News for Wednesday, March 10, 2010

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Shamed U.S. track star jones begins anew in WNBA

Marion Jones signs with the WNBA's Tulsa Shock on Wednesday less than three years after admitting she used steroids during the Olympics and served prison time.

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Swiss law barks up wrong tree

According to the Wall Street Journal, Switzerland voted on whether or not to allow animals to have "publicly paid for public defenders" on Sunday.

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Former Auburn star Tate confident heading into draft

Former Auburn running back Ben Tate let his speed do the talking at the recent NFL combine and is confident he'll be among the top running backs selected in April's draft.

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Three TAE players named All-State; Jones Coach of Year

Terrell Academy's triple threat -- Marlee Locke, Millie Foster and Alex Barfield -- are named to GISA Class A All-State First Team, while Keith Jones wins Coach of the Year after the Lady Eagles' second straight state title.

Ostrander, Shirley to fill colonel vacancies

Cols. Doug McGinley and Lee Shiver are retiring, Sheriff Kevin Sproul says.- J.D. Sumner, government writer

Turner Furniture to open stores near Thomasville

Turner Furniture representatives say the opening of two new stores will create more than 40 new jobs.Ricki Barker, staff writer

For good or bad, '09 numbers up for Sheriff's office

The sheriff's office worked 32,000 court functions in 2009.- J.D. Sumner, government writer

Man robbed at gunpoint, wallet stolen

A man visits a female friend and is robbed at gunpoint.Pete Skiba, staff writer

Stop the Violence offers training

The Stop the Violence Movement will provide training for volunteers tonight.Pete Skiba, staff writer

County: Retirement funds recovering

Currently, the Dougherty County retirement plan covers 600 employees with 120 drawing benefits.- J.D.Sumner, government writer

AG to state: Give sales tax money back

The Department of Revenue twice altered sales tax figures for Dougherty County last year, officials say.- J.D. Sumner, government writer

State ends Board investigation

An issue dealing with whether requested e-mails of four Dougherty County School Board members have been withheld has yet to be addressed.- J.D. Sumner, government writer

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Albany jobless rate climbing

More than 120 counties in Georgia had an unemployment rate of 10 percent or higher in January.- Jennifer Maddox Parks, staff writer

Police/Fire/EMS-March 11, 2010

Police respond to at least 29 incidents

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Lee High baseball bounces back, clobbers Colquitt

Tied, 3-3, going into the bottom of the sixth, pitching problems for the Packers allow the Trojans to put seven runs on the board for a 10-3 win as Lee County rebounds from its first loss of the year Wednesday.

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Ga. Tech's Bell wins national courage award after return from spinal cord injury

D'Andre Bell's ability to battle back from a spinal injury and start every game for the Yellow Jackets this year earns him the Bob Bradley Courage Award on Wednesday.

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Terrell County falls short in OT

Behind for most of Wednesday's GHSA Class A Final Four duel with defending state champ Whitefield Academy, Terrell County makes a furious late rally to force overtime before seeing its dream season come up just short by losing, 72-68, in overtime.

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BREAKING NEWS: Season ends for Bainbridge boys basketball team in Final Four

Atlanta powerhouse Mays beats Bainbridge, 50-46, on Wednesday in the GHSA Class AAAA Final Four at Gwinnett Arena.

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Heartbreaker

For the second year in a row, the Bainbridge boys basketball team comes oh, so close to the Class AAAA state title, only to lose once again in the Final Four, this time Wednesday to Atlanta powerhouse Mays, 50-46, at Gwinnett Arena.

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BREAKING NEWS: Terrell County boys lose in OT, 72-68, to Whitefield in Class A Final Four

The Terrell County Greenwave's amazing season comes to a bitterly disappointing end Wednesday after with a 72-69 loss to defending Class A state champ, Whitefield, in overtime in Macon.

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Fans control ACM fate of regional country artists

Both Luke Bryan and the Lost Trailers are in the running for the Academy of Country Music's best new artist award.- Carlton Fletcher, metro editor

Attorney General closing file on Dougherty County School Board


The Georgia Attorney General's Office says they are closing their file into the Dougherty County School System's alleged violation of the Georgia Open Records Law after a failed attempt at a criminal investigation, documents show.

Lee Chamber plans arts fest

A sidewalk chalk art challenge and a number of performances will highlight Lee County's fourth Under the Oaks Art Fest.- Carlton Fletcher, metro editor

AG: State must turn $18 million in sales tax revenue over to county governments


Georgia's top lawyer says the state must hand over $18 million in disputed sales taxes to local governments.The opinion from Attorney General Thurbert Baker was obtained by The Associated Press. It comes in the midst of a state budget crunch. County officials praised the decision, saying local governments feeling the economic pinch would benefit from the extra cash.

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