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Carlton Fletcher

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Sunny Ortiz: Fans keep Widespread Panic's wheels turning

Athens-based rockers celebrating 30 years with headlining slot at Wanee Festival

Widespread Panic was selected by Wanee Music Festival organizers to replace the Allman Brothers Band as festival headliners.

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Nick Dittmeier and the Sawdusters booked for Albany Locos show

Indiana alt-country/Americana/rockers seek to expand fan base into Southwest Georgia

Nick Dittmeier and the Sawdusters will play at Locos in Albany next Friday starting at 9 p.m.

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Albany Tech's Parker pushes Dougherty County career academy

Technical college president asks EDC board to support educational opportunity

Albany Technical College President Anthony Parker asks the Albany-Dougherty Economic Development Commission board to support the creation of a career academy in Dougherty County.

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Tommie Postell to seek fourth term on Albany City Commission

Long-time commissioner says Albany is in vital transition period

Tommie Postell tells The Albany Herald he is healthy and ready to serve four more years on the Albany City Commission.

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CARLTON FLETCHER: Forget Grover Norquist: The taxman cometh

OPINION: Republican leadership gives Georgia huge tax increase

Georgians will dish out some $900 million in new gasoline taxes starting July 1.

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Dougherty County commissioner wants facts clear on Nelms Road intersection proposals

Commissioner Anthony Jones: A traffic light not an option at dangerous intersection

A Dougherty County commissioner says the state Department of Transportation is is saying no to a traffic signal at the Liberty Expressway/Nelms Road intersection. A petition floating around in the Putney area will not get DOt officials to change their minds, he says.

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Albany City Commissioner decries debris-ridden property

Bobby Coleman wants city of Albany to act against trash-strewn property

Albany city commissioner calls for action against a owner of unsightly property on busy street. noting that he has received numerous phone complaints from residents of the neighborhood.

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Dougherty County Commission discusses local preference bid option

County Attorney Spencer Lee tells board local preference option opens possibility of lawsuit

Dougherty County commissioners discuss the possibility of local preference option on government bids.

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Doublegate Chef Lionel Hughes' roots evident in unique cuisine

Chef uses classic French approach while preparing Southern cuisine

Doublegate Country Club Executive Chef Lionel Hughes places first in an American Culinary Federation competition.

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Arthur Berry's sons his greatest artwork

Family, community mourn passing of arts trailblazer Arthur Berry

Despite his renown as an artist, Arthur Berry is remembered by his sons as a loving father.

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CARLTON FLETCHER: Don't underestimate the power of one person

OPINION: Change comes when people are willing to take risks

If enough individuals are willing to work to bring about change in their community, change will come.

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Common Cause takes advocacy efforts to Georgia voters

Nonpartisan, nonprofit organization demands transparency in government

Officials with the Common Cause Georgia advocacy group say there is an ethics crisis in the state.

Albany Utility Board reaches Rails-to-Trails agreement

Deal would allow utilities easement among 13-mile tract from Albany to Sasser

The Albany Utility Board has hammered out an agreement with Rails-to-Trails officials that will allow the utility authority to use the organization’s 13-mile right-of-way to provide utility services to potential customers in Dougherty, Lee and Terrell counties.

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ADICA gets report on theater restoration costs

Shoring up crumbling historic theater comes with hefty price tag

The Albany-Dougherty Inner City Authority gets a report on efforts to save the historic Albany Theater.

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Cody Smith, Highway 55 chasing musical dream

Singer, band get boost from favorite recognition in Herald’s JAM poll

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Albany commissioners discuss redefining ADICA's mission

City leaders say development authority must work with city to improve downtown

Albany city commissioners say ADICA’s development efforts must go through them.

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CARLTON FLETCHER: Pensacola, Fla., does redevelopment right

OPINION: West Florida city has completely remade its crumbling downtown

Pensacola, Fla.’s downtown a decade ago looked much like Albany’s. Now it is a resurrected showcase.

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Albany SCV Camp to host Confederate Memorial Service

Sons of Confederate Veterans mark state Confederate History and Heritage Month

The Albany-based Sons of Confederate Veterans camp will host a memorial service at Confederate Memorial Park on Saturday.

Dougherty County Commission OKs employee clinic

County employees will receive health care treatment at downtown clinic

The Dougherty County Commission formally approves an on-site employee health clinic.

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CARLTON FLETCHER: Albany should have rental property codes

OPINION: City's slumlords not held to any standards

Some Albany landlords and property owners maintain substandard rental units because no property codes are in place.

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Young Dyal family takes its collective faith to Ukraine

Lee County man, wife take their 14-month-old daughter on mission trip overseas

The young Lee County Dyal family will leave in August for a mission trip to Ukraine.

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Blackberry Smoke ride album success to Toadlick Festival

Band's 'Holding All the Roses' debuts atop Billboard Country Chart

After 14 years together, Blackberry Smoke hit the jackpot with their Brendan O’Brien-produced album.

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Lack of energy code hurts Albany renters

Landlords, property owners not compelled to maintain rental property

A number of Albany citizens, many of them renters, say their utility bills have skyrocketed since the city took control of running utility operations.

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SCV members place flags on Confederate veterans' graves

Battle flag used to honor service of locals who fought, died in Civil War

Members of the local Sons of Confederate Veterans camp commemorate Confederate History and Heritage Month in Georgia by placing flags on graves.

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CARLTON FLETCHER: Government plans to take on tobacco, cellphones

OPINION: Proposed legislation will curtail or end use of products deemed harmful

Leaked information from secret government hearings indicate cellphone usage in vehicles and tobacco products may soon be things of the past.

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Albany High grads of the '60s to revisit spring break

Annual bash reunites close-knit Albany High School graduates

Albany High School graduates from the decade of the ’60s will gather at the Albany Hasan Temple April 24-25 for a weekend of partying.

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Dougherty County Commission considers employee health clinic

Insurance consultant tells county officials clinic would save on health plan costs

The Dougherty County Commission is expected to decide next week whether to open an on-site employee health clinic downtown.

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Dougherty police chief: Low pay reason for personnel losses

Dougherty Police Chief Jackie Battle says she's had to fill 48 of 55 positions since 2011

Dougherty County Police Chief Jackie Battle introduces Kenneth Johnson as the department’s new assistant chief.

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Central Services department carries huge responsibilities

Department responsible for Albany/Dougherty Procurement, Fleet Management, Materials Management

The Albany/Dougherty County Central Services department supplies pencils, buildings, vehicles … and everything in between.

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CARLTON FLETCHER: Sorry, Coach Lowe, cussing is becoming today's norm

OPINION: Quest for 'realism' is chipping away at standards of decency

Swearing, once the secret language of boys being naughty, is becoming all too common.

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Albany City Clerk Sonja Tolbert named president of state organization

City official pushes education for employees she calls 'backbone' of city government

Albany City Clerk Sonja Tolbert is named president of the 400-member Georgia Municipal Clerks & Finance Officers Association.

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Tim Davis: God put me on this planet to play drums

Herald’s Friday JAM Poll favorite has a long love affair with drumming

Herald Friday Jam favorite Tim Davis started his musical career young, and he’s vowed to keep playing drums as long as he can hold sticks.

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Albany City Commission delays vote on proposed sign ordinance changes

Confusion over proposed changes leaves Albany city commissioners with unanswered questions

Albany city commissioners decide to prolong their discussion of proposed changes to the city’s sign ordinance.

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CARLTON FLETCHER: Albany on a journey in quest for its lost soul

OPINION: City must overcome infestation of Thugs, Bugs and Slugs

Like Dorothy and her friends, Albany’s best are on an Oz-like quest to find their city’s lost soul.

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Albany bridge, underpass projects near completion

Completion of Broad Avenue bridge, underpass expected at end of June

City of Albany officials say they expect work on the East Broad Avenue Underpass to be finished around the same time or before work on the Broad Avenue bridge is completed.

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FitNation opens downtown business

Fitness facility offers personal training, health classes

While one downtown Albany business has closed its doors, another is open for business.

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CARLTON FLETCHER: Lousy work ethic epidemic is not generational

OPINION: There are as many dead weight baby boomers as there are millennials

A lousy work ethic has become an epidemic among workers from all generations.

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Wild Adventures kicks off its 2015 season | PHOTO GALLERY

Valdosta theme park one of the South’s favorite destinations

New rides, attractions and animals are among the highlights of the just reopened Wild Adventures Theme Park in Valdosta.

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Albany sign ordinance public hearing a sign of indifference

Sign ordinance meeting attracts only two local business owners

A public hearing called to discuss proposed changes to the city of Albany’s sign ordinance is all but ignored.

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Derrick Brown makes seamless Albany finance director transition

Albany native takes over management of city's quarter-billion-dollar budget

Albany City Manager Tom Berry did not hesitate in naming Derrick Brown interim Finance director when city CFO JoEllen Brophy stepped down.

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'Chief,' Outsiders give Eric Church musical freedom

Country superstar brings his latest tour to Tallahassee's Donald L. Tucker Civic Center

Eric Church will bring his high-energy Outsiders tour to north Florida Thursday.

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Economic Development Commission unveils One Albany paraphernalia

Items will help turn citizens into EDC ambassadors

Officials with the Albany-Dougherty Economic Development Commission show off items for sale bearing the “There’s Only One Albany” logo.

Hamilton chosen for Albany transportation position

Transit director will also head Southwest Georgia Regional Airport

David Hamilton has been selected to serve in the newly created transportation director’s position for the city of Albany.

Albany Mayor Dorothy Hubbard to appoint city manager committee

Trio of Albany city commissioners to screen applicants for city manager position

Albany Mayor Dorothy Hubbard plans to appoint a three-person committee to screen city manager applicants.

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CARLTON FLETCHER: How dumb do TV executives think we are?

OPINION: TV ads don't sell products, they annoy viewers

That “make the TV ad dumb, people will remember it” logic just doesn’t hold water.

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Albany city commissioners want closer scrutiny of spending by boards

City leaders concerned about spending of ADICA, other city agencies

Albany city commissioners say they want tighter controls over appointed quasi-governmental agencies that they oversee.

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Attrition continues to plague Dougherty Sheriff's Office

Dougherty Sheriff's Department lost 50 employees in 2014, most because of low pay

Sheriff Kevin Sproul tells the Dougherty County Commission attrition continues to hurt his department.

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Yvette Aehle to step down from Albany airport director post

Search will start immediately for new director at Southwest Georgia Regional Airport

Yvette Aehle is leaving the Southwest Georgia Regional Airport for a position in Clearwater, Fla.

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Tracy Taylor's trip to Selma life-altering

Local NAACP official takes part in Bloody Sunday anniversary celebration

Dougherty NAACP Second Vice President Tracy Taylor travels to Selma, Ala., to get a first-hand look at history.

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Coming home: Young professionals return to Albany | PHOTO GALLERY

Emerging leaders return to their roots

A number of highly educated young professionals have made the decision to return to their Southwest Georgia roots, where they believe they can build family lives and have a positive impact on the community that nurtured them.