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Southwest Georgia Regional Airport wins national training award

Aviation Commission ready for Phase III of renovation project

Southwest Georgia Regional Airport is one of 90 nationwide to qualify for online training awards.

Albany Sign Task Force readies recommendations for Planning Commission

Albany City Commission will ultimately rule on task force recommendations

An Albany Sign Task Force reaches concensus on recommendations for the city’s sign ordinance.

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They Said It… April 13, 2014

QUOTES: Words worth repeating

They Said It…is a compilation of quotes by notable folks

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Lee County Commission mulls rezoning for concrete plant

Lee County Planning Commission recommends denial, as do area residents

A proposed concrete plant looking to locate in Lee County has encountered opposition from residents and the county Planning Commission.

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Albany City Commissioner B.J. Fletcher: Tax owners of dilapidated properties

Freshman Albany city commissioner’s comments generate animated business discussion

Albany City Commissioner B.J. Fletcher says property owners should be held accountable for not maintaining their properties.

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Officials ponder SPLOST reallocation to improve county fire rating

Dougherty Commission mulls ISO fire rating improvement project

Many Dougherty County property owners may soon see reduced fire insurance premiums thanks to a new plan proposed to improve the county’s insurance ratings.

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The Big 10 - March 21-28, 2014

Two Albany icons -- one a former restaurant, the other a world-famous restaurateur -- top this weeks list.

These are the 10 most-viewed articles on albanyherald.com for the week of March 21-28, 2014.

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Leadership Lee grads hear from existing leaders (Video)

State Rep. Ed Rynders, County Commission Chairman Rick Muggridge, Commissioner Greg Frich and Chamber CEO Winston Oxford speak to the group

State Rep. Ed Rynders challenges the Leadership Lee grads to become engaged in local government, to appreciate the quality of life that Lee County offers and to have “civilized debate” about issues.

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Lack of funds hampers fire improvements in Lee County

Residents of northern Lee County, dealing with high insurance costs, want improved services

Commissioner Dennis Roland and his constituents from northern Lee County residents show frustration over the lack of progress in providing fire protection services to the less population dense area of the county.

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Albany/Dougherty Planning Director: Addressing could be matter of life or death

City code offers specific directions for numeric property identifiers

Albany officials warn that complying with city adressing codes is beneficial to businesses and residents.

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Planned Regional Youth Detention Center in Terrell County gets state funding

The $12.27 million facility will replace a 46-year-old Regional YDC in Albany

Funding for the project is included in the state of Georgia’s Fiscal Year 2015 spending plan, which goes into effect July 1.

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Sen. Saxby Chambliss looking to next stage of life (Video)

The Georgia senior senator will leave Congress in January after 20 years at Capitol Hill

Sen. Saxby Chambliss says he’s looking forward to spending more time with family and exploring post-Senate options, but first he has some work to finish in Congress.

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They Said It ... March 23, 2014

QUOTES: Words worth repeating

They Said It … is a compilation of quotes by notable folks.

Dougherty elections officials expected to announce special County Commission election today

Unless there is a conflict with state law, the election is expected to be conducted May 20

If the special election for Dougherty County Commission District 5 is conducted May 20, the qualifying period would be held next week.

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Lee County plans communitywide cleanup Saturday

The event features amnesty day at the landfill, plus old prescription medicine and flags can be turned in for disposal

This year’s edition of the Great American Cleanup in Lee County is 8 a.m.-noon Saturday. Anyone wishing to participate should contact the Lee County Chamber of Commerce at (229) 759-2422.

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