News for Tuesday, August 14, 2012


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LOCAL SPORTS BRIEFS: Albany Shockwave to hold 2 more tryouts; Graves named new boys hoops coach at Life Christian

After a small showing at the Albany tryout recently, the Albany Shockwave ABA pro basketball team plans two more in advance of their inaugural season in November.

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Sireno: More changes ahead for Darton

Darton State College President Peter Sireno says school has many opportunities as it transitions to a state college.

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Uggla, Prado go yard as Braves blank Padres

Tim Hudson was lights out, Martin Prado and Dan Uggla both homer and the Braves blast the Padres, 6-0, on Tuesday night.

Plans under way for annual Chicken Pie Festival

Smithfield, on the northern edge of Lee County, hosts the event each fall to bring attention to the community and its good cooks.

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Our childhood should be filled with happiness

A picture — even one old that has faded from black and white to soft gray — can tell a story, long and true. That one certainly did.

Tifton museum hosting showing of Warhol prints

Thirty-six screen prints of the work of artist Andy Warhol will be exhibited in Tifton for approximately one month beginning Sunday.

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NFL NOTEBOOK: Falcons star WR White doesn't care about big numbers; Johnson's wife files for divorce after arrest

Roddy White says his individual numbers don’t matter anymore as long as he cleans up his league-leading number of drops and the Falcons win.

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Auburn TE ‘Lutzie’ now Tigers’ big star

There’s a new big man on campus for Auburn, and it’s not a QB or a RB or anyone on defense, but rather tight end Philip Lutzenkirchen.

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TUESDAY'S PREP SOFTBALL ROUNDUP: Ragan tosses no-no in Lady Pats’ first region game; SCA, SGA roll; Lee County’s win reaches milestone

Randolph Southern softball star Madison Ragan throws a no-hitter Tuesday during a 6-0 shutout victory against Georgia Christian.

‘Green’ sock drive starts today

People in Albany and Dawson are being asked to donate new socks in a collection drive being held in conjunction with today’s release of a movie filmed partly in metro Albany.

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Finishing touch

Seniors Jacori Taylor and Ladonis Bryant will give Early County plenty of offense for a team that has one goal this year after falling short in a series of heartbreakers last season: finish the job.

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YMCA gets $2 million to help at-risk students

The Century 21 grant, which will be spread over five years, will serve 150 children and their families each year.

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Kooi, Grissett rise to top of ASU quarterback battle

Division I transfers David Kooi and Keenan Grissett are neck-and-neck in the battle for the Rams’ starting QB spot in the second week of practices.

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Final DCSS documents received

The Georgia Department of Education has questions about some of the Dougherty system’s Title I expenditures and free and reduced-cost meal numbers.

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Lee Sheriff’s Office to host fundraiser

The Lee County Sheriff’s Office is using “mush” to raise funds for Georgia Sheriff’s Association Youth Homes.

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Sherrod puts her experiences in book

Albany civil rights activist Shirley Sherrod has co-authored a book about various aspects of her public life.

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Developer wants to build upscale apartments in Lee

The plan for 240 apartments near Publix failed to gain a recommendation from the Planning Department.

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Junior League donates to Lily Pad

The Junior League of Albany donates a closet of toys, soap, clothes and other needed items to the Lily Pad.

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Children can acquire good eating habits

A study released Monday indicates that while the improvements aren't extraordinary, students in schools in which the sale of junk food and sugar-laced drinks have been curtailed are seeing a slower rate of childhood obesity.

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Politicians sell out for their own profit

In a letter to the editor, Walt Specht of Leesburg says that politicians sell out for their own profit.

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November decisions critical to the nation

In a letter to the editor, Chuck Persall of Albany says that November decisions are critical to the nation.

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Equality is a principle, not a convenience

In a letter to the editor, Shawn Merritt of Albany says that equality is a principle, not a convenience.

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Olive Garden to open in September

The long-awaited Italian-style restaurant near the Mall is less than a month away.

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Work to reduce Dawson Road traffic

City of Albany Director of Engineering Bruce Maples has warned motorists that traffic on the 1900 block of Dawson Road will be reduced to a single lane Thursday morning to provide space for work crews.

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Lee County board will leave a legacy

To paraphrase the great writer Stephen King, life is a wheel that is constantly turning. It's that perpetual motion that brings about change.

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Police/Fire/EMS - Aug. 15, 2012

Albany police respond to at least 43 incidents.

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Squawk of the Day - August 15, 2012

Make your comment about today's Squawk of the Day!

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Phillips to give free concert in Atlanta August 31

American Idol winner and Leesburg native Phillip Phillips will join a handful of others in giving a free concert at Atlanta's Centennial Olympic Park August 31.

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Mother of dead inmate files suit against city of Pelham

A woman is suing the south Georgia town of Pelham over the death of her son in its jail.

Carlester Jones

Carlester Jones, 81, Bainbridge, died August 14, 2012

Sampson Clarence Spivey

Sampson Clarence Spivey, 83, Byromville, died August 13, 2012

Stephanie Thompson

Stephanie Thompson, 44, Bainbridge. died August 14, 2012

Turner F. Barber, Jr.

Turner F. Barber, Jr., 83, Bainbridge, died August 12, 2012

William C. Banks

William C. Banks, Jr., 87, Albany, died August 13, 2012

Leon Rish

Elsie Leon Rish, 92, Edison, died August 14, 2012

Mary Joe Marshall

Mary Joe Marshall, died August 8, 2012

Charles E. Finney

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

Martha Elizabeth Jones

Martha Elizabeth Jones, Lee County, died August 13, 2012

Marvin Douglas Alexander

Marvin Douglas Alexander, 79, Sylvester died August 14, 2012

Viola E. McKenzie

Miss Viola E. McKenzie, 56, of Decatur, died August 10, 2012

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Three men sought in robbery

Call crimestoppers if you have any information.

A DCPD armed robbery investigation could use information from the community.

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Kotter's 'Horshack' dies at 63

The actor best known as the nerdy high-school student Arnold Horshack on "Welcome Back, Kotter," has died in Florida.

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'Home' ends another week atop the ITunes charts

See the official list below.

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Georgia's top teacher publicly opposes charter schools amendment

Georgia schools Superintendent John Barge has come out against a constitutional amendment to guarantee the state's authority to charter independent public schools.

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VIDEO OF THE DAY: Jeremy Foley's 'EPIC' crash off Pikes Peak in Colorado

Amazingly, Jeremy Foley and his co-driver, were largely uninjured in the crash.

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Riverquarium plans Halloween "Zombie Run" along river

If ever anyone needed motivation to run along the river, sans the scenic views, calming rushing water and the beautiful flora, it would be zombies.

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Skydivers miss airport, land instead on Nuclear Sub base

A few off-course sky divers ended up briefly in the custody of the U.S. Military after inadvertently landing on a secure military base on the Georgia coast.

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State ordered to reverse itself on some unemployment claims

Thousands of Georgia bus drivers, cafeteria workers and private school teachers were denied usual summertime unemployment checks.