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Carlton Fletcher

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Leesburg officials ask to be a permanent part of a regional transportation group

DARTS lists projects on Dougherty/Lee Long-Range Transportation Plan

Leesburg officials say they want to be part of the region’s transportation decision-making process.

Albany Sign Task Force readies recommendations for Planning Commission

Albany City Commission will ultimately rule on task force recommendations

An Albany Sign Task Force reaches concensus on recommendations for the city’s sign ordinance.

Albany-Dougherty Economic Development Commission eyes future

EDC wants to extend its self-awareness campaign for Albany and Dougherty County

With Phase I of its communications plan under way, the Albany-Dougherty EDC is looking ahead to the second phase of its program.

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CARLTON FLETCHER: Politics 2014 -- Spell president with a capital 'D'

OPINION: Republics need a new strategy with 2016 on the horizon

The GOP’s strategy of alienating women and minorities doesn’t play well in presidential politics.

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City Commission clears path for West Albany Wal-Mart Neighborhood Market

Development would include new Wal-Mart grocery concept, fueling station

The Albany City Commission paves the way for a new Wal-Mart Neighborhood Market near the corner of Westover Boulevard and Gillionville Road.

U.S. Congressman Sanford Bishop to take part in pipeline listening session

Metting called to address safety, other concerns surrounding controversial natural gas pipeline

U.S. Congressman Sanford Bishop will get feedback at a listening session concerning a natural gas pipeline expected to go through Dougherty County.

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Early voting times, dates established for May 20 election primaries

Potential voters have a week to register for the primaries

Voters are reminded of registration, early voting dates for approaching primaries.

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CARLTON FLETCHER: Cautious optimism surrounds ADICA' pre-development agreement

OPINION: Development master plan encompasses 115.7 acres of land, most along Flint River

Private-sector interest in a downtown Albany development plan has many in the community cautiously optimistic.

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Discount tickets on sale for largest Briar Patch Festival

Three-day Damascus gathering continues steady growth

Music fans have until May 1 to get discount tickets for Briar Patch 2014, which features the region’s best musical artists.

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ADICA's bold move has developers looking at downtown Albany

Group OKs pre-development, consulting agreement with developer

Albany’s downtown manager says an agreement with a North Carolina development agency could bear fruit before the end of 2014.

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Strickland last finalist standing for EDC position

Search committee says interim Economic Development Commission president well-qualified

Justin Strickland has emerged as the lone finalist for the Albany-Dougherty Economic Development Commission presidency.

Water, Gas and Light gets ‘clean’ audit but has funding concerns

Utility has only $7.4 million in cash and reserves, enough for roughly two months of operation

Albany’s Water, Gas and Light Commission gets a clean audit but has long- and short-term “challenges.”

ADICA dreams big on downtown development plan

Albany-Dougherty Inner City Authority signs $300,000 downtown development deal

The Albany-Dougherty Inner City Authority board says a $49 million downtown development plan is worth a $300,000 risk.

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CARLTON FLETCHER: Move by Albany fire officials, Dougherty County may have $10 million impact

OPINION: ISO ruling could save homeowners thousands

The Dougherty County Commission approves the purchase of equipment that may save homeowners millions.

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Allman Brothers Band's 10-year run as Wanee festival hosts to end with headlining performances

Allmans, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Trey Anastasio Band among performers at Florida music fest

With the Allman Brothers Band set to end their touring career in 2014, fans will get to see them twice at the Wanee Music Festival.

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Cancer Coalition's RIDEforHOPE fundraiser fights cancer locally

Spinning enthusiasts ride for the battle against cancer

Indoor cyclists will support the fight against cancer while taking on personal challenges.

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Rockers Rusted Root return to Wanee for 10th anniversary

Pittsburgh band is a ‘throwback’ to music’s Woodstock Generation

Rusted Root return for a Wanee performance after a three-year absence from the annual North Florida festival.

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Dougherty County Jail officials seek funding for surveillance upgrade

Dougherty Commission approves funding that should improve county residents’ ISO ratings

Dougherty Jail officials ask the County Commission for funding to upgrade the jail’s outdated surveillance system.

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Albany City Commissioner B.J. Fletcher: Tax owners of dilapidated properties

Freshman Albany city commissioner’s comments generate animated business discussion

Albany City Commissioner B.J. Fletcher says property owners should be held accountable for not maintaining their properties.

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CARLTON FLETCHER: Fear, uncertainty face Seasons Christian's senior citizen residents

OPINION: Retirement center files for bankruptcy protection, residents left in limbo

Senior citizens who reside at the Seasons Christian Care retirement center face an uncertain financial future.

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SOWEGA Council on Aging Director Kay Hind's senior center dream a reality (VIDEO)

The grand opening of Senior Life Enrichment Center planned Thursday

The new SOWEGA Council on Aging Senior Life Enrichment Center will be properly shown off Thursday with a dedication, ribbon-cutting and dinner/dance.

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Albany ordinance may ban some attention-getting signs

Officials say some advertisements distract motorists, pose danger

Planning officials are expected to recommend a ban on attention-getting signs that they say distract motorists.

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Sons of Confederate Veterans of Southwest Georgia to host memorial service Saturday

Ray McBerry to deliver the address at the annual SCV memorial service

The Confederate Memorial Service is set for Saturday at Confederate Memorial Park on Philema Road at the Dougherty-Lee County line.

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Evan Barber’s persona reflected in his band, the Dead Gamblers (video)

Albany singer/songwriter and band set to release third studio album

Evan Barber & the Dead Gamblers are putting the finishing touches on their latest album at 340 Creative Group’s studio.

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America Legion Post 30 asks for fee waiver during baseball tournaments at Eames Park

Veterans group tells Albany commissioners tournaments will have $150,000-$200,000 economic impact

American Legion Post 30 officials ask for a waiver of fee requirements for usage of Paul Eames Park for baseball tournaments.

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CARLTON FLETCHER: Godfather I and II kings of guy movies

OPINION: What self-respecting dude will pay to see The Notebook?

When it comes to Guy Movies and Chick Flicks, the battle of the sexes heats up.

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Lamad Ministries in Albany to seek Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection

Residents of Lamad’s Seasons Christian Care Center fear loss of investments at center

Lamad Ministries will file for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection today, leaving a number of elderly Albany citizens in limbo.

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Guitars & Golf features hot music, pro golf talent

Cole Swindell, Josh Broadaway make golf tourney, concert area's hottest tickets

Pro golfer Josh Broadaway and rising country star Cole Swindell headline a day of golf and music.

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CARLTON FLETCHER: Love can often be found in the simplest gesture

OPINION: We’re never too old to learn … or teach

And elderly couple offers a simple explanation for everlasting love.

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Harry James has no challenger for District 5 Dougherty County Commission seat

Contractor may be sworn in after May 20 primaries are certified

Contractor Harry James gets no challenger for the District 5 Dougherty County Commission seat and will join the board after the May 20 primaries.

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Albany/Dougherty Planning Director: Addressing could be matter of life or death

City code offers specific directions for numeric property identifiers

Albany officials warn that complying with city adressing codes is beneficial to businesses and residents.

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Albany City Commission denies West Third Avenue rezoning for fourth time

Residents had asked city for transitional business rather than single-family residential zoning

For the fourth time since 1987, residents on West Third Avenue in Albany seek to have their property rezoned.

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Northwest Albany water tower will eliminate low water pressure issues

Construction on $2 million project could begin as early as July or August

Water, Gas and Light commissioners vote to move forward with a Northwest Albany water tower project.

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CARLTON FLETCHER: 'Bro pack' claims monopoly on musical wisdom

OPINION: Reader has no use for 'creepy' older people

A Herald reader suggests the art of music is intended for the young.

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Business owners seek more friendly sign ordinance

Task force convened to suggest tweaks to city sign restrictions

Albany business owners say they’re at a disadvantage due to some restrictive sign legislation.

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CARLTON FLETCHER: Georgia Sen. Saxby Chambliss one of few leaders left in Washington

OPINION: Moultrie Republican winding down 20-year congressional career

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Newfoundland airport officials tour terminal at Southwest Georgia Regional Airport

Canadians saw photographs of new Albany terminal in trade magazine

Southwest Georgia Regional Airport officials show off new terminal to Canadian officials looking for ideas.

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Screening program earns Cancer Coalition national recognition

Mutual of America Foundation honors Cancer Coalition of South Georgia

The Cancer Coalition of South Georgia earns national recognition for its community cancer screening program, which offers services to the region’s underserved population.

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Albany business owners ask for sign ordinance common sense

Task force considers tweaking of Albany’s sign ordinance

Albany business owners say they’re concerned about a restrictive sign ordinance that’s not enforced equitably.

Elections officials call special election to fill unexpired Dougherty Commission seat

The District 5 Dougherty Commission seat was vacated by Gloria Gaines, who is running for chairmanship

Qualifying for a vacant Dougherty County Commission set will be held Wednesday-Friday next week.

Dougherty elections officials expected to announce special County Commission election today

Unless there is a conflict with state law, the election is expected to be conducted May 20

If the special election for Dougherty County Commission District 5 is conducted May 20, the qualifying period would be held next week.

EDC approves additional $200,000 in funding for Lattimer Communications plan

Atlanta-based company’s campaign designed to improve community self-image

The Albany-Dougherty Economic Development Commission signs off on an additional $200,000 to fund a communications plan.

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Dismal 2013 gives way to 2014 optimism for Albany Downtown Manager Aaron Blair

Blair gives well-received state of downtown address as good news surfaces

Albany’s downtown manager says three long-empty inner-city storefronts have been leased this week.

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CARLTON FLETCHER: This younger generation today needs ... better 'toons

OPINION: A closer look at the best and worst animated shows of all-time

I’m worried about today’s kids: They’ve got no good cartoons to numb their little brains.

Aviation Commission, Buffalo Rock reach concessions agreement

Albany-based company will offer four vending options at Southwest Georgia Regional Airport

Expanded vending options will soon be available at the Southwest Georgia Regional Airport’s new terminal building.

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Phoebe asks city of Albany for $858,000 fee credit for stormwater work the hospital did in 2006

The Albany City Commission tables the fee credit request for study

Officials with Phoebe say the hospital spent the requested credit amount, $858,000, in 2006 on a project to relieve flooding in the hospital’s area.

Rezoning approval by Dougherty County Commission paves way for Dollar General

County Commission OKs SPLOST funding that will widen Fleming Road near Marine base

Dougherty County commissioners vote to approve a rezoning request that will lead to commercial development in East Albany.

Regional Commission conference focuses on shared needs of small businesses, agribusinesses

Southwest Georgia Strong initiative addresses concerns of 19 Southwest Georgia counties

Early registration is under way for a two-day outreach conference that focuses on the needs of small and agribusiness owners.

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CARLTON FLETCHER: Retail is for suckers … like men shoppers

OPINION: Bargain shopping is encoded on women’s DNA

When it comes to finding products at the lowest possible prices, men can’t hold a candle to their female counterparts.

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Downtown Manager Aaron Blair prepares for ‘state of downtown’ address

Difficult 2013 reduces ‘Wow! factor’ of improvements made in Albany’s inner city

Downtown Albany Manager Aaron Blair will offer his second state of downtown address Monday at the Flint RiverQuarium’s Imagination Theatre.

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