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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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LORAN SMITH: Ezzards and McMullans know how to treat people

FEATURES COLUMN: Love laughter and charm enhance conversation

The rest of the story of Tiger Mountain Vineyards has to do with tootin’ the horn of vineyard founders John and Martha Ezzard and their partners John and Marilyn McMullan.

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Albany Area Coming Up Calendar - July 30-Aug. 5, 2014

The following is a list of events happening in the area this week.

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JOHN WALLACE: Where are some of the best places to eat in town?

GUEST COMMENTARY: Great tastes for everyone in Albany

A new restaurant may just have the tastiest food in Albany.

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RONDA RICH: What I love about my South

THE DIXIE DIVA: Things so simple can remind us of things so meaningful

Tink says often how he loves this South of mine – a place of hospitality, neighborliness, hard work and prayers.

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Squawk of the Day - July 30, 2014

Pick up a copy of The Albany Herald to find out what everybody’s squawking about.

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CARLTON FLETCHER: State Rep.-elect Darrel Ealum subject of Democrat, Republican whisper campaigns

OPINION: Darrel Ealum’s tenure in Atlanta is expected to draw close scrutiny

Months from taking office, Darrel Ealum is already the subject of both Democratic and Republican whisper campaigns.

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BYRON YORK: After Arizona fiasco, is it back to the future for death penalty?

OPINION: The July 23 execution took two hours, re-energizing capital punishment opponents

The botched Arizona execution could start a new and productive debate on capital punishment, in part because it spurred an extraordinary statement from a well-respected federal judge.

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Bright of the Day - July 30, 2014

Pick up a copy of The Albany Herald to find out about the Bright Side of life.

Albany-Dougherty Police/Fire/EMS reports - July 30, 2014

Public safety roundup for Albany and Dougherty County

The Albany Police Department responded to at least 30 incidents on Monday and the early hours of Tuesday, available reports show.

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Bank of America helps Habitat

Bank of America makes $2,500 donation to Flint River Habitat for Humanity

Bank of America recently helped Albany’s Flint River Habitat for Humanity put the finishing touches on a new home thanks to a corporate grant donation.

Albany Almanac - July 30, 2014

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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Georgia back-to-school sales tax-free weekend starts Friday

Retailers are preparing for an expected increase in store traffic

The period during which no sales tax will be collected on certain back-to-school items starts at 12:01 a.m. Friday and continues until midnight Saturday.

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EDDIE SEAGLE: Aromatic leaves on plants will distract deer

GEORGIA CLIPPING: Plants can be protected from deer damage

Damage to ornamental plants caused by deer has increased significantly during the last few years.

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Open houses for Dougherty County schools are Thursday

Dougherty County School System set to begin new school year on Monday

Dougherty County school officials are urging parents to attend open houses at the system’s school Thursday before Monday’s opening of the 2014-15 school year.

Albany-Dougherty NAACP to give school supplies to 50 students

The organization stressed that parents must call today to register their children for the supplies.

Albany-DoughertyNAACP to give school supplies to 50 needy children



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