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Phoebe Putney Memorial Hospital wins Regional Hospital of the Year | VIDEO

Albany hospital choosen for award from 46 hospitals in South

Albany area Mended Hearts volunteers visit heart patients six to seven days a week. Volunteers also make follow up visits, phone calls and send emails to provide continuing to support and encouragement to patients and their families.

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Albany Marathon proceeds donated to Willson Hospice House

Eighth marathon brings in $20,000 for hospice

The 2014 event welcomed 1,472 registrants from 41 states and several countries including Austria, Canada and Venezuela on March 1. Of those who finished, 18.9 percent qualified for the Boston Marathon, officials said Tuesday.

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Phoebe Putney Memorial Hospital reviews medical applicants, onboarding pediatric hospitalist program

New pediatric hospitalist program to start at Albany hospital next week

Mention was made Monday of a pediatric hospitalist program that is about to come on board next week that officials say should result in more pediatric cases staying in Albany.

Albany-Dougherty County Police/Fire/EMS reports -- Aug. 26, 2014

Public safety roundup in Albany-Dougherty County for Saturday, Sunday and Monday

The Albany Police Department responded to at least 45 incidents on Saturday, Sunday and the early hours of Monday, available reports show.

Albany police respond to armed robberies, break-in

Weekend crime activity includes two armed robberies and a break-in at the Dukes, Edwards and Dukes office

The weekend ended with a pair of masked men, one with a gun, holding up a convenience store early Monday.

Albany police respond to reported shootings, stabbing

Three hospitalized in aggravated assaults

Police officials said officers responded to Phoebe Putney Memorial Hospital in regards to a possible stabbing at around 3 a.m. on Saturday. Upon arrival contact was made with Calvin Hunt, 51, who stated that he had been stabbed by someone.

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Base commander speaks of the future at Marine Corps Logistics Base-Albany

VA hospital, National Guard presence among the things hoped for at MCLB

Col. Don Davis made an appearance at the Albany Rotary Club on Thursday, during which he opened the forum for questions from members of the club — with many of the questions centering on what may be in store at the base in the coming years.

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Family of late Montford Point Marine accepts Congressional Gold Medal at Albany Marine base

Family of Pfc. James Windom accepts highest civilan honor posthumously

Pfc. James Windom became a member of the Montford Point Marines in June 1943. He was honorably discharged from the Marine Corps in August 1949.

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Hospital Authority of Albany-Dougherty County updated on financials, student housing

Money being raised to build medical student housing complex

The physician-to-patient ratio in Georgia is already unfavorable, and with physicians either retiring or relocating, there is potential for the situation to get even more dire. This could create a perfect storm, which officials have said needs to be addressed.

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Albany-Dougherty Economic Development Commission continuing outreach to area businesses

Albany-Dougherty EDC reaching out, maintaining marketing campaign

An update was given on the business of the Renewal Task Force on Wednesday, which has centered primarily around the Only One Albany campaign. The report from the Renewal Task Force meeting on Aug. 6 stated that all the creative materials are out for the campaign, which tie back to

Albany man dies in Colquitt County crash

Saturday evening wreck in Colquitt County claims a life

Terry Joe Morrison, of Albany, was killed Saturday in a wreck on Highway 319 after he overcorrected his car that had run off the road, crossing traffic lanes to collude with a Ford pickup truck, state trooper said.

Operation Thunder yields arrests in Dougherty County

Weekend campaign conducted to crack down on dangerous drivers

The Thunder task force, officials with the GOHS say, is a specialized traffic enforcement effort designed to help cities and counties throughout Georgia combat increases in traffic injuries, crashes and fatalities as well as other specific, high-risk behaviors like speeding and drunk driving.

Albany girl, 11, shot in face with BB gun

Albany police say a 12-year-old boy fired the BB gun

The BB gun shooting stemmed from a dispute over a ball, Albany police officials say.

Albany-Dougherty County Police/Fire/EMS reports -- Aug. 19, 2014

Public safety roundup in Albany-Dougherty County for Saturday, Sunday and Monday

The Albany Police Department responded to at least 60 incidents on Saturday, Sunday and the early hours of Monday, available reports show.

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Inspiring Lee County child reminder of need for pediatric specialists in Southwest Georgia

Sibley Heart Center opens permanent clinic in Albany

Bennett Jones, 3, was diagnosed with a congenital heart defect known as critical aortic valve stenosis at 33 weeks gestation. He was delivered at 38 weeks at Northside Hospital and transported that same day to the Sibley Heart Center at Children’s at Egleston Pediatric Hospital, where he went through multiple surgeries and procedures.

Southwest Georgia public health officials pushing immunization awareness

August is National Immunization Awareness Month

Certain people may be at higher risk for getting some diseases or having more serious illness if they were to get sick, like young children, older adults and those with health conditions, Southwest Public Health District Director Dr. Jacqueline Grant said.

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Girl Scouts looking forward to coming year

Girl Scouts of Historic Georgia officials getting word out on upcoming year for the organization

In terms of fundraisers, one of the biggest for the Girl Scouts is the Bucks and Bows Dinner and Auction currently slated for 6:30 p.m. on Oct. 23 at Chehaw Park.

Southwest Georgia hospitals make Georgia Hospital Association honor roll

Several area hospitals named in GHA Partnership for Health and Accountability Core Measures Honor Roll

The honor roll is based on clinical data provided by the Centers for Medicaid and Medicare Services, which administers the national Medicare and Medicaid programs.

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Georgia unemployment rate up from July

Georgia unemployment at 7.8 percent, up from 7.4 percent in June

The July rate increase is primarily due to temporary seasonal layoffs in local government and manufacturing, and most of those individuals have since gone back to work, said State Labor Commissioner Mark Butler.

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Georgia Federal-State Shipping Point Inspection Service moves to new office in Albany | VIDEO

The inspection service opens office in Pecan Grove Industrial Park

A ribbon-cutting for the facility, located at 951 Pecan Grove Drive in Pecan Grove Industrial Park, was held on Tuesday and attended by various Albany and Dougherty County officials, as well as Georgia Department of Agriculture Commissioner Gary Black.

Dance Dash 5K with a Twist coming to Albany

Race on Aug. 23 in Albany to benefit Childrens Miracle Network

Phoebe Putney Memorial Hospital is one of 20 nationwide that trying out the Dash with a Twist fundraiser for Children’s Miracle Network. Officials with the organization hope it will grow in popularity to become their singature event of the year.

Albany-Dougherty County Police/Fire/EMS reports -- Aug. 12, 2014

Public safety roundup for Albany-Dougherty County for Saturday, Sunday and Monday

The Albany Police Department responded to at least 65 incidents on Saturday, Sunday and the early hours of Monday, available reports show.

Albany police respond to aggravated assault reports

Two hospitalized with stab, bullet wounds

Officers were dispatched to Phoebe Putney Memorial Hospital in reference to an alleged stabbing that had taken place at around 2:30 a.m. on Saturday. Contact was made with Kennon Watson, 36, in the trauma room, who stated that — while in the parking lot of Club Legend — he was sitting in his 2000 Chevrolet Tahoe when he was approached by an unknown man, police officials said.

Albany police respond to armed robbery, kidnapping at restaurant

No injuries reported in Sunday evening holdup

While employees were inside the business cleaning up, three gunmen entered the lobby of the East Albany Burger King and robbed the store.

Cancer STOMP campaign begins second year

Efforts are under way in regional fight against cancer

The campaign is being held in four locations in the Cancer Coalition of South Georgia 32-county service region. Officials are encouraging businesses, families, schools, civic groups, religious groups and clubs to form teams and get creative to raise funds for Cancer Coalition service, education, research and outreach initiatives throughout the area.

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Albany police hunt for man wanted in battery, kidnapping case

An ex-girlfriend of Montravious Daity, 25, told police he kidnapped and struck her

Montravious Darity, 25, is wanted on charges of battery (domestic violence), kindnapping and motor vehicle theft in a case involving his ex-girlfriend, Albany police report.

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Lung Watch putting a dent in lung cancer in Southwest Georgia

Lung cancer screening program in Albany finding cancers in curable stage

Lung cancer kills more people each year than breast, colon, pancreatic and prostrate cancers combined. It is also one of the most difficult to detect before it is too late, as it is typically not symptomatic until the disease has progressed significantly, making survival rates low once it is detected.

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Albany native receives award from Marine Corps Systems Command

Deidre Hooks receives Excellence in Program Management Award

Hooks was the senior program analyst who led a team that navigated an enhanced combat helmet through qualification testing, initial production and fielding. In doing so, she worked with military counterparts and industry partners to meet newly introduced test criteria.

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Georgia Department of Human Services, faith community hold public hearing | VIDEO

Recent hearing addresses how faith community can help vulnerable children, families

Coordinators said it was part of the statewide effort to get ministers on board, by igniting faith and a sense of personal responsibility, to help the most vulnerable children in Georgia — including those who are fatherless, in poverty, have a parent who is incarcerated or are abused or neglected — through faith community meetings and town hall meetings with the goal of going into partnership agreements and provoking action.

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Phoebe Putney Memorial Hospital welcomes new urologist

A urologistand his wife, a pediatric hospitalist, are new physicians to Albany area

Dr. Peter Hinds, a urologist, recently joined Dr. Stephen Allen and Dr. Kelvin Lane at Phoebe Urology Associates on Palmyra Road. He was formally introduced at the board of directors meeting at Phoebe Putney Memorial Hospital on Wednesday.

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Michelle Nunn, Sam Nunn visit Albany as part of campaign tour | VIDEO

Senate hopeful and her father help out at Albany food bank warehouse

Michelle Nunn was joined by her father, former U.S. Sen. Sam Nunn, at the Second Harvest of South Georgia food bank warehouse in East Albany during her “What Washington Can Learn From Georgia: Strong Bases, Strong Communities” statewide campaign tour.

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Department of Human Services, faith community to host Albany public hearing

Hearing to focus on faith community involvement for children and families

It’s important to get the faith community involved, officials say, because of the thousands who seek help through DHS compared to the millions in the faith community. While the goal is to reach the faith-based community, the hearing is open to anyone who has an ear.

Murder trial for Jordan Harris begins

Case to be presented regarding death of former Lee County commissioner

Walter Phelps, 67, was shot and robbed at about 8 a.m. at his P&P Garden and Hardware store at 2500 N. Slappey Blvd. on July 3, 2010, and ultimately succumbed to the injuries he sustained in the attack a month later.

Albany police respond to armed robbery, assault

Man hospitalized following aggravated assault early Saturday

The aggravated assault on Sunset Lane that resulted in a man being taken to Phoebe Putney Memorial Hospital occurred at around midnight on Saturday, reports available from the APD show.

Albany police respond to overnight burglaries

Four business burglaries reported early Monday morning in south and east Albany

There were a series of burglaries that took place between the hours of 1 a.m. and 5 a.m. in Albany early Monday, police reports show.

Teen killed in Worth County crash Saturday

Ty Ty teen killed in Brown Cemetery Road wreck

Three individuals were traveling in a vehicle going westward on Brown Cemetery Road when the driver lost control of the car as it was coming down a hill crest, causing it to flip on its passenger side and into a ditch.

Albany/Dougherty County Police, Fire & EMS Report -- Aug. 5, 2014

Public safety reports for Albany and Dougherty County

The Albany Police Department responded to at least 58 incidents on Saturday, Sunday and the early hours of Monday, available reports show.

Albany police warn motorists to slow down in school zones today

Flasjing lights are reminders that students are returning to school

Considering that failure to observe speed limits within school zones when it is in effect can sometimes have tragic results, Albany police officers say they are not expecting to issue many warnings.

Albany-Dougherty County Police/Fire/EMS — Aug. 2, 2014

Public safety report for Thursday and early Friday in Albany-Dougherty County

The Albany Police Department responded to at least 30 calls on Thursday and early Friday, available reports show

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Impacts of Affordable Care Act coming

Retired Albany doctor gives insight into Affordable Care Act and health care costs

The core of the law is insurance reform, and this year is a pivotal one in terms of its increased impact on the general public, and one in which it will also get really visible, one retired doctor says.

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Phoebe Foundation receives donation for construction of medical student housing complex

Albany hospital receives $1 million donation from Richard King Mellon Foundation

The proposed 25-unit medical student housing gated community will be located on West Fourth Avenue and North Jackson Street near Phoebe Putney Memorial Hospital’s main campus. Phoebe Putney Health System already owns the property, which is directly behind the Family Tree child development center.

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Kendrick Brothers wrap principal photography on their new movie

Title, release date to be announced on new Kendrick Brothers film

The Kendricks’ fifth film is their first project independent of Sherwood Pictures, the movie ministry of Sherwood Baptist Church in Albany, where the brothers are associate pastors.

Albany-Dougherty County Police/Fire/EMS reports -- July 29, 2014

Public safety roundup for Albany-Dougherty County for Saturday, Sunday and Monday

The Albany Police Department responded to at least 49 incidents on Saturday, Sunday and early Monday, available reports show.

Shots fired into vehicles in Dawson Road parking lot

Two vehicles struck at El Rancho on Dawson Road Sunday

The gunman in a shooting incident on Sunday afternoon is described by police as a 6-foot-3 black male with “22” tattooed on the upper portion of his right arm. He was wearing a white tank top and dark gym shorts, authorities say.

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Phoebe Putney Memorial Hospital reviews medical staff applicants

Critical care, emergency medicine account for potential new specialists at Albany hospital

The medical staff at Phoebe Putney Memorial Hospital primarily takes on the role of looking into a physician applicants’ qualifications, in turn making a recommendation to the Professional Affairs Committee before the hospital’s full board makes a final decision at its following meeting.

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Team USA sprinter Torrin Lawrence killed in crash near Cordele

Team USA runner, former UGA star killed when semi hits his disabled vehicle on I-75

Officials with Georgia State Patrol Post 30 in Cordele said that Team USA runner Torrin Lawrence, 25, was killed early Monday on I-75 after experiencing car trouble.

Albany police respond to report of gunshots

Shots reported fired on South Madison Street early Friday

The complainant told the officer at the scene that she heard several very loud gunshots a few minutes before in rapid succession. She said they sounded very close, but that she did not see anyone outside, a report on the incident said.

Albany police investigate fast food break-in

Burger King on Dawson Road broken into early Friday

The suspect busted open the drive-thru window, pried opened the cash registers and then attempted to force into the main office of the Burger King on Dawson Road early Friday, officials with the Albany Police Department said.

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Albany police issue lookout for wanted man

Darius Alonzo Myers faces armed robbery, aggravated assault and battery charges

Darius Alonzo Myers is described as a 25 years old black male who is 5-feet-8-inches tall and weighs approximately 200 pounds.

Albany-Dougherty County Police/Fire/EMS reports — July 26, 2014

Public safety roundup for Thursday and early Friday

The Albany Police Department responded to at least 37 incidents on Thursday and the early hours of Friday, available reports show.