News for Monday, January 4, 2010

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Kentucky's Brooks bounces

Kentucky football coach Rich Brooks steps aside Monday to clear the way for Joker Phillips to become new head coach.

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Texas Tech: McNeill has a shot to replace Leach

Texas Tech interim coach Ruffin McNeill has a good shot at leading the team on a permanent basis after the Red Raiders shined in the Alamo Bowl against Michigan State, minus their former head coach, Mike Leach, who was fired last week for mistreating a player.

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Another Fiesta for Boise State

A crazy fake punt call late in the fourth quarter with the game tied, 10-10, leads to a Boise State win, 17-10, in the Fiesta Bowl late Monday night against TCU as both teams came into the game unbeaten.

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UNC shocker: College of Charleston upends No. 9 North Carolina in OT

The College of Charleston, coached by former Georgia Tech point man Bobby Cremins, shocks the college basketball world Monday night when it beats No. 9 UNC.

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2009 All-Area Boys Cross Country Team

Find out who made the 2009 Herald All-Area Boys Cross Country Team.

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HERALD ALL-AREA FALL SPORTS TEAMS -- BOYS CROSS COUNTRY: DWS' Withers racks up more honors

Already the two-time reigning Herald swimmer of the year, Deerfield's Withers is named area's best boys cross country runner after capping his amazing season by becoming the first Knights runner to ever be named to the All-State Team.

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2009 Herald All-Area Girls Cross Country Team

Find out who made the 2009 Herald All-Area Girls Cross Country team.

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HERALD ALL-AREA FALL SPORTS TEAMS -- GIRLS CROSS COUNTRY: Thomas runs away with POY

Two years ago, Bainbridge cross country star April Thomas was skeptical about trying out for the team, but after winning her second consecutive Region 1-AAAA championship this season, she's glad she did.

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2009 All-Area Volleyball Team

Find out who made this year's Herald All-Area Volleyball Team.

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HERALD ALL-AREA FALL SPORTS TEAMS -- VOLLEYBALL: Lee County's Moates did it all in 2009

Even with a scarce number of volleyball teams around Southwest Georgia, there's no denying that Lee County's Brittany Moates has been one of the best for the last four years, which is why she's The Herald Player of the Year.

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2009 Herald All-Area Softball Team

Find out who made this year's Herald All-Area softball team as the 2009 Team is released today.

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HERALD ALL-AREA FALL SPORTS TEAMS -- SOFTBALL: Meet the Lindsay Express

Local power Lee County had any number of players who could've been this season's Herald Player of the Year, but the honor goes to star pitcher Lindsay Tompkins, who was the engine that powered the Lady Trojans all the way to the Elite Eight.

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SGA, Byne play first games of 2010

Most of the first action of the second half of the prep hoops season goes down tonight, but two local teams -- Byne and SGA --- couldn't wait to hoop it up, playing the first area games of 2010 on Monday night in Damascus.

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Orange you excited?

The much-anticipated Orange Bowl showdown between one of the nation's top offenses in Georgia Tech against one of the country's best defenses in Iowa goes down tonight in Miami as the college bowl season begins to wind down

Liking comes before loving

Do you like me? Check yes, no, or maybe."Do you remember being the author of those words? Or, perhaps you were the recipient of those words written on a giant sheet of notebook paper folded about a million times.

A town by any other name ...

The Decatur County community of Climax is right down the road from Attapulgus. Just a few miles farther away is Whigham, where they hold the annual rattlesnake roundup.

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Cold weather sticking around

There is a slight possibility of winter precipitation Thursday, experts say.Jennifer Maddox Parks, staff writer

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County votes to refinance bonds on DHR building

Dougherty County owes more than $9 million in debt on a building that houses several state offices.J.D. Sumner, government writer

Man in wheelchair holds suspect at gunpoint

A wheelchair-bound Dougherty Countian who was targeted by a robbery suspect early Monday managed to take a handgun from his robber and hold the suspect until police arrived.

Names thrown in for ADICA positions

A total of four board positions are up for reappointment.J.D. Sumner, government writer

Suspects nabbed after car chase

One passenger was released and one evaded capture after the driver of a vehicle fled from police at a traffic stop.

Lee pushes census participation

Lee County's We Count/Lee Count Committee hopes to improve on the county's 65 percent 2000 census count.Carlton Fletcher, metro editor

Labor grant to help market Cooper site

State Labor Commissioner Michael Thurmond will be in town Wednesday to present the grant.

Thomas County man arrested for murder

Investigators say a Thomas County man admitted to shooting his wife with a revolver.

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Labor grant to help market Cooper plant

The Georgia Department of Labor today announced that it will present Dougherty County with a $25,000 development grant to attract a new industry to the former Cooper Tire & Rubber Co. plant on Sylvester Road.-- Staff reports

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Kemp appointed secretary of state

Gov. Sonny Perdue today announced that he is appointing former State Senator Brian Kemp as Secretary of State. Kemp, who served in the state senate from 2002 to 2006, is a current candidate for Secretary of State. He will serve out the remainder of the current term through the end of 2010. He will also continue his campaign this year and run for the full four-year term which begins in 2011.

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Temperatures impact gas prices

The average price for regular unleaded was $2.47 in Albany a week ago.Jennifer Maddox Parks, staff writer

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Dougherty County to refi DHR building

The Dougherty County Commission has voted to refinance the downtown Department of Human Resources bonds totalling $8 million.-- J.D. Sumner, government rewporter

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