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Dog dispute in Lee County heads to Superior Court

Couple who provide safe haven for dogs are told to remove kennel from neighborhood

Wes and Kim Terrell file suit against Lee County commissioners over directive sent by the county attorney ordering them to close their kennel for rescue dogs. The facility has drawn opposition from many of the Terrells’ neighbors over the past several months.

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City of Albany’s Fiscal Year 2013 audit report a good-news, bad-news mix

CPA firm says audit report for Albany has no findings or compliance violations

Financial transactions in FY 2013 decreased the city of Albany’s fund balance by more than $7.77 million.

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Medical marijuana bill passes Georgia House

With a vote of 171-4, a proposal to allow for the use of medical marijuana in Georgia passes the state House of Representatives.

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Dougherty County police, fire studies show limited viable options

Costs, services among concerns listed in study of Dougherty County public safety options

Recent studies show that Dougherty County is taking the most efficient approach to fire and law enforcement services.

Albany City Commission decides to table pit bulldog ordinance

In a close vote, the board decides to not take action on breed-specific restrictions

Five commissioners vote to delay action on a pit bull ordinance.

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Albany City Commission must tackle a number of key issues in 2014

OUTLOOK 2014: Pay raises, insurance costs, city utility among priority issues for city leaders

Albany leaders go into 2014 with a number of vital issues prominent on their to-do list.

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Jeff Sinyard: Coming changes cannot detract from County Commission's focus

OUTLOOK 2014: Budget concerns, countywide efficiencies among vital issues facing Dougherty County government

With an election promising a significant shakeup of the county government, Dougherty leaders can’t look too far ahead.

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Dougherty County community tennis center part of mega sports park plan

A SPLOST-funded tennis center has been in planning stage for 20 years

A long-delayed special tax-funded community tennis center may actually be back on the drawing board after two decades.

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Auction of four city of Albany properties brings in $566,000, pending commission approval

Former L’Jua’s restaurant attracts, $205,000, but Tift Park parcel is removed from online auction of city-owned property

An online auction conducted on behalf of the city of Albany Wednesday brings in $566,000 for four properties. City commissioners are expected to vote Tuesday on whether to accept the bids.

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Task force convenes to discuss Albany sign ordinance

Citizens group to work with city officials on issues with existing sign ordinance

A citizens/government Sign Task Force held an initial meeting Thursday to begin discussing updates to Albany’s sign ordinance, which has been in effect about six years.

Dog dispute in Lee County likely headed to court

Residents of Brittany Plantation want rescue dog kennel closed

A County Lee woman who operates a kennel as a rescue center for dogs contends her operation is allowed under county regulations.

Audit suggests changes in Leesburg’s Finance Department

Leesburg also buys telemetry equipment to monitor its utility system

The report was favorable overall, but auditors say internal controls are needed in the finance department, a problem not that unusual for small city governments with limited staff. The situation should be improved, the auditor said, with the addition of City Manager Bob Alexander.

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Bond funding vital to downtown Albany development

ADICA serves as intermediary for inner-city development

A $3.44 million bond has been used by Albany officials to spark development in the city’s downtown district.

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Albany City Attorney Nathan Davis, staff come up big in discrimination suit

Jury rejects police officer’s claim of racial bias

A federal jury rules in the city of Albany’s and APD Chief John Proctor’s favor in a racial discrimination lawsuit.

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Southwest Georgia congressional delegation mixed on reactions to State of the Union address (VIDEOS)

Republicans are critical of President Obama for what they see as job-killing policies

U.S. Rep. Sanford Bishop has a positive reaction to the president’s speech, while U.S. Rep. Austin Scott is critical, as are Georgia’s two U.S. senators.

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