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Albany-Dougherty Aviation Board members verbally clash at meeting

Newspaper article angers aviation commissioner, who challenges fellow board members

A member of the Albany-Dougherty Aviation Commission labels comments by fellow board members in an Albany Herald article regarding management of the airport “reprehensible,” leading to a heated exchange at Monday’s meeting.

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Albany Mayor Dorothy Hubbard touts balanced budget, new revenue sources for city

Mayor looking into raises for city employees

Albany Mayor Dorothy Hubbard spoke to Dougherty County Kiwanis Club Monday, reminding the gathered members that everyone in the community must work together to ensure a prosperous future for all citizens of the city.

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Dougherty, Planning commissions given do's, don'ts of public hearings

Joint meeting focuses on administrative, legislative zoning decisions

The Dougherty County and Albany-Dougherty Planning commissions hold a joint meeting to discuss issues of common importance.

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Dougherty County Commission formally OKs millage rate increase | PHOTOS

Three-quarter-mill increase will be used to fund county employee pay raises

The Dougherty County Commission conducts a third state-required public hearing to discuss a proposed millage rate increase and then votes to approve the increase.

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Albany, aviation officials set to discuss future of Southwest Georgia Regional Airport | PHOTOS

Leaders say Southwest Georgia Regional Airport an economic hub

Albany officials will discuss the immediate future of the Southwest Georgia Regional Airport with Aviation Commission members this week.

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Lee County Commission chairman says county health care costs 'unsustainable'

Price per employee rising to $15,054 compared to $8,700 in 2011

Since 2011, Muggridge said the health care costs paid by the commission have gone from $1.7 million to $3.4 million. “That $1.7 million would pave a lot of roads, give a lot of raises, hire a lot of people and improve our county services,” he said.

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Doughtery County School Board to keep millage rate unchanged

School millage rate to remain at 18.445 for the 10th consecutive year

The Dougherty County School Board on Monday held the final of three required public hearings on a tax increase for county property owners. After one person spoke the board voted 5-0 to keep the school millage rate at 18.445.

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Georgia congressional reaction to Iran nuclear deal

U.S. Sen. David Perdue says he fears deal does not go far enough

Congress has 60 days to decide whether to seek a resolution of disapproval that would prevent President Obama from removing sanctions against Iran as part of the agreement that U.S. and five other nations’ negotiators reached with Iranian negotiators Tuesday.

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Dougherty millage increase public hearing draws no interest

Public comment absent from first of three millage rate increase hearings

The Dougherty County Commission schedules the first of three state-required public hearings on a small millage rate increase, and no one signs up to speak.

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Georgia congressional delegation votes

Here is how the Georgia congressional delegation voted on roll call issues last week

Here’s a look at how Georgia’s delegation to the U.S. House and U.S. Senate voted last week on important issues.

Henry Cohen out as city of Albany Human Resources director

Albany city manager cites 'personnel matter' in confirming Cohen's termination

Albany City Manager Sharon Subadan confirms that city HR Director Henry Cohen is “in the process” of being terminated from his position.

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Albany Convention and Visitors Bureau welcomes Katie Hughes

Katie Hughes to serve as new sales manager for Albany Convention and Visitors Bureau

In an effort to bolster additional tourism revenue for the city and surrounding area, the Albany Convention and Visitors Bureau (CVB), has welcomed Katie Hughes as the organization’s new sales manager in hopes that her fresh perspective will entice others outside the community to make the Good Life City a must-visit destination.

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Study backs critics of the Georgia's state health plan

Complaints that started last year have support from comparative study of plans

Last week, the consulting firm Aon Hewitt reported that members of the State Health Benefit Plan pay a greater proportion of health care costs than people covered in six comparable employee plans studied — those of five other Southern states’ plans, plus University System of Georgia workers.

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Albany Mayor Dorothy Hubbard named to statewide GMA office

Albany mayor is in line to be GMA president in 2018

Albany Mayor Dorothy Hubbard is named third vice president of the Georgia Municipal Association at its annual meeting.

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Dougherty County Commission sets date on microbrewery ruling

Applicant Morgan III Properties can extend deadline if it waives 70-day deadline

The Dougherty County Commission plans to rule on a rezoning request within its required 70-day period.

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