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Carlton Fletcher

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Tommy Gregors: RiverQuarium operating in black

Downtown attraction has benefited from cuts to expenses, increased attendance

Tommy Gregors, who serves jointly as director of the Thronateeska Heritage Center and the Flint RiverQuarium, gives Dougherty County commissioners an upbeat report.

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FERC Sabal Trail ruling comes amidst protest

Group holds fasting vigil outside federal agency’s offices

Despite Washington protest and Florida investigation, FERC rules in favor of Sabal Trail pipeline.

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CARLTON FLETCHER: Favorite song cements father-son connection

OPINION: Strokes’ Hammond son of 1972 hitmaker

Strokes guitarist Albert Hammond Jr. talks about his relationship with his father, who had one of 1972’s biggest songs.

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French Market set to open, food trucks to follow | PHOTOS

Owners hope unique marketplace concept becomes destination

The French Market will open at 1111 Dawson Road Tuesday with several food trucks preparing to share the location’s parking lot.

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Heavy rain doesn't deter electronics recyclers | PHOTOS

Keep Albany-Dougherty Beautiful volunteers collect unwanted electronics, medications

Discarded electronics and unwanted medications were collected for proper disposal during an annual event at the Albany Civic Center.

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Sundowner Motel duo now 'family business' for Gosas | PHOTOS

Husband-wife duo prepare for release of debut CD

Jon and Anna Gosa, who perform as Sundowner Motel, will hold a CD release party next week to celebrate their debut EP.

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Albany Utility Board recommends approval of equipment deal

Buy-back guarantee cuts cost of heavy machinery drastically

A buy-back deal negotiated between the city of Albany and Flint Equipment Holdings leads to a heavy equipment bargain for the city.

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Initial FERC ruling clears way for pipeline

Federal agency draft statement moves Sabal Trail pipeline closer to approval

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission finds no reason in its draft environmental impact statement to challenge the Sabal Trail natural gas pipeline.

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Hamilton Jordan's children visit Albany

Siblings preparing for release of Carter chief of staff’s memoir

Hamilton Jordan’s children experience their father’s Albany roots in a visit to the place Jimmy Carter’s right-hand man grew up.

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CARLTON FLETCHER: Documentary 'Electric Church' perfect Hendrix epitaph

OPINION: Atlanta Pop Festival footage shows why guitarist is considered best ever

The Showtime documentary Jimi Hendrix: Electric Church showcases the great guitarist at the Atlanta Pop Festival in 1970.

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ASU professor Charles Williams initial speaker in Darton Visiting Artist Series

Darton series features arts discussions with ASU, Georgia Southwestern, Valdosta State professors

The first discussion in Darton State College’s Visiting Artist Series is scheduled Thursday at Darton’s Student Center.

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Albany officials: Everyone wins with Rails to Trails project

Corridor will become walking/cycling trail, provide utilities right-of-way

A 13.6-mile corridor purchased by the Albany City Commission for expanded utilities services will become an elaborate walking/cycling trail maintained by Rails to Trails.

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CARLTON FLETCHER: Albany police officer exhibits professionalism during traffic stop

OPINION: No targeting; traffic stop was justified

An Albany police officer exhibits professionalism during traffic stop.

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Mayor, commission races set for Albany municipal election

Two of four city incumbents draw opposition for Nov. 3 election

Qualifying for Albany’s Nov. 3 municipal election closed Friday with two of four incumbents drawing opposition.

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Keith Anderson reboots promising country career

Oklahoma singer one of top acts performing at Macon CountryWide Fest

Keith Anderson left a promising music career behind when his mother was diagnosed with brain cancer. Now he’s back.

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Lane Rosen challenging Dorothy Hubbard for Albany mayor's seat

Businessman says he wants to cut wasteful spending in the city

Lane Rosen joins the field of candidates for Albany mayor.

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CARLTON FLETCHER: Yeezy for president? We've had worse

OPINION: Imagining the details of a Kanye West presidency

Kanye West jokingly told the VMA audience that he was planning a presidential run, but would that be so farfetched?

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Postell qualifies, completes list of announced candidates

Veteran commissioner offers harsh words for Albany Utility Board member

Ward VI Albany City Commissioner Tommie Postell became the final announced candidate Tuesday to qualify for the city’s Nov. 3 municipal election.

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APD Chief Michael Persley: Hold me accountable

City Manager Sharon Subadan acknowledges further multimodal issues

Albany city commissioners get an update from Albany Police Department Chief Michael Persley during a commission work meeting.

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Municipal candidates get early jump on qualifying

Mayoral hopeful Henry Mathis denied civil, political rights restoration

All announced candidates for the Nov. 3 municipal election but one complete qualifying requirements on the first day.

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Dougherty County employees to get insurance rates cut

Insurance consultant recommends 7 percent cut in county employees' premiums

Dougherty County employees, who got their first pay raise in years starting in July, are also expected to see their insurance premiums cut.

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Weeklong municipal election qualifying in Albany starts

Offices up for election in Albany includes mayor and commissioners of Wards I, IV and VI

A weeklong qualifying period for the Nov. 3 municipal election in Albany started today.

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iLOGIC a different kind of community education | PHOTOS

Tannur, Njemile Ali open their home for unique educational opportunities

iLOGIC is poet Tannur Ali’s community education program that broadens learning opportunities.

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Regional IT group, city of Albany consider future

Rural telecommunications project has far-reaching impact

The time is rapidly approaching for city of Albany officials to determine whether they will continue their relationship with a federally-funded rural telecommunications project.

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CARLTON FLETCHER: 'Born to Run' at 40 ... just as great as ever

OPINION: Classic Springsteen album remains a rock and roll classis

Although it is just as vital today as it was when it was released — Aug. 25, 1975 — Bruce Springsteen’s classic “Born to Run” just turned 40.

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Albany city manager announces employee raises at summit

Mayor Dorothy Hubbard introduces new Albany leaders at economic development gathering

Albany’s new city manager, police chief and fire chief address the public at an economic development summit.

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Albany officials differ on use of utility surplus funds | POLL

City manager says infrastructure upgrades should be part of strategic plan

Albany Utility Board member Chad Warbington’s suggestion that surplus funds be used for a rate cut or rebates is debated by City Manager Sharon Subadan.

Albany city manager cuts off benefits to two because of ineligibility

Sharon Subadan says others who should not have been getting benefits were cut off in December

Albany’s city manager says all ineligible individuals have had city benefits discontinued. Only city employees and elected officials are eligible, city attorney says.

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CARLTON FLETCHER: Farming life definitely not for me

OPINION: Horrors of tobacco fields lead to journalism career

Working on a farm as a youngster convinced me to look for another line of work.

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Weekend heritage festival set for Smithville

Three-day event features music, activities, Confederate flag ride

A three-day Southern Heritage Festival is planned this weekend in rural Lee County.

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Flint Equipment Co. ushers new era in Ag & Turf division | PHOTO GALLERY

Opening of new Lee store, name change signal end of Albany Tractor

Flint Equipment Co.’s new 78,000-square-foot Lee County Ag & Turf superstore will open for business Monday.

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CARLTON FLETCHER: It's me that's changed; baseball's always the same

OPINION: Even when Major League dreams die, the national pastime endures

Braves win becomes a reminder that baseball remains the stuff of little boys’ dreams.

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Chris Cannon's vision key to Flint Equipment Holdings' continued growth

Chris Cannon’s Flint Equipment Holdings has 27 dealerships in six Southeastern states and the Caribbean.

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Jon Howard formally announces Albany City Commission re-election plans

Longest-serving Albany commissioner says crime, economic development, education key to city’s future

Jon Howard announces plans to continue his service on the Albany City Commission.

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Sharon Subadan: Benefits action on Albany City Commission candidate not political

Albany city manager tells Utility Board member Chad Warbington he is ineligible for city insurance coverage

Albany City Commission candiate Chad Warbington says he’s concerned that his integrity might be questioned after he learned this week that he is ineligible for medical benefits he has been paying for while a member of the Albany Utility Board.

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CARLTON FLETCHER: When old-school and social media collide

OPINION: Embracing Twitter opens a whole new world

A forced nudge into the 21st century is introducing me to the world of social media, 140 characters at a time.

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Bobby McKinney to step down from county Elections Board

Community leader wants to help local politicians with their campaigns

Bobby McKinney has decided to resign his position as chairman of the Dougherty Board of Registration and Elections to help with local political campaigns.

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Albany City Commission tentatively OKs former Synovus Bank property purchase

If finalized, the Albany Utility Board and some city services would move to the 400 block of Pine Avenue

The Albany City Commission tentatively approves $2,815,945.01 in spending to purchase, furnish and renovate former bank property on Pine Avenue for use by the city’s utility and other city offices.

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Keith Fletcher recommended for third Aviation Commission term

Board votes unanimously to recommend that banker return to Aviation Commission

The Albany-Dougherty Aviation Commission will recommend that the Albany City Commission keep Keith Fletcher as a board member.

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Dougherty County Commission approves Ag zoning amendment

Move could pave way for microbrewery on property for agriculture

The Dougherty County Commission voted 6-1 to approve a text amendment that will allow certain agribusiness and agritourism uses in districts zoned for agriculture.

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Bobby McKinney's service pays debt to Albany, Dougherty County

Retired appraiser works openly, behind the scenes on vital community issues

Bobby McKinney emphasizes the community’s positives while working to address its negatives.

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Warbington to challenge for Ward IV Albany City Commission seat

Businessman serves on Albany Utility Board, Albany-Dougherty EDC

Long rumored to be a potential candidate, businessman Chad Warbington officially threw his hat into the Albany City Commission ring Saturday.

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CARLTON FLETCHER: Was Subadan’s Utility Board decision too hasty?

OPINION: City Commission not a wise choice to set utility rates

Some question Albany City Manager Sharon Subadan’s decision to take authority away from the city’s Utility Board.

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Country star Corbin to headline Colquitt's South Georgia Jam

Benefit concert will raise funds for repairs at Swamp Gravy venue, Cotton Hall

The tiny town of Colquitt will see its population more than double on Halloween night as country star Easton Corbin headlines the South Georgia Jam.

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Albany Utility Board members concerned over their new advisory status

Utility authority can now only recommend actions to Albany City Commission

Members of the Albany Utility Board say the city manager’s interpretation of the city charter, which regulates the panel to an advisory-only capacity, makes decision-making slower.

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Albany Commission, ADICA OK purchase of downtown Pine Avenue/Front Street property

Joint property purchase made by Albany officials in effort to spur downtown development

The Albany-Dougherty Inner City Authority agrees to jointly purchase, with the city of Albany, property on Front Street and Pine Avenue to create business opportunities and spark downtown development.

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Qualifying dates set for Albany election

Albany Mayor Hubbard, Commissioners Howard, Marietta, Postell up for re-election

Qualifying will be held at the Dougherty County Elections office Aug. 31-Sept. 4 for the Nov. 3 municipal election.

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Albany leaders pave way for new downtown hotel

Agreement allows Albany Holdings to begin preparation for Home2 Suites

The Albany City Commission agrees to a memorandum of understanding that will allow for the construction of a second hotel downtown.

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CARLTON FLETCHER: This is the way government's supposed to work

OPINION: Albany citizens' complaints turn into genuine action

Citizens’ complaints to an Albany city commissioner turn into action that changes the face of the city’s cemeteries.

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Dougherty County Commission discusses blighted property options

County leaders try to determine best method for addressing overgrown lots

Dougherty County commissioners are trying to find a way to force property owners to cut their overgrown lots.