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Dougherty County Jail Report - July 7, 2014

These are individuals who were booked into the Dougherty County Jail June 26 - July 2, 2014.

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The Flood of 1994: July 7 - Albany a city divided

The rising Flint River and creeks force 14,000 Albany residents to abandon their homes

Nearly every Dougherty County motel is full and more emergency shelters open as those already in service quickly fill.

Albany Area Community Calendar - July 6-14, 2014

The following is a list of meetings happening in the area this week.

Albany Area Births - June 16-29, 2014

Unless otherwise noted, the following births took place at Phoebe Putney Memorial Hospital in Albany from June 16-29, 2014.

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Albany Area Kitchen Inspections - July 6, 2014

These establishments were inspected by the Dougherty, Lee and Worth County Environmental Health Offices June 26 - July 1, 2014.

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The Flood of 1994: July 6 - Flood 'the worst ever'

By July 6, officials had a better idea of the disaster that was coming to Albany

The death toll rises in Sumter County, where 13 people are known dead from the storm, and Albany prepares for a flood of historic proportions by ordering 14,000 citizens to evacuate their homes.

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Joseph Odom American Legion Post 512 Auxiliary to install officers

The ceremony is scheduled to start at 6 p.m. Sunday at Post 512

The installation will be followed by a reception.

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The Flood of 1994: July 5 - Trouble on the horizon

By the end of the day July 5, 1994, officials knew record flood water would hit Albany

The first warning that many in south Georgia had in 1994 that the remnants of Tropical Storm Alberto would soon make that first tropical storm of the year a name in infamy came as the area found most of its Independence Day holiday activities, including Albany’s annual fireworks show, scuttled because of the downpour.

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Albany Area Crime Stoppers Most Wanted Fugitive - July 4, 2014

Ricardo Sherrod Fletcher, 25, of Albany, is wanted on three active warrants

Ricardo Sherrod Fletcher, 25, of Albany, faces charges of violating his probation and two felony counts of failure to appear.

Albany Area Religion Bulletin - July 4, 2014

Church events scheduled for the coming week in Albany and Southwest Georgia.

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Georgia students improve in most End-of-Course Test areas

Georgia students scored highest on American literature and composition, with 93 percent meeting or exceeding the standard.

Albany Area Coming Up Calendar - July 2-8, 2014

The following is a list of events happening in the area this week.

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Gas expected to be highest since 2008 for Fourth of July

While the pumps will not be a bargain, travel experts do not think it will curtail holiday travel plans

Fuel prices are not expected to hit the levels they did in 2008, but they are expected to be at least a dime higher than last year’s average.

Georgia Supreme Court dismisses challenge to Baker County School Board member

Top Georgia court ruling allows Sharon Heard to continue serving on the School Board

The dismissal of the appeal ends a second effort to prevent Sharon Heard from serving on the Baker County Board of Education.

Georgia Supreme Court reverses Atlanta hospital ruling

The decision allows an Atlanta hospital group to go forward with its off-campus surgical center

In Monday rulings, the high court rules in cases involving a psychiatrist whose patient killed himself, a teacher charged for not reporting another teacher having sex with a student, a high profile murder conviction in DeKalb County, mandatory sentences for meth trafficking and an airport expansion controversy in Paulding County.

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Cairo physician leads statewide medical association

The Georgia State Medical Association was founded in 1893, and is the second largest African American state medical association in the United States;

Dougherty County Jail Report - June 19-25, 2014

These are individuals who were booked into the Dougherty County Jail June 19-25, 2014.

Albany Area Community Calendar - June 29 - July 7, 2014

The following is a list of meetings and events happening this week.

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Albany Area Kitchen Inspections - June 29, 2014

These establishments were inspected by the Dougherty and Worth County Environmental Health Offices June 20-25.

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ABAC grad from Sylvester shooting for the stars

Alexis Black graduated from college before she graduated from high school

Black graduated from Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College on May 8 with her associate degree in Engineering. On May 31, she gave the valedictorian’s address at the Worth County High School commencement ceremony.

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Albany woman honored for floodplain management

Hegarty receives statewide recognition

In her position as a planner with the City of Albany Planning and Development Services Department, Hegarty was cited for strengthening floodplain management efforts and expanding the educational outreach on flood preparedness, floodplain regulations and flood insurance to city and county staff, committees, boards, agencies, consultants, builders and the general public.

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Georgia Southwestern’s Mark Laughlin named GRAMMY Music Educator Award quarterfinalist

A total of 222 music teachers from 208 cities across 41 states were announced as quarterfinalists.

GSW professor named GRAMMY Music Educator Award quarterfinalist

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Albany Area Crime Stoppers Most Wanted Fugitive - June 27, 2014

Terrence Norman Taylor has seven warrants against him, including drug and firearm possession

Terrence Norman Taylor is wanted for marijuana possession, possessing a firearm or knife during a crime or attempted crime, obstructing law enforcement, and four other charges.

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Albany Herald special section marks 20th anniversary of Flood of 1994

The section will wrap around the regular newspaper on Saturday

A special 24-page wraparound section on the 20th anniversary of the Flood of 1994 will be included with Saturday’s Albany Herald, and it will be supplemented at www.albanyherald.com with a special web section that will include photo galleries from the period.

Japanese printing company to locate in Griffin

Industry to create 80 new jobs in Spalding County

Japan-based Toppan Printing Co., Ltd will create 80 jobs and invest $100 million into a new facility at The Lakes at Green Valley in Griffin, Georgia’s first eco-friendly park.

Georgia Museum of Agriculture offers July workshops for kids

Children from six to 11 years old can explore a variety of workshops during the summer season at the Georgia Museum of Agriculture and Historic Village.

Watermelon Crawl July 12 at ABAC

The first-ever Watermelon Crawl 5K, Fun Run, and Festival will take place on July 12 on the campus of Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College.

Albany Area Coming Up Calendar - June 25 - July 1, 2014

The following is a list of events happening in the area this week.

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Squawk of the day - June 25, 2014

For more squawks, pick up a copy of today's Albany Herald!

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Bright of the day - June 25, 2014

Check out today's bright of the day!

GSW’s Carter Institute names four Mattie J.T. Stepanek Caregiving Scholarship winners

Scholarship celebrates tenth year raising awareness for caregiving

Rosalynn Carter Institute announces Mattie J.T. Stepanek Caregiving Scholarship winners

Dougherty County Jail Report - June 23, 2014

These are individuals who were booked into the Dougherty County Jail May 12-18, 2014.

Albany Area Community Calendar - June 22-30, 2014

The following is a list of meetings happening in the area this week.

Albany Area Births - June 22, 2014

Unless otherwise noted, the following births took place at Phoebe Putney Memorial Hospital in Albany from June 6-17, 2014.

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Albany Area Kitchen Inspections - June 22, 2014

These establishments were inspected by the Dougherty and Lee County Environmental Health Offices June 14-19, 2014.

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Albany Area Crime Stoppers Most Wanted Fugitive - June 20, 2014

Quantavis Fredrico Robinson is wanted on robbery and burglary charges

Quantavis Fredrico Robinson, 26, of Albany, has active arrest warrants against him for robbery and 1st degree burglary.

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Theatre Albany sets auditions Monday for Always Patsy Cline

The auditions are for the role of Louise Seger

Jennifer Varnadoe will portray Patsy Cline in the August musical. Auditions for the role of Louise Seger will be at 7:30 p.m. Monday at Theatre Albany.

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Georgia jobless rate up 0.3% in May at 7.2% | VIDEO & CHARTS

Year-to-year, the state unemployment rate for May is down 1.2 percent

Labor officials say the period from April to May usually sees an uptick in unemployment as college graduates try to enter the work force.

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Marcus A. Wellons executed for murder, rape of Georgia teen | POLL

Marcus A. Wellons is the first to receive the death penalty since a botched excution in Oklahoma in April

In 1989, Marcus A. Wellons raped, cut and strangled his 15-year-old neighbor, India Roberts, in Cobb County.

Albany Area Coming Up Calendar - June 18-24, 2014

The following is a list of events happening in the area this week.

Dougherty County Jail Report - June 5-11, 2014

These are individuals who were booked into the Dougherty County Jail June 5-11, 2-14.

Albany Area Births - June 15, 2014

Unless otherwise noted, the following births took place at Phoebe Putney Memorial Hospital in Albany from May 31 - June 8, 2014.

Albany Area Community Calendar - June 15-23, 2014

The following is a list of meetings happening in the area this week.

SWGA art exhibition and sale now at Thronateeska

The Albany Area Arts Council is currently presenting the Southwest Georgia Regional Fine Art Exhibition and Sale.

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Callaway Lakes home named June Yard of the Month

The Daffodil Garden Club recognizes a metro Albany home each month

Those who like attention to detail will want to see the 436 Martindale Drive residence of Pat and Ron Bradley, Daffodil Garden Club officials say.

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Sing-Off winners Home Free performing Saturday in Tifton

Group features Tifton native Austin Brown

Fresh off their win in the NBC Sing-Off show this season, Home Free, featuring Tifton native and lead tenor Austin Brown, will be in Tifton this weekend for two performances.

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Albany Area Kitchen Inspections - June 15, 2014

These establishments were inspected by the Dougherty and Worth County Environmental Health Offices June 9-13, 2014.

Arts group holds downtown barbecue fundraiser

Barbecue chef will prepare some of his specialties for today’s event

The downtown farmers market previously sponsored by the Southwest Georgia Project has been incorporated into the Tift Park Community Market collaborative, which will open under the oaks on the corner of Fifth Avenue and North Monroe Street July 19.

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Albany Area Crime Stoppers Most Wanted Fugitive - June 12, 2014

Tahsean Janlee Mays, 22, of Albany, sought on auto theft warrant

Authorities say Tahsean Janlee Mays is wanted for a charge of theft by taking a motor vehicle.

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Paula Deen is goin' digital, y'all | VIDEO & POLL

Albany icon's new web-based network is scheduled to debut in September

Celebrity chef Paula Deen, a native of Albany, set to launch new digital network this fall