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Scammers ‘name-jack’ to bilk consumers

BBB issues alert on scammers who pretend to be banks and other companies to steal money

When applying for a job or a loan, make sure you have not been misdirected to a scam website that pretends to be legitimate.

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Bright of the day - Feb. 4, 2014

Check out today's bright of the day!

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Squawk of the Day - Feb. 4, 2014

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

Dougherty County Jail Report - Feb. 3, 2014

These are individuals who were booked into the Dougherty County Jail Jan. 23-29, 2014.

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Albany Area Kitchen Inspections - Feb. 2, 2014

These establishments were inspected by the Dougherty and Lee County Environmental Health Offices Jan. 24-28, 2014.

Council on Aging offers free tax services

Returns are done each Monday and Tuesday though April 15

The service is available for people of all ages, but special attention is given to persons age 60 and older.

Albany Area Community Calendar - Feb. 2-10, 2014

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

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South Georgians dominate the country music charts

CELEBRITY WATCH: Phillip Phillips getting ready for Canada tour

Alex Kendrick will hit the big screen in May in a movie starring Patricia Heaton, while Paula Deen takes her cokking show on the road to New York state.

Albany Area Births - Feb. 2, 2014

Unless otherwise noted, the following births took place at Phoebe Putney Memorial Hospital in Albany from Jan. 20-27, 2014.

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Albany Area Crime Stoppers Most Wanted Fugitive - Jan. 31, 2014

Jackie Musgrave of Albany is wanted on identity theft charges

Law enforcement authorities say Jackie Musgrave also uses the last names Musgrove and Hackett.

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Luke Bryan ACM Entertainer of the Year nominee

Luke Bryan will co-host the Academy of Country Music Awards show on April 6.

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Farm bill passes U.S. House (WITH VIDEO)

The legislation will now be considered by the Senate

Nutrition programs that some House lawmakers wanted removed from the farm legislation survive the compromise process.

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Pete Griffith named top conservationist in Lee County

Lee County farmer wins award for the second time, 19 years after his first one

Pete Griffith, who grew up on his family farm, is a second-generation owner of more than 40 years.

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ABAC’s oldest alumnus celebrates 104th birthday

Mamie Ethel Arnold Talley of Chula celebrated her 104th birthday at ABAC recently.

Albany Area Community Calendar - Jan. 26 - Feb. 3, 2013

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

Daddy-Daughter dance set Feb. 7 at Albany Civic Center

Advance tickets are $35 per couple, plus $10 for each additional daughter who attends

Doors will open at 5 p.m. for photos. Each girl who attends will receive a gift.

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Womens Faces Exhibit opens Thursday at the Museum Gallery at ABAC

The exhibit features womens faces portrayed in clay and on canvas

Polly Huff, assistant director and curator at the museum, said a 5:30 p.m. reception Thursday hosted by Tifton’s Twentieth Century Library Club, will open “Women’s Faces,” the 17th exhibit at The Gallery.

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Dougherty County School System Notebook - Jan. 26, 2014

A compilation of news from the Dougherty County public schools

A snapshot of recent events and achievements in the Dougherty County School System.

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Albany Area Kitchen Inspections - Jan. 26, 2014

These establishments were inspected by the Dougherty and Lee and County Environmental Health Offices Jan. 16-23, 2014.

Youth Summit set Feb. 19 at Albany Tech

The career program open to area seniors and juniors

Seniors and juniors from Baker, Calhoun, Colquitt, Dougherty, Decatur, Early, Grady, Lee, Miller, Mitchell, Seminole, Terrell, Thomas and Worth counties have been invited to participate.

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Georgia Briefs - Jan. 25, 2014

A fatal blaze in Donalsonville is ruled to have been accidental

A roundup of articles from around the state of Georgia.

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Albany Area Crime Stoppers Most Wanted Fugitive - Jan. 25, 2014

Akeem Sirmoski Jackson is wanted on burglary and parole violation charges

Akeem Sirmoski Jackson’s last known address was in the 900 block of South Street in Albany.

Doughtery County Jail Report - Jan. 27, 2014

These are individuals who were booked into the Dougherty County Jail Jan. 9-15, 2014.

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Jennifer Nettles solo album debuts No. 1 on country chart

The south Georgia native hits No.5 on the Billboard Top 20o with That Girl

Jennifer Nettles, a native of Douglas, recorded the solo album last year in California, with Rick Rubin producing.

MetroPower of Albany names new president

Gibson appointed president and COO of MetroPower, Inc.

MetroPower does construction projects in many sectors including: industrial, healthcare, commercial, education, sports/leisure, low voltage, data centers, government and Department of Defense

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Ollie’s to locate distribution center in Commerce

The company plans to locate 30 to 40 stores in Georgia during the next four years

The company has grown to become one of America’s largest retailers of closeouts, excess inventory and salvage merchandise, with 154 stores in 14 states.

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Albany Area Coming Up Calendar - Jan. 22-28, 2014

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

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Liberty House gala set for Saturday

The Liberty House of Albany, Inc., will present its annual fundraising gala Saturday at the Oakland Library Event Center in Leesburg.

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Life sentence for Dawson woman who killed her baby upheld by high court

The Georgia Supreme Court finds that the life sentence imposed on Samantha Latrice Jessie is justified

Samantha Latrice Jessie hid her pregnancy from her family, then killed and burn the body of her baby in mid-December 2008.

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Albany Area Kitchen Inspections - Jan. 19, 2014

These establishments were inspected by the Dougherty and Lee and County Environmental Health Offices Jan. 9-16, 2014.

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CELEBRITY WATCH: Paula Deen hits the high seas

Luke Bryan and Jennifer Nettles have concerts scheduled for Atlanta and Jacksonville this year

Phillip Phillips appears to be focusing on song writing and studio work, while the Kendrick brothers are writing a script for their production company’s first film.

Albany Area Community Calendar - Jan. 19-27, 2014

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

Henry Wren

Henry Wren of Warwick, GA died Friday, January 17, 2014.

Frank Ledford

Frank Ledford of Albany, GA died Friday, January 17, 2014.

Dougherty County Jail Report - Jan. 20, 2014

These are individuals who were booked into the Dougherty County Jail Jan. 9-15, 2014.

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Albany Area Crime Stoppers Most Wanted Fugitive of the Week - Jan. 17, 2014

Albany and Dougherty County law enforcement officials are searching for Carlton Alfonzo Miller

Carlton Alfonzo Miller, 32, of Albany, faces charges of aggravated assault on a law enforcement official and violation of his probation.

Auctioneers meeting at Lake Blackshear

An actual auction is planned at 10 a.m. Saturday at Lake Blackshear Resort and Golf Club.

The fun action, which is part of the Southeast Regional Bid Calling Championships — The Big Peach Classic — begins at 10 a.m. Saturday at the resort and golf club. The event is free.

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Luke Bryan headlining first stadium shows this summer

The two-part concert tour includes a July 25 performance at the Lakewood amphitheater in Georgia

Luke Bryan’s That’s My Kind of Night Tour includes stadium shows in Pittsburgh, Philadelphia and Chicago.

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Classical quartet Scirocco to perform Sunday at the Albany Museum of Art

The concert is part of the Willson Chamber Music Series at the museum

The woodwinds quartet based in south Georgia gets its name from the tropical breeze.

Scammers preying on online job seekers

Information miners disguise themselves as recruiters

Protecting information is key to avoiding being the victim of an identity thief.

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TUESDAY'S PREP ROUNDUP: Deerfield boys beat Tattnall in double OT

In the most exciting game in Southwest Georgia on Tuesday night, the Knights overcame a seven-point deficit in overtime to force a second overtime, where they scored 18 points in four minutes to win their sixth straight game. (ADDS: Seminole County-Terrell County boys; Crisp County-Albany boys, girls; Calhoun County boys; Westwood-Terrell Academy girls; Lee County-TCC boys, girls; Pelham-Early County boys, girls; Westover-Tift boys, girls; DWS girls; Bainbridge-Miller boys; Americus-Dougherty boys; SGA boys)

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Albany Area Coming Up Calendar - Jan. 15-21, 2014

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

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Rylander Theatre to host '80s themed gala

The Rylander Theatre in Americus is set to host its annual fundraising gala on Saturday.

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Peanut farm show set for Thursday in Tifton

Peanut producers have chance to visit more than 100 exhibitors

Farmers will have the opportunity to earn credit toward their private or commercial pesticide applicators certification at two seminars at the one-day peanut farm show.

Albany Area Births - Jan. 19, 2014

Unless otherwise noted, the following births took place at Phoebe Putney Memorial Hospital in Albany from Jan. 2-13, 2014.

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ABAC Anglers earn national recognition

ABAC’s fishing team received one of only 18 invitations to the National Championship recently.

Sammy Nell Hautman Culpepper

Sammy Nell Hautman Culpepper, 87, died Sunday, January 12, 2014.

Dennis Jackson

Dennis Jackson, 83, died January 10, 2014.

Bennie F. Hatcher, Jr.

Bennie F. (Ben) Hatcher, Jr., 46, of Plains, GA, formerly of Albany, GA died Saturday, January 11, 2014.

William J. Rivers

Commander William J. Rivers (US Navy, Ret.), 93, of Leesburg, GA, died Sunday, January 12, 2014.