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The Albany Dougherty County Post of the American Legion will be on the lawn of the Albany Mall Saturday morning at 8:00 to erect 122 white crosses. They are there to represent the men and women fromMore >>
The Albany Dougherty County Post of the American Legion will be on the lawn of the Albany Mall Saturday morning at 8:00 to erect 122 white crosses. More >>
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Criminals went to the back door of a house on South Street in Thomasville, and burst their way inside on Wednesday night. Police say they took several hundred dollars worth of electronics and a YamahaMore >>
Criminals went to the back door of a house on South Street in Thomasville, and burst their way inside on Wednesday night. Police say they took several hundred dollars worth of electronics and a Yamaha four-wheeler, and made a clean getaway.More >>
Friday, May 24 2013 9:30 AM EDT2013-05-24 13:30:13 GMT
Information from GA Pundit- Fort Stewart and Hunter Army Airfield soldiers began Memorial Day observances Thursday. Several Gold Star Families - who like the Bookers have lost a family member to conflictMore >>
Fort Stewart and Hunter Army Airfield soldiers began Memorial Day observances Thursday. In 2013, Georgia lost 26 armed services members who gave their lives for us and their names were read in the State Capitol as part of our observance of Memorial Day.More >>
Friday, May 24 2013 9:01 AM EDT2013-05-24 13:01:21 GMT
LAWRENCEVILLE, Ga. (AP) - Legal woes are piling up for the leader of Georgia's Democratic Party. The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports (http://bit.ly/199UTSo) that a lawsuit filed in Gwinnett CountyMore >>
A lawsuit filed in Gwinnett County this week accuses Mike Berlon of failing to distribute nearly $1 million from a trust he created for a friend and his son.More >>
Thursday, May 23 2013 11:45 PM EDT2013-05-24 03:45:38 GMT
A Cordele man is out of jail tonight, accused of stealing thousands of dollars worth of jewelry from his former employer. Crisp County Investigators say 25-year-old James Aultman stole more than $10,000More >>
A Cordele man is out of jail tonight, accused of stealing thousands of dollars worth of jewelry from his former employer.More >>
June 24, 2004
Albany-- The late Ray Charles is being remembered not only for his musical genius, but also for his generosity.
Music legend Ray Charles believed there was no life without a song. So music set the tone for Albany State University's memorial program honoring Charles.
The musician first made his mark at ASU in 2002 after he donated $3 million and delivered the commencement address. ASU President Portia Shields remembers her first meeting with Charles. "When I sat down next beside him, I touched his arm to say 'Hello Ray, it's Portia Shields.' He grabbed my hands and said 'Good to see you little lady,'" says Shields.
Albany Mayor Dr.Willie Adams was also on hand to pay tribute to the late musician. Many of the of the children who packed the audience are part of the last generation that will have memories of Charles before his death. "Really, all I remember is the commercials about the Georgia Lotto," said one.
"I remember Ray Charles on Sesame Street when he was playing with Elmo, I believe on the piano," said another.
But ASU plans to make sure that the legacy of Ray Charles is not forgotten. There are already plans to rename a street around the school Ray Charles Way. The college will name it's soon-to-be-built fine arts building in the singer's honor and name a theater in his mother's honor.
"Ray made musicians and made good musicians and made good musicians better musicians," says University President Portia Shields.
And now ASU officials hope this famous Albanian's memory will inspire the next generation of musicians and entertainers. Ray Charles died earlier this month he was 73.