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Deerfield-Windsor's Steven Feng is named Dougherty County's Star Student for 2015

For the fifth straight year, a Deerfield student is selected as the county's top scholar

Deerfield-Windsor makes it five in a row as Steven Feng honored at county’s STAR Student for 2015.

Dougherty County School System announces Teacher of the Year candidates

One of eight finalists will be named the year's top teacher on April 16

Eight finalists selected from field of 24 to be named DCSS’s 2015-16 Teacher of the Year

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Georgia Hospital Association CMO Doug Patten says soaring health care costs must be brought under control

Patten says country is spending twice as much money on health care as the rest of the developed world

Former Phoebe CMO Doug Patten says U.S. health care is top notch, but comes at twice the cost of the rest of the world.

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Dougherty County School Board approves 2 percent raise for staff

The one-time raise will affect 1,000 workers and cost the system nearly $150,000

Dougherty School Board OKs COLA raises and new security doors for two schools

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Albany State University, Darton State College funding included in FY16 Budget

Final House floor vote scheduled Thursday

House Appropriations Committee shoehorns ASU, Darton funding into House budget

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Albany's combined high school choruses strike a high note at Shiloh Missionary Baptist Church | VIDEO

An appreciative crowd enjoyed the concert that celebrated Black History Month

Shiloh Missionary Baptist Church is the site of a Black History Month concert which featured the combined choruses of six Albany high schools, four public and two private.

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Brockey Brock dies at age 60 after battling cancer

Brock was parks director in Albany, Valdosta and Cordele, in addition to being a sports official

Cancer claims former Albany Parks Director and long-time sports official Brockey Brock at the age of 60

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Combined choruses of six Albany high schools to perform in black history concert

The combined choruses will perform seven songs, plus two with the Freedom Singers

The Albany Civil Rights Institute’s Frank Wilson says tonight’s concert at Shiloh Baptist Church by combined high school choruses will be history-making event.

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Albany-Southwest Georgia Education Notebook - Feb. 23, 2015

A compilation of education news from Albany and SWGA

News on students, schools and educational organizations throughout metro Albany and Southwest Georgia.

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Sherwood Christian Academy, Deerfield-Windsor School are in the midst of major construction projects

Sherwood is preparing to merge its up and lower schools into one campus while Deerfield is building an 8,000 sq ft. wellness center.

Sherwood Christian is busy laying the ground work for a campus merger while Deerfield-Windsor is working on a new wellness center

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Renovations, new construction and technology top Dougherty, Lee school systems plans for 2015

DCSS is renovating two high schools while Lee County is building a 43,000 square foot multi-purpose center

Dougherty County School System moving toward elimination of textbooks while Lee County continued to upgrade its athletic facilities.

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Albany State, Darton State and Albany Tech gear up for 2015

Accreditations, new programs and new centers start the new year off right

Albany State University, Darton State College and Albany Technical College work at continuing to improve services to students in the area.

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Albany company among top 100 small businesses | VIDEO

Company needs community's help in competition

A. West Enterprise is chosen one of the top 100 companies by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce for successful and innovative business practices.

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Freedom Rider Hank Thomas delivers stark reminder to Albany State University students.

Thomas urges students not to take for granted the freedoms they enjoy today

Freedom Rider Hank Thomas reminds Albany State University Students that while times have changed, the struggle for equality continues.

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Gala of the Royal Horses show set for Friday at the Albany Civic Center

People coming to the show will see beautiful horses such as Andalusians, Friesians, Lipizzaners and Arabians

Originally bred for war, 14 horses trained for performances will be part of the Gala of the Royal Horses on Friday evening at the Albany Civic Center.

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Senate Democrats want say in Gov. Nathan Deal's 'Opportunity Schools' proposal

Six Dougherty schools are on list of chronically under-performing schools

Senate Democrats want input into Gov. Nathan Deal’s proposal to takeover state’s most distressed schools.

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Albany Technical College set to roast former Dougherty District Attorney Ken Hodges at fundraiser

The 12th annual Albany Tech Foundation fundraiser is set for March 20

Former Dougherty County DA Ken Hodges will face zingers, barbs and quips next month at the Albany Tech Foundation annual fundraiser roast.

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Albany Technical College names Jerri Jarrell as its 2015 GOAL Student

Jarrell emerged from a group of 13 GOAL nominees to be declared the winner

Albany Area Chamber of Commerce panel selects Jerri Jarrell as Albany Technical College’s 2015 GOAL Student.

All Tift County schools resume after bomb threat is cleared

All Tift schools evacuated after bomb threat

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Deerfield-Windsor Headmaster Dave Davies says House Bill 35 would expand families' education options

Proposed legislation would increase pool of scholarship money used for private school educations

A House bill proposed by Rep. Earl Ehrhart, R-Powder Springs, would boost the annual cap of the state K-12 scholarship tax credit program from $58 million to $250 million.

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Former Albany Community and Economic Development Director Rudy Goddard, 78, dies

Goddard died late last week at his home in West Palm Beach, Fla.

Rudy Goddard worked for the City of Albany Department of Community and Economic Development from 1982 to 2001 before retiring and moving to Florida.

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Lee County High School's Nicolette Mantica, Dotty Davis honored by Lee County Chamber

Mantica is Lee County's 2015 STAR Student, and she names Davis as her STAR Teacher

Lee County Chamber of Commerce recognizes Nicolette Mantica and Dotty Davis as STAR Student, Teacher for 2015.

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Dougherty County School Board awards contract for new dental center at Turner Elementary

The board also approved Superintendent Butch Mosely’s request to oppose HB 170

Dougherty school board approves dental center at Turner elementary

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Dougherty County School System nearing kickoff of One-to-One Technology Initiative

Albany Middle poised to hand out 650 computer tablets to its students

Dougherty County School System nearly ready to begin $14 milllion technology rollout

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Velvet Riggins says she has come a long way since her arrest, trial and eventual acquittal on fraud charges

The new Dougherty County School Board chairperson said she learned much during her journey

Velvet Riggins spoke about her 2012 arrest on fraud charges, forgiveness and what she sees as her role as the Dougherty County School System’s new board chair.

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Albany State University celebrates Black History Month with Civil Rights symposium

Shirley and Charles Sherrod open three-day event with a discussion of the Albany Movement

ASU’s three-day Black History Month symposium explores memories of the Civil Rights Movement.

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Hannah Croker, 14, severely injured in a car wreck last year, returns home to Southwest Georgia

The Baconton teen was airlifted to at Atlanta hospital, where she spent two months in recovery

Partially paralyzed in a November auto accident, Hannah Croker finally returns home to Baconton.

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Georgia House Bill 170 could have major impact on city, county budgets

Proposed new fuel tax legislation has city, county governments looking for options

Georgia House proposes changes to fuel taxes that has local governments scrambling for answers

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Dougherty County School Board elects Velvet Riggins as new chairperson

Riggins is named chair on a 4-3 vote and replaces former chair Carol Tharin

The vote was split along racial lines with Junebug Griffin, James Bush, Velvet Riggins and Dean Phinazee opting for Riggins while Lane Price, Robert Youngblood and Melissa Strother voting for Youngblood.

Dougherty County School System Notebook

DCSS Notebook

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Military special forces to flow into Edison Friday for Purple Heart Outdoor Tour

Southern Wilderness Plantation to host special forces vets at annual bird hunt

Purple Heart Outdoor Tour to hold its biggest event of the year in Edison as 40 special forces vets gather for bird hunt.

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Dougherty County School System instructs Westover High to take Title I funds

Superintendent Butch Mosely says the district has the resources to help the flagging school

Westover instructed to take Title I funds for the first time in school history

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Gov. Nathan Deal names Sen. Freddie Powell-Sims to Education Reform Commission

Powell-Sims thinks her experience as a teacher and administrator will be helpful in the discussions

Freddie Powell-Sims ‘delighted’ to be named to the governor’s Education Reform Commission

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Superintendent tells ACRI gathering he sees improvement in Dougherty County School System.

Dougherty School Chief Butch Mosely speaks at monthly community meeting at civil rights museum

School chief Butch Mosely touts school system progress to Albany Civil Rights Institute.

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Albany Area Arts Council, Council on Aging pleased with Empty Bowls turnout | VIDEO

The annual event is meant to raise hunger awareness and generate funds for both organizations

The 4th annual Empty Bowls event, a joint outreach for the Albany Area Arts Council and the SOWEGA Council on Aging, draws a crowd of enthusiastic participants.

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Default judgment motion to add 2 assistants to bullying suit against Dougherty County School System is denied

Action on amended complaint does not affect original filing

Superior court judge Stephen Goss denies Manswell Peterson’s request for summary judgment in his bullying suit against the Dougherty County School System.

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Flint River Habitat volunteers offer Day of Service on Martin Luther King Day

More than 18 volunteers spend much of Monday repainting the exterior of Latashea Jenkins’ house on Willow Oak Court in Albany, Ga.

The generosity of Flint River Habitat volunteers generosity overwhelms Albany, Ga., homeowner.

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Once again, funding for fine arts center at Albany State University not in the budget

The latest twist in an ongoing 14-year saga a tough pill to swallow.

Funding for a new fine arts center at Albany State University once again left out of budget.

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Georgia Quail Invitational is keeping an Albany tradition alive

Two-day quail hunt from newest Quail Forever chapter showcases southwest Georgia

Inaugural Georgia Quail Invitational is strictly an Albany event

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Cheryl Brown Henderson says Brown vs. Board of Education decision changed America | VIDEO

The 1954 Supreme Court decision effectively outlawed segregation in the U.S.

ASU’s M.L. King Convocation speaker Cheryl Brown Henderson was a part Brown vs. Board of Education lawsuit, which was a landmark case in the civil rights movement.

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Target Security Manager Ngwafu Edison Shu arrested for in-store theft

Shu arrested with a marked $100 bill in his pocket, police say

Internal sting nets Target security manager Ngwafu Edison Shu on theft charge.

Albany/Dougherty Police/Fire/EMS Reports Jan. 13-14, 2015

Police and fire reports

Police and fire reports for Jan. 13-14 2015

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Albany’s Education leaders discuss workforce development at public forum

Albany Mayor Dorothy Hubbard stresses education as key to region’s future growth

The discussion panel consisted of Albany State University Vice President of Institutional Advancement Clifford Porter, Albany Technical College President Anthony Parker, Darton State College Interim President Paul Jones, Dougherty County School System Superintendent Butch Mosely and Turner Job Corps Director Rose Walker Cook..

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Strother, Phinazee sworn in as Dougherty School Board members

The School Board tabled the election of a new chairman until Jan. 28

Two new Dougherty County School Board members are sworn in, but the board is still lacking a board chairman.

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Annual King Day Celebration set for Monday

U.S. Middle District of Georgia Court Judge Leslie Abrams set is the Jan. 19 event's keynote speaker

The annual MLK Celebration is meant to "remind us that we are still trying to fulfill" Martin Luther King Jr.'s dream, organizers say.

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Dougherty County School Board may name new chair tonight

If Milton Griffin misses the meeting, a chair decision could be delayed

In its first meeting of the year, the Dougherty County Board of Education may take up the issue of who will serve as chair of the board.

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As General Assembly session begins, transportation, education top the list of priorties

With transportation facing a $1.5 billion shortfall, sales, gas tax hikes are possibilities

The state legislative session could be lively as lawmakers jockey on spending priorities.

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Former Deerfield Headmaster W.T. Henry named to Georgia Board of Education

Henry, who spent 20 years as DWS headmaster, to fill District 2's vacant seat on state BOE

Former Deerfield-Windsor Headmaster W.T. Henry named to state school board

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It's payback time at the Albany Boys and Girls Club for Marvin Laster

After three decades as a club member and executive, Laster returns home to his roots

Marvin Laster returns home to Albany and the Boys and Girls Club