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Nearly 50 teens ransack Ga. Wal-Mart | RAW VIDEO

A mob of nearly 50 people burst in to a Macon Wal-Mart and smashed merchandise early Sunday morning.

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Ga. town removes Confederate flag, but says not due to Charleston tragedy

McDonough City officials and staff say the removal of old flags from the Square is not in response to the Charleston shooting tragedy.

Report: Georgia led states in clean energy jobs during first quarter

Georgia was ranked the No. 1 job creator in the clean energy industry during the first quarter of 2015, thanks in part to the state's strong solar industry.

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Chick-fil-A tops in customer satisfaction

Atlanta-based Chick-fil-A has been named the top fast food restaurant in the United States for customer satisfaction, according to the American Customer Satisfaction Index Restaurant Report released this week.

Same-sex couples tie the knot during mass wedding ceremony in Atlanta

More than 50 same-sex couples took part in a mass wedding ceremony on Sunday in Buckhead.

Man steals hearse with body inside

A man is in custody after a hearse was stolen from the morgue outside Grady Memorial Hospital in Atlanta.

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Albany State University is having economic, research impacts on Southwest Georgia

According to a 2014 study by the University of Georgia, ASU had $141 million impact on region

Touting its economic impact over nine southwest Georgia, Albany State University officials said last week that the university is also making its presence felt regionally and nationally in the area of research.

Albany Area Kitchen Inspections - June 21-26, 2015

These establishments were inspected by the Dougherty, Lee and Worth County Environmental Health Offices June 21-26.

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Colquitt-Miller theater group presents 'Into the Woods Jr.'

Weekend play presents a twist on the stories of famous fairy tale characters

The Colquitt-Miller County Arts Youth Theater will present four performances of “Into the Woods, Jr.” this weekend.

Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College hires new baseball coach

Brandon Reeder named new head baseball coach at Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College

After serving as interim head coach for the Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College (ABAC) Stallions baseball team for the past year, Brandon Reeder now holds that position outright.

Store on West Gordon Avenue victimized in armed robbery

Albany police responded to the site of Neighborhood Grocery at around 1 a.m. Sunday

Police officials say two unknown men entered an Albany store and demanded money from the clerk, and after obtaining the money, fled the scene on foot.

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Albany Area Kitchen Inspections - June 15-19, 2015

These establishments were inspected by the Dougherty, Lee and Worth County Environmental Health Offices June 15-19.

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Albany Area Briefs - June 21, 2015

Local checkers club to host national tournament

Amber Bell of Albany, director of programs at Southwest Georgia Project for Community Education Inc., has been awarded the Center for Social Inclusion Maya Wiley Fellowship.

Albany artists, venues featured on GPB series 'Music Voyager'

Albany, four other Georgia cities recognized on international music, lifestyle series

Albany sights and sounds will be the focus of a GPB music/lifestyle series set to debut later this month.

Mental illness topic of Jon Howard's town hall meeting

Psychiatrist Dr. Ray Johnson will answer questions about mental issues

Guest speaker Dr. Ray Johnson will talk about mental illness at a town hall meeting Saturday.

Heritage Bank's merger with Renasant bank nearly complete

Heritage Financial Group shareholders approve Renasant merger

After gaining approval from Heritage Financial Group Inc shareholdes, the merger between Heritage and Renasant Bank is expected to close on July 1.

Entries sought for Tifton artisans show

Deadline for entries is June 30

The Best of Tiftarea Artisans show, open to professional and amateur artisans in a variety of areas, opens in mid-July.

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Albany Area Kitchen Inspections - June 8-12, 2015

These establishments were inspected by the Dougherty and Lee County Environmental Health Offices June 8-12.

LeAnn Rimes headlines Wild Adventures' All-American weekend

Country star, U.S. Air Force’s Tops in Blue highlights of full weekend at park

Grammy-winning country star LeAnn Rimes will perform Saturday at Wild Adventures Theme Park.

Flint RiverQuarium celebrating World Oceans Day on Saturday

Downtown Albany attraction conducting events to encourage preservation of oceans

World Oceans Day was declared a holiday in 2008 by the United Nations to recognize the challenges the world faces in preserving what makes up 71 percent of the planet. Keywords1

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Georgia Senator Johnny Isakson announces Parkinson's diagnosis

He said the diagnosis won’t affect his bid for re-election in 2016.

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'Summer Night' subject for June 26 Bottles and Brushes

Art class set for Tifton ag museum

The Georgia Museum of Agriculture and Historic Village at Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College will host the first Bottles and Brushes art class of the summer 6 p.m.-8 p.m. on June 26.

Artifact Identification Day set at Andersonville

Archaeological society will help ID arrowheads and other artifacts

From noon until 4 p.m. on June 27, the Ocmulgee Archaeological Society, a chapter of The Society for Georgia Archaeology (SGA), will host Artifact Identification Day at Anderson Station Restaurant in Andersonville.

Albany Area Kitchen Inspections - June 1-5, 2015

These establishments were inspected by the Dougherty and Lee County Environmental Health Offices June 1-5.

Casting Crowns to perform at Wild Adventures Theme Park

Park kicks off Fridays in June/July Splash Island Nights

Rising rockers Royal Blood will perform June 13 at Center Stage in Atlanta.

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Music lovers converge on the Briar Patch Music Festival

Briar Patch Music Festival draws large crowds to see wide variety of musical acts

Music lovers enjoyed two jammed-packed days of music and sunshine at the 2015 Briar Patch Music Festival, held each year in Damascus. Among the performers who wowed the crowds were Adam Hood, Rollin’ in the Hay, Evergreen Family Band, Bo Henry Band, Funk You, The Trainwrecks, Dirk Quinn Band, Blackberry Possum, Evan Barber and the Dead Gamblers and many more.

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The travel bug is biting hard this summer

Lower gas prices are leading to higher travel rates this summer

More than three-quarters of surveyed residents of Georgia, Florida and Tennessee say they’re planning to spend at least four days away from home this summer, a decision that many say is fueled by gas prices that are much lower than what motorists were paying last summer.

Albany Area Kitchen Inspections - May 24-31, 2015

These establishments were inspected by the Dougherty and Lee County Environmental Health Offices May 24-31.

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Falcons player Prince Shembo kicked off team after kicking dog to death

Former Notre Dame star charged with aggravated cruelty to animals

Gwinnett police obtained a warrant Friday for Atlanta Falcons player Prince Shembo for aggravated cruelty to animals for allegedly kicking and killing his former girlfriend’s dog

Harvey's Supermarkets to close two Albany locations

Harvey's Supermarkets will maintain three other Albany stores

Southeastern Grocers, parent company of Harvey’s Supermarkets, announced Thrusday that the company will close two Harvey’s locations in Albany.

Albany Area Kitchen Inspections - May 18-23, 2015

These establishments were inspected by the Dougherty and Lee County Environmental Health Offices May 18-23.

Darton State College announces 32 Dean, Merit scholarship winners

The scholarships are made available through the Darton State College Foundation

Darton State College announced Monday that 32 students have been awarded either the Dean Scholar Award or the Merit Scholar Award for the upcoming fall and spring semesters.

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Darton golfers finish fourth at national tournament

Cavaliers finish seven strokes over par

The Cavaliers finished 37 strokes behind national champion South Mountain (Ariz.) who finished with a four-day total of 1122.

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Astronomy series kicks off at Wetherbee Planetarium

Four part Wetherbee Astronomy Series starts Saturday

Visitors of all ages will get to explore outer space this weekend as Albany’s Thronateeska Heritage Center hosts two space themed events on Saturday.

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Albany Area Kitchen Inspections - May 11-15, 2015

These establishments were inspected by the Dougherty and Lee County Environmental Health Offices May 11-15.

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Albany Area Kitchen Inspections - May 4-9, 2015

These establishments were inspected by the Dougherty and Lee County Environmental Health Offices May 4-9.

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King Cotton Horse Show slated for Saturday

King Cotton Horse Show now in 48th year

One of Edison’s most important and popular events will return to the community this weekend, when 48th annual Billie Lane King Cotton Horse Show takes place at the Lions Club Horse Show Grounds on Redding Street this Saturday.

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Albany Area Kitchen Inspections - April 23-May 2, 2015

These establishments were inspected by the Dougherty and Lee County Environmental Health Offices April 23-May 2.

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Albany Area Kitchen Inspections - April 20-22, 2015

These establishments were inspected by the Dougherty and Lee County Environmental Health Offices April 20-April 22.

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Rixton final act added to Wild Adventures concert series

Pop-rockers scheduled to perform at Valdosta theme park July 25

Rixton is the final piece of the concert series puzzle for the 2015 season at Wild Adventures Theme Park.

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Albany Area Kitchen Inspections - April 10-17, 2015

These establishments were inspected by the Dougherty and Lee County Environmental Health Offices April 10-April 17.

Bethel Church to hold panel discussion

Albany church presents civil rights program

A panel discussion will be part of Bethel AME church’s discussion of the Civil Rights Act of 1964.

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Band of Heathens headlines 4th annual Due South

Annual arts and music event is scheduled in Thomasville

Music and arts fans will get to enjoy a bit of both next weekend as the Thomasville Center for the Arts presents its fourth annual Due South event.

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Jazz quintet to perform Thursday at ABAC

Tifton college hosts final show of performance season

Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College in Tifton will wrap up its performing arts series with the Ron Westray-Thomas Heflin Quintet following a full day of jazz band performances.

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Albany Area Kitchen Inspections - April 6-9, 2015

These establishments were inspected by the Dougherty and Lee County Environmental Health Offices April 6 through April 9.

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Gavin DeGraw concert set at Wild Adventures

Singer/songwriter's show highlights season's first full weekend at park

Gavin DeGraw will perform at Wild Adventures Theme Park’s All-Star Amphitheater Saturday.

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Albany Area Kitchen Inspections - March 27-April 3, 2015

These establishments were inspected by the Dougherty and Lee County Environmental Health Offices March 27 through April 3.

Downtown Albany Verge yard sale extended

Boutique inventory is being cleared for an unnamed new tenant

A weekend downtown yard sale liquidating stock in a closed boutiue is being to Thursday and Friday eveings.

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Albany Area Kitchen Inspections - March 17-26, 2015

These establishments were inspected by the Dougherty County Environmental Health Offices March 17 through 26.

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SPORTS BRIEFS: Darton baseball beats West Georgia Tech

Cavaliers score 11-6 victory

ADDS: Darton softball sweeps Thomas; Worth County’s Austin Jackson and Hunter Goodwin combine on no-hitter

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