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With new blood, commission will take on new personality

By   /  January 13, 2014  /  Tom Knighton  /   Comments

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

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Tuesday’s results indicate a shift in status quo

By   /  December 5, 2013  /  Tom Knighton  /   Comments

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Tweet There’s an understanding in politics that incumbency has its privileges.  Tuesday, with Bobby Coleman’s defeat of incumbent Ivey Hines, those privileges seem to be fewer and fewer.  In Albany, this is a very, very good thing. Once someone gets elected, there is a strong tendency for them to stay in that office for as [...]

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It’s time for a change in Ward 3

By   /  November 4, 2013  /  Tom Knighton  /   Comments

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Tweet In all the conversations I’ve had with Ward 3 commissioner Chris Pike, I have to say that I genuinely like the guy.  He’s very personable, and I actually enjoy just chatting with him.  However, he’s a city commissioner and I’m someone who feels obligated to point out ways that can improve the City of [...]

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Things to do Downtown this Week! –ALBANY STATE UNIVERSITY HOMECOMING WEEK!

By   /  October 15, 2013  /  Community  /   Comments

Tweet by Aaron Blair Tuesday, October 15th – 6pm Q&A for Ward 3 Commissioners Candidates: Cheryl Calhoun, BJ Fletcher, and Chris Pike (Ward 3 incumbent) at Our Daily Bread. If you live or work in Ward 3, and has questions for the candidates, please join in. If you are unsure of which ward you’re in, [...]

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Development authority member completes training from UGA’s Institute of Government

By   /  August 1, 2013  /  Government  /   Comments

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Tweet Special to the Journal B.J. Fletcher recently completed Development Authority Training provided by the University of Georgia’s Carl Vinson Institute of Government for local leaders who have been appointed or reappointed to an authority. Fletcher is a member of the Albany-Dougherty Inner City Development Authority, which is based in Albany. Participants in the daylong [...]

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Mayor Hubbard: Oblivious to reality

By   /  June 19, 2012  /  Outlook  /  Comments Off

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Tweet     Recently, Mayor Dorothy Hubbard was quoted as saying that during her campaign to be mayor, she heard nothing about crime being an issue.  “I didn’t hear that crime was a major issue. The number one issue was education.” It leads me to asking the question, “Where the heck has she been?”

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Mayoral candidates state positions

By   /  November 2, 2011  /  Walter L. Johnson II  /   Comments

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Tweet   Written by Walter L. Johnson II   On Tuesday, registered voters will choose between three people to become the next mayor of Albany: restaurant owner B.J. Fletcher, former Ward II city commissioner Dorothy Hubbard, and former state representative John White. While all three candidates recognize the challenges that Albany currently faces, whether it [...]

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Mayoral Candidate B.J. Fletcher Introduces Youth Involvement and Mentoring Initiative

By   /  September 2, 2011  /  Government, News, Politics, Press Releases  /   Comments

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Tweet PRESS RELEASE Local funding of youth activities in the city has been reduced, cut or eliminated as a result of the economic downturn. Budgets for public services such as libraries, swimming pools, and recreation centers have been impacted the most and are now operated with limited hours of operation. Keeping our young people active [...]

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B.J. Fletcher speaks to DoCo Kiwanis

By   /  August 29, 2011  /  Community, Politics  /   Comments

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Tweet Introduced as the “self-proclaimed loudest woman in Albany,” mayoral candidate B. J. Fletcher calmly laid out her philosophy for governing the city for members of the Kiwanis Club of Dougherty County on July 18. Fletcher is running on her record of business success and civic involvement, first as manager of Ole Times Country Buffet [...]

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Chattin’ with Fletcher

By   /  June 22, 2011  /  Government, News, Politics  /   Comments

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Tweet MAYORAL CANDIDATE FIELDS PUBLIC’S QUESTIONS Editor’s note: On Tuesday night, Albany mayoral candidate B.J. Fletcher held an online chat accessible through her Website, BJFletcher4Mayor.com. Following is a text of the session; the content has been slightly edited for brevity and relevance. The chat sessions will be held for five consecutive Tuesdays from 7 to [...]

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