News for Thursday, April 12, 2012


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Westover Relays set for 9th year

Westover’s boys and Monroe’s girls are the local favorites in tonight’s 9th annual Westover Track & Field Relays at Hugh Mills Stadium.

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Dougherty County Jail Report April 5-12, 2012

These are individuals who were booked into the Dougherty County Jail April 5-12, 2012. The listing includes name, date of booking, law enforcement agency, reason for booking, bond and date of release.

Unlucky day one to enjoy

Don’t look now, but it’s one of “those” days. You know, Friday the 13th.

Numbers look good for candidate Romney

His name is Mitt Romney and he is a throwback, one whose character exemplifies those mettlesome politicians

Unhelpful salespeople cost their companies

Page Two is sick of the indifference that sales associates gives me when I go shopping.

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U.S. headed toward a police state

Robert E. Lee had to make a decision in 1861. Defend the Constitution or defend the Union? He made the correct decision to defend the Constitution.

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Easter now comes with explanation

Here are some reports and comments from the world of religion:

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The lonely world of Facebook

After reading Stephen Marche’s cover story about Facebook in the latest issue of The Atlantic, I went online to find the link so that I could — what else? — share it on Facebook.

Meigs ex-policeman going to prison

Brandon Luckey, 24, a former Meigs police officer, pleaded guilty to statutory rape

Darton set for clay shoot Saturday

The Business and Social Science Divisions at Darton College are gearing up for their annual Clay Shoot Competition on Saturday.

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Car thieves strike neighborhood

Residents in a suburban neighborhood wake up to yards swarming with police chasing car thieves.

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Fortune, FIYA featured at gospel show

The gospel performers will be at Gethesemane Worship Center in Albany tonight.

Squawk of the Day - April 13, 2012

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Sherwood gets 5 firsts in math contests

Sixteen Sherwood students placed in the math competition for grades three through eight.

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Camp, Battistelli to be featured at free Christian concert

A Tifton nonprofit uses concerts featuring popular Christian artists to collect food for the region’s hungry.

North Korea launches long-range rocket

The rocket splintered shortly after launch.

Defying international concerns, North Korea fired a long-range rocket early Friday, but it appears to have fallen into the sea, splintering moments after takeoff, South Korean and U.S. officials said.

Bomb threat reported at State Theatre

Officials closed off Pine Avenue bewtween Jackson and Jefferson streets following a bomb threat at the State Theater.

Camilla Career Center to close by July 1

The Mitchell County center's eight employees will be relocated to the Georgia Department of Labor office in Moultrie.

Downtown Albany farm market to return

The market features regionally grown vegetables and is part of a push to help local farmers.

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MCLB locomotives up for auction

Bidding starts Monday on two 80-ton locomotives at the Albany Marine base that were recently retired by the Department of Defense.

Police/Fire/EMS - April 13, 2012

Albany police respond to at least 44 incidents.

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Group lobbies to research Albany and WG&L site

New Start Community Development says 'capital stacking' could help finance redevelopment of WG&L's downtown headquarters.

NSCD says “capital stacking” could help finance redevelopment of WG&L’s downtown headquarters.

Otis Thornton

Mr. Otis Thornton of Sylvester, Georgia, departed this life on Friday, April 6, 2012

James Hubbard, Sr.

Dr. James Alvin Hubbard, Sr. of Albany died April 6, 2012

Robert McCloskey

Robert Maurice McCloskey, 86, of Albany died March 22, 2012

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Looking Back April 15

Each week Albany Herald researcher Mary Braswell looks for interesting events, places and people from the past. You can contact her at (229) 888-9371 or

Lillian Webb

Funeral Services for Mrs. Lillian B. Webb will be held on Saturday April 14, 2012

Elaine Cutley

Ms. Elaine Cutley, 56, of Albany died Monday, April 9, 2012

Rossie Batten, Jr.

Mr. Rossie Batten, Jr., 62, of Albany died Monday, April 9, 2012

Professional Standards Commission takes action against Atlanta educators

The Georgia Professional Standards Commission, which certifies and polices educators, voted Thursday to take action against 67 Atlanta educators implicated in a widespread cheating scandal.

John Hopkins, Jr.

John D. Hopkins, Jr., 56, of Cyrene died on April 11, 2012

Margaret Green

Mrs. Margaret Green, 83, of Crestview, FL, formerly of Bainbridge, died on April 11, 2012

Carolyn Johnson

Mrs. Carolyn Johnson, 76, of Donalsonville died on April 12, 2012

Elverna George

Elverna "Bunchie" George, 82, of Lithonia died on April 8, 2012

Isaiah Smith

Mr. Isaiah Smith of Leesburg died April 6, 2012

Johnny Fair

Johnny Frank Fair, 62, died April 5, 2012

Lee Slaughter

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Joseph Gammage

Mr. Joseph Gammage, 97, of Newton died on April 6, 2012

William Wimberly

William Wimberly of Blakely died on April 11, 2012

Franklin Faircloth

Mr. Franklin Bartow Faircloth, age 78, of Brinson, GA. passed away on April 10 2012

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Mitchell County to privatize ambulance service

Measure is meant to save money and help right the county's financial ship

The decision is expected to save the county money in a time when its revenue-generating options are limited, officials say.

Sandra White

Ms. Sandra White, 42, of Catersville,Ga formally of Tifton, Ga departed this life Wednesday April 11, 2012

Hugh Inman

Hugh Inman, 82, of Camilla, died Wednesday, April 11, 2012

Lula Brown

Lula Will Brown, 94, of Camilla, died Sunday, April 8, 2012

Almeter Boatwright

Mrs. Almeter Fuller Boatwright, 86, of Moultrie died on April 11, 2012

Bobby Stewart

Mr. Bobby Lee Stewart, 64, of Albany died on April 11, 2012

Effie Callaway

Mrs. Effie Mae Callaway, 92, of Albany died on April 11, 2012

Lizzie Barnes

Mrs. Lizzie Mack Barnes, 76, of Smithville died on April 10, 2012

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Crisp County’s top two pitchers combine for a one-hitter and 13 strikeouts in a 3-0 win against Worth County.

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Lowndes hammers Lee County in five innings, 14-3

Lee County had been hot coming into Wednesday's game, but the Trojans manage just five hits and commit four errors in a 14-3 loss to Lowndes.

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Phone records show Petrino in frequent contact with mistress

A review of Bobby Petrino's business cell phone records reveals that the former Arkansas coach called 25-year-old Jessica Dorrell frequently over the past six months.

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LOCAL COLLEGE ROUNDUP: Darton softball’s 30-game winning streak ends with loss to East GA

It took extra innings, but East Georgia was able to beat the Lady Cavs on Wednesday and end their school-record 30-game winning stream — which led to East Georgia storming the field. (ADDS: Items on Darton baseball and Albany State track & field)

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Hawks’ 3-game winning streak snapped by red-hot Celtics

Atlanta had chances to win both at the end of regulation and overtime, but the Hawks can’t knock down a clutch shot and lose to the Celtics in overtime, 88-86.

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PANTHERS NOTEBOOK: Panthers feel healthy after bye week, ready to take 3-0 record to Knoxville

Several Panthers were banged up after three games to start the season, but a bye week has the team healthy and ready to keep their undefeated season rolling — and now safety Damian Daniels can return to his mission of setting the indoor football interception record.

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Posey's leg, ankle feel fine — but now he has shingles

Buster Posey says “everything is all go” almost a year after Scott Cousins collided with him at home plate, breaking a bone in Posey’s left leg and tearing three ankle ligaments — but on Wednesday the Lee County native is diagnosed with shingles.

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Lee County hoops star Moore signs with Alabama St.

Lee County’s all-time leading scorer and rebounder DaQuenna Moore signs with Alabama State.

The Buzz - April 12, 2012

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Braves win second in a row, beat Astros, 6-3

David Ross hits a two-run double in his 2012 debut, and Jason Heyward homers to lead the Braves to their second win in a row, a 6-3 victory against Houston.

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Digestive center to open this autumn

The Phoebe Digestive Disease Center, a $30 million project, is about a month ahead of schedule, officials say.