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Lee County officials look to reduce jail population

A magistrate court will have added capability to be a second courtroom for jury trials

The jail budget is $2,139,209, or 9 percent of Lee County’s total budget of $23,456,773.

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Darrel Ealum says he learned much in his first General Assembly session

He’s most proud of helping to get funding for new academic building at Albany State University

Rookie state Rep. Darrel Ealum says his first session in General Assembly was a learning experience.

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Preliminary injunction removed for Phoebe North

Womens services for Albany Area Primary Health Care expected to move to 2100 Palmyra Road

The order removing the preliminary injunction, which court documents show was filed at 5:30 p.m. on April 2, follows a settlement announced last week by the Federal Trade Commission regarding its opposition to the purchase of Phoebe North, formerly Palmyra Medical Center, by the Hospital Authority of Albany-Dougherty County.

Leesburg police officers to get body cameras

Leesburg police should be equipped with the cameras in three weeks

Leesburg Police Chief Charlie Moore says the 11 body cameras will cost $4,345 and enable each city police officer to be outfitted with one.

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Albany commissioners discuss redefining ADICA's mission

City leaders say development authority must work with city to improve downtown

Albany city commissioners say ADICA’s development efforts must go through them.

Dougherty County Commission OKs employee clinic

County employees will receive health care treatment at downtown clinic

The Dougherty County Commission formally approves an on-site employee health clinic.

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NewTownMacon CEO says residences key to downtown revitalization

Speaking at Albany Rotary Club, NewTownMacon CEO describes successful downtown formula

As Albany stuggles with revitalizing its downtown, the CEO of NewTownMacon says his non-profit’s work with Bibb County government and private businesses has been a winning formula for Macon.

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Lack of energy code hurts Albany renters

Landlords, property owners not compelled to maintain rental property

A number of Albany citizens, many of them renters, say their utility bills have skyrocketed since the city took control of running utility operations.

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North bypass construction under way in Leesburg | VIDEO | PHOTO GALLERY

Leesburg's north bypass on pace for December completion

History was made in Leesburg Wednesday when construction crews began erecting an overpass crossing U.S. Highway 19 as part of the Leesburg North Bypass project.

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Dougherty County Commission considers employee health clinic

Insurance consultant tells county officials clinic would save on health plan costs

The Dougherty County Commission is expected to decide next week whether to open an on-site employee health clinic downtown.

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Dougherty police chief: Low pay reason for personnel losses

Dougherty Police Chief Jackie Battle says she's had to fill 48 of 55 positions since 2011

Dougherty County Police Chief Jackie Battle introduces Kenneth Johnson as the department’s new assistant chief.

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Central Services department carries huge responsibilities

Department responsible for Albany/Dougherty Procurement, Fleet Management, Materials Management

The Albany/Dougherty County Central Services department supplies pencils, buildings, vehicles … and everything in between.

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Albany City Clerk Sonja Tolbert named president of state organization

City official pushes education for employees she calls 'backbone' of city government

Albany City Clerk Sonja Tolbert is named president of the 400-member Georgia Municipal Clerks & Finance Officers Association.

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Albany City Commission delays vote on proposed sign ordinance changes

Confusion over proposed changes leaves Albany city commissioners with unanswered questions

Albany city commissioners decide to prolong their discussion of proposed changes to the city’s sign ordinance.

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First phase of Oakland/Forrester Parkway Extension approved

Vote to proceed was 4-1 with Vice Chairman Roland dissenting

Lee County Commission Chair Rick Muggridge says the Forrester/Oakland extension is the “most important economic development project this county could do,” adding there is “significant investment” in the county waiting for the $7.7 million road to be completed.

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