News for Monday, August 13, 2012


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Heard’s School Board qualifying fee unpaid

The Dougherty Elections Board is scheduled to meet Wednesday and discussion of the disputed spot on the November ballot is likely.

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A work in progress is a positive thing

I am a work in progress in certain areas of my life. Perhaps you can identify with that for a particular area in your own life.

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Financial adviser arrested on theft charges

James Ryan Lanier, 33, is accused of embezzling funds from Merrill Lynch clients for his own use, officials say.

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Police/Fire/EMS - Aug. 14, 2012

Albany police respond to at least 58 incidents.

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APD has busy weekend

Reports of juveniles on Ebony Lane with handguns resulted in a 14-year-old pointing a firearm in the direction of a police officer, APD officials say.

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Braves’ offense sputters in 4-1 loss to San Diego

The Braves manage just five hits Monday against the lowly Padres and lose their second game in a row. (ADDS: Braves to go with 6-man rotation next two weeks)

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Worth’s Hickox signs with Thomas University

Even though Worth County’s Ryan Hickox was 4-4 on the mound with a 2.46 ERA his senior season, he will be playing infield for Thomas University after signing a scholarship Monday.

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Group proposes use of farmers market

The Southwest Georgia Project wants to lease land currently owned by the state to create a produce processing center.

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Nelson OK’d for Lee ballot

A state probation officer meets the legal requirements to qualify as an independent Lee County Commission candidate.

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Ready to run

Southwest Georgia Academy didn’t make the playoffs last season, but running backs Will Warren, Corey Smith and Teel Massey think they have what it takes to get the Warriors back to the postseason.

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Georgia Tech hoping for defensive improvement

Georgia Tech was No. 60 in the nation in defense last year, but defensive coordinator Al Groh thinks the Yellow Jackets will be better this season.

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Falcons’ LB, Ex-UGA star Dent out with concussion

Akeem Dent’s concussion in the Falcons’ preseason loss to Baltimore on Thursday will cause the linebacker to miss the team’s next game.

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Hampton Inn starts building new facility

Land is cleared for a larger, more up-to-date Hampton Inn scheduled to be completed next year.

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Albany Tech names new admissions head

Drenda Davis-Jackson recently assumed her new role at the college.

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ASU debuts at No. 22 in Div. II poll

Albany State’s season opener against North Greenville gets a little more interesting after the Rams come out ahead of the Crusaders in the preseason Division II poll. (ADDS: DE Justin Blash named to preseason All-American team)

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Lee recuses himself from School Board election flap

Dougherty County's attorney says a school board election decision could lead to court action.

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Produce center holds promise

It's always been a bit mystifying as to why Albany hasn't been home to a thriving state farmers market.

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DCSS hires new HR Director

Consultant Darrell Sabbs repays the Dougherty County School System $6,000 in a contract dispute.

Heard's School Board qualifying fee unpaid

The Dougherty Elections Board is scheduled to meet Wednesday and discussion of the disputed spot on ballot is likely.

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Romney's veep choice energizes conservatives

In a letter to the editor, Valkey M. Tiernan of Albany says that Romney vice-presidential choice energizes conservatives.

Government starving its economic horses

In a letter to the editor, Warren D. Grant of Albany says that the government is starving its economic horses.

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AARC advocates for those with disabilities

On June 11, Albany Advocacy Resource Center (ARC) held its annual membership meeting at the Knights of Columbus. AARC, as it is sometimes referred to, is the most comprehensive non-profit agency in Georgia working for the betterment of persons with disabilities. It has 14 programs which serve this population, as well as their families and self-advocates, all in a cost-effective manner.

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New words make it into dictionary

The term "F-bomb" first surfaced in newspapers more than 20 years ago but only landed in the mainstream Merriam-Webster's Collegiate Dictionary on Tuesday, along with sexting, flexitarian, obesogenic, energy drink and life coach.

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Squawk of the day - August 14, 2012

Check out today's squawk of the day!

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Romney plus Ryan equals real change

Last Thursday's Wall Street Journal editorial "Why Not Paul Ryan?" made the case for his selection as the Republican vice-presidential nominee in this statement: "Romney can win a big election over big issues. He'll lose a small one."

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Inmate from Albany killed in state prison

Laderick Cornellius Chappel was serving time for a 2010 Albany murder when he was killed by a group of inmates.

Wiley M. "Bud" Wills

Wiley M. Wills, 98, of Buford, GA, died August 11, 2012

Murrell Green Smith

Murrell Green Smith, 86, Blakely, died August 12, 2012

Sampson Clarence Spivey

Sampson Clarence Spivey, Byromville, died August 13, 2012

Madge Whitehead Pickron

Madge Whitehead Pickron, 92, Colquitt, GA died , August 10, 2012

Harold P. Lancaster, Jr.

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

Michael Grady Shadburn

Michael Grady Shadburn, 40, Albany, died August 12, 2012

Iris Elda Hunt

Iris Elda Hunt, 80, Albany, died August 11, 2012

Helen Anderson-Opoku

Helen Anderson-Opoku, 57, Belleville, NJ, died August 12, 2012

Etris Lee Smith, Sr.

Etris Lee Smith, Sr., 68, Albany, died August 12, 2012

Ophelia Luttrell

Ophelia Luttrell, 95, Columbia, MS, died August 10, 2012

Benny Ray North

Mr. Benny Ray North, 79, Donalsonville, died August 12, 2012

Daniel Lanier Miller, Sr.

Daniel Lanier Miller, Sr., 71, Satsuma, FL died August 12, 2012

Joyce Ann McDowell

Joyce Ann McDowell, 46, Albany, died August 8, 2012

Geraldine Rogers

Geraldine Rogers, 84, Ocilla, died August 12, 2012

Charlie Lee Cecil

Charlie Lee Cecil, 77, Leesburg, died August 9, 2012

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Officer, gunman killed in shooting

A Texas man opens fire Monday when a police officer serves him an eviction notice.

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Burr seeks library chairmanship

The Dougherty County library board chairman says an activist seeking his post is “posturing” and is unqualified to do the job.

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Dougherty County Jail Report, Aug. 2-9

These are individuals who were booked into the Dougherty County Jail August 2-9, 2012. The listing includes name, date of booking, law enforcement agency, reason for booking, bond and date of release.

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Top Elvis Presley songs

Compiled by the Washington Post: these are viewed as the top 100 Elvis Presley songs of all time.

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'Elvis week' draws tributes from musicians

Elvis Presley left behind hit songs, epic performances, some so-so movies and an image as a handsome, rebellious, talented and sometimes-troubled artist that remains indelibly marked in America's pop culture psyche 35 years after his death.

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Early voting for GOP runoff has started

Rick Allen and John House are squaring off to see who will face Sanford Bishop in November.

Early voting for the Republican runoff between Rick Allen and John House for the 2nd Congressional District race has started, elections officials say.

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Morning Minute: Junk food laws appear to be curbing obesity in children, study finds.

Laws strictly curbing school sales of junk food and sweetened drinks may play a role in slowing childhood obesity, according to a study that seems to offer the first evidence such efforts could pay off.

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Braves's four-run rally in the ninth falls just short in 6-5 loss to the Mets

The Braves fall behind 6-1 and then erupt for four runs in the ninth Sunday in a 6-5 loss to the Mets.