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Mary Braswell

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Remembering the 31 lives lost during the Flood of 1994

As the 500-year flood washed over central and southern portions of Georgia, 31 people lost their lives to the raging waters.

From ages 2 to 84, the victims of the flood came mostly from Americus.

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MARY BRASWELL: Looking Back, June 22, 2014

HISTORY: See what was making the local news in June 2004.

Ten years ago this month master musician Ray Charles died at the age of 73.

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MARY BRASWELL: Looking Back, June 8, 2014

HISTORY: A look at peculiar (and often amusing) laws from across the country.

In Tennessee it is illegal to hunt birds from an airplane.

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MARY BRASWELL: Looking Back, June 1, 2o14

HISTORY: June is the most popular month for a couple to wed.

The average person will fall in love (or believe it so) seven times before they actually get married.

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They Said It ... May 25, 2014

QUOTES: Words worth repeating

“They Said It…” is a compilation of quotes by notable folks.

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MARY BRASWELL: Looking Back, May 25, 2014

HISTORY: News from late May and early June 1895.

W.W. Rawlins (Albany grocer) gave notice that all meat bills not paid promptly every 30 days would positively not be increased.

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MARY BRASWELL: Looking Back, May 18, 2014

HISTORY: This week’s column is a look at random facts; some useful, others not so much.

“Soldier’s Disease” is a term used to describe morphine addiction. Find this and many more random facts in today’s Looking Back.

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They said it…May 11, 2014

QUOTES: Words worth repeating

“They Said It…” is a compilation of quotes by notable folks.

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MARY BRASWELL: Looking Back, May 11, 2014

HISTORY: Songs about mothers

Musicians have written and recorded hundreds of songs about their mothers. Here is a look back at just a few of those tunes.

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MARY BRASWELL: Looking Back, May 4,2014

HISTORY: Four unarmed students were shot to death by Ohio National Guardsmen on the campus of Kent State.

Following the death of four students, Kent State was ordered closed and evacuation began.

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MARY BRASWELL: Looking Back, April 27, 2014

HISTORY: See what was the Albany headlines in May 1901.

The new century was marked by a cornerstone at Albany’s new Methodist Episcopal Church on the northwest corner of Jackson and Flint.

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MARY BRASWELL: Looking Back, April 20, 2014

HISTORY: Free DDT spraying was available for rural homes in Southwest Georgia.

Phoebe Putney Hospital was suffering financial woes while the Albany Undertaking Company was thriving.

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Peeps a popular Easter tradition

FEATURE: Peeps, yesterday and today, April 16, 2014

Peeps have been the No.1 non-chocolate Easter candy for over 20 years.

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MARY BRASWELL: Looking Back, April 13, 2014

HISTORY: A look back at Confederate history.

People could (and did) pay 15 cents to observe the suffering and often dying Confederate prisoners at Camp Elmira, NY.

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MARY BRASWELL: Looking Back, April 6, 2014

HISTORY: From the poorhouse to public works, see what Albany was like in 1906.

The Carnegie Library officially opened and kerosene deliveries were available daily in 1906.

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MARY BRASWELL: Looking Back, March 30, 2014

HISTORY: Proper manners were very important in 1895 America.

Be neither be too familiar or too obsequious; either is considered very vulgar.

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Troy Spicer tapped as Dean of Nursing at ABAC

Spicer has served as interim dean since October 2012.

Effective April 1, Spicer will assume the role of Dean of Nursing and Health Sciences at Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College.

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MARY BRASWELL: Looking Back, March 23, 2014

HISTORY: Cleaning house in days gone by.

The chores of the housewife are not what they used to be.

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Albany author autographs his book for President Obama

Eugene G. Sherman gives God all the glory for his success.

“Black Religiosity:A Biblical and Historical Perspective” chronicles the importance of a spiritual anchor from the beginning to the end (and beyond) of slavery.

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MARY BRASWELL: Looking Back, March 16, 2014

HISTORY: Looking back at movies with green in their titles.

In honor of St. Patrick’s Day, here is a look at four “green” movies.

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SCA middle school drama students to present their spring production

More than two dozen students are involved in the production

A modern adaptation based on J.M. Barrie’s play and the Disney film will feature more than two dozen drama students from grades 6-8 at Sherwood Christian Academy.

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MARY BRASWELL: Looking Back - March 9, 2014

HISTORY: See what was making the news this week in 1915-69.

From cabbage plants to convicts, there is always news to report.

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MARY BRASWELL: Looking Back - March 2, 2014

HISTORY: Albany and Southwest Georgia felt the effects of a world at war in March 1943

Learning to live with rationing was just one adjustment Americans made during WWII.

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MARY BRASWELL: Looking Back Feb. 23, 2014

HISTORY: See what was making the news in Albany and Southwest Georgia this week in years gone by.

From meatless days to Will Rogers to the Sassy Fox, there is plenty of news from the past.

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Cuthbert: Home of three Confederate hospitals

By July 1864, the numbers of wounded and dying swelled in the wake of Gen. Sherman’s attack on Georgia.

Published in 2013, “Confederate Hospitals: Cuthbert, Georgia” perserves a scantilly documented part of the Civil War.

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MARY BRASWELL: Looking Back - Feb. 1940

The worst years of the Great Depression were over by early 1940.

See what was making the news in The Albany Herald in February 1940.

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Albany Senior Valentine Bingo Breakfast (PHOTO GALLERY)

Inclement weather that brought nearly 2 inches of rain to Albany over a 10-hour period didn’t keep some senior adults from enjoying breakfast and bingo Wednesday at the Albany Civic Center.

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MARY BRASWELL: A look at things associated with the color red

From apples to stop signs, red is the color of many things.

The color red represents the heart, bloody battle fields and warnings.

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Sweethearts, the original conversation hearts

NECCO Sweethearts are the top-selling candy for Valentine’s Day.

Besides eating them, Sweethearts are good for other uses.

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MARY BRASWELL: A look at the biggest football game of the year

From food to fans, here is a hodgepodge of information about the Super Bowl.

Super Bowl XLVIII will be broadcast in 30 different languages.

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MARY BRASWELL: Looking back at the Great Depression winter of 1934.

News from 70 years ago as south Georgia and all of America suffered through the Great Depression.

In the winter of 1934 Americans by the millions were still unemployed. The New Deal ‘s Civil Works Administration provided work for many “on the dole.”

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MARY BRASWELL: Looking Back at three celebrities

HISTORY COLUMN: Quotes from three celebrities born this day

Paula Deen, Janis Joplin and Dolly Parton were all born this day.

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Young Albany cheerleaders learn more than just routines

Albany Elite Sports Tiger Paws cheerleaders work on more than stunts

Senior Tiger Paws and Junior Tiger Paws are part of the Albany Elite Sports program that also emphasized academics and good behavior.

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MARY BRASWELL: Looking Back at Albany in January 1896

HISTORY COLUMN: Area news from January 1896.

Known at the time as The Albany Daily News, a bound copy of the pages from January 1896 tell the story of life at that time.

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MARY BRASWELL: Looking Back - Jan. 5, 2014

FEATURES COLUMN: Looking back at years gone by.

The fine for being “plain drunk” more than doubled in January 1916. See what else was happening in the first month of the year in other years.

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MARY BRASWELL: Looking back at life in 1914, 1939, 1964 and 1989.

HISTORY COLUMN: Take a trip back 25, 50, 75 and 100 years ago.

As one year ends and another begins, here is a look back at events, prices and people from 1914, 1939, 1964 and 1989.

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MARY BRASWELL: What did you get for Christmas?

OPINION: Some presents do not need bright paper and bows to shine

Not all the best gifts can be found under the tree.

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MARY BRASWELL: Looking Back at Christmas quotes

HISTORY COLUMN: Christmas is a time people share their thoughts about

From Bob Hope to Clarence Clemons, read what famous people have said about Christmas.

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MARY BRASWELL: Looking Back - Dec. 15, 2013

HISTORY: Let's go shopping for American-made gifts.

From bats to boots, here is look at just some gift possibilities that are proudly “Made in America.”

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MARY BRASWELL: Looking Back - December 1893

FEATURES COLUMN: Each week Albany Herald researcher Mary Braswell looks for interesting events, places and people from the past. Here is a look back through the December 1893 pages of The Albany Heral

Georgia school teachers were to be paid quarterly, it was a felony to engage in mob violence and possum hunting was popular … all in 1893.

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MARY BRASWELL: Looking Back - Dec. 1, 2013

HISTORY COLUMN: A look back at classic toys

Toys are nominated annually for induction into the Toy Hall of Fame. Some of the inductees are predictable, others not so much.

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Thanksgiving Day Trivia 2013

As you enjoy your Thanksgiving meal today, here are some fun facts about the holiday to digest.

Here are five courses of 10-question trivia to chew on regarding all things Thanksgiving.

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MARY BRASWELL: Looking Back at Albany in 1908

HISTORY COLUMN: In November 1908, presidential election results were updated during the evening at the Dougherty County courthouse.

Among the odd events that occurred 105 years ago in November were the discovery of an old 50-cent piece in a cow, a six-fingered fugitive and a couple of wild performers at the carnival.

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MARY BRASWELL: Looking Back at John F. Kennedy

HISTORY: This week is a look back at the life and assassination of President John F. Kennedy, who died 50 years ago.

Each week Albany Herald researcher Mary Braswell writes about interesting events, places and people from the past.

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MARY BRASWELL: Looking Back at veterans and war

HISTORY: Here is a look back at veterans, wars and facts surrounding the two

Veterans Day is a salute to all the men and women who have and are serving to protect the freedom enjoyed by all Americans.

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MARY BRASWELL: Looking Back - 1973

HISTORY COLUMN: A look back at 1973, Annette Bowling’s first year at Albany Advocacy Resource Center.

In honor of Annette Bowling, here is a look back at the world 40 years ago.

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Thumbs Up! - Oct. 28, 2013

Goods news from around the area.

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BRASWELL: Looking Back - Oct. 27, 2013

A look back at the life and works of author Stephen King.

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Metro Guide 2014

The settling in section of the Metro Guide provides information for newcomers.

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BRASWELL: Looking back - Oct. 20, 2013

A look back at events in the history of metro Albany for this week in October.