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Sumter County UGA Extension agent offers families helping hand

Profile: Mitzi Parker

Mitzi Parker, family and consumer sciences agent at Americus, assists people in dire financial straits by helping them maintain a manageable budget. She also strives to work the housing aspect into her financial classes.

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First Albany X-BOTS event draws attention to STEM education | PHOTOS | VIDEO

Albany Technical College and GeorgiaFIRST bring off-season robotics competition to Albany

While robotics is still a new educational tool in Albany and Southwest Georgia, Albany Tech officials have ambitions to make ATC a regional robotics hub, which also could have a positive effect on STEM studies and education rates in the region.

Public health encouraging early start on back-to-school vaccinations

Health department officials say some vaccines available to qualified families at little to no cost

With visits to the public health department low at this time of year compared to others, parents can avoid the back-to-school rush by getting their children current in vaccinations that are required in order to attend Georgia secondary schools.

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Young Scholars get ag experience at UGA Tifton campus

Program shows students career opportunities while giving them experience

The Young Scholars program brings advanced high school students to University of Georgia campuses at Tifton, Griffin and Athens for six-week summer courses that expose the students to agriculture and the sciences.

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Dougherty County School Board to get new career academy plan next month

Dormant for the past three years, a college and career academy in Albany has gained new life. Dougherty County may also gain a new middle school in the process.

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Dougherty County School System looking to tighten student attendance policy

Committee recommends reducing unexcused absences from 14 to five before retention

DCSS Associate Superintendent Ufot Inyang says reducing the number of unexcused student absences in a school year from 14 to five days before retention will bring the system in line with state policy.

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Dougherty County Board of Education approves 2015-16 budget

Nearly $124 million budget eliminates last two teacher furlough days

The Dougherty County School Board on Monday unanimously approved a nearly $124 million budget for the upcoming school year.

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Larry Walters bids Lee County School System adieu with no regrets

After 13 years as superintendent, Larry Walters officially retires on July 1

Lee County School Superintendent Larry Walters gave his last media interview in a conference room Tuesday. He nodded his head toward the adjacent office he occupied for the past 13 years and said, “They kicked me out of there. They are painting it for the new guy.”

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Pulitzer Prizer winner Alice Walker to visit University of Georgia in fall

Author will be first Willson Center Delta Visiting Chair at UGA

Alice Walker, a native of Eatonton, will speak at the University of Georgia on Oct. 14 and at downtown Athens on Oct. 15, with other events connected to her visit yet to be announced.

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Albany Technical College pushing two programs to benefit community, enrollment numbers

Anthony Parker: Ability to Benefit, Move on When Ready can be a boon to region

Albany Technical College is pushing two programs to encourage dual enrollment with high school students and another which allows adults to gain a high school equivalence degree (GED) while taking college-level classes.

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Groundbreaking set for new lab science building at ABAC

Students will have 24-hour access to research projects

A groundbreaking for the $8.5 million building will be held at 11:30 a.m. on Thursday at the construction site near Conger Hall.

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Albany Area Business Portfolio June 21, 2015

Two ABAC employees complete Georgia Academy for Economic Development

Garrett Boone and Franzelle Mathis-Pertilla, employees of Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College in Tifton, recently graduated from the Georgia Academy for Economic Development.

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Albany State University Marching Rams seek funding help for trip to California

The band needs $250,000 to march in the 2016 Tournament of Roses Parade

To cover the nearly $250,000 needed to march in the Tournament of Roses Parade, Albany State University’s marching band has launched a GoFundMe website. ASU has set a goal of $50,000 by September 1.

Albany man pleads guilty to wire fraud, aggravated identity theft in federal court

Authorities say Bryant Johnson received $76,631 by filing fraudulent income tax returns

The case dates back to March 2012 when authorities recovered 65 emergency contact cards stolen from a high school personnel office in the Dougherty County School System. Federal prosecutors said the child who had the cards in his backpack identified Bryant Johnson, who they say had gotten $76,631 in refunds by filing bogus tax returns.

Albany Technical College hosting open house

Application fee waived during open house

The open house is an annual event held at ATC every June since the late 1990s where potential students can come and preview more than 53 academic programs available at the campus.

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