News for Thursday, March 11, 2010


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Chelios debuts for Thrashers, Atlanta loses to lowly Columbus

Former NHL star Chris Chelios, 48, makes his comeback bid official with the Thrashers on Thursday night against the Jackets, but actually causes a goal to be scored against his own team during the 2-1 loss after he deflected a shot into Atlanta's net.

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As usual, UGA comes to play in SEC tourney, routs Arkansas in opener

The past few seasons Georgia may have struggled, but when it comes to the SEC Tournament, the Bulldogs continue to be tough to beat, upending Arkansas in the first round late Thursday night.

Folktales relate luck o' the Irish

I love St. Patrick's Day, although I don't have a drop of Irish blood in me.Partly it's the shamrocks, the Celtic music and the color green that appeal to me, but mostly I am drawn to the Irish folktales.

Lost shoe a well-heeled mystery

It's been there for a few weeks -- three, at least -- right there on the Nottingham exit as you get off the bypass, just past the big green sign that tells you how far it is to the gas station and that it's 0.8 more miles to Waffle House.

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With Grace there's Glorie

Two women with disparate backgrounds find mutual healing and humor as they get to know each other in Theatre Albany's coming production.

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Yellow Jackets send Tar Heels packing in opener of ACC Tournament

Derrick Favors, the ACC's Rookie of the Year, has another big game as Georgia Tech rallies back from being down at halftime to beat defending NCAA champ North Carolina on Thursday in the first round of the ACC Tournanent.

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Likely locks for NCAA tourney, FSU still wants more

The Seminoles will open the ACC Tournament today against North Carolina State, which beat Clemson late Thursday night to advance.

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COLLEGE HOOPS CONFERENCE TOURNAMENT ROUNDUP: Georgetown drops Syracuse, Marquette mashes Villanova in Big East; UF beats Auburn in SEC

Auburn's season ends Thursday at the hands of Florida in the first round of the SEC Tournament -- and likely taking Jeff Lebo's job with it.

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Sources: Woods to return by Masters

Two sources close to Tiger Woods confirm to The AP late Thursday night that Woods will be out of golf at least until the Masters, but likely will return then.

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THURSDAY'S PREP SPORTS ROUNDUP: DWS girls soccer routs Southland; area baseball games rained out

By the final of 10-0, the Deerfield-Windsor girls soccer team picks up its second win overall this season, while improving to 1-0 in Region 3-AAA play.

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UGA great Wally Williamson: Soldier, football star and the embodiment of a true Bulldog

Longtime UGA sidelines reporter Loran Smith looks back on the inspiring life of former Georgia football great Wally Williamson -- both on and off the field.

Murfree provides his fingerprints for superintendent position

Dougherty County School System appointed Superintendent Joshua Murfree had his fingerprints taken digitally online Tuesday by the DCSS Police Department.- Ethan Fowler, education writer

Court rules in favor of Hodges

Former Dougherty County District Attorney Ken Hodges is one of the candidates looking to be Georgia's next attorney general.- Jennifer Maddox-Parks, staff writer

Perdue proposes deep health care cuts in Georgia

On the heels of 15 months of declining tax collections, Gov. Perdue's health care cuts set the stage for a legislature showdown.- Shannon McCaffrey, The Associated Press

Lee officials consider parking, electric projects

A parking/greenspace proposal would eliminate a parking area in front of the Leesburg Courthouse.- Carlton Fletcher, metro editor

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Dead man discovered in Ford Explorer

A Department of Natural Resources ranger finds a decomposing body while he's on patrol.- Pete Skiba, staff writer

APD chief: Less brass, more cops on street

Albany Police Department Chief John Proctor plans to trim brass and fill open slots with street officers.- Pete Skiba, staff writer

Tax group hears how to appeal and fight city hall

An attorney spoke to a grassroots tax protest group on how to file for appeals Thursday.- Pete Skiba, staff writer

Police/Fire/EMS - Mar. 12, 2010

Albany police respond to at least 30 incidents.- Pete Skiba, staff writer

Man sentenced to 30 years for child sex abuse

A man pleads guilty to sexual abuse of a child and is sentenced to 30 years with no possibility of parole.- Pete Skiba, staff writer

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After one season, Cotton out as boys hoops coach in Crisp County

Former Americus-Sumter coach Robert Cotton, who left his post with the Panthers last year to take over at Crisp County, found out recently he will not be back for a second season despite taking the Cougars to the state playoffs for the first time in five years.

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We're Westover

Six state titles. Twelve Final Fours. All since 1988. At Westover, losing is not an option -- and winning is tradition. That's the message Patriots coach Dallis Smith has preached to his team all season after every blowout win, the ho-hum victories and most especially following every painful, unacceptable loss. This is Westover, a program that's rich in state championships the past 22 years, and one that's expected to be in the hunt each and every season. Just like this one, which followed a sometimes bumpy road to today's GHSA Class AAA Final Four game against Columbia in Macon, where Westover fell short a year ago in the state title game. But not this time, say the Patriots. This time, it's our time.