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Carlton Fletcher

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Roger Marietta touts accomplishments as Ward IV Albany commissioner

Veteran board member in a heated battle to retain his City Commission seat

Darton State College professor Roger Marietta has served on the Albany City Commission for eight years.

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Tracy Taylor says he's optimistic about challenge for Albany's mayor

Mayoral challenger promotes jobs, regionalism in quest for city's top post

Tracy Taylor says his message is being well-received as he campaigns to unseat Albany Mayor Dorothy Hubbard.

Vehicle registration renewal notices delayed; renewal deadlines remain

State vendor gums up vehicle registration renewal works, officials say

Vehicle registration renewal notices in the state are being delayed due to a vendor’s inability to fulfill its contractual obligation. Vehicles’ registration still must be renewed by regular deadline.

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Albany Utility Board recommends $1.6 million in purchases

Albany City Commission to consider previously delayed purchases of equipment, materials

The Albany Utility Board voted to recommend that the Albany City Commission approve $1.6 million in purchases.

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Lane Rosen's confidence grows during mayoral campaign

Challenger says he understands issues that impact all sectors of Albany

Businessman/mayoral candidate Lane Rosen says people throughout the city are responding to his campaign message.

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CARLTON FLETCHER: Downtown Albany - Who you gonna call?

OPINION: Past calls out during a stroll along city's downtown

Is the latest downtown revitalization effort more than just an echo of hollow promises from the past?

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Mayor Dorothy Hubbard proclaims Fire Prevention Week in Albany

Mayoral proclamation emphasizes fire safety in the community

Albany Mayor Dorothy Hubbard reads a proclamation designating this week Fire Prevention Week in the city.

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Albany City Manager Sharon Subadan: SGRITA has borne fruit

Albany officials say rural telecommunications collective is set to launch

Albany City Manager Sharon Subadan notes forward movement on the rural SGRITA collective and on development of the downtown Albany Heights building.

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Dorothy Hubbard: Albany at the door of economic recovery

Incumbent mayor faces two challengers in Albany's municipal election

Albany Mayor Dorothy Hubbard is seeking a second term in office in the city’s Nov. 3 municipal election.

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Chris Cohilas named to educational collaborative board

Dougherty Commission selects chairman to be part of education initiative

Meeting a request by Dougherty County School System Superintendent Butch Mosely, the Dougherty County Commission selects its chairman, Chris Cohilas, to serve on a city/county education initiative board.

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Monday final day to register to vote in November Albany city elections

Commissioners Jon Howard, Tommie Postell returning to board unchallenged

Voter registration and address changes for the Nov. 3 Albany municipal elections ends Monday afternoon. Positions of mayor and Ward IV commisioners will be decided.

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CARLTON FLETCHER: America needs a refresher course on freedom

OPINION: True freedom allows for different viewpoints

Many Americans seem to have a skewed view of our country’s guaranteed freedoms.

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Creating a sacred space | PHOTOS

St. Patrick's Episcopal church completes installation of stained glass windows

Church members sponsor stained glass windows at an Albany church, including one that honors the window designer’s grandfather.

Albany-Dougherty Planning grants variance, special approval

Commission allows horses on 4.8-acre site, approval for church expansion

The Albany-Dougherty Planning Commission votes to grant a variance that will allow a family to keep horses on a 4.8-acre site and special approval for a church to expand.

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Food trucks rumble into Southwest Georgia

Albany entrepreneurs take on brick-and-mortar restaurants

Food truck/mobile food unit owners will hold a “soft opening” of a new concept in dining this weekend at 1111 Dawson Road.

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Blues singer Donna Hopkins to perform in Albany at Harvest Moon

Music 'lifer' formed musical bond at an early age and stayed true to her calling

Blues artist Donna Hopkins and her band will perform in Albany Saturday at Harvest Moon.

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Renovated Southside Library branch set for January reopening | PHOTOS

Positive news continues for more fiscally responsible library system

Dougherty County’s Southside Library branch, one of two branches closed for financial reasons in 2012, is on target to reopen around the first of the year.

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Albany candidates take off their kid gloves

Local politicians stop playing nice in month before municipal election

Candidate accusations and counter-accusations pop up in the final month before the Albany municipal election.

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Anthony Jones, Albany-Dougherty leaders to host health fair/public safety event

Emergency, medical personnel to take part in weekend gathering

District 6 Dougherty County Commissioner Anthony Jones will host a community health fair and public safety event Saturday.

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CARLTON FLETCHER: One man's memories of Jack

OPINION: Late Commissioner Jack Stone left an impression on all he encountered

Jack Stone’s passing brings long-held memories to the surface.

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FERC gets an earful from Sabal Trail pipeline opponents

More than 200 show up for public hearing at Albany Civic Center

A sometimes passionate, sometimes angry crowd offers comments on the Sabal Trail pipeline at a public hearing in Albany.

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Dougherty County Commission discusses budget housekeeping

County Finance wants to reappropriate funding for overages

The Dougherty County Commission discusses FY 2015 budgetary “housekeeping” that will help with a yearly audit.

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CARLTON FLETCHER: Anti-pipeline letter steps over line

OPINION: Sinyard doesn't deserve disrespect of pipeline foes

A letter to The Albany Herald sets former Dougherty Commission Chairman Jeff Sinyard up as an anti-pipeline fall guy.

Albany officials create temporary vendor plan for ASU homecoming

Streamlined process drawn up to clear confusion over seasonal event vendors

The city of Albany creates a new temporary vendor plan that will clear up confusion during such events as Albany State University homecoming.

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Albany mayoral, commission candidates reach out to voters

Civil Rights Institute hosts first municipal election forum

Incumbent Mayor Dorothy Hubbard and Ward IV Commissioner Roger Marietta were joined by respective challengers Lane Rosen and Chad Warbington during the first of what is expected to be many such public gatherings held to educate city voters about the two contested races in the Nov. 3 election.

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Electric Cities of Georgia official: Survey shows Albany utility rates lower

Public Service Commission survey shows Albany Utility rates lower than other area providers

An Electric Cities of Georgia official presents survey results that show Albany Utility Board electric rates are lower than other area providers.

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Switchfoot frontman Jon Foreman on solo tour

Busy singer/songwriter keeps several musical plates spinning

Switchfoot frontman Jon Foreman is touring as a solo artist behind the release of his EP collection, “The Wonderlands.”

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Albany-Dougherty EDC asked to take part in education collaborative

Local education leaders looking to strengthen work force preparedness

The Albany-Dougherty Economic Development Commission is asked to appoint a representative for a local education collaborative.

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Former Dougherty County Commissioner Jack Stone dies

Jack Stone served seven four-year commission terms, leaving office last December

Jack Stone, who had served two decades on the Dougherty County Commission before losing a re-election bid last year, has died, officials with the county say.

State DNR board votes to allow pipeline easements along waterways

Controversial Alabama-Georgia-Florida natural gas pipeline a step closer to reality

The Georgia DNR board voted unanimously Wednesday to grant easements for a natural gas pipeline to pass under six state waterways.

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Albany officials want Albany State homecoming vendor plan in place

Temporary retailers common site during busy Albany State homecoming week

Albany officials say they’re fine-tuning guidelines for temporary vendors in town for Albany State University’s homecoming week.

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CARLTON FLETCHER: Squawk inspires response from commissioner

OPINION: Anonymous message leads to call for open communication

An anonymous Albany Herald Squawk draws the attention of a Dougherty County commissioner.

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Albany Museum of Art kicks off college writing competition

‘Picture Is Worth a Thousand Words’ to bring college students to museum

Students at six area colleges will compete for cash prizes in the Albany Museum of Art’s “A Picture Is Worth a Thousand Words” writing competition.

Dougherty County Library Board comes in under budget, again

Usage numbers continue to rise in Dougherty Library System's four branches

Despite going over budget in utilities at the Central Library branch, the Dougherty Library System finishes FY 2015 $225,000 under budget.

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Dougherty County Commission asked to name representative to education collaborative

Group wants to expand collaborative started by DCSS, Albany State, Darton State and Albany Tech

Dougherty County School Superintendent Butch Mosely asks the Dougherty County Commission to appoint a representative to an expanded education collaborative. The collaborative now comprises Albany State President Art Dunning, Darton State President Paul Jones, Albany Tech President Anthony Parker and Mosely.

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Pioneer studio glass artist Ralph Harvey subject of Albany Museum of Art retrospective | PHOTOS

Georgia Southwestern State University professor emeritus learned while teaching

An exhibition featuring a retrospective of Ralph Harvey’s work will be on display at the Albany Museum of Art through Jan. 24.

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CARLTON FLETCHER: Coming face-to-face with two Albanys concept

OPINION: Lunch on city’s westside provides a different reality

A chance visit to a northwest Albany establishment reveals stark differences compared to the city’s downtown.

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Albert Hammond Jr.'s doing fine without his Strokes bandmates

Momentary Masters reveals Albert Hammond Jr. as formidable solo artist

Strokes guitarist Albert Hammond Jr. will play Atlanta’s The Earl Sept. 29 with his “other” band.

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CARLTON FLETCHER: What's your favorite concert memory?

MUSIC COLUMN: Readers asked to share musical memories

Tell us your favorite concert memories. … We’ll tell Southwest Georgia.

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Survey shows level of ASU student interest in downtown Albany

University, city officials vow to work closer together to meet students’ needs

A survey of Albany State University students conducted by the university’s Center of Excellence for Community Engagement shows students have an interest in downtown development.

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Albany Utility Board appointment stirs up Ward IV campaign

Chad Warbington challenges Roger Marietta's vote for Utility Board member

The appointment Tuesday of Gary Sanders to the Albany Utility Board draws criticism from a challenger for an Albany City Commission seat.

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Discussion surrounding Sabal Trail pipeline benefits begins

Albany, Dougherty County leaders consider pluses of natural gas pipeline

With the Sabal Trail natural gas pipeline now likely to go through Dougherty County following a federal agency’s findings, talk has begun about focusing on the possible benefits of the project.

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Greenbriar Church creates special needs ministry

Special ed teacher instrumental in church's 'Leaps & Bounds' program

A special education teacher is instrumental in starting a special needs ministry at an Albany church.

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CARLTON FLETCHER: Nudged toward the precipice of curmudgeonhood

OPINION: Song, TV ads enough to push anyone over the edge

Curmudgeonhood comes to us all, but sometimes the process gets a deserving nudge.

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Economic news gets brighter for city of Albany employees

Albany Commission sweetens city employee benefits an additional $1.2 million

The Albany City Commission tentatively approves compensation plans that will further benefit city employees.

Appointment made to Albany Utility Board

Gary Sanders named to fill vacant seat on city utilities board

In a 4-2 vote, Gary Sanders, pastor of First Mount Olive Church, is selected by the Albany City Commission to fill the Albany Utility Board seat recentlt vacated by Ward IV City Commission candidate Chad Warbington.

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Tommy Gregors: RiverQuarium operating in black

Downtown attraction has benefited from cuts to expenses, increased attendance

Tommy Gregors, who serves jointly as director of the Thronateeska Heritage Center and the Flint RiverQuarium, gives Dougherty County commissioners an upbeat report.

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FERC Sabal Trail ruling comes amidst protest

Group holds fasting vigil outside federal agency’s offices

Despite Washington protest and Florida investigation, FERC rules in favor of Sabal Trail pipeline.

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French Market set to open, food trucks to follow | PHOTOS

Owners hope unique marketplace concept becomes destination

The French Market will open at 1111 Dawson Road Tuesday with several food trucks preparing to share the location’s parking lot.

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CARLTON FLETCHER: Favorite song cements father-son connection

OPINION: Strokes’ Hammond son of 1972 hitmaker

Strokes guitarist Albert Hammond Jr. talks about his relationship with his father, who had one of 1972’s biggest songs.