News for Wednesday, May 18, 2011


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Georgia's unemployment falls to 9.9 percent, Albany's up slightly

The number of initial unemployment claims in April 2011 was up from March 2011, but down 31 percent from April 2010.

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Georgia lags behind in economic improvements

In the first quarter of 2011, Georgia posted the second worst score on the Consumer Distress Index compiled by CredAbility.

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Westwood baseball team continues march to state title today in Final Four

Westwood's baseball team plays Memorial Day in Game 1 of its best-of-three series in the GISA Class A Final Four today in Savannah, where the Wildcats won the state football title against Memorial back in November.

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GISA GIRLS STATE SOCCER PLAYOFFS: DWS girls face No. 1 Stratford in Class AAA Final Four duel tonight; TAE routed in Class AA Final Four by Frederica

A spot in the Class AAA title game awaits the winner of tonight's Deerfield-Stratford rematch in Macon, while Terrell Academy sees its season end Wednesday in the Final Four with a 9-2 loss to defending state champs Frederica.

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Three Westover soccer standouts to continue their careers at Darton

Michael Barron, Bridger Ferrell and two-time Herald Player of the Year Danny Brown all sign their letters-of-intent with Darton on Wednesday.

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Four ex-Auburn players indicted

Four former Auburn football are indicted on felony robbery and burglary charges Wednesday.

Redistricting meetings scheduled

Georgia legislators will take up state reapportionment later this summer.J.D. Sumner, government writer

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Derby winner animal Kingdom installed as Preakness favorite

Animal Kingdom, whose late charge won the Kentucky Derby, is now a 2-1 favorite to win the Preakness, which will be run on Saturday.

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AFD answers East Albany fire calls

The Albany Fire Department was called to the 500 block of Henson Drive at 12:45 p.m. in reference to a structural fire.- Jennifer Maddox Parks, staff writer

APD to host school party

The Albany Police Department will host and chaperone a dance on Friday night.- Jennifer Maddox Parks, staff writer

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Predicting's just a world of trouble

By the time you read this article, you will probably only have a day or two left to live. Or at least, that's the prognosis according to Harold Camping, a preacher and founder of the Family Radio. You may have seen signs staked in the median of the four-lanes or at stop lights, saying that Judgment Day is coming May 21st.

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Coin Collectors show comes to Albany

Southwest Georgia residents can get cash for cash, or other silver and gold items, at the International Coin Collectors show.- Laura Williams, staff writer

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Kids hold food drive

The K Kids Club at an Albany elementary school enjoys an ice cream party in celebration of completing its canned food drive.Jennifer Maddox Parks, staff writer

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Thrashers fans plan to rally to keep team in Atlanta

On Saturday, Thrashers fans will take to the street and rally in hopes of keeping pro hockey in Georgia.

Coming Up Calendar May 18, 2011

Entertainment events for the next seven days.

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Officials: Inland port brings benefits

Cordele Intermodal Services is set to receive 6,000 containers of freight from the Port of Savannah in the coming weeks.

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Lee Primary School brothers get big surprise from father

Two youngsters are shocked when their dad, home from Afghanistan, unexpectedly shows up at their Lee County school library.Terry Lewis, staff writer

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Maps for new districts revealed (updated with maps)

The ideal population for each of the city of Albany's six wards would be 12,906 people.

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New Walmart is now open for business

After months of anticipation, Wal-Mart's newest store off Cordele Road opens Wednesday morning.J.D. Sumner, government writer