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Valentine’s Day is Coming: Are you Ready?
02/08/2014
Valentine’s Day is Coming: Are you Ready?

Valentine’s Day is Coming: Are you Ready?

to the Journal (SPM Wire) This year, don’t let Valentine’s Day catch you unprepared. From red roses to dinner reservations, romantic resources are in demand on Valentine’s Day, so it’s best to place your orders in advance and call ahead. Here are some tips to let that special someone know that you c...

02/05/2014

Ladies and gentlemen, we would like to apologize for the lack of content recently on The Albany Journal. We are dealing with some technical issues. However, the website is perfectly accessible.

U.S. Migration of Monarch Butterflies Shrinks Again Under Inhospitable Conditions
02/01/2014
U.S. Migration of Monarch Butterflies Shrinks Again Under Inhospitable Conditions

U.S. Migration of Monarch Butterflies Shrinks Again Under Inhospitable Conditions

By MICHAEL WINES Faltering under extreme weather and vanishing habitats, the yearly winter migration of monarch butterflies to a handful of forested Mexican mountains dwindled precipitously in December, continuing what scientists said was an increasingly alarming decline. The migrating population ha...

Ice Reported on Baker, Decatur, Dougherty and Wilcox County Bridges
01/29/2014
Ice Reported on Baker, Decatur, Dougherty and Wilcox County Bridges

Ice Reported on Baker, Decatur, Dougherty and Wilcox County Bridges

Staff Reports TIFTON – The Georgia Department of Transportation has received reports of ice on Decatur, Dougherty and Wilcox County bridges.   The locations are: Baker County ·      State Route 37 at the Flint River Decatur County ·      State Route 1 at the Flint River ·      SR 1 Business at the F...

Storm Departed; Impacts & Bitter Cold Remain Throughout Metro & Much of State
01/29/2014
Storm Departed; Impacts & Bitter Cold Remain Throughout Metro & Much of State

Storm Departed; Impacts & Bitter Cold Remain Throughout Metro & Much of State

Special to the Journal Atlanta – The winter storm that devastated traffic in Metropolitan Atlanta Tuesday and presented dangerous driving conditions across nearly two-thirds of Georgia has moved into the Carolinas and the Atlantic Ocean.  But it wreaked havoc on Metropolitan Atlanta traffic; an impa...

COMMUNITY ORGANIZATIONS AND BUSINESSES ALIGN TO PRESENT THE 2014 DREAM SUMMIT FOR AREA YOUTH
01/20/2014
COMMUNITY ORGANIZATIONS AND BUSINESSES ALIGN TO PRESENT THE 2014 DREAM SUMMIT FOR AREA YOUTH

COMMUNITY ORGANIZATIONS AND BUSINESSES ALIGN TO PRESENT THE 2014 DREAM SUMMIT FOR AREA YOUTH

ALBANY, GA- Local organizations ban together in a different way in an effort to share the vision of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. with Albany area youth. The 3rd annual Dream Summit takes place Monday, January 20, 2014 at the Albany Civic Center. The Dream Summit is an annual collaboration of local le...

With new blood, commission will take on new personality
01/13/2014
With new blood, commission will take on new personality

With new blood, commission will take on new personality

Albanians tend to talk about the Albany City Commission as if it were a single entity, often with a distinct personality.  I have been as guilty of this as anyone, and I'm not really going to apologize.  Frankly, it is a single entity, just one made up of a number of people who give it…

Darton State Brings in Eric Neel to Coach Lady Cavalier Softball
01/11/2014
Darton State Brings in Eric Neel to Coach Lady Cavalier Softball

Darton State Brings in Eric Neel to Coach Lady Cavalier Softball

by David T. Mann, Director of Sports Information ALBANY – Darton State College hired Eric Neel, a championship high school coach from Mississippi, to take over the Lady Cavalier softball program, the Darton athletic department announced today. Neel comes to Darton from Hattiesburg, Miss., and has le...

Go, check out this great event from a great group of people!
01/10/2014

Go, check out this great event from a great group of people!

01/07/2014

Due to the Lee County power outage, several parents are reporting their intention to take children to school late. Many state that they would prefer their kids to stay warm under blankets than try and change clothes in a cold, dark house.

Lee County teachers and administrators should be advised of a number of children coming in late today.

01/07/2014

Some people in Lee County are reporting being without power as temperatures flirt with record lows throughout the region.

Bully-A-Day,January 5, 2014
01/05/2014
Bully-A-Day,January 5, 2014

Bully-A-Day,January 5, 2014

Another story from a Worth County mother who wishes to remain anonymous. Last year, my son played on a baseball team with a little boy that lived down the road from us. They were both wanting to be pitchers. My son practiced pitching every afternoon in our yard. He was also on the track team…

Fare Thee Well, Garrett Andrew
12/29/2013
Fare Thee Well, Garrett Andrew

Fare Thee Well, Garrett Andrew

This is not your typical Faith column today but it is written from the heart and with a heavy heart. This morning, Rev. Garrett Andrew of First Presbyterian Church, downtown Albany, will preach his final Sunday morning sermon. While I am not a member of his church, I have come to know Garrett in the...

Buddy Basketball: For Youth with Disabilities
12/28/2013
Buddy Basketball: For Youth with Disabilities

Buddy Basketball: For Youth with Disabilities

Special to the Journal Albany, Georgia : The Albany Recreation and Parks Department and Albany Area YMCA present “Buddy Basketball” for youth with disabilities. Join us on Monday afternoons for basketball! Participants will be paired with a buddy to work on the skills of basketball and team play. Re...

Keep Free Speech in America
12/28/2013
Keep Free Speech in America

Keep Free Speech in America

By Glenn Mollette Arts and Entertainment television was out of line for suspending Phil Robertson for a recent statement that the network executives did not appreciate. They may not have liked his Bible quote but he was stating his personal belief and not speaking on behalf of the network. I realize...

Bully-A-Day December 28
12/28/2013
Bully-A-Day December 28

Bully-A-Day December 28

Staff Reports Worth County - Today's story, once again, comes from Worth County but the writer wishes to remain anonymous. My daughter went to Worth County High last year.and rode the bus to and from school because I couldn't afford to take her back and forth to school.Well, a middle school child wa...

Resolve to Give Your Cooking a Bold Makeover in the New Year
12/28/2013
Resolve to Give Your Cooking a Bold Makeover in the New Year

Resolve to Give Your Cooking a Bold Makeover in the New Year

Special to the Journal (StatePoint) Bored with your everyday cooking? This New Year, resolve to give your meals an exuberant makeover. You won’t even need to look across an ocean for bold flavor inspiration from other cuisines. You can start at home, say experts. “American cuisine has been crafted f...

Two states halt payments to embattled HealthCare.gov contractor
12/27/2013
Two states halt payments to embattled HealthCare.gov contractor

Two states halt payments to embattled HealthCare.gov contractor

Written by Sarah Hurtubise of the Daily Caller News Foundation Massachusetts and Vermont officials will withhold payments from the contractor behind the states’ malfunctioning Obamacare exchanges, the Boston Globe reported Thursday. CGI Group is the main contractor in charge of both Massachusetts’ a...

Bully-A-Day: December 27
12/27/2013
Bully-A-Day: December 27

Bully-A-Day: December 27

Staff Reports Cairo -Today's story come from Tracey Bauldree in Cairo.  She shares the story of her son, Luke who has been enduring a particularly rough time at school. My name is Tracey Bauldree and I have a son named Luke Bauldree that is in eighth grade at Washington Middle School in Cairo, Georg...

Metro Albany’s unemployment rate declines to 8.2 percent in November
12/26/2013
Metro Albany’s unemployment rate declines to 8.2 percent in November

Metro Albany’s unemployment rate declines to 8.2 percent in November

Staff Reports ATLANTA – The Georgia Department of Labor announced today that metro Albany’s unemployment rate decreased to 8.2 percent in November, down six-tenths of a percentage point from 8.8 percent in October. This is the lowest the rate has been since it was 8.1 percent in March 2009. The rate...

Tom Knighton: "My son had been asked to read a passage of scripture for the Christmas Eve service, so he needed to be at...
12/26/2013
Reflections on Christmas

Tom Knighton: "My son had been asked to read a passage of scripture for the Christmas Eve service, so he needed to be at the church a little early. I had elected to take him, so I found myself milling about outside of the church waiting for my wife, daughter, and mother to arrive. I wasn’t being impatient. Not really, anyway, but I was overcome with an powerful sense of contentment. Here I was, with no money, a wife and two kids to support, and I just felt this sense that everything was fine."

Christmas is a wonderful time of the year. I didn't always feel that way, but it was never because of Christmas itself. Today, any feelings of dread about this wonderful time of the year have passed, and I am finally able to embrace Christmas for what it truly is. It only took me 40 years…

Bully-A-Day: December 25
12/25/2013
Bully-A-Day: December 25

Bully-A-Day: December 25

Staff Reports Tift County - Today's story comes from Tift County.  While we would love to not run a Bully-A-Day story on Christmas Day, the bullying doesn't always take a break, so we don't either.  This story comes to us from Jenn Coker. It deals with her own son's dealing with bullying and illustr...

Bully-A-Day: December 23
12/24/2013
Bully-A-Day: December 23

Bully-A-Day: December 23

Staff Reports Albany - Today's story comes to us anonymously.  The mother of this girl was also the victim of bullying, which does seem to happen from time to time.  However, bullying can come in many forms.  Today's case doesn't involve being beaten up, but may actually be more damaging in the long...

Bully-A-Day: December 22
12/22/2013
Bully-A-Day: December 22

Bully-A-Day: December 22

Staff Reports Today's story, like so many we have run recently, comes to us from Sylvester. Hello, my name is Nature Hancock and I wanted to share with you what my family and I are currently going through. I know you are busy but, please read all the way through. Friday, at about 2:15, the…

Bully-A-Day: December 20
12/20/2013
Bully-A-Day: December 20

Bully-A-Day: December 20

Staff Reports Sylvester - Bullies are vicious.  If a child is different, the bullies will target that kid with a vengeance. This is particularly true if the difference is something physical and difficult to hide. Today's story comes again from Worth County, courtesy of Latricia Shaner. My children h...

12/20/2013

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Bully-A-Day: December 19
12/20/2013
Bully-A-Day: December 19

Bully-A-Day: December 19

Staff Reports Sylvester - Today's story comes from Worth County.  The mother who sent this story in asked to remain anonymous.  Considering the rumors floating around about Worth County Middle School's reaction to Dustin Hammonds' suicide - thus far unverified by this paper - it's hard to fault her....

SWGAP hosts ‘Our Farmers Our Food’
12/19/2013
SWGAP hosts ‘Our Farmers Our Food’

SWGAP hosts ‘Our Farmers Our Food’

Special to the Journal Albany -The Southwest Georgia Project, Inc. (SWGAP) is pleased to host "Our Farmers Our Food" Farm to School program with Lake Park Elementary at 11:00 a.m. This program will allow Lake Park Students to have up close conversations with SWGAP's Farm to School Farmers on the imp...

12/19/2013

Have you been impacted by the new healthcare law? We want to know how it's affected people in Southwest Georgia. Email your story to [email protected] and let us know!

Occasionally, a school gets it right when it comes to bullying.  In this case, the Tift County School System deserves cr...
12/18/2013
Bully-A-Day: December 18

Occasionally, a school gets it right when it comes to bullying. In this case, the Tift County School System deserves credit for dealing with the issue quickly, efficiently, and with no repercussion against the victim.

Today, we take another look at bullying.  Today's story comes from Jessica Walker and relates what she dealt with in the Tift County School System.  However, Jessica's story is also an example.  In it, school administration handled the situation in such a way to actually end the bullying. We had a s...

Georgia Launches Statewide Holiday Impaired Driving Campaign
12/18/2013
Georgia Launches Statewide Holiday Impaired Driving Campaign

Georgia Launches Statewide Holiday Impaired Driving Campaign

Special to the Journal Atlanta - The annual holiday campaign of Operation Zero Tolerance is under way in Georgia and that means one thing: Law enforcement all over the state is out in full force to crack down on drunk drivers through the New Year’s holiday. If caught behind the wheel, these motorist...

Why we must fight bullying
12/18/2013
Why we must fight bullying

Why we must fight bullying

"Dude, don't you think you're riding this bullying pony a little hard? It's a shame what happened, but it's not worth all this energy you're putting into it," a friend told me recently. I can see what he's talking about to an extent. My last two columns have been about bullying, and with this one...

Journal publisher Tom Knighton outlines our stand regarding bullying in Southwest Georgia.
12/17/2013
Our Stand

Journal publisher Tom Knighton outlines our stand regarding bullying in Southwest Georgia.

The Albany Journal has done a lot of things since it was founded in 1939. It's best known as the town "scandal rag", where anything and everything was fair game. It's been the community watchdog, its most recent incarnation. Due to various circumstances, we've gotten a bit away from that last one....

Bully-A-Day: December 17
12/17/2013
Bully-A-Day: December 17

Bully-A-Day: December 17

The Albany Journal has decided to make a public stand against bullying following experiences our staff has had, coupled with what has happened to Dustin Hammonds. As such, we put out a call for stories of bullying. Today's story takes us out of Southwest Georgia, and into Hot Springs Elementary Sc...

12/17/2013

Our thoughts and prayers are with the family of Dustin Hammonds tonight. Dustin was pronounced dead earlier today.

Now, let us find Justice for Dustin and end the bullying.

This is the first in our new series, Bully-A-Day, where we will share one story of bullying every day until we run out o...
12/16/2013
Bully-A-Day: December 16

This is the first in our new series, Bully-A-Day, where we will share one story of bullying every day until we run out of stories to run. The Albany Journal believes it is vital that people understand how prevalent bullying is in our schools. We hope this will put a face on that bullying for you.

Bullying is a far more prevalent problem than many people in Southwest Georgia are aware. Following the tragedy involving Dustin Hammonds, many parents are reaching out, sharing the stories of their own encounters with bullying. The Journal has asked to run these stories, in hopes of running a bul...

12/16/2013
The Gift that Keeps On Giving

The Gift that Keeps On Giving

Written by Pearly Bowser Albany - It is often said that it is better to give than to receive and, this holiday season, the College of Education is doing just that. As an extension of its “Giving Matters” initiative at Thanksgiving, the College of Education is continuing in the same spirit with a di...

The Gift that Keeps On Giving
12/16/2013
The Gift that Keeps On Giving

The Gift that Keeps On Giving

Written by Pearly Bowser Albany - It is often said that it is better to give than to receive and, this holiday season, the College of Education is doing just that. As an extension of its “Giving Matters” initiative  at Thanksgiving, the College of Education is continuing in the same spirit with a di...

Mega Millions jackpot raised from $550M to $586M
12/16/2013
Mega Millions jackpot raised from $550M to $586M

Mega Millions jackpot raised from $550M to $586M

Special to the Journal ATLANTA – As a result of brisk ticket sales, Georgia Lottery officials announced today that the Mega Millions estimated jackpot has been bumped from $550 million to $586 million for Tuesday’s drawing. This is the second largest jackpot in the game’s history. The jackpot began…

It’s time for schools to stop turning a blind eye to bullying.
12/16/2013
It’s time for schools to stop turning a blind eye to bullying.

It’s time for schools to stop turning a blind eye to bullying.

Dustin Hammonds didn't deserve the two years of torment that his parents allege he went through. For two years, a young man was tormented in the one place we all like to pretend our children are safe at: school. Now, the entire area is hurting over a child most of us never got to meet.…

Hometown Heroes
12/13/2013
Hometown Heroes

Hometown Heroes

Army Pfc. Marcus Q. Nix has graduated from basic infantry training at Fort Benning, Columbus, Ga. During the nine weeks of training, the soldier received training in drill and ceremonies, weapons, map reading, tactics, military courtesy, military justice, physical fitness, first aid, and Army histor...

Mega Millions rolls to $400 million
12/12/2013
Mega Millions rolls to $400 million

Mega Millions rolls to $400 million

5 Georgia players statewide win big! ATLANTA – The Mega Millions jackpot has reached an estimated $400 million to a single annuity winner, the second largest jackpot in the history of the multi-state game. The jackpot began rolling Oct. 4 and has rolled 20 times. The next drawing is Friday. Georgian...

Darton alumnus TJ Bland finishes 11th at USA Swimming Nationals
12/12/2013
Darton alumnus TJ Bland finishes 11th at USA Swimming Nationals

Darton alumnus TJ Bland finishes 11th at USA Swimming Nationals

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. – Darton State College alumnus TJ Bland finished 11th in the 200 breaststroke at the USA Swimming Nationals in Knoxville, Tenn., recently. Bland transferred this fall to NCAA D-1 powerhouse University of Western Kentucky after becoming a 1st Team All American and silver medalist in…

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