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Helping to build a better community

The old adage that “time flies the older you get” seems to be true more and more. Autumn is already upon us and 2012 is quickly coming to a close.

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Education keeps lives on positive track

This month marks the beginning of another school year. For educators, it is the opportunity to set the tone for the entire year. For parents, it is the opportunity to demonstrate their commitment to their child’s education. For students, it is the chance for a fresh start. August is a foundational month.

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New Georgia laws take effect this week

Sunday was the beginning of the first full month of summer. For old music fans, it is the date that the Beatles’ “Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band” went No. 1 (1967).

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College years are what the student makes them

Last year around this time, I wrote an article entitled “Advice for Freshmen,” in which I tried to give those students going off to their first year of college some practical advice.

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Traffic stops aid in removing criminals from our streets

As the Sheriff of Dougherty County, and as a 30-year veteran of law enforcement, I feel a certain anxiety every time I see a law enforcement officer conducting a traffic stop.

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March against violence set for April 21

Stop the Violence, T.A.K.I.N.G. A.U.T.H.O.R.I.T.Y. will conduct a crime awareness march in downtown Albany at 10 a.m. April 21.

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Highlights of the new immigration law

Of all the new laws that went into effect last year, none have received more attention and scrutiny than House Bill (HB) 87, the new “Illegal Immigration Reform and Enforcement Act.”

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TASERs, stun guns are self defense options

As the Sheriff of Dougherty County I have the opportunity to speak to many civic groups and organizations throughout our community.

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Sheriff’s office has a busy 2011

Happy New Year! Is it just me or do you find it hard to believe that 2011 has come and gone? As we forge ahead into 2012, I want to share some of the accomplishments of the Sheriff’s Office during last year.


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