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Albany, Monroe high school recognized for increased graduation rates

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.

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Thunderstorms may keep Albany Fourth of July Celebration crowds at bay

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.

Second arrest made in home invasion case

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.

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Dougherty County School System making moves toward charter system

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.

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Georgia DOT taking another look at Worth County intersection

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, July 2, 2015

Police and fire reports

Police and fire reports

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Albany Police vow safe Fourth of July experience downtown

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.

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John Stephenson sworn in as Dougherty County's newest magistrate judge

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.

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Dougherty County School Board to get new career academy plan next month

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.

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Dougherty County School System looking to tighten student attendance policy

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.

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Dougherty County Board of Education approves 2015-16 budget

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.

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Larry Walters bids Lee County School System adieu with no regrets

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.”

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Florida Teens chip in to lend Albany a hand

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.

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Albany Technical College pushing two programs to benefit community, enrollment numbers

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.

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State Rep. Darrel Ealum reflects on first legislative session, sets goals for 2016

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.

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Albany Police Department focusing on officer safety training

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.

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Oxford Construction's Bruce Melton says work continuing at Jefferson-Philema interchange

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.

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Jason Miller named new Lee County school superintendent

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.

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Dougherty superintendent says school system making progress

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.

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Attendance sparse at two Dougherty County School System budget hearings

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.

Albany-Dougherty Police/Fire/EMS reports - June 16-17, 2015

Public safety reports for Albany and Dougherty County

The Albany Police Department responded to 24 calls from late Tuesday to early Wednesday morning.

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Dougherty County School Board gives approval to tentative tax increase

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.

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Dougherty High, Merry Acres Elementary principals named

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.

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Reedi Hawkins says she is ready for this week's Miss Georgia competition

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.

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Underwater cave diving comes easily to Guy Bryant

Underwater cave diving comes easily to Guy Bryant

A sense of adventurism and the need to explore keeps Guy Bryant returning to underwater caves.

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Robert McIntosh resigns as Dougherty High School principal

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.

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Albany State University holds 'Justice While Black' town hall meeting

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.

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LCpl. Steve Sutton Memorial Dice Run set for Saturday

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.

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Dougherty County School Board gives tentative OK to $124 million 2015-16 budget

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.

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Jere Brands says support is available in Albany for mental illness

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.

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Albany State University contingent visits White House to support foster youth

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.

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Dougherty County School System creates Division of Academic Services

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).

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Lee County School Board names lone school superintendent finalist

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.

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Dougherty County School committee forwards items to full school board

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.

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Ken Dyer recommends $124 million school system budget for 2015-16

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.

Dougherty County School System notebook

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.

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Suffering from financial woes, Girls Inc. of Albany looking to restructure

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.

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Dougherty County School Board names 5 principals, eyes career academy

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.

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Mosely believes proper staffing is leading school revival

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.

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Bobby Dews talks baseball and life at Pataula Charter Career Day

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

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Troy University's Albany site holds graduation exercise

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.

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Stakeholders' proposals might settle tri-state 'Water Wars' dispute out of court

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.

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Dougherty County School System graduates 746 on Saturday

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.

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Sherwood Christian Academy graduates 37

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

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The public gets first look at downtown revitalization plan

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.

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Jack Willis gives Dougherty BOE student discipline update

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.

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Lee School Superintendent Larry Walters will step down July 1

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.

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Gov. Nathan Deal signs state’s $21.8 billion budget at Albany State University

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

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Albany Civil Rights Institute to host major fundraiser

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.

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Albany Salvation Army struggling with competition for local charity dollars

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.