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The Kiwanis Club of Dougherty County-sponsored “Bring Up Grades” (BUG) Program continues to enjoy success at 10 sites throughout Albany. The program, coordinated in conjunction with Boys & Girls Clubs of Albany and in cooperation with the Dougherty County School System, is designed to motivate students to work for significant improvement of their grade averages by offering rewards such as pizza or ice-cream parties and eligibility for a grand prize at the end of the school year. Pictured, students at East Albany Boys & Girls Club enjoyed a pizza party on February 17 to honor their academic achievements. The number of students at East Albany raising their grades jumped from four in the first grading period to 14 in the most recent one, a 250 percent increase. Kiwanis of DoCo provided pizza, soft drinks, and framed certificates to the youngsters. Boys & Girls staffer Mike Nelson and Dougherty County Kiwanians Ben Lockett, Lamar Parker, and David Shivers were also on hand for the celebration.

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Tom Knighton is the publisher of The Albany Journal. In November, 2011, he became the first blogger to take over a newspaper anywhere in the world. In August of 2012, he made the difficult decision to take the Journal out of print circulation and become an online news agency, a first for the Albany area.

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