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Homerun, Herald plan gas giveaway

A lucky Albany Herald reader will win $1,000 worth of free gas from Homerun Foods to help make summer days a whole lot cooler.- Carlton Fletcher, metro editor

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Going, going, gone

It's been rumored for weeks that the Thrashers were leaving Georgia for greener pastures in Canada, and Tuesday it happened as Atlanta became the only city to ever lose two NHL teams in the modern era of the league.

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Bo Henry shows appreciation for veterans with new song

Bo Henry to perform patriotic song at Albany’s downtown July 4th concert

Although he never served, Albany entrepreneur Bo Henry holds a special place in his heart for military veterans and the sacrifices they make in the name of freedom, which inspired the musician to write a song in their honor.

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DICK YARBROUGH: Michael Adams heads west and all is well at UGA

OPINION: Controversy will always be a part of the Michael Adams legacy at UGA

One influential legislator, upon hearing the news of Michael Adams’ departure, recalled having been dressed down by Adams, who seemed to have forgotten that the Legislature allocates funds to the University System, including the University of Georgia.

Squawk of the Day - July 4, 2015

Pick up a copy of The Albany Herald to see what everyone is squawking about!

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TOM PURCELL: The importance of the Fourth

OPINION: Americans forget the true significance of Independence Day

A few years ago, a Marist Poll asked Americans which year the United States declared its independence. Only 58 percent knew that the answer was 1776.

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Dougherty County School System making moves toward charter system

DCSS looking to set up 23 different governance boards for each school in the county

Dougherty County School System is slowly preparing to move to a charter school system for the 2016-17 school year.

EDITORIAL: The pursuit of the American ideal

OPINION: Greatness often is achieved despite reluctance

The ideal may be unattainable, but that doesn’t mean that we, as Americans, should give up trying to reach it.

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Georgia DOT taking another look at Worth County intersection

Three fatalities in the past two months has gotten the state’s attention

After two accidents resulting in three fatalities in the span of just two months, the Georgia Department of Transportation is looking into ways to make the intersection of highways 112 and 133 in Worth County less dangerous.

Albany Almanac - July 4, 2015

Temperatures, rainfall, and sun and moon information for the Albany area

Temperatures, rainfall, and sun and moon information for the Albany area.

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NASCAR’s No. 1 couple set to marry after nearly six years together

Dale Earnhardt, Amy Reimann engaged on recent trip to Germany

Amy Reimann said the couple hasn’t decided on a date yet, but it’s likely to fall on one of the off-weeks during the 2016 racing season.

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Braves sign two Dominican free agents

Team also sends pitcher Cody Martin to Oakland

Shortstop Derian Cruz ($2 million bonus) and center fielder Christian Pache ($1.4 million), a pair of 16-year-old Dominicans, agreed to deals with the Braves, who’ve stated all along that they would emphasize pitching and up-the-middle defenders.

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Fateful tweet leads Juwuan Briscoe to Georgia

Social media helps land Maryland defensive player of the year

It long had been considered a foregone conclusion that Juwuan Briscoe would play for his childhood favorite, Clemson.

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Referees in unwanted spotlight ahead of World Cup final

United States and Japan have benefited from controversial calls

Both the United States and Japan reached the championship match with help from arguable calls in their semifinals that have put into question the overall caliber of officiating.

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Serena Williams outlasts Heather Watson to advance at Wimbledon

Williams recovered from being down 3-0 in final set to win

The 33-year-old, who said it was one of her toughest matches, will face her sister Venus in the last 16 — their 26th career meeting — as she continues her bid for a sixth Wimbledon title.

Police and fire reports, July 2, 2015

Police and fire reports

Police and fire reports

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Albany man arrested on four counts of sexual misconduct with minor

Ricardo Pugh charged with rape, incest, child molestation and sodomy

The Albany Police Department said Friday that Ricardo Pugh, 40, was arrested late Tuesday afternoon after a juvenile female relative reported being sexually assaulted earlier in the week.



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