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Carlton Fletcher

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Georgia redevelopment experts lead Albany panel discussion

'Downtowns on the Rise' offers hope for Albany revitalization

State redevelopment experts offer hope and advice on transforming Albany’s once bustling downtown.

EDC staff lauded for tackling 'mammoth' work load

Upbeat Economic Development Commission meeting filled with optimism

The Albany-Dougherty Economic Development Commission has been at the center of a number of high-profile projects.

Albany City Commission tables pipeline ordinance vote

Commissioner Tommie Postell suggests letting county initiate formal opposition to a controversail gas pipeline

Albany city commissioners take care of a number of matters in a brief business meeting.

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Albany Jewish congregation marks beginning of High Holy Days

Rosh Hashanah is celebration of Jewish New Year

The local Jewish congregation will celebrate the start of their religion’s High Holy Days tonight with Rosh Hashanah observances.

Albany woman sues attorneys Ken Nugent, Christopher Warren and Nugent law firm

Suit alleges 'gross professional negligence,'; other charges

An Albany woman injured in an automobile accident sues the Ken Nugent law firm for legal malpractice.

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CARLTON FLETCHER: Insurance industry has taken over America

OPINION: Insurance corporations are taking from premium payers

The poorly regulated insurance industry has taken control of America, living by its own skewed rules.

Dougherty County Commission looks at noise ordinance proposal

Law would potentially impact development of pipeline compressor station

Dougherty County’s attorney has drawn up a draft noise ordinance that citizens hope will impact a proposed natural gas pipeline compressor station.

Dougherty Commission OKs installations at P&G biomass plant

Plant would create 'green energy' for home products maker, Marine base

The Dougherty County Commission gives special approval to installation of a smokestack and boiler at a biomass energy plant that exceed county height restrictions.

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CARLTON FLETCHER: Emergency personnel are true super heroes

OPINION: Politicians can’t skimp on funding first responders

When it’s budget time, politicians curry favor with a simple mantra: Cut spending, cut spending, cut spending.

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Dougherty County Stephens Farm designated Centennial Farm

Dougherty farm one of state's few African-American-owned farms held by family for 100-plus years

A Dougherty County family’s farm that has been in the family for eight generations is officially designated a Centennial Farm.

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Four local bands to perform at Sasser Tailgate Jam

Music, competitions, kids’ activities featured during all-day Sasser gathering

Four local bands will perform Saturday during the daylong Sasser Tailgate Jam.

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Ten cool things to look for at Music Midtown

Festival’s highlights start with headliners Eminem, Jack White

Music Midtwon 2014 kicks off at 4:30 this afternoon with dueling headliners on at 9 p.m.

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ADICA takes more realistic look at downtown projects

ADICA approves $25,000 in additional funding for canoe/kayak launch

Albany’s interim downtown manager says inner-city progress is slow.

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Albany Museum of Art to open Menaboni exhibition

Artist Menaboni’s friend Russell Clayton to serve as guest curator for exhibit

The Albany Museum of Art’s “Athos Menaboni: Six Decades of Painting in Georgia” exhibit preview will be held tonight.

Non-agenda items parking, take-home cars get Albany city commissioners' attention

Albany leaders expected to take up vehicle, parking issues at future meeting

Albany commissioners are gavelled down by the city’s mayor after their discussion of take-home cars gets heated.

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Dougherty County Commission approves 2015 employee insurance plan

County board takes action to lessen impact of 'anomaly' of 'extreme' claims in 2013-14

The Dougherty County Commission takes measures to lesson the impact of “extreme” insurance claims during the most recent fiscal year.

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Albany area opposition to natural gas pipeline grows

Dougherty County officials call for joint meeting with Albany City Commission

Local activists join neighborhood group in calling for County Commission action against proposed natural gas pipeline.

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CARLTON FLETCHER: Countdown proves it -- '70s music rules!

OPINION: No classic song on horizon to displace Led Zeppelin's 'Stairway'

A recent music countdown proves once again the best rock music ever was made in the 1970s.

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Albany Mayor Dorothy Hubbard weighs her political future

Hubbard says 'paying forward' kindness shown to her as a young woman

Albany Mayor Dorothy Hubbard learned her work ethic from her hard-working father.

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Evan Barber and the Dead Gamblers get it right on 'Bronze'

Albany band's third album is set for an Oct. 7 release

Evan Barber & the Dead Gamblers’ new album “Bronze” captures the band’s live energy.

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Music Midtown fans have tough choices to make

Well-known artists have dueling time slots at Atlanta festival

With headliners playing at the same time each night, Music Midtown fans will have to make some tough choices at this year’s festival.

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PDA approves biomass plant at Albany Procter & Gamble campus

MCLB-Albany hopes to join partnership on green energy initiative

The Albany-Dougherty Payroll Development Authority approves a resolution needed to bring a $230 million biomass plant to Procter & Gamble’s Albany campus.

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Second Albany Walmart Neighborhood Market under consideration

Developers say grocery store might be located along North Slappey Boulevard

With a first Walmart Neighborhood Market under construction, a second is reportedly being considered for Albany.

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Albany officials: No evidence of homeless in north Albany woods

Residents say they've seen 'homeless-looking' individuals coming out of woods

Residents in a north Albany neighborhood say they’ve seen people coming and going in a wooded area once occupied by homeless individuals.

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CARLTON FLETCHER: Why not a true coalition to fight homelessness?

OPINION: Combined agencies would have greater impact

Albany’s service agencies that fight homelessness would have greater resources if united.

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Stephen Collier ready to fly at Albany utilities without 'safety net'

Long-time city of Albany employee is adjusting well to transfer to Water, Gas & Light

Stephen Collier was easing into retirement when the opportunity to head Albany’s utilities authority was offered.

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Albany, Dougherty County officials pool their efforts on east Albany projects

Bobby Coleman, Clinton Johnson work together on underpass, Boys and Girls Club issues

Elected Albany and Dougherty County officials are working together on issues impacting their shared constituents.

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CARLTON FLETCHER: I haven't changed, it's the gun laws that have

OPINION: Georgia Legislature makes sure weapons are handy anywhere

Georgia lawmakers are making it easy for gun owners to carry their weapons anywhere.

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Seasons Christian senior citizen residents face uncertain future

Retirement center sold at bankruptcy auction, leaving residents in limbo

Residents of the Seasons Christian Care Center retirement village await court action that will determine their future.

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Local opposition to natural gas pipeline persists

Meeting set at Darton to discuss $3 billion Sabal Trail project

As the regulatory process for approval of a 464-mile natural gas pipeline continues, local opposition remains strong.

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Jake Owen brings 'Days of Gold' tour to Tallahassee venue

Eminem, Darius Rucker prepare new releases

Country star Jake Owen will headline the “Days of Gold” tour at the Donald L. Tucker Civic Center in Tallaahassee, Fla.

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CARLTON FLETCHER: Grammy-winner Christopher Cross' anger infuses new album 'Secret Ladder'

MUSIC REVIEW: 'Sailing' singer gets a few things off his chest on exceptional new work

Eighties Grammy darling Christopher Cross is set to release an album of new material on Sept. 12.

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Downtown Central Library branch reopens | VIDEO | PHOTO GALLERY

The $5.5 million project draws rave reviews from library patrons, Dougherty County officials

After a 20-month renovation, downtown Albany’s Central Libraryh reopens Thursday with a ribbon-cutting ceremony.

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Changing mindset crucial to Albany utilities' financial future

Albany Water, Gas & Light Commission sees revenues up, expenses down

Albany utilities officials say changes under the city’s new management team are providing positive returns.

Stop the Violence leader Frederick Williams chastises City Commissioner Tommie Postell for comments

Ward VI Commissioner Tommie Postell recently claimed morale is down in the Albany Police Department

A citizen activist challenges comments made by an Albany City Commissioner at a commission meeting.

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CARLTON FLETCHER: Pop (music) tarts have broad (backside) appeal

OPINION: Orange may be new black, but broad backside is new hot

Prodigious posteriors were the focus of the MTV Video Music Awards.

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Dougherty County Commission to consider employee review policy change

Dougherty official wants policy compatible with action taken by administration

The Dougherty County Cosmmission is asked to consider a policy change that will impact employee discipline.

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Dougherty County Commission rejects alcohol license application

An agent for the store owner sold beer to an underage person in 2013

A Lee County store owner’s applicantion for an alcohol sales license under an employee’s name is rejected by the Dougherty County Commission because of the employee sold alcohol to an underage person last year.

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Flint RiverQuarium prepares for 10th 'birthday' celebration | PHOTO GALLERY

Butterfly exhibit highlight of Albany attraction's anniversary weekend

Albany’s Flint RiverQuarium will celebrate its 10th “birthday” Sept. 4-6 with a butterfly exhibit and other special activities.

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CARLTON FLETCHER: Gaines application a blow to city/county process

OPINION: Aviation Commission asked to ignore deadline and reconsider nominations

The Albany-Dougherty Aviation Commission is ordered to include Gloria Gaines as a candidate despite her late application.

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Albany's Temple B'Nai Israel welcomes first female resident rabbi

Rabbi Holly Levin Cohn selected to serve local Jewish congregation

Holly Levin Cohn becomes Temple B’Nai Israel’s first resident rabbi in more than three years.

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Jon Pardi brings California Cool to Nashville

Rising country star to perform at Pepsi Gulf Coast Jam

Blake Shelton, Carrie Underwood and Dierks Bentley will headline a Labor Day weekend country music festival at Panama City Beach, Fla.

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Pepsi Gulf Coast Jam features country music elite

Panama City festival set for Labor Day weekend kickoff

Many of country music’s biggest stars will perform at the Pepsi Gulf Coast Jam next weekend.

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CARLTON FLETCHER: Time has come for a closer look at ADICA

OPINION: Agency must redirect focus to maintain downtown relevance

Action by the quasi-governmental Albany-Dougherty Inner City Authority has sparked debate about its future.

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Albany City Commission holds off on airport vending vote

Airport project low bid comes in 130 percent above estimates

Albany city commissioners want more information before voting on funding for an airport vending area project.

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Aviation Commission OKs terminal vending bid

Low bid for project comes in at more than double the cost estimate

The Albany-Dougherty Aviation Commission votes to approve a vending area bid of $92,000, well beyond the project’s $40,000 cost estimate.

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David Prisant resigns from ADICA board

Albany-Dougherty Inner City Authority loses board member over skate park lease decision

Less than a week after walking out in frustration from a board meeting of the Albany-Dougherty Inner City Authority, board member David Prisant has resigned from that board.

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Turned down for jobs, Albany veteran creates his own business

Marine, partner create 'Odd Jobber' business when rebuffed for employment

A 31-year-old Marine declared 80 percent disabled says he’s too young to remain idle, despite VA diagnosis.

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CARLTON FLETCHER: John Prine ... John Denver ... There's a difference?

OPINION: Cover songs -- good and bad -- are a staple in music

Purists have made certain the author knows the difference between a John Prine original and a cover by John Denver.

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Familiar city of Albany employees have been reassigned

City personnel changes part of Tom Berry's reorganization plan

Efficiency is the buzz word around the city of Albany as officials look to reorganize.