News for Tuesday, April 24, 2012

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LOCAL PREP/COLLEGE ROUNDUP: Lee girls win Region 1-AAAA soccer title

The Lee County girls soccer team beats Houston County to win the region title, while the Bainbridge boys are shut out in their region championship game (ADDS: Items on Bainbridge boys soccer, DWS boys and girls soccer, Sherwood boys and girls soccer, DWS baseball, Sherwood baseball, Westover tennis and Darton baseball)

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Grigson makes it official, Colts will take Luck

Colts GM Ryan Grigson confirms that Stanford QB Andrew Luck will be the first player chosen in Thursday’s draft.

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Johnson leads Hawks past Clippers, 109-102

The Hawks hit key shots down the stretch — including a heave by Joe Johnson that banked in for three points — to down L.A.

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Falcons looking to trade for Pro Bowl cornerback Samuel

Atlanta doesn't have a first-round draft pick, but the Falcons still might make a huge addition this week by trading for Pro Bowl cornerback Asante Samuel.

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Crisp gets revenge on Westwood

In a matchup between two 2011 state finalists, Crisp Academy beats Westwood, 6-1, to avenge an earlier 2-1 loss to the Wildcats.

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Dawgs go to Doublegate

UGA football Coach Mark Richt visits Albany Tuesday.

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The Richt way

Georgia football coach Mark Richt and basketball coach Mark Fox stop in Albany on Tuesday and catch up with the Bulldog faithful.

Police/Fire/EMS - April 25, 2012

Albany police responds to at least 51 incidents

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Pray for those in need, whoever they may be

It’s just funny, I guess, the way I get caught up in the lives of other people, folks I don’t even know. Yet I share their sorrow or rejoice with their successes. And they feel like friends, though most of them I have never met and suppose I never will.

Albany escapee captured in Worth County

A man who escaped from the Albany Transitional Center Saturday by breaking out a bathroom window and climbing down a power pole was caught in Worth County Tuesday.

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Williams announces re-election bid

Lee County’s Budget Committee chairman says fiscal responsibility will remain his priority concern.

Police search for attempted kidnapper

A 24-year-old woman walking along Goff Street near Tift Regional Medical Center was accosted by a knife-wielding man Monday evening, according to a Tifton Police Department report.

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APD wants to interview Darvin ‘Pig’ Stephen

Albany Police Department investigators ask for community help in locating a suspect in a March shooting.

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Benefit to honor Martin’s memory

Live entertainment, auctions, and heavy hors d’oeurves are planned with proceeds to the Flint River Fuller Center for the Wendy Martin Legacy Build.

GDOL assisting Okinus with recruitment

More than 20 job openings will be up for grabs at a Pelham company next week, officials say.

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SOWEGA to sell items from future senior center site

Basketball goals, bleachers and more will be among the items on sale to make way a new senior center.

Critical CRCT deadline looms

Among the final items listed on today’s agenda for the Dougherty County School Board is one that is important to the system moving forward: “... letters of non renewal sent to all employees accused of CRCT cheating, ...”

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Wanee: Hoola hoops, weed, magic music

That old corollary about how different people see and remember the same thing differently came into play over the weekend as I was discussing the incredible Wanee Festival with one of the other 40,000 or so attendees.

Board approves south Lee development

A rezoning measure approved by the Lee County Commission opens the door to a new residential/commercial development.

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Herald names sales/marketing director

A veteran media executive has been appointed to direct the advertising and circulation departments of Southwest Georgia's largest newspaper.

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Lee County candidate Frich to meet voters

A retired Marine is challenging one of the incumbents on the Lee County commission.

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Braves demote Jurrjens after 7-2 loss to Dodgers

Jair Jurrjens got demoted to the minor leagues Monday night after lasting just three-plus innings in a 7-2 loss to the Dodgers

Squawk of the Day - April 25, 2012

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Billy Hammack, Sr.

Billy L. Hammack, Sr., 86, of Hoschton, GA, formerly of Albany, GA, died Saturday, April 21, 2012

Carlton Bailey

Carlton (Carl) S. Bailey, 85, of Albany, GA, died Sunday, April 22, 2012

Kimberly Gay

Mrs. Kimberly Ann Rawlins "Kim" Gay, 42, of Sylvester, GA died at Phoebe Putney Memorial Hospital on Monday morning April 23, 2012

Agnes Merritt

Agnes Merritt, 86, of Albany died on April 24, 2012

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Commission approves SPLOST bond bids

The bond would give the city the funding upfront so that sales tax projects could be started, officials say.

The Albany City Commission has approved a resolution that will allow bids to be taken on up to $14 million in general obligation bonds intended to jump start sales tax projects approved by the voters last November.

Willie Reese

Willie B. Reese of Albany died on April 19, 2012

John Welch, Jr.

Mr. John Thomas "Johnny" Welch, Jr. of Sylvester died April 24, 2012

Cecil Warren

Cecil Alfred Warren 70, of Fitzgerald, Georgia died Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Robert Bess

Mr. Robert M. "Bob" Bess of Westville, NJ, formerly of Albany, died on April 22, 2012

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Burkes, Dukes headed to Democratic National Convention

Five delegates in total will represent 2nd Congressional District Democrats at the national convention in September.

Moses Green

Mr. Moses "Honey" Green, 83, of Bainbridge died on April 18, 2012

George Washington

Mr. George Washington, 88, of Climax died on April 20, 2012

Ruther Jernigan

Mrs. Ruther M. Jernigan, 103, of Donalsonville died on April 23, 2012

Mamie Kegler

Mrs. Mamie R. Gilyard-Kegler, 85, of Baconton died on April 23, 2012

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Supreme Court upholds life sentence in Dougherty murder case

The Georgia Supreme Court has upheld the life in prison sentence imposed on Roger James Reed in 2004 in Dougherty Superior Court. The court also determines that sentencing murderers, including those who are young adults, to life in prison without parole is not cruel and unusual punishment.

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Braun case still a mystery

There may never be a written decision explaining why Ryan Braun’s drug suspension was overturned as MLB waits for the answer that may never be made public.

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Smith replaces Petrino

The University of Arkansas hires John L. Smith as an interim football coach to replace Bobby Petrino.

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World Peace faces NBA discipline

Ron Artest, who is now known as Metta World Peace, is in trouble again in the NBA after landing a violent blow to an opponent’s head.

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Prosecutor: ‘Clemens told lies to cover up lies’

Roger Clemens’ s perjury retrial begins, and the opening statement from the government calls the former pitcher a liar.

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ASU to raise funds for fire victims

Albany State students are raising funds tonight to help a family from Baker County that lost everything in a fire.

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PREP ROUNDUP: Lee County comes back to beat Houston, 9-8; Deerfield, Sherwood send golfers to GISA state tournament

Lee County erases a 7-0 deficit and storms back to beat Houston County, 9-8, to put itself in a position to win the Region 1-AAAA title; Deerfield finishes second in the GISA Region 3-AAA golf tournament while Sherwood Christian finishes third as both schools qualify for next week's GISA state tournament at Doublegate County Club.