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The Albany Herald • Sunday, Nov. 11, 2018

Metro Guide 2019

A guide to Dougherty, Lee, Worth, Baker and Terrell counties

metro guide 2019

Settling in

What newcomers need to know


hether you’re new to the metro Albany community or a longtime resident of the area, it helps to know where to go and who to contact when you need to make changes. Here are locations and contact information commonly needed.

From Staff Reports


Change of Address — Dougherty: U.S. Postal Service, main office, 1501 S. Slappey Blvd. Albany; 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday-Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Saturday; 345 W. Broad Ave. downtown, 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday-Friday, closed Saturday. Lee: U.S. Postal Service, Leesburg Post Office, 152 Robert B. Lee Drive; 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday-Friday and 9 to 11:15 a.m., Saturday; Smithville, 103 Le Conte St., 8:45 a.m. to noon and 1:30 to 4:30 p.m., Monday-Friday, 9 to 11 a.m. Saturday. Worth: U.S. Postal Service, Sylvester, 404 Hardy St.; 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday-Friday; 10 a.m. to noon, Saturday. Terrell: U.S. Postal Service, Dawson, 124 Stonewall St., S.E., 9 a.m to 4:30 p.m. Monday-Friday; 9 a.m. to noon, Saturday. Baker: U.S. Postal Service, Newton, 343 Sunset Blvd.; 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., 1:30 to 4:30 p.m. Monday-Friday, 9 Dougherty County Elections Supervisor Ginger Nickerson discusses Elections issues with Secretary of to 11 a.m. Saturday. State Brian Kemp. (Staff Photo: Carlton Fletcher) Birth Certificate — DoughBusiness License — DoughBuilding, 225 Pine Ave., Albany; Property Taxes — Dougherty: erty: Probate Court, Judicial erty: Treasurer’s Office, Suite 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. MondayTax Department, 240 Pine Ave., Building, 225 Pine Ave., Albany; 150, 240 Pine Ave., Albany; call Albany; call (229) 431-3208. Lee: 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday-Friday; Friday; call (229) 431-2102. (229) 431-2118. Lee: Lee County Lee: Probate Court, Lee County Tax Commissioner’s Office, 100 call (229) 431-2102. Lee: Probate Administration offices, 110 Starks- Starksville Ave., Leesburg; call Courthouse, 100 Leslie HighCourt, Lee County Courthouse, ville Ave. N., Leesburg; call (229) way, Leesburg; 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. (229) 759-6015. Worth: Tax Com100 Leslie Highway, Leesburg; 8 759-6003. Worth: Sylvester City missioner’s Office, Worth County a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday-Friday; call Monday-Friday; call (229) 759Hall, 101 N. Main St., Sylvester; 6005. Worth: Probate Court, Courthouse, Room 15, 201 N. (229) 759-6005. Worth: Probate call (229) 776-8505. Warwick City Main St., Sylvester; call (229) Court, Worth County Courthouse; Worth County Courthouse, 201 Hall, 132 Washington St. S.W., N. Main St., Sylvester; 9 a.m. to 776-8204. Terrell: Tax Commis201 N. Main St., Sylvester; 8 a.m. Warwick; call (229) 535-6256. sioner’s Office, 187 E. Lee St., to 5 p.m. Monday-Friday; call (229) 4 p.m. Monday-Friday; call (229) 776-8207. Terrell: Probate Court, Worth County Building and ZonDawson; call (229) 995-5151. 776-8207. Terrell: Probate Court, ing; 201 N. Main St., Sylvester; call Baker: Tax Commissioner’s Of513 S. Main St., Dawson; 8 a.m. 513 S. Main St., Dawson; call (229) 776-8202. Terrell: Dawson to 5 p.m. Monday-Friday; call fice, 167 Baker Place, Newton; (229) 995-5515. Baker: Probate City Hall, 101 S. Main St., Dawson; call (229) 734-3010. Court, 167 Baker Place, Newton; 9 (229) 995-5515. Baker: Probate Driver’s License — Georgia a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday-Friday; call Court, 167 Baker Place, Newton; call (229) 995-4444. Terrell County Zoning and Planning, 125 Jeffer9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday-Friday; Department of Driver Services, (229) 734-3007. All Georgia birth son St., Dawson; call (229) 995call (229) 734-3007. 2062 Newton Road, Albany; 8 certificates are $25 for the first 5210. Baker: Newton City Hall, Fees vary by location and a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesday-Friday and copy and $5 for each additional 146 Ga. Highway 91, Newton; call 8 a.m. to noon Saturday, closed whether premarital counseling copy. (229) 734-5421. Baker County Monday. Fees: Learner’s permit is available. Call first! All location — $10; Regular license — $20 Courthouse, 167 Baker Place, fees include one $10 certified Marriage License — Dough(five years) and $32 (eight years); Newton; call (229) 734-3000. copy of the marriage license. erty: Probate Court, Judicial

Albany Humane Society — (229) 888-7387 Albany Police Department — (229) 431-2100 Albany Recreation & Parks — (229) 430-5222 Albany Transit — (229) 446-2700 Code Enforcement — (229) 438-3913 Dougherty County Jail — (229) 430-6500 Dougherty County Police — (229) 430-6604 Dougherty County Sheriff’s Office — (229) 431-2166 Emergency Management — (229) 431-2155 Keep Albany-Dougherty Beautiful — (229) 430-5257 Open Records Requests — (229) 431-3206 Non-emergency calls can be made to 311. This number (229) 878-3111 can be used to report a street light outage, potholes, missed garbage pickup, an abandoned car and other non-emergency situations. For an emergency, call 911.

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Veterans — no charge; Georgia ID card — $20 (five years) and $32 (eight years); Georgia ID card for voting purposes only — no fee when qualified. Motor Vehicle Report (MVR) — $6 (threeyear report) and $8 (seven-year report). Call (229) 430-4258 or 1-866-754-3687. Voter Registration — Dougherty: Government Center, 222 Pine Ave., Room 220, Albany; 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. MondayFriday; call (229) 431-3247. Lee: Lee County Board of Elections

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TROY’s Albany Support Center assists students in charting their educational paths Whether students are entering college for the first time, looking to further their education as a means for advancement or charting a new career path, Troy University’s Albany Support Center provides the tools and support necessary to be successful in today’s global marketplace. The Albany Support Center, located at 1579 U.S. Highway 19 South in Leesburg, Ga., plays a vital role within Troy University’s worldwide, academic mission by providing students affordable and convenient academic options online. Split into five nine-week terms, TROY provides more academic opportunities for students by allowing them the ability to complete two more classes annually than the usual three-semester academic year.


The center provides a variety of support services for students, including admissions, testing and test proctoring and providing guidance to help ensure students are successful in their educational endeavors.

Founded in 1887 as a teachers’ college, Troy University is a public, historic, international university with more than 155,000 alumni across the globe. TROY provides students with quality academic programs, reasonable costs and available financial aid. TROY is consistently recognized by publications such as The Princeton Review (“Best in the Southeast”) and U.S. News and World Report (“Top Regional Universities in the South.”)

Let us help you get started along the path to realizing your dreams. Contact the Albany location at 229-639-0303 and 1-866-288-2097 or by email at

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•From Page 2 and Registration, 102 Starksville Ave. N., Suite 205, Leesburg; 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday-Friday; call (229) 759-6002. Worth: Registrar’s Office, Worth County Courthouse, Room 11, 201 N. Main St., Sylvester; 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday-Friday; call (229) 776-8208. Terrell: Terrell County Board of Elections, 955 Forrester Drive S.E., Dawson; 8 a.m. to noon, 1 to 5 p.m. Monday-Friday; call (229) 995-5066. Baker: Elections Office, 167 Baker Place, Newton; 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday-Friday; call (229) 734-3019. Applications to register to vote are also available at the following locations: Albany State University, Albany Technical College, Department of Family and Children Services, high schools, public libraries, Department of Motor Vehicle Safety, and driver’s license posts. Forms may also be downloaded at http://sos. to_register.htm and returned by mail. Vehicle Tag — Dougherty: Tag Office, 240 Pine Ave., 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday-Friday; call (229) 431-3255. Lee: Tag Office, 102 Starksville Ave., Leesburg; call (229) 759-6015. Worth: Tag Office, Worth County Courthouse, Room 15, 201 N. Main St., Sylvester; call (229) 776-8204. Terrell: Tag Office, 187 Lee St., Dawson; call (229) 9955151. Baker: Tag Office, 167 Baker Place, Newton; call (229) 734-3010. Cable Television — Mediacom, 1104 N. Westover Blvd., Albany; 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday; 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Wednesday; 9 a.m. to noon Saturday; call 1-800-476-1163. Newton: Blakely Cable, 65 Liberty St., Blakely; 8:30

The Albany Utility Board is located at 401 Pine Ave. (Staff Photo)

a.m. to noon and 1 to 5 p.m. Monday-Friday; call (229) 723-3555. Satellite television — DirecTV — 1(877) 3480158 or 1(877) 841-8936; Dish Network — Call 1(855) 229-3693 or 1(855) 471-8007. Telephone Service — AT&T, establish service – Residential 1(800)2882020; Business — 1(866) 620-6000. Utilities — Dougherty: Albany Utility Board, 401 Pine Ave., Albany; 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday-Friday; Call (229) 883-8330 to establish service; Drive-thru window — 401 Pine Ave., 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday-Friday; Emergency assistance(229) 883-8330 Ext. 4506 Georgia Power Company, 704 N. Westover Blvd., Albany; 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday-Friday; night box available. Call (229) 4360336 or (888) 660-5890 to establish service. Lee, Dougherty, Terrell: Sumter EMC, 133 W. Century Road, Leesburg; 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday-Friday; must provide governmentissued ID to establish service; drive-thru window for bill payment at same ad-

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dress; call (229) 759-2291 or 1-800-342-6978. Lee: Lee County Utilities Authority, 111 Main St., Leesburg; 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. MondayFriday; Call (229) 759-6056; Garbage service, 115 Main St., Leesburg — call (229) 759-6048. Leesburg: City Hall, 107 Walnut St.; 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. MondayFriday; call (229) 759-6465. Smithville: City Hall, 116 Main St., 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday-Friday; call (229) 846-2101. Worth, Baker: Mitchell EMC, 312 W. Kelly St., Sylvester; 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday-Friday; drivein window for payment at same address; call (229) 336-5221. Sylvester: Sylvester Water, Gas & Light, 105 East King St.; 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday-Friday; call (229) 776-8505. Dawson: City Hall, 101 S. Main St.; 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. MondayFriday; call (229) 995-4444. All utilities require a deposit. Amounts vary by location and credit background. Call to get specifics. Job Search — Dougherty, Lee, Terrell, Baker, Worth: Georgia Department of Labor, 1608 S. Slappey Blvd.; 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday-Friday; call (229) 430-5010.

Newspapers — Dougherty: The Albany Herald, publishes six days a week, 126 N. Washington St., call (229) 438-3230; Lee: The Lee County Ledger, 126 4th Street, publishes weekly on Wednesdays, call (229) 759-2413; Terrell: The Dawson News, publishes weekly on Thursdays, call (229-995-2175); Worth: The Sylvester Local News, publishes weekly on Wednesdays, call (229) 776-3991.

The Dougherty County Library System has five branches, including the downtown Central Library branch. (Herald File Photo)

Libraries — Dougherty: Central Library (downtown) — Monday-Wednesday 10 a.m to 8 p.m, ThursdayFriday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Saturday 2 to 6 p.m.; call (229) 420-3200 Northwest (Dawson Road) — Monday and Thursday 10 a.m until 8 p.m., Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday 10 a.m to 6 p.m., Saturday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; call (229) 420-3270; Southside (Habersham Road) — Monday-Wednesday 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Thursday 3-6 p.m., Saturday 10 a.m.-2 p.m., Closed Friday and Sunday; call (229) 420-3209; Tallulah Massey (East Albany) — Monday-Friday 10 a.m to 6 p.m., Saturday 10 a.m to 5 p.m.; call (229) 420-3250; Westtown — Monday,

Tuesday, Wednesday 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Thursday 3 to 6 p.m., Saturday 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.; call (229) 420-3280. Baker: 100 Main Street , Newton; call (229) 734-3025, Monday-Friday 2 to 5 p.m., Saturday 10 a.m to noon. Terrell: Kinchafoonee Regional Library (Dawson) Monday-Friday 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.; call (229) 995-6331; Lee: Leesburg (229) 759-2369; Monday, Wednesday Friday and Saturday 9 a.m to 6 p.m., Tuesday and Thursday 9 a.m. to 8 p.m., Sunday 2 to 6 p.m.; Oakland (229-889-0300); same hours as Leesburg; Redbone (229) 903-8871 Monday-Thursday 2 to 8 p.m., Friday 2 to 6 p.m., Saturday 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.; Smithville (229) 846-6625

Monday, Wednesday 3 to 8 p.m., Tuesday, Thursday 3 to 6 p.m., Saturday 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.; Worth: Margaret Jones Public Library Monday, Tuesday, Thursday 9 a.m. to 7 p.m, Wednesday, Friday 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., Saturday 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. How to get a library card: Proof of residence is required; photo ID with current address, photo ID and one item from the list or two items from the list; The list: valid driver’s license, valid voter ID registration card, checks with printed address, a utility bill or other piece of mail showing current address. Children under the age of 18 must be registered by a parent or guardian.

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Private schools serve kids throughout metro Albany Deerfield-Windsor School Grades: Pre-K-12. Middle/ Upper campus (grades 6-12), 2500 Nottingham Way, Albany; Lower campus (pre-kindergarten-fifth grade), 1733 Beattie Road, Albany. Phone: (229) 435-1301. Website: Accreditation and memberships: National Association of Independent Schools, Southern Association of Independent Schools, the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, Georgia Accrediting Commission. Memberships: College Board, the National Association of College Admissions Counselors, Georgia Independent School Association. Enrollment requirements: Grades, character and entrance exam. Headmaster: Geoffrey Sudderth. The school opened in 1964. Sherwood Christian Academy Grades: Pre-K-12. Elementary and high schools are located at 1418 Old Pretoria Road, Albany. Phone: (229) 883-5677.

Website: www.scaeagles. com Accreditation: Association of Christian Schools International, Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, Georgia Independent Christian Athletic Association. Affiliations: Sherwood Baptist Church and Georgia Independent School Association. Enrollment requirements: Payment of registration fee after being accepted based on entrance exams, prior grades and entrance interview. Headmaster: Brian Dougherty. The school opened in 1985.

St. Teresa’s Catholic School Grades: Pre-K-10. 417 Edgewood Lane, Albany. Phone: (229) 436-0134. Website: Affiliations: Florida Catholic Conference, Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, St. Teresa Catholic Church. Enrollment requirements: Registration and family information forms, two recommendation forms, interview with principal, latest report card with complete school address and phone number. Principal: Susie Hatcher. The school opened in 1945. Byne Christian School

Grades: 1-12. 2832 Ledo Road, Albany. Phone: (229) 436-5712. Website: Affiliation: Accredited by the Georgia Association of Christian Schools. Headmaster: Jim Wagenschutz. The school opened in 1982.

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Terrell Academy Grades: Pre-K-12. 602 Academy Drive, Dawson. Phone: (229) 995-4242. Website: Affiliations: Georgia Accreditation Commission, Georgia Independent School Association. Enrollment requirements: Transcript and good disciplinary record. Headmaster: William T. Murdock. The school opened in 1970. Westwood Schools Grades: K-3-12. 255 Fuller St., Camilla. Phone: (229) 336-7992. Website: Affiliations: Georgia Accreditation Commission, Georgia Independent School Association. Headmaster: Ross Worsham. The school opened in 1971.

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Officials turn focus to infrastructure By Carlton Fletcher carlton.fletcher

ALBANY — The talk about development in Albany and Dougherty County has turned slightly away from downtown and focused more on infrastructure. That’s what happens when an aging sewer system starts to give way and dumps raw sewage into your greatest natural asset, the nearby Flint River. The Albany City Commission, which had secured a $15 million low-interest tax-anticipation loan to make immediate repairs to the sewer system in lieu of special purpose local option sales tax collections, has also approved more than $2 million in emergency sewer repairs. Continuing their focus on infrastructure needs, city commissioners also OK’d $6.5 million to put up LED lighting citywide. Asked by Ward I Commissioner Jon Howard if moving forward with the funding for the lighting needed to “move so quickly,” an exasperated Albany City Manager Sharon Subadan, noting the the board has been “kicking the issue down the road” for eight weeks, said, “It does if you want the city to have lights.” The installation of computer-accessed smart meters, another big-ticket item on the city’s to-do list, carrying a price tag in excess of $10 million, is next on the drawing board for the city leaders. The need for such items took center stage after Hurricane Michael roared through the city on Oct. 10, leaving 90 percent of the city’s 31,000plus electric customers

in the operation of the city this year is the privatization of operations of the Albany Civic Center. Philadelphiabased Spectra took over the operations and maintenance of the facility early in the year and has so far kept its promise to bring more entertainment events to the city. But, as venue director Josh Small noted, “We can have all the events in the world, but it won’t matter if the people don’t support them.” Dougherty County, meanwhile, has taken a leap into the modern age by approving a huge solar array that will generate clean energy and tax dollars for the county. Changes are certainly on Oxford Construction employees continue resurfacing work on Pine Avenue in Albany, grinding up old asphalt at the the horizon in a city that corner of Washington Street and Pine Avenue. (Staff Photo: Carlton Fletcher) was laid out by Alexander Shotwell in 1836. Albany without power. was incorporated as a city Asked if the smart meter by the General Assembly technology, which allows on Dec. 27, 1838. In 1858, city utilities and individual founder Nelson Tift hired customers to access inforHorace King, a former mation about their usage, slave and bridge builder, to would have helped restore construct a toll bridge over power quicker in areas of the river. King’s bridge toll the city that remained withhouse is now the Albany out electricity for nine days Convention and Visitors or longer, one utility official Bureau. noted, “With the ability to The city, at an elevation access individual accounts, of 203 feet, emcompasses we would have been able to just under 56 square miles locate problems in individand is the only incorporated ual homes that had issues city in Dougherty County. beyond restoration of the The city’s estimated popustation serving that area.” lation in 2016 was 73,801. New sidewalks and Dougherty was created alley pavings are also on Repairs became necessary on the sewer line in Riverfront Park after several high- from Baker County by the the drawing board for the General Assembly on Dec. city, and a six-year, mostly profile sewer spills. (Staff Photo: Gypsy Crow) 15, 1853, and was named SPLOST-funded road resurfacing project that started and will start in early spring of gallons of raw sewage up parts of the system clos- for Athens lawyer Charles Dougherty. The county this year with work on the of 2019. that ended up in the Flint est to the Flint, some city city streets most in need of The primary concern for drew the ire of citizens officials have whispered off covers 335 square miles, repair, will continue until much of the early part of and groups like the Flint the record that “fixing” the with 329 squares of that land. The county’s populaall city streets have been the year, though, was the Riverkeeper and led to a sewer system is going to tion (including Albany) was resurfaced. A contract has sewer system that failed complete audit of the city’s require a price tag of more estimated to be 90,020 in already been secured for the on at least four separate sewer system. While the than $100 million. 2016. second year of the program occasions. The thousands $15 million is used to shore One significant change

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An artist’s rendering shows the proposed Lee County Medical Center. (File photo)

Hospital success gives Lee County momentum From Staff Reports

LEESBURG — The quest was an arduous one, one that took a couple of years or more of wrangling with Dougherty County officials and eventually ended up in court. But Lee County, the little community that could, is preparing to break ground on its $123 million, 60-bed Lee County Medical Center. The assumption was that when the Georgia Department of Community Health granted LCMC a certificate of need to move forward with its planned hospital, that would be that. But Dougherty County officials, concerned that a hospital in neighboring Lee County would “impact Phoebe Putney Memorial Hospital, the delivery of health care in the region and impact Albany and Dougherty County negatively,” challenged the DCH ruling, fighting all the way to Fulton County Superior Court before Lee officials were finally able

to pop the corks on celebratory champagne. “This wasn’t about opposing Phoebe, and this wasn’t about trying to hurt Albany and Dougherty County,” Lee County Commissioner Rick Muggridge said. “This is about doing what’s right for our citizens and what’s right for our region. With competition, health care can only get stronger at Phoebe and the Lee County Medical Center. That is what we want to see.” Muggridge actually came to downtown Albany to launch an official protest that he said he wanted to “take directly to the people of Albany and Dougherty County.” “We want our friends and neighbors in Dougherty County — the taxpayers — to know what this fight against our hospital is costing them,” Muggridge said. “It’s annoying because, at the end of the day, we will build our hospital.” The Lee commissioner’s words proved prophetic when a Fulton County

Superior Court judge ruled that Dougherty officials had no standing to challenge the Lee hospital. With legal wranglings out of the way, Lee County has begun infrastructure and road work around the Ledo Road location of the hospital. Groundbreaking is expected before the year is out. Lee County and Leesburg officials purchased land for an all-purpose recreational park earlier this year as well. The facility is expected to include baseball, soccer and football fields, a marina and water access, as well as walking tracks and health equipment for adults. The county’s Recreation Department will also set up shop at the complex. Lee County is best known nationally for producing two national music superstars — county music’s Luke Bryan and “American Idol” winner/ pop star Phillip Phillips — and pro baseball star Buster Posey. Bryan and Phillips, along with another budding

southwest Georgia country star, Cole Swindell, and the Peach Pickers, a trio of songwriter/singers that includes celebrated Albany hit-maker Dallas Davidson, performed at a storm relief benefit concert at the Exchange Club Fairgrounds in Albany last month, drawing a crowd estimated at around 12,000. Another Lee County resident who’s made his mark nationally is San Francisco Giants all-star catcher Posey, one of Major League Baseball’s top performing catchers both offensively and defensively. A lifetime .308 hitter, the 2010 rookie of the year has played on three world championship teams, has been both a Gold Glove and multiple Silver Slugger awards, an NL batting champion and the 2012 National League Most Valuable Player. The 183-year-old county has been one of the fastestgrowing in the state in recent years. Covering 326 square miles, it has a population of 29,335, according to 2016 estimates. In the past 20 years, the county

has become a sought-after residential area and has attracted a number of retail establishments and restaurants. Throughout its history, agriculture has played a huge role in the growth and success of Lee County, and today there are thousands of acres of farmland producing crops such as peanuts, cotton, corn, sorghum, soybeans, berries, apples, pecans, livestock and more. Named for Richard Henry Lee (1732-1794), a Virginia congressman, Lee County originally included land that is now Quitman, Randolph, Stewart, Sumter, Terrell and Webster counties, and parts of Schley, Chattahoochee, Macon, Clay and Marion counties. For the first several years, the seat of the county was a community located 1/2-mile west of the Muckalee Creek known as Starksville, except for two years when the Webster community served as the seat. Transportation became a key driver in shaping the history of the area in the 1850s when a rail line

was completed connecting Americus and Albany. That line ran past a stagecoach stopover called Sneed’s Store, which had already become somewhat of a hub of activity. That area developed so quickly that in 1873, the county courthouse was moved to Wooten Station on the Southwestern Railroad and was subsequently renamed Leesburg in 1874 when it became the county seat. By 1920, the population of the county was 1,920, and Leesburg, with a population of 413, was abounding in the cotton trade and had a gin company that handled 2,000 to 3,000 bales of cotton annually. In 1922, Leesburg High School was completed, and the county had a total enrollment of 2,988 in first through 11th grades. Total school enrollment increased almost 100 students per year for approximately 15 years. Today, the school system has an enrollment of roughly 6,300 students in kindergarten through 12th grades, and has a faculty of 330.

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Guide to public school districts in Metro Albany area

Dougherty County schools Enrollment: Around 15,000 students in pre-K through 12th grade. Schools: Dougherty has 21 schools and four additional learning centers, including 14 elementary schools, four middle schools and three high schools. The district also has a college and career academy, a charter school, an alternative school and a pre-K center. Personnel: The district has 2,458 employees with 1,294 active certified and 1,164 classified. Officials: Seven Board of Education members are elected to four-year terms. The chairperson is Velvet Riggins. The Dougherty County School superintendent is Kenneth Dyer. Contact number: (229) 4311264. Lee County schools Enrollment: More than 6,000 students in kindergarten through 12th grade. Schools: Lee has seven schools and three additional learning centers, including a high school, two middle schools, two elementary schools and two primary schools. Also included is an alternative school and a pre-K program. Personnel: The school system has more than 825 employees. Officials: Five Board of Education members are elected to four-year terms. The chairman is Frank Griffin. The Lee County School superintendent is Jason Miller. Contact number: (229) 9032260. Terrell County schools Enrollment: Nearly 1,500 students in kindergarten through 12th grade. Schools: Terrell has two schools, including a high school/ middle school, Cooper-Carver Elementary and a primary school. Personnel: The school system has more than 220 employees. Officials: Five Board of Education members are elected to four-year terms. The Terrell County school superintendent is Robert Aaron.

Contact number: (229) 995County school superintendent is Dougherty County School Superintendent Ken Dyer and Magnolia Learning Center Pre-K student Malichi Lunsford were excited about the first day of the 2018-19 school year. (Special Photo) 4425. Worth County schools Enrollment: Nearly 3,400 students in kindergarten through 12th grade. Schools: Worth has five schools, including a high school, middle school, elementary school, a primary school and an achievement center. Personnel: The school system has more than 400 employees. Officials: Five Board of Education members are elected to four-year terms. The Worth

William Settle. Contact number: (229) 7768600 Mitchell County schools Enrollment: More than 2,800 students in kindergarten through 12th grade. Schools: Mitchell County has five schools, including a high school, a charter school, a middle school, a primary school and an elementary school. Officials: Seven Board of Education members are elected to four-year terms.

Lee County High School football players read to students at a Lee County elementary school earlier this school year. The defending state champion Trojans recently finished an undefeated season and are ranked No. 1 in Class AAAAAA. (Special Photo) Contact number: (229) 3362100 Calhoun County schools Enrollment: Nearly 700 students in kindergarten through 12th grade. Schools: Calhoun County has three schools, including a high school, a middle school and an elementary school. Officials: Seven Board of Education members are elected to four-year terms. The Calhoun County school superintendent is

Yolanda Turner. Contact number: (229) 2130189 Baker County schools Enrollment: Just more than 350 students in kindergarten through 12th grade. Schools: Baker County has one school. Officials: Five Board of Education members are elected to four-year terms. The superintendent is Rob Brooks. Contact number: (229) 7345274

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Peanuts economic engine in Worth County By Jennifer Parks jennifer.parks

SYLVESTER — Worth County, Georgia’s 18th-largest county in land area, was created in 1853 from parts of Dooly and Irwin counties. It was named for Maj. Gen. William Worth, a hero of the Mexican War. Worth County is a consistent Georgia leader in peanut production, ranking No. 2 in the state in acreage in 2015. Sylvester, the county seat, hosts the Georgia Peanut Festival on the third weekend in October. The festival is sponsored in part by ConAgra Foods, whose Sylvester plant makes every jar of Peter Pan peanut butter.

Worth County promotes itself as the Peanut Capital of the World and hosts a festival each October to give recognition to peanut farmers. (File Photo)

Worth County farmers also make a living planting other crops, including cotton and corn. Around 50 percent of Worth County is forested, and pulpwood manufacturer

Weyerhaeuser is the county’s largest taxpayer. Seventy-four percent of Worth’s work force commutes to other counties to work, but its largest employers include ConAgra Foods, Birdsong Peanuts, Phoebe Worth Medical Center, Walmart, Worth County Board of Education and National Pecan. “Ole Engine 100” is a steam locomotive that ran the rails of the Georgia-Ashburn/ Sylvester-Camilla Railways from 1930 to 1948, before it was replaced with the next generation of machinery. In 1957, “The Little Engine That Could” was donated to the Worth County-Sylvester Chamber of Commerce and the city of Sylvester by

GASC railways. It now sits under a protective awning in J.C. Jeffords Park at U.S. Highway 82 and Georgia State Route 33. Western Worth County is home to Camp Osborn, the Boy Scouts of America South Georgia Council’s camp. Devastated by January 2017 storms, rebuilding efforts are ongoing at the facility, which has been reopened. Worth County had an estimated population of 20,940 in 2014. Incorporated in 1898, the city of Sylvester sprung up along a railroad built to connect Albany with Brunswick. Originally known as Isabella Station, the name was changed to honor a prominent family.

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The early town was a rail stop and center for processing wood products. As the result of a 1904 election, Sylvester wrenched the title of county seat from Isabella. Halfway between Albany and Tifton on U.S. Highway 82, Sylvester is home to about 6,000 residents. Worth County’s easternmost municipality is also growing rapidly. The charter establishing Sumner was signed on Aug. 9, 1863. Its land area is 1.1 square miles. It was named for John Cary Sumner. The city of Warwick is located 20 miles north of Sylvester near the shores of Lake Blackshear. Its population has hovered at around 500 for more than 20 years.

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Baker County once included all or part of several counties

By Jennifer Parks

the Baker County School System, the Joseph W. Jones Ecological Research Center at Ichauway, and Pineland NEWTON — Baker Plantation. County, Georgia’s 61st A historic marker on Ga. county, was formed in 1825 Highway 37 south of Leary from part of Early County marks the site of the final and named for Col. John battle of the Creek Indian Baker. It encompasses 343 War in 1836, where several square miles of land area and Southwest Georgia militia another 6 square miles of members chased a band of water area. Creeks that had destroyed a The county has one settlement in the area into a incorporated city — the nearby swamp. county seat, Newton — and The county has only five unincorporated comone school, housed in two munities: Milford, Elmodel, buildings, which comprises Crestview, Bethany and pre-K through 12th grade. Hoggard Mill. Eleventh- and 12th-grade Until the 1850s, Baker students attended MitchellCounty encompassed all Baker High School until the of Dougherty and Mitchell beginning of the 2007-08 counties, a third of Miller school year, when they were County and two-thirds of brought back into Baker Calhoun County. Each of the County’s school system. areas split from Baker one In 2015, the county’s at a time over a three-year population was estimated period beginning in 1854. at 3,200, up from 3,085 The primary industry in recorded in the 2010 census. Baker County is agriculture, The county houses several with county farmers produc- plantations, which range in ing peanuts, cotton, corn, size from 5,000 to 28,000 canola, poultry and beef. acres. The largest is IchauThe three largest employers, way Plantation, once owned in terms of employees, are by Coca-Cola magnate


Baker County, named for Col. John Baker, is Georgia’s 61st county. It has a population of roughly 3,200 people. (Albany Herald File Photo)

Robert Woodruff and now home to the Joseph W. Jones Center — which is one of the largest outdoor research centers in the world. Scientists there study vegetation, water systems and wildlife. The town of Newton is the county seat and the only incorporated city in Baker County. Founded in 1831, the city was named for Sgt. John Newton, who, like the county’s founder, served in the Revolutionary War. The city was created to be the county seat and was located in the center of the county before large portions of land were annexed in the 1850s to form other counties. During its early years, several area residents attempted to get a railroad through the city, but city leaders opposed the location of a railroad, and it was eventually located in Albany. The Baker County Courthouse is listed on the National Register of Historic Places, but because of the city’s location on the Flint River, it has been flooded three times over the last century.

Terrell County, which includes Sasser, is home to more than 9,000 residents. (Albany Herald File Photo)

Terrell County carved from Lee, Randolph counties By Jennifer Parks

is roughly 28 people per square mile. Nearly 66 percent of Terrell’s residents age 25 or over are DAWSON — Named reported to have obtained for William Terrell, a state a high school diploma, senator, congressman and with 8.7 percent holding founder of the agriculture a bachelor’s degree or chair position at the Unihigher. The average houseversity of Georgia, Terrell hold size is 2.66 people. County is largely rural. Median household Dawson, the county’s income in the county was seat — along with the $32,628 in 2014. During smaller communities of the same period, meSasser, Parrot and Brondian residence value was wood — make up Terrell $78,800. County. At 338 square What is now Terrell miles, it has 2.26 square County was the scene of a miles of water area and is famous Creek Indian upbordered by Dougherty, rising, the Battle of EchLee, Randolph, Sumter, ouanotchaway Swamp, Webster and Calhoun coming after the burning counties. It was carved of Richmond in 1836. from portions of Randolph A famous Spanish peaand Lee counties through nut market, Dawson was an act of the General Asincorporated in December sembly in 1856. 1875. Its namesake, WilAccording to a 2014 liam C. Dawson, was a estimate, Terrell County lawyer and soldier from is home to 9,045 resiGeorgia who served in the dents — 210 fewer than U.S. Senate in 1849. reflected in the census of After Atlanta was 2010. Population density captured and burned in the


Civil War, Georgia Gov. Joseph E. Brown established a refugee camp in Dawson for 300 women and children who had fled the city. Resting near Terrell County’s border with Sumter County, the Bronwood community is located off Ga. Highway 118. The town, which was originally called Brown’s Station, was incorporated in 1883. Parrott is Terrell County’s northernmost municipality, located nine miles from Dawson. It is named for its founder, John Lawson Parrott. According to census data, in 2010 the town’s population was 156. Incorporated in 1890, Sasser is Terrell County’s southeasternmost community. The town was named for one of its pioneering residents, Abraham Sasser. For information on the county, go to

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metro guide 2019 Hurricane delays opening nights for performing arts ing Ticket prices are $20 for adults, $15 for seniors, $10 for students and active ALBANY — With the exception military for non-musicals, and of Theatre Albany, metro Albany’s $25 for adults, $20 for seniors and performing arts organizations are $15 for students for musicals. The getting their new seasons, which run theater also is selling season tickets fall through spring, off to a late start in six-ticket flex packs in which because of the devastating impact of any ticket can be used at any time Hurricane Michael, which slammed for any show where there is seat southwest Georgia on Oct. 10. availability. Theatre Albany’s season opening The schedule for the rest of the musical, “The Music Man,” had a season is: successful run in September, but • “Elf the Musical, Jr.,” a Christthe Albany Symphony Orchestra Theater Albany by the theater’s directors. The mas musical based on the popular is rescheduling its opening concert Theatre Albany, which has seen curtain goes up at 7:30 p.m. for Will Ferrell movie with a cast of that had been set for Oct. 13, and quite a bit of renovation work on all Thursday, Friday and Saturday children and youth. The show opens the Albany Chorale rescheduled its its building — including a new air- performances, and at 2 p.m. for Dec. 7; Oct. 18 opening performance for 7 conditioning system — got off to a Sunday matinees. Each play usually • “Over the River and Through p.m. on Nov. 8. strong start with “The Music Man.” includes seven dates over two week- the Woods,” opens Feb. 8; Here are capsules of the seaSince longtime Artistic Director ends. Performances are at Theatre • “Boeing, Boeing,” opens March sons ahead for Theatre Albany, the Mark Costello retired last DecemAlbany, 514 Pine Ave. 22; Albany Symphony Orchestra, the ber, the community theater has been Tickets and information can be • “Sister Act,” opens May 31. Albany Chorale and Ballet Theatre using guest directors for its shows, obtained by contacting the box The theater’s website is theatrealSouth. with the lineup being determined office at (229) 439-7141 or by visit-

By Jim Hendricks

Professor Harold Hill (Casey Perkins) works the residents of River City, Iowa, into a lather as he prepares to fleece them in a rehearsal scene from Theatre Albany’s production of “The Music Man.” Theatre Albany’s season opener was the only one not affected by the hurricane. (File Photo)

Herald correspondent

Albany Symphony Orchestra The Albany Symphony Orchestra launched its Paul Peach Masterworks subscription season with a Latin-infused program that featured the ASO’s new percussion equipment. The Masterworks concerts are on Saturdays and start at 7:30 p.m., preceded at 6:30 p.m. with Know the Score pre-concert notes by Music Director Claire Fox Hillard. The conductor will be joined for the informal sessions with the audience by the evening’s guest performer or performers. New this season are Saturday morning sessions known as Grace Note. Those dress rehearsals before each Masterworks concert except Peppermint Pops are 10-11:15 a.m. will be open to the public on a

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cost for an individual concert is $20. pay-what-you-can basis. For ticket information, conASO officials say the intent tact (229) 430-8933 or visit is to expand access to those who might not be able to afThe Masterworks Concerts ford regular concert tickets, or are: who for other reasons don’t • TBD: Meet the Musiattend ASO performances. cians; The symphony’s website, al• Dec. 8: The Peppermint has been Pops holiday concert returns revamped this season and the with the audience sing-along organization has unveiled a (see special concerts listing new logo. for the Peppermint Pops Ticket prices for individual matinee.); concerts range from $10 for • March 2: Bach to Brustudents and $25-$35 for beck features Chris Brubeck adults. Season tickets for the and Triple Play performing four major concerts start at with the ASO; $89 (bronze) to $230 (plati• May 18: A Salute to the num). Admission to the Con- Armed Forces. ductor’s Circle, a post-concert Peppermint Pops Matinee event at the Carnegie Library The Peppermint Pops matinext door to the auditorium nee will be 11 a.m. Dec. 8 at where concert-goers can min- the Albany Municipal Audigle with the symphony and torium. This is a 45-minute guest musicians, is included version of the evening holiday in some season packages. The concert that is preceded by

Arts an instrument “petting zoo” where young concert-goers can play orchestral instruments. Tickets are $15. Symphony Sundays The ASO is conducting Sunday chamber concerts 2-4 p.m. at Pretoria Fields Brewery on Pine Ave. Admission is free. The schedule includes: • Jan. 27: Artifactual String Unit; • TBA: Feb. 17; • Charlie Meyer & Friends: April 28. St. Patrick’s Day The third annual St. Patrick’s Day Celebration, the ASO’s popular spring fundraiser, will again be at Pretoria Fields. The concert and auction is set for 7-10 p.m. on March 15. ALBANY CHORALE In its fourth season under the direction of Marc F.

Boensel, the Albany Chorale is continuing to thrive. With 17 regular vocalists when Boensel became director, it has more than 40 vocalists participating this season. The Chorale opens its season with “Sacred Spaces” at 7 p.m. on Nov. 8 at St. Teresa’s Catholic Church, opening venue for the second consecutive season. The concert was delayed from mid-October because of Hurricane Michael. “Sacred Spaces” is unique in the series in that it does not have a set admission price. All funds raised will be used to provide musical scholarships, and those attending are being asked to donate whatever they wish to the scholarship fund. The Chorale has four other performances this season. Tickets to the December and February concerts are $15

for adults, $10 for students. Ticket prices for the season finale fundraiser in April have not been set yet. Contact the Chorale by emailing info@ or visiting Unlike previous seasons, the Chorale has added an outof-town performance of its popular Christmas/Hannukah concerts this year. Concerts, all starting at 7 p.m., are scheduled for: • Dec. 10: “Holiday With the Chorale” holiday concert, Leesburg United Methodist Church, 117 Starksville Ave. N., Leesburg; • Dec. 13: “Holiday With the Chorale” holiday concert, Walden Chapel, First United Methodist Church, 306 Flint Ave.; • Feb. 21: “Masterworks featuring Giovanni Pergolesi’s Stabat Mater,” with members of the Albany Sym-

phony Orchestra, St. Patrick’s Episcopal Church, Albany; • April 27: “An Evening of Gilbert and Sullivan,” Theatre Albany, 514 Pine Ave., Albany. This is the chorale’s annual fundraiser. BALLET THEATRE SOUTH Ballet Theatre South, which started in 1980, has a Christmas show scheduled for the Albany Municipal Auditorium. The Ballet features more than 60 local schoolage dancers, as well as guest artists in feature roles. The Ballet will perform “The Nutcracker” at 7:30 p.m. Nov. 30, with 2:30 p.m. performances set for Dec. 1-2. All tickets are $18 and are reserved seating. For more information or tickets, contact Ballet Theatre South at (229) 364-1034 or visit

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Points of Interest Area arts and cultural groups have busy year ahead

From Staff Reports

the institute’s website www. albanycivilrightsinstitute. org for special events and ALBANY — While the announcements. Albany Museum of Art con• Admission to the mutinues to look toward a new seum is $2 for preschoolers; home downtown, the AMA $3 for first- through fourthis maintaining a full schedule graders; $5 for students, of exhibitions at its current military and seniors; $6 for location at 311 Meadowlark adults; free for members and Drive, off Gillionville Road children under the age of 4. and adjacent to the Albany • Memberships are availState University West Camable and include: Individual pus. for $45; Family for $65; The museum also started Senior/Student for $25 with a new downtown festival valid identification; Corpoin September — AMA The Albany Museum of Art and city of Albany brought a new fall festival to in 2018. rate/Business for $625; and ChalkFest, which drew an AMA ChalkFest, featuring chalk artists, craft beer and live music, will return to down- Nonprofit for $325. For more estimated 3,000 people to the town Albany on Oct. 5, 2019. (Special Photo) detailed information about 100 block of Pine Avenue. memberships, visit www. Current exhibits include ChalkFest, which will return summer and Christmas art Whitney Ave., curates the “Home Tour: Artists Investi- camps; spring and fall Fam- history of Albany’s role in Oct. 5, 2019, featured 11 The ACRI executive direcgating Interiors, Domesticity ily Day Saturdays, and child the Civil Rights Movement. tor is Frank Wilson. professional chalk artists, 15 craft brewers, live music, and Identity” through Feb. and adult art classes. ACRI hosts a variety of other For more information 2; “Brian Dettmer: Selecvendors and dozens of Paula Williams is execuactivities that celebrate the about the Albany Civil tive Collective Memories” amateur chalk artists at the tive director of the museum. community’s legacy, such as Rights Institute, contact the through Jan. 5, and the Geor- While there may be charges performances by the Freeinaugural event. office at (229) 432-1698 or Another new program gia Artists Guild of Albany’s for specific events, museum dom Singers, lectures and visit www.albanycivilrightbegun by the AMA this 25th annual juried competiadmission is free. Memberpolitical candidate forums. year is the Contemporaries, tion through Nov. 24. ships are free for students Freedom Singers: The comprising young profesUpcoming shows include and start at $75 for adults. renowned Freedom Singers, CHEHAW sionals in the Albany area “Benjamin Britton: This Un- Various membership levels who first put their talent on Since opening in 1937 as ages 21-45. That group is folding Idyll,” Dec. 13-Feb. include discounts of AMA display during the national Chehaw State Park, Chehaw conducting quarterly events, 23; Second Congressional events and free or reduced Civil Rights Movement has grown and evolved into a opening in July with Bar District Student Art Compe- admissions to other museand included Albany native “natural attraction,” not only Fight, which pitted a trio of tition, Jan. 17-Feb. 2; Mike ums in the Southeast and Rutha Harris, perform at the for Albany and Dougherty local bartenders competing Landers, Jan. 24-March 30; other parts of the nation. The museum from 1-3 p.m. on County, but for all southwest to create the perfect summer “Masud Olifani: Memory AMA is open 10 a.m.-5 p.m. the second Saturday of each Georgia. cocktail. “What the Funk!” and Meaning,” Feb. 21-June Tuesdays through Fridays month. The performance is Located at 105 Chehaw had been set for October, but 15; Kiwanis Student Art and noon-5 p.m. Saturdays. part of that day’s admission Park Road, it boasts almost was rescheduled for Nov. Show, March 7-17; Zipporah For information on schedules cost. 800 acres of pristine conser16 because of Hurricane Thompson, March 7-June 1, and events, including the Monthly community vation land and a 200-acre Michael. Future Contempo- and Jerushia Graham, April AMA’s celebrity chef supper night: On the third Thursday zoo. Chehaw is a unique desraries events are slated for 18-July 13. series fundraiser, contact the of each month, the institute tination that attracts visitors January and April. The museum also conmuseum at (229) 439-8400 hosts its Community Night and locals year-round. The AMA’s permanent ducts numerous outreach or visit www.albanymuseum. at 6:30 p.m., during which In the 1970s, the state of collection, which is still beevents, including monthly com. Information on AMA speakers who have had an Georgia donated the park ing housed at secure off-site Toddler Takeovers and ChalkFest can be found at impact on civil rights share to the city of Albany, and in locations, includes more than Homeschool Days; their experiences with visi1977 the city moved its zoo 2,100 original works of art. geous Conversations About tors. from Tift Park to Chehaw, The museum is accredited Race workshops; a fall ACRI The museum is open to where it has since thrived by the American Alliance of writing competition for high The Albany Civil Rights the public 10 a.m.-4 p.m. and become an Association Museums. school and college students; Institure, located at 236 Tuesdays-Saturdays. 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accredited zoo — one of two in the state — that showcases a variety of both indigenous and exotic wildlife. A funding flap with city officials led to loss of that accreditation recently. Chehaw prides itself on having diverse exhibits that showcase many animals that call the United States home. Creatures such as gopher tortoises, American alligators, red wolves, bobcats, bald eagles, black bears, and a host of reptiles and amphibians all call Chehaw home. In addition, the Zoo at Chehaw also features exotic animals such as cheetahs, two southern black rhinoceroses, various types of lemurs, meerkats, two Bactrain camels and others. The park also features 44 RV sites with 30- and 40-amp hookups, 14 pullthrough sites, 18 tent sites with 15-amp hookups, a comfort station with laundry, bathhouse, dump station and a group shelter. All the campsites have a picnic table and a fire ring with flip-top grills for gatherings. Public Wi-Fi access is also provided. Additionally, there are 11 pavilions available for rent at $35 each per day and a screened-in pavilion with bathrooms and a kitchen for $140 a day. Visitors to the park can also enjoy hundreds of acres of open public space for picnics and other gatherings, river and creek frontage for fishing (free with park admission, limit five per person per day), more than 12 miles of biking, walking and equestrian trails, a large

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playground for kids of all ages, a BMX track, an RC car track, kayak portages and an 18-hole Frisbee golf course. The park continues to change and evolve, adding new features all the time. In recent years, the park built the Creekside Center, which is used to host meetings, dinners, weddings, receptions and other events. It also added a stage area where it hosts concerts and other events each month. The most recent addition is a splash pad to ward off the south Georgia summer heat. Zip lines will be installed over the winter. Additionally, the park hosts various activities organized by area groups, such as bike rides, horse rides, Frisbee golf tournaments, walks and runs. The park is open 8 a.m.-8 p.m. seven days a week (except holidays such as Christmas) and the zoo is open 9:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. each day. Park admission is $2 for children 3-12, those 62 and older, and military personnel; and $3 for those ages 13-61. Zoo admission is $8.20, adults; $5.30, children 4-12 and military personnel;


$7.20, seniors; free, under 4. Basic membership packages range from $35, individual, to $75, family. Preferred membership packages range from $135-$500. Chehaw’s executive director is Don Meeks. Special events during the year include the Halloween weekend Spooktacular, the Festival of Lights holiday drive-through in December, the Frontier Festival in midJanuary and the the Native American Festival in April. For information, contact (229) 430-5275 or visit

ming includes dive shows, alligator feedings and animal presentations. The aquarium also presents a number of educational programs such as Tadpole Time and Discovery Days, along with camps throughout the year aimed at children, and has several programs that tie in with holidays. Annual events include World Oceans Day in June; the Water, Wings and Wildlife Festival on the last Saturday of September, and the Tricks or Treats costume event near Halloween. The RiverQuarium also has sponsored regular canoe trips down the RIVERQUARIUM Flint River. The Flint RiverQuarium, The RiverQuarium is open located at 101 Pine Ave., tells 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Tuesdaysthe story of the Flint River Saturdays; 1 p.m.-5 p.m. and the blue hole springs Sundays. that helped create it. Visitors Admission is $6.50, youth; can experience the unique $5.50, college; $9, adult, and ecosystems of the Flint $8, senior (62 and older), watershed through a variety for the aquarium, and $4.50, of interactive exhibits featur- youth; $5.50, college, and $5, ing more than 100 species of all admissions for the theater. native aquatic life. Combo tickets for both are The facility’s aviary gives $10 youth and college; $14, visitors a close-up look at a adult, and $12, seniors. Chilwide variety of birds found dren 3 and younger are free. in the surrounding wetland Military personnel get $1 off habitat. The RiverQuarium’s each family member’s ticket. Imagination Theater is loAnnual memberships cated next door and presents range from $49, individual, nature-based educational and $89, family, to $349, films on a screen three stories contributor. tall. Other ongoing programChief operating officer is

Tommy Gregors. For information, contact (229) 639-2650 or 1 (877) GO-FLINT, or visit www. THRONATEESKA Located at the site of the city’s historic train depot at 100 W. Roosevelt Ave., Thronateeska Heritage Center was founded in 1974 for the purposes of historic preservation and science education. It houses the high-definition Wetherbee Planetarium, museums of science and history, the Georgia Museum of Surveying & Mapping, and the South Georgia Archives. One of Thronateeska’s most widely enjoyed features is the Wetherbee Planetarium, a 40-foot full-dome theater offering seating for up to 80 guests. It was the first of its kind in the nation when installed. Shows and presentations take place several days a week for all ages and bring astronomy down to earth in an immersive environment. The adjacent Science Museum provides hands-on and visually engaging exhibits in hydrology, archaeology, paleontology, physical science and more. The historic train depot is home to the History Museum and to the Georgia Museum of Surveying & Mapping.

Exhibits in the History Museum offer information about different people, themes and topics in southwest Georgia’s history, and the Georgia Museum of Surveying & Mapping demonstrates how surveying and mapping shaped our region and the world. Thronateeska is also home to the South Georgia Archives. At 7,000 square feet, the climate-controlled archive facility is used to store historic documents, manuscripts, photographs, videotapes and letters, as well as important governmental documents such as ordinances, meeting minutes, and resolutions from the city of Albany and Dougherty County. The facility also features a Research Center, where members of the public are invited to conduct their historic research. The Wetherbee Planetarium and museums are open 10 a.m.-4 p.m. ThursdaysSaturdays. The Research Center is open 1 p.m.-5 p.m. Thursdays-Fridays. Admission to the museums and research center is free of charge, and planetarium shows are $3.50 plus tax for ages 4-up, per show. There is no charge for children 3-under. Planetarium shows run

Thursday-Saturday. The current lineup is 10:30 a.m., “Molecularium”; 11:30 a.m., “Earth, Moon & Sun”;1 p.m., “Black Holes”; 2 p.m., “Astromyths,” and 3 p.m., “Two Small Pieces of Glass.” During the holiday season, the planetarium usually schedules a special presentation titled “Season of Light.” Thronateeska also offers rental space for events and gatherings. The Science Museum is a popular destination for children’s birthday parties, with private shows in the planetarium. • Thronateeska offers several annual membership packages: Senior/Student, $25; Individual, $35; Family, $60; Patron, $100; Contributor, $250; Conservator, $500; and Benefactor, $1,000. All memberships include year-round admission to the planetarium, members-only communications with advance notice of exhibitions, programs, events and bonus offers, as well as discount pricing for special programs and 10 percent off in the gift shop. Executive director is Tommy Gregors. For information, contact: (229) 432-6955, email, or visit


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metro guide 2019 nearby attractions

A day out in south Georgia

By Jim Hendricks

something special going on in town, like the annual Plains Peanut Festival in ALBANY — For those late September and Presiin the Albany area — dents Day in February. whether you’ve lived here Plains is home to the for years or are new to the Jimmy Carter National area — there are a number Historic Site, which inof places within driving cludes the train depot that distance that you can take Carter used as his camadvantage of on a Saturpaign headquarters when day or a weekend. he, aided by supporters The choices range from known as the Peanut Brian amusement park to his- gade, made a successful torical interests to hiking bid for the White House in and canoeing. the nation’s bicentennial year. PLAINS Operated by the NaNorth of Albany is one tional Park Service, the of the most visited spots historic site is open every in Southwest Georgia. day except ThanksgivPlains is the home of ing, Christmas and New former President Jimmy Year’s Day. It includes the Carter, who can be seen Plains High School Visitor there frequently, esCenter Museum, open 9 pecially when there is a.m.-5 p.m.; the depot, 9

Above, the SAM Shortline Excursion Train takes passengers from Cordele to locations including Americus and Plains. (Photo: Georgia DNR) Top, Thrill-seekers enjoy a scary ride at Wild Adventures Theme Park in Valdosta. (Staff Photo) Above middle, Providence Canyon State Park is nicknamed the Little Grand Canyon. (Photo: Georgia Department of Natural Resources) Above right, former President Jimmy Carter poses with winners of a postcard design contest at the 21st annual Peanut Festival in Plains. (Staff Photo)

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a.m.-4:30 p.m., and the Jimmy Carter Boyhood Farm in nearby Archery, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Contact the site at (229) 824-4104 or visit www. For a chance to meet Carter, the best bet is to attend the Sunday school class he still teaches at Maranatha Baptist Church, 148 Ga. Highway 45 N., Plains. The Sunday school class starts at 10 a.m. and is preceded by an orientation period at 9 a.m. Seating is on a first-come, first-seated basis. The church building opens at 7:30 a.m. Carter’s schedule, which is subject to change, can be found at the church website, www.mbc-

SAM SHORTLINE Many times travelers can get to Plains in a unique fashion — the SAM Shortline Railroad, which operates from Cordele and has various stops of interest on its tours, including Veterans State Park, downtown Americus and Plains. SAM Shortline is operated by the Georgia Department of Natural Resources under the guidance of the Southwest Georgia Railroad Excursion Authority. The SAM Shortline Excursion Train is headquartered at 105 Ninth Ave. E., Cordele. Contact (229) 276-0755 or visit sams-

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metro guide 2019 •From Page 16, where you also can view a schedule and purchase tickets. ANDERSONVILLE Also in the Americus area is Andersonville National Historic Site, also operated by the National Park Service. The park, located at the site of Confederate prison facility Camp Sumter, has three components: the infamous Camp Sumter military prison, Andersonville National Cemetery and the National Prisoner of War Museum. The historic prison site is set on 26.5 acres and is outlined with double rows of white posts. Two sections of the stockade wall, the north gate and the northeast corner, have been reconstructed. Visitors can check out a CD or audio cassette at the museum to take a self-guided tour 9 a.m.-3:15 p.m. daily. The cemetery is one of 14 National Cemeteries administered by the NPS and is open and active for burials. Guidelines for visiting the cemetery and for decoration policies are available at the park’s website. The POW museum, opened in 1998, includes an exhibit hall with areas that explore the themes of capture, living conditions, news and communications, those who wait, privation, morale and relationships, and escape and freedom. There are touchable items and exhibit drawers that may be opened to find out more about POWs. There also are two introductory films: “Voices from Andersonville” and “Echoes of Captivity.” Open every day except Thanksgiving, Christmas


is suggested. Contact the museum at (706) 675-5800 or visit its website, PROVIDENCE CANYON While there are a number of Georgia state parks near Albany, the most unusual is also one of the best for hiking — Providence Canyon at 8930 Canyon Road near Lumpkin, about 70 miles northwest of Albany. Created from erosion from farm runoff, the park, known as “The Little Grand Canyon,” has some of the best hiking trails around. Operated by the Georgia Park Service, it has gullies as deep as 150 feet that were caused by The “Living Conditions” room at the National Prisoner of War Museum at Andersonville National Historic Site fea- poor farming practices tures artifacts and exhibits that highlight how prisoners of war survive on a day-to-day basis. (Photo: NPS/C. Barr) during the 1800s. Today, it also features some of the and New Year’s Day, the industrial sites complex, tures Theme Park. Located INFANTRY MUSEUM most scenic landscapes in POW museum’s hours the state and is home to rural town, national peanut at 3766 Old Clyattville To the northwest of Alare 9:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m., complex, and the Museum Road near Valdosta, it bany, also about 80 miles, the rare plumleaf azalea while the park grounds and of Agriculture Center. More features roller coasters such is the National Infantry that grows only in this cemetery are open 8 a.m.-5 than 35 preserved or reregion and blooms duras the Cheetah and the Boo- Museum at 1775 Legacy p.m. There are no fees to ing July and August when stored structures have been merang, Ferris wheels and Way in Columbus. enter. most azaleas have lost relocated to the 95-acre other rides, as well as kiddie With thousands of The site is at 496 Cemsite. Costumed interpreters rides for younger visitors. artifacts, along with monu- their color. The canyon etery Road, Andersonville, explain and demonstrate The park zoo includes ments, interactive exhibits soil’s pink, orange, red and and can be reached at (229) the lifestyle and activities animals such as Asian and video presentations on purple hues make a beautiful natural painting at this 924-0343. The website is of this time in Georgia’s elephants, water buffaloes, display, the museum has history. giraffes and others. become one of the nation’s quiet park. The park often has The facility is open 9 The facility has a summer leading military history AG MUSEUM a.m.-3 p.m. Tuesdaysconcert performance sched- destinations. The museum special events, including astronomy gazing opportuTo the east of Albany in Fridays. Admission is ule that is included with attempts to get across to Tifton is an opportunity to $7, general; $4, children park admission and has spe- visitors the experiences of nities, during the year. A state of Georgia turn the calendar back to the 5-16; free, children 4 and cial events at holidays such American infantrymen. daily park pass ($5) or anlate 1800s. younger. The Vulcan Steam as Christmas, the Fourth of In addition to the pubThe Georgia Museum of Train runs 9 a.m.-4 p.m. July and Halloween. licly accessible collection, nual pass is required. The outdoor recreation area is Agriculture and Historic Saturdays. Admission is Wild Adventures also has the museum’s archives open daily 7 a.m.-6 p.m. Village, located at 1392 $10, adults; $8, seniors; an arcade, miniature golf hold more than 100,000 The visitor center is open Whiddon Mill Road, Tifton, $5, 5 and older; free, 4 course and other attractions. diverse historical artifacts includes an agriculture and younger. The Country The park is open midfor preservation and future 8 a.m.-6 p.m. WednesdaysSundays, except mid-April museum and a historical Store is open 9 a.m.-5 p.m. March through New Year’s displays, making it one to mid-September, when it village that shows rural life Mondays-Saturdays. Eve, but is not open every of the foremost military remains open until 9 p.m. from “way back when.” Contact the museum at day during that period. A history institutions in the Contact the park at (229) Opened as the Agrirama (229) 391-5055 or visit calendar of operating hours world. 838-6202 or make reservaon July 4, 1976, the village is available at its website. The museum is open tions at 1 (800) 864-7275. grounds include five areas: For ticket information, in9 a.m.-5 p.m. TuesdaysVisit the park’s website a traditional farm commuWILD ADVENTURES cluding season passes, visit Saturdays and 11 a.m.-5 at nity of the 1870s, an 1890s About 80 miles southeast the park’s website, www. p.m. Sundays. Admission ProvidenceCanyon. progressive farmstead, an of Albany is Wild is free, but a $5 donation

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Marine Corps Logistics Base-Albany commissioned in 1952 By Jennifer Parks jennifer.parks

MCLB-ALBANY — Marine Corps Logistics Base-Albany was commissioned on March 1, 1952, as the Marine Corps Depot of Supplies, at which time Brig. Gen. Raymond P. Coffman assumed command and a group of Marines established a presence at the installation. The base got its current name in 1978 after it had been changed twice. On Jan. 17, 1990, the commandant of the Marine Corps directed the base’s commanding general to also take on the responsibilities of commander for Marine Corps Logistics Bases, which placed MCLB-Albany, MCLBBarstow in California and Blount Island Command in Jacksonville, Fla., under a single commander. On Oct. 4, 2005, the Marine Corps regionalized all installations, and the organization was divided into a base command with a colonel as its commanding officer, and Marine Corps Logistics Command headed by a commanding general, the base’s historical overview states. MCLB-Albany became one of six regional installations reporting to Marine Corps Installations East. The Marine Corps Logistics Command at Albany comprises a depot maintenance complex that provides worldwide expeditionary logistics support to the Fleet Marine Force (FMF) as well as other forces and agencies. Marine Depot Maintenance Command (MDMC) operates as a multi-commodity Marine Depot Maintenance

Center. MDMC is an integral part of MCLB-Albany and works closely with the other organizations in carrying out the mission of the base, which is to provide logistics support to Marine forces that will maintain continuous readiness and sustainment necessary to meet operational requirements. MDMC is capable of supporting Marine Corps ground combat and combat-support equipment, as well as other customers with similar needs. Personnel are cross-trained to apply common skills to work on a variety of equipment in different commodities. This affords MDMC the flexibility to rapidly realign their workforce to meet the changing requirements of the Fleet Marine Forces and other customers. It should be noted that while MDMC’s capacity for each major commodity is highly flexible, its total capacity is relatively constant. MCLB-Albany is on track to be the Department of Defense’s first net-zero energy installation in 2018, ahead of the DoD mandate of 2020. Net-zero refers to the installation generating the same amount of energy it consumes. On May 5, 2015, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration recognized MCLB-Albany officials for superior excellence in health and worker safety, and awarded the base Voluntary Protection Programs (VPP) Star Status; designating the base as a Star site within DoD. The VPP Star worksite designation is OSHA’s highest honor and recognizes worksites that are committed to safety excellence and protecting their employees

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Staff Sgt. Anthony Curtis, postal chief and official mail manager at Marine Corps Logistics Base-Albany, works a postage meter at the base’s post office. Even in an electronic age, the mailroom still plays a critical role at MCLBAlbany. (Staff Photo: Jennifer Parks)

beyond the requirements of OSHA standards. The essentials about MCLB-Albany and LOGCOM: • Commanding Officer, MCLB-Albany: Col. Alphonso Trimble; • Commanding General, LOGCOM: Brig. Gen. Joseph Shrader; • MCLB-Albany Demographics: Military personnel, 355; Civilian personnel, 2,435; Military dependents of active-duty service members, 1,630; • Total payroll for fiscal year 2016: $454.5 million; • Fiscal year 2017 total economic impact: $2 billion.

MCLBAlbany Commanding Officer Col. Alphonso Trimble is pictured at left. (Staff Photo: Jada Haynes)

Metro Albany residents can have their health needs cared for at the following area hospitals: Phoebe Putney Memorial Hospital: 417 W. Third Ave.; phone (229) 312-1000. Joel Wernick, president and CEO; 691bed capacity; owned by the Hospital Authority of Albany-Dougherty County; leased to Phoebe Putney Health System. Phoebe North Campus: 2000 Palmyra Road, phone (229) 434-2000. Phoebe Worth Medical Center: 807 S. Isabella St., Sylvester; phone (229) 776-6961. Emergency room open 24 hours a day/seven days a week; Kim Gilman, CEO; 25-bed capacity; owned by Phoebe Putney Health System. Medical Clinics AAPHC Behavioral Wellness Center: 1712-B E. Broad Ave., phone (229) 639-3135. Hours are 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday-Friday. Specializing in behavioral health and substance abuse services. AAPHC Glover Dental Center: 2607 Gillionville Road, phone (229) 8839001. Hours are 7:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday-Thursday. Albany Diagnostic Center: 2624 Dawson Road. Phone: (229) 888-1624. 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday through Thursday, 8 a.m.-2 p.m. on Friday. Albany ENT: 605 Pointe North Blvd., Albany. Phone: (229) 435-7161. 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Monday through Thursday, 8 a.m.noon on Friday. Albany Internal Medicine: 2402 Osler Court, Albany. Phone: (229) 438-3300. 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday through Thursday, 8 a.m.-3 p.m. Friday and 9

metro guide 2019 hospitals and clinics Friday, 7:30 a.m.-6 p.m. Wednesday. East Albany Medical Center: 1712-A E. Broad Ave., phone (229) 6393100. Hours are 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday-Friday. East Albany Pediatric and Adolescent Center: 1712-C E. Broad Ave., phone (229) 639-3103. Hours are 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday-Friday. Fresenius Kidney Care Albany: 110 Logan Court, Phone: (229) 883-1119. Hours are 5:30 a.m.-8:30 p.m. Monday, Wednesday and Friday. Healthy Kids and Families Wellness Center: 707 N. Jefferson St., phone (229) 431-2030. Hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. MondayThursday, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Friday. Hotz Scoggins Family Medical Center: 401 S. Madison St., phone (229) 405-6959. Hours are 8:30 Phoebe Putney Memorial Hospital is the main campus of the Phoebe Putney Health System. (Albany Herald File Photo) a.m. to 5 p.m. Mondaya.m.-noon on Saturday. Friday. Dawson Road, phone (229) guided biopsies, prone day), phone (229) 434Albany Regional Plastic 436-8535. Hours are 8 a.m. and upright stereotactic Hughston Clinic: 117 1175; 1921 W. Oakridge Surgery: 2101 Palmyra Oakland Parkway, Leesto 5 p.m. Monday-Friday. biopsies, needle localizaDrive (6:30 a.m.-8:30 Road, phone (229) 889burg; phone (229) 483Allergy & Asthma tion, ductograms and cyst p.m. Monday, Wednesday, 1021. Hours are 8:30 a.m. Clinics of Georgia: 105 aspiration. 2709 Meredyth Friday; 6:30 a.m.-6:30 p.m. 0055, 8 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. to 5 p.m. Monday-Friday. Monday-Thursday and 8 Spanish Ct. Phone: (229) Drive, One Meredyth Place, Thursday and Saturday), Office hours are by appoint- 438-7100. 8 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Suite 260 Offers screening phone (229) 435-9295. a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday. ment and it is recommend- Monday through Friday. By mammograms and bone Lee County Health 650 Pointe North Blvd. (6 ed routine appointments Department: 112 Park St., appointment only. density scans. To schedule a.m.-4:30 p.m. Monday, be scheduled two weeks in Leesburg, phone (229) 759Baker County Health an appointment call (229) Wednesday and Friday), advance. 3014. Hours are 8 a.m. to 5 Department: 100 Sunset 312-4800. phone (229) 888-8015. Albany Surgical & p.m. Monday-Friday. Ave., Newton; phone (229) Dawson Medical CenLeesburg: 210 Park St. Southern Surgery CenLee Medical Arts 734-5226. Hours are 7 a.m.- ter: 420 Johnson St. S.E., (5:30 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday, ter: 605 N Westover Blvd., 5:30 p.m. Monday-Friday. Dawson; phone (229) 995- Wednesday, Friday), phone Center: 235 Walnut St., Albany. Phone: (229) 434Baker County Primary 2990. Hours are 8:30 a.m. (229) 759-1998. Sylvester: Leesburg; phone (229) 7594200. 8:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Health Care: 327 Sunset to 5 p.m. Monday-Friday, 8 102 Pineview Drive (5 a.m.- 6508, 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through ThursMonday-Friday. Ave. S.W., No. 3, Newton; a.m. to noon Saturday. 4 p.m. Monday-Saturday), day, 8:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Medical Associates phone (229) 734-5250. Dialysis Clinic Inc.: phone (229) 776-0250. Friday. of Albany: 101 Oakland Hours are 8 a.m. to 4:30 Albany: 337 Fifth Ave. (6 Dawson: 806 Forrester Albany Urology Clinic Crossing Drive, Leesburg. p.m. Monday-Friday. a.m.-7:30 p.m., MondayDrive (5:30 a.m.-4 p.m. and Surgery Center: 2400 Phone: (229) 432-1440. 8 Carlton Breast Health Saturday) and 1210 N. Jef- Monday-Saturday), phone Osler Court, Albany. Phone: Center: Phone (229) 312a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Thursferson St. (8 a.m.-5:30 p.m. (229) 995-2433. (229) 883-1503. 8, 8 a.m.-12:30 p.m. on 4012. Two locations: 427 Monday-Friday), phone Dougherty County 5 p.m. Monday through W. Third Ave., Tower II (229) 888-3996; 1314 Radi- Health Department: 1710 Friday Thursday, 8 a.m.-1 p.m. Mirian Worthy Womfourth floor, offers 3D toum Springs Road (7 a.m.-5 S. Slappey Blvd., phone Friday. en’s Health Center: 2100 mosynthesis screening and p.m. Monday, Wednesday, (229) 638-6424. Hours Albany Vascular diagnostic mammograms, Friday; 7 a.m.-5:30 p.m. are 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday, Specialist Center: 2300 ultrasounds and ultrasound- Tuesday, Thursday, SaturTuesday, Thursday and See medical, Page 21

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Above, Albany Area Primary Health Care Behavioral Wellness Center is located at 1712-B E. Broad Ave. Left, Fresenius Kidney Care has a dialysis center on Logan Court in Albany. (File Photos)

•From Page 19 Palmyra Road, Phone: (229) 888-3636. Hours are 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday-Friday. Musculoskeletal Associates: 2311 Lake Park Drive. Phone: (229) 435-0525. 8 a.m.-6 p.m. Monday through Thursday, 8 a.m.-5 p.m. on Friday. OneSource Healthcare: 701 N. Slappey Blvd. Phone: (229) 439-1950. 8 a.m.–6 p.m. Monday through Friday, 9 a.m.–1 p.m. Saturday. Orthopaedic Associates: 619 Pointe North Blvd. Phone: (229) 903-4060 Phoebe Community Care Clinic: 417 Fourth Ave., phone (229) 3128990. Hours: 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday-Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Walk-ins accepted. Phoebe Corporate Health Services: Phoebe East, 2410 Sylvester Road, phone (229) 312-9220. Hours are 7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Monday-Thursday, 7:30 a.m.-4 p.m. Friday. Walk-ins accepted for drug

Medical screens and work-related acute treatment. Services by appointment for employee physical exams and employer onsite services. Phoebe Diabetes Resource Center: 425 W. Third Ave., Suite 350 in Medical Tower One of Phoebe Putney Memorial Hospital; phone (229) 3121392. Referrals only. Phoebe Diagnostics and Imaging Services: 2709 Meredyth Drive, Suite 100, One Meredyth Place; phone (229) 312-0200. Services include CT scans, digital X-ray, fluoroscopy, MRI scans and PET/CT scans. By appointment only. Walkins accepted for X-rays and labs. Phoebe Digestive Health Center: 2740 Ray Knight Way, Two Meredyth Place; phone (229) 312-0698. Home to Phoebe Gastroenterology Associates and Phoebe Endoscopy Center. By appointment only. Phoebe North Inpatient Rehabilitation: 2000 Palmyra Road, phone (229) 434-2580.

Phoebe Neurology: 2709 Meredyth Drive, Suite 230, One Meredyth Place; phone (229) 312-5733. Phoebe Orthopaedic Specialty Group: 2709 Meredyth Drive, Suite 100, One Meredyth Place; phone (229) 312-5000. Offers a full range of orthopaedic services. Phoebe Pulmonology: 2002 Palmyra Road, Suite 101. Phone: (229) 312-5565 Phoebe Primary Care at Dawson Road: 2201 Dawson Road, phone (229) 312-7780. Phoebe Primary Care at Laurel Place: 1390 U.S. Highway 19 N., Leesburg; phone (229) 312-7490. Phoebe Primary Care at Medical Tower I: 425 W. Third Ave, Suite 340; (229) 312-9150. Phoebe Primary Care at Northwest: 2336 Dawson Road, #1500. Phone (229) 312-8800. Phoebe Primary Care of Albany: 901 N. Madison St., phone (229) 312-7750. Phoebe Rheumatology: 901 N. Madison St. Phone: (229)312-7800

Phoebe Sleep Disorders Center: 2709 Meredyth Drive, Suite 310, One Meredyth Place; phone (229) 312-1220. Outpatient diagnostic center equipped to perform polysomnography to diagnosis and treat all sleep disorders. Home sleep testing is also available when certain criteria are met. By appointment only. Phoebe Urology of Albany: 1950 Palmyra Road. Phone: (229) 312-8463 Phoebe Wound Care and Hyperbaric Medicine: 803 N. Jefferson St. Phone: (229) 312-7600 Urgent Care Center at Phoebe Northwest: 2336 Dawson Road, phone (229) 312-8750. Hours are 8 a.m.7 p.m. Monday – Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Urgent Care Center at Phoebe East: 2410 Sylvester Road, phone (229) 312-9200. Hours are 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday-Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Phoebe Primary Care at Meredyth: 2709 Mere-

dyth Drive, Suite 340, One Meredyth Place; phone (229) 312-9651. Phoebe Worth Family Medicine — Sylvester: 1014 W. Franklin St., Sylvester; phone (229) 7762965. Rural Model Clinic: 2202 E. Oglethorpe Blvd., phone (229) 431-1423, 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. MondayFriday. Primary care and specific care services available to HIV/AIDS patients. South Albany Medical Center: 1300 Newton Road, phone (229) 4313120, 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday-Friday and 8 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Saturday. Southwest Georgia Nephrology Clinic: 1200 N. Jefferson St. Phone: (229) 888-3970. 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday through Friday. Terrell County Health Department: 969 Forrester Drive S.E., Dawson; phone (229) 352-4277, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays. Veterans Affairs Community-Based Outpatient Clinic: Located inside Naval Branch Health Clinic at Marine Corps

Logistics Base-Albany; 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m., MondayFriday. Primary care and mental health services for veterans in the metro Albany area. Specialty services include podiatry, audiology and optometry. Handicapped accessible. Specialty care referrals to the Carl Vinson VA Medical Center. Blood drawing services. Routine prescriptions processed through the mail or My HealtheVet. Eligible veterans can call 800-595-5229 to make appointments. Those without military identification cards can call the MCLB-Albany Pass and ID Office at (229) 639-5100 for base access. West Albany Dental and Medical Center: 1412 W. Oakridge Drive, phone (229) 435-2424, 6:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday-Friday. Women’s Health Professionals: 414 5th Ave, No. B. Phone: (229) 883-4555. Worth County Health Department: 1012 W. Franklin St., Sylvester, phone (229) 777-2150, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays.

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Above left, Interim Albany State University President Marion Fedrick has worked to facilitate growth at the university. (Staff Photo) Above middle, Albany State University football players John Wesley Jr., left, and Chris Sparks helped welcome students back to school at Robert Harvey Elementary in Albany. (Photo: DCSS)

Albany has three higher education choices

By Terry Lewis

Albany State University Albany State University was established in 1903. The university offers undergraduate majors in supply chain and logistics management, computer information systems, technology management, art, English, history, mass communication, mathematics, music, political science, psychology, sociology, Spanish, speech and theater, accounting, biology, business information systems, chemistry, computer science, forensic science, health and physical education, health, physical education and recreation, management, marketing, social work, business administration, early childhood education, mathematics education, middle grades education, music education, school counseling, science education, special education,

public administration, criminal justice, and nursing. ASU’s graduate offerings are education specialist (Ed.S.) with a major in education administration and supervision, education (M.Ed.) with a choice of major (early childhood education, educational administration and supervision, middle grades education, school counseling, special education), education (M.Ed.) in teaching field (English, health and physical education, mathematics, music, science), public administration (M.P.A.), criminal justice (M.S.), business administration (M.B.A.), and nursing (M.S.N.). The former Darton State College was officially merged into ASU in January 2017, creating a new combined institution. ASU has 85 student organizations and 10 athletic programs (six men’s and four women’s). Affiliation: Histori-

cally black state university affiliated with the University System of Georgia and Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS). It’s also affiliated with the National Council for the Accreditation of Teacher Education, Council on Social Work Accreditation, American Academy of Forensic Sciences, the National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission, National Association of Schools of Public Affairs and Administration, and Association of College Business Schools and Programs. President: Marion Fedrick. Contact Info: (229) 430-4600, located at 504 College Drive (east campus) and 2400 Gillionville Road (west campus), Albany, GA 31705; website: Albany Technical College Albany Tech was founded in 1961.

ATC offers 43 diploma, more than 28 degree, and over 90 technical certificate of credit programs. Number of student organizations: 12 — Alumni Association, Student Ambassadors, American Criminal Justice Association Club, Collegiate DECA, Engineering “E” Club, Foundation Setters for Future Minds, Georgia Occupational Award of Leadership (GOAL), National Technical Honor Society, Phi Beta Lambda, SkillsUSA, Student Fellowship for Christians, and Student Government Association. Number of athletic programs: Two — men’s and women’s basketball Student-to-faculty ratio: 28:1 Affiliation: ATC is a unit of The Technical College System of Georgia (TCSG). Accreditation Agency: The Commission on Colleges, Southern Association of Colleges and

Schools (SACS). President: Anthony O. Parker Contact Info: Dougherty County/main campus located at 1704 S. Slappey Blvd., Albany: (229) 430-3500; Albany Technical College offers Adult Education services on its main campus in Albany, as well as in Calhoun, Baker, Clay, Lee, Randolph and Terrell counties. Toll free number: (877) 261-3113; website: Frequency of classes: Semester system Degree programs: Accounting, culinary arts, marketing management, computer information systems and others. Diploma programs include dental assisting, drafting technology, fire science technology, among others Library: More than 12,000 full-text periodicals through the Serial Holdings List (EBSCO A-to-Z); More than 2,000

journal titles provided in full text through the WWW virtual library, GALILEO, as well as access to more than 100 databases indexing thousands of periodicals and scholarly journals. Troy State University (extension campus) Degrees: Psychology and criminal justice degrees in class at its Albany site, with more than 30 other degree programs offered fully online. Accreditation Agency: Troy University is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges to award associate, baccalaureate, master’s, education specialist and doctoral degrees. Contact Info: Troy’s Albany Campus is located at 579 U.S. Highway 19 S., Leesburg, 31763. (229) 639-3490.

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14 Professional Certificate Programs 14 Associate’s Degrees 29 Bachelor’s Degrees 11 Master’s Degrees 1 Educational Specialist Degree

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