News for Thursday, April 19, 2012

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To sell or not to sell, a church?

The New York Times carried an article, March 31, 2012, about one of three real estate agents in the U.S. who deal exclusively in the sale of church buildings. Reporter Mark Oppenheimer’s story about David and Mary Raphael of Azusa, California, “Building a Business on Churches for Sale”, carried enough fascinating material in it for numerous columns.

Crime Stoppers Most Wanted - April 20, 2012

Albany Area Crime Stoppers has five fugitives on its Most Wanted list this week. All fugitives on the Albany Area Crime Stoppers Most Wanted List should be considered armed and dangerous.

Police/Fire/EMS - April 20, 2012

Police respond to at least 50 incidents

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MCLB hosts Unity Day

There are roughly 800-1,100 people that attend MCLB's Unity/Multicultural Day on a yearly basis, officials say.

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DA: Investigation yields video gambling at store

Authorities seize six video machines used in gambling at The Thrift Shop, said Greg Edwards, Dougherty County district attorney.

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Phoebe's Celebration of Life Paver Program continues

There are 2,300 paver bricks along the walkway between Medical Tower 1 and the main entrance to Phoebe Putney Memorial Hospital, officials say.

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2012 Young Citizenship Award

ShaCamryn Malone has received the 2012 Young Citizenship Award from the Exchange Club of Albany.

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Rotary, KADB partner for cigarette butt pickup

Cigarette-related trash is the top source of urban litter, according to a 2010 report.

Secret Service not secret enough

Well, Colombia sure isn’t like Vegas — at least for Secret Service agents.

Learning to swim has lifesaving effect

Well, it’s happened again! Recently, the media reported three drownings in the state of Georgia. There were two in the metro Atlanta area and one in our backyard at Lake Blackshear.

Obama administration is on spending binge

The present snafu state of affairs that exists in our federal government is an extremely worrisome issue for numerous Americans, as well as many world leaders who are considered allies, especially those in the European theater.

Inspiration no sub for researching

I read with amusement Valkey M. Tiernan’s latest divine inspirational, proclaiming God’s personal endorsement for Mitt Romney (April 13, In My View).

Sunday a day to put work to the side

We have seven days a week and on a Sunday is our Lord’s day. Americans should realize God, our heavenly father, is so merciful to give us Sunday as a day of worship.

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Florida knows how to smooth out travel

I never expected to become enthralled with an interstate highway, but if there is a better roadway in the Eisenhower interstate system than I-10, I have yet to put the metal to the pedal on it.

Squawk of the Day - April 20, 2012

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Grace Alda Tomberlin Price

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Nicholas John Retza, Jr.

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Judy Swords

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Leordis McDaniel

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Troucy Lee Jones

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Armond T. Auchtung

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Hugh Inman

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Arthur Davis Perry, Jr.

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Rawlin Browner

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Marshall L. Hannah, Sr.

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Effie Mae Callaway

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Eloise Sims-Robinson

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Chikiska Y. Williams

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Brenda D. Jones

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William Horton, Jr.

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Lee Manning

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Cleveland Walls, Jr.

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Richard DeWitt Fowler

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Sandra White

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Vontrelle Ervin

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Dougherty County Jail Report April 12-19, 2012

These are individuals who were booked into the Dougherty County Jail April 12-19, 2012. The listing includes name, date of booking, law enforcement agency, reason for booking, bond and date of release.

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BOE: Magnolia may be ‘repurposed’

Officials say closing one elementary school would save the DCSS $950,000 per year.

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Argument leads to gunfire in East Albany

An argument in the 210 Cordele Road Hot Dog King moves to the parking lot and ends with an escape under gunfire.

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Youngblood to run for School Board

Former Westover High principal takes aim at David Maschke’s District 1 seat.

Georgia’s jobless rate declines to 9 percent in March

Labor Department officials announced that the adjusted unemployment rate declined in March for the eighth consecutive month.

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Dancin' in the rain: Braves mash Mets during wet series finale

The Braves move to 7-5 on the young season after slapping around the Mets during a rainy, 14-6 rout Wednesday afternoon at Turner Field.

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Hawks pound Pistons, get hotter as playoffs near

Tracy McGrady provides a lift off the bench for the Hawks on Wednesday as Atlanta scores a season-high 72 points in the first half and never looks back in a 110-89 rout of the Pistons.

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Coaching legend Summit steps down at Tennessee

Pat Summitt will be Tennessee’s new “head coach emeritus” after stepping down as head coach Wednesday due to her recent revelation she has dementia.

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DWS hires new girls hoops coach from rival Westfield

Calhoun County native Jeff Eubanks, who coached the successful GISA power Westfield girls hoops program from 2003-11 and has more than 400 career wins, decides to come back home to Southwest Georgia to take over the vacancy at Deerfield.

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Out with a bang: Lady Knights’ senior doubles duo wins state

The Deerfield No. 1 doubles team of Lucy Kelley and Hope Kitchen close out their high school tennis careers in the finest way possible Wednesday: with a GISA Class AAA state championship.

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26TH ANNUAL ALBANY SPORTS HALL OF FAME -- DALLIS SMITH: Westover’s Smith left his mark on sports world, then came home — and did the same

After starring in high school at Westover and college at VSU, Dallis Smith took his talents to the NFL, then returned home to coach his alma mater.

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