News for Tuesday, April 3, 2012


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LOCAL COLLEGE/PREP ROUNDUP: Darton loses rare region game to ABAC

Even with ace Matt Aldrich on the mound, the Cavs lose just their second Region XVII game of the season with a 6-4 loss to ABAC.

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Cox suits back up to coach minor leaguers

Legendary coach Bobby Cox came out of retirement for one game Tuesday to coach Atlanta’s Future Stars, which lost to the Braves, 4-3.

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40-0h! — Baylor women beat ND to go undefeated and win title

Notre Dame hangs with Baylor early in Tuesday’s NCAA women’s National Championship game, but Brittney Griner and the Lady Bears prove to be too much, as they cruise to an 80-61 victory and finish the season with a perfect 40-0 record.

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LORAN SMITH COLUMN: There's nothing but class at the Masters

Loran Smith writes about the rare beauty and majesty of the Masters.

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The bloom is off Augusta National

Because of an early spring, colorful azaleas and blooming dogwoods that have been a staple of the Augusta National have either lost their bloom or are wilting with the Masters just two days away.

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Chipper feels good after taking batting practice

Braves veteran Chipper Jones recently had surgery on his left knee, but the third baseman was in the batter's box Tueday, saying he was "hitting to all fields and had no pain.''

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Batter up

The 2012 MLB season begins tonight with a primetime game in Miami, where the defending World Series champion Cardinals start a new season without manager Tony La Russa and slugger Albert Pujols, who are both gone, against a new-look Marlins team that is finally moving into a rain-proof ball park in Little Havana in the heart of Miami.

Be satisfied with what you have

In my lifetime, I’ve had plenty and sometimes not so good. In my view of living, it’s very important to be thankful when times are very rough.

Zapping mosquitoes an effective method

The Monday edition of The Albany Herald carried a front page feature article “Officials watching mosquito activity.” As a former county agricultural extension service agent back in the 1970s, I enjoyed helping farmers and others solve and prevent problems. I still do.

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Obamacare too much for justice

During the long, painful debate that led to the passage of Obamacare, Republican lawmakers made a single request of their colleagues, the press and the public: Please read the 2,700-page bill.

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There's no 'paying it forward'

There’s a TV commercial I see every now and then, and it always surpsises me and pleases me when it comes on. I don’t remember who sponsored the ad, but I do know it has Ben Harper’s “Amen Omen” playing in the background (one of my Top 20 songs ever).

Student debt newest bubble

Like we need something else to worry about that could derail the economy ... Three out of every 10 student loans are 30 days past due, and 80 percent of those loans are backed by the taxpayers. U.S. student loan debt, now more than $1 trillion collectively, is higher than the debts Americans have on autos or credit cards, with the average student owing $25,000.

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Albany joins National Child Abuse Month

Albany Mayor Dorothy Hubbard declares April as Child Abuse Prevention Month in the city.

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Father follows son into jail for possessing explosives

Father and son are free on bail after being charged with possession of explosive devices.

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What does the future hold for civic center?

City Commissioners will accept the deed for the civic center from ADICA this month.

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Whiz Kids take the stage at First Free Will Baptist

Programs target ‘at-risk” youth for weekly mentoring.

Breeden to qualify for vacant Leesburg seat

A first-time candidate with a familiar name announces plans to seek a vacant seat on the Leesburg City Council.

Police/Fire/EMS - April 4, 2012

Albany police respond to at least 52 incidents.

Squawk of the day - April 4, 2012

Check out today's squawk of the day!

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Dead man found in burned home

Firefighters find a deceased man in a fire-damaged home on the 1800 block of Antioch Road Tuesday afternoon.

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Citizens air praise, and concerns at meeting

From sidewalk access to crime, Albany City Commissioners got input from three area residents Tuesday.

From sidewalk access to crime, Albany City Commissioners got input from three area residents Tuesday.

John Dorough, III

Mr. John Wesley Dorough, III, 64, of Waycross died Sunday afternoon

Veda Outlaw

Mrs. Veda Wingate Tison Outlaw, 87, died Monday, April 2, 2012

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DCSS Finance Committee holds budget discussion

Outsourcing services were also talked about at monthly meeting.

Raymond Watson

Raymond O. Watson, 73, of Fitzgerald, died Monday, April 2, 2012

Lillian Williams

Mrs. Lillian Williams, age 98, of Donalsonville, GA passed away on Monday, April 2, 2012

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Bobby Dice

Mr. Bobby Dice of Sumter County died on April 3, 2012

Katherine Adkinson

Katherine Miller Adkinson, 79, of Bainbridge, GA, passed away Tuesday, April 3, 2012

Maudeen Williams

Mrs. Maudean Williams, originally of Sylvester, Georgia, departed this life on Friday, March 30, 2012

Patricia Cannington

Patricia Cutchens "Patty" Cannington, 67, of Lumpkin, GA, passed away Sunday, April 1, 2012

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City says: Build new bridge

Bridge preservationists want the commission to delay an April 20 bid date to allow for more research to be done on possibly converting the bridge to a pedestrian park.

Millions bombard 1940 Census website

Census information released for 1940 on Monday got 22 million hits in four hours.

Mattie Fish

Ms. Mattie Fish, 81, died on April 2, 2012

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Kentucky dominated nearly everyone it played this season, including Kansas in Monday night’s national championship, which gave the program its eighth national title and coach John Calipari his first.

Sharpton holds torch for average citizens

There are many events that occur around the globe and locally that causes people to be outraged. Most of the time we as average citizens are so entrenched in our personal little wars and battles that we can do little to carry the torch of protest.

Not all work of teachers is tested

In a conversation this morning on Facebook with my niece, who is an elementary level school teacher, she wrote the following, which I felt needed to be shared. So, with her permission, please read and ponder the following...