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COLUMBUS, Ga. (AP) - About 100 soldiers are scheduled to return to Fort Benning in Georgia after a nine-month deployment to Afghanistan. The Columbus Ledger-Enquirer reports (http://bit.ly/17WfBX4) thatMore >>
About 100 soldiers are scheduled to return to Fort Benning in Georgia after a nine-month deployment to Afghanistan. The unit is made up of soldiers assigned at Fort Benning and medical personnel from throughout the Army.More >>
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By JIM KUHNHENN Associated Press BERLIN (AP) - Trying to tamp down concerns about government over-reach, President Barack Obama on Wednesday defended U.S. Internet and phone surveillance programs asMore >>
Trying to tamp down concerns about government over-reach, President Barack Obama on Wednesday defended U.S. Internet and phone surveillance programs as narrowly targeted efforts that have saved lives and thwarted at least 50 terror threats.More >>
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Visitors paddling through south Georgia enjoyed a street party in their honor tonight.They gathered in downtown Camilla.Several hundred canoeists and kayakers are taking part in Paddle Georgia 2013. It'sMore >>
Visitors paddling through south Georgia enjoyed a street party in their honor tonight.They gathered in downtown Camilla.More >>
Wednesday, June 19 2013 12:34 AM EDT2013-06-19 04:34:01 GMT
Some central Albany eyesores are coming down to make way for what leaders hope will be a thriving mixed-income community.The Albany Housing Authority is still working on a plan that could bring up to 30-millionMore >>
Some central Albany eyesores are coming down to make way for what leaders hope will be a thriving mixed-income community.More >>
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Five months after the mysterious murder of a Coffee County woman, people gathered Tuesday night in Douglas to remember her and to launch a community effort to make sure her case isn't forgotten. FriendsMore >>
People gather to bring attention to one of many unsolved murders of women in Coffee County.More >>
In March, HUD awarded the Albany Housing Authority one of 20 Choice Grants to plan a major neighborhood makeover in and around McIntosh Homes.
Dan McCarthy says, "Some of it is based on the need poverty ratios and things of that nature but its also on the ability to show HUD you can put a decent plan together"
The McIntosh community was built in 1952, and it hasn't changed much since then.
McCarthy says, " We've been doing a lot of outreach to what we like to call stake holders, both those in the target neighborhood as well as businesses."
People who live in nearby Palmyra Heights met to talk about the plans, and how their neighborhood can support it.
McCarthy says, "We picked that to try to form a bridge to the downtown area going up north to some very vibrant communities including Palmyra Heights and Rawson Circle."
McCarthy says the only way for the neighborhood project to be a success is with strong community support.
Mignon Givens has lived in McIntosh Homes for four years and would like to see improvements in her neighborhood.
Givens says, "I don't want to say yes, I live in the projects, but they are able to point those projects out."
Givens says, "The better looking the apartments and housing we may have, the more people will come in bring more jobs."
McCarthy says, "And we are trying to get their input and their vision for what they would like the neighborhood to be after a transformation."
Local leaders hope to finalize the plan by next fall and prove to HUD that a larger grant for this Albany neighborhood will be a wise investment.