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New Communities to turn former plantation land into events center

Weddings are expected to be among events conducted on former Cypress Pond Plantation land

More than 98 percent of the 1,638 acres of land on a Southwest Albany plantation will remain in agricultural use.

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Dougherty County schools may reduce furlough days by one

The Dougherty School System currently has five employee furlough days

Healthy reserve fund balance has Dougherty School Board talking about removing another employee furlough day, reducing total number for fiscal year to four.

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Leesburg City Council OKs resolution designating U.S. Highway 19 as Veterans Memorial Highway

Approval of the naming is still needed from the Lee County Commission and Smithville City Council

The document approved Tuesday night recognizes “all military veterans of Lee County.” The wording states that designating the highway Veterans Memorial Highway “will provide recognition of such sacrifice and serve as a reminder to all that freedom is not free.”

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Albany City Commission Ward II candidates Ivey Hines, Bobby Coleman set for runoff

Twenty-six voters cast early ballots in Albany City Commission runoff

Incumbent Ivey Hines and challenger Bobby Coleman will find out their political fate today in an Albany City Commission runoff election.

Energy help application process starts Monday

Low-income households that need help with heating costs can apply

Low-income households that want to apply for heating assistance must first contact the Dougherty County Neighborhood Service Center by phone to set up an appointment.

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Albany City Commission OKs stormwater utility, enterprise fund

Albany residents will see stormwater fee added to utility bills starting in April

The Albany City Commission gives ultimate approval to creation of a federally mandated stormwater utility and enterprise fund, which will come from user fees.

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Ward II challenger Bobby Coleman says turnout crucial in runoff

Challenger in Ward II Albany City Commission race trailed by 21 votes

Challenger Bobby Coleman will face incumbent Ivey Hines in an Albany City Commission runoff Dec. 3.

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Albany area mental health officials say they're prepared for hospital closing

Federal officials mandated the closure of Southwestern State Hospital in Thomasville

Area mental health officials say patients detained by law enforcement will not be housed in Albany.

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Incumbent Albany City Commissioner Ivey Hines set for runoff

Ivey Hines was top vote-getter in Nov. 5 Ward II contest

Ward II voters will return to the polls Dec. 3 to detrmine who will represent them on the Albany City Commission.

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Albany Water, Gas and Light helps at-risk women

Water, Gas and Light's The Endowment program mentors women from Turner Job Corps

Albany’s Water, Gas and Light Commission recently graduated eight Turner Job Corps women from a charitable initiative the company administers know as The Endowment.

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Holiday safety program planned in Albany

Albany town hall program addresses holiday crime

Commissioner Jon Howard’s town hall meeting is designed to counter holiday crime.

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'We Are Albany' video markets the Good Life (VIDEO)

The EDC's 'We Are Albany' is generating positive community response

A video created by Albany-Dougherty Economic Development Commission staff and a communications firm using a smartphone is creating a buzz about Albany.

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Bryce Johnson seeks Senate seat being vacated by John Crosby

Bryce Johnson declares his candidacy for Georgia Denate District 13

Worth County native Bryce Johnson announces in Tifton that he is running to succeed retiring state Sen. John Crosby.

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Albany city officials host mental health forum

Commissioner Frank Berry discusses impact of state hospital closures in Georgia

Behavioral health crisis centers in Albany, Thomasville and Valdosta are being established to help make up for the closure of Southwestern State Hospital in Thomasville at the end of the year.

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Worth Solicitor-General Bryce Johnson to run for Senate District 13

The seat is being vacated by Sen. John Crosby when his term ends next year

Georgia Senate District 13 includes Worth and Lee counties.

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