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Jennifer Parks

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Albany, Southwest Georgia jobless rates unchanged from November to December

Unemployment rates for Albany and Southwest Georgia remain at 7.3 percent

While the rate was unchanged in December, the number of jobs in metro Albany declined to 61,800, down from 62,000 in November. Most of the job loss came in manufacturing and government, labor officials said.

American Red Cross encouraging diverse blood donors

Chances upcoming to donate blood in metro Albany area

Blood from a donor with a similar ethnic background as the patient is less likely to cause complications, particularly for those whose chronic conditions require repeated transfusions. All blood types are currently needed to help maintain a diverse and sufficient blood supply, especially types O negative, A negative and B negative.

Health insurance enrollment event coming to Albany Civic Center

Partnerships with various agencies to bring in workshop to provide insurance enrollment navigation

At the event, certified navigators will assist residents in understanding and accessing their health care options. Navigators will be available onsite to assist attendees one on one during a set schedule of walk-in hours.

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Daddy Daughter Family Dance set for Feb. 7 at Albany Civic Center

Traditional father and daughter dance to include entire family this year

The Albany Daddy Daughter Dance has become a tradition, and a good opportunity for fathers and daughters to bond. This year, the event has become a family dance — meaning the entire family can enjoy the experience.

Contract dispute displaces nearly 200 contractors at Marine Corps Logistics Command

Employees of Prime Tech International, Inc. issued notices due to contract dispute

A recently awarded government contract that provided for the care of warehoused supplies for Marine Corps Logistics Command was been disputed Monday by a company that did not win the contract. Under Federal Acquisition Law, when an awarded contract is disputed a stay, or work stoppage, has to be placed on the contract work until the matter is resolved by the Government Accountability Office.

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A decision on clemency for death-row inmate Warren Lee Hill expected Tuesday

The Georgia Board of Pardons and Paroles met Monday with representatives of Warren Lee Hill

Warren Lee Hill was serving a life sentence for the 1986 murder of his girlfriend when witnesses said they saw him fatally beating Joseph Handspike, another inmate at Lee Correctional Institute, in August 1990. In 1991, a jury convicted Hill of murder in the case and sentenced him to death. He is scheduled to be put to death Tuesday.

Albany police respond to armed robberies

Cash, pistol taken in separate armed robbery incidents Sunday

The Albany Police Department is investigating two armed robberies that occurred Sunday afternoon, reports show.

Albany police respond to gunfire assault

Victim uninjured in gunfire assault on South Madison Street

An Albany motorist tells police that he did not recognize two men who shot at him as their vehicles passed each other on Madison Street.

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Phoebe Putney Memorial Hospital reviews medical staff applicants

A number of resignations and reappointments were listed on a recent credentialing report from Phoebe

The most recent credentialing report, approved by the Professional Affairs Committee on Monday, went before the Credentials and Bylaws Committee on Dec. 22 and the Medical Executive Committee on Jan. 6.

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Missing college student found

Albany State University student had last been seen by family members Dec. 28

Keddrick Clark was a student at Albany State University, but has not enrolled in classes this semester. Police officials said he might be operating a gray 2005 Honda Civic bearing Georgia tag number PKC7765.

Albany and Dougherty County Police/Fire/EMS reports -- Jan. 24-26, 2015

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

The Albany Police Department responded to at least 51 incidents on Saturday, Sunday and the early hours of Monday, available reports show.

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Night for Hope event scheduled Feb. 14 at Hilton Garden Inn

Annual cancer fundraising event to feature TV personality as honoree

Ruthrie Garner has taken the platform of encouraging people to pay attention to their bodies. She is expected to bring that message to supporters of the Cancer Coalition of South Georgia as the honoree of its signature fundraising event.

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Keep Albany-Dougherty Beautiful honors volunteers at annual luncheon

Volunteers for KADB from 2014 honored at 26th annual event

Last year, 61,361 participants and 9,144 volunteers contributed 45,346 volunteer hours toward environmental improvement, officials with KADB said.

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Hospital Authority of Albany-Dougherty County approves bond resolution, briefed on indigent care

Authority educated on Indigent Care Trust Fund as it relates to the Affordable Care Act

Roughly half a million dollars will be saved in interest costs as a result of the remarketing process for bonds in 2008 and 2010, Kerry Loudermilk, chief financial officer for Phoebe Putney Health System, said.

Resource fair for families of children with special needs set for Saturday in Albany

Fair will be conducted at Porterfield Memorial United Methodist

Representatives from various organizations will be at an upcoming special needs fair so families can browse, chat and collect information on how they or their children can benefit from the services the organizations provide.

Circuit Assembly of Jehovah's Witnesses conducting religious assembly in Albany

Assembly on biblical principles set for Sunday at Albany Civic Center

A spokesman for the event said the assembly is a semi-annual event meant to serve as a spiritual uplifting of the community and is set to include Bible based talks and demonstrations. Both witnesses and non-witnesses from Florida and southern Georgia are expected to minister to people.

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I AM BEAUTIFUL launched in Albany, Ga., to empower young girls

New empowerment and leadership program to be based at Boys and Girls Clubs of Albany, Ga.

In response to the health and social challenges faced by teenage girls in their transition into womanhood, Boys and Girls Clubs of Albany, Ga., Semper Fidelis and Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. launched on Monday a new self esteem enhancement program called I AM BEAUTIFUL.

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Execution for Warren Lee Hill set for Jan. 27

Date officially set by Georgia Department of Corrections following court order

The Lee County Superior Court ordered the execution of Warren Lee Hill Friday. The order called for the execution to be carried out on a date between Jan. 27 and Feb. 3.

Albany and Dougherty County police reports Jan. 17-18, 2015

Public safety roundup for Saturday and Sunday in Albany and Dougherty County

The Dougherty County Police Department responded to at least 34 calls Saturday and Sunday, available reports show.

Regional DHS Faith and Community Alliance meeting taking place in Albany

Ministerial alliance meeting at Mt. Zion Baptist Church Tuesday morning

In August, the alliance held a public hearing in Albany as part of a statewide effort to get ministers on board by igniting faith and a sense of personal responsibility to help Georgia’s most vulnerable, including children and the elderly.

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Execution window for Warren Lee Hill set to begin Jan. 27

Execution set in connection with murder of Lee County state prison inmate

In August 1990, Warren Lee Hill and Joseph Handspike were both incarcerated for murder at the Lee Correctional Institution. Hill was serving a life sentence for murdering his girlfriend, Myra Wright, 18, in 1986 by shooting her 11 times, when he allegedly beat Handspike to death as he slept.

Albany and Dougherty County Police/Fire/EMS reports -Jan. 15-16, 2015

Public safety roundup for Albany and Dougherty County for Thursday and early Friday

The Albany Police Department responded to at least 25 calls on Thursday and into early Friday, available reports show.

Store clerk robbed at gunpoint in East Albany

Armed robbery takes place outside Pitt Stop on Sylvester Road

Lt. Chad Kirkpatrick said the robbery took place at 10 p.m. just outside Pitt Stop at 3225 Sylvester Road when the store clerk was approached by two men as she was preparing to go home. The clerk said they wanted her to open the store. When she said she could not do that because the alarm had been set, they took her purse.

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Cordele Commissioner Jamie Fernandez arrested on aggravated assault charge

Cordele commissioner arrested Thursday morning, wife expected to recover

Danny Jackson, special agent in charge at the GBI office in Americus, Thursday afternoon said a joint investigation by the GBI and the Cordele Police Department has resulted in the arrest of Jamie Fernandez after the Cordele Police Department received a call in reference to a domestic disturbance occurring at 2609 Old Hatley Road.

Albany cousins victimized in Wednesday morning robbery incident

Cash taken in possible armed robbery on West Highland Avenue

A police report narrative said the victims stated they were walking in the alley of the 300 block of West Highland Avenue at around 8 a.m. Wednesday when two men came up behind them demanding money. The two men each grabbed one victim and went through the male cousin’s pockets first, the report said.

Albany and Dougherty County Police/Fire/EMS reports - Jan. 14-15, 2015

Public safety roundup for Albany and Dougherty County for Wednesday and early Thursday

The Albany Police Department responded to at least 35 incidents on Wednesday and the early hours of Thursday, available reports show.

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Kim Gilman named Southwest Georgia Regional Medical Center CEO

Phoebe Worth CEO to head Cuthbert hospital

Southwest Georgia Regional Medical Center is a non-profit, county owned facility managed by Phoebe Putney Memorial Hospital with oversight from the Hospital Authority of Randolph County.

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Karen Baynes-Dunning, former juvenile court judge, speaks on King's legacy | VIDEO

Marine Corps Logistics Base-Albany conducts its annual Martin Luther King Jr. observance

Marine Corps Logistics Base-Albany conducts its annual observance of the birthday of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. at the base chapel Tuesday morning, two days before what would have been the civil rights leader’s 86th birthday.

Albany and Dougherty County Police/Fire/EMS reports -- Jan. 13, 2015

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

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

American Red Cross encouraging people to donate at upcoming blood drives

Blood drives upcoming in January in Albany, Tifton, Omega and Edison

Aside from cold weather causing blood drive cancellations, officials say cold and flu season may cause some donors to be unable to make or keep blood donation appointments.

Sylvester woman in critical condition following Tennessee shooting

Amber CheRee Purifoy, 23, shot while visiting family in Kingsport, Tenn.

The shooting took place at Allandale Falls Apartments, where Purifoy was visiting family in Kingsport. The alleged gunman, Marvin McClore, 42, of Church Hill, Tenn. was known to the family of the two victims, and he reportedly died by his own hand shortly after the shooting.

Georgia State Patrol vehicle involved in crash

Trooper uninjured in Philema Road crash

Trooper Jack Stripling was traveling north on Philema near Homerun Foods at around 10 p.m. on Sunday when another vehicle coming out of the convenience store parking lot crossed into the path of the GSP vehicle being driven by Stripling, officials from the GSP said.

Albany detective attacked by assault victim who also is accused of assaulting her mother

Kalene Elizabeth Conlan, 18, is charged with battery in an attack on Cpl. Calandra Bell

Cpl. Calandra Bell was interviewing Kalene Conlan about a sexual assault case in which Conlan, who was in jail after being accused of attacking her mother, was reported to be the victim Thursday when police say Conlan attacked Bell.

Healthcare Georgia Foundation awards grants to Albany agencies

Recent grants received by Cancer Coalition of South Georgia, Southwest Public Health District

More than 20 recent grants included one to address health disparities in Terrell County and the expansion on a birth outcome initiative through Southwest Public Health District Centering Pregnancy program.

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Empty Bowls serving up hunger awareness on Jan. 21

Fourth annual Empty Bowls moved to Albany Civic Center

A joint outreach effort by the Albany Area Arts Council and SOWEGA Council on Aging, it is meant to be a personalized way by artists on a community level to help the cause of hunger awareness with the assistance of various restaurants and culinary experts throughout the community.

American Red Cross encouraging people to donate at upcoming blood drives

Blood drives upcoming in January in Albany, Tifton, Omega and Edison

Aside from cold weather causing blood drive cancellations, officials say cold and flu season may cause some donors to be unable to make or keep blood donation appointments.

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Phoebe Putney Memorial Hospital nurse receives DAISY Award for Extraordinary Nurses

Award given to nurse through The DAISY Foundation surrounded by peers

DAISY is an acronym for Diseases Attacking the Immune System. The Foundation was formed in November 1999 by the family of J. Patrick Barnes, who died at age 33 of complications of idiopathic thrombocytopenic purpura to honor the work nurses do for patients and their families.

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Annual survey completed on Phoebe Putney Health System hospitals

Phoebe Putney Memorial Hospital received high marks on accreditation survey

Det Norske Veritas-Germanischer Lloyd (DNV GL) has done its annual survey of the Phoebe Putney Health System hospitals. The surveyors came to Phoebe Putney Memorial Hospital on Dec. 16 and inspected the facility over the course of three days.

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Phoebe Putney Health System remarketing 2008, 2010 bond issues

Albany health system looking to reduce cost of debt portfolio

Officials say the current market rates for high credit quality tax exempt securities creates a favorable opportunity for the Hospital Authority of Albany and Dougherty County and Phoebe Putney Health System to reduce the amount of future interest cost on the outstanding debt balance from the 2008 and 2010 bond issues.

Albany police conducting Tift Avenue homicide investigation

Aggravated assault on West Tift Avenue upgraded to homicide

Jimmy Fennell, 37, of 311 Tift Ave., died following an assault this morning.

Albany police respond to firearm assaults

Separate assaults result in arrests, hospitalization

Meanwhile, the investigation continues regarding the shooting of an Albany man Saturday on the 1200 block of South Harding Street around 2:20 p.m. The victim, 34-year-old Horace George III, was listed in critical condition on Monday, police officials.

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Albany police issue lookout for wanted individuals

Two men wanted in unrelated burglaries

Anyone with information on Rasheen Price or William Owens is aksed to contact the Albany Police Department at (229) 431 2142.

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Settlement reached in Albany 2009 false arrest case

Parties reach settlement Monday in connection to arrest of Albany teen

James Finkelstein, attorney for Richard Hayes, confirmed to The Albany Herald that a settlement has been reached in the case involving the arrest of Hayes on Oct. 22, 2009, when he was 17, in connection to a shooting assault the previous month he reportedly had no involvement in.

Albany and Dougherty County Police/Fire/EMS reports -- Jan. 6, 2015

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

The Albany Police Department responded to at least 56 incidents on Saturday, Sunday and the early hours of Monday, available reports show.

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Leesburg girl to be poster child for new Ronald McDonald House in Augusta

Ribbon-cutting for new Ronald McDonald House set for Thursday

The family of Emma Nickole Harper, also known as Nicki, has frequented Childrens Hospital of Georgia since medical circumstances resulted in Nicki being born via Cesarean section at 26 weeks.

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Setting small goals, group workouts can lead to sustained weight loss in new year

Losing weight remains among common New Year’s resolutions to make

Writing stuff down, such as calorie intake, finding a proper support system and setting small goals are among the keys to losing the weight that has likely taken months, or years, to collect, experts say.

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Albany police officers attend funeral services for fallen New York officer

Albany Police Department officer describes services Saturday for Rafael Ramos as overwhelming

Two officers from Albany were able to go to New York for the Dec. 27 service after going onto a law enforcement website and accessing free plane tickets for thetrip.

Albany police respond to pair of assaults

Assault results in injuries on South Van Buren Street

An aggravated assault was reported at 408 S. Van Buren St., Apt. A, at 11:43 a.m. on Monday involving Cierra Ward, 26, and Alexis Breland, 19;Monica Jones, 40, and Sheddrick Debruce, 23.

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Man arrested in Lee County drug bust

Man faces multiple drug charges following Monday bust

At 6 p.m. on Monday, the Lee County Sheriffs Office Narcotics Division arrested Michael Justin McDonald. They were able to get a search warrant signed for McDonald’s residence, they served the search warrant and were able to find the steroids, cocaine and oxycodones, law enforcement officials said.

Man dies from injuries in Worth County crash

Anthony Landrum succumbs to Saturday crash injuries

Initial reports from the GSP said Landrum was traveling north on State Highway 33 just north of Calhoun Road when the 2008 Ford pickup truck he was driving was involved in a collision with a tractor trailer truck in the south lane being driven by Kenneth Tyner at 10 a.m. on Saturday.