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Carlton Fletcher

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Ewell Lyle calls out fellow Dougherty commissioner over Walmart flap

Dougherty Commissioner questions negative comments about local businesses

A Dougherty County commissioner calls out one of his colleagues about comments criticizing a local Walmart outlet.

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Utility Board move on city's horizon

City utilities department expected to move to former SB&T building

Albany’s city manager confirms that the city’s Utility Board will move soon from its 207 Pine Ave. offices.

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CARLTON FLETCHER: Albany Police Chief Michael Persley passes first big test

OPINION: Rookie chief stands firm in face of commission interrogation

New Albany Police Department Chief Michael Persley earns respect in his first public challenge on the job.

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Wal-Mart officials delay meeting with Dougherty County Commission

Retailer draws criticism over manager's refusal to support Dougherty student program

A Dougherty County commissioner says he expects Wal-Mart officials to address the commission at its Monday work meeting.

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CARLTON FLETCHER: A mature Luke Bryan's fifth album is his best yet

MUSIC REVIEW: Home-grown country music superstar's new album due for release Aug. 7

Luke Bryan’s exploration of some of life’s grown-up mysteries helps make his latest batch of songs his best album ever, a tour de force that should keep him on the country album and singles charts for the next several months.

The essential albums

Six musical gems that are great from start to finish

Today’s digital music doesn’t hold a candle to classic collections from the decade of the album.

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Sharon Subadan: We're not leaving SGRITA high and dry

Albany city manager says the city's interests must be protected

Albany’s city manager says she is willing to work with the South Georgia Regional Information Technology Authority under a plan that protects Albany taxpayers.

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CARLTON FLETCHER: Politics today: My party, right or wrong

OPINION: Party politics has made America meaner

Partisan party politics is making Americans a lot meaner.

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Albany city commissioners divided on charter change, speed humps

A divided Albany City Commission discusses hot-button issues, some heatedly, during an eventful work meeting.

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Albany Police Chief Michael Persley: Confederate flag supporters have First Amendment right

Police chief says expression should be peaceful and in compliance with laws

Albany City Commissioner Tommie Postell says a demonstration that focused on support for the Confederate battle flag could have caused a race riot in Albany.

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Albany city commissioners OK funds for downtown development

Job-creation funding will be used to stimulate development of Albany’s inner-city

The Albany City Commission tentatively signs off on a plan to use money from a job-creation fund to stimulate downtown development.

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Albany-Dougherty Aviation Board members verbally clash at meeting

Newspaper article angers aviation commissioner, who challenges fellow board members

A member of the Albany-Dougherty Aviation Commission labels comments by fellow board members in an Albany Herald article regarding management of the airport “reprehensible,” leading to a heated exchange at Monday’s meeting.

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Dougherty, Planning commissions given do's, don'ts of public hearings

Joint meeting focuses on administrative, legislative zoning decisions

The Dougherty County and Albany-Dougherty Planning commissions hold a joint meeting to discuss issues of common importance.

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Dougherty County Commission formally OKs millage rate increase | PHOTOS

Three-quarter-mill increase will be used to fund county employee pay raises

The Dougherty County Commission conducts a third state-required public hearing to discuss a proposed millage rate increase and then votes to approve the increase.

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CARLTON FLETCHER: Today's legal buzz phrase: I'm gonna get paid

OPINION: Some lawsuits have perverted the concept of justice

Victimhood has become a lucrative profession for some who hire the right lawyer.

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Albany, aviation officials set to discuss future of Southwest Georgia Regional Airport | PHOTOS

Leaders say Southwest Georgia Regional Airport an economic hub

Albany officials will discuss the immediate future of the Southwest Georgia Regional Airport with Aviation Commission members this week.

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Gloria Gaines puts her money where her heart is

Former Dougherty Commissioner offers to replace Sabal Trail GCAPS contribution

A former Dougherty County commissioner convinces her former colleague not to accept a contribution by a company planning to bring a natural gas pipeline through the county by matching the contribution with her own money.

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Albany pipeline protesters take cause to Sabal Trail office | PHOTO GALLERY

Group gathers for silent protest at local office of pipeline contractor

A second “silent protest” is conducted at the office of the company that expects to build a $3.5 billion natural gas pipeline.

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Tift Park Community Market marks one-year anniversary | PHOTO GALLERY

Friends of Tift Park host weekly farmers market/arts and crafts event

The Tift Park Community Market that started as something of a dream will mark its one-year anniversary Saturday.

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Benefit to help send Albany all-stars to World Series

Relapse will perform in concert that will defray costs of youth team's World Series trip

Popular Albany band Relapse will perform Saturday at the Harvest Moon restaurant’s parking lot to raise funds for a youth baseball team.

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Dougherty millage increase public hearing draws no interest

Public comment absent from first of three millage rate increase hearings

The Dougherty County Commission schedules the first of three state-required public hearings on a small millage rate increase, and no one signs up to speak.

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John Hayes: Lee Walmart says no to program for Dougherty students

County commissioner seeking support for GCAPS Commitment to Learning program

A Dougherty County commissioner tells his colleagues the manager of the Walmart in Lee County chooses not to support a program for Dougherty students.

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CARLTON FLETCHER: What the yelp? Social media sniping

OPINION: Online reviews open door for mean-spirited commentary

Social media review sites offer opportunities to hurt businesses.

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Silent protest focuses on pipeline issues

Citizens gather to oppose natural gas pipeline, compressor station

Between 40 and 50 citizens turn out for a “silent protest” against the Sabal Trail natural gas pipeline.

Henry Cohen out as city of Albany Human Resources director

Albany city manager cites 'personnel matter' in confirming Cohen's termination

Albany City Manager Sharon Subadan confirms that city HR Director Henry Cohen is “in the process” of being terminated from his position.

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Mainstream bends to UBL on 'Anti-Gravity'

Popular Albany rockers offer nice changeup on latest release

Albany-based Unbreakable Bloodline’s latest EP has climbed to the top of the Reverbnation Hip-Hop chart.

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Sudden changes at Kinchafoonee Creek blue hole puzzles water experts

Typically clear water at natural spring has turned a lighter brown color

No one has a clear answer on why water at the widely known Kinchafoonee Creek blue hole has suddenly changed colors.

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Albany Downtown Development Authority hears revitalization plan

Michael Stewart says authority can be ‘boots on ground’ for downtown development

The vice chairman of the Albany Downtown Development Authority presents a revitalization plan to the group’s board.

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Sudden changes at Kicnhafoonee Creek blue hole puzzles water experts

Typically clear water at natural spring has turned a lighter brown color

No one has a clear answer on why water at the widely known Kinchafoonee Creek blue hole has suddenly changed colors.

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Volunteers lining up for Lee County Rivers Alive cleanup

Area waterways will get a beautification makeover during annual event

Around 150 volunteers are expected to take part in the July 18 Rivers Alive cleanup in Lee County.

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CARLTON FLETCHER: Fourth of July fear-mongering unfounded

OPINION: Downtown celebration features wealth of community spirit

A vocal minority — many of whom don’t even go there — spreads fear about downtown Albany.

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Chicago-born chef brings unique dishes to Southwest Georgia | PHOTO GALLERY

Dennis Mayer learned many of his culinary skills while in exile in Paris

The owner of Concierge Catering on Ledo Road is easily Southwest Georgia’s most unique chef.

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Albany Mayor Dorothy Hubbard named to statewide GMA office

Albany mayor is in line to be GMA president in 2018

Albany Mayor Dorothy Hubbard is named third vice president of the Georgia Municipal Association at its annual meeting.

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Dougherty County Commission sets date on microbrewery ruling

Applicant Morgan III Properties can extend deadline if it waives 70-day deadline

The Dougherty County Commission plans to rule on a rezoning request within its required 70-day period.

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CARLTON FLETCHER: Republican appointees crucial to ACA, gay marriage decisions

OPINION: Conservatives’ finger-pointing hollow following Supreme Court votes

The deciding votes on two key Supreme Court rulings were cast by Republican-appointed justices.

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Albany-Dougherty Planning Commission OKs rezoning of K-Mart complex

Action taken by Planning board would allow for rebuilding of complex in event of disaster

The Albany-Dougherty Planning Commission OKs a rezoning request and two variances during its monthly meeting.

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Once-proud sculptures seek escape from turtle jail

Junior League project was a downtown Albany hit a decade ago

Turtle sculptures that were once an Albany rage are mostly forgotten now, more than a decade after their debut.

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Albany rapper Street Sweepa's 2014 single hits Motown, Big Apple

Sweep Da Flo slowly expands out of Southeast to major markets

After more than a year of steady play in the Southeast, Albany-born rapper Street Sweepa’s single Sweep Da Flo is making inroads in large northern markets.

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Albany offers plenty for 'staycationers' to do on the Fourth of July | PHOTO GALLERY

Food, fun, shopping specials will keep some Independence Day celebrants close to home

Many Albany establishments will not be rolling up the sidewalks on Saturday, offering incentives for July 4th revelers who choose to stay close to home.

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CARLTON FLETCHER: On the 4th, a Declaration of Dependence

OPINION: A 239-year-old historic document needs an updated makeover

America in 2015 is ready for a July 4th Declaration of Dependence.

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State gas tax hike hits local governments hardest

Loss of exemption increases government fuel costs by 18 1/2 cents a gallon

While drivers in Georgia are expecting a 6 to 7 cent uptick in fuel costs through the Transportation Funding Act of 2015, local governments are looking at an 18 1/2-cents-a-gallon increase.

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Commissioner John Hayes challenges EDC during budget discussion

Dougherty County Commission votes to approve $79,516,612 spending plan

Despite a lengthy discussion about funding the Albany-Dougherty EDC, the Dougherty County Commission unanimously approves its FY 2016 budget.

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Public hearings scheduled for Dougherty County millage rate increase

Dougherty officials plan to raise the county's millage rate by .700-mill to account for an increase in the county’s real property value.

Dougherty County’s net gross digest came in at $2,021,213,396. Commission Chairman Chris Cohilas noted a $27 million increase in assessed property value over 2014.

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Meetings fill first days on the job for Albany City Manager Sharon Subadan

New Albany executive official had little free time during her first week

Sharon Subadan got her first taste of government, Albany style, Tuesday when she took part in her first City Commission meeting.

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CARLTON FLETCHER: Albany budget offers hope for Civic Center revival

OPINION: Recreation Director Joel Holmes plans to use funding to bring shows to Albany venue

Funding in the city of Albany’s budget is included for the promotion of events at the long-dormant Albany Civic Center.

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Final preparations under way for Merle Haggard show in Tifton

Country legend to perform at UGA Tifton Conference Center

Remaining tickets are expected to go fast during the final days before Merle Haggard’s performance in Tifton.

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Albany Utility Board gets upbeat financial report

Utility authority unveils some of its plans to generate additional income

With one more month left in FY 2015, most of the Albany Utility Board’s seven enterprise funds are operating more efficiently than expected.

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Bluesman Roy Rogers rides slide guitar 'Into the Wild Blue'

New album shows off guitarist's slide skills, affinity for the blues

Grammy-nominated slide guitarist Roy Rogers releases a new album of blues-based material.

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Boys and Girls Clubs of Albany tour shows off facilities | PHOTO GALLERY

Big Blue Bus Tour offers community leaders glimpse of club activities

Albany leaders get an up-close look at Boys & Girls Clubs of Albany facilities on the club’s “Big Blue Bus Tour.”

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Albany City Commission OKs budget at Sharon Subadan’s first meeting

New city manager asks city commissioners to approve a slight decrease in the city's millage rate

Despite some expressed concerns, the Albany City Commission gives unanimous consent to a Fiscal Year 2016 spending plan.