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Judge rules Dougherty County can sue state for fees

The Dougherty County sheriff is filing suit to collect unpaid process service fees from the state

A judge rules in favor of Dougherty County in its attempt to collect process fees from the Georgia Department of Human Services, which turned down a settlement offer from the county.

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Georgia Department of Community Health: CON law would not prevent sale of Phoebe North

North Albany Medical Center receives response from DCH

The attorney representing North Albany Medical Center said that North Albany has expressed interest in the property but would wait until the Federal Trade Commission makes its decision to decide what to do.

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Leesburg construction company to change locations

S and S Roofing and Construction to relocate closer to Lee County High School

Thanks to the approval of a rezoning request by the Leesburg City Council Tuesday night S & S Roofing and Construction will soon be moving to a new location.

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Charter amendment would make Albany city manager head of Albany utility

Albany officials made Water, Gas & Light a city department earlier this year

Albany city commissioners give non-binding approval to a charter change that would make the city manager also be the city’s utility general manager.

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Harry James sworn in as District 5 Dougherty County commissioner

Dougherty County Commission begins review of Fiscal Year 2015 budget

After a brief swearing-in ceremony, Harry James takes his seat as Dougherty County’s District 5 commissioner.

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Judge rules in favor of Lee County Board of Commissioners in zoning case | COURT DOCUMENTS

Judge sides with Lee County Board of Commissioners in zoning case

Despite opposition from local residents Judge W. James Sizemore denied a request Thursday to temporarily stop the rezoning of a tract of land in Lee County clearing the way for the sale of that property to a local businessman Brian Bridges for use as a concrete plant.

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Lee County Commission picks Glendale route for East-West connector

Work on the connector likely will not start before early 2015

The decision on the route for the connector highway is a move that county officials say they believe will generate significant economic development, reduce response time for emergency services to many residents and generally make it easier for motorists to reach many existing Lee County businesses.

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Albany officials address complaints about stormwater fees

Business owners have issues with assessment of citywide fees

Albany officials say they’re addressing issues that have surfaced with the implementation of new stormwater utility fees.

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Albany Aviation Commission wants drywall cracks at new terminal repaired

An engineer’s report says cracks at Southwest Georgia Regional Airport are cosmetic, not structural problems

The Albany-Dougherty Aviation Commission will ask its terminal contractor to make minor drywall repairs to the three most noticeable cracks.

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Dougherty County gives special approval for work on Sherwood upper campus

Private school plans to consolidate upper, lower campuses at single location

The Dougherty County Commission gave Sherwood Christian Academy final permission to move forward with its improvement plans Monday.

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The Dougherty School System is not renewing 24 teachers and administrators

Dougherty School System officials are dealing with an $8.3 million budget shortfall for FY 2015

The reduction in force of teachers and administrators are part of a plan to balance the Dougherty County School System budget for the fiscal year that starts July 1.

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Albany officials monitor, but leave alone, hidden homeless population (PHOTO GALLERY)

Estimates of the number of homeless living in a wooded North Albany area range from 18 to 60

Albany city officials so far are taking a hands-off approach to a homeless group living in woods off 16th Avenue in North Albany.

ADICA OKs lease proposal with Rabbitman's Tony Williams

Deal would allow Rabbitman Footwear to move into former skate park property

The Albany-Dougherty Inner City Authority agrees to a lease plan with Rabbitman Footwear’s Tony Williams.

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Hospital Authority of Albany-Dougherty approves a budget and subordination agreement

The Hospital Authority reviews an agreement involving property near its Phoebe North campus

A subordination agreement between the Hospital Authority of Albany-Dougherty County and Dr. Jonathan Payne concerns a piece of property just north of the Phoebe North for which, while not included in the $195 million transaction for the hospital, the Hospital Authority has a title conveyance.

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Former ASU football coach Hamp Smith endorses School Board candidate Shirlette Davis-Marcus

Shirlette Davis-Marcus is running for the District 6 Dougherty Board of Education seat being vacated by Darrel Ealum

ASU coaching legend Hamp Smith endorses Shirlette Davis-Marcus for school board seat

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