National MS Awareness Week ongoing through Friday, walk set for later in the month at Albany Municipal Auditorium
Walk MS: Georgia 2015 consists of nine events throughout the state aimed at uniting friends, families, individuals and corporations under the common goal of raising funds for research projects, and programs and services, while spreading awareness of MS.
Hawkins speaks with Dougherty County Rotary Club on her social media platform
While the social media bug has hit the large majority of those in the millennial generation, it is also becoming popular with their parents and grandparents — despite the notion older generations are intimidated by it — as a means to send and receive photos, messages or interact with long-lost friends.
Anniversary celebration for jamboree set for March 14
Beginning in the downtown Pelham train depot, the group eventually purchased the building across the street at 153 W. Railroad St. to accommodate weekly sessions.
Three physicians looking to come on temporarily
The Phoebe Professional Affairs Committee reviewed on Monday the credentialing report that had been seen by the Credentials and Bylaws Committee on Jan. 26 and the Medical Executive Committee on Feb. 3.
Jeffrey Ranew, 34, thought to have hit a utility pole and fire hydrant before fleeing
Warrants have been taken out on Jeffrey Ranew for failure to maintain lane and violation of duty to stop or return to the scene of an accident. Leads were being followed Monday to determine his whereabouts, police said.
Kallis Kirkland, 28, turned himself in on Monday
Kallis Shannon Kirkland had an active arrest out on him for rape following the sexual assault of a juvenile female late last month on the 1400 block of Eighth Avenue.
Woman approached Friday evening by two unknown men
The victim told police she was walking from the Flash Foods on North Slappey Boulevard at around 10 p.m. and noticed two men following her. The two threatened her at gunpoint and then fled the scene without taking anything, police said.
Public safety roundup for Saturday, Sunday and early Monday in Albany and Dougherty County
The Albany Police Department responded to at least 52 incidents on Saturday, Sunday and the early hours of Monday, available reports show.
Albany dietitian who achieved 100 pound weight loss discusses healthy diet and lifestyle
The focus should be on a diet that is plant-based and includes a healthy balance of lean meats, fish, whole grains, nuts and legumes, low fat dairy products — or soy milk, if lactose is out of the question — and vegetable oils, experts say.
Marine base slated to meet Net Zero goal by 2017
With the biomass plant and landfill gas generators combined, MCLB officials are expecting to produce as much renewable energy as is used on the installation, thereby putting the base in Net Zero status three years ahead of the 2020 federal mandate.
Building on critical care department, medical education priorities with health care industry changes in mind
Manpower is being invested in by potentially bringing in more slots to the Southwest Georgia Family Residency Program based at Phoebe that currently accommodates a total of 16 residents. Meanwhile, there are plans to build a medical student village for those doing Southwest Georgia rotations through the Medical College of Georgia at Georgia Regents University and the University of Georgia Pharmacy School.
Speakers at Black History Month program encourage celebration of the past
The Albany area chapter of BIG, MCLB Albany and LOGCOM celebrated Black History Month with a program at the base chapel. Coordinators said it was a time to show how black history contributes to American history overall, to ensure contributions were not forgotten and how the black population is strong and moving forward.
Complex to be built near Phoebe Putney Memorial Hospital in coming months
The $900,000 donation is the largest lump sum to date ever contributed to one designated project by Phoebe Putney Memorial Hospital’s volunteer services department. The proceeds came from an account consisting of proceeds from the hospital’s gift shop that collects interest, officials at the hospital said.
Donation to the sexual assault crisis center will go toward operating costs, education efforts
As part of its outreach efforts, the Lily Pad is looking to partner with other organizations in the community, such as the school systems in Southwest Georgia, to educate people on how to prevent sexual assault cases.
The Hall family includes two children, Tifton, 19, and Bethany, 15, who have delayed myelin
The special needs van the Hall family has been seeking is here, and customized with a wheelchair lift, but there is still a balance for which there has been a CrowdRise account to take donations so the van can get paid off.
Ceremonial units from Marine Barracks Washington, D.C. to be in Albany on March 20
Every year, the Battle Color Detachment travels and performs for hundreds of thousands of spectators. It is comprised of the Marine Corps Color Guard, the Marine Corps Silent Drill Platoon and the Marine Corps Drum and Bugle Corps.
Deputy needing kidney transplant serving in Effingham County, originally from Mitchell County
Ivey Williamson, a native of Mitchell County, has renal disease. He is on home dialysis and in need of a kidney transplant, and he has been on the waiting list since January of last year. His blood blood type, O negative, occurs in about 2 percent of cadaver donors, forcing him to face a longer wait.
Biomechanical suit meant to increase feedback to brain, enhance purposeful movement
The TheraSuit was introduced in 2002 by Izabela Koscielny and her husband, Richard Koscielny, after their daughter Kaya was diagnosed with cerebral palsy. The suit is meant to not only help children and adults with cerebral palsy, but also children with developmental delays and children who have suffered a traumatic brain injury.
Annual murder mystery event to take place at The Bindery at Oakland Library
During a murder mystery event, the audience will compete to determine who the killer is. Proceeds going back to Lee County High School will go into paying for its theater scholarship program.
East Albany Pediatric and Adolescent Center, South Albany Medical Center donated corners by UnitedHealthcare
Recent donations are part of the UnitedHealthcare Healthy Habits for Life partnership with Sesame Workshop, the nonprofit educational organization behind Sesame Street. Two clinics connected to Albany Area Primary Health Care were among 14 federally qualified health centers to receive reading corners.
Public health officials pushing for MMR vaccinations
Measles is highly contagious, with a 90 percent infection rate among those not immune who are exposed. It is considered a serious respiratory disease, particularly dangerous for infants who cannot be immunized and young children who have only received one dose of the vaccine.
Shots fired in East Albany, man threatened with machete in southwest Albany, reports show
Bullets reportedly flew at 911 E. Oglethorpe Blvd., the Sandtrap Club and Lounge, and 905 E. Oglethorpe Blvd, Albany 8 Inn in Room 221, at around 2:30 a.m. on Sunday, police reports said.
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.
Georgia Department of Public Health an infant with measles is first case in the state since 2012
Measles, declared eliminated in the U.S. in 2000, has been coming out in outbreaks through travel and those who have not be vaccinated for the disease. Georgia’s first case in three years involves an infant who arrived at the Atlanta airport.
AARP Tax Aide volunteers available through April 14 at Senior Life Enrichment Center
While available to all ages, special attention will be given to those age 60 and older. Help will be provided with returns on Mondays and Tuesdays through April 14.
Facility to provide personal care, adult day care services
The new Albany center is meant to be utilized by seniors or anyone with a disability.
Ron Wallace leaves hospital board, Henrietta Singletary granted board member emeritus status
Dr. Edward Vance, medical staff president at Phoebe, mentioned that the medical staff has chosen the Cancer Coalition of South Georgia as the charity it will be donating to for Doctors Day on March 30. Each year, the Phoebe medical staff donates the monetary gifts they would be receiving that day to a charity.
Four positions cut in health system move
Officials at Phoebe Putney Health System have undergone more restructuring efforts over the last two years to reduce expenses as a result of sequestration and limited reimbursements brought on by lack of Medicaid expansion in Georgia as part of the Affordable Care Act.
Case involving FTC, Phoebe Putney Health System and Hospital Authority may be going back to settlement
An order, issued Jan. 28, withdrew the matter from adjudication because there is the possibility of a settlement. The order stays proceedings until 11:59 p.m. on Feb. 27 pending a determination by the FTC with respect to the consent proposal.
Downtown attraction to install interactive touch tank hosting Apalachicola marine life
Following a grant from the Darsey Family Foundation, the Flint RiverQuarium will be installing a new interactive touch tank in its lobby. The 150 gallon tank will host species found in the Apalachicola region of the Gulf of Mexico.
Public safety roundup for Albany and Dougherty County for Saturday, Sunday and early Monday
The Albany Police Department responded to at least 24 incidents on Saturday, Sunday and the early hours of Monday, available reports show.
Quinetta Davis, 15, has been missing since Saturday
Quinetta Davis, 15, has been missing since 3 a.m.-4 a.m. Saturday, officials with the Albany Police Department say. She has no health issues and no foul play is suspected, police said.
Death of Peggy Michele Thompson, 38, ruled a homicide
Officials with the Tift County Sheriffs Office say Timmy Leroy Thompson, 43, was arrested Friday night and charged with the murder of his wife, Peggy Michele Thompson, 38.
Conviction from 2006 murder upheld by Georgia Supreme Court
The conviction of Bobby Gene Thomas for malice murder and other offenses stemming from a convenience store armed robbery was affirmed by the state highest court Monday from which a store clerk was injured and a patron, Herbert Wells, later died as a result of injuries he sustained at a store on the 1400 block of East Broad Avenue on Jan. 14, 2006.
Kendrick Brothers movie focusing on the role of prayer
TriStar Pictures will release the film, which is rated PG. It is meant to explore the transformational role prayer plays in the lives of a middle class family.
Leesburg Daddy Daughter Dance to take place at Oakland Library
The event will be offering three different dances, with the first being for girls ages 5 and under from 4 p.m.-5:30 pm. The second dance session, lasting from 6 p.m.-8 p.m. will be for all ages. The third session, also for all ages, will be from 8:30 p.m.-10:30 p.m.
Fireproof star is in a new movie and has formed a production company in California
Erin Bethea, 32, first started to pursue her ambitions while a student at Sherwood Christian Academy by going into the theater program there at age 15.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Cash, pistol taken in separate armed robbery incidents Sunday
The Albany Police Department is investigating two armed robberies that occurred Sunday afternoon, reports show.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.