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Carlton Fletcher

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CARLTON FLETCHER: 'Tis the season of sad songs, indignant zealots

OPINION: Sorry, self-righteous, Hanukkah has dibs on holiday season

The joy of Christmas still has room for a lot of sad songs.

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Good Life Social Club to host New Year's Eve Masquerade Ball

Event will raise money for Red Cross, Flint RiverQuarium

A local LGBT social club is hosting a charity masquerade ball, offering revelers a chance to “party with a purpose.”

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Kylie 'Sonique' Love transitioning into woman she was born to be

Albany-born exotic dancer grew up in Southwest Georgia as Jason Edwards

An Albany-born transgender performer will headline the New Year’s Eve Masquerade Ball at the Flint RiverQuarium.

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Lowe's 'heroes' help restore historic Tift Park gazebo

Home improvement store, Friends of Tift Park lead efforts to restore park structure

A local home improvement store and community volunteers donate supplies and their skills to restore a historic gazebo in Tift Park.

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EDC's Strickland: We have great projects in the pipeline

Economic Development Commission given clean audit for FY 2014

The Albany-Dougherty Economic Development Commission closes out 2014 with the promise of a bright 2015.

Albany City Commission approves first step of incentive plan

Measure would allow city officials to offer early retirement incentives, reduce staff

The Albany City Commission approves a measure that will pave the way for planned staff cuts.

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Threeforty Creative Group plans arena football, concert series at Civic Center

Entrepreneurs plan to ask Albany city leaders for permission to create their own downtown revitalization

Officials with a local group say they plan to bring arena football and a concert series to the Albany Civic Center.

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CARLTON FLETCHER: I'm starting one-man, shop-local campaign

OPINION: Mom-and-pops fight uphill battle against retail giants

Pledge will mean additional business for locally-owned retailers.

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Jeff Sinyard, Jack Stone honored during farewell gathering

Long-time public servants end careers that span more than 58 years

Friends and colleagues recognize long-time Dougherty County officials Jeff Sinyard and Jack Stone as they end their political careers.

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Dougherty County Commission OKs $5,000 reboot of student awareness program

County government, volunteers want to re-establish GCAPS program in local school system

Dougherty County commissioners OK a student awareness program and select volunteer board members during their final meeting of the year.

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Kids get creative at Albany Area Arts Council's holiday pARTy

New generation of arts patrons make cards, ornaments, jewelry during kids event

Dozens of kids came to the Albany Area Arts Council Saturday for a celebration of the arts.

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PART II: Sinyard has been linchpin of local politics

Outgoing Dougherty Commission chairman has served community for 30 years

Jeff Sinyard has been at the center of major issues that have impacted the community over the past 30 years.

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CARLTON FLETCHER: Sinyard deserves time out of the public's eye

OPINION: Long-time civil servant plans to devote more time to business, family

Jeff Sinyard will preside over his final meeting of the Dougherty County Commission Monday.

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PART I: Dougherty Commission Chair Jeff Sinyard set to end 30 years of public service

Local businessman has become Southwest Georgia's most passionate ambassador

Dougherty County Commission Chairman Jeff Sinyard will preside over his final commission meeting Monday.

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Widespread Panic to headline Wanee Music festival

Gregg Allman, EW&F, Gov't Mule, Cheap Trick sign on for three-day festival

Widespread Panic replaces the Allman Brothers Band as Friday and Saturday headliners of the April 16-18 Wanee Music Festival.

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Planner gives detailed overview of proposed downtown master plan

Consultant suggests razing Albany Civic Center, building new sports park

Consultant Tony Peterman says a sports park, located where the Civic Center now sits, could have a considerable positive impact on downtown and that construction of a pedestrian bridge across Oglethorpe Boulevard would provide vital connectivity.

Albany WG&L approves funding for audit of utility-owned light poles

Asset verification expected to bring in more than $200,000 in new revenue for utility

An engineering firm will audit Water, Gas & Light Commission assets to determine if they are being used without payment.

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Albany officials vote to loan WG&L $3.5 million from Deal-Closing Fund

Economic Development fund has $17.2 million set aside to stimulate job growth in community

An Albany City Commission committee votes to approve a $3.5 million loan to its utility authority for building improvements. The decisions must be approved by the Albany City Commission before they can go into effect.

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Albany City Manager Tom Berry: Incentives needed for staff reductions

Albany city officials looking ahead to $6 million shortfall that starts in 2018

Albany leaders look to prepare for life without Municipal Electric Authority of Georgia credits that end in 2018.

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CARLTON FLETCHER: Georgia election was a foregone conclusion

OPINION: Media kept elections close to generate more ad revenue

The only surprise rising from last month’s general election in Georgia is that some were surprised by the results.

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Albany City Commission moves proposed charter change forward

Amendment would allow Albany to expand utilities services outside city, county limits

Albany city officials take a close look at a proposed charter change that would impact the city’s utilities services.

Dougherty County Administrator Richard Crowdis explains laptop costs

County official notes public response on vote to purchase 13 $5,000 computers

The Dougherty County administrator offers details about computer purchases approved by the County Commission.

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Dougherty County Commission to consider SPLOST reallocations for jail

Jail officials say new locking system is priority project at facility

The Dougherty County Commission is asked to reallocate SPLOST funding for a priority project at the county’s jail.

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CARLTON FLETCHER: Albany State University President Art Dunning wants seat at economic development table

OPINION: Albany State president: There's so much potential here

Albany State University President Art Dunning says higher education can have a huge impact on the region’s economic development.

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Nicole Williams discovering her artistic side with Albany Area Arts Council

New Arts Council executive director focusing on engagement, education

The Albany Area Arts Council and its new director will host a kids’ holiday pARTy Saturday.

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Early-bird Wanee tickets go on sale today

Annual festival lineup will be announced next week

Reduced-price early-bird tickets for the annual Wanee Music Festival go on sale for five days starting today.

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PDA approves bond issuance for P&G biomass plant

Albany Marine base expected to utilize steam energy created at $230 million plant

One of the final steps in the development of a biomass energy plant on the Procter & Gamble-Albany campus is approved by the local Payroll Development Authority.

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CARLTON FLETCHER: Ferguson has become a sad microcosm of America

OPINION: Deadly incident widens the breach of American race relations

Extremists on both sides of the color divide have used the shooting of Michael Brown to illustrate the worst of each other.

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Dougherty County legislative delegation gets leaders' 'wish lists'

Albany and Dougherty County government, school, post-secondary and economic leaders meet with state delegation

Leaders of Albany and Dougherty government bodies, education systems and agencies present their legislative agendas to state officials.

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Dougherty County commissioners OK EMS laptops, additional employee holiday

Day after Christmas will be an additional paid holiday for county workers

The Dougherty County Commission OKs the purchase of 13 EMS laptops despite concerns about the cost.

CARLTON FLETCHER: So this is what they mean about being a father

OPINION: Yep, love sometimes does mean having to say goodbye

A father’s true joy really does live in the eyes of his children.

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Stats: Black-owned businesses get only 1.4 percent of Dougherty County retail

34.7 percent of Dougherty County/Albany businesses owned by African-Americans

Black-owned businesses in Dougherty County earned only .014 percent of the income generated in the community, according to stats.

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Albany native John Burke IHOP's Franchisee of Year

Burke got his start with restaurant chain as a busboy at Albany IHOP

Albany native and businessman John Burke is named the International House of Pancakes’ Franchisee of the Year.

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Rock and rollers disprove genre's demise

Rash of new music proves rock's obituary premature

Great albums by U2, Bush and Foo Fighters help prove that classic rockers aren’t the only ones making vital music.

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Pecan City Pedalers enjoy benefits of bicycle riding

Local group hosts weekly rides, advocates for bicycle safety

The Pecan City Pedalers have any number of reasons to take part in cycling, dating back to their childhood days.

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Dougherty County Commissioner Jack Stone set to end 28-year political career

Long-time public servant made lasting mark on Dougherty County’s government

After a 28-year political career, Jack Stone is preparing to take life a little easier and spend more time with his family.

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City of Albany approves telecommunications deal with SGRITA

Albany personnel will begin the process of providing broadband, technology services to rural communities

The city of Albany’s Water, Gas & Light Commission and other personnel are set to begin work on a rural telcom project.

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CARLTON FLETCHER: Those insurance guys, theyre a laugh riot

OPINION: Dude, you have eight years left until we cancel

A not-funny letter from the my insurance company leads to hilarity nonetheless.

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Dougherty County employees in line to get after-Christmas holiday

Proposal would give workers the day after Christmas as an additional paid holiday

Dougherty County employees are expected to get an additional paid holiday for the day after Christmas.

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CARLTON FLETCHER: Relevance is all a matter of perspective

OPINION: Even thicker skin can be penetrated with barbs

Relevance, like beauty, is in the eye of the beholder.

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Dallas Smith makes transition from rock to country

Former Default singer now a solo country artist

Dallas Smith’s varied musical influences have led him from harder-edged rock music to country.

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Albany-Dougherty EDC looks to phase 2 of community marketing campaign

Phase 1 of 'There's Only One Albany' campaign nearing conclusion

Albany-Dougherty Economic Development Commission officials have their eyes on Phase 2 of an internal marketing campaign.

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CARLTON FLETCHER: Age may be just a number, but sleeping shouldn't hurt

OPINION: A list of ways you can tell others are getting older

Conversations with senior workers offers a few gentle reminders.

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Albany State University professor Charles Ochie advocates for 'ban the box' ordinance | POLL

Professor wants question of criminal history removed from city employment applications

An Albany State University professor asks the Albany City Commission to join the "ban the box" initiative, which he says is a national movement that has been adopted by 60-64 U.S. cities.

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Dougherty Administrator Richard Crowdis receives Pillar of Professional Management award

County Administrator Crowdis closing in on 40 years of city, county public service

Richard Crowdis is selected by his peers in the Georgia City-County Management Association to receive a Pillar of Professional Management award.

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Albany, Dougherty officials recognize neighborhood watch groups

Joint proclamation makes Monday Neighborhood Watch Association Day

Albany and Dougherty County officials honor members of local neighborhood watch groups.

Dougherty County officials OK talks with city of Albany on rec complex

City, county leaders consider pooling SPLOST funds to build recreation facility

Dougherty County and Albany city leaders are discussing ways to move a proposed jointly-funded recreation complex forward.

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WWE's 'Tribute to the Troops' to be taped at Fort Benning

Wrestling superstars, celebrities to thank American troops at Columbus outpost

World Wrestling Entertainment will bring a popular holiday event to Georgia’s Fort Benning.

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CARLTON FLETCHER: Albany, Dougherty officials should move on rec complex

OPINION: SPLOST-funded complex could promote economic development

Albany and Dougherty County officials are considering pooling benefits to build a state-of-the-art recreation complex.

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Area senior citizens add to graying work force

Statistics show number of senior citizens in work force is increasing

Area seniors are among a growing number of workers 65-over who remain at their jobs.