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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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Thumbs Up: June 29, 2015

EDITORIAL: Good news to start the week

Thumbs Up! is a weekly editorial focusing on the positive news from Albany and Southwest Georgia.

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CAL THOMAS: The pope, the globe and the facts

OPINION: Many embarrassingly wrong predictions have been made about global warming

Pope Francis accepts as a matter of scientific doctrine that the Earth is warming and that humans are responsible for it. Yet near the end of the encyclical, he confesses that “the Church does not presume to settle scientific questions or to replace politics.” Which is it?

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CATHERINE RAMPELL: The dramatic irony of Greece

OPINION: About half of Greek bank loans are now nonperforming

It’s hard to watch the ongoing, can-kicking Greek debt tragedy and not know deep down how it will end: Despite optimistic denials by our obstinate protagonists, a default of some kind is inevitable. The question is when and how orderly it will be.

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Dougherty County Jail Report - June 18-24, 2015

These are Dougherty County Jail bookings for the period of June 18-24, 2015.

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Squawk of the Day - June 29, 2015

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

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Albany State University is having economic, research impacts on Southwest Georgia

According to a 2014 study by the University of Georgia, ASU had $141 million impact on region

Touting its economic impact over nine southwest Georgia, Albany State University officials said last week that the university is also making its presence felt regionally and nationally in the area of research.

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Sumter County UGA Extension agent offers families helping hand

Profile: Mitzi Parker

Mitzi Parker, family and consumer sciences agent at Americus, assists people in dire financial straits by helping them maintain a manageable budget. She also strives to work the housing aspect into her financial classes.

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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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First Albany X-BOTS event draws attention to STEM education | PHOTOS | VIDEO

Albany Technical College and GeorgiaFIRST bring off-season robotics competition to Albany

While robotics is still a new educational tool in Albany and Southwest Georgia, Albany Tech officials have ambitions to make ATC a regional robotics hub, which also could have a positive effect on STEM studies and education rates in the region.

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Serena Williams under no pressure to complete Grand Slam

World No. 1 tennis player seeks fourth straight major

Serena Williams did not want to stress out at the prospect of pulling off a feat she last achieved as a 21-year-old in 2003.

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Alex Wood leads Atlanta Braves past Pittsburgh

Wood helps Braves avoid getting swept

Alex Wood commanded his sinker and breaking ball precisely and pitched 7 1/3 innings of shutout baseball.

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Bubba Watson wins Travelers in playoff

Watson sinks eight-foot birdie putt to beat Paul Casey

Bubba Watson, a 36-year-old left-hander, reached the green in two on the second playoff hole at par-4 No. 18 after missing a 24-foot birdie putt on the first that would have given him the win.

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Kyle Busch wins at Sonoma Raceway

Driver wins fifth race of season

On newer tires, Kyle Busch drove up from seventh to second in one lap on a restart with seven laps to go, then got by Jimmie Johnson for the lead a lap later.

Public health encouraging early start on back-to-school vaccinations

Health department officials say some vaccines available to qualified families at little to no cost

With visits to the public health department low at this time of year compared to others, parents can avoid the back-to-school rush by getting their children current in vaccinations that are required in order to attend Georgia secondary schools.

Albany Area Kitchen Inspections - June 21-26, 2015

These establishments were inspected by the Dougherty, Lee and Worth County Environmental Health Offices June 21-26.


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