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J.D. Sumner

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Former Lee County school board member running for Congress

Sanford Bishop is currently in his 11th term of Congress.

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Cold weather chills Mardi Gras turnout

Last year, organizers say nearly 30,000 people came out for the street festival — 24,000 more than this year’s estimate.

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On the Job with Ufot Inyang

This week's On the Job features Ufot Inyang, who is the assistant superintendent of Curriculum and Instruction for Dougherty County School System.

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Standard & Poor’s hikes Synovus credit rating

Synovus is the parent company of SB&T Bank.

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Former Camilla pharmacist's appeal denied

J. Harris Morgan was convicted of health care fraud in December 2011.

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On your mark ...

Last minute details worked out on Albany marathon

Albany's marathon starts at 7 a.m. today with the Mardis Gras festival starting at 10 a.m.

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Two suffer minor injuries in fire at company

A fire that erupted at an Albany equipment company this afternoon injured two people and caused interior damage to the structure.

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Blakely peanut defendants plead not guilty

All four defendants indicted in connection to a Blakely peanut processing facility that prosecutors contend sickened hundreds and killed nine people by spreading Salmonella bacteria entered not guilty pleas before a U.S. Magistrate Thursday.

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Caregiver charged with stealing from elderly woman

A caregiver who had been on the run since being questioned by police in November in connection to a series of thefts from an 86-year-old woman has been arrested, authorities say.

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River waters receding in most areas

Officials in Lee County are still closely watching the Kinchafoonee Creek as surging waters flow in from the north.

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Petsmart looking to open Albany store

Pet supplies retailer PetSmart is eying a location in Northwest Albany, documents obtained by the Herald Wednesday show.

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Weather service downgrades flood prediction for Albany

Lee County, Bainbridge and Thomasville are expected to see “moderate” flooding from recent heavy rains.

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ASU 'Cash Mob' helps downtown restaurant

A group of Albany State University students uses a unique strategy to boost sales at an Albany restaurant.

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River and creeks update

Projections for the Flint River at Albany have been reduced, with the river now not expected to reach flood stage.

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Washed out roads prompt school closures

River and creek flooding is likely in areas of Southwest Georgia later this week after a weekend of heavy rains.

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River flooding prompts marathon changes

The Snickers Marathon and the Mardi Gras Street Festival are two of downtown Albany's biggest events each year.

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Outlook 2013: Walmart impact a double-edged sword

The construction of a new Walmart complex in 2011 was the biggest new retail development in East Albany in decades.

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Chinese influence still bolstering pecan market

The Chinese people's discovery of pecans has sent prices soaring as supply has sought to catch demand, Willson Farming CEO Larry Willson told the Kiwanis Club of Dougherty County Monday.

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Quail Forever welcomes QU'ers into the fold

Amid the ruins of Quail Unlimited, officials at one of its chief competitors are stepping up efforts throughout the country to recruit the now-defunct organization's former members and chapters.

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Officials urge caution in face of heavy rains

A second round of storms is set to move through the area Monday, officials say.

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Study points to Albany self-loathing

Using a sophisticated ranking system analyzing a bank of more than 10,000 words, a new study delves into Twitter use, ranking cities based on the words its residents tweet to determine the "happiest" and "saddest" in the country.

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Baker sheriff challenge heads to supreme court

A special runoff election won’t be scheduled until after the Georgia Supreme Court renders its opinion.

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SPLOST funds can't be used for multimodal station, officials say

The $4 million approved by voters was for a transit maintenance facility, not a transit station, city officials say.

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Bill offered to close hospital authority loophole

Two Southwest Georgia representatives are among a group of legislators who have authored a bill in the state House that would close a loophole in state law created by a ruling Tuesday by the U.S. Supreme Court that blocked Phoebe Putney Memorial Hospital from merging with Palmyra without approval of the federal government.

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Commission OKs mall parcel rezoning

Planning officials mention outdoors retailer Gander Mountain as a possiblity for locating a store on Westover Boulevard.

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Cutliff Grove asks city for debt reduction

The $200,000 each year that is generated by the Nativity housing complex isn’t enough to pay the city’s loan on the property, officials say.

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ASU responds to Charles' Foundation statements

The Charles’ Foundation gave $3 million to Morehouse College Saturday.

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Georgia Supreme Court upholds Albany murder conviction

In a separate case, the high court also blocked a Dougherty defendant’s attempts to stop a retrial on murder charges.

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Despite recession, 'Shutters' is growing

Shutters Plus is located on the 400 block of North Cleveland Avenue in midtown Albany.

When the economy tanked in 2008, it claimed more than its fair share of small businesses.

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Wintry mix possible Saturday

Any snow that may come with Saturday's arctic front won't accumulate, weather officials say.

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Live Oak students celebrate Arbor Day

Students at Live Oak Elementary celebrated Arbor Day Friday by planting the school's first Live Oak on campus.

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Jackson receives 2012 Citizens Medal (with video)

Pamela Green Jackson of Albany receives the nation's second-highest civilian award for her work fighting childhood obesity.

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Albany Museum of Art breaks ground on Willson Auditorium

An Atlanta-based design firm developed the site plan and a local contractor has been chosen to build the facility.

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Phillip Phillips' mother charged

DUI less safe is charged when a motorist is believed to be under the influence of a substance other than alcohol, officials say.

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Meals on Wheels driver robbed at gunpoint

A man robbed the driver of a Meals on Wheels vehicle at gunpoint Thursday morning, officials say.

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City forecloses on L'Juas; former owner files suit to block sale

The City of Albany has foreclosed on a restaurant owned by a former board member of the Albany Dougherty Inner City Authority with more than $200,000 in loans unpaid.

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Albany woman awarded Citizen's medal by White House

The Citizens Medal is the second-highest civilian honor bestowed by the United States.

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USPS: Albany processing facility to stay open until Feb. 23

The U.S. Postal Service releases a list of facilities it will consider closing, and Albany and Valdosta facilities are included.

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Deal appoints Thomasville woman to state board of Education

Governor Nathan Deal has appointed a local doctor to serve on the state board of Education.

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Bike race joins racing circuit - WITH VIDEO

The annual SB&T Bank Bike Race will no longer be a part of Albany’s Mardi Gras celebration as it moves to May.

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Burke grabs senate seat

A Bainbridge doctor, businessman and author will be the next senator for District 11 after beating a former Georgia House member for the seat Tuesday.

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AT&T turns on Albany 4G LTE service

AT&T is the second telecommunications carrier to provide faster 4G service in Albany.

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Events kick off 2013 fundraising season

Nonprofits hope to benefit from the kindness of supporters at a number of area fundraisers.

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Quail Forever hires Bowles, QU staff

An attorney for one of QU's alleged creditors says possible legal action against the former nonprofit is being considered.

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‘Doggy Day care’ has tails wagging

Magnolia Pet Resort & Spa typically sees 25 to 30 dogs each day through the program.

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Sixth student charged in Worth bomb threats

The investigation is continuing in a series of bomb threats that led to several evacuations at Worth County schools.

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'Field of Flags' parcel under contract

There was no immediate word on who had bought or leased the space.

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Quail Unlimited goes out of business

A new organization unaffiliated with QU called Quail Albany has been formed.

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Dabney, McAfee and Liberty House win Chamber awards

The Albany-Area Chamber of Commerce announces a new website and logo.

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McAfee: RiverQuarium needs new business model

Efficiency is the “top priority” for the downtown aquarium, the board chair says.