Graduation rate spikes noticed by the Professional Association of Georgia Educators
Two Dougherty County School System high schools have outpaced most of their colleagues in Georgia when it comes to improving their graduation rates, a teacher trade magazine points out.
The area was hit with two NMS severe weather warnings before events began Saturday
After a three-year hiatus, Albany’s annual Fourth of July fireworks show moved back downtown for a showcase event Saturday, but Mother Nature had other plans.
Jeremy Jackson, 20, was taken into custody late Friday afternoon after officers executed a search warrant at 614 Holloway Ave. Jackson was arrested and charged with home invasion.
DCSS looking to set up 23 different governance boards for each school in the county
Dougherty County School System is slowly preparing to move to a charter school system for the 2016-17 school year.
Three fatalities in the past two months has gotten the state’s attention
After two accidents resulting in three fatalities in the span of just two months, the Georgia Department of Transportation is looking into ways to make the intersection of highways 112 and 133 in Worth County less dangerous.
Police and fire reports
Police and fire reports
Georgia State Patrol increasing manpower with eye on impaired driving
Georgia State Patrol and the Albany Police Department will ramp up their efforts during the upcoming Fourth of July weekend. The GSP will be concentrating on impaired driving while the APD will focus on public safety downtown.
Stephenson had been a trial attorney and partner with Watson and Spence
Change does not come easily to John Stephenson, but his a life took a decidedly different direction Monday as he was sworn in as Dougherty County’s newest magistrate judge by Superior Court Judge Willie Lockette.
Dormant for the past three years, a college and career academy in Albany has gained new life. Dougherty County may also gain a new middle school in the process.
Committee recommends reducing unexcused absences from 14 to five before retention
DCSS Associate Superintendent Ufot Inyang says reducing the number of unexcused student absences in a school year from 14 to five days before retention will bring the system in line with state policy.
Nearly $124 million budget eliminates last two teacher furlough days
The Dougherty County School Board on Monday unanimously approved a nearly $124 million budget for the upcoming school year.
After 13 years as superintendent, Larry Walters officially retires on July 1
Lee County School Superintendent Larry Walters gave his last media interview in a conference room Tuesday. He nodded his head toward the adjacent office he occupied for the past 13 years and said, “They kicked me out of there. They are painting it for the new guy.”
Beach United Methodist Church youths pitch in by painting, sorting food
For the seventh consecutive year, a group of teenagers from Beach United Methodist Church in Jacksonville, Fla., has given up a week of their summer break to join hands with Keep Albany-Dougherty Beautiful to enhance Albany.
Anthony Parker: Ability to Benefit, Move on When Ready can be a boon to region
Albany Technical College is pushing two programs to encourage dual enrollment with high school students and another which allows adults to gain a high school equivalence degree (GED) while taking college-level classes.
State representative says 'understanding relationship between Atlanta, Albany' critical
In February, freshman State Rep. Darrel Ealum wrapped up his rookie season under the Gold Dome in Atlanta and headed home to Albany. What he took away from that first session was invaluable.
The training is part of the 'Below 100' initiative to eliminate preventable line of duty deaths and injuries
The Albany Police Department has been conducting “Below 100” training classes for its officers this week.The goal of the classes is to eliminate preventable line of duty deaths and injuries through innovative training and awareness.
Oxford CEO says project is on schedule for a December completion date
The on and off ramps to the Liberty Express are complete, now work on the Jefferson Street-Philema Road interchange is getting down to the “tedious work.” of curbing, grading and paving.
Miller replaces Larry Walters, who is stepping down after 13 years on the job
The Lee County Board of Education on Thursday officially named Twin Oaks Elementary Principal Jason Miller as the district’s new school superintendent. The vote was unanimous at 5-0.
Dougherty superintendent says school system making progress
Butch Mosely tells Rotarians that getting the State DOE and feds out of the school system’s finances is a major relief.
Just one person spoke at one of two hearings on $124 million budget
Dougherty School Board held two public hearings to discuss the system’s proposed $124 million 2015-16 budget and just one person showed up to speak.
Public safety reports for Albany and Dougherty County
The Albany Police Department responded to 24 calls from late Tuesday to early Wednesday morning.
School officials stress that the move is administrative because of falling adjusted tax digest
Dougherty County School System officials stress that the current 18.445 millage rate is not going up and county property owners will not be paying more in tax for the school system if their property value is the same as last year.
Jeffery Ross will take the helm at Dougherty High School
With Merry Acres prinicipal Jeffery Ross taking the principal’s job at Dougherty High School for the 2015-16 school year, Gail Griffin, former principal at Radium Springs, will be the new principal at Merry Acres Elementary.
Hawkins will be competing in her fourth straight Miss Georgia beauty pageant
When Reedi Hawkins drives to Columbus Monday to prepare for the 2015 Miss Georgia pageant, she will be taking her fourth crack at the sparkly crown and sash which would pave her way to the Miss America Pageant.
Underwater cave diving comes easily to Guy Bryant
A sense of adventurism and the need to explore keeps Guy Bryant returning to underwater caves.
Resignation takes Dougherty County School super Butch Mosely by surprise
Dougherty High School Principal Robert McIntosh has resigned effective June 24. McIntosh, who became Dougherty’s principal in October of 2013, resigned Wednesday.
Panel talks about how black youth can navigate and survive the criminal justice system
Recent events involving interaction between blacks and police have sparked riots, protest and discussion.
This will be the third year of the LCpl. Steve Sutton Memorial Dice Run
Motorcycle riders from all over the region will gather in Leesburg for the 3rd annual “Big Steve” Memorial Dice Run to honor the memory of Marine LCpl. Steven Sutton, who was killed during a combat operation in Afghanistan three years ago.
The budget now goes goes before two public hearings before a final vote on June 24
The Dougherty County School Board on Monday approved a tentative 2015-16 operating budget which calls for nearly $124 million in spending. One of the highlights of the proposed budget include the elimination of the final two furlough days for teachers.
The disease is tough to tackle because of the stigma often attached to the issue
Mental illness is a disease that touches virtually every family in the world. It’s a massive problem that is kept in the dark by many families because of the accompanying stigma.
Group seeks to set up support system for foster youth who are in college
Albany State University first lady Karen Dunning and two ASU students recently visited Washington, D.C., as the White House honored 12 former foster care youth who are making a difference in their communities.
Officials say reorganization aimed at meeting priorities, improving communication and responsiveness
The DCSS’s newly created Division of Academic Services, will have five departments under its umbrella — Curriculum and Instruction, Testing and Evaluation, Special Education, Teacher and Leadership Development and CTAE (career, technical, agricultural education).
Jason Miller is the only candidate to replace retiring school chief Larry Walters
The Lee County Board of Education emerged from an executive session Wednesday and voted to name Twin Oaks Principal Jason Miller as finalist in the district’s search for its next school superintendent.
Dougherty County School Board Building and Grounds Committee approves change orders
The Dougherty County School Board’s Building and Grounds Committee on Wednesday accepted DCSS facilities staff recommendations to send three items before the full board for approval.
Tentative spending plan includes removal of final two teacher furlough days
Proposed Dougherty County School System budget features no furlough days and two percent raises for eligible staff.
Highlights for the final few weeks in county schools
A number of DCSS students are recognized during the closing weeks of school for the 2014-15 school year.
The organization has reduced staff and curtailed summer programs
A shortage of funding has left Girls Inc. of Albany with one staff member and no on-site summer programs as the organization attempts to restructure its operations.
Board names new principals at four elementary schools and a middle school
Five new principals and six assistant principals are in place for the 2015-16 school year. The Dougherty School Board is also looking at grant development plan for a college and career academy.
Improved test scores and higher graduation rates reported
For the past two and a half years, DCSS Superintendent Butch Mosely has pushed one message, and pushed it hard: “put the right people in the right places and we will see improvement.” And that message seems to be getting through.
After spending 53 years in baseball, the Atlanta Braves icon now concentrating on writing
Bobby Dews talks baseball and life at Pataula Charter Career Day
More than 40 earned diplomas, with 10 percent of class being veterans
Troy University’s Albany site held its Spring Commencement exercise Thursday at Mt. Zion Baptist church. Twenty-two of the more than 40 graduates strode across the state to pick up their diplomas.
Georgia, Florida and Alabama have been embroiled in water dispute since 1990
For more than 25 years the states of Georgia, Alabama and Florida have been locked in legal battles over the equitable distribution of the waters of the Apalachicola, Chattahoochee, and Flint River Basin.
Each of th four public schools conducted ceremonies Saturday at the Albany Civic Center
Nearly 750 newly-minted graduates walked across the dais at the Albany Civic Center on Saturday as Dougherty, Albany, Westover and Monroe high schools held their annual commencement exercises.
About 40 percent of the graduating class are honor graduates
Nine of Sherwood’s 37 graduates graduates have been together for 13 years. Eight have inked athletic scholarships, which is also the number of the members of the class who have have made mission trips
Consultant suggests converting Exchange Building and Albany Heights into residential units
The public got its first look at a proposed downtown redevelopment plant Tuesday night, the latest effort to inject some life into the moribund heart of the city.
Assistant superintendent tells School Board alternative school enrollment has dropped 26 percent in a year
If short and uneventful school board meetings are to be used as a measure of a school district gaining traction, then things are definitely looking up for the Dougherty County School System.
After 13 years as school chief, Larry Walters said the time is right to move on
Citing a desire to spend more time on travel and with family, Lee County School Superintendent Larry Walters confirms his retirement.
The 2015-16 budget includes $19.8 million for a new fine arts center at ASU
Georgia Governor Nathan Deal signs state budget, two bills during visit to Albany State University
ACRI event honors Albany Movement leaders Horace Boyd, James Grant
ARCI Executive Director Frank Wilson said the institute’s annual community services dinner is its largest fundraiser of the year.
Organization says 90 percent of every dollar raised in Albany goes back into the community
In tough economic times, local charities tend to feel the first pinch and the longest-lasting effects of any downturn. Fundraising often turns into a competition among nonprofit social service providers.