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DCSS Board holds public 'listening session'

The Doughtery School Board heard what the public wants in a new superintendent

The Dougherty County School Board on Monday held a listening session to get community feedback as the board moves forward in its search for a permanent replacement for Interim Superintendent Butch Mosely.

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Sherwood Academy Notebook

News and names from Sherwood Christian Academy

Holiday food drives, mission trips highlight November at Sherwood Christian School.

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Southwest Georgia Education Notebook -- Dec. 11, 2013

Three area students earn scholarships from the University of Georgia

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Dougherty School Board gives employees a furlough day back

The District has cut furlough days from six to four over the past six months

The Dougherty County School Board on Monday cut another employee furlough day

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Danny Ellis stepping down as Calhoun County Schools superintendent

CCSS in the market for its next superintendent

After three years on the job, Danny Ellis is retiring as Calhoun County School superintendent

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Tommy Coleman named to GCSBA Board of Directors

Tommy Coleman represents the Dougherty County School System

A former Mayor of Albany, Tommy Coleman represents the Dougherty and Baker County school systems as well as 27 southwest Georgia municipalities and counties

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The Big 10 for the week Nov. 29-Dec.6, 2013

The most-read stories of the week at

The most-read stories for the week of Nov. 29 through Dec. 6 week at

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Interim Dougherty School Superintendent Butch Mosely under consideration for permanent appointment

Deadline for applications Dougherty County School System supertintendent is Jan. 24

Doughtery County Schools Interim Superintendent Butch Mosely has been approached to take the job on a permanent basis.

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Albany Tech conducts fall graduation exercise

Keynote speaker Cynthia George urged graduates to pursue passion in their lives

More than 170 graduates received associate degrees; more than 500 diplomas; and nearly 300 technical certificates of credit were also awarded at Albany Technical College’s Fall Commencement Thursday at the Albany Civic Center.

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Dougherty County schools may reduce furlough days by one

The Dougherty School System currently has five employee furlough days

Healthy reserve fund balance has Dougherty School Board talking about removing another employee furlough day, reducing total number for fiscal year to four.

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U.S. Senate candidate Michelle Nunn visits Albany Technical College

The daughter of former Sen. Sam Nunn is seeking the Senate seat being vacated by Saxby Chambliss

Michelle Nunn says her experience in helping businesses and creating jobs qualifies her for the U.S. Senate.

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Robert Cross wins Middle School Academic Bowl (VIDEO)

Robert Cross bests Albany Middle School for district title

Robert Cross roars back from semi-final defeat to win Christine Blaylock Academic Bowl Trophy

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Kara Willis joins crowded GOP field for State School Superintendent

Five Republicans, one Democrat vying to replace John Barge

Six candidates seeking to replace State School Superintendent John Barge, who is running for governor.

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Albany-Dougherty County Police/Fire/EMS Reports - Dec. 4, 2013

These are public safety reports from Albany and Dougherty County

The Albany Police Department responded to at least 45 calls late Monday and into the early hours of Tuesday, available reports show.

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Albany Technical College recognizes nearly 100 students during Honors Day.

Nearly 100 are recognized at Albany Tech's Honors Day

Albany Technical College held its Fall Honors Day on Monday, recognizing nearly 100 worthy students.

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Dougherty County School System Notebook - Dec. 2, 2013

Good news from around the Dougherty County School System

The Public Information Office of the Dougherty County School System was recognized at the Georgia School Public Relations Association 2013 Annual Conference.

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The Big 10 for the week of Nov. 22-29, 2013

Dawson Mayor thinks his shooting was politically motivated tops the list of stories this week

Dawson Mayor Christoper Wright shooting; Secret Santa hands of $100 bills to city’s less fortunate are the week’s most-read stories at

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Dougherty County School System Notebook - Dec. 1, 2013

Veterans, students honored during busy week in the DCSS

Dougherty County School System students took time to honor our service members on Veterans Day while picking up some recognitions of their own

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Secret Santa surprises Albany's less fortunate with $100 bills

HERALD EXCLUSIVE: Anonymous benefactor spreads random acts of kindness to residents who need a helping hand

Secret Santa spreads $100 bills around around’s shelters, missions and thrift store.

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Phoebe committee recommends applicants for consideration before full board

Committee approves six physician appointments and three nurse practitioners

Phoebe professional affairs committee OKs six physician appointments, three nurse practitioners and 93 staff reappointments.

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BIG 10: Most-read articles for Nov. 15-22 at

Rural hospital closings rock Southwest Georgia is top story

Rural hospital closings, Dawson mayor speaks out for first time after shooting, Albany teacher convicted of pandering among the week’s top stories

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After nearly a year on the job, the Dougherty County School System's Butch Mosely says progress has been made.

With just more than six months remaining on his contract, Butch Mosely says DCSS has more work to do.

Dougherty County School System Interim Superintendent Butch Mosely has seen improvement throughout the district, but he says more work is needed.

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On the Job with Dotty Davis

Lee County High School Theater and Artistic Director Dotty Davis is helping mold the next generation of actors

For more than 30 years, Dotty Davis has lived much of her life on the stage. Now the Theater and Artistic Director at Lee County High School is passing the torch on to the next generation of performers.

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Flint RiverQuarium in Albany is reviewing security after gator-napping

RiverQuarium personnel recover the gator unharmed from the Flint River on Thursday

After a man scales the wall of the Flint RiverQuairum, snatches a 3-foot gator and dumps it into the Flint River, the reptile is recovered uninjured by personnel with the Albany aquarium.

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Darton welcomes interim president

New DartonState College Interim President Paul Jones was introduced to the community with a reception at the College Thursday.

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Man steals alligator from Flint RiverQuarium

RiverQuarium personnel recover gator from the Flint River

Man enters Flint RiverQuarium alligator enclosure, snatches gator and dumps it in the Flint River, where it is recovered by personnel with the Albany aquarium.

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Dougherty County School System Notebook - Nov. 20, 2013

Westover Athletic Director Harley Calhoun wins region athletic director of the year

DCSS Notebook is a compilation of events and accomplishments of students in the Dougherty County School System.

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Albany-Dougherty County Police, Fire and EMS Reports - Nov. 20, 2013

These reports are a wrap up of public safety activities

Albany and Dougherty County police respond to a combined 23 calls Monday and early Tuesday.

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Ty Ty man dies from injuries suffered in Sunday traffic accident

J.D. Gibbs, 91, died Monday in a Macon Medical Center

J.D. Gibbs, 91, died Monday in a Macon Medical Center. Jimmy Lee Pitts, the driver of the semi whick struck Gibbs pickup, has been charged with driving too fast for conditions

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Georgia Charter School Association officials give Doughtery Rotary Club charter primer

State charter school officials say starting a charter school is not for the faint of heart

Andrew Lewis, with the Georgia Charter School Commission, says “charter schools are an additional tool in the tool belt of Georgia’s parents.”

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Sylvester police make arrest in restaurant robbery

Wendell Carl Thomas is accused of armed robbery at Sylvester Hot Wok restaurant

Sylvester police made a quick arrest Monday in an armed robbery, with the suspect a person of interest in two home invasions earlier this year.

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On The Job with David Coley

David Coley has tried retirement, and discovered he did not care very much for it.

DCSS Interim Director of Federal Programs David Coley says the best thing about his job is the quality people he’s met here since taking the job in February.

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Rynders 'optimistic' funding for a new fine arts center at Albany State will be in the state budget

Area legislators give overviews of what they expect at the January General Assembly

Albany Area Chamber of Commerce members heard from local lawmakers during a Legislative Affairs Breakfast Thursday at the Merry Acres Event Center.

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Sparks fly over architects at Dougherty School Board meeting

A Dougherty School Board committee has narrowed a list of architects to 11

Two Dougherty School Board members question why a list 10 architects was expanded to 11 to add a former School Board member.

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Flint River makes the Georgia Water Coalition Dirty Dozen list again

The GWC cites pumps, dams, diversions and state water policy which are cutting into the river's flow, creating a man-made drought

For the third straight year, the Flint River has been named to the Georgia Water Coalition Dirty Dozen of endangered state water recources.

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Monroe High Principal Vinson Davis nominated for a Steve Harvey Show Neighborhood Award

Davis said he thought he was being pranked when one of the show’s producers called him last week

According to the show, The Neighborhood Awards honor local businesses, religious and neighborhood leaders, churches, and high schools for their contributions as well as excellence within their own neighborhoods.

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Georgia Board of Regents approves Southern Poly-Kennesaw State consolidation

The steady drumbeat of consolidation continues as the Georgia Board of Regents approves Southern Poly-Kennesaw State merger.

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New Albany monument honors World War II veterans (NEW VIDEO TUESDAY)

A large crowd attends the unveiling of WWII monument at Albanys Veterans Park

A new World War II monument at Veterans Park in Albany is a public reminder of the sacrifices made by the men and women of the American armed forces.

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Dougherty County School System Education Notebook - Nov. 10, 2013

Students and teachers achieve recognition and make progress in the Dougherty County School System

This is a compilation of events, achievements and activities over the past few weeks in the Dougherty County School System.

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Funding dominates Albany regional educational summit

Ten members of the Georgia Legislature met with regional school officials in Albany on improving public education

Cutting down mandates and increasing funds were common themes that Georgia lawmakers heard Thursday at a regional education summit at Darton State College in Albany.

A citizens group wants to oust three members of the Baker County School Board

Janet Anderson charges some members of the Baker School Board are not following policy and are misusing funds

Baker County School Board members Brenda King, Chasity Moye and Sharon Heard are the targets of a recall effort.

Dougherty County Schools, Community In Schools of Georgia and Albany Technical College form partnership

New College and Career Performance Learning Center aims to increase graduation rates

The goal of the new College and Career Performance Learning Center aims to increase graduation rates

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Dougherty schools OK 5-year agreement with MCLB-Albany

Children of Marines can attend schools outside their zones under the Dougherty School Board agreement

Child Nutrition Director Blaine Allen aims to eliminate all salt from Dougherty County school menus by 2015

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State senators to hold educational summit at Darton State

State Sens. Freddie Powell Sims, Lindsey Tippins, John Crosby and Dean Burke will hold an educational summit on Thursday, to discuss the educational challenges facing southwest Georgia.

The four senators will meet with Southwest Georgia school superintendents from 3 to 4 p.m. before gathering with regional school board members from 4:15 to 5:30 p.m. The summit will close with a public forum which is scheduled to begin at 6 p.m.

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Vintage WWII aircraft set to touch down at Southwest Georgia Regional Airport on Monday

A P-51 Mustang, B-17 Flying Fortress and B-24 Liberator are to be on display for three days at Southwest Georgia Regional Airport

Wings of Freedom Tour to bring three vintage WWII aircraft to Southwest Georgia Regional Airport on Monday through Wednesday

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New charter school proponents to get another crack at the Dougherty School Board

River School for Children STEM Academy board has withdrawn its state charter application in hopes of getting local school board approval.

River School for Children STEM Academy board has withdrawn its state charter application in hopes of getting local school board approval. The school system had denied their charter petition in September

Court of Appeals rules in Albany State favor in Smith whistle-blower law suit

Appeals court rules as an at will employee, Cassandra Smith was not entitled to special protection from termination at Albany State University

Appeals court strikes down Cassandra Smith lawsuit against Albany State

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Dougherty Schools Finance Committee hears proposal to 'refresh' the district's technology systems.

Doughtery Schools IT Director Maurice Ficklin proposes spending $12.5 million over the next five years to refresh the districts aging technology services.

Doughtery County schools IT Director Maurice Ficklin has proposed a five-year plan to update the district's aging technology systems at a cost of $2.5 million per year.

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Time line set for superintendent search

A DCSS steering committee on Friday set up a time line for the Districts search for a permanent superintendent.

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B-17 ride was a trip back in time

A flight on one of just 13 B-17 Fying Fortresses still flying was the experience of a lifetime.