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Jennifer Parks

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Walk for multiple sclerosis set for March 21 in downtown Albany

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.

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Miss Albany, EDC marketing director Reedi Hawkins educates on social media safety

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.

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Pelham Country Jamboree celebrating 20 years

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.

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Phoebe Putney Memorial Hospital reviewing staff changes, policy renewals

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.

Driver sought in Sunday morning Lovers Lane accident

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.

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Rape suspect turns himself in

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 threatened at gunpoint on North Slappey

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.

Albany and Dougherty County Police/Fire/EMS reports: Feb. 21-23, 2015

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.

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Plant-based diet, exercise needed to protect heart health

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.

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Infrastructure replacement, energy efficiency projects focus of Marine Corps Logistics Base Albany

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.

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Phoebe Putney Health System focusing on building physician manpower in 2015

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.

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Marine Corps Logistics Base Albany holds annual Black History Month program | VIDEO

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.

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Phoebe Foundation receives donation for medical student housing complex

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.

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Lily Pad Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner Center receives $20,000 donation from New York Life

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.

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Special needs family in Albany raising money to pay off new van

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.

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Battle Color Detachment ceremony coming to Marine Corps Logistics Base Albany

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.

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Ivey Williamson, deputy native to Southwest Georgia, seeking kidney transplant

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.

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TheraSuit therapy introduced at Phoebe Physical Medicine for cerebral palsy treatment | VIDEO

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.

Lee County Chamber of Commerce, Lee County Palladium Players putting on murder mystery dinner

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.

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Pediatric clinics in south, east Albany receive Sesame Street reading corners

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.

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Albany health officials watching measles outbreak, speak on the disease

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.

Police respond to two weekend aggravated assaults in Albany

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.

Albany and Dougherty County Police/Fire/EMS reports: Feb. 7-9, 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.

Georgia reports first measles case in three years

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.

SOWEGA Council on Aging offering tax filing counseling

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.

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Innovative Senior Solutions holds ribbon cutting at Albany facility

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.

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Phoebe Putney Memorial Hospital honors past board members, announces Doctor's Day plans

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.

Phoebe Putney Health System restructures, reduces administrative positions

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.

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Case of FTC opposition to Phoebe North purchase pulled from administrative proceedings until March

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.

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Flint RiverQuarium receives grant from Darsey Family Foundation for new exhibit

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.

Albany and Dougherty County Police/Fire/EMS reports — Jan. 31-Feb. 2, 2015

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.

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Albany police looking for missing teen

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.

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Chula man charged in death of wife

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.

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Dougherty County murder conviction upheld by Georgia Supreme Court

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.

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Fifth Kendrick film, 'War Room,' to be released in August

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.

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Leesburg United Methodist sponsoring 7th annual Daddy Daughter Dance

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.

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Albany native Erin Bethea is expanding her acting career while looking for inspiring messages

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.

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.