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Carlton Fletcher

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Businessman bemoans Albany City Commission's actions

Larry Sexton: Parking dispute should not cost taxpayers money

An Albany businessman says the Albany City Commission erred in electing to throw money at a “problem” that does not exist.

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Tom Berry's tenure in Albany ends quietly

Interim Albany city manager leaves city’s day-to-day operations to others

After an eventful 10-month tenure as interim city manager of Albany, Tom Berry quietly leaves the city behind.

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CARLTON FLETCHER: Tom Berry's departure has city of Albany at fork in the road

OPINION: City Commission looking for right fit in its new city manager

The city of Albany’s immediate future will be impacted greatly by its new city manager’s ability to work with city leaders.

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Mendes show Saturday; Wild Adventures adds two concerts

LeAnn Rimes, Thompson Square performances part of concert series

Teen idol Shawn Mendes will perform Saturday at Wild Adventures Theme Park in Valdosta.

Schedule announced for next weekend's Briar Patch fest

Regional favorite artists highlight weekend of music

Seventeen artists, among them some of the regional favorites who are Briar Patch regulars, will perform at the festival that kicks off next Friday at 5:30 p.m. with a performance by Josh Roberts & the Hinges.

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CARLTON FLETCHER: Sorry, dudes, time waits for no one

OPINION: Karma lurks for those who belittle others

“Old” may be a state of mind, but it’s also a state of being.

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Albany officials consider Hilton Garden Inn finances

Hilton owners ask for city's help in securing funding for second hotel

Albany city commissioners are asked to drop their second-lien position on the Hilton Garden Inn so that the hotel’s owners can get financing to build a second hotel.

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Albany arena football deal inches closer

City Commission could approve contract by next Tuesday

City officials are working out details of a contract that would bring an X-League arena football team to Albany in 2016.

Dougherty budget includes funds to reopen Southside Library branch

Opening of Southside branch would 'close chapter' on system's library closures

Funding of around $200,000 for the reopening of the Southside Library branch is currently in Dougherty County’s FY 2016 budget.

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Dougherty County microbrewery rezoning request tabled

Tripp Morgan, associates want commercial zoning adjacent to plantation properties

The Dougherty County Commission tables a rezoning request that would allow development of a microbrewery on land adjacent to county plantation land.

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Dougherty County Commission to reconsider light policy

County board could reinitiate lighting improvement program

Dougherty County commissioners OK a consumer price index increase in tipping fees at the county landfill.

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Highway 55 on the road to country music success | PHOTO GALLERY

Band claims three Georgia Music Awards: Country Band of Year (twice), Entertainers of Year

Albany-based Highway 55 may be the next Southwest Georgia act to find its way to Nashville.

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Albany Area Chamber of Commerce's 'Think Local' initiative expands

Local shoppers asked to spend $15 on the 15th of each month at targeted local businesses

The Albany Area Chamber of Commerce expands its Think Local campaign with a $15 on the 15th initiative.

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CARLTON FLETCHER: Warning: Misspoken words don't mix well with crow

OPINION: Elitist musicologists gain true wisdom in one semester of college

Passing on the wisdom of a hard lesson learned.

Downtown Albany master plan to be presented

Taxing authorities get look at plans for downtown redevelopment

The Albany and Dougherty County commissions, the Dougherty School Board and the public are invited to attend a program outlining a master plan for downtown Aalbany.

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CARLTON FLETCHER: Albany city manager vote not about politics

OPINION: Constituents should demand careful choice by Albany City Commission

The selection of a new city manager for Albany’s government should be of primary concern for citizens.

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Former Albany developer Mike Bragg makes radical career change

Georgia developer goes from Real Estate to medical marijuana grower/distributor

Former Albany Real Estate developer Mike Bragg wants to get in on the ground floor of the medical marijuana growth and distribution industry in Georgia.

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Albany Area Chamber set to unveil $15 on the 15th

Campaign part of Chamber's ongoing 'Think Local' initiative

Albany Area Chamber of Commerce officials are asking shoppers to spend $15 locally on the 15th of each month.

Albany-Dougherty Planning Commission says yes to microbrewery

Plantation owners oppose construction of a working-farm/brewery in southwest Dougherty County

Plantation and land owners in southwest Dougherty County say they’re threatened by a commercial rezoning request on land adjacent to theirs.

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Proctor honored by neighborhood watch groups

Outgoing APD chief strong proponent of community watch program

Members of three Albany neighborhood watch programs honor outgoing Albany Police Department Chief John Proctor.

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Tom Berry: Albany's FY 2016 budget plan has aggressive assumptions

Interim Albany city manager gives city commissioners first look at budget plan

Albany city commissioners began preliminary deliberations Tuesday on the city’s Fiscal Year 2016 budget.

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CARLTON FLETCHER: Albany looking to fill key leadership positions

OPINION: Future of city, key organizations rests with selection of new leaders

Albany officials are scrambling to fill four key positions that are currently, or will soon be, vacant.

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Developers plan Home2 Suites in downtown Albany

Group wants to co-brand new hotel with Hilton Garden Inn

Developers asked the Albany City Commission Tuesday to approve a refinancing transaction that will allow for the construction of a new hotel downtown.

Ron Rowe named best candidate to become new AFD chief

Deputy AFD chief expected to replace retiring Chief James Carswell

Ron Rowe is named best qualified Albany Fire Department chief candidate by City Manager Tom Berry.

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DOT official promises new traffic study at U.S. 19/Nelms Road intersection

Putney citizens concerned about dangers associated with state DOT traffic proposals

The Dougherty County Commission formally asked the state DOT to conduct a new traffic count at the U.S. Highway 19/Nelms Road intersection to determine if a traffic light is warranted.

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Dougherty County Commission OKs funding requests

Board says yes to road resurfacing project, dump truck purchases

Dougherty County commissioners approve a number of funding items during a business meeting.

Humane Society of Terrell County hosts Meows, Mutts, Margaritas

Cinco de Mayo event at Austin’s a fundraiser for Terrell animal group

A fundraiser at Austin’s Firegrill in Albany will benefit the Humane Society of Terrell County.

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World champion athlete Judd Biasiotto keynote speaker at fundraiser

Event held to help mother of four Adela Castaneda with post-surgery bills

A “Give a Gift of Love” fundraiser Friday in downtown Albany will benefit a mother of four who recently had lifesaving surgery.

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CARLTON FLETCHER: Ailing world champion Judd Biasiotto continues to help others

OPINION: Powerlifting champ keynote speaker at fundraiser for struggling mother

Despite a rare genetic disorder that has diminished his once powerful body, Judd Biasiotto continues to focus on helping others.

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Albany Utility Board plans campaign to address utility complaints

Marketing effort will include education, public engagement

The Albany Utility Board has created a task force to combat causes of utility increases.

Albany city manager plans to promote from within to fill police chief job

Job opening for top police position is open to Albany Police Department personnel over next 14 days

Albany City Manager Tom Berry says he will fill the Albany Police Department’s chief position by promoting someone already on the city’s police force.

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Albany Police Chief John Proctor turns in letter of retirement

APD Chief John Proctor's last day with department set for May 29

Albany Police Chief John Proctor took over the department in 2009.

One Albany city manager finalist withdraws from consideration

Pat Salerno of Florida is removed from list, leaving four city manager finalists

One of five finalists for the Albany city manager’s job withdraws his name from consideration for the job.

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Albany City Commission OKs Rails to Trails agreement

City officials grow testy over discussion of proposed property acquisition

Despite a call by one member to table the matter, the Albany City Commission approves an agreement to purchase land that will grant utility right-of-way access.

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CARLTON FLETCHER: We've traded in our activism for apathy

OPINION: There';s plenty to get upset about ... but we dont

Americans have settled for tweeting about their issues rather than doing anything about them.

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Albany Code Enforcement transitions to Planning Services

City reorganization moves code responsibilities to Planning Services

The city of Albany’s Code Enforcement department has transitioned into the city’s Planning Services department.

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Tom Berry: Albany city manager vetting process just begun

Group releases negative media accounts of city manager finalists

Interim Albany City Manager Tom Berry says no decision is imminent on city manager position.

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Dougherty County leaders square off over chamber, EDC

Commissioners at odds over effectiveness of economic agencies

Dougherty County Commissioner John Hayes says the city and county should expect more return on investment for contributions to the Albany Area Chamber of Commerce and the Albany-Dougherty Economic Development Commission.

EDC takes no immediate action at called meeting

Economic group holds executive session to discuss personnel

The Albany-Dougherty Economic Development Commission holds a closed meeting to discuss personnel issues.

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Barbara Holmes named interim Chamber of Commerce president

EDC will manage Chamber activities for 90-day period

The Albany-Dougherty Economic Development Commission reaches a management agreement to oversee the day-to-day operations of the Albany Area Chamber of Commerce.

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Veteran: 2014 law hasn't cured health care access problems

Veterans Access Act is supposed to make accessing health care easier for American war veterans

A Terrell County veteran is frustrated that civilian health care providers are not allowing coverage under a law Congress passed in 2014 to improve health care access for U.S. military veterans.

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CARLTON FLETCHER: City Commissioner Jon Howard's comments focus spotlight on chamber, EDC

OPINION: Albany, Dougherty officials privately question effectiveness of business groups

Albany and Dougherty County officials are starting to question efforts by the Albany Area Chamber of Commerce and the Albany-Dougherty Economic Development Commission.

Albany names city manager finalists

Five candidates, including Dougherty Assistant Administrator Mike McCoy, among group

A committee comprising three Albany City Commissioners has named five finalists to become city manager.

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Albany Civil Air Patrol squadron holds ceremony | PHOTO GALLERY

Air Force Auxiliary group holds change-of-command, ribbon-cutting programs

The Albany Composite Civil Air Patrol Squadron holds a change-of-command ceremony at its new headquarters.

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JAM poll win inspires Abi Permenter to make more, better music

Singer/songwriter Abi Permenter recorded the second-highest vote total in the recent JAM Favorites Poll.

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Dougherty County Commission settles 2000 property dispute

$600,000 agreement reached on iMax Theater property

Dougherty County commissioners reluctantly agree to a $600,000 agreement on a property dispute that dates back to 2000.

Albany to get second Walmart Neighborhood Market

Grocery outlet to be located at 20th Avenue and Slappey Boulevard

Albany officials confirmed Tuesday that plans have been submitted for the construction of a second Walmart Neighborhood Market in the city.

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Albany City Commission says yes to Rails to Trails purchase

Deal: Albany would get utility right-of-way, community would get multi-use trail

Albany city commissioners agree with a nonbinding vote that would allow for the purchase of a 13.6-mile railroad bed granting utilities rights-of-way.

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Transportation Director David Hamilton to maintain Albany Transit, airport posts

Albany officials hold off on management-level transportation hires

City of Albany Transportation Director David Hamilton says he can handle management of the city’s Transit System and the Southwest Georgia Regional Airport.

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CARLTON FLETCHER: TV preachers go for the wallets, not the souls

OPINION: Got financial problems? TV evangelists still want your check

Many TV evangelists are still offering a spiritual pathway, but at a cost to you that supports their own high-priced lifestyles.

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