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Carlton Fletcher

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FRIDAY JAM: Local hip-hop favorites headline WeRThe229 Tour

SwishaMan Slim, Phlame, Young Lino part of multi-city tour

Local musical artists, models and fashion designers are all part of the multimedia WeRThe229 Tour.

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Eames utilizes new/old pizza-making technology with wood-fired oven

Glenn Eames’ pizzas will be featured at Saturday’s first Community Market

An old technology is used to make pizzas in Glenn Eames’ wood-fired pizza oven.

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Albany’s interim downtown manager passionate about redevelopment

Sharlene Cannon helped turn Thomasville’s downtown into a destination showcase

Sharlene Cannon brings years of experience, including a huge success in Thomasville, to Albany’s downtown redevelopment efforts.

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CARLTON FLETCHER: Downtown is dangerous lament lacks proof

OPINION: Complaints usually come from people who avoid inner city

City officials refute the oft-repeated complaint that Albany’s downtown district is dangerous.

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PDA asks PSC for extension on $200 million P&G project

Green energy P&G project would bring jobs, tax funds to community

The Albany-Dougherty Payroll Development Authority asks for more time to complete a $200 million P&G energy project plan.

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Juvenile justice grant funds Functional Family Therapy Program

Judge: Costs for juvenile offenders significantly lower with ‘evidence-based’ program

The Dougherty County Commission is expected to sign off on a $300,000 juvenile justice program.

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SOWEGA Council on Aging senior center sitting room named for retired educator Marshall

Elderly benefactor gives ‘from my heart’ to local nonprofits

A special room at the new SOWEGA Council on Aging facility is named for one of the organization’s contributors.

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Friends of Tift Park set to unveil Community Market

Projected weekly event features food, entertainment, crafts, art

Friends of Tift Park will host the first of planned weekly Community Markets Saturday.

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CARLTON FLETCHER: Albany gets a mix of the good and bad

OPINION: City sees positives, negatives in eventful week

The good maybe outweighed the bad by a little in an interesting week in the life of the city of Albany.

ADICA OKs skate park lease for Rabbitman

Family shoe business reaches five-year lease agreement with authority

The Albany-Dougherty Inner City Authority works out a lease deal with a local businessman.

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FRIDAY JAM: Early-bird Big Pine Music Festival tickets on sale Monday

Two-day fest planned at Albany’s Exchange Club Fairgrounds

The inaugural Big Pine Music Festival is planned for the Exchange Club Fairgrounds in Albany Oct. 24-25.

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EDC/Lattimer Communications set to kick off There’s Only One Albany campaign

Internal marketing plan will stress what’s good about Albany

A multimedia marketing campaign about Albany’s bright spots has been in the works for two years.

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Albany City Commission OKs multimodal proposal

City government paves way for new McDonald’s in west Albany

Albany City Commissioners approve a proposed design for a multimodal transportation center.

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CARLTON FLETCHER: Talk about your strange bedfellows …

OPINION: Albany government sees whirlwind changes

Tom Berry, who angrily resigned as interim GM of Albany’s utility authority, is nominated to serve as interim city manager.

Questions linger as Albany city manager ponders future

James Taylor says he’s still weighing his options

Albany city commissioners will be looking for answers from City Manager James Taylor today at their work meeting.

Dougherty County Commission approves board appointments

County government approves service agreements with city of Albany

The Dougherty County Commission names new members to its Aspire and Library boards.

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Thrush gets preliminary OK for $200,000 from Albany Deal-Closing Fund

Thrush would be the first business to be awarded money from the fund

The decision by the city’s Long-Term Financial Planning Committee must be ratified by the Albany City Commission before it can go into effect.

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CARLTON FLETCHER: No lone issue defines City Manager James Taylor's tenure with city of Albany

OPINION: James Taylor — Lies sting when family hears them

Retired Marine James Taylor’s tenure as Albany’s city manager is expected to end soon.

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Albany City Manager James Taylor's future with city at crossroads

The city manager says a controversial bonus was business decision

Albany City Manager James Taylor speaks out about the controversy over a $20,000 bonus paid to a city employee, adding the city commissioners who claim to be unaware of the incentives policy have not been paying attention to the five-year plan he has presented to them each year.

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Bucking state, national trends, Albany Elks Club sees growth | PHOTO GALLERY

Fraternal organization thriving around new, younger leadership

While state and national Elks clubs are seeing membership declines, the Albany lodge is growing.

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Dougherty Commissioner Ewell Lyle named to RiverQuarium board

County official says he will not advocate for state, county funding

District 4 Dougherty County Commissioner Ewell Lyle joins Flint RiverQuarium Board of Directors.

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FRIDAY JAM: Music, silent auction highlights of first SAMM Jam

Fundraiser will benefit Salvation Army, Moving Mountains

Former Messendger guitarist Dwayne “Wimpy” Bowden’s Summit Musical Group will be among the artists performing at the July 26 SAMM Jam.

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CARLTON FLETCHER: 'Loud' is a worthwhile rock and roll documentary

FRIDAY JAM SESSION: Guitarist summit is compelling viewing

Unlike most rock music documentaries, “It Might Get Loud” is worth watching.

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Stephen Collier introduced to WG&L as interim assistant city manager for utilities | VIDEO

Albany's Central Services director to head utilities commission

Thirty-three-year Albany city employee Stephen Collier takes over as interim assistant city manager for utilities.

Albany officials ponder city's future

The GM of the Albany utility is gone, and there are questions as to how long the Albany city manager will stay

Albany city officials are looking at possibilities in the event that City Manager James Taylor announces his retirement.

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Albany chef Buck O'Neal finds creativity in cooking

Buck O'Neal's barbecue recognized as some of the region's best

Buck O’Neal was born to work in the kitchen, finding creativity in cooking at a very young age.

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CARLTON FLETCHER: What's next for Albany's utility?

OPINION: Departure of interim GM Tom Berry will have impact throughout city government

The question for many in Albany, as the city tries to pick itself up from years of frustration, is what comes next after the departure of a key city official?

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Shake-up pending with Albany city government?

Albany City Manager James Taylor may be considering retirement

WG&L interim General Manager Tom Berry’s sudden retirement last week may be only the start of changes in the city of Albany government.

Dougherty County rollback millage rate necessitates tax increase

Increase in tax digest means higher taxes for some property owners

The Dougherty County Commission will hold three public hearings to discuss a proposed property tax increase.

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Dougherty County Commission approves $77.4 million FY 2015 spending plan

Fiscal Year 2015 budget goes into effect today

Noting small changes in final budget figures, the Dougherty County Commission approved its FY 2015 budget Monday.

Albany officials won’t roll back the city millage rate for a 0.011 percent change

An increase in the Dougherty County tax digest may have a small impact on city property owners

Keeping the millage rate the same would increase ad valorem taxes on properties with values that have gone up.

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For Gatewood, Walker, Hughey & Neuman is all in the family

Sisters become co-presidents of family-owned business

Sisters Katie Gatewood and Callie Walker become co-presidents of one of Albany’s best-known Real Estate firms.

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Kattalistt Group tries to bring positive change to community

Civic-minded organization out to make its mark on Albany

A local organization of volunteers stays actively involved in the community.

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CARLTON FLETCHER: A job pitch for the good folks at Big Oil

OPINION: PR career could be my answer to financial independence

I think I’m just the man for a PR job with Big Oil.

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Classic rock's Doobie Brothers to record hits with country stars | VIDEO

Doobies, co-headlining tour with Peter Frampton, have a July 17 show in Alpharetta

The lead singer of the Doobie Brothers talks with the Albany Herald about the band’s past, present and future.

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Impact of Flood of 1994 endures two decades later

Southwest Georgia may never fully recover from Flint River flooding in 1994

Two decades after it happened, the Flood of ‘94 is still impacting residents of Albany and Southwest Georgia.

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Flint River remains focal point of downtown redevelopment

Officials say flood always part of downtown development conversation

Much of the land that is vital to downtown redevelopment was impacted by the Flood of ‘94.

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Great Flood disinterred 438 caskets from Albany cemeteries

Forensics experts identified all but 95 bodies washed up during flood

One of the greatest horrors of the Flood of ‘94 was the disinterment of 438 caskets in Albany riverside cemeteries.

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CARLTON FLETCHER: Country's Colt Ford says 'Thanks' with latest release

ALBUM REVIEW: Special edition of country star Colt Ford's album includes a superheroes comic

A number of country stars give Colt Ford assists on his latest album, which will be released Tuesday.

Albany City Commission approves budget, parking ordinance

City government signs off on state lobbyist, funds for downtown attractions

Despite two votes against, the Albany City Commission approves its Fiscal Year 2015 budget.

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FRIDAY JAM: Conlon says Music Midtown 2014 lineup best ever

Eminem, Jack White, John Mayer, Zac Brown Band to headline Atlanta festival

Large crowds are expected at Atlanta’s Music Midtown 2014, which has what its promoter calls the best lineup in the history of the event.

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Businessman Jay Sharpe fills vacant utility board seat

Interim GM Berry resigns during new member’s first meeting

Appointed the night before by the Albany City Commission, the newest WG&L board member gets a baptism by fire.

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Water, Gas & Light Interim General Manager Tom Berry resigns | VIDEO

Tom Berry say Albany politics worst he's ever seen

WG&L Commissioner Bob Hutchinson said he also is likely to resign from the board.

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CARLTON FLETCHER: Attractions’ futures hinge on City Commission’s funding vote

OPINION: Public, commission divided over RiverQuarium, Civil Rights Institute funding

The Albany City Commission will vote tonight on some $300,000 in public funding for two downtown attractions.

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Albany's downtown redevelopment momentum picks up steam | VIDEO

Business owners, developers say prospects good for downtown business boom

Although Downtown Manager Aaron Blair will leave at the end of the month, inner-city stakeholders say they expect momentum to continue.

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CARLTON FLETCHER: Albany's Deal-Closing Fund needs a little tweaking

OPINION: MEAG credits should help fund incentives for business growth

Albany city commissioners are sitting on a Deal-Closing Fund created to provide incentives for new or expanding businesses.

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Lallie Benkoski preserves family heirlooms, history | VIDEO & PHOTO GALLERY

A genealogical database created by Albany woman includes more than 36,000 entries

An Albany woman has been collecting her family’s history for almost 50 years.

Hospital has yet to pay first cycle of city stormwater fees

Phoebe asked city to consider credits for earlier stormwater improvements

City officials are working with Phoebe Putney Health System in an effort to clear up delinquent stormwater charges.

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FRIDAY JAM: 'Sing-Off' winners Home Free bring show to singer Austin Brown's hometown of Tifton

A cappella stars have two performances scheduled at Tifton's UGA Conference Center

TV’s “The Sing-Off” winners bring their talents to Tifton for a pair of shows.