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Collegiate Academy of Albany acquires the former Georgia National Guard Armory facility

Albany, Georgia (November 7, 2019): New Schools Georgia, Inc. (“NSG”), a non-profit founded by Albany natives Teresa and Allen Hughes, received the green light yesterday from the Dougherty County Board of Commissioners to acquire the former Georgia National Guard Armory facility and 18 acres located at 1500 N. Monroe Street and 409 Eighth Avenue in Albany, for $300,000. Once the purchase in completed in early January 2020, NSG will invest nearly $5 million to renovate existing buildings and build new classrooms, as well as develop a playground and athletic fields for soccer, baseball and softball, transforming the property into the permanent home of Collegiate Academy of Albany (“CAA”), a new, independent, tuition-free, public charter school, serving families in Albany, Dougherty and Lee counties and all of Southwest Georgia. With an ultimate mission of preparing students to succeed in college and career, CAA will open in August 2020 with up to 376 students in grades K-3 on a first-come, first-served basis with no admissions testing. The school will add one grade per year until it reaches a capacity of 1,450 students in grades K-12. Even before announcement of a site, over 100 students have already applied to attend the school. With a statewide attendance zone, CAA expects demand to exceed seats available; if so, enrollment will be conducted through a public lottery to be held in March 2020. Mr. and Mrs. Hughes founded CAA to provide additional high-quality educational options to families in their hometown and throughout the area. In announcing the agreement, Mr. Hughes, chairman of CAA’s Board, said, “we are grateful to the County Board of Commissioners for their decision to sell the Armory property to the charter school, demonstrating their desire to attract high quality educational options for area families, which in turn makes the Dougherty County area more attractive for business investment.” CAA will be part of the SABIS® Network, a global network of schools that are backed by a 134-year old tradition of educational excellence, serving 70,000 students in 20 countries. Schools in the SABIS® Network implement an integrated, comprehensive K-12 program that uses dynamic materials, proven methods, and cutting-edge technology to deliver superior results.

Draft rendering of the proposed Collegiate Academy of Albany’s use of the Armory property. For enrollment information, interested families can contact CAA’s marketing office:
Ms. Kayla Solomon, (229) 349-6115, or visit the School’s Website: Press only:
New Schools Georgia, Inc., contact Glenn Delk at (404) 626-1400, SABIS® Educational Systems, Inc., contact Jose Afonso at (617) 515-6638, SABIS® Website:

Art Show November 2 at Ann’s Garden Shop

November 2, 2019 10:00am- 5:00 pm

Ann’s Garden Shop

1440 Gillionville Road | Albany, GA 31707


June Blackstock – Portraits

Brend Cook – Painting

Dot Dowling – Baskets and Gourds

Stephen McCord – Wood from the Wild

Nita Satterfield – Mixed Media Painting

PD & Produce – Woodworking

Deidre Allegood – Painting

Abbie Sledge – Jewelry

Sarah Jenkins – Pottery

Allyson Jones – Jewelry

Katie Lou – Jewelry

Jodi Mann – Mixed Art

Linda Bader – Mixed Art

Debbie Milner Booker – Painting

Grubbwear – Clothing

City of Albany’s 29th Annual Celebration of Lights Christmas Parade.

It’s the most wonderful time of year…well almost. It’s time to apply for the City of Albany’s 29th Annual Celebration of Lights Christmas Parade. This year’s theme is A Story Book Christmas. The parade will be held on Saturday, December 7, 2019 from 6PM-8PM. The Christmas Village, located on the 100 block of Pine Avenue, will be open from 4PM to 9PM.

For parade or vendor registration, please visit the following links to apply online:

Parade Registration:

Christmas Village Vendor Registration:


Go to The City of Albany’s website ( On the main navigation menu go to How do I tab. Under this tab’s drop down menu on the right hand side will be a link that reads Christmas Parade/Vendor Information. Click on the link. You will then be directed to the Parade and Vendor information page where you can apply. To apply, click on the link labeled Parade Application or Vendor Application.

The application deadline is November 22, 2019.

Please email or call 229-302-1393 with any questions. Thanks!