News for Saturday, August 11, 2012


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2012 SUMMER OLYMPICS: Bolt, Jamaicans close Olympics with another gold, world record; U.S. takes silver

Usain Bolt blisters the track as he runs the anchor leg of the men's 4x100 relay final Saturday, lifting Jamaica to its second consecutive gold medal and smashing the world record with a time of 36.84, while the U.S. gives chase at the end but has to settle for silver.

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Looking Back - Aug. 12 2012

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

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Another Alien Astronaut on launching pad

One of Southwest Georgia's most exciting new musical groups has the pedigree to reignite former fans' passions.

Births Aug. 12 2012

Unless otherwise noted, the following births took place at Phoebe Putney Memorial Hospital in Albany from July 21-Aug. 5.

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No one frets like a mom

‘Uh, oh.” I was drifting off to sleep in the backseat, sandwiched on five inches of seat between the car door, two pillows, a bag containing a box of Oreos, an extension cord, and socks, a duffel bag, a futon and a television.

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Education Briefs - August 12, 2012

This is a roundup of what's happening in local schools.

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Photos for Peanuts winner

Cathy Jones of Albany is the winner of The Albany Herald’s summer camp photo contest, “Photos for Peanuts.”

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Make full use of abilities you have

I enjoy watching the Olympics. Thinking of all of the hours of training and hard work that the athletes have put in over the last four years inspires me to do better things.

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Get students off to a good start

It’s that time of year so dreaded by kids, but loved by parents. School’s back in session, and what better time to start the year off with good practices? As parents, we all want our kids to succeed in all they do and to have it better then we.

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Albany, WG&L appear to be on collision course

The relationship between the city of Albany and the Albany Water, Gas & Light Commission has been an odd one in many ways. The utility company acts as an autonomous agency in many ways, but also falls under the city umbrella when it comes to liabilities.

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Romney sharpens pitch for long run

The Romney campaign likes to project an image of great confidence. It sees itself as an organization that doesn’t panic when things go wrong and doesn’t jump when critics, especially nervous Republicans, urge Romney to change direction.

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Clarkson, Fray a surprisingly strong mix

I don’t believe I was the only one who thought this, but I went to Alpharetta’s Verizon Park Amphitheatre at Encore Park Wednesday to see The Fray, the Denver-based band who’d hit big with their soulful singles “You Found Me” and “How to Save a Life.”

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Hammer Jam benefits Habitat for Humanity

Saturday’s opening act points to more great music at the Hammer Jam to benefit the Flint River Habitat for Humanity.

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City welcomes six pharmacy students

A group of UGA pharmacy students will be the first to be able to complete their third and fourth years of training in the region.

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On the Job with A.E. Jenkins

Staff writer Jim West holds a Q&A with A.E. Jenkins, owner of A.E. Jenkins Photography in Albany.

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Kitchen inspections for Aug. 12, 2012

Here are the results of kitchen inspections from July 25 to Aug. 7.

Police/Fire/EMS report for Aug. 12, 2012

APD responds to at least 66 incidents.

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Workshop focuses on managing credit

The Southwest Georgia Regional Commission is conducting sessions on managing credit at 10 a.m. and 6 p.m. Tuesday at the commission headquarters, 30 W. Broad St., Camilla.

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DOT crews working on roads this week

Georgia Department of Transportation crews plan to clip shoulders and maintain the slopes along U.S. 19/S.R. 3 and S.R. 133 in Dougherty County starting Monday.

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Ralston to propose cap on lobbying

House Speaker David Ralston said he will propose banning lobbyist gifts to state lawmakers when the General Assembly reconvenes next year, a decision that comes after residents voted overwhelmingly in favor of setting limits in nonbinding referendums.

Robert Mays

Robert Mays, 92, Leesburg, died August 8, 2012

Iris Hunt

Iris Hunt, Albany, died August 11, 2012

Charles E. Finney

Charles E. Finney, Albany, died August 11, 2012

Will Arthur Rudolph

Will Arthur Rudolph, 94, Albany, died August 11, 2012

Eric Manning

Eric Manning, 27, Cordele, died August 11, 2012

Harold P. Lancaster, Jr.

Harold P. Lancaster Jr., 84, died August 11, 2012

Viola McKenzie

Viola McKenzie, Atlanta, died August 10, 2012

Victoria Dolittle

Victoria Dolittle, died August 11, 2012

Alice Graper Porter

Alice Graper Porter, 97, Albany, died August 8, 2012

Larry Wallace

Larry Wallace, 55, Albany, died August 10, 2012

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Squawk of the Day - August 12, 2012

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Customers like the sales tax holiday Saturday

A sales tax holiday benefits shoppers Saturday as they load up on school supplies, school clothes and more.

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Ladies night

It was all about the ladies Saturday in London as the U.S.A. women’s hoops team delivered a fifth straight gold medal after a rout of France in the final.

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Attempted armed robbery at Albany curb store

Dougherty County Police are at the Pit Stop curb store at 3225 Sylvester Road, the scene of an attempted armed robbery at 4:40 p.m. Apparently two men wearing masks, one red, the other blue, attempted the robbery, but ran away. Police are currently looking for them.

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Rep. Paul Ryan's official bio

This is the official bio of Rep. Paul Ryan of Wisconsin.

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Mitt Romney selects U.S. Rep. Paul Ryan as running mate (Poll added)

U.S. Rep. Paul Ryan of Wisconsin joins Republican ticket with presidential candidate Mitt Romney.

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2012 SUMMER OLYMPICS: U.S. women's 4x100 relay team wins gold, as does American wrestler Burroughs

The U.S.A.'s 4x100 women's relay team captures gold in world record time Friday, while U.S. wrestler Jordan Burroughs also wins gold, further distancing America from China in the medal count.

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2012 SUMMER OLYMPICS: U.S. track legend Lewis questions Jamaica’s drug-testing policy — leaving Bolt fuming

U.S. track & field legend Carl Lewis doesn't mention Usain Bolt by name, but he inferred that Jamaica's drug-testing policies aren't as stringent as the rest of the world's --- and that sent Bolt firing back.