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Laura Williams

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Brinson's Maggie Bridges competes in Miss America tonight

Maggie Bridges is representing Southwest Georgia tonight in the Miss America pageant.

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ASU students learn from guest speakers

Students in Albany State University’s School of Social Work class received a treat recently when two guest speakers attended their class and presented valuable information about their chosen field of study.

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2014 Emmys: Who will win?

The television enteryainment industry will hand out its premier awards for the 66th time on Monday.

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Author seeks to help others through personal testimony

“How She Fought,” is now available on at national bookstores Books-A-Million and Barnes and Noble.

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Author seeks to help others through personal testimony

“How She Fought,” is now available on at national bookstores Books-A-Million and Barnes and Noble.

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Mitchell Couny family farm grows with each generation

The farmland has been in the Robinson family's possession for a century

Farming runs in the family at Mitchell County’s Robinson Farms.

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Meet Miss Georgia, Brinson's Maggie Bridges

For the second year in a row, the reigning Miss Georgia hails from Southwest Georgia.

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Dougherty County Extension Office offers fun for all | PHOTO GALLERY

There's a brick building on Pine Avenue that, from the outside, appears traditional and unassuming.

Lifestyle Briefs - July 13, 2014

A benefit will be held Saturday for Jack Tucker, who is the son of Jeff and Deanna Henderson.

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Albany congregation gives back to community

The congregation of Palmyra Road United Methodist Church recently collected items for the Albany Salvation Army

Sun Belt Expo to be featured on television show

Moultrie’s Sun Belt Expo will be highlighted in an upcoming episode of “Small Town Big Deal.”

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National Night Out events set for community

National Night Out events are set for the Albany and SWGA area.

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'I Can Make It' camp to be held this month

The two-day camp offers music, cheerleading and dance

Albany area youth have another opportunity for fun with "I Can Make It" summer camp July 25-26.

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Mount Zion Church grew from trying time

An Albany synagogue opens its doors to a flooded Baptist church in July 1994

Temple B’nai Israel made its synagogue available in 1994 for church members from Mount Zion Baptist Church to hold Sunday worship services.

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Sherwood to celebrate America’s heritage through music

Sherwood’s Independence Day program will reflect on the nearly 250 years of music that define many key times and events in America’s history.

City of Albany prepared for July 4 celebration | VIDEO

Fireworks set to begin at 9 a.m. on Fourth of July at Fairgrounds

Officials with the city of Albany have made thorough preparations to ensure fun and safety for all at its Independence Day Fireworks Celebration.

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July 4 celebrations planned throughout the area

Independence Day celebrations will include special musical entertainment

Fourth of July celebrations are planned in several places in the Southwest Georgia area.

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Summertime fun in downtown Albany | VIDEO

Watch video of children enjoying a cool splash in the water.

Downtown Albany has great summertime fun to offer.

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Duckworths, SoWeGa Arts school to host benefit show | VIDEO

Musical event will bring attention to issue of human trafficking

A June 28 event will feature music that is taught at the SoWeGa Art Performance School in Sumner.

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City officials take a spin in high-tech dune buggy

Residents caught a glimpse of a Meyers Manx dune buggy during its recent stop in Albany.

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FRIDAY JAM: Gulf Coast Jam set for Labor Day weekend

Panama City will again host a plethora of country music stars at the three-day musical festival.

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AHA Moment Tour bus in Albany

The tour bus will be at Riverfront Park until 6 p.m. today

The tour records individuals’ “aha” moments, providing them with a copy of the recording.

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Mutual of Omaha seeks Albany locals for national commercial

The Aha Moment Tour will be in town Tuesday and Wednesday.

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A day for fathers

The original idea for creating a day to honor their fathers began with Sonora Smart in 1909.

Mother’s Day may get more attention, but Father’s Day has also has a lot of history embedded in it.

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Reaping what she sows: Farmer’s crops yield harvest for all | PHOTO GALLERY

Take one step outside the home of Arlington native Ruby Davis and there’s no doubt where you are: “Ruby’s Garden.”

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Albany native Reedi Hawkins competing in Miss Georgia

Albany native Reedi Hawkins competes for the title of Miss Georgia on June 21.

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Concert event to benefit fight against human trafficking

Concert to educate on problem of human trafficking

Human trafficking is not an issue that just happens somewhere else anymore.

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Jackson Heights student earns perfect CRCT score

One Jackson Heights Elementary student recently received a perfect score on the CRCT.

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Darsey Family Foundation donates canoes to troop

The Darsey Family Foundation donates canoes to boy scout troop.

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Memorial Day: In remembrance of those who've fallen in battle

Memorial Day was originally created to honor those lost while fighting in the Civil War, but has now evolved to commemorate American military personnel who have died in all wars.

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Strawberry picking a fun and delicious pastime

Strawberry picking is an event that everyone in the family can enjoy, and create good memories while doing so.

Albany Lifestyle Briefs - May 14, 2014

MCLB-Albany set Fourth of July observance; Theatre Albany plans summer youth theater workshop

The Marine Corps Logistics Base will host its Independence Day celebration 4 p.m.-10 p.m. June 27.

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Blessings for healing hands (VIDEO)

The Blessing of the Hands is part of Pheoeb’s observance of National Hospital Week

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LAURA WILLIAMS: Mother's Day incorporates lots of different roles

To all the ladies: Whatever part you play on Mother's Day, you deserve a day of celebration.

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Summer Camp Time

Have fun at area camps this summer.

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Area woman celebrates 100th birthday

Marie Rose Kalassian celebrated her 100th birthday on May 1.

Southeast Regional Series Cycling preps for Albany road race

The Southeast Regional Series begins its second year in Albany in May for amateur and elite cyclists.

Sherwood Christian Academy to present '101 Dalmatians'

Sherwood Academy hosting drama camps this summer for young actors

Sherwood Christian Academy’s Singing Eagles will present 101 Dalmatians KIDS Thurday and Friday.

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Tea at Two benefit set for Saturday

Tea at Two is a first-time event to benefit the SOWEGA Council on Aging

Organizers hope to make the event, designed to bring together girls and women of all ages, an annual event.

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Spring clean like a pro ... or your mom

It's the time of year to shake the winter off

It’s time to spring clean … again. Fortunately, helpful hints make this task more manageable.

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Students have fun at Field Day (Photo Gallery)

Fifth-graders at Jackson Heights Elementary School participate in Field Day Friday.

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Thomasville Garden Club to Host Standard Flower Show during Rose Show Weekend

The Thomasville Garden Club Standard Flower Show will be Friday and Saturday.

Lifestyle Briefs - April 23, 2014

“Old Time Farm Day” will be May 3 at the Jimmy Carter Boyhood Farm.

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The Easter Story

What is Easter, exactly? Peter Cottontail may get some attention at this time of year, but he is certainly not the reason for the season.

Albany Police Department inducts new officers

Families of the recruits will play a vital role in their success as police officer, Albany Police Chief John Proctor says

Ten new officers were inducted into the Albany Police Department Thursday at the Law Enforcement Center.

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Albany Symphony to present Italian opera for season finale

The Albany Symphony Orchestra will present its 50th anniversary season finale featuring highlights from Italian operas on April 12 in the Darton State College Theatre at 7:30 p.m. and on April 13 at 3 pm in the Rylander Theatre in Americus.

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Birthright of Albany, Inc. celebrates 40th anniversary

Birthright of Albany, Inc. recently celebrated its 40th anniversary.

Safety information for children and parents available at Mighty Machines

The Georgia Child Identification Program (GACHIP) and the Georgia Traffic Injury Prevention Institute’s (GTIPI) Rollover Simulator will be on site at Americus’ Mighty Machines expo.

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Bainbridge to dedicate World War II hangar

Participants will be able to tour the facility used by trainees during World War II

Officials will be on hand Saturday to dedicate the 72-year-old hangar that has been renovated.

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Hundreds of tires found at illegal trash dump site

More than 200 tires were found to be dumped illegally at a site in Albany.