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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.

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Darton State College awards diplomas to more than 300 graduates

The more than 300 graduates came from eight different countries, 13 states and 92 of Georgia’s 159 counties

More than 300 newly-minted graduate picked up degrees Thursday evening as Darton State College conducted its 2015 Spring Commencement exercise.

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Deal nominates Ocilla's Jay Roberts as new DOT Planning director

Roberts current serves as the Chairman of the House transportation committee.

Gov. Nathan Deal nominates Jay Roberts as new DOT Planning director

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Albany State University holds annual Legislative Appreciation Luncheon

Highlight of the year was ASU receiving funding for a new fine arts center

Next Monday, Gov. Nathan Deal will be on campus to sign the state’s $21.9 billion FY 2015-16 state budget which includes $19.8 million to fund a new fine arts center to replace the aging and overcrowded Holley Hall at ASU.

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Letter carriers set for annual food drive on Saturday

Postal workers will collect non-perishable foods left in bags of boxes by mail boxes

Led by letter carriers, the annual drive has delivered more than one billion pounds of food to the needy over the past 22 years.

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Deal marks Teacher Appreciation Week with swing through Albany

The state's First Lady visited five Dougherty County Schools Monday in celebration of Georgia’s Teacher Appreciation Week

Georgia School Superintendent Richard Woods called the month of May one of the most important on the calendar because of teachers.

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Kidney transplant changed Elizabeth Hylick’s life forever

The Dawson native spent 12 years on dialysis and six years on a waiting list

In December of 2002, Elizabeth Hylick’s doctor received a phone call from her doctor who delivered some bad news. She was in the advanced kidney renal failure and would have to go into dialysis. That call changed her life forever.

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Lt. Gov. Casey Cagle pushing charter schools, career academy initiatives

Cagle says the time is right for a career academy in Dougherty County

Lt. Gov. Casey Cagle says charter schools and career academies will change the face of education in Georgia

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Albany Technical College holds Spring Commencement

College awards more than 1,700 degrees, diplomas and certificates to graduates

Four young men graduate with AA degrees from Albany Tech before graduating from high school.

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Albany police officer resigns after sexually explicit images surface online

Images were found on a high school student's phone, but police say none were sent to the student by the officer

Albany police officer Robert Lee Ausby resigned after images of him performing sexual acts were discovered on the cell phone of a student at Dougherty High School. An internal investigation shows the images were independently downloaded and were not sent to the student by the former officer.

Georgia Statewide Coalition on Blindness Convention headed to Albany

The event will be held Friday and Saturday

Georgia Statewide Coalition on Blindness convention celebrates 17 years of advocacy as the organization strives for its new vision of employment and equality.

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CVB conducts strategic session on tourism

Albany Convention and Visitors Bureau holds strategic planning session on tourism

Consultant Judy Randall says the CVB has done some things really well but needs to work on other things.

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University of Alabama honors Albany State President Art Dunning, who helped break color barrier on football team

Art Dunning and four other walk-ons became the first black players for the Crimson Tide in spring 1967

In 1967, four years after then-Gov. George Wallace’s infamous stand in the schoolhouse door, five black football players made history by walking onto the team during Alabama’s spring practice.

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Darton State College Foundation holds its annual gala

The event is the Foundation's largest fund raiser with proceeds going toward scholarships

The Darton State College Foundation held its annual gala Thursday evening at the Cavalier Arena. The annual event is the Foundation’s largest fund raiser of the year.

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Butch Mosely: School system won't get involved in Opportunity School referendum politics

Dougherty County School superintendent says let the voters decide the matter

Dougherty County School System Superintendent Butch Mosely made it clear Thursday that the school system will remain neutral in the matter of an Opportunity School District

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Kohl’s, Boys and Girls Club of Albany team up to celebrate Earth Day

Store employee build three raised garden boxes behind the Jefferson Street club.

Marvin Laster, assistant chief professional officer for Boys and Girls Clubs of Albany, hopes members planting their own gardens will teach healthy eating and nutrition.

Dougherty County School Board approves Dougherty High Phase II change order

District officials say Dougherty renovations on track, set for 2015-16 school year

The Dougherty County School Board zipped through a light agenda at its regular monthly meeting Wednesday in record time, convening and adjourning the session in less than five minutes.

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Let Us Make Man event set for weekend at Albany State University

The mission of the program is to use effective skills trainings to foster hope by strengthening and empowering the black man

Let Us Make Man covers the consequences of behavior.

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Vision Source, Jerry Prchal remain strong supporters of Flint River Habitat

Over the past year Prchal’s business has donated more than $10,000 to help Habitat for Humanity

It’s no secret that Dr. Jerry Prchal and Vision Source have been strong supporters of Flint River Habitat for Humanity. Prchal, who served on the organization’s board of directors for eight years, and Vision Source recently added to that legacy of service.

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Gov. Nathan Deal's Education Reform Commission holds meeting in Tifton

Funding reformulation is at the top of the agenda

Gov. Deal’s Education Reform Commission draws a large crowd in Tifton with school funding being the main topic of discussion

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Gov. Nathan Deal’s Education Reform Commission holds meeting in Tifton

Funding reformulation is at the top of the agenda

Gov. Deal’s Education Reform Commission draws a large crowd in Tifton with school funding being the main topic of discussion

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Sherrie Hubbard named Dougherty County School System 2015-16 Teacher of the Year

Radium Middle School Social Studies teacher is selected from among a field of eight finalists

Sherrie Hubbard was all smiles Thursday night after being named the Dougherty County School System’s 2015-16 Teacher of the Year at a banquet at the Hilton Garden Inn. Hubbard, a seventh-grade Social Studies teacher at Radium Springs Middle Magnet School for the Arts, was selected from among a field of eight finalists.

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Albany Middle School named ELS School of the Month

The school is using specialized software to help struggling students catch up in reading and math

As one of the most technologically advanced schools in the Dougherty County School System. it should come as no surprise that Albany Middle School has been selected as the ELS (Educational Learning Systems) School of the Month

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Albany State University hosts 2nd annual National Hip-Hop Conference

The Circling the Elements conference will explores the genres historical evolution and societal impact

The Albany State University community will celebrate Hip-Hop music and culture at the the 2nd annual “Circling the Elements Hip-Hop Conference” this weekend.

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Deerfield-Windsor set to present 'All Shook Up' spring musical

The three-day performance will feature Elvis Presley songs

Deerfield-Windsor School to perform annual spring musical at at the Albany Municipal Auditorium this weekend.

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Sherwood Acres Mona Tarver followed her vision of becoming a teacher

Dougherty County Teacher of the Year finalist is committed to teach all children

Sherwood Acres Elementary fifth-grade Science and Social Studies instructor Mona Tarver knew early in life that she was meant to be an educator. She envisioned herself in the role.

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Love, respect and persistence drive Lake Park Elementary teacher Tiffany Pafford

A short, unorganized, high-pitched, glasses-on-the-end-of-her-nose teacher inspired Pafford

Married at 18, it took Lake Park teacher six years to earn her associate’s degree. Her husband and her son inspired her to continue on her path of becoming a teacher.

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Dougherty County School Board considers streamlining student disciplinary policy

The new policy would require specific offensives be included in charge letters

The Dougherty School Board discusses student discipline policy and a new state law that will allow former students to receive diplomas.

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One question mapped International Studies Elementary teacher Allison Orme's life

Allison Orme is one of eight finalists for Dougherty County's 2015-16 Teacher of the Year

Allison Orme was playing school with stuffed animals on her grandmother’s back porch when a boy from her class at school walked through the back yard and set her on a career path.

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Merry Acres Middle School's Kawanna Jones sells science to her students

Jone is one of eight finalists for Dougherty County's Teacher of the Year

Merry Acres Middle School science teacher Kawanna Jones regards herself as a salesperson — she sells education to students.

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Adrianne Harris was born to teach

South Georgia Regional Achievement Center English teacher is finalist for Teacher of the Year

Adrianne Harris never realized how influential others teachers had been in her life until she became one herself.

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Sherrie Hubbard's path to teaching is not a long, dramatic story

Radium Springs Middle School instructor is finalist for DCSS Teacher of the Year

Sherrie Hubbard’s love of helping children change their lives through learning sent her back to school.