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Commissioner John Hayes challenges EDC during budget discussion

Dougherty County Commission votes to approve $79,516,612 spending plan

Despite a lengthy discussion about funding the Albany-Dougherty EDC, the Dougherty County Commission unanimously approves its FY 2016 budget.

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Public hearings scheduled for Dougherty County millage rate increase

Dougherty officials plan to raise the county's millage rate by .700-mill to account for an increase in the county’s real property value.

Dougherty County’s net gross digest came in at $2,021,213,396. Commission Chairman Chris Cohilas noted a $27 million increase in assessed property value over 2014.

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John Stephenson sworn in as Dougherty County's newest magistrate judge

Stephenson had been a trial attorney and partner with Watson and Spence

Change does not come easily to John Stephenson, but his a life took a decidedly different direction Monday as he was sworn in as Dougherty County’s newest magistrate judge by Superior Court Judge Willie Lockette.

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Meetings fill first days on the job for Albany City Manager Sharon Subadan

New Albany executive official had little free time during her first week

Sharon Subadan got her first taste of government, Albany style, Tuesday when she took part in her first City Commission meeting.

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John Antoniewicz, Darlene Pino building new photography careers out of an Ant Hill | VIDEO

THE LEMONADE STAND: People making unexpected midlife career changes

After long careers with city government and the federal courts respectively, John Antoniewicz and Darlene Pino are four months into a new business — Ant Hill Photography.

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Albany Utility Board gets upbeat financial report

Utility authority unveils some of its plans to generate additional income

With one more month left in FY 2015, most of the Albany Utility Board’s seven enterprise funds are operating more efficiently than expected.

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Boys and Girls Clubs of Albany tour shows off facilities | PHOTO GALLERY

Big Blue Bus Tour offers community leaders glimpse of club activities

Albany leaders get an up-close look at Boys & Girls Clubs of Albany facilities on the club’s “Big Blue Bus Tour.”

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Albany City Commission OKs budget at Sharon Subadan’s first meeting

New city manager asks city commissioners to approve a slight decrease in the city's millage rate

Despite some expressed concerns, the Albany City Commission gives unanimous consent to a Fiscal Year 2016 spending plan.

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Georgia delegation congressional votes - June 12-18, 2015

House and Sente votes cast by the Georgia congressional delegation

These are key votes that were cast by Georgia’s congressional delegation from June 12 until June 18.

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Impact of potential health care subsidy removal under King v. Burwell shown in recent figures

Families USA data indicates 18,000 in Second Congressional District of Georgia could be impacted by decision

In all, there are 412,000 Georgians at risk of losing subsidies depending on how the U.S. Supreme Court rules on King v. Burwell.

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State Rep. Darrel Ealum reflects on first legislative session, sets goals for 2016

State representative says 'understanding relationship between Atlanta, Albany' critical

In February, freshman State Rep. Darrel Ealum wrapped up his rookie season under the Gold Dome in Atlanta and headed home to Albany. What he took away from that first session was invaluable.

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Owners weighing Dougherty microbrewery options

Morgan Properties eyes best use of land adjacent to plantations

Dr. Tripp Morgan’s plan to build a microbrewery on land in southwest Dougherty County has drawn the concern of nearby plantation owners.

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Oxford Construction's Bruce Melton says work continuing at Jefferson-Philema interchange

Oxford CEO says project is on schedule for a December completion date

The on and off ramps to the Liberty Express are complete, now work on the Jefferson Street-Philema Road interchange is getting down to the “tedious work.” of curbing, grading and paving.

Mental illness topic of Jon Howard's town hall meeting

Psychiatrist Dr. Ray Johnson will answer questions about mental issues

Guest speaker Dr. Ray Johnson will talk about mental illness at a town hall meeting Saturday.

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Southwest Public Health District says farewell Dr. Jacqueline Grant

Dr. Jacqueline Grant, the district's health director, is leaving for a maternal and fetal medicine fellowship

A reception was held for her at the Dougherty County Health Department on Thursday afternoon, a week ahead of her last day with the health district. Once she leaves, she will depart Albany so she can start the fellowship at University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill on July 1.

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