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Carlton Fletcher

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'Warriors' take to area woods for Airsoft war games | PHOTO GALLERY

Large local group takes part in Airsoft skirmishes

Airsoft war games allow youngsters of all ages opportunities to entertain their war fantasies.

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MUSIC REVIEW: Sam Hunt's 'Montevallo' one of year's best albums

Ex-jock's debut album has taken Nashville by storm

Sam Hunt serves notice that he is a heavyweight country music contender with his excellent debut album Montevallo.

Developer Anthony King highlights Albany Heights plans

ADICA board gets first-hand look at development proposal for residential space

A young developer offers board an inside view of how downtown Albany living can look.

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Dad rock dominates music scene during Christmas shopping season

New releases by Pink Floyd, Dylan, Who, Queen hot items for holiday shoppers

Classic rock is all the rage during the holiday shopping season, as vintage acts release new material.

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MUSIC REVIEW: Country star Darius Rucker offers perfect holiday record

New album by ex-Hootie & the Blowfish frontman is just right for holiday gatherings

Darius Rucker is deeply invested in his Capitol Records Nashville holiday album.

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Albany utility officials tour telecommunications facilities

WG&L board, staff visit utility's telecommunications 'points of presence'

Albany utilities officials gather first-hand knowledge of telecommunications equipment during a Thursday tour.

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CARLTON FLETCHER: Annual fair exists in no-complaint zone

OPINION: Exchange Club’s annual extravaganza a family tradition

Despite some people’s nagging complaints, there’s just something about going to the fair.

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Albany city manager updates Dougherty County Commission on recreation plans

Officials are considering a joint city/county-financed recreation complex

Albany’s city manager discusses recreation and a land purchase with the Dougherty County Commission.

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Albany agencies plan unique housing opportunities near Central Business District

"Fixer-upper" homes, land could be claimed by residents at little to no cost

Albany officials have developed a plan that could offer low- to no-cost housing opportunities near the downtown Central Business District.

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CARLTON FLETCHER: Albany City Commission, Tom Berry moving city forward

OPINION: Albany leadership has put together leaner, more fiscally responsible team

Under the leadership of the refocused City Commission and City Manager Tom Berry, the Albany city government is making significant strides.

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Albany businessman Lane Rosen creates his own path downtown

"The Gathering Place" events center opens at former SOWEGA Council on Aging facility

Businessman Lane Rosen has not waited for developers’ go-ahead to increase his footprint downtown.

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'Chefs on the Lawn' event focuses on healthy foods

Mayor Dorothy Hubbard, Dougherty School System, Phoebe Network of Trust host diabetes prevention event

Dozens lined up Friday to get free food and learn more about eating and living healthier.

Albany-Dougherty County Planning Commission OKs rezoning requests, variance

Board unanimously approves C-3 commercial designation for two properties

The Albany-Dougherty Planning Commission gives its approval to a pair of rezoning requests and a variance.

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CARLTON FLETCHER: Greatest music defies era, genre, categorization

OPINION: Certain artists create musical works that have lasting impact

Some musicians have left bodies of work that defy simple categorization.

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Southern Threads offers unique embroidery designs

Unique new business set for open house Saturday

Southern Threads Emroidery & Gifts finds a home in the west Albany Dawson Pointe Shopping Center.

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Incumbent Ewell Lyle wins re-election to Dougherty County Commission

Republican incumbent turns back challenge by Democrat Patrick Garner

Ewell Lyle had a commanding 530-vote lead over challenger Patrick Garner in his quest to retain his District 4 Dougherty County Commission seat.

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CARLTON FLETCHER: Please, God, no more political campaign ads

OPINION: Georgia candidates lies, half-truths reached new lows

If nothing else good came of it, Tuesday’s election marked the end (hopefully) of political ad campaigns for a while.

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City of Albany settles suit for 2012 wreck involving police

Officer Gary Price involved in 11 accidents before being terminated by city

The city of Albany will pay more than $400,000 to settle a lawsuit that resulted from a former police officer’s crash.

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Downtown Manager Sharlene Cannon plans second visioning forum

Stakeholders, general public invited to share ideas at public forum

City officials hope to build momentum for downtown development at a second visioning forum planned Tuesday.

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Drawn-out Dougherty County Commission showdown to be decided

Close statewide races may have impact on Lyle, Garner County Commission race

The monthslong process of selecting a Dougherty County District 4 Commissioner will finally be decided Tuesday.

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CARLTON FLETCHER: Albany in danger of becoming Southwest Georgia's 'McDollarMart' city

OPINION: Albany's attempts to maintain relevancy -- One step up, two steps back

Despite the efforts of some, Albany is becoming a city of watchers and not doers.

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Americus SCV camp to host annual Wirz memorial

November event will be held at Andersonville prison camp

The Americus Sons of Confederate Veterans Camp 78 will host the annual Capt. Henry Wirz memorial service Nov. 9 at Andersonville in Sumter County.

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Albany prepares for conversion to CNG vehicles

Compressed natural gas costs less, gives off less harmful emissions

Phase I of compressed natural gas conversion in Albany vehicles will focus on new transit buses.

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Albany utilities board gets positive financial update

Albanyy CFO: Utilities expenses down significantly

The city of Albany’s utilities authority has seen an increase in efficiency during the first three months of the current fiscal year.

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The best of Albany's Big Pine Festival

Two-day gathering has plenty of highlights

Shovels & Rope, Chris Stapleton and Stapleton’s beard are among the highlights of the weekend Big Pine Festival.

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Albany City Commission joins Dougherty County Commission in opposing Sabal pipeline

Resolution notes proposed proximity of the propsed pipeline to wells, airport, city schools

The Albany City Commission joins the Dougherty County Commission in opposing a proposed natural gas pipeline, saying its proposed path is too close to city wells, the airport and three schools.

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CARLTON FLETCHER: Has voting become an exercise of 'convenience'?

OPINION: Extremists have skewed definition of 'hardship'

Sunday’s historic early voting period in Dougherty County was an exercise in convenience.

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CFO Jo Brophy, Finance Department merge city of Albany, WG&L finances

Combining financial systems has already saved city of Albany hundreds of thousands of dollars

The new city of Albany Corporate Finance Department had to overcome obstacles and deadlines to combine city and utilities finances.

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Dougherty County Commission passes anti-pipeline resolution

County board will send newly passed resolution to Federal Energy Regulatory Commission

The Dougherty County Commission passes a formal resolution opposing the Sabal Trail natural gas pipeline coming through the county.

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Large crowd turns out for Sunday vote in Dougherty County

Dougherty voters wait patiently to cast ballots in historic Sunday vote

A long line of voters waited patiently Sunday at the downtown Riverfront Resource Center to cast votes in advance of the Nov. 4 general election.

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Big Pine wraps with strong lineup at fairgrounds | PHOTO GALLERY

Two-day festival features strong musical performances, family fun

Perfect weather greeted attendees and artists Saturday on the second day of the Big Pine Festival in Albany.

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Q's Cakes cooks up home-baked sweet treats

Albany baker turns cooking talents into a home business

An Albany woman bakes up sweet treats at her Gillionville Road home.

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CARLTON FLETCHER: "Historically black" are the key words in HBCU

OPINION: Albany State University was founded to provide educational opportunities for black students

Albany’s relationship with Albany State University has softened around the green of the university alumni’s money.

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Stage set for weekend Big Pine Festival

Arts & crafts, mechanical bull, ‘Port-a-Party’ and lots of music highlight weekend festival

Preparation is complete and the musical acts are tuning up their instruments for this weekend’s Big Pine Festival at the Exchange Club Fairgrounds.

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"Sweepnation Dancers" liven Albany rapper's Freak Show tour

Da Streetsweepa extends tour in search of development contract

An Albany rapper is getting lots of attention with the addition of a dance team to his stage show.

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Midnight Star, Doug E. Fresh, E.U. to perform at ASU Homecoming concert

‘Old-school’ R&B, hip-hop stars to perform during ASU Homecoming celebration

A concert held in conjunction with Albany State University’s Homecoming will raise money for the university’s Scholarship Fund.

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Spectra officials present alternate pipeline route, compressor station sites at open house

Energy company officials say willingness to change sites, route shows concern for community

Spectra Energy holds an informational open house to show possible changes to a proposed natural gas pipeline route and compressor station site.

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Aviation Commission sets new long-, short-term parking fees

New parking fees at airport would go into effect at completion of parking lot construction

Short-term parking fees at the Southwest Georgia Regional Airport will go up slightly in February.

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CARLTON FLETCHER: Elections Board member draws heat for Sunday vote

OPINION: Blankenship chose principle over party, to the dismay of leadership

Dougherty Elections Board member Walter Blankenship is drawing behind-the-scenes heat for a principled decision.

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APD Chief: Albany crime at 10-year low

Proctor offers encouraging crime report during Albany City Commission meeting

The chief of the Albany Police Department says crime in the city is at a 10-year low.

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Albany utilities officials ready to move on rural technology plan

SGRITA project would bring wireless broadband to rural counties

Albany officials say they have a nine-month window to complete a telecommunications project that has languished for years.

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Dougherty County Commission considers anti-pipeline resolution

Commissioner John Hayes asks board to take formal stance against natural gas pipeline

Dougherty County officials consider formal opposition to a proposed natural gas pipeline that would come through the county.

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Dougherty County Commission updated on Ebola virus

Public health, hospital officials talk about history of, preparedness to battle deadly virus

Local health officials talk to the Dougherty County Commission about the deadly Ebola virus.

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CARLTON FLETCHER: Burying a 30-year-old UGA hatchet

OPINION: Call from former UGA coach Goff ends three decades of enmity

A long-held anti-UGA conceit is wiped away after a conversation with the writer’s unwitting nemesis.

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Lee, Dougherty County Rivers Alive volunteers to clean up along 50 miles of waterways | VIDEO

Groups pitch in to help with statewide waterway cleanup program

Volunteers in Lee and Dougherty counties will work together Saturday to clean up along area waterways.

Dougherty County Sunday voting set for Riverfront Resource Center

Dougherty County elections officials will conduct early voting 1 p.m.-5 p.m. on Oct. 26

Bowing to “the will of county voters,” the Dougherty County Elections Board reverses itself and OKs Sunday voting for the Nov. 4 general election.

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Developer, ADICA to meet on Albany Heights residential proposal

Anthony King submits proposal to purchase, develop Pine Avenue property

The Albany-Dougherty Inner City Authority will look deeper into a proposal by a local developer on the Pine Avenue Albany Heights property.

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John Anderson, Shovels and Rope have Big Pine headlining slots

Local, regional, national favorites to perform on four stages at two-day festival

The two-day Big Pine Festival that starts Oct. 24 at the Exchange Club Fairgrounds offers a mix of top local, regional and national musical artists.

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Industries find 'commonalities' at round-table discussion

EDC brings industry reps together to discuss issues, share best practices

Albany-Dougherty Economic Development Commission officials say discussions among area industries could bolster business.

Sunday voting coming to Dougherty County on Oct. 26

Dougherty County Elections Board reverses earlier decision against Sunday voting

Dougherty County voters will be able go to the polls 1 p.m.-5 p.m. Oct. 26 for advance voting.