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Dougherty County School officials describe Monday school openings as smooth

More than 15,000 Dougherty County students return to campus as new school year begins

Dougherty County Schools kick off 2014-15 school year

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Westover Principal William Chunn reduces punishment for two players in bullying incident

Chunn knocks off five-day in-home suspensions for two of seven Westover basketball players

The disciplined students, who will miss the first five games of the season, were involved in a bullying incident against another student.

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Sherwood Christian Academy breaks ground on school expansion, merger project | VIDEO

Work is under way to expand SCA's upper campus to accomodate merger with the church's elementary school

Sherwood Academy expansion under way

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Open houses for Dougherty County schools are Thursday

Dougherty County School System set to begin new school year on Monday

Dougherty County school officials are urging parents to attend open houses at the system’s school Thursday before Monday’s opening of the 2014-15 school year.

Lee County Waffle House robbed at gunpoint

Lee County authorities say restaurant was robbed by a lone black male early Friday morning

Lee County Waffle House is held up

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Deerfield-Windsor awarded $50,000 grant from Edward E. Ford Foundation

The funds will support conference attendance, workshops, and innovative curricular initiatives at the school

Deerfield-Windsor School awarded $50,000 grant from Edward E. Ford Foundation

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Warwick Mayor Juanita Kinchen fired Police Chief David Morris

Mayor cites negligence, inefficiency, unfitness to perform his duties as chief, insubordination, misconduct and other causes.

Warwick mayor tells Police Chief David Morris to turn in his badge

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Glass-y Guys

Albany natives John Magyar and Jason Beaver share a love of blowing glass

Albany natives John Magyar and Jason Beaver share a love of blowing glass

Seven teens wounded in shooting at early-morning party in Sylvester

None of the injuries were considered to be life-threatening

Seven teens wounded in early-morning shooting at party in Sylvester

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Brian Dougherty named Sherwood Christian Academy's new headmaster

Major construction planned on SCA's campus

Earlier this month, Glen Shultz made one of most difficult decisions of his career when he announced he was stepping down after nine years as headmaster at Sherwood Christian Academy.

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Carol Fullerton considering legal challenge to Darrel Ealum's House 153 runoff win

Absentee ballots were the key to Darrel Ealums upset victory over the three-term incumbent

More specifically, Ealum crushed Fullerton 512-130 in absentee mail-in ballot voting, providing his margin of victory. He also had a 52-vote margin advantage in the 710 in-person votes cast during the early voting period.

Police and Fire Report - July 24, 2014

For Tuesday July 22, 2014

Police and Fire Report

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Lee County deputies make three arrests in separate burglary, vandalism incidents

Joshua Cox is charged with Dixie Road burglary, Cory Knight and juvenile are charged in Huntingdon Subdivision vandalism.

Lee County deputies make three arrests in separate burglary, vandalism incidents

Little is known about North Albany Medical Center

The corporation is registered in Georgia, but belongs to a firm in Franklin, Tenn.

North Albany Medical Center has become a player in the Federal Trade Commission’s actions over the purchase of the former Palmyra Medical Center by the Hospital Authority of Albany-Dougherty County.

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Early votes to decide Dougherty County election races

With early votes still to be counted, the races for House District 153 and School Board 6 are too close to call

Dougherty County voters select a new Dougherty County School Board member and decide wehther to return a lawmaker to the General Assembly.

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Karen Kemp resigns as executive director at the Albany Museum of Art

Kemp had held the the AMA's top spot since summer 2012

Karen Kemp has resigned at the Albany Museum of Art

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Senate hopefuls Jack Kingston, David Perdue make final pitches to South Georgia voters

The winner will face Democratic nominee Michelle Nunn in November

GOP U.S. Senate candidates make final appearances in Albany before today’s runoff. The candidates are hoping to replace U.S. Sen. Saxby Chambliss, a Moultrie Republican who decided not to seek re-election.

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Dougherty County polls open at 7 a.m. today for primary runoffs

A contentious Georgia House 153 race between incumbent Carol Fullerton and Darrel Ealum will be decided today

Early voting in Dougherty County was close to the level reached in May’s party primary elections, and a much higher retention rate than the state as a whole experienced.

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Alice Coachman Davis is remembered at school that bears her name

Coachman-Davis, the first black woman to win an Olympic Gold Medal, passed away Monday in Albany at the age of 90

Alice Coachman Davis remembered at memorial service

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Dougherty School Board listening session focuses on dropout rate, academics

The University of Georgia Fanning Institute gatherd information on how to improve K-16 education in Dougherty County

Much of the discussion involves a college and career academy, perception difficulties, community involvement and grant writing.

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Dougherty County School Board approves $14.6 million One-to-One Technology Initiative

The program will place more than 15,000 laptops and tablets in the hands of every teacher and student in the DCSS by the end of the 2015-16 school year.

DCSS approves $14.6 million One-to-One Technology Initiative

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Darrel Ealum, Carol Fullerton trade verbal jabs as primary runoff nears

House 153 candidates swap barbs over financial disclosure statements

A closer look at the House 153 primary runoff

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Shirlette Davis-Marcus endorses Dean Phinazee in District 6 BOE runoff

Phinazee is facing Princess Milledge in next Tuesday’s runoff

Davis-Marcus endorses Phinazee in District 6 BOE runoff

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Dougherty BOE to hold unusual three-session work day Thursday

The BOE will also consider spending $13 million for laptops and tablets for each of the district’s more than 15,500 teachers and students.

Dougherty BOE to hold an unusual three-session work day Thursday

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U.S. District Judge Louis Sands is asked for another extension by FTC in Phoebe-Palmyra case

The Phoebe entities last week also requested an administrative hearing before the Georgia Department of Community Health in regard to its recent CON decision

U.S. District Judge Louis Sands is asked for another extension in FTC in Phoebe-Palmyra case

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Newly renovated Central Library to begin retrieving more than 150,000 items Monday

Officials aim to hold grand opening of the $5.6 million project in mid-August

Workers set to begin moving items back into the renovated Central Library today

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DCSS Finance Committee approves purchase of 9,000 laptop computers and tablets

The purchase is part of the districts One-to-One Technology Initiative

DCSS Finance Committee approves purchase of 9,000 laptop computers and tablets

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Dougherty’s CRCT scores show upward trend from 2013

Final CRCT results for 3rd through 8th grades improve in 16 of 30 content areas

State releases final round of CRCT results

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Dougherty School Board holds first of three public hearings on property tax rates

DCSS Finance Director Ken Dyer said there will be no tax increase, but due to reassessments, state law requires the BOE to advertise it as a tax increase

DCSS holds first of three public hearings on property tax rates.

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Dougherty End-of-Course Test results show upward trend

DCSS curriculum chief Ufot Inyang pleased with results, says more work to do

Dougherty County School System’s ECOT results inch upward.

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U.S. Rep. Jack Kingston touts energy independence in Senate campaign visit

The U.S. Senate candidate chides the Obama administration for delaying energy projects such as the Keystone Pipeline

U.S. Senate candidate Jack Kingston pushes energy independence during a campaign swing through Albany on Thursday.

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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