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J.D. Sumner

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Former Albany anesthesiologist takes stand in tax evasion trial

Dr. Robert Sperrazza is under a federal indictment for tax evasion and making structured financial transactions.

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AT&T puts up new cell tower near Moultrie

AT&T turned on 4G service to its Albany customers in February.

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Georgia Supreme Court upholds two Dougherty murder convictions

Ronnie Faircloth and Monty Simpson were convicted of separate murders.

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Georgia High court clears Baker County Sheriff

Dana Meade’s opponent has 10 days to file a motion for reconsideration before the state Supreme Court.

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On the Job with Jessica Owens

In a recent interview with J.D. Sumner, Jessica Owens talks about what she believes is the most important trait of anyone thinking of entering the field why she’s just as much at home on the river as anywhere else.

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Mid-level drug dealer sentenced

Martin Bustos is believed to have helped distribute between 15 and 50 kilos of cocaine, prosecutors say.

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Bi-Lo acquires Harvey’s, other Delhaize brands

Harveys will keep its name will remain independent from Bi-Lo, officials say.

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Tifton American Legion post to vote on dissolving Scout charter

Thursday's vote comes as the national board of the Boy Scouts of America has voted to end a ban on openly gay scouts.

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Board approves principal hires

Superintendent says interest in open positions here has increased in recent weeks.

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Official: Murfree ordered overpayment of $250,000

Payment was ordered by former school Supt. Joshua Murfree, financial director says.

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Murfree ordered overpayment of $250,000, official says.

Payment was ordered by former school Supt. Joshua Murfree, financial director says.

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ATC, VSU ink deal to offer 'pathways' to degree programs

The deal would make it easier for some ATC grads to get a bachelor's degree at Valdosta State.

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Albany man's yard is his 'Easter basket'

Donnell Davis, a retired business owner, enjoys getting creative with nature.

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On the Job with Reba Stewart

In a recent interview with Herald reporter J.D. Sumner, Stewart talks about life in the banking industry, her reliance on God and the most important things young people need to keep in mind when pursuing a corporate job.

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Bishop urges reconsideration of postal centers

The U.S. Postal Service lost $1.9 billion during the second quarter of the year.

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MCLB-Albany cancels July 4 fireworks show

The city of Albany’s annual fireworks show will take place July 4 at a new venue.

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Supreme Court to hear prayer case

Both the Albany and Dougherty County commissions open their voting meetings with prayer.

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On the Job with Melissa Childs

Melissa Childs, the 2013 Teacher of the Year for the Dougherty County School System, recently sat down with J.D. Sumner to talk about her job and her strategy for winning over students in the classroom.

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Furloughs could impact 2,000 aboard MCLB-Albany

More than 2,000 people aboard MCLB Albany will feel the sting of furloughs initiated by the Pentagon, base officials said Friday.

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Albany Museum of Art unveils newly-renovated spaces (WITH VIDEO)

The leadership of the Albany Museum of Art showed off a newly-completed phase of renovations that has transformed some of the public spaces within the facility.

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UPDATE: Edwards to move forward with Phillips' prosecution

Based on the findings of a toxicology report, the Dougherty County District Attorney's office will prosecute Phillip Phillips' mother under Georgia's DUI laws.

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Plant Mitchell poised to be nation's largest biomass-fueled plant

Coal makes up about half of Georgia Power's energy portfolio, company officials say.

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Law enforcement, Special Olympians carry torch through Albany

The state Special Olympic games will start next week.

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Clark: Education, healthcare costs hurdles for business owners

Despite the challenges, Georgia is poised for growth most analysts say, Chamber CEO says.

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Chick-fil-A opening looms

Doors will open at 6 a.m. Thursday, but lines will open as early as 6 a.m. today.

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High Court accepts voluntary discipline of attorney

The state bar recommended the court lessen it’s punishment against Graham, citing her previously unblemished service record.

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Child actor with Albany ties finds success as country icon

The movie "Ring of Fire" will debut on the Lifetime Network on May 27.

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On the Job with Ken Boler

Today's On the Job features Ken Boler, general sales manager of The Albany Herald.

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Young professionals honored at 40 Under 40 luncheon

In September, the Herald will name the area's first-ever 40 OVER Forty class.

In September, The Albany Herald will name the area’s first-ever 40 Over 40 class.

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Man in wheelchair struck by car

Cpl. Jon Seagroves gives aid to 74-year-old Robert McClary, who fell out of his motorized wheelchair after being clipped by a 2010 Dodge Charger in Albany Wednesday. Police say McClary attempted to cross Oglethorpe Boulevard on a red-light and was clipped by the car. He refused EMS treatment at the scene and suffered a laceration to the head and minor scrapes.

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Flea market opening delay irks vendors

The South Georgia Flea Market and Yard Sale is located on South Slappey Boulevard.

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Altercation leads to gun, counterfeit money seizure

An Albany man is facing jail time after police manage to seize guns and nearly $2,000 in counterfeit bills.

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Suspect surrenders to police

An Albany man is charged with leading drug agents on a chase through downtown Albany.

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Sunday caps deadly weekend in Southwest Georgia

Three people have been killed in weekend shootings in Southwest Georgia

Colquitt County’s coroner says he has lost count of the number of murders in his county this year.

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On the Job with Suzanne Perrine

Suzanne Perrine talk about her role managing the army of volunteers who help keep Phoebe functioning.

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Riverfront eyeing N'orleans feel with expansion

Thousands in renovations are going into the popular downtown eatery.

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Photo of the Day - Victims' Rights Vigil

A ceremony downtown Thursday serves as a reminder of victims of crime.

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Albany food bank gets 10,000 jars of peanut butter

Georgia Peanut Commission officials hope to donate a total of 60,000 jars to food banks this year.

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Suspect leads ADDU on chase

The suspect was able to lose police in Rawson Circle, officials say.

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Crime victim's rights week kicks off Monday

A series of observances, tributes and remembrances are scheduled.

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On the Job with Lonnie Ballard

Businessman Lonnie Ballard recently participated in a question-and-answer session with The Herald’s J.D. Sumner.

ARC offering 'Two tickets to Paradise' in fundraiser

Proceeds will go to benefit the ARC's preschool program.

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ATC career fair sees uptick in participation

More than 50 employers participated in Thursday’s job fair.

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Flint ranks No. 2 on endangered rivers list

Conservationists urge leaders to get involve to save the River.

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Pelham teacher charged after incident

All three Pelham schools were locked down Tuesday as a precaution school officials say.

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UNREVIEWED: Local runners safe in Boston

Local runners were reportedly unharmed in the explosion.

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McCormack, pioneer of local arts and business, dies

Anna Louise McCormack was an advocate of business and the arts in Albany.

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Partnership formed for street improvements

The program is sprucing up facades on buildings facing the Riverfront Park.

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DCA: Hotel/motel taxes can be used for salaries, with some exceptions

The hotel/motel tax generates $750,000 each year for the Convention and Visitors Bureau in Albany.

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Mediacom adds "Local Broadcast Surcharge" to bills to cope with increasing television fees

Increasing fees charged by local television broadcast companies has prompted Mediacom to add a "Local Broadcast Surcharge" to the bills of customers who have local television stations in their programming package.