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Bobby Dews talks baseball and life at Pataula Charter Career Day

After spending 53 years in baseball, the Atlanta Braves icon now concentrating on writing

Bobby Dews talks baseball and life at Pataula Charter Career Day

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Troy University's Albany site holds graduation exercise

More than 40 earned diplomas, with 10 percent of class being veterans

Troy University’s Albany site held its Spring Commencement exercise Thursday at Mt. Zion Baptist church. Twenty-two of the more than 40 graduates strode across the state to pick up their diplomas.

Dougherty budget includes funds to reopen Southside Library branch

Opening of Southside branch would 'close chapter' on system's library closures

Funding of around $200,000 for the reopening of the Southside Library branch is currently in Dougherty County’s FY 2016 budget.

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Deerfield-Windsor School graduates 60 Sunday

All members for the Deerfield class of 2015 have been accepted to college

This year’s senior class at Deerfield logged in more than 6,750 volunteer hours. Twenty of the graduates were listed on the commencement program as having been enrolled in Deerfield since kindergarten or first grade, and six are children of Deerfield alumni.

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Four students earn scholarships from Kiwanis Club

Club gives $5,000 to assist four top students

This year’s recipients were Marie Luz of Lee County High School, the $2,000 Gregory Neff Scholarship to the University of Georgia; Megan Hogan of Lee County High School, the $1,000 Bob Fowler Sr. Scholarship; James Robinson, dual-enrolled at Albany High School and Darton College, the $1,000 Larry Price Scholarship; and Candace Shirley of Lee County High, the $1,000 Bob Pharis Scholarship.

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Dougherty County School System graduates 746 on Saturday

Each of th four public schools conducted ceremonies Saturday at the Albany Civic Center

Nearly 750 newly-minted graduates walked across the dais at the Albany Civic Center on Saturday as Dougherty, Albany, Westover and Monroe high schools held their annual commencement exercises.

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Sherwood Christian Academy graduates 37

About 40 percent of the graduating class are honor graduates

Nine of Sherwood’s 37 graduates graduates have been together for 13 years. Eight have inked athletic scholarships, which is also the number of the members of the class who have have made mission trips

Georgia U.S. senators push speed-limiting devices on heavy trucks

Fatal crash that claimed student nurse from Lee County cited by senators as wreck device could have prevented

U.S. Sens. Johnny Isakson and David Perdue are urging the U.S. Department of Transportation to implement a rule that would require devices that would limit how fast the biggest trucks on highways could travel.

Lawsuit filed in deaths of three Georgia Southern student nurses

Parents of three deceased Georgia Southwestern University nursing students file a wrongful death suit.

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Jack Willis gives Dougherty BOE student discipline update

Assistant superintendent tells School Board alternative school enrollment has dropped 26 percent in a year

If short and uneventful school board meetings are to be used as a measure of a school district gaining traction, then things are definitely looking up for the Dougherty County School System.

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Lee School Superintendent Larry Walters will step down July 1

After 13 years as school chief, Larry Walters said the time is right to move on

Citing a desire to spend more time on travel and with family, Lee County School Superintendent Larry Walters confirms his retirement.

Albany firefighter first to get ASU fire services administration degree

Degree given more than two decades after his first enrollment

“It was always a goal of mine to go back to school and get my degree,” said the 46-year-old Jordan, who currently serves as assistant fire chief for the Albany Fire Department. “Even though it was hard — staying up late at night, trying to get study time in, plus the job demands – the education was a must.”

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Albany State University graduates receive diplomas

More than 400 Albany State graduates ready for the future

Albany State University graduates more than 400 students at the Albany Civic Center Saturday.

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Darton State College awards diplomas to more than 300 graduates

The more than 300 graduates came from eight different countries, 13 states and 92 of Georgia’s 159 counties

More than 300 newly-minted graduate picked up degrees Thursday evening as Darton State College conducted its 2015 Spring Commencement exercise.

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Albany State University holds annual Legislative Appreciation Luncheon

Highlight of the year was ASU receiving funding for a new fine arts center

Next Monday, Gov. Nathan Deal will be on campus to sign the state’s $21.9 billion FY 2015-16 state budget which includes $19.8 million to fund a new fine arts center to replace the aging and overcrowded Holley Hall at ASU.

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