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Dougherty County Commission approves Holly Drive drainage project

Ongoing program will help alleviate localized flooding

The Dougherty County Commission kicks off the new year by approving continuation of a storm drainage project in East Albany.

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Albany area mental health officials say they're prepared for hospital closing

Federal officials mandated the closure of Southwestern State Hospital in Thomasville

Area mental health officials say patients detained by law enforcement will not be housed in Albany.

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Bonuses, equipment purchases approved by Dougherty County Commission

Dougherty government signs off on school bonds

The Dougherty County Commission gives formal approval to several business matters, including employee bonuses.

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County gets initial look at canoe/kayak launch plans

The Albany-Dougherty Inner City Authority is finalizing plans for two new and one upgraded non-motorized boat launches.

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Group asks to use closed library

A citizens group wants to utilize a closed Dougherty County library branch as an education center.

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Dougherty passes FY 2014 budget

Phoebe Putney Memorial Hospital gives a $475,000 discount for providing health care for county inmates.

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County OKs agenda items

The Dougherty County Commission gives final approval to items previously discussed.

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County files complaint against state Human Services

Dougherty County Sheriff Kevin Sproul said his office is due service payments for delivery of child support notices.

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Committee OKs $75.1 million county budget

The full Dougherty County Commission will tackle the county's proposed FY 2014 budget in June.

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Dougherty budget ready for vote

Dougherty County commissioners will get a leaner proposed FY 2014 budget to discuss at their June meetings.

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Dougherty officials see budget positives

The Dougherty County Commission is considering a spending plan that includes cuts throughout.

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Commission says no to NYSP funding

The County Commission rejects a funding request from the National Youth Sports Program.

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County to send letter in support of Phoebe

The Dougherty County Commission joins the EDC in offering support for Phoebe in its battle with the FTC.

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County OKs fire, law enforcement studies

The Dougherty County Commission will fund fire protection and law enforcement feasibility studies costing $39,000.

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County OKs zoning requests

Vice chair and District 5 Dougherty County Commissioner Gloria Gaines conducts Monday's commission meeting.

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County gets update on employee health plan

A DEFACS worker tells Dougherty commissioners more than $6 million in food stamps are disseminated in the county each month.

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County OKs Merck cleanup site

The Dougherty County Commission approves funding for a sewer extension and a library roofing project.

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Dougherty improvements help with heavy rains

The Dougherty County Commission gets a “clean” audit report for its FY 2012 financial management.

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Dougherty County approves continuing 2% tax on energy

County officials stress that a 2 percent tax on energy used by businesses and manufacturers is not a new tax.

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County: Police department will not merge

Dougherty County and Albany are expected to OK an agreement on the collection of a business energy tax.

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Public defender's plan reduces office's spending

Dougherty County's chief public defender uses contract services to provide indigent State Court defense.

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Dougherty Commission approves rezoning deal

Citizens in south Dougherty County ask for a larger buffer between their land and a proposed new pecan orchard.

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Stone: Landfill should compete for business

The Dougherty County Commission reappoints Chris Hatcher to a term on the Economic Development Commission.

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Dougherty County employees may absorb some of insurance increases

Dougherty County’s Insurance Review Committee has suggested an increase in employee medical costs.

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Dougherty Commission OKs FY 2013 budget (with video)

Commissioner Muarlene Edwards leaves meeting before the vote on the tax rate.

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Dougherty may cut county police officers, street lights

A public hearing is set for 10 a.m. Monday on the Dougherty County commission's FY 2013 budget.

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Dougherty finance committee issues recommendations

Some turn to sales tax as a possible means to shore up the county's funding issues.

Dougherty County employees would get six paid holidays while those not impacted by unpaid holidays would get a 1 percent pay cut, as would county commissioners and contributions to the EDC.

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Finance committee recommends partial list of budgets

While members of the county's finance committee recommended approval of a handful of budgets Friday morning, residents of the unincorporated area anxiously awaiting word on if they'll see a tax increase, will have to wait a while longer.

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Gaines, Hudgins to seek reelection to county commission

Muarlean Edwards, whose Dougherty County Commission seat is also up for re-election, plans to run for the state House.

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Dougherty County finance committee to look at unpaid holidays

Dougherty County officials are recommending that the county change the personnel policy to reflect nine unpaid holiday as a cost cutting measure.

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Dougherty County finances strong heading into 4th quarter

Revenues for the county are trending above the curve, while expenditures remain below, officials say.

The Dougherty County government is "right where (it) needs to be" according to a report given to the county's finance subcomittee Monday morning.

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Dougherty public employees health care costs down

County officials say a number of factors has contributed to savings that have employee health care operating in the black.

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City/County unveil new technology in meeting area

Local government officials have installed two, 60-inch monitors to help commissioners and the public see various presentations better, officials say.

The Dougherty County Commission was the first to try out some technology upgrades in the commission's meeting chambers Monday as the board took advantage of two large 60-inch monitors to review proposed zoning map changes.

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