News for Monday, January 25, 2010


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Looking Back Dec. 20

Each week, Albany Herald researcher Mary Braswell looks for interesting events, places and people from the past. You can contact her at (229) 888-9371 or e-mail

I am always eager to head to St. Simons Island

If I were invited to Buckingham Palace for dinner, I suppose that it would be something I would enjoy, although I have never been that keen on Yorkshire pudding which likely would be on the menu.

Do not be affected by those who would mock you

In this country, there is a lot of frustration about the slow recovery of the economy.

Herald Top 5 High School Basketball Poll: Week 7

The teams remain where they were last week, with the Monroe girls needing to rebound from their loss against Peach County to remain in next week's poll.

Commissioner Stone pushes anti-texting

The commissioner would also like to see the county ban the practice of wearing baggy pants.J.D. Sumner, government writer

Auditor: Dougherty finances in good shape

Spending controls started last fiscal year will likely remain in place, officials say.- J.D. Sumner, government writer

Body may be missing hunter

Investigators say more medical records have been requested by a medical examiner in order to identify a body found Sunday evening in Florida.Ricki Barker, staff writer

Police shooting findings to be released today

Police initially responded to a domestic dispute last October, officials say.J.D. Sumner, government writer

Lee Commission puts together 2010 plan

Lee County's Board of Commissioners spends more than 20 hours discussing the county's future at a weekend retreat.Carlton Fletcher, metro editor

Thieves hit northwest Albany neighborhood

Several entering auto cases were reported Sunday to both the Albany and Dougherty police departments.
Ricki Barker, staff writer

Furlough dates recommended

Dougherty County School System officials also brace for additional cuts from the state.- Ethan Fowler, education writer

Two people cited following incident outside courthouse

Monday was criminal calendar call at the Dougherty County Courthouse, officials say.- J.D. Sumner, government writer

County likely to foot bill for building repair

Dougherty officials are unable to reach the developer of the $15.3 million Central Services building built by Albany Tomorrow Inc.J.D. Sumner, government writer

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Non-BCS schools cash in

Teams from non-BCS schools like TCU and Boise State are really cashing in.

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Miller back on U.S. skiing team

Bode Miller rejoins the U.S. skiing team in hopes of winning gold in the Winter Olympics.

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Kentucky returns to being top 'Cat

First-year coach John Calipari has the Kentucky Wildcats atop the polls for the first time since the 2002-03 season.

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Haas rallies to win Hope Classic

Bill Haas ends a PGA Tour winless streak that was 140 events before rallying past Bubba Watson, Matt Kuchar and Tim Clark for the one-stroke victory on Monday.

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Henin's comeback continues

Former No. 1 Justine Henin beats Nadia Petrova in consecutive sets as an unranked player in the Australian Open.

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DA to release findings on cop shooting

Dougherty District Attorney Greg Edwards said that he will make public tomorrow his findings in the officer-involved shooting of Sarah Riggins, who was killed by an Albany police officer last October.

Investigators: Body of missing Albany hunter believed found

Investigators have recovered what is believed to be the body of missing Albany hunter John Mark Slappey, Florida Fish and Wildlife officials say.

Crowdis: No contact with Central Services developers

County Administrator Richard Crowdis Monday told the Dougherty County Commission that attempts to reach the developer of the county's central services building had failed and that it was important to move forward with the estimated $170-190,000 repairs on the building.

Stone pushes for anti-texting and driving ordinance

Dougherty County Commissioner Jack Stone renewed his call Monday for the city and county to come together and adopt an ordinance that would fine drivers caught texting behind the wheel.

County audit shows positive movement for 2008-09 budget year

An auditor presented a glowing review of Dougherty County finances Monday, revealing indications that the county was forced to remove $1.3 million less from their reserve fund than budgeted for the 2008-09 fiscal year.

DCSS Finance Committee recommends furlough dates

Recommended dates are presented for Dougherty's teachers to take state-mandated furlough days.

AFTERNOON UPDATE: Altercation at courthouse leads to arrest

Sheriff's officials say that one female was arrested and charged with disorderly conduct stemming from an argument between two groups of people following a court hearing Monday.