit to the wallet after heavy rains in mid summer made the disease more widespread than normal.

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Cancer Coalition of South Georgia receives Mutual of America award

Cancer screening program based in Albany receives national recognition

Cancer Coalition of South Georgia was selected as one of the top three organizations to receive national recognition from the Mutual of America Foundation and a $25,000 grant.

Unemployment rises in Albany, Southwest Georgia during October

Georgia Department of Labor announces metro rates for October

An increase in new layoffs and an increase in the number of unemployed residents contributed to a bump in the jobless rate in Albany and Southwest Georgia in October, labor officials say.

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Attorney for injured Dawson mayor seeks security solution

Mayor’s attorney tries for protection alternative

The attorney of Dawson mayor Christopher Wright hopes to provide security alternatives.

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Gas prices rise as Thanksgiving nears

An interruption in Gulf fuel production has caused retail gas prices to rise

More than 43 million Americans — including 1.24 million Georgians — are expected to travel away from home over the Thanksgiving holidays.

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Albany area gets ready for holiday season

The lights of the Christmas season are starting to shine in Southwest Georgia

Albany and other Southwest Georgia communities get ready for the holidays with lots of festive cheer and fun activities.

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Fugitive from Albany Transition Center sought by law enforcement

Escapee eludes officers

With little time left in his sentence, an inmate walks out of a transitional facility.

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SOWEGA Council on Aging conducts annual meeting in Albany

Update on new center and annual report presented at SOWEGA Council on Aging meeting

Officials say the SOWEGA Council on Aging Senior Life Enrichment Center is expected to be occupied by mid-January.

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Dawson mayor: Shooting was politically motivated

Dawson Mayor Chris Wright says the City Council is refusing to provide him additional security.

The mayor of Dawson said his Halloween night shooting was politically motivated.

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BIG 10: Most-viewed articles Nov. 8-15, 2013

The final People’s Choice player of the week high school football poll leads views for week

These were the most viewed articles at www. albanyherald.com for the week.

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Georgia peanut yields higher than expected

Crop pales in comparison to last year’s yield

It was feared earlier in the season that high accumulations of rainfall during the summer washed out portions of farmers’ peanut fields. While reports are low of that being the case, rain did provide other farmers with enough water for their crops to exceed normal growth.

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Gunman came to kill, wounded Dawson mayor supporters charge

Members of a Georgia black mayors organization want increased protection for Dawson Mayor Christopher Wright

Dawson Mayor Christopher Wright continues to recover from multiple gunshot wounds he suffered at his home on Oct. 31.

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Dawson mayor said to be improving from gunshot wounds

Mayor Christopher Wright was shot multiple times Oct. 31 at his Dawson home

NAACP officials in Terrell County have established a medical fund for wounded Dawson mayor Christopher Wright, who is in serious condition.

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Liberty House promotes Christmas 'adoption' of victims of abuse

The Adopt a Family Program helps victims of abuse in the Albany area during the holidays

Liberty House’s adoption program for victims of abuse is designed to make the Christmas holidays brighter through the gift of giving.