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Dougherty County education leaders conduct first public listening session

Detailed responses from the public were sought in four specific areas

The focus of the comments were on K-16 education (kindergarten through the fourth year of college) and Dougherty County’s high dropout rate.

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Westover Principal William Chunn suspends basketball coach Dallis Smith for three games

The discipline stems from a team bullying incident at a basketball camp two weeks ago

The suspensions of the coach and the six players involved who remain with the team all will be served at the start of the season.

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First local education summit to be held Tuesday at Monroe High School

Education leaders are seeking public input for ideas how to stem countny’s drop out rate

Dougherty County education summit set for Tuesday at Monroe High School

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Heading for higher ground: Two stories

Harry Prisant lost his home on Lover's Lane Road while Ed Duffy had sold and and moved out of his Creekside Drive house a day before the water rose.

Duffy, Prisant recall the great flood of 1994

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Flood of 1994 spurred building boom at Albany State University

Former ASU President Portia Holmes-Shields says flood was one of the best things to happen at the university

Both Albany State and the Dougherty County School System got new buildings following the Great Flood.

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Florida teens help keep Albany beautiful

Church group of 55 teens and 11 adults chip in to spruce up parts of the city

Florida church group pitches in to help enhance Albany

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Seven Westover basketball players disciplined in camp bullying incident

One player removed from team, others face game suspensions, in-school suspensions and community service

The disciplinary action was imposed this afternoon against seven basketball players, one of whom has been kicked off the Westover High School basketball team.

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Dougherty School System boosts its CRCT scores

The system’s 3rd through 8th graders improved on 16 of 30 content areas from last year

State releases school district CRCT scores and DCSS shows an increase

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Teacher Retirement System says Mosely can work as a '49 percenter'

Amended FY 2015 contract will pay Dougherty School superintendent a base salary of $135,000 per year.

TRS, DCSS, Mosley reach agreement on final amended contract

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Dougherty School Police report: Westover basketball player 'physically and verbally abused'

Incidents occurred at at team basketball camp in Tallahassee and continued later online

DCSS releases results of Westover basketball bullying investigation

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Albany Civil Rights Intitute’s Educational Roundtable is postponed

ACRI Executive Director W. Frank Wilson says meeting will be rescheduled

ACRI’s Thursday Educational Roundtable is postponed

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GCSA’s Andrew Lewis calls charter schools another tool in the belt for public education

Group stresses that public charter schools can benefit a community

Georgia Charter Schools Association make pitch to parents, educators

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Washington Long’s career in law enforcement was filled full of firsts

Long was the city’s first black police officer, assistant chief and eventual chief of police

Washington Long remembered as a man who never quit as he climbed through the ranks of the APD

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Finbarr Stanton steps down after 25 years as St. Teresa's Catholic Church's pastor

Raymond Levreault of St. John's Catholic Church in Valdosta has been tapped as Stanton's replacement

Finbarr Stanton steps down after 25 years as St. Teresa’s pastor

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Phoebe Putney’s Austin named Albany Tech board chairman

Austin succeeds Virginia Parker, who served as the chair of the Albany Tech Board of Directors since July of 2011.

Albany Technical College taps Joe Austin as new chairman

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School Police Chief Troy Conley says Westover bullying investigation is ongoing.

Probe centers around alleged harassment by basketball players of team mate

DCSS Police looking in to Westover basketball bullying allegations

Westover boys basketball players under investigation for alleged harassment of teammate

Alleged incidents occurred at a basketball camp in Tallahassee and later on Twitter

Westover boys basketball team is under investigation for alleged harassment of teammate

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Doughtery County School Board OKs FY 2015 budget

The $122 million spending plans includes $8 million in cuts from general fund expenses

Dougherty County teachers will have two furlough days in the coming school year, while Albany Early College will move to Albany High School from the Albany State University campus.

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Dougherty County Elections office says Darrel Ealum's campaign can hand out absentee ballot requests

Elections Supervisor Ginger Nickerson says state law ‘wide open.’

Elections office says Ealum campaign allowed to distribute absentee ballot requests

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Albany Early College is hot topic at Dougherty School System budget hearing | VIDEO

Parents, students ask DCSS Board to find funding for the AEC program

Supporters take last stab at saving Albany Early College

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Cops on Doughnut Shops annual fund-raiser for Special Olympics under way

Albany law enforcement, Krispy Kreme team up to raise dough for the Law Enforcement Torch Run for Special Olympics.

Cops on Doughnut Shops annual fund-raiser for Special Olympics under way

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NEOS Technology CEO Robert Collins urges businesses to secure client and corporate data

IT expert also advised companies without technology policies in place to write one.

NEOS Technology CEO Robert Collins talks data security to Kiwanis Club

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Albany State Interim President Art Dunning touts Albany’s educational collaborative

He urged the Albany Exchange Club to consider adopting a school to help stem the county’s drop out rate

ASU’s Art Dunning urges the Albany Exchange Club to invest in the city’s human capital

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Georgia School Board OKs waiver for Dougherty School Superintendent Butch Mosely

The Dougherty School System’s chief financial officer, Ken Dyer, says the contract proposal is in line with parameters set by the retirement system.

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GaDOE releases state CRCT results

State says district results will be released by June 26, school results by July 10

Georgia Department of Education releases state CRCT results

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Dougherty County School Board hears from concerned Albany Early College Parents at public meeting

AEC is among 21 programs and personnel cuts on the block to make up $8 million budget shortfall.

DCSS holds public meeting to hear concerns of Albany Early College parents

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The Big Ten

The most-read stories at for the week of May 30 - June 3, 2014

The Big 10

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Dougherty, Lee libraries kick off summer reading programs

Georgia’s Path2College 529 Plan sweepstakes adds extra incentive for parents

Georgia’s libraries ramp up summer reading programs

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The trip of a lifetime …

10 Westover students will spend 10 days of ‘cultural immersion’ in France and Spain

10 Westover students will spend 10 days of ‘cultural immersion’ in France and Spain on the trip of a lifetime

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Dougherty School Board approves tentative 2015 budget

$122 million budget contains optional cuts which will cover an $8.1 million shortfall

Dougherty School Board gives nod to tentative $122 million 2015 budget

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Georgia drops CRCT, EOCT tests for a new student progress assessment system

The new Georgia Milestones Assessment System will take effect in the 2014-15 academic year

State officials say the new testing system will provide a truer picture of academic progress for Georgia students while also better preparing them for college and work.

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Dougherty Schools Finance Committee sends FY 2015 budget to full School Board

Proposed FY 2015 budget to be discussed at a called School Board meeting Thursday

School officials say they will remain after Thursday’s meeting to speak with media and the public about the proposed spending plan.

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Liberian President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf empahsizes bond between her nation and America | VIDEO

Phoebe physician Dr. James Sirleaf is looking to rebuild Liberia’s shattered medical infrastructure

Liberian President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf says the HEARTT initiative championed by her physician son is one that spans the Atlantic Ocean, connecting the United States and Liberia.

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Big 10: May 23-30, 2014

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Dougherty County School Board to hold called meeting on FY 2015 budget issues

Finance Director Ken Dyer is confident that the district can address the remaining $7 million of the shortfall

The Dougherty School Board will look at ways to balance revenues with spending for the budget year that starts July 1.

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Albany State University’s Military Outreach Center holds on-campus informational session

Active and retired members of the military urged students to consider opportunities offered by serving in the armed forces.

The speakers included ASU Military Liaison Cmdr. Claven Williams, ASU Police Chief John Fields, Navy pilot Lt. Cmdr. Chris Williams and retired Navy Chaplain Cmdr. Ken Miller.

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Dougherty School Board agrees to $225,000 a year contract with Superintendent David Mosely | UPDATED

The contract is for three years

In a 5-2 vote, the Dougherty County School Board agrees to a three-year contract with Superintendent David “Butch” Mosely.

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Albany State University gala to honor the departing Leroy Bynum

University to say goodbye with “Roast and Toast Scholarship Gala” on June 5

ASU to bid farewell to Leroy Bynum with roast and gala next month

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Lee School Board’ Vann, Hatcher overjoyed at referendum’s passage

The bulk of a $11.75 bond issue will go to athletics upgrades at Lee County High

Louis Hatcher says passage of bond referendum is good for Lee County’s children

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Melissa Strother wins Dougherty School Board seat

Dean Phinazee and Princess Milledge are in a runoff for the District 6 School Board seat

The Dougherty County Board of Education will get two new members in January.

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U.S. Senate candidates make last pitches to area voters

Jack Kingston, David Perdue attempt to woo voters before today's Republican primary

Senate candidates trade barbs as polls set to open

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The Dougherty School System is not renewing 24 teachers and administrators

Dougherty School System officials are dealing with an $8.3 million budget shortfall for FY 2015

The reduction in force of teachers and administrators are part of a plan to balance the Dougherty County School System budget for the fiscal year that starts July 1.

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The Big Ten: May 9-16, 2014

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Dougherty County School System graduates 667

Monroe, Dougherty, Albany High and Westover commencements are an all-day event

One student has to wait seven years before finally getting her diploma as she continued to retake a state-required exam that she finally passed tis year.

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Sherwood Christian Academy graduates 29

Sherwood Christian Principal Brian Doughrty says the class of 2014 earned more than $600,000 in scholarships

The 29 graduates also combined to log more than 5,500 hours of community service.

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Albany Area Chamber honors local legislators

Reps. Carol Fullerton, Ed Rynders and Gerald Greene were recognized for their contributions to the area.

Albany Area Chamber officials say the 2014 General Assembly session was a good on for the area.

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Former ASU football coach Hamp Smith endorses School Board candidate Shirlette Davis-Marcus

Shirlette Davis-Marcus is running for the District 6 Dougherty Board of Education seat being vacated by Darrel Ealum

ASU coaching legend Hamp Smith endorses Shirlette Davis-Marcus for school board seat

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Lee citizens express concerns over planned route of parkway extension

Glendale residents concerned about traffic, safety issues

LEESBURG — Concerned residents of the Glendale subdivision gathered Tuesday evening in the Opal Cannon Auditorium for what could be the last public forum before the Lee County Commission formally votes on the part of the Forrester Parkway Project which could run through their neighborhood.

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Albany State University President Art Dunning: Time to leverage the intellectual assets in Albany

ASU Interim President Art Dunning says an educational collaborative can lift the community

The president of three higher-education institutions in Albany and the Dougherty County School System are working to follow that path of El Paso, Texas, which used a similar collaborative to transform its secondary educational system.

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The Dougherty County School Board takes official action Monday night to terminate Brian Brannen

The Dougherty County School Board also hires a new girls basketball coach at Monroe and expects to non-tender at least 23 teachers, six of whom already have filed appeals.