News for Thursday, April 26, 2012

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Terrell County’s Ware signs with Delta State

Dekoven Ware signs a letter of intent and accepted a football scholarship from Delta State on Friday morning among friends, family and coaches.

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BCS takes big step toward college playoff

College football could switch to a four-team playoff to determine the national champion as soon as 2014.

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Darton softball ready to defend Region XVII title

The Lady Cavs, who are in search of their third Region XVII title in five years, open play in the region tournament today as the No. 1 seed.

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Colts officially draft Luck, RG3 goes No. 2

It was no secret that quarterbacks Andrew Luck and Robert Griffin III would go 1-2 in Thursday’s NFL draft, but an avalanche of trades makes the rest of the first round interesting.

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Homeward bound

The Hawks lock up home court in their first-round playoff series against Boston by winning Thursday’s season finale against Dallas.

Ordinance topic of Ward I town hall

It is in East Albany’s Ward I, but Albany City Commissioner Jon Howard invites all interested persons to the 10 a.m. April town hall meeting Saturday at 1721 E. Oglethorpe Blvd.

Albany pastor to promote new book

The Rev. Lorenzo L. Heard, pastor of Greater 2nd Mt. Olive Baptist Church in Albany, has authored his second book entitled “Lessons in Money Management.”

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Georgia casino is a bad gamble

Notice to all middle-aged, middle-class women looking for a little excitement! North Georgia real estate developer Greg O’Leary is riding to your rescue with a proposal to expand Georgia gambling. Mr. O’Leary, according to reports, has been working on a proposal for eight years to build a casino along the interstate in Norcross.

Nonprofit to host health fair

Washington Community Development Center in Albany is hosting its first community health fair Saturday at 1604 W. Oakridge Drive.

Retirement event set for Hanner

A community-wide retirement reception for state Rep. Bob Hanner, R-Parrott, will be held 4 p.m.-6 p.m. May 7 at the Main Street Theatre in Dawson, Terrell County Chamber of Commerce officials announced Tuesday.

Bikefest to benefit kids Saturday

A local biker group will host a family-friendly community event downtown Saturday, officials say.

Sheriff Rachals to host ‘family gathering’

Lee County’s incumbent sheriff will meet and greet citizens at a campaign event Saturday.

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Freeman faces detractors, supporters at packed Orene Hall

Albany State University's student government is leading a move to oust the university's president.

North Korean ‘strength’ just Trojan horses

North Korea has a dangerous and irresponsible government, there’s no doubt about that. The hopes that Kim Jong Un would be more level-headed that his loose cannon father look more and more like they’re misplaced.

Rezoning doesn’t serve Lee County interests

It’s a real shame that the Lee County commissioners saw it fit to change the zoning for Mr. Eller near the Palmyra Subdivision to commercial.

Rezoning decision will hurt property owners

Hundreds of citizens, mostly longstanding homeowners and faithful taxpayers, lost a very important battle this past Tuesday night. Lee County deserves strategic growth and

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An empty lot full of meaning

Two and a half years ago, a house in a poor neighborhood in Cleveland made international headlines for the saddest of reasons.

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Army may as well put soldiers in strait jackets

To keep former Army 1st Lt. Michael Behenna behind bars until 2024 for the “unpremeditated murder” of an insurgent during the war in Iraq, U.S. military prosecutors have resorted to strange and disturbing twists of law, logic and morality.

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Regional unemployment rate declines in March

The unemployment rate for Dougherty County in March came out to 10.6 percent.

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Crime Victims' Rights Week spurs East Albany vigil

A crime victims' vigil brings out many to 2nd Mount Olive Baptist Church in Albany.

Gang Task Force gears up to meet summer goals

The Albany Police Department's Gang Unit plans a heavy street presence for the coming summer.

Crimestoppers Most Wanted - April 27, 2012

Albany Area Crime Stoppers has eight 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.

Squawk of the Day - April 27, 2012

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Police/Fire/EMS - April 27, 2012

Albany police respond to at least 45 incidents.

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Bo Henry Band chases 'Sunrise'

One of Southwest Georgia's best-loved musical groups releases an impressive new original album.

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Federal Courthouse repairs near $1 million

The C.B. King Federal Courthouse was completed in 2002 after years of bureacratic and construction snafus

The C.B. King Federal Courthouse was completed in 2002 after years of bureacratic and construction snafus.

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United Way names Bryant new CEO

A new United Way official is a University of Alabama graduate who has been the face of Girls Inc. here for almost a decade.

Grand Jury indicts Riggins, Bakers

A Dougherty Board of Education member is facing two felony counts, while an elementary principal is looking at three.

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Chipper's RBI single in 9th helps Braves beat Dodgers

Chipper Jones singled home the go-ahead run in his final regular season at-bat at Dodger Stadium after Dan Uggla tied it with his second RBI single earlier in the ninth inning to lead Atlanta.