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Joe Bellacomo

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Remembering the fallen

An American flag flies over a memorial display of 122 wooden crosses on the front lawn of the Albany Mall Sunday during a ceremony honoring the memory of Dougherty County military service members who died in combat.

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Cyclists kick off Southeast Regional Series

Hundreds of bike racers participate in first of a five-week series.

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Colorful creation

The red plumage of this male cardinal stands out against a gray background as it perches on a cable in northwest Albany Thursday morning. Partly cloudy gray skies are expected to continue for the area with highs in the 80s and lows in the 60s.

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Student wins essay contest

From left, Merry Acres Middle School 12-year-old Armon Garner shakes hands with Albany Mayor Dorothy Hubbard, and writing strategies teacher Rhonda Harden, center, as he receives a certificate for participating in the Georgia Municipal Association’s “If I Were Mayor I Would ... “ essay contest.

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Law enforcement officers go for the strike

Smooth Rollers Bowling Association members take their turns at bowling during Tuesday night’s first Law Enforcement Memorial Week Bowling Tournament.

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Hugh Mills hosts state track meet

Sherry Lavigne, left, and Sharyn Ellison, of Atlanta, try to keep dry from the rain as they watch their children compete in the GISA State Track and Field Championships Friday at Hugh Mills Stadium. The meet continues today.

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Radium Springs paints a pretty picture

Rebecca and Roy Reynolds enjoy the sights of Radium Springs Gardens Tuesday. The couple were out driving and decided to stop at the park after noticing how beautiful it looked.

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Project Alpha mentors middle school boys on life

The local chapter of a national fraternity is teaching young males to make proper decisions at a Project Alpha retreat.

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Drawn back to his art

Gene Threats captures vibrant images of African-American life and culture in his color pencil pieces.

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Peppermint Pops rings in the Christmas season - VIDEO ADDED

Community members gather for a fun, festive way to celebrate the spirit of the season.

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Business After Hours

WSWG TV’s Local Sales Manager Henry Brigmond reads the name of a door prize winner during Tuesday’s Albany Area Chamaber of Commerce Business After Hours at the Albany Museum of Art. The event spotlighted the new CBS and CW shows in the 2012-13 lineup.

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Community celebrates Ray Charles legacy

The upcoming Ray Charles Music Festival in October will pay homage to Charles and his music and will include a concert to benefit the American Cancer Society.

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Doctor Gillespie honored with award

The father of the modern Emergency Medical Technician program in Georgia receives top Sertoma Club honor.

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Dawgs go to Doublegate

UGA football Coach Mark Richt visits Albany Tuesday.

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Mega Millions jackpot skyrockets

The Mega Millions jackpot is now more than a half-billion dollars.

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Monroe student named 'Youth of Year'

Marcus Ford was honored Wednesday evening by the Boys and Girls Clubs of Albany.

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Guests enjoy Sip & Safari

Guests enjoy a Sip & Safari Saturday at Chehaw.

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Albany's Daddy Daughter Dance a hit

The 14th Annual Daddy Daughter Dance at the Albany Civic Center benefited Girls Inc. of Albany, Girls Scouts of Southwest Georgia and The Flint River Habitat for Humanity.

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Model Railroad Club set for 21st annual show, sale

The Flint River Model Railroad Club will host its annual train show and sale this weekend.

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Everything has its season

This is the first time this flower has bloomed in five years.

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Peppermint Pops thrills

The 20th annual Peppermint Pops took place Saturday at the Albany Municipal Auditorium.

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All aboard! Railroad Club offers a ride

Visitors will have an opportunity to see all scales of model trains operating at the club's new headquarters.

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Reporting from Ground Zero: 10 voices, 10 years later

Editor's Note: Herald Photographer Joe Bellacomo recently visited New York City. During his visit, he talked with a sampling of people who were working or visiting Ground Zero in lower Manhattan.

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Albany Fireworks

The community was invited out to view fireworks Monday in downtown Albany.

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Freedom Festival

The Sherwood Baptist Church invited the community out to the 7th annual Freedom Festival at Legacy Park.

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Chehaw to host Festival

An annual three-day .265Native American Cultural Festival kicks off Friday morning and ends at 5 p.m. Sunday.

Chehaw Festival

Individual events and times subject to change

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From jets to cats

A former U.S. Air Force jet engine mechanic starts a new career to help fight the cat overpopulation in her hometown.
Joe Bellacomo, staff writer/photographer

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Night Hunter

Hal Shouse, an avid hunter, turns his passion into a unique business that helps rid area farmland of feral hogs.Joe Bellacomo