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Carlton Fletcher

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Blackberry Smoke ride album success to Toadlick Festival

Band's 'Holding All the Roses' debuts atop Billboard Country Chart

After 14 years together, Blackberry Smoke hit the jackpot with their Brendan O’Brien-produced album.

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SCV members place flags on Confederate veterans' graves

Battle flag used to honor service of locals who fought, died in Civil War

Members of the local Sons of Confederate Veterans camp commemorate Confederate History and Heritage Month in Georgia by placing flags on graves.

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CARLTON FLETCHER: Government plans to take on tobacco, cellphones

OPINION: Proposed legislation will curtail or end use of products deemed harmful

Leaked information from secret government hearings indicate cellphone usage in vehicles and tobacco products may soon be things of the past.

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Albany High grads of the '60s to revisit spring break

Annual bash reunites close-knit Albany High School graduates

Albany High School graduates from the decade of the ’60s will gather at the Albany Hasan Temple April 24-25 for a weekend of partying.

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Dougherty police chief: Low pay reason for personnel losses

Dougherty Police Chief Jackie Battle says she's had to fill 48 of 55 positions since 2011

Dougherty County Police Chief Jackie Battle introduces Kenneth Johnson as the department’s new assistant chief.

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Dougherty County Commission considers employee health clinic

Insurance consultant tells county officials clinic would save on health plan costs

The Dougherty County Commission is expected to decide next week whether to open an on-site employee health clinic downtown.

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Central Services department carries huge responsibilities

Department responsible for Albany/Dougherty Procurement, Fleet Management, Materials Management

The Albany/Dougherty County Central Services department supplies pencils, buildings, vehicles … and everything in between.

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CARLTON FLETCHER: Sorry, Coach Lowe, cussing is becoming today's norm

OPINION: Quest for 'realism' is chipping away at standards of decency

Swearing, once the secret language of boys being naughty, is becoming all too common.

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Albany City Clerk Sonja Tolbert named president of state organization

City official pushes education for employees she calls 'backbone' of city government

Albany City Clerk Sonja Tolbert is named president of the 400-member Georgia Municipal Clerks & Finance Officers Association.

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Tim Davis: God put me on this planet to play drums

Herald’s Friday JAM Poll favorite has a long love affair with drumming

Herald Friday Jam favorite Tim Davis started his musical career young, and he’s vowed to keep playing drums as long as he can hold sticks.

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Albany City Commission delays vote on proposed sign ordinance changes

Confusion over proposed changes leaves Albany city commissioners with unanswered questions

Albany city commissioners decide to prolong their discussion of proposed changes to the city’s sign ordinance.

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CARLTON FLETCHER: Albany on a journey in quest for its lost soul

OPINION: City must overcome infestation of Thugs, Bugs and Slugs

Like Dorothy and her friends, Albany’s best are on an Oz-like quest to find their city’s lost soul.

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Albany bridge, underpass projects near completion

Completion of Broad Avenue bridge, underpass expected at end of June

City of Albany officials say they expect work on the East Broad Avenue Underpass to be finished around the same time or before work on the Broad Avenue bridge is completed.

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FitNation opens downtown business

Fitness facility offers personal training, health classes

While one downtown Albany business has closed its doors, another is open for business.

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CARLTON FLETCHER: Lousy work ethic epidemic is not generational

OPINION: There are as many dead weight baby boomers as there are millennials

A lousy work ethic has become an epidemic among workers from all generations.

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Wild Adventures kicks off its 2015 season | PHOTO GALLERY

Valdosta theme park one of the South’s favorite destinations

New rides, attractions and animals are among the highlights of the just reopened Wild Adventures Theme Park in Valdosta.

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Albany sign ordinance public hearing a sign of indifference

Sign ordinance meeting attracts only two local business owners

A public hearing called to discuss proposed changes to the city of Albany’s sign ordinance is all but ignored.

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'Chief,' Outsiders give Eric Church musical freedom

Country superstar brings his latest tour to Tallahassee's Donald L. Tucker Civic Center

Eric Church will bring his high-energy Outsiders tour to north Florida Thursday.

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Derrick Brown makes seamless Albany finance director transition

Albany native takes over management of city's quarter-billion-dollar budget

Albany City Manager Tom Berry did not hesitate in naming Derrick Brown interim Finance director when city CFO JoEllen Brophy stepped down.

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Economic Development Commission unveils One Albany paraphernalia

Items will help turn citizens into EDC ambassadors

Officials with the Albany-Dougherty Economic Development Commission show off items for sale bearing the “There’s Only One Albany” logo.

Hamilton chosen for Albany transportation position

Transit director will also head Southwest Georgia Regional Airport

David Hamilton has been selected to serve in the newly created transportation director’s position for the city of Albany.

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CARLTON FLETCHER: How dumb do TV executives think we are?

OPINION: TV ads don't sell products, they annoy viewers

That “make the TV ad dumb, people will remember it” logic just doesn’t hold water.

Albany Mayor Dorothy Hubbard to appoint city manager committee

Trio of Albany city commissioners to screen applicants for city manager position

Albany Mayor Dorothy Hubbard plans to appoint a three-person committee to screen city manager applicants.

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Albany city commissioners want closer scrutiny of spending by boards

City leaders concerned about spending of ADICA, other city agencies

Albany city commissioners say they want tighter controls over appointed quasi-governmental agencies that they oversee.

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Attrition continues to plague Dougherty Sheriff's Office

Dougherty Sheriff's Department lost 50 employees in 2014, most because of low pay

Sheriff Kevin Sproul tells the Dougherty County Commission attrition continues to hurt his department.

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Yvette Aehle to step down from Albany airport director post

Search will start immediately for new director at Southwest Georgia Regional Airport

Yvette Aehle is leaving the Southwest Georgia Regional Airport for a position in Clearwater, Fla.

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Tracy Taylor's trip to Selma life-altering

Local NAACP official takes part in Bloody Sunday anniversary celebration

Dougherty NAACP Second Vice President Tracy Taylor travels to Selma, Ala., to get a first-hand look at history.

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Coming home: Young professionals return to Albany | PHOTO GALLERY

Emerging leaders return to their roots

A number of highly educated young professionals have made the decision to return to their Southwest Georgia roots, where they believe they can build family lives and have a positive impact on the community that nurtured them.

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CARLTON FLETCHER: There's plenty of blame to go around in ADICA debacle

OPINION: Quasi-government agency is being reined in

Actions taken by the Albany-Dougherty Inner City Authority have hindered downtown development.

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Waffle House official: We break ground in April

Restaurant chain reacts to ADICA concerns over planned downtown establishment

A Waffle House official tells The Albany Herald the company plans to break ground on a downtown restaurant in April.

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Lady A, Lambert, Urban headline Pepsi Jam '15

Three-day Panama City fest attracts country's biggest names

Officials with the Pepsi Gulf Coast Jam sign three of country music’s biggest names to headline the 2015 festival: Lady Antebellum, Miranda Lambert and Keith Urban.

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Music remains a vital part of Harvest Moon

Restaurant founder Bo Henry wanted a local place to play music

Harvest Moon, in its 15th year, is selected the favorite Venue in The Albany Herald’s Friday JAM Music Poll.

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Utility Board approves project purchases

New finance director gives upbeat utility report

The Albany Utility Board OK’s purchases that are part of SPLOST-funded or budgeted projects.

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Wednesday Happy Hour gives Wanee attendees more music

Early arrivals at Wanee Festival get extra day of music

The popular Wanee Grateful Happy Hour returns to Florida music festival.

Waffle House deal haunts ADICA

Restaurant chain in driver's seat over promised development

A quasi-governmental authority wants to recalim land it virtually gave to the Waffle House restaurant chain.

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Lenten lunch, Christ's words provide Food for Thought

Albany Episcopal churches sponsor five-week series leading up to Holy Week

Albany’s three Episcopal churches offer a light meal and a brief series of sermons to set the stage for Holy Week, which starts on Palm Sunday March 29.

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Isley Brothers' hall-of-fame career six decades and counting

Rock Hall of Famers bring enduring show to Albany Civic Center for Soulfest

The Isley Brothers will join Fantasia for the sixth annual Soulfest Saturday at the Albany Civic Center.

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CARLTON FLETCHER: Albany Marathon is about runners' stories

OPINION: Community involvement crucial to success of Albany's signature event

Community participation and runners’ stories highlight Albany’s annual Snickers Marathon.

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Dougherty County Commission discusses Nelms/U.S. 19 intersection with DOT official

County Commissioners looking to prevent serious accidents at south Dougherty intersection

A Georgia Department of Transportation official discusses a dangerous intersection with Dougherty County commissioners.

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Disparate groups push greenspace master plan

SPLOST funding could help unify Albany area continous trails series

A group is pushing to create a unified series of bicycle/pedestrian trails from south Albany north to Lee County and west to Sasser.

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Dougherty commissioners consider HOME program

Grant program addresses Dougherty substandard housing

Dougherty County commissioners are considering taking part in the Community HOME Investment Program.

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Jeff Sinyard: Biomass plant in Dougherty County catalyst for positive change

P&G, Constellation Energy project secures jobs for Albany, Southwest Georgia

A $200 million biomass plant at the Albany Procter & Gamble plant will help secure thousands of area jobs.

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Crowds return for Tift Park Community Market reopening

New vendors among the 50-plus on hand for kickoff of weekly community market

Patrons were in a Mardi Gras mood for the reopening of the Friends of Tift Park Community Market Saturday.

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CARLTON FLETCHER: A fond farewell to our Mardi Gras, marathon visitors

OPINION: Inside information for atheletes, celebrants on their way home

Words of explanation for visitors leaving town after our weekend marathon and Mardi Gras celebration.

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CARLTON FLETCHER: In the end, music polls about fun

FRIDAY JAM: Music fans show love for their favorite artists, venues

The Albany Herald’s Friday JAM section shines a light on local musical artists.

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Albany Mardi Gras, marathon participants invited to Tift Park Market

More than 50 vendors are expected for the kickoff of weekly Community Market’s second season

Organizers of the Tift Park Community Market say they want to tap into the influx of visitors downtown for the Snickers Marathon and Mardi Gras celebration.

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CARLTON FLETCHER: Parking 'hogs' threaten more liberal downtown parking

OPINION: Some city employees settling into parking spaces for the day

City employees who claim on-street downtown parking spaces for the day threaten Albany’s more liberal parking law.

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Robert Cross Park meeting house product of county leaders' vision

Facility will enhance amenities at south Dougherty County park

A newly built facility in Robert Cross Park will give groups of up to 400 a first-rate meeting locale.

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Airport director: Pilot shortage cause of Albany flight cuts

Yvette Aehle says loss of flights at Southwest Georgia Regional Airport will impact budget

The director of the Southwest Georgia Regional Airport says a pilot shortage led to flight cuts at the Albany-based airport.

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Dougherty County commissioners asked to join in ethics fight

Nonprofit Common Cause Georgia wants to reform state ethics legislation

The executive director of Common Cause Georgia tells Dougherty County commissioners statewide ethics reform is needed.