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  • Editorial: Suicide- silent agony

    Editorial: Suicide- silent agony

    Tuesday, June 19 2018 3:02 PM EDT2018-06-19 19:02:33 GMT
    (Source: WALB)(Source: WALB)

    Celebrities make national news, but the common person's suicide is just as devastating to their loved ones, even if it doesn't make the news. 

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    Celebrities make national news, but the common person's suicide is just as devastating to their loved ones, even if it doesn't make the news. 

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  • Guest Editorial: Men’s Health Week

    Guest Editorial: Men’s Health Week

    Thursday, June 14 2018 1:55 PM EDT2018-06-14 17:55:56 GMT
    Darrell Sabbs, Director of Community Engagement, Phoebe (Source: WALB)Darrell Sabbs, Director of Community Engagement, Phoebe (Source: WALB)
    Darrell Sabbs, Director of Community Engagement, Phoebe (Source: WALB)Darrell Sabbs, Director of Community Engagement, Phoebe (Source: WALB)

    As Phoebe’s Community Benefit Coordinator, I have organized many events over the years aimed at improving the health of those in our community.  

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    As Phoebe’s Community Benefit Coordinator, I have organized many events over the years aimed at improving the health of those in our community.  

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  • Editorial: It's time, again, to vote on consolidation

    Editorial: It's time, again, to vote on consolidation

    Tuesday, June 12 2018 5:00 PM EDT2018-06-12 21:00:18 GMT
    (Source: WALB)(Source: WALB)
    (Source: WALB)(Source: WALB)

    We have said this for years, and we say it again, the citizens of Albany and Dougherty County should vote on the consolidation of city and county governments.

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    We have said this for years, and we say it again, the citizens of Albany and Dougherty County should vote on the consolidation of city and county governments.

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  • Editorial: Teachers and guns

    Editorial: Teachers and guns

    Thursday, June 7 2018 8:51 PM EDT2018-06-08 00:51:58 GMT
    (Source: WALB)(Source: WALB)

    Recently, the Fannin County school board in north Georgia voted unanimously to arm teachers with guns who volunteer to carry them.

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    Recently, the Fannin County school board in north Georgia voted unanimously to arm teachers with guns who volunteer to carry them.

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  • Editorial: Keep a lid on summer crime

    Editorial: Keep a lid on summer crime

    Wednesday, June 6 2018 1:42 PM EDT2018-06-06 17:42:34 GMT
    (Source: WALB)(Source: WALB)
    (Source: WALB)(Source: WALB)

    We are just a few weeks out from the start of summer... and that means an uptick in temperatures and reports of crime. 

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    We are just a few weeks out from the start of summer... and that means an uptick in temperatures and reports of crime. 

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  • Editorial: Crime at charity event was appalling

    Editorial: Crime at charity event was appalling

    Thursday, May 31 2018 5:00 PM EDT2018-05-31 21:00:18 GMT
    (Source: WALB)(Source: WALB)
    (Source: WALB)(Source: WALB)

    Last week, we were saddened to hear that during a charitable event at the Walter Judge Academy, someone was committing a crime in the parking lot. The crime unfortunately put a damper on the amazing event that was taking place.

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    Last week, we were saddened to hear that during a charitable event at the Walter Judge Academy, someone was committing a crime in the parking lot. The crime unfortunately put a damper on the amazing event that was taking place.

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  • Editorial: Improvements at Chehaw

    Editorial: Improvements at Chehaw

    Thursday, May 24 2018 2:31 PM EDT2018-05-24 18:31:13 GMT
    (Source: WALB)(Source: WALB)

    The Parks at Chehaw continue to expand, and are now wrapping up construction on their new splash pad. It's been a long time coming, and we are glad to see this finally coming to fruition. 

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    The Parks at Chehaw continue to expand, and are now wrapping up construction on their new splash pad. It's been a long time coming, and we are glad to see this finally coming to fruition. 

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  • Editorial: 'No comment' won't do in hospital flap

    Editorial: 'No comment' won't do in hospital flap

    Thursday, May 17 2018 11:12 AM EDT2018-05-17 15:12:17 GMT
    (Source: WALB)(Source: WALB)

    Many of us have heard the saying ‘silence is golden’— and in the case of the Dougherty County Commission… their silence says it all. 

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    Many of us have heard the saying ‘silence is golden’— and in the case of the Dougherty County Commission… their silence says it all. 

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  • Editorial: Enjoy the water... safely

    Editorial: Enjoy the water... safely

    Tuesday, May 15 2018 5:00 PM EDT2018-05-15 21:00:14 GMT
    (Source: WALB)(Source: WALB)
    (Source: WALB)(Source: WALB)

     If you're planning to head out on a boat, there are a few things you can do, to keep you and your family safe. 

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     If you're planning to head out on a boat, there are a few things you can do, to keep you and your family safe. 

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  • Editorial: Saluting Albany's Chain Gang

    Editorial: Saluting Albany's Chain Gang

    Thursday, May 10 2018 5:00 PM EDT2018-05-10 21:00:14 GMT
    (Source: WALB)(Source: WALB)
    (Source: WALB)(Source: WALB)

    One of Albany's many heroes that emerged from 2017's storm damage, was honored on the national stage for his efforts. 

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    One of Albany's many heroes that emerged from 2017's storm damage, was honored on the national stage for his efforts. 

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  • Editorial: Albany's best kept secret?

    Editorial: Albany's best kept secret?

    Wednesday, May 9 2018 5:00 PM EDT2018-05-09 21:00:16 GMT
    (Source: WALB)(Source: WALB)
    (Source: WALB)(Source: WALB)

    Recently named to both the U. S. Civil Rights Trail, and The Georgia Footprints of Martin Luther King, Jr. Trail. The Civil Rights Institute provides an opportunity to browse interactive exhibits.

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    Recently named to both the U. S. Civil Rights Trail, and The Georgia Footprints of Martin Luther King, Jr. Trail. The Civil Rights Institute provides an opportunity to browse interactive exhibits.

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  • Editorial: How many lawsuits do Dougherty Commissioners need?

    Editorial: How many lawsuits do Dougherty Commissioners need?

    Thursday, May 3 2018 5:00 PM EDT2018-05-03 21:00:17 GMT
    (Source: WALB)(Source: WALB)
    (Source: WALB)(Source: WALB)

    Here we go again. Dougherty County Commissioners have us involved in another lawsuit. How many more lawsuits will this commission get us involved in, using our taxpayer dollars?

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    Here we go again. Dougherty County Commissioners have us involved in another lawsuit. How many more lawsuits will this commission get us involved in, using our taxpayer dollars?

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  • Editorial: See something, say something

    Editorial: See something, say something

    Tuesday, May 1 2018 5:00 PM EDT2018-05-01 21:00:18 GMT
    (Source: WALB)(Source: WALB)
    (Source: WALB)(Source: WALB)

    There’s a new nation-wide app that has been launched in Georgia and 9 other states which allows citizens to communicate their concerns to local law enforcement. 

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    There’s a new nation-wide app that has been launched in Georgia and 9 other states which allows citizens to communicate their concerns to local law enforcement. 

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  • Editorial: Reducing the rape kit backlog

    Editorial: Reducing the rape kit backlog

    Tuesday, April 24 2018 9:54 AM EDT2018-04-24 13:54:34 GMT
    (Source: WALB)(Source: WALB)
    (Source: WALB)(Source: WALB)

    Last March, we came to you to speak about a new state law went into effect the previous July. It required that DNA evidence collected from sexual assault victims get into the hands of forensic analysts faster.

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    Last March, we came to you to speak about a new state law went into effect the previous July. It required that DNA evidence collected from sexual assault victims get into the hands of forensic analysts faster.

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  • Editorial: Fighting the opioid epidemic

    Editorial: Fighting the opioid epidemic

    Thursday, April 19 2018 5:00 PM EDT2018-04-19 21:00:18 GMT
    (Source: WALB)(Source: WALB)
    (Source: WALB)(Source: WALB)

    An opioid epidemic is sweeping the nation, and is being seen increasingly in South Georgia. Dougherty County leaders were alarmed, seeing more teenagers and students overdosing on pain-killers, and took action. Tuesday morning thousands of the Dougherty County public and private schools students attended a realistic re-enactment of an opioid overdose incident. Dougherty County EMS, the Dougherty County coroner, Phoebe Putney Hospital, Albany Police, Dougherty County Police and the ...

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    An opioid epidemic is sweeping the nation, and is being seen increasingly in South Georgia. Dougherty County leaders were alarmed, seeing more teenagers and students overdosing on pain-killers, and took action. Tuesday morning thousands of the Dougherty County public and private schools students attended a realistic re-enactment of an opioid overdose incident. Dougherty County EMS, the Dougherty County coroner, Phoebe Putney Hospital, Albany Police, Dougherty County Police and the ...

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  • Editorial: Georgia's new hands free phone law

    Editorial: Georgia's new hands free phone law

    Tuesday, April 17 2018 5:00 PM EDT2018-04-17 21:00:14 GMT
    (Source: WALB)(Source: WALB)
    (Source: WALB)(Source: WALB)

    We need to be familiar with House Bill 673, which, if passed, would enact a  hands-free driving law for Georgia.  

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    We need to be familiar with House Bill 673, which, if passed, would enact a  hands-free driving law for Georgia.  

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  • Editorial: What's next for Dougherty Co. and Mike McCoy?

    Editorial: What's next for Dougherty Co. and Mike McCoy?

    Thursday, April 12 2018 3:23 PM EDT2018-04-12 19:23:07 GMT
    (Source: WALB)(Source: WALB)
    (Source: WALB)(Source: WALB)

    This week, it became known that Dougherty County's interim administrator, Michael McCoy, plans to sue the county for $3 million.

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    This week, it became known that Dougherty County's interim administrator, Michael McCoy, plans to sue the county for $3 million.

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  • Editorial: Battling Fake News

    Editorial: Battling Fake News

    Tuesday, April 10 2018 5:00 PM EDT2018-04-10 21:00:14 GMT
    (Source: WALB)(Source: WALB)
    (Source: WALB)(Source: WALB)

     In the social media age, it takes just a few seconds to fire off a message someone considers a “fact,” But in reality, the statements are merely opinions, with little to no research to back them up. 

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     In the social media age, it takes just a few seconds to fire off a message someone considers a “fact,” But in reality, the statements are merely opinions, with little to no research to back them up. 

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  • Editorial: Fighting the opioid crisis in SWGA

    Editorial: Fighting the opioid crisis in SWGA

    Thursday, April 5 2018 1:59 PM EDT2018-04-05 17:59:05 GMT
    (Source: WALB)(Source: WALB)
    (Source: WALB)(Source: WALB)

    Southwest Georgia communities, as well as communities across the nation, are dealing with opioid-related deaths at staggering numbers. As a result, Dougherty County Coroner Michael Fowler has sounded the alarm!

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    Southwest Georgia communities, as well as communities across the nation, are dealing with opioid-related deaths at staggering numbers. As a result, Dougherty County Coroner Michael Fowler has sounded the alarm!

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  • Editorial: King Celebration Dinner

    Editorial: King Celebration Dinner

    Tuesday, April 3 2018 5:00 PM EDT2018-04-03 21:00:12 GMT
    (Source: WALB)(Source: WALB)
    (Source: WALB)(Source: WALB)

    The King Celebration Dinner is being held this year, on the 50th anniversary of the final speech Dr. Martin Luther King, Junior gave.

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    The King Celebration Dinner is being held this year, on the 50th anniversary of the final speech Dr. Martin Luther King, Junior gave.

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  • Editorial: Remembering Zell Miller

    Editorial: Remembering Zell Miller

    Tuesday, March 27 2018 5:00 PM EDT2018-03-27 21:00:17 GMT
    (Source: WALB)(Source: WALB)
    (Source: WALB)(Source: WALB)

    The life of Georgia's  79th Governor, Zell Miller, is being celebrated this week by his family, friends, citizens, state and local officials, and former Presidents. 

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    The life of Georgia's  79th Governor, Zell Miller, is being celebrated this week by his family, friends, citizens, state and local officials, and former Presidents. 

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  • Editorial: Local preference policy

    Editorial: Local preference policy

    Friday, March 23 2018 5:00 PM EDT2018-03-23 21:00:20 GMT
    (Source: WALB)(Source: WALB)
    (Source: WALB)(Source: WALB)

    The Dougherty County Commission does not have a policy to give preference to local businesses, when purchasing products or services.

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    The Dougherty County Commission does not have a policy to give preference to local businesses, when purchasing products or services.

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  • Editorial: Honoring our fallen officers

    Editorial: Honoring our fallen officers

    Tuesday, March 20 2018 5:00 PM EDT2018-03-20 21:00:14 GMT
    (Source: WALB)(Source: WALB)
    (Source: WALB)(Source: WALB)

    If you saw dozens of folks on motorcycles last weekend around Albany, they may have been part of the Cliff Rouse Memorial Ride.   

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    If you saw dozens of folks on motorcycles last weekend around Albany, they may have been part of the Cliff Rouse Memorial Ride.   

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  • Editorial: Students protest in schools

    Editorial: Students protest in schools

    Thursday, March 15 2018 4:00 PM EDT2018-03-15 20:00:20 GMT
    (Source: WALB)(Source: WALB)
    (Source: WALB)(Source: WALB)

    Wednesday, exactly one month since 17 people were killed in the mass school shooting in Parkland, Florida, survivors of the massacre joined tens of thousands of students in about 3,100 schools across the country, and walked out of their classes.

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    Wednesday, exactly one month since 17 people were killed in the mass school shooting in Parkland, Florida, survivors of the massacre joined tens of thousands of students in about 3,100 schools across the country, and walked out of their classes.

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  • Editorial: Who will care for our aged?

    Editorial: Who will care for our aged?

    Tuesday, March 13 2018 5:00 PM EDT2018-03-13 21:00:19 GMT
    (Source: WALB)(Source: WALB)
    (Source: WALB)(Source: WALB)

    As the nation ages, we are seeing the effects of a growing population who has special needs and needs extra caregiving in their older years.  

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    As the nation ages, we are seeing the effects of a growing population who has special needs and needs extra caregiving in their older years.  

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  • Editorial: Marathon and Downtown Street Fest

    Editorial: Marathon and Downtown Street Fest

    Thursday, March 8 2018 5:00 PM EST2018-03-08 22:00:16 GMT
    (Source: WALB)(Source: WALB)
    (Source: WALB)(Source: WALB)

    Over the weekend, thousands of visitors came to Albany to take part in the 12th Annual Snickers Marathon, and 17th Annual Downtown Street Festival. 

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    Over the weekend, thousands of visitors came to Albany to take part in the 12th Annual Snickers Marathon, and 17th Annual Downtown Street Festival. 

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  • Editorial: Delta Airlines and the NRA

    Editorial: Delta Airlines and the NRA

    Tuesday, March 6 2018 5:00 PM EST2018-03-06 22:00:19 GMT
    (Source: WALB)(Source: WALB)
    (Source: WALB)(Source: WALB)

    Georgia could quickly lose its business-friendly reputation if lawmakers under the Gold Dome continue to let partisan politics interfere with industry. 

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    Georgia could quickly lose its business-friendly reputation if lawmakers under the Gold Dome continue to let partisan politics interfere with industry. 

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  • Guest Editorial: Bullying and mass shootings

    Guest Editorial: Bullying and mass shootings

    Thursday, March 1 2018 5:00 PM EST2018-03-01 22:00:23 GMT
    (Source: WIS)(Source: WIS)
    (Source: WIS)(Source: WIS)

    A Guest Editorial from Logan Butler. All I have seen on Facebook or any social media, in general, is one side blaming the other for the mass shooting in Florida. 

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    A Guest Editorial from Logan Butler. All I have seen on Facebook or any social media, in general, is one side blaming the other for the mass shooting in Florida. 

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  • Guest Editorial: Albany Mayor Dorothy Hubbard's trip to D. C.

    Guest Editorial: Albany Mayor Dorothy Hubbard's trip to D. C.

    Tuesday, February 27 2018 5:00 PM EST2018-02-27 22:00:18 GMT
    Mayor Hubbard (Source: WALB)Mayor Hubbard (Source: WALB)
    Mayor Hubbard (Source: WALB)Mayor Hubbard (Source: WALB)

     It doesn’t happen every day, but when it does, a trip to Washington, DC with other Mayors for a meeting with the President of the United States brings hope for Albany and rural communities in our state. 

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     It doesn’t happen every day, but when it does, a trip to Washington, DC with other Mayors for a meeting with the President of the United States brings hope for Albany and rural communities in our state. 

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  • Editorial: What do you know about the Turner Job Corps Center?

    Editorial: What do you know about the Turner Job Corps Center?

    Tuesday, February 20 2018 5:21 PM EST2018-02-20 22:21:41 GMT
    Melvin Drake with Turner Job Corps (Source: WALB)Melvin Drake with Turner Job Corps (Source: WALB)

    Did you know, out of 123 Job Corps Centers in the U.S., Turner Job Corps Center is the 4th largest and is contracted to provide training to 732 youth from ages 16-24?

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    Did you know, out of 123 Job Corps Centers in the U.S., Turner Job Corps Center is the 4th largest and is contracted to provide training to 732 youth from ages 16-24?

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  • Editorial: Mass school shooting

    Editorial: Mass school shooting

    Monday, February 19 2018 5:07 PM EST2018-02-19 22:07:18 GMT
    (Source: WALB)(Source: WALB)

    The headlines this past week were horrifying. Right now the country is dealing with another mass school shooting.

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    The headlines this past week were horrifying. Right now the country is dealing with another mass school shooting.

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  • Editorial: ART BALL 2018: History in the Making

    Editorial: ART BALL 2018: History in the Making

    Thursday, February 15 2018 5:00 PM EST2018-02-15 22:00:19 GMT
    Art Museum Dir. Paula Williams (Source: WALB)Art Museum Dir. Paula Williams (Source: WALB)

    This is a guest editorial by Paula Williams, Executive Director of the Albany Museum of Art. ART BALL 2018: 'History in the Making' was one of the most successful fundraisers that the museum has had in many years.

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    This is a guest editorial by Paula Williams, Executive Director of the Albany Museum of Art. ART BALL 2018: 'History in the Making' was one of the most successful fundraisers that the museum has had in many years.

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  • Editorial: Stay informed, with an antenna

    Editorial: Stay informed, with an antenna

    Friday, February 9 2018 5:00 PM EST2018-02-09 22:00:16 GMT
    (Source: WALB)(Source: WALB)

    Most are familiar with what to watch for, and the need to have emergency plans for you and your family. But I am surprised at how many still do not have a TV antenna.

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    Most are familiar with what to watch for, and the need to have emergency plans for you and your family. But I am surprised at how many still do not have a TV antenna.

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  • Editorial: Lottery winners identification bill

    Editorial: Lottery winners identification bill

    Wednesday, February 7 2018 5:34 PM EST2018-02-07 22:34:34 GMT
    (Source: WALB)(Source: WALB)

    Georgia state senators began writing a bill that would shield lottery winners from having their identities published in early 2015.  They’ve done so again this year. 

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    Georgia state senators began writing a bill that would shield lottery winners from having their identities published in early 2015.  They’ve done so again this year. 

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  • Editorial: Dougherty Co. interim administrator to sue the county

    Editorial: Dougherty Co. interim administrator to sue the county

    Friday, February 2 2018 5:22 PM EST2018-02-02 22:22:18 GMT
    (Source: WALB)(Source: WALB)

    This week, it became known that Dougherty County's interim administrator plans to sue the county for $3 million.

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    This week, it became known that Dougherty County's interim administrator plans to sue the county for $3 million.

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  • Editorial: Unoccupied buildings

    Editorial: Unoccupied buildings

    Wednesday, January 31 2018 4:00 PM EST2018-01-31 21:00:22 GMT
    (Source: WALB)(Source: WALB)

    Last week, a deadly fire ripped through the old Albany Theatre in downtown Albany, leaving one man dead. Three others, all believed to be homeless, had to be rescued from the fire, they may have started. 

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    Last week, a deadly fire ripped through the old Albany Theatre in downtown Albany, leaving one man dead. Three others, all believed to be homeless, had to be rescued from the fire, they may have started. 

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  • Editorial: Albany native, jazz musician returns home to give back

    Editorial: Albany native, jazz musician returns home to give back

    Tuesday, January 23 2018 5:27 PM EST2018-01-23 22:27:41 GMT
    (Source: WALB)(Source: WALB)

    Get ready, Albany and Southwest Georgia! A native son is coming home.

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    Get ready, Albany and Southwest Georgia! A native son is coming home.

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  • Editorial: Join us Monday to remember the January storms

    Editorial: Join us Monday to remember the January storms

    Friday, January 19 2018 5:36 PM EST2018-01-19 22:36:13 GMT
    (Source: WALB)(Source: WALB)

    Monday, January 22nd marks one year from when Southwest Georgia was hit a second time with powerful storms and tornadoes.  A day many of us will remember forever. 

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    Monday, January 22nd marks one year from when Southwest Georgia was hit a second time with powerful storms and tornadoes.  A day many of us will remember forever. 

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  • Editorial: Facebook changes

    Editorial: Facebook changes

    Wednesday, January 17 2018 3:04 PM EST2018-01-17 20:04:17 GMT
    (Source: WALB)(Source: WALB)

    For the millions of us who are on Facebook, we do tend to wake up to a different world each day, as Facebook endlessly changes what happens on their feeds. 

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    For the millions of us who are on Facebook, we do tend to wake up to a different world each day, as Facebook endlessly changes what happens on their feeds. 

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  • Editorial: Receive WALB more affordably than ever

    Editorial: Receive WALB more affordably than ever

    Wednesday, January 10 2018 3:39 PM EST2018-01-10 20:39:59 GMT
    (Source: WALB)(Source: WALB)

     It's been popular over the last several years to 'cut the cord' to save money on cable expenses. If you're doing it this year, we're happy to say you have more choices than ever. 

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     It's been popular over the last several years to 'cut the cord' to save money on cable expenses. If you're doing it this year, we're happy to say you have more choices than ever. 

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  • Editorial: City Commission - vote yes to an independent CVB

    Editorial: City Commission - vote yes to an independent CVB

    Saturday, January 6 2018 10:53 AM EST2018-01-06 15:53:01 GMT
    (Source: WALB)(Source: WALB)

    The mayor of Albany and the city commission asked the Carl Vinson Institute to assess the structure of our Convention and Visitors Bureau.

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    The mayor of Albany and the city commission asked the Carl Vinson Institute to assess the structure of our Convention and Visitors Bureau.

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  • Editorial: Looking back one year after the January 2 storms

    Editorial: Looking back one year after the January 2 storms

    Thursday, January 4 2018 12:05 AM EST2018-01-04 05:05:41 GMT
    (Source: WALB)(Source: WALB)

    It's been one year since the devastating January 2nd storms blew through central Albany, leaving an unprecedented path of destruction behind.

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    It's been one year since the devastating January 2nd storms blew through central Albany, leaving an unprecedented path of destruction behind.

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  • Editorial: Resolutions that stick, register to vote

    Editorial: Resolutions that stick, register to vote

    Tuesday, January 2 2018 3:34 PM EST2018-01-02 20:34:20 GMT
    (Source: WALB)(Source: WALB)

    We invite you to make a better New Year's resolution this year to do more than just lose 10 lbs. 

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    We invite you to make a better New Year's resolution this year to do more than just lose 10 lbs. 

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  • Editorial: Shopping local for Christmas boosts local economy

    Editorial: Shopping local for Christmas boosts local economy

    (Source: WALB)(Source: WALB)

    The Christmas holiday season is here and that means many of you will be heading to the stores or your computer to buy presents for your family and friends. We want to encourage everyone to support your local merchants.

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    The Christmas holiday season is here and that means many of you will be heading to the stores or your computer to buy presents for your family and friends. We want to encourage everyone to support your local merchants.

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