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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.

Stop the Violence leader Frederick Williams chastises City Commissioner Tommie Postell for comments

Ward VI Commissioner Tommie Postell recently claimed morale is down in the Albany Police Department

A citizen activist challenges comments made by an Albany City Commissioner at a commission meeting.

Lee County officials, sheriff confer on budget issues | VIDEO

The Lee County Commission chairman expects a resolution soon

The conflict began when County Manager Ron Rabun received an invoice of $18,340 for digital video recording equipment for the county jail. The expenditure was not included in this year’s budget. Rabun suggested the bill be paid from the sheriff’s drug forfeiture account, a move that was opposed by Rachals.

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Rep. Sanford Bishop, Thrush Aircraft's Payne Hughes promote Ex-Im Bank charter renewal | VIDEO

The federal export credit agency help Thrush sell 20 ag aircraft to China last year

Rep. Sanford Bishop, Thrush Aircraft’s Payne Hughes pushing Ex-Im Bank charter reauthorization

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Dougherty County Commission to consider employee review policy change

Dougherty official wants policy compatible with action taken by administration

The Dougherty County Cosmmission is asked to consider a policy change that will impact employee discipline.

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Dougherty County Commission rejects alcohol license application

An agent for the store owner sold beer to an underage person in 2013

A Lee County store owner’s applicantion for an alcohol sales license under an employee’s name is rejected by the Dougherty County Commission because of the employee sold alcohol to an underage person last year.

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Leesburg receives state funding to improve water system

Leesburg awarded state CDBG funds for water system

The burden of making improvements to the city’s water system became a great lighter as Leesburg will receive close to half a million dollars from a state grant.

Key activist group sees flaws in Georgia's state health plan

Many new options unaffordable, group contends

Most State Health Benefit Plan members will see a significant increase in premiums if they choose to move from the current Health Reimbursement Arrangement to one of the new HMOs, especially the one run by UnitedHealthcare, said Ashley Cline of the group Teachers Rally to Advocate for Georgia Insurance Choices.

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Hospital Authority of Albany-Dougherty County updated on financials, student housing

Money being raised to build medical student housing complex

The physician-to-patient ratio in Georgia is already unfavorable, and with physicians either retiring or relocating, there is potential for the situation to get even more dire. This could create a perfect storm, which officials have said needs to be addressed.

Property crime focus of Albany meeting

Meeting to discuss property crime in Albany

Jon Howard’s town hall meeting will discuss property crime in east Albany

Warwick City Council not likely to revisit firing of former police chief David Morris

Some residents want David Morris reinstated, but their pleas fall on deaf ears

Crowd urges Warwick council to reinstate fired police chief

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Lee County panel recommends road resurfacing, paving priority lists

Lovers Lane No. 1 on the proposed Lee County resurfacing list

While Lovers Lane Road is No. 1 on the resurfacing list, Forrester Parkway Extension in western Lee County is No. 1 on the paving or new construction list.

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Mamie Brosnan Elementary deconstruction bid moves to full Dougherty County School Board

Built in 1938, the building will be taken apart, and bricks and stonework sold

Committee OKs moving Mamie Brosnan deconstruction to full school board.

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