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Civic Center selectee withdraws, offers services in private management

By   /  September 20, 2010  /  Government, News, Politics  /   Comments

Tweet By Kevin Hogencamp Albany City Manager Alfred Lott’s selectee to fill the Civic Center director slot has notified Lott that he will not accept the job, partly due to Lott’s lame-duck status. Shannon McCullough, operations director of the Athens Classic Center, says he was surprised to learn that he had received an “informal” job [...]

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Lott hid forgeries from police, feds

By   /  September 3, 2010  /  Crime, Government  /   Comments

Tweet By Kevin Hogencamp Albany City Manager Alfred Lott allowed a city employee who committed fraud on the city’s behalf to quietly resign rather than to be fired or prosecuted, and then hid the matter from police and the federal agency that was defrauded, public records show.

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Not all circus acts are at Civic Center

By   /  February 4, 2010  /  Sonny Lofton  /   Comments

Tweet Go and catch a falling star, Get with child a mandrake root, Tell me where all past years are, Or who cleft the Devil’s foot, Teach me to hear mermaid’s singing, Or to keep off envy’s stinging, And find What wind Serves to advance an honest mind. Song John Donne 1633 AD This week [...]

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Alfred Lott defies bosses, to hire headhunter to help replace Don Buie

By   /  February 3, 2010  /  Government  /   Comments

Tweet Albany City Manager Alfred Lott says to heck with what his bosses told him: He’s going to hire a headhunter to replace Don Buie whether the City Commission likes it or not. The job’s just too hard to hard for him and his staff to do, Lott says. The price tag for the city [...]

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This stimulus abuse is environmental crime

By   /  January 28, 2010  /  Politics  /   Comments

Tweet Editorial What the city of Albany effectively did through its bogus environmental assessment and in the name of “stimulating” the local economy at taxpayer sacrifice was effectively and willfully violate federal environmental law. That crime should be prosecuted. Amid the secrecy and shenanigans associated with the city’s proposed $9 million-plus bus transfer facility, the [...]

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Whistleblower complaint led to transit firing of Nedra Woodyatt

By   /  January 20, 2010  /  Outlook  /   Comments

Tweet An anonymous letter written by a bus operator to City Manager Alfred Lott prompted an investigation that resulted in the dismissal of Albany Transit Director Nedra Woodyatt, public records show. The letter, titled “Albany Transit Fleecing the Citizens of Albany,” detailed mismanagement, waste and safety concerns that were documented by Assistant City Manager Wes [...]

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Albany Georgia transit system Director has been fired

By   /  January 13, 2010  /  News  /   Comments

Tweet By Kevin Hogencamp Amid a cloud of secrecy, City Manager Alfred Lott has fired transit system director Nedra Woodyatt and her second-in-command as the city continues to try to push a scandal-ridden $9 million bus station project through the federal bureaucracy. Woodyatt was the project director for the proposed “multi-modal transportation center,” which is [...]

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Albany Georgia City Commissioner are sworn into office

By   /  January 13, 2010  /  Politics  /   Comments

Tweet A PROMISE TO SERVE Albany city commissioners Bob Langstaff, Dorothy Hubbard and Christopher Pike are sworn into office Monday by Dougherty County Probate Judge Nancy Stephenson. Langstaff of Ward 4 and Hubbard of Ward 2 are serving their third terms. Pike replaces Morris Gurr, who served one term as he Ward 3 representative.

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SWGAPolitics.com Year in Review

By   /  January 8, 2010  /  Jeff Sexton  /   Comments

Tweet Wow. 2009 is over. We saw quite a bit happen during the year. We’ve seen one of the top-three most powerful politicians in the state drop out of the Georgia governor’s race under the auspices of his health, only to have the rumor come out later in the year that it was actually over [...]

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Reflecting on a memorable year

By   /  January 8, 2010  /  Tom Knighton  /   Comments

Tweet This has been quite a year. To sum up the stories of the year, from my perspective, is truly a daunting task. I’ve taken a moment and thought about it, and I’ve realized that my perspective has primarily been dealing with the City of Albany. The city that I love, and the government that [...]

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