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Albany city officials recognize police officer, civilians

Pastor, Albany Police Department employees acknowledged at Albany City Commission meeting

Sgt. Kawaski Barnes, named the Albany Police Office of the Year, was recognized by city officials for his efforts in organizing events and dedication to his duties as a police officer, a nomination letter on him reads.

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Georgia Department of Transportation readies crews to handle winter storm

Numerous government offices, schools and organization close today

Driving conditions were already deteriorating in northern amd central parts of the state Tuesday, and were expected to worsen after nightfall. Transportation officials urge motorists to stay off the roads until mid-morning today at the earliest.

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Noise complaints surrounding Albany Motor Speedway resurface

Operators of the oval track say residents may be hearing noise generated by the nearby drag strip

Noise restrictions on the Albany Motor Speedway that were imposed by Dougherty County officials in 2008 have been followed, speedway officials say.

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Jeff Sinyard will not seek re-election to Dougherty County Commission chairmanship

Dougherty County Commission chair will give up office at end of the year

Dougherty County Commission Chair Jeff Sinyard says he will not seek re-election this year.

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Albany City Commission gives tentative approval to multimodal environmental assessment

Ongoing Albany transportation project well into its second decade

The Albany City Commission pushes efforts to move forward with a long-delayed multimodal transportation project.

Albany City Commission makes board appointments

Citizen volunteers selected to serve on advisory boards, commissions

Albany city commissioners fulfilled their first official duty of the new year by selecting citizens to serve on advisory boards.

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Georgia State Patrol urges area funding for Camilla-based Life Flight operation

Proposed station would give Southwest Georgia trauma care coverage

Department of Public Safety officials say the state is willing to put up more than $12 million to bring a Life Flight operation to Southwest Georgia.

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Albany City Commission to consider pit bull legislation

An ordinance based on the Georgia definition of a pit bull has been proposed in Albany

The Albany City Commission is expected to discuss the proposed pit bull restrictions at its first meeting of the year on Monday.

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B.J. Fletcher, Bobby Coleman to be sworn in as Albany city commissioners

New commissioners say they're ready to tackle Albany's pressing issues

Two new Albany city commissioners, elected in the 2013 municipal elections, will take office Monday.

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Lee County Commission re-elects officers to start new year

Rick Muggridge will serve a second year-long term as chairman of the board

Dennis Roland was elected by his fellow commissioners to serve another year-long term as vice chairman of the Lee County Commission.

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Wording ties up proposed ADICA, RiverQuarium management deal

City attorney: ADICA cannot commit city funds to aquarium

A downtown Albany attraction is seeking a management agreement with an Albany city development authority.

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Dougherty County schools need 65 percent rule waiver

School system needs to apply for hardship waiver for Georgia's direct classroom expenditures rule

The state requires that school systems spend 65 percent of their operating expenditures on direct classroom instruction.

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Albany-Dougherty Planning Commission approves rezoning, variance requests

Staff recommends approval of requests brought before Planning Commission

The Albany-Dougherty Planning Commission approves a pair of development requests with little fanfare.

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Albany-Dougherty EDC Chief Ted Clem resigns

EDC No. 2 official Justin Strickland named interim director

Economic and Development Commission president Ted Clem is reportedly accepting another position.

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Oxford to build North Leesburg Bypass for $8.2 million

Oxford has two years to complete the road, which will start just north of Leesburg schools on State Route 195, connect to Old Smithville Road and then continue westward over the railroad tracks and U.S. Highway 19 before looping back to U.S. 19.

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