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Carlton Fletcher

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Dougherty Commission candidate Pat Garner takes shots at Democratic, Republican opponents

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.

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CARLTON FLETCHER: Congress has become a Frankenstein's monster we created

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.

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Dougherty Commission expected to approve Fleming Road widening project

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.

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Dougherty Sheriff Kevin Sproul: DSO deputies’ pay below poverty level

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.

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CARLTON FLETCHER: Lee County officials plan tribute to fallen heroes

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.

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Consolidation creeps back into Dougherty County Commission conversation

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.

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St. Paul's Episcopal Church offers community 'Food for Thought'

Lunch, meditation part of Wednersday programs during Lent season

Albany Episcopal churches are planning lunch and meditation programs during the Wednesdays of Lent.

Special called election to be held to fill Dougherty County Commission District 5 seat

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.

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Planning Commission sends Dollar General rezoning request to County Commission with 8-0 vote

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.

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Melissa Strother qualifies to run for the Dougherty County School Board

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.

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City of Albany’s Fiscal Year 2013 audit report a good-news, bad-news mix

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.

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Albany City Commission seeks to calm uproar over city manager pay increase

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.

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CARLTON FLETCHER: Ed Lightsey was one of journalism';s true originals

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.

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Large crowd takes pipeline concerns to federal officials at Albany meeting

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.

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Incumbent Carol Fullerton, Darrel Ealum, Muarlean Edwards qualify for House 153 seat

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.

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District 5 Dougherty County Commissioner Gloria Gaines bids body farewell

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.

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Several Democrats, lone Republican qualify for local commission, school board races

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.

Albany marathon ties to Atlanta runner's experience in 2013 Boston Marathon

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.

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CARLTON FLETCHER: Sorry, Granddaddy Bill, but I say, Bring the noise

OPINION: Respect for artists who make joyful, beautiful noise

Music fans know: One person’s noise is others’ slice of heaven.

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Dougherty County police, fire studies show limited viable options

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.

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Federal Energy Regulatory Commission to conduct pipeline hearings

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.

Albany City Commission decides to table pit bulldog ordinance

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.

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CARLTON FLETCHER: Educators' plan could change Albany

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.

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Utility GM Tom Berry: City, Water, Gas and Light must change culture

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.”

Albany City Commission decides to table pit bulldog ordinance

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.

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DCP Chief Jackie Battle: Low starting pay hurts county police

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.

Motor Vehicle Title Ad Valorem Tax opt in to expire Friday

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.

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Jeff Sinyard: Coming changes cannot detract from County Commission's focus

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.

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Albany City Commission must tackle a number of key issues in 2014

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.

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CARLTON FLETCHER: Tragic encounter leaves permanent scars

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.

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2014 could be break-out year for Albany's downtown

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.

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Dougherty County community tennis center part of mega sports park plan

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.

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Shelena Hawkins best-qualified for Community and Economic Development position, city manager says

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.

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Auction of four city of Albany properties brings in $566,000, pending commission approval

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.

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Task force convenes to discuss Albany sign ordinance

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.

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Albany City Manager Taylor: Tift Park is not for sale

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.

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Rod Holt and the Fractured Souls to unveil debut album

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.

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Albany-Dougherty Economic Development Commission video wins international award (Video)

Economic development agency has remained busy during ‘interim’ period

An Albany economic development agency is planning its annual Industry Celebration Week April 14-18.

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CARLTON FLETCHER: Finding the fine line between inspiration and what was I thinking?

OPINION: Albany officials encouraged after annual retreat

Albany city leaders say they recharged their batteries at a two-day-plus reteat in Thomasville.

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Albany officials OK proposal to raise ticket prices at Chehaw Wild Animal Park

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.

Albany city officials defend need for pit bull ordinance

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.

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JoEllen Brophy selected as ‘best-qualified’ candidate for city CFO position

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.

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Westtown Library branch set to re-open

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.

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CARLTON FLETCHER: Proposed Georgia gun bill removes few remaining restrictions

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.

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Business and politics no longer a good mix

Time constraints, wary employers eliminating business men and women in government

Business men and women, long considered well-trained government officials, are seeking public office less and less.

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Economic Development Commission approves presidential search committee, consultant

Group to begin work immediately to find replacement for former EDC President Ted Clem

search committee, consultant, Jay Smith, Albany-Dougherty Economic Development Commission, EDC, James Taylor, Richard Crowdis, Cynthia Georgia, city of Albany, Dougherty County, Albany Area Chamber of Commerce, Charles Gatlin

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City of Albany ready to roll out stormwater utility

‘Fair-share’ fee will add $2.50 per billing unit to all city users’ utility bills

The city of Albany will start collecting stormwater fees April 1 as part of its stormwater management plan.

Albany-Dougherty Planning Commission signs off on variances, land use application

Board tables proposed city parking regulations package

The Albany-Dougherty Planning Commission decides to take more time before voting on proposed city parking regulations.

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ADICA reaches agreement with RiverQuarium

Pact calls for support of attraction from development authority

An agreement between the Albany-Dougherty Inner City Authority and Flint RiverQuarium Inc. stipulates that the authority cannot allocate funds for the aquarium.

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CARLTON FLETCHER: Dougherty County voters could bring about big changes

OPINION: Drastic remakes of Dougherty Commission, School Board possible

With a number of seats up for grabs and key officials set to step down, the 2014 local elections will bring significant changes.