News for Friday, March 19, 2010


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U.S. soccer star Davies ready to start playing after near-death car accident last year

Charlie Davies is about to get back on the soccer field months after he was almost killed in a D.C. car crash.

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Klitschko back in ring tonight in Germany

Wladimir Klitschko is back in action tonight, this time taking on American heavyweight challenger Eddie Chambers.

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About time, NHL: League gets rid of hits to head; fighting next?

In light of the recent head injuries to numerous NHL players, the league is set to ban shots to the head after calls for the rule to be in place has gone on for years.

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NCAA TOURNAMENT -- FIRST ROUND, DAY 2: Cornell pulls upset of Temple, No. 1 Duke rolls (UPDATES: includes Friday's late games)

The only real upset of Day 2 of the first round of the NCAA Tournament belonged to Ivy League power Cornell, which upends No. 5 seed Temple.

Neighborly approach getting rarer

It's not easy to get along with neighbors.Sometimes living in a neighborhood can make one pine for the days when a Davy Crockett or a Daniel Boone set out for the wilderness to escape whatever passed for civilization back in those days.

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Pope Park set to host latest round of centennial celebration today in Sylvester

The centennial celebration of the Worth County baseball team's historic Pope Park continues today with an "Old Timer's Game" and home-run derby with registration beginning at noon and festivities beginning at 1 p.m.

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FRIDAY'S AREA SPORTS ROUNDUP: Sherwood falls on road; Baconton blasts Terrell County

Sherwood loses it first game of the season Friday, coming on the road to Mount de Sales.

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Jones beats Lee as Trojans lose second game in a row

Leading for most of the game, Lee County's baseball team blows a lead late and falls for the second game in a row, this time to Jones County.

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Several Southwest Georgia prep hoops teams end season in Top 10 in final GSWA state poll

The final Georgia Sportswriters Association state prep basketball poll is released Friday.

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Seminoles fall to Bulldogs, out of NCAA Tournament

Florida State ends its great 2010 season on a sour note, getting outplayed by Gonzaga as it falls behind from the opening tip, only to close to within four points late, then falter in the final seconds in a 67-60 loss in the NCAA Tournament opener for both.

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FSU, Ga. Tech, Georgia women all open NCAA Tournament today

Just 90 minutes south today, the Florida State and Georgia Tech women will open the NCAA Tournament in Tallahassee, Fla.

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Local prep hoops stars set for GACA All-Star games in Savannah

A handful of Southwest Georgia girls and boys basketball stars head to Savannah this weekend for the annual Georgia Athletic Coaches Association All-Star game.

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Ex-Pats star Edwards set for 2nd-round NIT game today as Jax. U battles Texas Tech

Former Westover star Chris Edwards is coming off two huge free throws that lifted Jacksonville past Arizona State in the NIT on Tuesday for its first postseason win in 36 years.

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Movin' on up

Georgia Tech uses free throws down the stretch to overcome a shooting slump as the Yellow Jackets advance in the NCAA Tournament after beating Oklahoma State.

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Clemson falls to Missouri, despite big game from ex-DWS star Young

Albany's Andre Young ties a career high of 19 points for Clemson in its first-round NCAA Tournament game against Missouri on Friday afternoon, but it comes in a losing effort as the Midwest Tigers beat the East Coast Tigers, while continuing Clemson's postseason woes.

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Rivalry renewed: Westover beats Monroe in baseball

Robert Daniel has a career day for Westover on Friday afternoon in a 6-3 win against Monroe, striking out a whopping 16 batters to hand the Patriots' biggest rival its first loss of the 2010 season.

Police/Fire/EMS - Mar. 20, 2010

Albany police respond to at least 47 incidents.- Pete Skiba, staff writer

Georgia Capitol notes through Day 27

Georgia legislators meet at the Capitol. This is a summary of what they discussed.- The Associated Press

Lee County attorney Mathis arrested in drug operation

Lee County's sheriff says an operation that led to the arrest of a prominent attorney was a multi-agency investigation.- J.D. Sumner, government writer

Heritage Financial now stock holding company

Officials with a financial company say its reorganization will position an Albany-based bank for growth.- Staff Reports

Brooks, Lee finalists for Sumter superintendent

Two finalists who withdrew from the Dougherty superintendent search are finalists for the same position in Sumter County.- Ethan Fowler, education writer

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Base dedicates kennel to fallen Marine

Cpl. Dustin J. Lee was killed in Iraq on March 21, 2007 in a 73-mm rocket attack.- Jennifer Maddox Parks, staff writer

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Albany Fire Department burns building for training

The Albany Fire Department burns an abandoned building in East Albany to provide training and learn about prevention.- Pete Skiba, staff writer

Documents: Teacher had previous domestic violence arrest

A teacher at the Dougherty County School System's alternative school was arrested for battery and disorderly conduct.- J.D. Sumner, government writer

Popular businesswoman mulling run for mayor

Four county commission and three school board seats are up for re-election in Dougherty County this year.- J.D. Sumner, government writer

Dougherty receives emergency food and shelter funds

There are seven counties in the region from which an area organization is receiving funding applications.- Jennifer Maddox Parks, staff writer

Bishop to vote for health care reform Sunday

The Second Congressional District's Congressman says he believes a health care reform bill is in the best interest of all Americans. - Ricki Barker, staff writer

Sheriff: Lee County attorney jailed on drug charges

Lee County attorney Craig Mathis was arrested Friday afternoon following what Lee County Sheriff Reggie Rachals said was a "lengthy investigation," into possible drug activity.

Emotional service honors fallen Marine

Military and civilian officials gathered this morning at Marine Corps Logistics Base Albany to honor Cpl. Dustin Lee, who was killed in action in Iraq in 2007. Dignitaries and his family dedicated the kennels for the base's K9 units in honor of Lee, who was a working dog handler.

Former Dougherty superintendent finalists now finalists in Americus

Dougherty County School System finalists Roy Brooks and Vayla Lee are two of the three finalists that were announced March 13 for the Sumter County School System's superintendent job.
Ethan Fowler, education reporter

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Thousands of children fill Civic Center for Linked-in Concert

More than 2,000 Dougherty County School students filled the civic center Friday to listen and participate in the Linked-in Concert featuring the Albany Symphony Orchestra.

Heritage Financial reorganizing into full stock holding company

Heritage Financial Group (NASDAQ: HBOS), the mid-tier holding company for HeritageBank of the South, today announced that it has adopted a plan to reorganize from a two-tier mutual holding company to a full stock holding company and will undertake a "second-step" offering of additional shares of common stock.