News for Monday, May 23, 2011


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FRENCH OPEN, DAY 2: Djokovic opens with 38th straight win

Novak Djokovic in how four wins away from tying John McEnroe's open-era record of 42 straight wins on the men's tour, and one away from breaking it.

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Ex-UGA golf star Watson reluctant to be PGA Tour's new American star

With Tiger Woods almost completely out of the picture these days, a new star in U.S. men's golf is needed --- but former University of Georgia golfer and rising PGA Tour player Bubba Watson isn't sure he wants it to be him.

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Game times, dates set for DWS vs. Westfield, Westwood vs. Crisp Academy state baseball title series

The GISA Class A state championship series between Westwood and Crisp Academy begins Thursday at 1 p.m. in Cordele, while Deerfield's Class AAA title series against Westfield will start Friday at 5:30 p.m. in Perry.

APD responds to break-ins

The Downtown Farm Market, which opened in recent weeks, became the victim of a break-in over the weekend.Jennifer Maddox Parks, staff writer

Cordele Police officials investigate shootings

Authorities are still seeking information regarding a pair of shootings that took place Saturday evening.Jennifer Maddox Parks, staff writer

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A night to remember in Americus

Victor Green, Jimmy Hightower, Alton Shell, Kent Hill, Chan Gailey and Dan Reeves become the first members of the newly founded Americus-Sumter County High School Athletic Hall of Fame that was inducted Saturday night at GSW.

Commission considers rate increase for EMS

According to EMS officials, rates are lower in Dougherty County than nine other area ambulance services.J.D. Sumner, government writer

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Being wrong's a learning experience

There is a quote by the poet Alexander Pope that says, "A man should never be ashamed to own when he has been in the wrong, which is but saying, in other words, that he is wiser today than he was yesterday."

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Cold or warm, water's water

DEAR DR. GOTT: I have read that drinking the appropriate amount of water each day is good for my health.

Lee salary increases buck area trend

If a planned 3 percent salary increase is approved, Lee County employees' pay will have jumped 18 percent over the last four years.- Carlton Fletcher, metro editor

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Authorities enforcing 'Click it or Ticket'

When lap and shoulder belts are used properly, the risk of fatal injury to front-seat passengers is reduced by 45 percent, officials say.- Jennifer Maddox Parks, staff writer

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Richt and Co. coming to town

Georgia head football coach Mark Richt and UGA director of operations for men's basketball, Kent Davison, will be the guest speakers at tonight's "UGA Day" at Doublegate Country Club that's being put on by the Albany Bulldog Club and the UGA Alumni Association.

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Public air concerns over reapportionment

Albany State University hosted a public hearing Monday with the General Assembly's Joint Committee on reapportionment.- J.D. Sumner, government writer

Judge Willie Weaver under investigation

Willie Weaver is a former member of the Dougherty County School Board and currently owns a law firm in Albany.- Staff Reports

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Visit to Germany a memorable one

I can hardly believe it. 65 days until my adventure comes to an end. Wow. I've been here for over 7 1/2 months and it does not even feel like it. However, at the same time, when I think back to my first few days in Spain, it feels like a year!

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Formwalt resigns from ACRI

The executive director's resignation is effective at the end of the year.- Terry Lewis, staff writer

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Where art, commerce collide

A local artist is expanding his sphere of creativity to include fashion accessories to go with his unique sculptures.