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Carlton Fletcher

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City of Albany storm drainage work takes bite out of businesses' bottom lines

Safety Max is among businesses in Albany's warehouse district hurt by limited customer access

Prolonged drainage work takes a $15,000 bite out of an Albany business’ bottom line.

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CARLTON FLETCHER: It's cowards who give up on downtown

OPINION: Much tougher cities than Albany have seen redevelopment

Cowardly words and actions help eradicate the American spirit.

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Lamad Ministries properties bring $4.1 million in online auction

Seasons Christian residents face uncertain future as property undergoes bankruptcy proceedings

Three properties owned by Lamad Ministries bring in bids of $4.1 million in an online auction.

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FRIDAY JAM: Anderson, Carter among 41 acts at Big Pine Music Festival

Up-and-comers join legends for two-day festival at Albany's Exchange Club Fairgrounds

John Anderson and Clarence Carter are the biggest names scheduled to perform at the Big Pine Music Festival in Albany Oct. 24-25.

FRIDAY JAM: Big Pine festival lineup announced

More than 40 bands are scheduled to play at the Oct. 24-25 Big Pine Music Festival in Albany.

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Town hall meeting called to address Boys/Girls Club closing

City, county officials want to dispel rumors about facility closing

City and county officials call a joint news conference to encourage participation in a weekend town hall meeting.

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Albany Public Works' Roberson elevated to assistant city manager

Long-time employee has 40-year career with city

The Albany City Commission helps build interim City Manager Tom Berry’s “team” with the promotion of Phil Roberson.

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Jay Smith selected to remain as EDC board chairman

Board member questions EDC chair about possible conflict of interest

The Albany-Dougherty Economic Development Commission board returns Jay Smith to the chairman’s seat.

Aviation Commission members recommended for another term

Drs. Mayher, Gillespie get unanimous support of Aviation board members

The Southwest Georgia Regional Airport is a semifinalist for an air traffic control award.

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CARLTON FLETCHER: When it comes to camp songs, you can’t beat the classics

OPINION: ‘Gopher Guts’ has survived for generations

Writing a timeless camp song is the height of aspirations,

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Dougherty Commission OKs out-of-county solid waste at landfill

Reversal should bring more income to solid waste enterprise fund

The Dougherty County Commission OKs a proposal to accept out-of-county solid waste at the county’s landfill.

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Albany City Commissioner Tommie Postell a lightning rod for controversy

Postell never wavers in representation of constituents

Albany City Commissioner Tommie Postell is as feisty as ever at age 80.

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CARLTON FLETCHER: If clothes make the man, I'm in trouble

OPINION: You wear your Jimmy Choo … Im wearing Jimmy Buffett

For many, fashion seems to be all about style over substance.

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Public Service Commission gives P&G requested extension

Home products maker plans to build $200 million energy plant

The state Public Service Commission gives Procter & Gamble-Albany an extension to put a finance plan together for its $200 million energy plant.

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FRIDAY JAM: Official ‘WeRThe229 Tour Mixtape’ more than hip-hop cliche

Southwest Georgia artists have something to say on ‘WeRThe229’

A mixtape produced to promote the “WeRThe229 Tour” is more than a party album.

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FRIDAY JAM: Local hip-hop favorites headline WeRThe229 Tour

SwishaMan Slim, Phlame, Young Lino part of multi-city tour

Local musical artists, models and fashion designers are all part of the multimedia WeRThe229 Tour.

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Eames utilizes new/old pizza-making technology with wood-fired oven

Glenn Eames’ pizzas will be featured at Saturday’s first Community Market

An old technology is used to make pizzas in Glenn Eames’ wood-fired pizza oven.

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Albany’s interim downtown manager passionate about redevelopment

Sharlene Cannon helped turn Thomasville’s downtown into a destination showcase

Sharlene Cannon brings years of experience, including a huge success in Thomasville, to Albany’s downtown redevelopment efforts.

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CARLTON FLETCHER: Downtown is dangerous lament lacks proof

OPINION: Complaints usually come from people who avoid inner city

City officials refute the oft-repeated complaint that Albany’s downtown district is dangerous.

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PDA asks PSC for extension on $200 million P&G project

Green energy P&G project would bring jobs, tax funds to community

The Albany-Dougherty Payroll Development Authority asks for more time to complete a $200 million P&G energy project plan.

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Juvenile justice grant funds Functional Family Therapy Program

Judge: Costs for juvenile offenders significantly lower with ‘evidence-based’ program

The Dougherty County Commission is expected to sign off on a $300,000 juvenile justice program.

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SOWEGA Council on Aging senior center sitting room named for retired educator Marshall

Elderly benefactor gives ‘from my heart’ to local nonprofits

A special room at the new SOWEGA Council on Aging facility is named for one of the organization’s contributors.

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Friends of Tift Park set to unveil Community Market

Projected weekly event features food, entertainment, crafts, art

Friends of Tift Park will host the first of planned weekly Community Markets Saturday.

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CARLTON FLETCHER: Albany gets a mix of the good and bad

OPINION: City sees positives, negatives in eventful week

The good maybe outweighed the bad by a little in an interesting week in the life of the city of Albany.

ADICA OKs skate park lease for Rabbitman

Family shoe business reaches five-year lease agreement with authority

The Albany-Dougherty Inner City Authority works out a lease deal with a local businessman.

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FRIDAY JAM: Early-bird Big Pine Music Festival tickets on sale Monday

Two-day fest planned at Albany’s Exchange Club Fairgrounds

The inaugural Big Pine Music Festival is planned for the Exchange Club Fairgrounds in Albany Oct. 24-25.

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EDC/Lattimer Communications set to kick off There’s Only One Albany campaign

Internal marketing plan will stress what’s good about Albany

A multimedia marketing campaign about Albany’s bright spots has been in the works for two years.

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Albany City Commission OKs multimodal proposal

City government paves way for new McDonald’s in west Albany

Albany City Commissioners approve a proposed design for a multimodal transportation center.

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CARLTON FLETCHER: Talk about your strange bedfellows …

OPINION: Albany government sees whirlwind changes

Tom Berry, who angrily resigned as interim GM of Albany’s utility authority, is nominated to serve as interim city manager.

Questions linger as Albany city manager ponders future

James Taylor says he’s still weighing his options

Albany city commissioners will be looking for answers from City Manager James Taylor today at their work meeting.

Dougherty County Commission approves board appointments

County government approves service agreements with city of Albany

The Dougherty County Commission names new members to its Aspire and Library boards.

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Thrush gets preliminary OK for $200,000 from Albany Deal-Closing Fund

Thrush would be the first business to be awarded money from the fund

The decision by the city’s Long-Term Financial Planning Committee must be ratified by the Albany City Commission before it can go into effect.

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CARLTON FLETCHER: No lone issue defines City Manager James Taylor's tenure with city of Albany

OPINION: James Taylor — Lies sting when family hears them

Retired Marine James Taylor’s tenure as Albany’s city manager is expected to end soon.

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Albany City Manager James Taylor's future with city at crossroads

The city manager says a controversial bonus was business decision

Albany City Manager James Taylor speaks out about the controversy over a $20,000 bonus paid to a city employee, adding the city commissioners who claim to be unaware of the incentives policy have not been paying attention to the five-year plan he has presented to them each year.

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Bucking state, national trends, Albany Elks Club sees growth | PHOTO GALLERY

Fraternal organization thriving around new, younger leadership

While state and national Elks clubs are seeing membership declines, the Albany lodge is growing.

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Dougherty Commissioner Ewell Lyle named to RiverQuarium board

County official says he will not advocate for state, county funding

District 4 Dougherty County Commissioner Ewell Lyle joins Flint RiverQuarium Board of Directors.

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FRIDAY JAM: Music, silent auction highlights of first SAMM Jam

Fundraiser will benefit Salvation Army, Moving Mountains

Former Messendger guitarist Dwayne “Wimpy” Bowden’s Summit Musical Group will be among the artists performing at the July 26 SAMM Jam.

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CARLTON FLETCHER: 'Loud' is a worthwhile rock and roll documentary

FRIDAY JAM SESSION: Guitarist summit is compelling viewing

Unlike most rock music documentaries, “It Might Get Loud” is worth watching.

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Stephen Collier introduced to WG&L as interim assistant city manager for utilities | VIDEO

Albany's Central Services director to head utilities commission

Thirty-three-year Albany city employee Stephen Collier takes over as interim assistant city manager for utilities.

Albany officials ponder city's future

The GM of the Albany utility is gone, and there are questions as to how long the Albany city manager will stay

Albany city officials are looking at possibilities in the event that City Manager James Taylor announces his retirement.

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Albany chef Buck O'Neal finds creativity in cooking

Buck O'Neal's barbecue recognized as some of the region's best

Buck O’Neal was born to work in the kitchen, finding creativity in cooking at a very young age.

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CARLTON FLETCHER: What's next for Albany's utility?

OPINION: Departure of interim GM Tom Berry will have impact throughout city government

The question for many in Albany, as the city tries to pick itself up from years of frustration, is what comes next after the departure of a key city official?

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Shake-up pending with Albany city government?

Albany City Manager James Taylor may be considering retirement

WG&L interim General Manager Tom Berry’s sudden retirement last week may be only the start of changes in the city of Albany government.

Dougherty County rollback millage rate necessitates tax increase

Increase in tax digest means higher taxes for some property owners

The Dougherty County Commission will hold three public hearings to discuss a proposed property tax increase.

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Dougherty County Commission approves $77.4 million FY 2015 spending plan

Fiscal Year 2015 budget goes into effect today

Noting small changes in final budget figures, the Dougherty County Commission approved its FY 2015 budget Monday.

Albany officials won’t roll back the city millage rate for a 0.011 percent change

An increase in the Dougherty County tax digest may have a small impact on city property owners

Keeping the millage rate the same would increase ad valorem taxes on properties with values that have gone up.

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For Gatewood, Walker, Hughey & Neuman is all in the family

Sisters become co-presidents of family-owned business

Sisters Katie Gatewood and Callie Walker become co-presidents of one of Albany’s best-known Real Estate firms.

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Kattalistt Group tries to bring positive change to community

Civic-minded organization out to make its mark on Albany

A local organization of volunteers stays actively involved in the community.

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CARLTON FLETCHER: A job pitch for the good folks at Big Oil

OPINION: PR career could be my answer to financial independence

I think I’m just the man for a PR job with Big Oil.