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Deal signs 44 bills

Governor Nathan Deal signed 44 bills into law on Wednesday.

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Chambliss bill would keep Guantanamo Bay open

Sen. Saxby Chambliss of Georgia was among six U.S. senators who introduced legislation on Wednesday to keep Guantanamo Bay open for terror-suspect detention.

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Lee softball star Jones stays close to home at ABAC

Jessi Jones surprisingly becomes Lee County softball's first-ever signee at ABAC on Wednesday.

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Monroe's Johnson opts to give up track, play hoops at Augusta St.

Monroe's Ashley Johnson, a two-sport star for the Lady Tornadoes, chooses basketball over track Wednesday when she signs with Augusta State.

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Players set to conquer the island at the TPC

The biggest golf tourney outside of the four PGA Tour majors every year is The Players Championship, which tees off today in Florida.

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Bainbridge's Baulkmon signs with Gulf Coast, while Harris, Thomas head to Albany State

Bainbridge basketball star Devon Baulkmon is headed to Gulf Coast, while the Lady Bearcats' April Thomas will play for Albany State and fellow hoops star Bria Harris is also headed to ASU, but she will play softball for the Lady Rams.

King Cotton Horse Show set for Saturday

The 44th annual event is being billed as the best one-day horse show in the state.Terry Lewis, staff writer

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GHSA girls state track & field meet: It's all about Monroe

Monroe's girls track & field team will try to win its third consecutive Class AAA state title this weekend at the GHSA state meet at Hugh Mills, where the prelims will be run today, the field events Friday and the finals Saturday.

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God is never too busy to hear a prayer

Last weekend I hurt my eye, the particulars being unimportant. This injury required me to lay around the house, in the dark, doing nothing all weekend. Come to think of it, I did like I do most every other weekend.

Owners in Lee to get property notices

The state Legislature imposed a moratorium that has frozen property values for the past three years.

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Byne presents 'Recess'

Young actors at Byne Christian School will highlight an evening of food and fun during the school's dinner theater event.Carlton Fletcher, metro editor

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GISA STATE BASEBALL PREVIEW: Westwood faces off vs. familiar foe in Thomas Jefferson in Class A Elite 8

Westwood has had a couple of down seasons, but Jake Edore, the only senior, and a team of just 12 players hope to cap off an incredible year with a run at a state baseball title.

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Carver pool set to open May 23

New this year is a Carver Pool and Spray Park Season pass, officials say.J.D. Sumner, government writer

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Hawks still confident in Game 6 tonight after Game 5 slips away

The Hawks have had a great run through the NBA playoffs thus far -- exceeding expectations at every turn -- but all that could end if they can't beat Chicago at home in Game 6 tonight, down 3-2 in the series.

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State sleeper

Randolph Southern may have only won six games this year, but here the Patriots are, in the Elite 8 round of state after knocking off No. 1 seed Solid Rock in the Sweet 16.

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NBA PLAYOFFS ROUNDUP: Miami ousts Boston, 97-87, heads to East finals; Thunder rout Grizzlies in Game 5, go up 3-2 in series

Behind clutch performances from Dwayne Wade and LeBron James, the Miami Heat stunned the Boston Celtics by scoring 16 unanswered points in Game 5, ending Boston's season.

Tax chief has attorney in dispute

A possible court showdown is brewing as the Lee County Commission tries to collect unpaid garbage fees.

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BOE fails to renew 2 contracts

Contracts for an assistant superintendent and human resources director are not picked up for the 2011-12 school year.

Roll the dice for Cancer

The Southwest Georgia Cancer Coalition wants the community to come out for its first Bunko Tournament this Thursday.

Why are some things so hard?

It is one of the great mysteries of life. Why are some things so hard? Why, if some things are meant to be, is it so difficult sometimes to make them happen?

Heard it from the Grapevine

The Macon-based Grapevine Band, Georgia's premier party band, will play at a class reunion here in June.

AHS Class of '66 set to party at Chehaw

ALBANY -- If you're a member of the Albany High School graduating Class of 1966, Marcia Balfour Ekkizogloy, Vicki McGarity Riles and Becky Samford Geer are looking for you.

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Top manufacturers honored

The EDC and Chamber of Commerce honor four at the annual Industry Appreciation Breakfast.

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NEW THIS MORNING: WGL crews fair well at lineman's rodeo

The Georgia Lineman Rodeo Association holds its competitive event each year, officials say.J.D. Sumner, government writer