News for Thursday, January 21, 2010


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U.S. Open champ Clijsters out at Aussie Open; ex-UGA star Isner upsets Monfils

Kim Clijsters can't pull off a second straight feel-good story as she is ousted by might Russian Nadia Petrova in stunning fashion Thursday, 6-0, 6-1.

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NASCAR on more aggressive driving: Better ratings? Let's do it

NASCAR says it's going to let its drivers "mix it up" more this season, possibly paving the way for even crazier races at 200 MPH -- and likely increased viewership.

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Tiger or no Tiger, Miss. rehab tightens security

The Pince Grove sex addicition rehab center takes drastic measures to ensure even more orivacy and security Thursday, even though there still has been no confirmation that Tiger Woods is a patient.

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No. 8 Lady Dogs down No. 3 Vols

Ashley Houts dishes and Porshia Phillips finishes as the No. 8 Georgia women's basketball team drops No. 3 Tennessee in the final seconds Thursday night in Athens.

V.C. Andrews' gives 'Orphans' no happy ending

I became a fan of V.C. Andrews when I first started reading the "Casteel" series, and I have recently read some of the more recent books published under her name.

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Radium Middle caps perfect 11-0 season, wins area championship

Markenon Vangure leads all scorers with 18 points as the Radium Middle School boys basketball team finishes off a perfect season by winning the area junior high title.

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Ex-Dougherty football coach Flowers headed to Troup County?

Late Thursday night, former Dougherty football coach Charles Flowers tells The Herald he is hoping to become the new coach at Troup County even though he said he was planning to retire when he resigned late last year.

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Skinner wins another PGA event

River Pointe Golf Club pro Sonny Skinner wins his fifth PGA Club Pro event in the last five months, capping a stellar week in South Florida on Thursday by winning the PGA Senior-Junior Championship with partner Ricky Smallridge of Auburn.

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Monroe No. 3 in latest GSWA state poll

Herald No. 1 Monroe jumps six spots from No. 9 to No. 3 in the latest Georgia Sportswriters Association poll released Thursday.

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Deerfield powers past local foe Terrell Academy

In a makeup game Thursday between two schools that had to postpone their openers because they were playing for state titles in football, Deerfield and Terrell Academy play a tight game until the Knights run away toward the end.

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The Indians, who have won eight of their last 10 games, are playing a brand of hoops this season that brings a big smile to the face of longtime coach Archie Chatmon.

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Peanut industry unites for Haiti relief

More than a million servings of peanut butter are on their way to Haiti from the combined efforts of the peanut industry.- Ricki Barker, staff writer

Heavy rains flood region

Some areas in the region are reported to have received nearly 10 inches of rain Thursday.- J.D. Sumner, government writer

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Maschke: I don't think four-day school will happen

Dougherty Board of Education Chairman David Maschke covers recent school system developments at a club luncheon.- Ethan Fowler, education writer

Complete Count Committee discusses census

Census officials say that 2010 forms should begin arriving in mailboxes around March.- Ricki Barker, staff writer

Homeless coalition planning day center

Officials say census counts indicating 300 homeless in Albany are "drastically undercounted."- J.D. Sumner, government writer

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Experts predict recession's end

Economic leaders foresee potential growth in Southwest Georgia for 2010.- Jennifer Maddox-Parks, staff writer

Police rally for officer's Haiti family

About 20 members of an Albany Police Department officer's family live in Haiti.- Pete Skiba, staff writer

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Farmers assemble at 34th annual peanut farm show

The Georgia Peanut Commission says the new year may bring good news to many peanut farmers.- Ricki Barker, staff writer

Lee County road work postponed

The Georgia Department of Transportation announced Norfolk-Southern postponed indefinitely a road closure at a Leesburg railroad crossing.- Pete Skiba, staff writer

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Ivanovic Ousted in Second Round of Aussie Open

The second stunner of the Aussie Open happens Wednesday when French Open champ Ana Ivanovic is beaten in the second round.

MORNING UPDATE: South Georgia deluged by heavy rains

Emergency management officials say that crews are desperately working to keep roads open and accessible throughout south Georgia as heavy rains continue to sweep through the area.