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Hurricane Irma Resources

| Reedi Hawkins

Via Dougherty County:

Official Emergency Management Website:

Official Social Media:

For Emergency Management Assistance call: 229-483-6226 / 6227 For power outages/utility inquiries: (229) 883.8330

Recommended Business closures:

Ideally, non-essential service businesses should shut down & release employees for safe travels home by 3pm (Sunday); 5pm, at the very latest. Businesses are encouraged to remain closed on Monday, pending weather updates.

ASU and Darton to Consolidate

| Reedi Hawkins

Via: University System of Georgia

Atlanta — November 10, 2015

Albany State University (ASU) and Darton State College (DSC) will consolidate to form one institution under a new dynamic vision for public higher education. Today, the Board of Regents approved a proposal from Chancellor Hank Huckaby to consolidate the two institutions to increase education attainment levels and transform how the University System impacts southwest Georgia. Today’s action marks the…

Albany State named best HBCU in Georgia

| Reedi Hawkins

Via Terry Lewis, Albany Herald

ALBANY — U.S. News & World Report has released this year’s list of top ranked colleges and universities, including ranking Albany State University as the No. 1 public Historically Black College and University in Georgia for the second year.

It also lists ASU among the nation’s top HBCUs. ASU made the cut at No. 13 among all public HBCUs in…

Bobby McKinney’s service pays debt to Albany, Dougherty County

| Reedi Hawkins

Carlton Fletcher, Albany Herald

ALBANY — While many of his contemporaries are abandoning Southwest Georgia — for retirement getaways, to be with family, or in frustration brought about by abrupt change — Robert F. “Bobby” McKinney remains steadfast in his support of the community that he says “made me everything I am today.”

At 70, McKinney, the current chairman of the

Exports keep Albany factories thriving

| Reedi Hawkins

Via Albany Dougherty Economic Development Commission, sourced from Global Atlanta.


ALBANY, Ga. – An aircraft manufacturer teaches maintenance to a visitor from Cameroon. A chemical firm affixes Portuguese labels to Brazil-bound tubs. Across town, posters at a health products factory pitch their soothing powers in German.

All of these stories were playing out during a recent Global Atlanta tour of Albany with Next Generation Manufacturing, the southwest Georgia city better known for its fields than factories.


ASU chemistry program gains accreditation

| Reedi Hawkins

Via Albany CEO

The Albany State University chemistry program received three-year certification by the American Chemical Society’s Committee on Professional Training (CPT) for excellence in chemistry education.

The accreditation, the department’s first by the committee, validates the Albany State University Bachelor of Science in Chemistry degree program as one that provides quality academic and training opportunities for students.

“This has been a long process, but one that the chemistry faculty has…

Southwest Georgia 40 Under Forty recognized

| Reedi Hawkins

By: Brad McEwen, The Albany Herald

ALBANY — Business and community leaders turned out in force Thursday to honor some of Southwest Georgia’s best and brightest young leaders as the Albany Area Chamber of Commerce and The Albany Herald presented this year’s 40 Under Forty class.

This year’s reception was held at Chehaw park’s Creekside Center where winners and their guests were treated to…

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