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Non-agenda items parking, take-home cars get Albany city commissioners' attention

Albany leaders expected to take up vehicle, parking issues at future meeting

Albany commissioners are gavelled down by the city’s mayor after their discussion of take-home cars gets heated.

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Albany area opposition to natural gas pipeline grows

Dougherty County officials call for joint meeting with Albany City Commission

Local activists join neighborhood group in calling for County Commission action against proposed natural gas pipeline.

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Dougherty County Commission approves 2015 employee insurance plan

County board takes action to lessen impact of 'anomaly' of 'extreme' claims in 2013-14

The Dougherty County Commission takes measures to lesson the impact of “extreme” insurance claims during the most recent fiscal year.

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Lee County investor makes last ditch effort for apartment complex | VIDEO

Oakland Partners wants to constrict a 240-unit apartment complex

Jim Bacon said a development company based in Columbus wants to build an apartment complex on 30 acres owned by Oakland Partners near the intersection of Forester Parkway and Old Leesburg Highway. He said the project would represent an investment of about $20 million and could bring about $5 milion in revenue to Lee County over the next decade.

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Historic Preservation Commission, city of Albany kick off historic district survey

A survey in the Rawson Circle and Rawson Park neighborhoods could lead to expansion of the existing Albany historic district

Albany-Dougherty Historic Preservation Commission and the city of Albany will survey Rawson Circle and Rawson Park neighborhoods through Sept. 21.

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Dougherty County mulls insurance plan changes

Large claims over past year force Dougherty County to consider insurance plan changes

Due to an inordinate number of large claims Dougherty County employees may soon be seeing a change to their health insurance plan.

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The Dougherty County Commission finally approves alcohol license for Albany convenience store

Dougherty County Commissioners award alcohol license to Albany Express Convenience Store

After denying three previous applications the Dougherty County Board of Commissioners ultimately granted an alcohol license in the name of a new manager to the Albany Express Convenience Store on Newton Road.

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Albany Mayor Dorothy Hubbard weighs her political future

Hubbard says 'paying forward' kindness shown to her as a young woman

Albany Mayor Dorothy Hubbard learned her work ethic from her hard-working father.

FTC rejects proposed agreement with Phoebe Putney Health System, Hospital Authority of Albany-Dougherty County

Federal Trade Commission officials say the matter is headed back to administrative court

The proposed agreement would have allowed the Hospital Authority to retain possession of the former Palmyra Medical Center and for Phoebe Putney to operate the facility.

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Albany, Dougherty County officials pool their efforts on east Albany projects

Bobby Coleman, Clinton Johnson work together on underpass, Boys and Girls Club issues

Elected Albany and Dougherty County officials are working together on issues impacting their shared constituents.

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Georgia House majority leader visits Albany and Southwest Georgia | VIDEO

House Leader Larry O'Neal conducts listening tour in southwest Georgia

Georgia House representative Gerald Greene takes Majority Leader Larry O’Neal on a listening tour of southwest Georgia.

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Stephen Collier ready to fly at Albany utilities without 'safety net'

Long-time city of Albany employee is adjusting well to transfer to Water, Gas & Light

Stephen Collier was easing into retirement when the opportunity to head Albany’s utilities authority was offered.

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Changing mindset crucial to Albany utilities' financial future

Albany Water, Gas & Light Commission sees revenues up, expenses down

Albany utilities officials say changes under the city’s new management team are providing positive returns.

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Downtown Central Library branch reopens | VIDEO | PHOTO GALLERY

The $5.5 million project draws rave reviews from library patrons, Dougherty County officials

After a 20-month renovation, downtown Albany’s Central Libraryh reopens Thursday with a ribbon-cutting ceremony.

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Albany-Dougherty County officials optimistic about State of the Community | VIDEO

Albany Mayor Dorothy Hubbard urges those attending the event to get excited about possibilities

Albany and Dougherty County government and Dougherty County public school leaders present their assessment of Albany’s future at the Albany Area Chamber of Commerce’s first State of the Community luncheon.

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