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Local developer receives City of Heroes award // The Albany Herald

| Reedi Hawkins

Albany Police Department Officer Travis Goodson, known for his national #hugacopchangetheworld campaign and for giving awards to people doing good work in the community, presented his second City of Heroes award to developer Pace Burt Jr. After coming across the website of Sleep in Heavenly Peace, a nonprofit based in the Midwest that builds bunk beds for children in need, Burt said he decided to bring the idea to…

The Flint River Trails system and the impact it will have on Albany, Dougherty County and Southwest Georgia by Carlton Fletcher for The Albany Herald

| Reedi Hawkins


Trails group: “We’re through talking” // July 21, 2018

Albany and Dougherty County government officials have over recent years been at odds over issues that affect both. And members of the community have often expressed their displeasure with both city and county groups.

But the feeling of unity, of commonality of purpose, was palpable at the downtown Convention and Visitors Bureau on Friday as some of the heaviest of…

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.


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