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Mary Braswell

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Do-it-yourself Christmas wreaths

Use your own color schemes to make these holiday door and wall hangings.

Wrapping paper, tulle, mints, holiday fabric and a glue gun are the basics for creating a Christmas wreath or two (or three).

ALBANY BIRTHS: Nov. 2-11, 2014

Unless otherwise noted, the following births took place at Phoebe Putney Memorial Hospital Nov. 2 - 11, 2014

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Cheesy Popcorn Bread

Side Dish

Recipe from Mary Braswell, Ty Ty

ALBANY BIRTHS: Oct. 27-Nov. 3, 2014

Unless otherwise noted, the following births took place at Phoebe Putney Memorial Hospital Oct. 27-Nov. 3, 2014.

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MARY BRASWELL: Looking Back at military benefits

HISTORY: Veterans Administration

In 1918, an armistice between the Allied nations and Germany went into effect on the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month is the reason why Vererans Day is always on November 11.

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MARY BRASWELL: Looking Back at November 1940 events in Albany and Southwest Georgia | QUIK QUIZ

HISTORY: A recap of news in and around Albany 74 years ago

Season tickets to the Albany Co-operative Concert Association were good for 15 concerts. Adult season passes were $5 and student passes were $1.50.

ALBANY BIRTHS: Oct. 20-28, 2014

Unless otherwise noted, the following births took place at Phoebe Putney Memorial Hospital Oct. 20-28, 2014

ALBANY BIRTHS: Oct.13-21, 2014

Unless otherwise noted, the following births took place at Phoebe Putney Memorial Hospital Oct. 13-21, 2014

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MARY BRASWELL: Looking Back at superstitions | QUIK QUIZ

HISTORY: Good and bad luck come from many timeless superstitions and vary from country to country.

The Irish believe that a blacksmith can drive out evil spirits and disease.

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Popcorn a favorite in the Americas for thousands of years

Popcorn is a tasty, healthy snack with a long history in the Western Hemisphere

While many people link popcorn to movie watching, it has a long history in the Americas. In 1948, popped popcorn kernels were found in a bat-dwelling cave in New Mexico. Scientists dated the popcorn at around 5,000 years old.

ALBANY BIRTHS: Oct. 3 - 13, 2014

Unless otherwise noted, the following births took place at Phoebe Putney Memorial Hospital from Oct. 3 through Oct. 13, 2014.

ALBANY BIRTHS: Sept. 26 - Oct. 6, 2014

Unless otherwise noted, the following births took place at Phoebe Putney Memorial Hospital Sept. 26 - Oct. 6, 2014.

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MARY BRASWELL: Looking back across the years 1910-2007 in Albany and Southwest Georgia

HISTORY: A 1910 pastor has an unusually busy Sunday and other happenings in Albany across the years

Hunting for ‘possums can turn out to be a snaky enterprise, and new neighborhood parks get Albany attention from a statewide business magazine.

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MARY BRASWELL: Looking Back at the marvels of vinegar

HISTORY: A bit of soured grape juice led to the wonderful product we call vinegar

The many uses of vinegar are perhaps more diverse than any other simple product in the world.

ALBANY BIRTHS: Sept. 20-30, 2014

Unless otherwise noted, the following births took place at Phoebe Putney Memorial Hospital Sept. 20-30, 2014.

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MARY BRASWELL: Looking Back at Albany and Southwest Georgia in October 1912

HISTORY: Daily Albany Herald news from October 1912

Downtown Albany boasted of 4,280 feet of “White Way”electric street lights, and a judge rules that “nagging” is not sufficient grounds for a man to divorce his wife.

ALBANY BIRTHS: Sept. 12 - 22, 2014

Unless otherwise noted, the following births took place at Phoebe Putney Memorial Hospital Sept.12-22, 2014.

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Albany's E.G. Sherman to present paper about Vernon Johns in Memphis.

Association for the Study of African American Life and History will hold its 99th Annual Convention

A professor, pastor and author, Dr. Eugene G. Sherman Jr. will present his paper, “Dr. Vernon Johns: Predecessor of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.” on Saturday

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MARY BRASWELL: Looking Back at South Georgia news in the fall of 1899 | QUIZ

HISTORY: See what was making news in Albany and Southwest Georgia in autumn months of 1899

The tin roof of the courthouse got a new coat of paint and Crow Country Corn Whiskey was available for 75 cents per quart at the local drug store.

ALBANY BIRTHS: Sept. 7-16, 2014

Unless otherwise noted, the following births took place at Phoebe Putney Memorial Hospital Sept. 7 through Sept. 16, 2014.

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Weinberg Foundation donates $1 million to SOWEGA Council on Aging

Pursuit of the largest grant the council has received from a private foundation took two years to complete

The announcement is made Thursday morning at the council’s Kay Hind Senior Life Enrichment Center, where the Harry and Jeanette Weinberg Ballroom was being dedicated.

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MARY BRASWELL: Looking Back at September singers Patsy Cline, Buddy Holly and Otis Redding | POLL

HISTORY: Stellar but brief were the lives of three music legends.

A look back at September-born musicians, all gone by the age of 30 or younger.

ALBANY BIRTHS: Aug. 31 - Sept. 8, 2014

Unless otherwise noted, the following births took place at Phoebe Putney Memorial Hospital Aug. 31-Sept. 8, 2014.

ALBANY BIRTHS: Aug.t 22 - Sept.r 2, 2014

Unless otherwise noted, the following births took place at Phoebe Putney Memorial Hospital August 22- September 2, 2014.

ALBANY AREA BIRTHS: Aug. 16-24, 2014

Unless otherwise noted, the following births took place at Phoebe Putney Memorial Hospital Aug. 16-24, 2014.

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MARY BRASWELL: Looking Back, Aug. 31, 2014

HISTORY: On this Labor Day eve, enjoy this hodgepodge of work-related facts.

In America, office politics account for 47 percent of work-related distractions leading to a reduction in productivity

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SOWEGA Council on Aging fitness area dedicated to Jesse Mae Fowler Massey | VIDEO

Retired coach and educator Jesse Massey donated $10,00 to furnish the fitness facility

The Kay Hind Senior Life Enrichment Center has a wellness/fitness center equipped with treadmills, stationary bikes and more thanks to the generosity of retired educator and coach Jesse Massey.

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MARY BRASWELL: Looking Back Aug. 24, 2014

HISTORY : The Robin Williams that made so many people laugh

Upon the death of Robin Williams, his wife asked that the beloved comedian be remembered for the joy he brought to audiences everywhere. That is just what this column will do.

Albany Area Births - Aug. 9-17, 2014

Unless otherwise nited, the following births took place at Phoebe Putney Memorial Hospital Aug. 9-17.

Albany Area Births: Aug. 3-11, 2014

Unless otherwise noted, the following births took place at Phoebe Putney Memorial Hospital in Albany from August 3-11, 2014.

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MARY BRASWELL: Looking Back, Aug. 17, 2014

From the jail to city government to schools, all the news could be found in the Daily Herald.

The condition of the jail was of great interest to anyone unfortunate enough to visit the place.

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MARY BRASWELL: Looking Back, Aug. 10, 2014

HISTORY: A collection of local news tidbits from early to mid-August across different years.

It was August of 1927 when excavation work began for a new basketball arena with lockers and showers, as well as seating for 500, at Albany High School.

ALBANY AREA BIRTHS: July 28-Aug. 5, 2014

Unless otherwise noted, the following births took place at Phoebe Putney Memorial Hospital in Albany from July 28- August 5, 2014.

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MARY BRASWELL: Looking Back, Aug. 3, 2014

HISTORY: Even though it is still summertime, students are returning to the classroom.

The year was 1848 when the first known ‘reform school’ opened to combine education and juvenile justice.

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MARY BRASWELL: Looking Back, July 27, 2014

HISTORY: Life in Southwest Georgia and beyond in late July and early August of 1929.

School days were still better than a month away and the stock market crash had yet to happen.

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MARY BRASWELL: Looking Back July 20, 2014

HISTORY: A look at all things “ice cream.”

July is Natonal Ice Cream Month but today (third Sunday of the month) is National Ice Cream Day.

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They Said It ... July 6, 2014

Quotes from recent Albany Herald articles

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

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MARY BRASWELL: Looking Back, July 6, 2014

HISTORY: From fireflies to popsicles, here is a look back at things associated with the wonderful days of summer.

Movie theaters werte saome of the first public buildings to install air-conditioners.

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MARY BRASWELL: Looking Back, June 29, 2014

HISTORY: News from summers gone by.

Albany State College became Albany State University in the summer of 1996.

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Facts and figures from the Flood of 1994

Community Development Block Grants to rebuild Albany neighborhoods reached $82.8 million.

Albany High School sheltered 700 evacuees during the flood.

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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.