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.
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.
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.
Utility department is testing voice component to enhance bundling capabilities
The telecommunications department of Albany’s Water, Gas and Light Commission has increased revenue significantly from last year’s totals.
Albany’s mayor one of 12 to be honored at Georgia Minority Business Awards program
Albany Mayor Dorothy Hubbard is recognized as one of 12 recipients of Georgia Minority Business Awards.
Family business owners would have the option to buy the downtown property during proposed lease
A downtown businessman has asked the Albany-Dougherty Inner City Authority to lease him former skate park property so he can relocate his footwear business and expnd it.
Darton assistant professor officially kicks off his Dougherty County Commission campaign
Candidate Pat Garner says he will fight for higher pay for county emergency personnel.
OPINION: Give leaders a break; they're representing their constituents
Maybe we should take a look in the mirror before we become too critical of our elected leaders.
Improvements would help with traffic snarls near Marine Corps Logistics Base-Albany
The Dougherty County Commission discusses a proposed road improvement project near the county’s Marine base.
Dougherty sheriff asks County Commission to increase employees’ pay
Dougherty County Sheriff Kevin Sproul says he’s now losing employees to smaller departments due to low pay.
OPINION: Veterans Memorial Highway to be named in honor of war fighters’ ultimate sacrifice
Twenty-two Lee Countians who lost their lives in service to the country are to be memorialized.
Lunch, meditation part of Wednersday programs during Lent season
Albany Episcopal churches are planning lunch and meditation programs during the Wednesdays of Lent.
Unification of Albany and Dougherty County could be an issue during the elections this year
Some Dougherty County officials are starting to talk about consolidation of the Albany and Dougherty governments again.
Commission post became available when incumbent qualified to run for commission chairmanship
One candidate has already announced plans to run during a special called Dougherty County Commission election.
County approval would open door for development of retail outlet off Sylvester Road
The Albany-Dougherty Planning Commission approves a rezoning request that paves the way for a new retail outlet.
Local County Commission, School Board qualifying ends at noon Friday
Melissa Strother will challenge Aaron Johnson for the Dougherty County School Board District 4 seat.
CPA firm says audit report for Albany has no findings or compliance violations
Financial transactions in FY 2013 decreased the city of Albany’s fund balance by more than $7.77 million.
City officials insist they plan to give all city employees salary uptick
An Albany City Commission vote to increase City Manager James Taylor’s pay by $15,000 is drawing the ire of city employees.
OPINION: TV reporter, writer lived a compelling life to the end
Getting to know journalist Ed Lightsey proves that misguided first impressions aren’t always the best.
A crowd of more than 150 gathered at Albany’s Hilton Garden Inn to express concerns about a natural gas pipeline proposed to go through Dougherty County.
Local delegation Greene, Dukes, Sims also qualify for re-election
All local delegation incumbents in the state Legislature qualify to run for re-election in 2014.
Sitting commissioner steps down to run for commission chairmanship
Gloria Gaines steps down from her Dougherty County Commission seat in preparation for her commission chairmanship run.
Opening day of primary qualifying keeps elections officials hopping
Candidates have until Friday to qualify for four Dougherty County Commission and three Dougherty School Board seats.
Georgia runner was half-mile from finish line when bombs exploded in Boston
A runner in Saturday’s Albany Snickers Marathon says he’s ready to return to Boston and finish what he started.
OPINION: Respect for artists who make joyful, beautiful noise
Music fans know: One person’s noise is others’ slice of heaven.
Costs, services among concerns listed in study of Dougherty County public safety options
Recent studies show that Dougherty County is taking the most efficient approach to fire and law enforcement services.
First of 13 meetings to be held in Albany at Hilton Garden Inn
A federal regulatory agency will take over informational meetings for the proposed Alabama-to-Florida Sabal Trail natural gas pipeline.
In a close vote, the board decides to not take action on breed-specific restrictions
Four commissioners vote to delay action on a pit bull ordinance.
OPINION: Historic collaborative effort could have far-reaching impact
The presidents of Albany’s institutions of higher education are working with the county school system’s superintendent to improve education.
Interim utility director still has no plans for permanent position
Albany’s interim utilities general manager says the city must work with its Water, Gas and Light Commission to trim “fat.”
In a close vote, the board decides to not take action on breed-specific restrictions
Five commissioners vote to delay action on a pit bull ordinance.
Police official warns of possible reduction in service
The chief of the Dougherty County Police Department warns that low starting pay leads to a number of staffing issues.
Car owners may be able to get credit for taxes already paid
The deadline to take advantage of the state’s Title Ad Valorem Tax opt in is Friday.
OUTLOOK 2014: Budget concerns, countywide efficiencies among vital issues facing Dougherty County government
With an election promising a significant shakeup of the county government, Dougherty leaders can’t look too far ahead.
OUTLOOK 2014: Pay raises, insurance costs, city utility among priority issues for city leaders
Albany leaders go into 2014 with a number of vital issues prominent on their to-do list.
OPINION: Albany leaders face tough choice on pit bull ordinance
A mother’s tragic story offers another side to Albany’s proposed pit bull ordinance.
OUTLOOK 2014: Ongoing, potential projects reason for optimism in Albany’s inner city
A number of projects and potential projects in downtown Albany has local officials planning for a significant 2014.
A SPLOST-funded tennis center has been in planning stage for 20 years
A long-delayed special tax-funded community tennis center may actually be back on the drawing board after two decades.
New director has strong family ties to Albany
Interim Director Shelena Hawkins is expected to move into Department of Community and Economic Development director’s post in two weeks.
Former L’Jua’s restaurant attracts, $205,000, but Tift Park parcel is removed from online auction of city-owned property
An online auction conducted on behalf of the city of Albany Wednesday brings in $566,000 for four properties. City commissioners are expected to vote Tuesday on whether to accept the bids.
Citizens group to work with city officials on issues with existing sign ordinance
A citizens/government Sign Task Force held an initial meeting Thursday to begin discussing updates to Albany’s sign ordinance, which has been in effect about six years.
City officials deny rumors of pending sale of historic property
Albany’s city manager says no one bothered to ask him about the supposed “sale” of Tift Park, which he says is not going to happen.
Band will host CD release party at 340 Creative Group
Local favorites Rod Holt and the Fractured Souls will showcase their debut album at a CD release party Saturday.
Economic development agency has remained busy during ‘interim’ period
An Albany economic development agency is planning its annual Industry Celebration Week April 14-18.
OPINION: Albany officials encouraged after annual retreat
Albany city leaders say they recharged their batteries at a two-day-plus reteat in Thomasville.
The Chehaw board seeks first price increase for the wild animal part of the park since 2011
Adults will start paying $1.10 more and children an additional 35 cents to enter Chehaw Wild Animal Park starting April 18.
Vote on controversial legislation is due in one week
City officials say they are involved in a “balancing act” while trying to come up with an enforcable pit bull ordinance.
Interim Finance director will assume newly created position in two weeks
U.S. Air Force veteran JoEllen Brophy has been selected as the best-qualified candidate for the city of Albany’s new chief financial officer position.
The Dougherty County library branch was one of two that were closed for financial reasons
The Westtown Library branch will re-open Monday and maintain a 16-hours-per-week schedule that includes Saturdays.
OPINION: State headed back to the days of the Wild West
Proposed gun legislation in the Georgia legislature allows deadly weapons to be legally carried in churches and bars.