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Tifton researchers release new muscadine grape variety

The new Hall variety is sweet and ripens eary

The new University of Georgia muscadine is golden and ripens early, making it an attractive choice for consumers and Georgia farmers. The biggest need now is to make other areas of the country aware of muscadines and create better markets for the grape.

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The cost of romance for Valentine's Day to hit new record

Americans will spend a record $18.9 billion on Valentine's Day gifts

A survey released last week by the National Retail Federation found that the average person who celebrates Valentine’s Day will spend an average of $142, with men spending double what women will spend.

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Southwest Georgia congressional delegation reacts to State of the Union speech

Republican lawmakers at odds with direction while Democratic legislator is mostly supportive of president

Georgia’s senators and U.S. Rep. Austin Scott find mostly negatives in President Obama’s State of the Union address while U.S. Rep. Sanford Bishop says that even though he is supportive of most of the president’s initiatives, he has different views than the White House on issues such as the Keystone pipeline and EPA authority expansion.

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Rep. Ed Rynders to chair State House Governmental Affairs Committee

Panel oversees management of government, state election law

Rynders will also serve as the Secretary of the Health & Human Services, Appropriations, and Legislative and Congressional Reapportionment Committees, as well as Ex-Officio of the Ways and Means Committee. In addition, Rep. Rynders is a member of the Intragovernmental Coordination and Transportation committees.

Wanted: Albany area's best musicians, venues

Reader nominations sought for top Southwest Georgia artists

The Friday JAM session is looking for the area’s best musicians and musical venues.

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Albany Area Kitchen Inspections - Dec. 19, 2014-Jan. 7, 2015

These establishments were inspected by the Dougherty, Lee and Worth County Environmental Health Offices Dec. 19-Jan. 7.

Albany gas stays below $2 per gallon average

Albany is the lone georgia metro area averaging less than $2 a gallon

ALBANY — With gas averaging less than $2 a gallon in metro Albany, record-high oil production should keep the relative bargain at the pump going this year, gas price experts say.

National Weather Service warns south Georgia residents to brace for freezing temperatures

NWS predicts that mercury will plunge Wednesday through Friday

Storms are gone, but freezing temperatures ore on the way

Sylvester man stabbed by girlfriend

Warrant issued for suspect

A Sylvester woman stabs her boyfriend when she mistakes his cousin romantic interest.

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HOW THEYRE BITIN: Southwest Georgia fishing - Jan. 2, 2015 weekend

SWGA FISHING REPORT: A weekly outlook on how the fish are biting in Southwest Georgia lakes and the Flint River

These are the fishing prospects for this weekend for the Flint River and lakes Blackshear, Seminole and Walter F. George.

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2014 a year of change in metro Albany

Government, business get makeovers

Southwest Georgians gets a mix of good and bad change over the course of the year 2014.

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New year rings in with traditions ... superstititions

Black-eyed peas and ham top the menus for many on New Year's Day

A lot of the traditions that families enjoy on New Year’s Day stem from superstitions about how to gain good luck and good fortune and avoid pitfalls.

Man dies from injuries in Worth County crash

Anthony Landrum succumbs to Saturday crash injuries

Initial reports from the GSP said Landrum was traveling north on State Highway 33 just north of Calhoun Road when the 2008 Ford pickup truck he was driving was involved in a collision with a tractor trailer truck in the south lane being driven by Kenneth Tyner at 10 a.m. on Saturday.

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Gas pump prices continue downward slide

Metro Albany average gas price lowest in Georgia

How long the decline will continue is anyone’s guess, but average gas prices in the U.S. have declined for 95 straight days.

Sylvester police investigating Christmas Day sexual assault of 70-year-old woman

Sexual assault victim did not know the assailant, Sylvester police say

On Thursday, from 5 a.m. to 7 a.m., an unknown man reportedly entered a residence on Carter Road in Sylvester and sexually assaulted a 70-year-old woman.