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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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Jameis Winston, Rashad Greene leads FSU past Oklahoma State

Seminoles overcome two first-half interceptions to win their 17th straight

Jameis Winston was 25-of-40 and added an impressive touchdown run, and former Westover High School standout Rashad Greene hauled in 11 passes for 203 yards and a TD.

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Georgia Tech pulls away in second half, beats Wofford 38-19

Justin Thomas, DeAndre Smelter lead Jackets

Justin Thomas completed 11-of-15 passes and DeAndre Smelter finished with five receptions for 132 yards, the two hooking up for third-quarter scores of 19 and 71 yards after Georgia Tech (1-0) held a 10-9 lead at halftime.

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Todd Gurley helps Georgia Bulldogs rout Clemson

Junior tailback scores four touchdowns, including 100-yard kickoff return

The junior tailback, who had just four carries at the half, was unstoppable in the second half, rushing for 154 yards on 15 carries to spark a Georgia offense that scored 24 straight points and turned a 21-21 game into a rout.

ALBANY AREA BIRTHS: Aug. 16-24, 2014

Unless otherwise noted, the following births took place at Phoebe Putney Memorial Hospital Aug. 16-24, 2014.

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BOB KORNEGAY: Not all cuckoos are in the mangroves

OUTDOORS: Stories of south Florida indicate it is another world compared to the Panhandle

Australian pine trees, Brazilian pepper bushes, and weirdly attractive baobab trees were a definite culture shock, as were monk parakeets nesting on utility poles and pet-shop lizards darting about the suburban landscapes. There are “exotic” varieties of Homo sapiens as well.

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BARRY LEVINE: Paul Anka's biggest hit motivated by early days on the road

THE OLD ROCKER: Paul Anka is still performing at age 73

Paul Anka penned such well-known music as the theme for “The Tonight Show” starring Johnny Carson, one of Tom Jones’ biggest hits, “She’s a Lady” and the English lyrics for Frank Sinatra’s signature song, “My Way.”

Southwest Georgia Briefs - Aug. 31, 2014

Norman College alumni group seeks to reconnect with former students

Ashburn prepares to host smaller version of the Vietnam Wall

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Albany Area Kitchen Inspections - Aug. 15-21, 2014

These establishments were inspected by the Dougherty and Lee County Environmental Health Offices Aug. 15 through 21.

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YMCA 21st CCLC Program kicks off this week

YMCA 21st CCLC program helps area students improve academics

In keeping with the YMCA’s mission to help build healthy spirits, minds and bodys, the organization’s 21st Century Community Learning Centers (CCLC) Program which provides academic, tutorial and enrichment programs for Dougherty County elementary school students, is set to kick off a new school year next week.

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Yvette Aehele discusses Southwest Georgia Regional Airport's future

The Albany airport director shares Southwest Georgia Regional Airport plans

With the construction of the new terminal at Albany’s Southwest Georgia Regional Airport nearly complete, airport officials can turn their attention to other future plans including potential hanger and Fixed Based Operator renovations.

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SHARLENE CANNON: 'It takes a village who cares'

GUEST COMMENTARY: As Albanians, we must cultivate an attitude of pride in our history, our town, and our accomplishments

Negativity masks the many assets Albany has. Albany has the framework, now it needs the right attitude about itself.

Albany Area Community Calendar -- Aug. 31-Sept. 8, 2014

These are meetings of clubs and civic organizations, and listings of educational classes, reunions and volunteering opportunities in Albany and Southwest Georgia.

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MANDY FLYNN: Great escape above the Gnat Line

FEATURES COLUMN: A South Georgia hitchhiker breaks for northern climes

South Georgia’s state bird, the lowly gnat, expands its horizons by hitching a ride to Columbus.

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MARY BRASWELL: Looking Back, Aug. 31, 2014

HISTORY: On this Labor Day eve, enjoy this hodgepodge of work-related facts.

In America, office politics account for 47 percent of work-related distractions leading to a reduction in productivity

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PERRY BUCHANAN: Augie Nieto inspires with his fight against ALS

HEALTH FITNESS: Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis kills 6,000 people every year

While the ice bucket challenge has drawn some criticism, awareness about this always fatal illness also known as Lou Gehrig’s disease is needed.

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